Some left but some stay: a quick review of the election to the SPA

Analyzing the list of people who were chosen at the new SPA (Supreme People Assembly of North Korea) election, we can notice that as usually the same people were chosen as in previous elections except some little changes. It would be a great challenge to analyze each person chosen to the SPA, therefore I would like to provide some information concerning only a minor part of these people.

The Jang dream team

Some people associated to Jang Sung Thaek (the uncle of Kim Jong Eun who was executed in December 2013) were chosen to the SPA session including:

Ri Chol – the former tutor of Kim Jong Eun – who was supposedly dead…according to South Korean newspapers.

Ji Jae Ryong – the DPRK ambassador to China- was also chosen. Ji Jae Ryong is considered as a former friend of Jang Sung Thaek. Jang Sung Thaek was responsible for his nomination as an ambassador of the DPRK to the former Yugoslavia in the 80’s.

Ri Kwang Gun – a NK technocrat who worked in Germany and Bangladesh – was also reelected. He was responsible for some of the business of the Jang family. Maybe some of them had betrayed Jang ? That’s also a possibility which may explain that they are still alive (I personally do believe that the reality is more complicated).

Interestingly Mun Kyong Dok (the head of the KWP in Pyongyang and a jovial friend of Jang Sung Thaek) was not elected.

Other nominations

Long-term associates of Kim Jong Il were reelected. This was done in order to maintain the Pact of Stability between Kim Jong Eun and the DPRK leadership. Among them we can quote:

Ri Ul Sol, Yang Hong Sop,  Jo Yon Jun, O Kuk Ryol, Kim Yong Ju (Kim Jong Eun uncle and Kim Il Sung brother), Kim Kyok Shik, Ju Kyu Jang, Kim Yong Dae, Kim Yong Nam, Kang Sok Ju, Ro Tu Chol, Pyong In Son, Choe Pu Il, Pak Pong Ju, Choe Hwi, Ma Won Chun, Jon Yon Jon, Kim Kye Kwan, An Kum Chol, Kim Kyong Hui, Kim Yong Chun, Sim Chol Ho, O Il Jong, Hwang Pyong So, Ri Kil Song (the former procurator of the DPRK, a 90 years old politician), Kim Wan Su, Kim Ki Nam, Pak Ui Chun, O Kum Chol, Thae Jong Su, O Su Yong (one of my favorite politician in terms of influence over the DPRK)…and many others

Own conclusions

The family of Kim Jong Eun is not fully visible in the list of SPA delegates. Kim Jong Eun was selected at the 111 place (is it not sweet ?), Kim Jong Nam, an enemy of Kim Jong Eun and a half-brother of the leader, was not chosen. He’s supposedly under the protection of the Chinese police. How long ? We do not know.

Décès de Kim Pyong Ryul

Kim Pyong Ryul (né en 1926) L’ancien procurateur général de la RPDC est décédé le 4 novembre 2013. Celui-ci était non seulement juriste mais également général de l’armée nord-coréenne (général 4 étoiles : taejang – 대장). Il est intéressant de noter qu’il faisait parti du groupe d’officiers civils qui ont bénéficié d’un avancement au sein des structures militaires de la Corée du Nord.

Kim Pyong Ryul a effectué des études à l’Université Technologique de Pyongyang et en République Tchèque. A ses débuts, il était employé dans le bureau de la sécurité personnelle de Kim Il Sung (le grand père de Kim Jong Eun – éternel président de la Corée du Nord). Les membres de la famille de Kim Pyong Ryul travaillent dans les structures judiciaires de la RPDC. En 1970 il a été nominé au CC du PTC et en 1974 nominé a la tête de la section du PTC de la province de Pyongan Nord. En 1991 nominé général 3 étoiles (상장) et 4 étoiles en 1994 (대장)

Grace a un appui certain de Kim Jong Il, Kim Pyong Ryul voyageait également à l’étranger et représentait non seulement les intérêts de la RPDC mais également veillait aux finances de la famille des Kims. Kim Pyong Ryul est un allié proche de Kye Ung Thae, fonctionnaire nord-coréen vivant qui s’occupait dans le passé des affaires économiques de la Corée du Nord.


Kim Pyong Ryul en Chine (2005/ source: administration chinoise)