Pak Song-chol

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Pak Song-chol
Pak Sŏngch'ŏl, June 1973.jpg
3rd Premier of North Korea
In office
19 April 1976 – 16 December 1977
Preceded byKim Il
Succeeded byRi Jong-ok
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
23 October 1959 – 1 July 1970
Preceded byNam Il
Succeeded byHo Dam
Personal details
Born(1913-09-02)2 September 1913
Gyeongju, Japanese Korea
Died28 October 2008(2008-10-28) (aged 95)
Pyongyang, North Korea
NationalityNorth Korean
Political partyWorkers' Party of Korea
Pak Song-chol
Revised RomanizationBak Seong-cheol
McCune–ReischauerPak Sŏngch'ŏl

Pak Song-chol or Park Sung-chul (2 September 1913[1] – 28 October 2008)[2] was a North Korean politician who served as Premier of North Korea from 1976 to 1977. He succeeded Kim Il. He also served as foreign minister from 1959 to 1970.

In 1972, as deputy premier, he secretly visited Seoul in the lead-up to the Joint Statement on reunification.[3]

He was appointed as Vice President by the Supreme People's Assembly in December 1977 and he left the office in October 1997.[4][5] His last public appearance was in September 2003 in the viewing box at the 55th-anniversary commemoration inspection ceremonies in North Korea. He was one of the oldest former heads of government in the world.

Death and funeral[edit]

Pak died on 28 October 2008. A funeral committee was appointed with Kim Yong-nam as the chairman.[6] Its members were:[7]


  • Pak Song-chol (1977). "As He Leads The Revolution". As He Leads the Revolution, for the Freedom and Liberation of the People. Pyongyang: Foreign Languages Publishing House. OCLC 6198041.
  • — (September 1988). "The Republic Is a Great Revolutionary Achievement Obtained Through the Long and Arduous Struggle Under the Leadership of the Respected and Beloved Comrade Kim Il-song" (PDF). Kulloja (9). OCLC 9516938.
  • Kim Il; Choe Hyon; Pak Sung-chul; et al. (1982). Twenty-year-long Anti-Japanese Revolution Under the Red Sunrays: September 1931 – February 1936. 2. Pyongyang: Foreign Languages Publishing House. OCLC 914716941.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "DPRK senior official dies". Archived from the original on 2 November 2008. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  3. ^ Oberdorfer, Don; Carlin, Robert (2014). The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History. Basic Books. p. 19. ISBN 9780465031238.
  4. ^ Banks, Arthur S.; Day, Alan J.; Muller, Thomas C.; 0 (February 2016). Political Handbook of the World 1998. ISBN 9781349149513.
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  6. ^ "Pak Song Chol Dies". KCNA. 29 October 2008. Archived from the original on 12 October 2014.
  7. ^ 고 박성철의 장의위원회를 구성 (in Korean). KCNA. 30 October 2008. Archived from the original on 12 October 2014.

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