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Ri Pyong-chol (born 1948)[1] is a North Korean former general and close advisor of Kim Jong-un. He is also a relative of Kim's wife, Ri Sol-ju. He currently serves as senior deputy department director of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee and member of the National Defense Commission (NDC).[2]

Ri Pyong-chol
Born1948 (age 70–71)
EducationRed Flag Mangyongdae Revolutionary School
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Byeong-cheol
McCune–ReischauerRi Pyŏng-ch'ŏl

He is an alternate member of the WPK Political Bureau, and a deputy to the Supreme People's Assembly.[3] Ri served in the Korean People's Army Air Force until 2014 at which time he became a senior party official.[4] He also served as an advisor to Kim Jong-il as early as 2008.[3]

In December 2017, the U.S. Treasury department issued sanctions against him, blocking him from "any property or interests in property within U.S. jurisdiction, and prohibits [him] from transactions with American citizens"[5]


  1. ^ "리병철" [Ri Pyong-chol] (in Korean). Ministry of Unification. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "The NDC's Fall Lineup: Results of the 13th SPA". Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  3. ^ a b "Ri Pyong Chol | North Korea Leadership Watch". Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  4. ^ "Who Are the North Korean Officials Sanctioned by the U.S.? Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol Are the Real Rocket Men". Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  5. ^ "Treasury issues sanctions against 2 North Korean officials | Chicago Sun-Times". Retrieved 2017-12-29.