The British ambassador to North Korea is head of the United Kingdom's diplomatic mission to North Korea. The official title is His Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The current ambassador is Dr David Ellis, who has held the role since December 2021.
|British Ambassador to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea|
|Residence||Munsu-Dong Compound, Pyongyang|
|Inaugural holder||James Hoare (Chargé d'affaires)|
|Website||British Embassy Pyongyang|
Under the Imperial Chinese tributary system, Korea was a tributary state to China. After the United Kingdom–Korea Treaty of 1883 British Ministers to China were appointed as "Her Majesty's Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to His Majesty the Emperor of China, and also Her Majesty's Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to His Majesty the King of Corea." Britain also appointed consul-generals to be resident in Seoul, but they were not heads of mission, as the head of mission was the minister in Peking (now Beijing). In 1898, following the First Sino-Japanese War (1894–95), the Korean Empire became independent of China, and Britain appointed a chargé d'affaires who became Minister Resident when the United Kingdom and Korea exchanged envoys in 1901.
Consul-General in SeoulEdit
Head of mission to KoreaEdit
Minister to China, non-resident Minister to KoreaEdit
- 1884–1885: Sir Harry Smith Parkes
- 1885–1892: Sir John Walsham, 2nd Baronet
- 1892–1895: Sir Nicholas O'Conor
- 1896–1898: Sir Claude MacDonald
Under the Japan–Korea Treaty of 1905 Korea became a protectorate of Japan, and Britain and other countries withdrew diplomatic missions from Seoul. After World War II Japan's rule ended and Korea was occupied by the Soviet Union and United States, resulting in division of Korea between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea).
Head of mission to North KoreaEdit
After Britain and North Korea re-established diplomatic relations in 2000, James Hoare was appointed British Chargé d'affaires in Pyongyang; and his work laid the foundation for the establishment of a full embassy in the North Korean capital.
Chargé d'affaires in North KoreaEdit
- James Hoare, 2001–2002
Ambassador to North KoreaEdit
|British monarch||Supreme leader|
|David Slinn||2002||2006||Elizabeth II||Kim Jong-il|
|Karen Wolstenholme||2011||2012||Kim Jong-un|
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