Nouveau livre concernant les élites nord-coréennes

C’est avec une joie non contenue que je souhaiterais annoncer la publication de mon troisième ouvrage relatif à la Corée du Nord dont le titre est Kto rządzi w Korei Północnej (Qui gouverne en Corée du Nord). L’ouvrage est en polonais et est publié aux éditions Dialog. Il est disponible à l’achat ici

Kim Jong-eun Guides Match for Examining Women’s Football of National Sports Team

Kim Jong-eun Guides Match for Examining Women’s Football of National Sports Team.During his inspection, a former DPRK leader was noticed: Choe Ryong-hae. Choe Ryong-hae was dismissed from his functions probably for healt reasons. According to a former North Korean politician, Choe Ryong-hae is known for having heart issues. 

Choe Ryong HaeKim Jong-eun with Choe Ryong-hae (in red) during the examination of the Women’s Football Team.

By the way according to the North Korean Press Agency, “The DPRK soccer team defeated the south Korean team 3:1 in the semifinals of the 2014 Asian U-14 Soccer Championship and advanced into the finals.     The championship started in Iran on August 4. It brought together players from eight countries including the DPRK, Thailand, Tajikistan and Iraq.     They were divided into two groups for group league matches. The DPRK belonged to Group A together with Saudi Arabia, Iran and East Timor. It beat the Saudi Arabian team 2:0, Iranian team 1:0 and drew with East Timor 2:2, placing first in the group to advance into semi-finals.  The finals will be held on August 13.  Continue reading “Kim Jong-eun Guides Match for Examining Women’s Football of National Sports Team”

Hwang Pyong-so: vice maréchal de l’APC

Hwang Pyong-so a éténominé vice-maréchal de l’APC. Cet homme politique civil a obtenu un nouveau poste sur l’échiquier nord-coréen en l’espace d’un mois.Hwang Pyong-so fait parti du noyau dur des élites nord-coréennes. Il est réputé pour-etre peu ouvert aux changements politiques et sociaux e Corée du Nord et est fortement imprégné de l’idéologie nord-coréenne. La question que l’on peut se poser est la suivante: quelle sera la réaction de l’APC face à cette nomination ? Des purges sont à prévoir ? La réponse est limpide à mes yeux: oui.

Ci-dessous des éléments de biographie relatifs à Hwang Pyong-so

Postes actuels

Directeur adjoint, département de l’Organisation et de la Direction, CC PTC.

Date et lieu de naissance

Années 40

Education

Université Kim Il-sung

Carrière

Avril 2014 : vice maréchal, APC

Mars 2014 : directeur, department de l’Organisation et de la Propagande, CC PTC

Avril 2011 : général 3 étoiles, APC

Septembre 2010 général 2 étoiles, APC ; membre délégué, CC PTC

Mai 2005 : directeur adjoint, department de l’organisation et de la propagande, CC PTC

N. Korea promotes leader’s confidant

According to Yonhap News Agency,  Hwan Pyong So was promoted from being a vice director of the Organization and Guidance Department to the first vice director of the country’s powerful Organization and Guidance Department, according to Pyongyang’s state media. The North Korean News Agency KCNA did not directly report the promotion of Hwang Pyong So. Hwang Pyong So, born in 1949 and educated at the Kim Il Sung university, is working with Kim Jong Eun since the 2000’s. According to Yonhap,  Hwang accompanied last year the leader on 59 occasions.

Jon Il-chon : un ténor de l’économie nord-nord-coréenne

Les médias parlent souvent de la militarisation de l’économie de la Corée du Nord, cependant ceux-ci font peu attention aux personnes qui dominent la scène économique de ce pays. Une personne que je considère comme clé n’est d’autre que Jon Il chon, le directeur du bureau 38 du CC PTC. Ce bureau était auparavant responsable de certaines activités illégales de la RPDC (cependant quel pays n’en a pas ?). Dorénavant, ce département semblerait etre flexible et se lancer dans des activités plus légales (notamment en coopération avec la société Mansudae). Ci-contre quelques informations biographiques concernant Jon Il-chon.

 Jon Il-chon

Postes actuels

Vice Directeur, département des Finances et de la Comptabilité. Directeur, groupe Taesong, PDG, Banque d’Etat de Développement.

Date et lieu de naissance

24 aout 1941

Education

Ecole Primaire Namsan

Université Kim Il-sung

Carrière

Mars 2010 : directeur, département 39, CC PTC ; Remplaçant de Kim Tong-un. PDG, Banque d’Etat de Développement

Février 2010 : premier directeur adjoint, CC PTC

Janvier 2010: directeur, société d’investissements étrangers

Avril 2009 : député, APS

Juillet 2006 : directeur adjoint, CC PTC

Février 1998 : directeur adjoint, département 39, CC PTC

Février 1995 : directeur adjoint, groupe Taesong (société liée au département 39)

Janvier 1993 : directeur, Commission des Affaires Economiques Externes

Juillet 1987 : secrétaire adjoint, association d’amitié RPDC-Rwanda

Janvier 1981 : directeur adjoint, Commission des Affaires Economiques Externes.

1973 : directeur, Ministère du Commerce International

Commentaire personnel

Camarade de classe de Kim Jong-il à l’école primaire et à l’université Kim Il-sung. Interdit de séjour en UE. Responsable d’accords commerciaux avec le Zimbabwe et l’Angola. Présent lors des Inspections publiques de Kim Jong-il entre 2009 et 2010.

pobrane (1)Jon Il-chon (encerclé de rouge – source de la photographie modifiée par mes soins: Chosun Ilbo)

 

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.

WPK Central Committee Secretary Meets Delegation of European Politicians

Kim Yong Il, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), had a friendly talk with the visiting delegation of politicians from various political parties of Europe headed by Chief Executive Officer of Inter Mediate Jonathan Powell, former Downing Street Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Tony Blair, on Tuesday [Please remark the underlining of the connexion to Tony Blair].

Present there were Vice Department Director Pak Kun Gwang and other officials of the C.C., the WPK, Dr. Franz von Daeniken, board director of the Swiss Drossos Fund and former state secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, Wolfgang M. Nowak from the Social Democratic Party of Germany, spokesman of the executive board of the International Forum of Deutsche Bank and former director-general at the German Federal Chancellery, Par Nuder from the Social Democratic Party of Sweden, chairman of the board of the Third Swedish National Pension Fund and former minister for finance of Sweden, Edmond Alphandery from the Union of People’s Movement of France, president of French CNP International Insurance Company and former minister of economy of France, and other members of the delegation

Kim Yong Il is the member of the Kim family who is responsible for foreign relations. He’s reputated to be highly intelligent and to have a fine knowledge of the western world. Kim Yong Il is also a specialist of Japanese-North Korean relations. He visited several times Japan.

Edmond Alphandery is a famous French politician with a high knowledge on economics. He managed also several companies in France. Edmond Alphandery is especially known for his optimism.