General Staff Department of the Korean People's Army

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General Staff Department of the Korean People's Army
Chosŏn'gŭl 조선인민군 총참모부
Revised Romanization Joseoninmingun Chongchammobu
McCune–Reischauer Chosŏninmin'gun Ch'ongch'ammobu

The General Staff Department (GSD) of the Korean People's Army (KPA) is the senior military leadership of the armed forces of North Korea responsible for its administrative, operational and logistical needs. The current Chief of the General Staff is Ri Yong-gil who was appointed to the post in June 2018.[1]

Duties[edit]

Chiefs of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army[edit]

Chief of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army
Chosŏn'gŭl 조선인민군 총참모장
Revised Romanization Joseoninmingun Chongchammojang
McCune–Reischauer Chosŏninmin'gun Ch'ongch'ammojang
Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office
1
Kang Kon강건
Kon, KangColonel General
Kang Kon
강건

(1918–1950)
February 1948September 19502 years, 7 months
2
Nam Il남일
Il, NamGeneral
Nam Il
남일

(1915–1976)
September 1950August 19532 years, 11 months
3
Kim Kwang-hyop김광협
Kwang-hyop, KimGeneral
Kim Kwang-hyop
김광협

(1915–1970)
August 1953September 19574 years, 1 month
4
Lee Kwon-mu리권무
Kwon-mu, LeeColonel General
Lee Kwon-mu
리권무

(1914–1986?)
September 1957July 19591 year, 10 months
5
Kim Chang-bong김창봉
Chang-bong, KimColonel General
Kim Chang-bong
김창봉
July 1959October 19623 years, 3 months
6
Choe Kwang최광
Kwang, ChoeGeneral
Choe Kwang
최광

(1918–1997)
October 1962December 19686 years, 2 months
7
O Jin-u오진우
Jin-u, OGeneral
O Jin-u
오진우

(1917–1995)
December 1968September 197910 years, 9 months
8
O Kuk-ryol오극렬
Kuk-ryol, OGeneral
O Kuk-ryol
오극렬

(born 1930)
September 1979February 19888 years, 5 months
(6)
Choe Kwang최광
Kwang, ChoeMarshal
Choe Kwang
최광

(1918–1997)
February 1988October 19957 years, 8 months
9
Kim Yong-chun김영춘
Yong-chun, KimVice Marshal
Kim Yong-chun
김영춘

(1936–2018)
October 1995April 200711 years, 6 months
10
Kim Kyok-sik김격식
Kyok-sik, KimGeneral
Kim Kyok-sik
김격식

(1938–2015)
April 2007February 20091 year, 10 months
11
Ri Yong-ho리영호
Yong-ho, RiVice Marshal
Ri Yong-ho
리영호

(born 1942)
February 2009July 20123 years, 5 months
12
Hyon Yong-chol현영철
Yong-chol, HyonVice Marshal
Hyon Yong-chol
현영철

(1949–2015)
July 2012May 2013[2]10 months
13
Kim Kyok-sik김격식
Kyok-sik, KimGeneral
Kim Kyok-sik
김격식

(1938–2015)
May 2013August 2013[3]3 months
14
Ri Yong-gil리영길
Yong-gil, RiGeneral
Ri Yong-gil
리영길

(born 1952)
August 2013January 2016[4]2 years, 6 months
15
Ri Myong-su리명수
Myong-su, RiVice Marshal
Ri Myong-su
리명수

(born 1937)
February 2016June 20182 years, 4 months
(14)
Ri Yong-gil리영길
Yong-gil, RiGeneral
Ri Yong-gil
리영길

(born 1952)
4 June 2018Incumbent111 days

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haas, Benjamin (4 June 2018). "North Korea sacks top three military officials, as nuclear summit nears". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 June 2018. 
  2. ^ "DPRK appoints new chief of army general staff". China.org.cn. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "N. Korea's former armed forces minister posted as chief of KPA general staff". Sina. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  4. ^ "North Korea 'executes' army chief of staff Ri Yong-gil". BBC. 10 February 2016. 

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