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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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
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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 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
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Jang Sung-taek


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 ...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 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Politicians from 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 ...more

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Nationality: North Korea

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Kim Il-sung is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Politicians from 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 ...more

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Birthplace: Pyongyang, Pyongan, North Korea

Nationality: North Korea

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