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”

Kim Song-nam and Jon Hui Jong: North Korea’s éminence grise for China?

The North Korean leadership is faced with a terrible dilemma of having to balance between the Chinese and the Russian regimes. Maintaining a good policy is, of course, a tough job. To aid decision making, Kim Jong Un has surrounded himself with a number of advisors who are considered experts on foreign relations. One of these individuals is Kim Song-nam.

Kim Song-nam in Jilin Province, China

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