Ju Kyu-chang

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Ju Kyu-chang (25 November 1928 – 3 September 2018) was a North Korean politician, who served as the director of the Workers' Party of Korea's (WPK) Machine-Building Industry Department.[1]

Ju was reportedly the head of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.[2] His background was in research and development, as opposed to his deputy director Hong Sung-mu, who is more manufacture-oriented.[3]

Ju was named to the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea in 2010.


  1. ^ "Analysis: N.Korea's missile-maker seen in key role in new regime". 30 December 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2018 – via Reuters. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-12-03. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  3. ^ Gause, Ken E. (March 2014). North Korean Leadership Dynamics and Decision-making under Kim Jong-un: A Second Year Assessment (PDF) (Report). CNA Analysis & Solutions. p. 92. COP-2013-U-006988-Final.