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Ri Man-gon (born 1945)[1] is a member of the Politburo of the Workers' Party of Korea, party vice-chairman, and director of munitions and military in the country serving as Director of the Organization and Guidance Department since 2019. [2] He is a "supervisor of the department for the nuclear and missile development".[3]

He was not present at a October 7, 2017 mass rally in Pyongyang and a October 11, 2017 celebration for the anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea. According to a South Korean think tank, "There's little chance that Ri and Kim have been dismissed or purged because they've been praised for major achievements recently." and "It's highly likely that they were absent because they'd been given an important assignment."[4]


  1. ^ "Sanctions List Search - Ri Man-Gon". US Tresury. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  2. ^ What the new photos of North Korea's leaders say. BBC News, 13 May 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Mysterious absence of North Korea's 'rocket men' raises new nuke, missile fears". MSN/Fox News. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  4. ^ Kim Myong-song (11 October 2017). "N.Korea's Key 'Rocket Men' Absent from Major Events". Chosun. Retrieved 17 October 2017.