North Korean leadership promotes Im Chon Il to vice foreign minister

North Korean authorities promoted First European Department director general (유럽1국장). Im Chon Il to the position of Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs. Continue reading “North Korean leadership promotes Im Chon Il to vice foreign minister”

Kang Min Chol, Le ministre nord-coréen de l’industrie minière a été remplacé par Ri Hak Chol.

Kang Min Chol, Le ministre nord-coréen de l’industrie minière a été remplacé par Ri Hak Chol. Kang Min-chol appartenait au réseau de patronage de Jang Sung Thaek. Kang Min Chol occupait ce poste depuis novembre 2005. Veuillez noter que bien que Kang ait été un proche de Jang Sung Thaek, il occupait son poste lors de la période d’exil de Jang (2004-2007).  Ri Hak Chol a souvent voyagé en Europe et est un homme d’affaire nord-coréen.

No number 2 in North Korea

The number „4” („sa” in Korean) is a number which is rarely used and avoided as it’s connoted to the word death (“samang”).  In terms of NK leadership, I do believe that Jang Sung Thaek was never the number 2 of North Korea . Instead of it, I do believe that Jang was only responsible for a lot of investments within the DPRK. His management policy and his fractionprobably disturbed Kim Jong Eun and therefore led to his execution.

I also strongly believe that a lot of Jang’s friends are being targeted and they will probably decide to defect in order to escape execution. Some of these people are living not far away from us: some are localized in Europe (maybe in your country ?)

The number 2 can be seen in the management of the Organization and Guidance Department of the CC KWP. A description is available there.

Assessment of internal situation in DPRK: The Economic and the KPA factor

En pièce jointe, une courte présentation que j’ai donnée lors d’un séminaire à Varsovie relative à la Corée. Cette présentation est complétée par un document qui sera publié dans les jours suivants.