State Affairs Commission of North Korea

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DPRK National Defence Commission
Chosŏn'gŭl 조선민주주의인민공화국 국무위원회
Hancha 朝鮮民主主義人民共和國國務委員會
Revised Romanization Joseon minjujuui inmin gonghwaguk gukmu wiwonhoe
McCune–Reischauer Chosŏn minjujuŭi inmin konghwaguk kukmu wiwŏnhoe

The State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (SAC) is defined by the 2016 constitution as "the highest guiding organ of the managing organ of matters". Currently Kim Jong-un is the Chairman of the SAC and Ri Yong-Mu is the Vice-Chairman.

History[edit]

The National Defence Commission was created in 1972 as per the 1972 Constitution, originally the commission's mandate was to supervise national defence matters within North Korea.

Per the 4th plenary session of the Supreme People's Assembly in June of 2016 the National Defence Commission was officially replaced by the State Affairs Commission, with an expanded focus towards other national concerns aside from defence and security.

Powers and responsibilities[edit]

Article 106 of the Constitution of North Korea states that the State Affairs Commission is "the supreme national guidance organ of state sovereignty". Article 109 of the Constitution states that the SAC’s powers are to:[1]

  • deliberate and decide the work on defense building of the State, including major policies of the State;
  • exercise supervision over the fulfillment of the orders of the Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the decisions and directives of the State Affairs Commission, and take measures for their fulfillment;
  • abrogate decisions and directives of State organs which run counter to the orders of the Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the decisions and directives of the Commission.

Current composition of the DPRK SAC, as of June 2016[edit]

These are the members of the DPRK SAC after the 4th plenary session of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly on 29 June of 2016.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Article 109 of the Constitution of North Korea

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