The Ministry of Defence (Korean: 국방성; Hanja: 國防省, formerly 인민무력성/人民武力省 or Ministry of the People's Armed Forces) is the government agency tasked with general administrative and logistical coordination of the Korean People's Army (KPA). Prior to 1992, it was under the direct control of supreme commander and president, with guidance from the National Defence Commission and the Workers' Party Central Military Commission. The 1992 amendment to the Constitution of North Korea shifts its control to the National Defence Commission. The 2016 amendment shifted its control to the State Affairs Commission. The current Minister of National Defence is Kim Jong-gwan, who was appointed to the post in December 2019.
|Parent agency||State Affairs Commission|
|Ministry of Defence|
|Revised Romanization||Joseon Minjujuui Inmin Gonghwaguk Gukbangseong|
|McCune–Reischauer||Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk Kukpangsŏng|
Until December 1972, the Minister of the People's Armed Forces was called the Minister of National Defence (민족보위상). It then changed to the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces.
The Ministry of Defence is essentially an umbrella agency gathering the KPA's logistical, political, and personnel components. The ministry also has departments which coordinate relations with foreign militaries, as well as regulating Government-owned corporations related to the defence industry and other foreign currency earning ventures.
The ministry, through the General Staff Department is responsible for the daily operational planning and management of the KPA's ground, naval, and air commands. It develops strategy, conducts education and training, conveys the orders and guidance of the KPA Supreme Command and completes certain signals intelligence tasks.
The Ministry of National Defence contains the following departments:
Both the Director of the General Political Bureau and Chief of the General Staff have more power than the Minister.
Ministers of DefenceEdit
|No.||Portrait||Minister||Took office||Left office||Time in office||Defence branch|
|September 1948||September 1957||9 years||Korean People's Army Ground Force|
|September 1957||October 1962||5 years, 1 month||Korean People's Army Ground Force|
|October 1962||December 1968||6 years, 2 months||Korean People's Army Ground Force|
|December 1968||May 1976||7 years, 5 months||Korean People's Army Ground Force|
|May 1976||February 1995||18 years, 9 months||Korean People's Army Ground Force|
|October 1995||February 1997||1 year, 4 months||Korean People's Army Ground Force|
|February 1997||February 2009||12 years||Korean People's Army Ground Force|
|February 2009||April 2012||3 years, 2 months||Korean People's Army Ground Force|
|April 2012||November 2012||7 months||Korean People's Army Ground Force|
|November 2012||May 2013||6 months||Korean People's Army Ground Force|
|May 2013||June 2014||1 year, 1 month||Korean People's Army Ground Force|
|June 2014||12 May 2015||11 months||Korean People's Army Ground Force|
(12 May 2015 – 11 July 2015)
|11 July 2015||4 June 2018||2 years, 10 months||Korean People's Army Ground Force|
|4 June 2018||December 2019||1 year, 6 months||Korean People's Army Ground Force|
|December 2019||Incumbent||1 year, 11 months||Korean People's Army Ground Force|
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