I assume that there are several leaderships in North Korea. I assume that there is a bad leadership under the governance of Kim Jong-un. I also assume that this leadership try to avoid UN sanctions. A element of this strategy consists of removing people punished by UN sanctions.

Acording to Yonhap News. North Korea appointed its new ambassador to Egypt on Monday, Pyongyang’s state media said, replacing Pak Chun-il who is on a U.N. blacklist for his suspected involvement in an illegal weapons transactions.

Ma Tong-hui was named as North Korea’s top diplomat to Egypt in accordance with a decree of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a short dispatch.

Ma’s predecessor Pak was among 11 North Korean officials who were blacklisted by the United Nations Security Council’s sanctions adopted in late November last year to punish Pyongyang for its fifth nuclear test in September.

Pak is suspected of having supported North Korea’s Korea Mining Development Trading Corp. (KOMID) in Egypt which is engaged in the country’s weapons proliferation. He was named as North Korea’s point man to Cairo in December 2013.

Additional remark

In the past Kim Tong-un was the head of the 38/39 department. After being sanctioned by the UN, he was quickly replaced by Jon Il-jon.


Therefore, instead of sanctionning people, we shall sanction intermediaries or entities responsible for the dangerous policy of North Korea.We also shall sanction heads and future heads of sanctioned entities, what is still undone until now. 

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