Ministry of Foreign Affairs (North Korea)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (Korean: 조선민주주의인민공화국 외무성) is the government ministry of North Korea, responsible for conducting foreign relations of the country. The Minister of Foreign Affairs is in charge of the ministry.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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JurisdictionNorth Korea
Minister responsible
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Chosŏn'gŭl
조선민주주의인민공화국 외무성

In addition to the foreign minister, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a First Vice Minister and seven other vice ministers.[1] The current First Vice Minister is Kim Kye-gwan. The other vice ministers include Choe Son-hui, Han Song-ryol,[2] and Choe Hui-chol.[3]

The Ministry includes an organization called the Institute for American Studies.[4]

List of officeholdersEdit

The following is a list of foreign ministers of North Korea since its founding in 1948:[5]

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Head of state Premier
Took office Left office Time in office
1   Pak Hon-yong
박헌영
(1900–1955)
9 September 1948 3 March 1953 4 years, 5 months Kim Tu-bong Kim Il-sung
2   General
Nam Il
남일
(1915–1976)
3 March 1953 23 October 1959 6 years, 7 months Kim Tu-bong
Choe Yong-gon
3   Pak Song-chol
박성철
(1913–2008)
23 October 1959 1 July 1970 10 years, 8 months Choe Yong-gon
4   Ho Dam
허담
(1929–1991)
1 July 1970 1 December 1983 13 years, 5 months Choe Yong-gon
Kim Il-sung
Kim Il-sung
Kim Il
Pak Song-chol
Ri Jong-ok
5   Kim Yong-nam
김영남
(born 1928)
1 December 1983 5 September 1998 14 years, 9 months Kim Il-sung
Office vacant
Ri Jong-ok
Kang Song-san
Ri Kun-mo
Yon Hyong-muk
Kang Song-san
Hong Song-nam
(acting)
6   Paek Nam-sun
백남순
(1929–2007)
5 September 1998 2 January 2007 8 years, 3 months Kim Yong-nam Hong Song-nam
Pak Pong-ju
  Kang Sok-ju
강석주
(1939–2016)
Acting
3 January 2007 18 May 2007 4 months Pak Pong-ju
Kim Yong-il
7   Pak Ui-chun
박의춘
(born 1932)
18 May 2007 9 April 2014 6 years, 10 months Kim Yong-nam
Kim Jong-il
Office vacant
Kim Jong-un
Kim Yong-il
Choe Yong-rim
Pak Pong-ju
8   Ri Su-yong
리수용
(born 1940)
9 April 2014 9 May 2016 2 years, 1 month Kim Jong-un Pak Pong-ju
9   Ri Yong-ho
리용호
(born 1956)
13 May 2016 18 January 2020 3 years, 8 months Pak Pong-ju
Kim Jae-ryong
10   Ri Son-gwon
리선권
(born ?)
21 January 2020 Incumbent 1 year, 272 days Kim Jae-ryong
Kim Tok-hun

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Choe Son-hui, N.K. diplomat on U.S. affairs, promoted to vice minister". Yonhap. 8 March 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  2. ^ Hotham, Oliver (27 February 2018). "Choe Son Hui promoted to vice-minister at DPRK foreign ministry: sources". NK News. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  3. ^ "FM Delegation Leaves for Singapore". Rodong Sinmun. 2 April 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  4. ^ Smith, Josh (July 10, 2019). Perry, Michael (ed.). "North Korea calls South Korea's F-35 jet purchases 'extremely dangerous action'". Reuters. Archived from the original on July 11, 2019.
  5. ^ "Foreign ministers E-K". rulers.org. B. Schemmel. Retrieved 16 May 2018.

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