Kim Yong-il

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Yong-il
10th Premier of North Korea
In office
11 April 2007 – 7 June 2010
Leader Kim Jong-il
Preceded by Pak Pong-ju
Succeeded by Choe Yong-rim
Personal details
Born (1944-05-02) 2 May 1944 (age 72)
Political party Workers' Party of Korea
Alma mater Rajin University of Marine Transport
Kim Yong-il
Hancha or
Revised Romanization Gim Yeong(-)il
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yŏngil

Kim Yong-il (born 2 May 1944) 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 (SPA) in April 2007, replacing Pak Pong-ju.[1][2] He was then replaced by Choe Yong-rim after a rare parliamentary session on 7 June 2010.

He served in the Korean People's Army from 1960 to 1969, and then graduated from the Rajin University of Marine Transport as a navigation officer. He worked as instructor and deputy director of a general bureau of the Ministry of Land and Marine Transport for 14 years.

He was the Minister of Land and Marine Transport from 1994 until his election as Premier in 2007.[3] He oversaw the construction of new facilities at the Ryongnam Ship Repair Factory near the western port of Nampo, at the mouth of the Taedong River.[4]

As Premier, Kim Yong-il was the head of government in the DPRK, which means he appointed ministers and vice-premiers, who were confirmed by the SPA, and he was also responsible for economic and domestic policy.[5] Premier Kim’s first major speech at the anniversary of the state’s founding largely reinforced state ideology. However, on the economy, he carefully balanced demands for heavy industry with consumer goods, light industry, and agriculture: "We will firmly adhere to the socialist economic construction line of the military-first era and while developing the national defense industry first, we will vigorously ignite the flames of the agricultural revolution and the light industry revolution, thus the food problem and the issue of the people’s consumer goods should be smoothly resolved".[6]

This Kim Yong-il should not be confused with another Kim Yong-il (1955–2000?), the son of the late Kim Il-sung and half-brother of Kim Jong-il, who is said to have died in Germany in 2000.[7]

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  1. ^ "5th Session of 11th SPA of DPRK Held". KCNA. 2007-04-11. Retrieved 2007-04-14. 
  2. ^ "Kim sacks PM, releases family photo". News Limited. 2007-04-12. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  3. ^ "Kim Yong Il Elected Premier of DPRK Cabinet". KCNA. 2007-04-12. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  4. ^ "North Korea: New Premier, Changing Priorities". Stratfor. 2007-04-12. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  5. ^ Dae-woong, Jin (2007-10-04). "Who's who in North Korea's power elite". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 
  6. ^ "DPRK Premier Kim Yong Il Delivers Report Marking DPRK’s 59th Founding Anniversary" KCBS, September 8, 2007
  7. ^ "The Life and Execution of Kim Hyun". Daily NK. 2009-08-10. Retrieved 2009-08-11.