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Pak Song-chol or Park Sung-chul (2 September 1913[1] – 28 October 2008)[2] was the Premier of North Korea from 1976 to 1977. He succeeded Kim Il. He also served as foreign minister from 1959 to 1970.

Pak Song-chol
Picture of Pak Song-chol.jpeg
3rd Premier of North Korea
In office
19 April 1976 – 16 December 1977
Preceded byKim Il
Succeeded byRi Jong-ok
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
23 October 1959 – 1 July 1970
Preceded byNam Il
Succeeded byHo Dam
Personal details
Born(1913-09-02)2 September 1913
Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, Japanese Korea
Died28 October 2008(2008-10-28) (aged 95)
Pyongyang, Democratic People's Republic of Korea
NationalityNorth Korean
Political partyWorkers Party of Korea
Pak Song-chol
Revised RomanizationBak Seong-cheol
McCune–ReischauerPak Sŏngch'ŏl

In 1972, as deputy premier, he secretly visited Seoul in the lead-up to the Joint Statement on reunification.[3]

He was appointed as Vice President by the Supreme People's Assembly in December 1977 and he left the office in October 1997.[4][5] His last public appearance was in September 2003 in the viewing box at the 55th-anniversary commemoration inspection ceremonies in North Korea. He was one of the oldest former heads of government in the world.


Death and funeralEdit


  • Pak Song-chol (1977). "As He Leads The Revolution". As He Leads the Revolution, for the Freedom and Liberation of the People. Pyongyang: Foreign Languages Publishing House. OCLC 6198041.
  • — (September 1988). "The Republic Is a Great Revolutionary Achievement Obtained Through the Long and Arduous Struggle Under the Leadership of the Respected and Beloved Comrade Kim Il-song" (PDF). Kulloja. OCLC 9516938.
  • Kim Il; Choe Hyon; Pak Sung-chul; et al. (1982). Twenty-year-long Anti-Japanese Revolution Under the Red Sunrays: September 1931 – February 1936. 2. Pyongyang: Foreign Languages Publishing House. OCLC 914716941.

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "DPRK senior official dies". Archived from the original on 2 November 2008. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  3. ^ Oberdorfer, Don; Carlin, Robert (2014). The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History. Basic Books. p. 19. ISBN 9780465031238.
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  6. ^ "Pak Song Chol Dies". KCNA. 29 October 2008. Archived from the original on 12 October 2014.
  7. ^ 고 박성철의 장의위원회를 구성 (in Korean). KCNA. 30 October 2008. Archived from the original on 12 October 2014.

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