Choe Yong-gon (vice-premier)

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Choe Yong-gon
최 용곤
Vice Premier of North Korea
In office
Premier Pak Pong-ju
Leader Kim Jong-un
Personal details
Born 1951-1952
Died May 2015 (aged 63)
Cause of death Execution
Citizenship North Korean
Known for North Korean politician
Korean name
Chosŏn'gŭl 최영건
Revised Romanization Choe Yeonggeon
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe Yŏnggŏn

Choe Yong-gon (Korean: 최영건) (c. 1952 – May 2015) was one of the vice-premiers of North Korea and deputy minister of construction and building material industries. He appears to have disappeared from public life after December 2014.[1] In August 2015, an South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported that, according to a "source who demanded anonymity"[2], he is believed to have been executed in May 2015[3] after opposing the policies of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un on forestry.[4] He was 63.[4]


  1. ^ Paul French (13 August 2015). "What one more execution means in North Korea". Reuters.
  2. ^ Power, John. "Did Kim Jong-un Execute Another Minister?". The Diplomat. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  3. ^ "North Korea vice-premier Choe Yong-gon 'executed'". BBC News. 14 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b Parry, Lloyd (2017-02-04). "North Korea's head of secret police sacked". Retrieved 2017-02-04. (Registration required (help)).