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 National Defence Commission
Ministry of People's Armed Forces
Chosŏn'gŭl 인민무력부
Revised Romanization Inminmuryeokbu
McCune–Reischauer Inminmuryŏkpu

The Ministry of People’s Armed Forces (MPAF) 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 current Minister of People's Armed Forces is Pak Yong-sik, who was appointed to the post in July 2015.[1]


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:[2]

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

Ministers of People's Armed Forces[edit]

Minister of People's Armed Forces
Chosŏn'gŭl 인민무력부장
Revised Romanization Inminmuryeokbujang
McCune–Reischauer Inminmuryŏkpujang
Portrait Name
Term of Office Party
Post established on 9 September 1948
1 Choe Yong-gon.jpg Choe Yong-gon
September 1948 - September 1957 Korean Social Democratic Party
2 Kim Kwang-hyop
September 1957 – October 1962
3 Kim Chang-bong
October 1962 – December 1968
4 Choe Hyon
December 1968 – May 1976
5 O Jin-u
May 1976 – February 1995
6 Choe Kwang
October 1995 – February 1997
7 Kim Il-chol
((Born 1933))
February 1997 – February 2009
8 Kim Yong-chun
(Born 1936)
February 2009 – April 2012
9 Kim Jong-gak
(Born 1941)
April 2012 – November 2012 Workers' Party of Korea
10 Kim Kyok-sik
November 2012 – May 2013
11 Jang Jong-nam
May 2013 – June 2014
12 Hyon-YongChol.jpg Hyon Yong-chol
June 2014 – ± 30 April 2015
Unknown (30 April 2015 - 11 July 2015)
13 Pak Yong-sik
± 11 July 2015 - present Workers' Party of Korea

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Amy R. Connolly (July 11, 2015). "Gen. Pak Yong Sik confirmed as new North Korea defense minister". United Press International. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  2. ^ Worden, Robert L., ed. (2008). North Korea: A Country Study. Library of Congress, Federal Research Division. p. 242. ISBN 9780160814228.