List of heads of state of North Korea

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Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly
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Incumbent
Kim Jong-un

since 30 November 2011
Inaugural holder Kim Tu-bong
Formation 9 September 1948
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The following is a list of heads of state of North Korea since its founding in 1948.

Heads of State of North Korea (1948–present)[edit]

Chairmen of the Standing Committee of the Supreme People's Assembly (1948–1972)[edit]

# Name
(Born-Died)
Took office Left office Political Party
1 Kim Tu-bong
(1889–1958)
9 September 1948 20 September 1957 Workers' Party of Korea
2 Choe Yong-gon
(1900–1976)
20 September 1957 28 December 1972 Workers' Party of Korea

President of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (1972–1994)[edit]

# Name
(Born-Died)
Took office Left office Political Party
3 Kim Il-sung
(1912–1994)
28 December 1972 8 July 1994 Workers' Party of Korea

Kim Il-sung died in office and was posthumously named the Eternal President of the Republic. Thus, his son and successor as leader Kim Jong-il was never given the title of President, even after his death on December 17, 2011.

Presidents of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (1994–2009)[edit]

# Name
(Born-Died)
Took office Left office Political Party
- Yang Hyong-sop
(1925–)
8 July 1994 5 September 1998 Workers' Party of Korea
5 Kim Yong-nam
(1928–)
5 September 1998 5 September 2009 Workers' Party of Korea

After Kim Il-sung's death, the presidency was not reassigned. The functions of head of state were resumed by the President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly. This was ratified by the constitution of 1998.

Supreme leader (2009–2016)[edit]

# Name
(Born-Died)
Took office Left office Political Party
3 Kim Jong-il
(1941/42–2011)
5 September 2009 30 November 2011 Workers' Party of Korea
5 Kim Jong-un
(1983-)
30 November 2011 Incumbent Workers' Party of Korea

From 2009, the Chairman of the National Defence Commission became Supreme leader of DPR Korea. Since 2012, the First Chairman of the National Defence Commission became Supreme leader. UN Protocol and Liaison service lists Kim Jong Un as an official head of state


Chairman (2016 -Present)[edit]

# Name
(Born-Died)
Took office Left office Political Party
6 Kim Jong-un
(1983–)
9 May 2016 Incumbent Workers' Party of Korea

In May 2016, Kim Jong-un changed his title to chairman of the Worker's Party

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