According to the North Korean Press Agency KCNA, “Academician, Prof. and Dr. Ju Kyu Chang, alternate member of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), deputy to the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) and adviser to the C.C., WPK, died of pan-cytopenia to our sorrow at 20:30 on September 3, Juche 107 (2018) at the age of 89.”
An obituary of Ju Kyu Chang jointly issued by the Central Committee of the WPK and the Presidium of the SPA of the DPRK was made public on Monday.
It said that Ju Kyu Chang was a revolutionary soldier faithful to President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il, a close revolutionary comrade-in-arms of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and an elder revolutionary who made distinguished contribution to the strengthening of the country’s defence capabilities. Although he passed away, his exploits for the Party, the revolution, the country and the people will remain long, it added”.
In reality, this academician was rather know for his involvment in the development of the nuclear programme of North Korea. He was send in the late 50’s to the Soviet Union where he received a deep education on nuclear issues. In the 60’s he was nominated as a commercial attaché to the Consulate General in Karachi (Pakistan), where he was mainly responsible for potential military deals. Ju Kyu Chang was also belonging to a group of KWP politicians endow with some military and nuclear technical knowledge.
This group of individuals (Ju Kyu Chang , Pak Do Chun and to a lower extent Kim Kyong Ok and Choe Ryong Hae) represented the cutting edge on the atomic issue. What remains relevant here is the fact that these negotiations (if they can be considered reliable) are yet conducted by people associated to the Kim family: Ri Gun, Kim Kye Kwan and Ri Yong Ho. All without exceptions were relatives of the Kim family. Ju Kyu Chang went also on a regular basis to foreign countries such as China and Pakistan.