Ministry of People's Armed Forces

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Ministry of People's Armed Forces
Agency overview
Jurisdiction  North Korea
Headquarters Pyongyang
39°3′39″N 125°44′20″E / 39.06083°N 125.73889°E / 39.06083; 125.73889Coordinates: 39°3′39″N 125°44′20″E / 39.06083°N 125.73889°E / 39.06083; 125.73889
Minister responsible
Parent agency State Affairs Commission
Ministry of People's Armed Forces
Chosŏn'gŭl 인민무력부
Revised Romanization Inminmuryeokbu
McCune–Reischauer Inminmuryŏkpu

The Ministry of People's Armed Forces (MPAF, Chosŏn'gŭl인민무력부; MRInminmuryŏkpu) is the government agency tasked with general administrative and logistical coordination of the Korean People's Army (KPA). Prior to 1992, it was under the direct control of the president, with guidance from the National Defence Commission and the Workers' Party of Korea Military Affairs Department. The 1992 state constitution shifts its control to the National Defence Commission. The 2016 state constitution revision shifted its control to the State Affairs Commission. The current Minister of People's Armed Forces is No Kwang-chol, who was appointed to the post in June 2018.[1]

Until December 1972, the Minister of the People's Armed Forces was called the Minister of National Defence (민족보위상).[2]

Duties[edit]

The Ministry of People’s Armed Forces is essentially an umbrella agency gathering the KPA's logistical, political, and personnel components. The ministry also has departments which coordinate relations with foreign militaries, as well as regulating Government-owned corporations related to the defence industry and other foreign currency earning ventures. The ministry, through the General Staff Department is responsible for the daily operational planning and management of the KPA's ground, naval, and air commands. It develops strategy, conducts education and training, conveys the orders and guidance of the KPA Supreme Command and completes certain signals intelligence tasks.

Departments[edit]

The Ministry of People's Armed Forces contains the following departments:[3]

Both the Director of the General Political Bureau and Chief of the General Staff have more power than the Minister.

Ministers of People's Armed Forces[edit]

Minister of People's Armed Forces
Chosŏn'gŭl 인민무력부장
Revised Romanization Inminmuryeokbujang
McCune–Reischauer Inminmuryŏkpujang
Minister Took office Left office Time in office
1
Choe Yong-gon 최용건
Yong-gon, ChoeVice Marshal
Choe Yong-gon
최용건

(1900–1976)
September 1948September 19579 years
2
Kim Kwang-hyop 김광협
Kwang-hyop, KimGeneral
Kim Kwang-hyop
김광협

(1915–1970)
September 1957October 19625 years, 1 month
3
Kim Chang-bong 김창봉
Chang-bong, KimGeneral
Kim Chang-bong
김창봉
October 1962December 19686 years, 2 months
4
Choe Hyon 최현
Hyon, ChoeGeneral
Choe Hyon
최현

(1907–1982)
December 1968May 19767 years, 5 months
5
O Jin-u 오진우
Jin-u, OMarshal
O Jin-u
오진우

(1917–1995)
May 1976February 199518 years, 9 months
6
Choe Kwang 최광
Kwang, ChoeMarshal
Choe Kwang
최광

(1918–1997)
October 1995February 19971 year, 4 months
7
Kim Il-chol 김일철
Il-chol, KimVice Marshal
Kim Il-chol
김일철

(born 1933)
February 1997February 200912 years
8
Kim Yong-chun 김영춘
Yong-chun, KimVice Marshal
Kim Yong-chun
김영춘

(1936–2018)
February 2009April 20123 years, 2 months
9
Kim Jong-gak 김정각
Jong-gak, KimVice Marshal
Kim Jong-gak
김정각

(born 1941)
April 2012November 20127 months
10
Kim Kyok-sik 김격식
Kyok-sik, KimGeneral
Kim Kyok-sik
김격식

(1938–2015)
November 2012May 20136 months
11
Jang Jong-nam 장정남
Jong-nam, JangGeneral
Jang Jong-nam
장정남
May 2013June 20141 year, 1 month
12
Hyon Yong-chol 현영철
Yong-chol, HyonGeneral
Hyon Yong-chol
현영철

(1949–2015)
June 201412 May 201510 months
Unknown
(12 May 2015 – 11 July 2015)
13
Pak Yong-sik 박영식
Yong-sik, PakGeneral
Pak Yong-sik
박영식

(born 1950)
11 July 20154 June 20182 years, 10 months
14
No Kwang-chol 한국어
Kwang-chol, NoGeneral
No Kwang-chol
한국어

(born 1956)
4 June 2018Incumbent137 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. ^ Tertitskiy, Fyodor (7 February 2018). "The unusual history of North Korea's military foundation day". NK News. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  3. ^ Worden, Robert L., ed. (2008). North Korea: A Country Study. Library of Congress, Federal Research Division. p. 242. ISBN 9780160814228.