Ministry of People's Armed Forces
|Parent agency||State Affairs Commission|
|Ministry of People's Armed Forces|
The Ministry of People's Armed Forces (MPAF, Chosŏn'gŭl: 인민무력부; MR: Inminmuryŏkpu) 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.
Until December 1972, the Minister of the People's Armed Forces was called the Minister of National Defence (민족보위상).
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.
The Ministry of People's Armed Forces contains the following departments:
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
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|Minister of People's Armed Forces|
|№||Minister||Took office||Left office||Time in office|
|September 1948||September 1957||9 years|
|September 1957||October 1962||5 years, 1 month|
|October 1962||December 1968||6 years, 2 months|
|December 1968||May 1976||7 years, 5 months|
|May 1976||February 1995||18 years, 9 months|
|October 1995||February 1997||1 year, 4 months|
|February 1997||February 2009||12 years|
|February 2009||April 2012||3 years, 2 months|
|April 2012||November 2012||7 months|
|November 2012||May 2013||6 months|
|May 2013||June 2014||1 year, 1 month|
|June 2014||12 May 2015||10 months|
(12 May 2015 – 11 July 2015)
|11 July 2015||4 June 2018||2 years, 10 months|
|4 June 2018||Incumbent||137 days|
- General Staff Department of the Korean People's Army
- General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army
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