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.

Kim Young-jae: new minister of Foreign Economy of the DPRK

Kim Young-jae (born on the 7th July 1952), is a former DPRK ambassador to Russia. He studied english at the Kim Il-sung university.

Kim Young-jae
According to a Russian diplomat, Kim Young-jae is known for his love for ties colored in gold (금색)

Since 2002, he’s connected to the Russian world of business. In the past he was a Vice Minister of the Ministry of Trade. Kim Young-jae is known for his open-minded character. He’s also a member of the inner circle of Kim jong-il. I wonder whether he will remain a member of the inner circle of Kim Jong-un, which is getting reduced over the time. Kim Young-jae was probably nominated due to his connections with Russian businessmen. Kim Young-jae is also a SPA delegate.

Third Session of 13th SPA of DPRK Held: economic changes?

According to the North Korean Press Agency, “The Third Session of the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) of the DPRK took place at the Mansudae Assembly Hall Thursday.Present there were deputies to the SPA. Present there as observers were officials of the party, armed forces and power organs, social organizations, ministries and national institutions and those in the fields of science, education, literature and art, public health and media. The participants observed a moment’s silence in memory of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il, founder and builder and eternal leaders of the DPRK.

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Ri Chol: Nouveau ministre des affaires étrangères en Corée du Nord

Comme je l’ai dis auparavant: Ri-chol est toujours vivant. Mieux: pour preuve, il  (en rouge) a été nommé comme nouveau ministre des affaires étrangères, il remplace Pak Ui-chun. Ci-contre des informations biographiques.


Date et lieu de naissance

1940, lieu de naissance inconnu.

Postes Actuels

Ministre des Affaires Etrangères ; Probablement conseiller économique de Kim Jong-eun; gestionnaire d’investissements en Corée du Nord notamment concernant le nord-est de la RPDC; membre Permanent, CC PTC ; procurateur Général ; vice-directeur, département de l’Organisation et de la Direction, CC PTC. Directeur adjoint, Comité Central d’Emissions ; vice-directeur, JVIC ; vice Directeur, fédération des chrétiens de RPDC.


Ecole Primaire Révolutionnaire Mangyongdae Université Kim Il-sung et probablement université de Moscou.


Avril 2014 : ministre des affaires étrangères

2012 : retour en Corée d’où il gère des investissements étrangers.

1988: ambassadeur de la RPDC en Suisse.

Fin 1980: conseiller politique à l’ambassade de la RPDC à Genève (Suisse). Représentant permanent de la RPDC.

Septembre 1980 : directeur du SP de Kim Jong-il.

1974 : directeur du Protocole Diplomatique au MAE.

1972 : employé, MAE.


Ri Il-hyok : fils, lié au groupe Ponghwajo (groupe torche)

Commentaire personnel

Ri-chol est un homme politique nord-coréen qui connait la réalité économique du monde occidental. En effet il a résidé en Suisse entre 1980 et 2012 où il était en contact avec de nombreux hommes d’affaires occidentaux. Ri-chol parle aussi parfaitement français et anglais. Ri-chol possède pour pseudo Ri Su-yong. Membre honoraire de la famille des Kims (sous le nom de Kim Su-yong) qui gérait certains des comptes de Kim Jong-il.

Credentials to Kim Yong Nam from Ambassador of Ireland to DPRK

Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK, received credentials from Aingeal O’Donoghue, ambassador of Ireland to the DPRK, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall Tuesday. Aingeal O’Donoghue will be based in Beijing. It’s the first time that an Irish will be attached to the DPRK. Ireland used to have to diplomatic relations with the DPRK.

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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.