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My authored biography of Kim Pyong Il was recently quoted in an article written by Harry J. Kazianis, published in the National Interest.

 

Kim Jong Un visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on the occasion of the anniversary of the death of Kim Il Sung

Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on the occasion of the death of Kim Il Sung (8 July 1994).

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Kim Yo Jong: a potential successor to Kim Jong Un?

During the second plenary meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, which was held on the 7th October 2017, the younger sister of Kim Jong-un, Kim Yo-jong (김여정) was yesterday nominated as Kim Yo-jong has been made an alternate member of the WPK Politburo. It’s not the most powerful political organization of North Korea, however it’s definitely improving the visibility of Kim Yo-jong. She replaced her aunt Kim Kyung-hee in the Politburo. By nominating Kim Yo-jong to a public post, Kim Jong-un officialy coresponsibilized Kim Yo-jong for the hazardous policy of North Korea. The Pandora Box is open.

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Death of Kim Myong-guk (1940-2016)

Kim Myong-guk, born in the North Hamgyong Province, was a “true” Korean. He was educated at the Mangyongdae Revolutionnary School and studied at the Kim Il Sung Military University and the Soviet Air Force Academy Frunze (Soviet Union) with Kim Yong-chun, another proeminent of the DPRK army. He was a ilitary tutor to Kim Jong Il, a supervisor of training and planning activities of the Pyongyang Corps and the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces. He’s a key commander in the NK army. Kim Myong Guk is considered as one of the figures attack on the SK vessel Cheonan (03.2010). Being a cousin of Kim Jong-il, Kim Myong-guk has probably relatives in foreign trade entities (like many other Kim Jong-un’s cousins) or in military economical organizations. Kim Myong-guk was fluent in russian.

Below his biography

Selected service history:

1970’s: Lecturer and administrator on strategy at DPRK military institutions.

1984: Director, General Staff Department Training Bureau in 1984

1994: 4-stars General, KPA

1994-1996: Director, GSD Operations Bureau.

1996: Commander of the 108th KPA Corps

2004: Director, GSD Operations Bureau.

28.10.2010: Member, CMC

Selected political history:

06.1989: Alternate Member, KWP CC

1990: Deputy, 9th SPA

12.1991: Member, KWP CC

1994: Member, Kim il Sung Funeral Committee

1995: Member, O Jin U Funeral Committee

07.1998: Deputy, 10th SPA

08.2003: Deputy, 11th SPA

04.2009: Deputy, 12th SPA

Foreign visits:

01.2001: Unofficial visit to China with Kim Jong Il

 

 

Being a cousin of Kim Jong Il, Kim Myong Guk has probably relatives in foreign trade entities (like many other Kim Jong Eun’s cousins) or in military economical organizations.

 

Hwang Pyong-so, top N.Korean politician disappears from View

North Korea’s army politburo chief Hwang Pyong-so has been absent from recent military events attended by leader Kim Jong-un.

Hwang Pyong So, (circled in red), vice chairman of North Korea’s National Defense Commission, and Choe Ryong Hae, (circled in green), a secretary of North Korea’s ruling Workers' Party, arrive at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014.
Hwang Pyong So, (circled in red), vice chairman of North Korea’s National Defense Commission, and Choe Ryong Hae, (circled in green), a secretary of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party, arrive at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014.

“We’re trying to find out what’s happened,” a government source here said.

Hwang’s name was not mentioned when the official Rodong Sinmun listed the names of senior officials who accompanied Kim when he watched a concert by the North Korean Army band on its 70th anniversary on Tuesday.

He was also missing when Kim watched a military drill and an aerial exercise last Saturday.

Hwang was last seen at a banquet celebrating the North’s recent rocket launch in Pyongyang on Feb. 13.

Pundits say he was likely taken ill. But he could also have fallen victim to ongoing purges that most recently put former Army chief Ri Yong-gil out of action last month. More seriously, this is probably an act of misinformation as the nomination of Ri Myong-su at the head of the North Korean Army. 

According to Yonhap News Agency,  in 2014 Hwang 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.

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 Kim Jong-un on 59 occasions in 2014.