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Famous Politicians from North Korea

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List of famous politicians from North Korea, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of popular North Korean politicians includes members of the government who are either active or inactive, some of who might even now be dead. These are some of the most well-known North Korean politicians of all time, so if you're a native of North Korea and want to work for your country then these are the people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular politician from North Korea, then use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Everything from Kim Yong-il to Jang Sung-taek is included on this list.

You can click on the names of these renowned politicians of North Korea in order to get more information about each one.



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    Choe Su-hon

    Choe Su-hon was the vice foreign minister of North Korea who dealt principally with the DPRK's relations with the European Union. He was replaced in this role in 2005 by Kung Sok Ung. It is unclear what position Choe now holds.more

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    • Birthplace: Pyongyang, Pyongan, North Korea
    • Nationality: North Korea
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    Choe Yong-rim

    Choe Yong-rim was the Premier of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea from June 2011 to April 2013 and Workers' Party of Korea central committee presidium member since September 2010. He has been described by the New York Times as a "KWP insider" and a "friend of Kim Jong-Il's family." He is ...more

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    • Birthplace: Ryanggang Province, North Korea
    • Nationality: North Korea
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    Choi Yong-kun

    Choe Yong-gon was the Korean People's Army commander-in-chief from 1948 to 1950, North Korean defence minister from 1948 to 1957, and the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea from 1957 to 1972. Choe Yong-gon was born in Taechon County in North Pyongan, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Taechon County, North Korea
    • Nationality: North Korea
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    Hwang Jang-yop
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    Hwang Jang-yop was a North Korean politician who defected to South Korea in 1997, best known for being, to date, the highest-ranking North Korean defector. He was largely responsible for crafting Juche, North Korea's official state ideology.more

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    • Birthplace: North Korea
    • Nationality: North Korea
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    Jang Sung-taek

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    Jang Sung-taek
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    Jang Sung-taek, also romanized as Chang Sŏng-t'aek, was a leading figure in the government of North Korea. He was married to Kim Kyong-hui, the only daughter of former North Korean supreme leader Kim Il-sung, the only sister of former North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-il and the aunt of Kim Jong-un, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Kangwon Province, North Korea
    • Nationality: North Korea
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    Kang Ryang-uk

    Kang Ryang-uk, also spelled Kang Lyanguk, was a North Korean Protestant Minister and Chairman of the Christian Federation of Korea during the 1950s. Kang was the maternal uncle of North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung. In his early years he was a school teacher. In the 1940s he studied Theology at the ...more

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    • Nationality: North Korea
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    Kim Doo-bong

    Kim Tu-bong was known in Korean history as a linguist, scholar, and politician. His most famous work was under Ju Sigyeong; later, after participating in the March 1st Movement, he with other Korean leaders of the time established a provisional government-in-exile in China, and because of his communist ...more

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    • Nationality: North Korea
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    Kim Il-sung was the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, commonly referred to as North Korea, for 46 years, from its establishment in 1948 until his death in 1994. He held the posts of Prime Minister from 1948 to 1972 and President from 1972 to his death. He was also the leader of the ...more

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    • Birthplace: Pyongyang, Pyongan, North Korea
    • Nationality: North Korea
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    Kim Jong-chul
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    Kim Jong-chul is the middle son of Kim Jong-il, the former leader of North Korea. His older half-brother is Kim Jong-nam. His younger brother is Kim Jong-un, now the leader of North Korea. In 2007, Jong-chul was appointed deputy chief of a leadership division of the Workers' Party. However, on 15 ...more

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    • Birthplace: Pyongyang, Pyongan, North Korea
    • Nationality: North Korea
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    Kim Jong-il
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    Kim Jong-il was the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, commonly referred to as North Korea, from 1994 to 2011. By the early 1980s Kim had become the heir apparent for the leadership of the country and assumed important posts in the party and army organs. He succeeded his father ...more

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    • Birthplace: Vyatskoye, Khabarovsk Krai, Russia
    • Nationality: North Korea
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    Kim Jong-nam

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    Kim Jong-nam
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    Kim Jong-nam is the eldest son of the late Kim Jong-il, former Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. From roughly 1998 to 2001, he was widely considered to be the heir apparent to his father and the next leader of North Korea. Following a much-publicized botched attempt to secretly enter ...more

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    • Birthplace: Pyongyang, Pyongan, North Korea
    • Nationality: North Korea
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    Kim Jong-un
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    Kim Jong-un is the supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. He is the son of Kim Jong-il and the grandson of Kim Il-sung. He has held the titles of the First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, the Chairman of the Central Military Commission, Chairman of the National Defence ...more

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    • Birthplace: Pyongyang, Pyongan, North Korea
    • Nationality: North Korea
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    Kim Kye-gwan

    Kim Kye-gwan is a North Korean diplomat. His official position is First Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to which he was promoted immediately before the Korean Workers' Party Conference of 28 September 2010. He is the leading figure in international talks over the country's nuclear ...more

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    • Birthplace: North Pyongan, North Korea
    • Nationality: North Korea
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    Kim Yong-il

    Kim Yong-il was the Premier of North Korea from April 2007 to 7 June 2010. He was elected as Premier by the 5th session of the 11th Supreme People's Assembly in April 2007, replacing Pak Pong-ju. He was then replaced by Choe Yong-rim after a rare parliamentary session on 7 June 2010. He served in the ...more

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    • Birthplace: North Korea
    • Nationality: North Korea
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    Kim Yong-nam

    Kim Yong-nam is the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea, a position he has held since 1998. Previously he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1983 to 1998. He was elected a member of the Presidium of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Workers' ...more

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    • Birthplace: Pyongyang, Pyongan, North Korea
    • Nationality: North Korea
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    Kim Young-il

    Kim Young-il is a North Korean politician. As of 2008, he is the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.more

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    • Nationality: North Korea
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    Li Gun-mo

    Ri Gun-mo is a North Korean politician. He was Prime Minister from 29 December 1986 to 12 December 1988, when he was replaced, reportedly due to poor health. He succeeded Kang Song-san. His successor was Yon Hyong-muk.more

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    • Birthplace: South Pyongan, North Korea
    • Nationality: North Korea
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    Paek Nam-sun

    Paek Nam-sun was the North Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1998 until his death. He was one of the few North Koreans to frequently be in the international spotlight.more

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    • Birthplace: Suwon, South Korea
    • Nationality: North Korea
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    Pak Hon-yong

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    Pak Hon-yong
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    Pak Hon-yong was a Korean independence activist, politician, philosopher and Communist activist. One of the main leaders of the Korean communist movement during Japan's colonial rule. his nickname was Ijung and Ichun, china style name was Deokyeong. During the Japanese occupation of Korea, he tried to ...more

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    • Birthplace: Yesan County
    • Nationality: North Korea
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    Pak Kyong-sam

    Pak Kyong-sam is a North Korean politician. He has been chairman of the People's Committee of North Pyong'an Province since 2002. In 2003, he was elected to the 11th session of the Supreme People's Assembly.more

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    • Nationality: North Korea
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