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Kim Jae-ryong (김재룡) is a North Korean politician who has served as Premier of North Korea since 11 April 2019. He is also a member of the Supreme People's Assembly.

Kim Jae-ryong
12th Premier of North Korea
Assumed office
11 April 2019
Supreme LeaderKim Jong-un
Preceded byPak Pong-ju
Member of the Supreme People's Assembly for Huichon
Assumed office
10 March 2019
Preceded byCho Jae-yong
Personal details
Political partyWorkers' Party of Korea


Relatively little is known about Kim's early career.[1] Before his premiership, he held positions in political guidance at various industrial sites. Around 2007, he was appointed to his first important position as the secretary of the Worker's Party of Korea (WPK) North Pyongan provincial committee. He was appointed chief secretary of the WPK Chagang provincial committee in 2015 and subsequently became its chairman. Kim became a member of the WPK Central Committee in 2016.[2]


On 10 March 2019, Kim was elected to the Supreme People's Assembly in the parliamentary election. Less than a month later, during the first session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly, Kim was appointed premier, replacing Pak Pong-ju.[3] He was also elected to be a member of the Politburo and the Central Military Commission.[4]


  1. ^ Song Jung-a (12 April 2019). "North Korea reshuffles leadership as Kim Jong Un shores up power". Financial Times. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Kim Jae Ryong". North Korea Leadership Watch. 28 February 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  3. ^ "N.K. leader re-elected as chairman of State Affairs Commission". Yonhap. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Press Release on 4th Plenary Meeting of 7th Central Committee of WPK". Korean Central News Agency. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Pak Pong-ju
Premier of North Korea