Who is Kim Pyong Il? [BIOGRAPHY&ANALYSIS]

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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Newly appointed North Korean foreign minister: Ri Son Gwon

According to DailyNK.com, Ri Son Gwon was appointed as the Ministry of FA of North Korea.

In 2011 I already discussed the relevancy of Ri Son Gwon in an article published in pukhan.pl, the leading Polish website on North Korean issues.

Ri Son Gwon is an hardliner, who closely works with Paek Su Rim. Both were mainly dealing with inter Korean issues.

Kim Jong Un visiting Russia

North Korean TV broadcast footage of Kim Jong Un leaving earlier this morning from an unidentified station to Russia via train. Kim Jong Un already arrived in Russia. The North Korean leader will meet Russian officials ahead of a conference with Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok.

Kim Jong Un travelled with some of his key aides including Kim Chang Son (one his main advisors), Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and nuclear negotiator Choe Son Hui.

Bilateral Trade amoun between these both countries reach US$46 million.

Reshuffles in the North Korean leadership

On April 11, North Korean authorities replaced its Cabinet premier and president of the Presidium of its legislative body during Thursday’s 14th SPA parliamentary meeting.

Kim Jong-un was also re-elected chairman of the State Affairs Commission. Kim Yong-nam steps down and was replaced by Choe Ryong-hae.

Premier Pak Pong-ju replaced by with Kim Jae-ryong – a senior member of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea. Nuclear negotiator Kim Yong-chol, Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, and Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui elected as members of the State Affairs Commission.

On the same day, Kim Jong-un ordered to promote the military ranks of commanding officers of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) on Sunday on the occasion of the birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung. According to the order, Pak Jong-chon, Kim Kwang-hyok and Kim Myon-sik were promoted to general and thirty three persons including Jang Yong-su and Ko In-chol to major general.

On April 14, Order of Kim Il-sung were conferred on Ryu Jae-yong, Ri Chong-bok and Nam Ki-ho on the occasion of the birth anniversary of President Kim Il-sung.