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Kim Yang-gon (24 April 1942 – 29 December 2015) was a North Korean politician and a senior official of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.

Kim Yang-gon
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Kim Yang-gon at Closing Ceremony of Incheon Asian Games 2014
Native name
Born(1942-04-24)24 April 1942
Died29 December 2015(2015-12-29) (aged 73)
Cause of deathRoad accident


Early careerEdit

Kim Yang-gon started his political career as a vice-director of the party's International Liaison Department in 1986, and during this time he also oversaw relations with Japan as head of the DPRK-Japan Friendship Association. He was a recipient of the top Order of Kim Il-sung in 1995. He was promoted to director in 1997 and visited China multiple times during his tenure. In 2005 he also received a position as "councilor" to the National Defence Commission.


Several months after the death of Rim Tong-ok, Kim Yang-gon, considered a confidant to Kim Jong-il, was appointed to replace him as director of the United Front Department of the Workers' Party in March 2007. His first assignment as head of relations with South Korea was a visit to Seoul in November to discuss reapproachment measures with Unification Minister Lee Jae-jeong. At the Party Conference held in September 2010, Kim was also appointed secretary for united front and South Korea policies of the Secretariat and alternate member of the Politburo.

Kim Yang-gon kept his position under Kim Jong-un, and he was awarded the newly created Order of Kim Jong-il in July 2012. He visited South Korea again in October 2014 to attend the closing ceremony of the 2014 Asian Games with Hwang Pyong-so and Choe Ryong-hae, and in late August 2015 to negotiate a deal to halt military provocations around the Demilitarized Zone.



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  2. ^ Kim Yang Gon Dies Korean Central News Agency 2015-30-12
  3. ^ What the new photos of North Korea's leaders say. BBC News, 13 May 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Kim Yang Gon Funeral Committee". North Korea Leadership Watch. 29 December 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Rim Tong-ok
Director of the United Front Department of the Workers' Party of Korea
Succeeded by
Kim Yong-chol