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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
Choe Su-hon age 82 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 ...more

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Choe Yong-rim is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
Choe Yong-rim age 88 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 ...more

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Choi Yong-kun is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
Choi Yong-kun Died at 76 (1900-1976) 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 ...more

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Hwang Jang-yop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
Died at 87 (1923-2010) 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 ...more

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Jang Sung-taek is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
Jang Sung-taek Died at 67 (1946-2013) 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 ...more

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Kang Ryang-uk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
Kang Ryang-uk Died at 79 (1904-1983) 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 ...more

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Kim Doo-bong is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
Kim Doo-bong Died at 72 (1886-1958) 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 ...more

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Kim Il-sung is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
Died at 82 (1912-1994) 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 ...more

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Kim Jong-chul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
age 37 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 ...more

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Kim Jong-il is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
Died at 70 (1941-2011) 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 ...more

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Kim Jong-nam is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
Kim Jong-nam age 47 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 ...more

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Kim Jong-un is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
age 34 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 ...more

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Kim Kye-gwan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
Kim Kye-gwan age 75 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 ...more

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Kim Yong-il is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
Kim Yong-il age 74 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 ...more

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Kim Yong-nam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
Kim Yong-nam age 90 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 ...more

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Kim Young-il is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
Kim Young-il age 71 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.

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Li Gun-mo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
Li Gun-mo age 92 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 ...more

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Paek Nam-sun is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
Paek Nam-sun Died at 78 (1929-2007) 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.

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Pak Hon-yong is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
Pak Hon-yong Died at 55 (1900-1955) 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 ...more

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Pak Kyong-sam is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
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 ...more

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Pak Pong-ju is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
Pak Pong-ju age 79 Pak Pong-ju is the current Premier of North Korea, serving in that office since April 2013. He served a previous term from September 3, 2003 until April 11, 2007. Pak began his career in 1962 as ...more

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Yon Hyong-muk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Politicians from North Korea
Yon Hyong-muk Died at 74 (1931-2005) Yon Hyong-muk, also spelt as Yong Hyong-muk was a longserving politician in North Korea and at the height of his career the most powerful person in that country outside the Kim family. He was ...more