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General Choe Pu-il (최부일; born 6 March 1944[1]) is the current head of North Korea's Ministry of People's Security.[2][3]

Choe Pu-il
Revised RomanizationChoe Buil
McCune–ReischauerCh'oe Puil

He was appointed to the position in February 2013 by Kim Jong-un.[4]

In July 2016, he was placed under sanctions by the United States government.[5]


  1. ^ 최부일(남성). (in Korean). Ministry of Unification. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  2. ^ "N. Korea appoints new security chief". Yonhap. Seoul. April 1, 2013.
  3. ^ "President of Mongolia meets with Minister of People's Security of the National Defense Commission of North Korea". August 28, 2013.
  4. ^ Kang, Mi-jin (June 11, 2013). "Kim "Repromotes" Choi Bu Il". Daily NK. Seoul.
  5. ^ Brunnstrom, David; Pearson, James (6 July 2016). "North Korea warns of tough response after U.S. blacklisted leader". Reuters. Retrieved 27 November 2017.