Kim Tok-hun (김덕훈, born 1961[1]) is a North Korean politician serving as the Premier of North Korea since August 2020.[2] He is also a full member on the Presidium of the Politburo of the Workers' Party of Korea and served as the chief of the parliamentary budget committee.[3] He was formerly the delegate for North-South cooperation before being appointed a Vice Premier by the Supreme People's Assembly.[4]

Kim Tok-hun
13th Premier of North Korea
Assumed office
13 August 2020
PresidentKim Jong-un
Preceded byKim Jae-ryong
Vice President of the State Affairs Commission
Assumed office
29 September 2019
PresidentKim Jong-un
Head of the Cadre Affairs Department of the Workers' Party of Korea
In office
31 December 2019 – 13 August 2020
LeaderKim Jong-un
Preceded byKim Phyong-hae
Vice Premier of North Korea
In office
11 April 2019 – 13 August 2020
PresidentChoe Ryong-hae
PremierKim Jae-ryong
In office
30 April 2014 – 11 April 2019
PresidentKim Yong-nam
PremierPak Pong-ju
Personal details
Born1961 (age 61–62)
North Korea
Political partyWorkers' Party of Korea
Korean name
Chosŏn'gŭl
김덕훈
Hancha
金德訓[citation needed]
Revised RomanizationGim Deok-hun
McCune–ReischauerKim Tŏkhun

Kim Tok-hun has been a member of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea since the 7th Congress in May 2016. He later joined the party Politburo on 11 April 2019 as an alternate member, then he was promoted to full member on 31 December, and concurrently as a party vice-chairman, with a portfolio that included heading the Cadre Affairs Department. He possibly earned Kim Jong-un's approval uncovering a corruption scandal involving cadre training facilities in February of the next year.[5] In April 2020 he was also elected chairman of the Budget Committee of the Supreme People's Assembly.

On 13 August 2020, in the wake of COVID-19 spillover in North Korea and floods hitting the southern part of the country, he was appointed premier of the cabinet by Kim Jong-un, and elevated to the top-level Politburo Presidium. He has recently[when?] been the second-highest ranking official in North Korea after Kim Jong-un.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "김덕훈(남성)". nkinfo.unikorea.go.kr (in Korean). Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  2. ^ N.K. leader warns against accepting outside assistance over flood damage due to virus risk
  3. ^ Kim, Jeongmin (1 January 2020). "North Korea's New Year's Eve party plenum reveals major leadership reshuffle". NK News. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  4. ^ Grisafi, John G. "Former Delegate for North-South Cooperation Becomes Vice Premier." NK News, Appointed, May 1, 2014] Archived 13 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "The August Political Bureau Meeting". North Korea Leadership Watch. 14 August 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  6. ^ "North Korea's premier now ranks as top official. Is he Kim Jong Un's successor?". NK PRO. 1 August 2022. Retrieved 27 August 2022.
Political offices
Preceded by Chairman of the Supreme People's Assembly Budget Committee
2020
Succeeded by
TBD
Preceded by Premier of North Korea
2020–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by Director of the Cadre Departmnent of the Workers' Party of Korea
2019–2020
Succeeded by
TBD