Paek Ryong Chon DPRK

Who is the former CEO of the North Korean Central Bank?

The son of former North Korean foreign minister Paek Nam-sun, who died in 2007, is the former president of the North Korea’s Central Bank. He was replaced in April by Kim Chon Gyun. Paek Ryong-chon (born in 1952), WAs the  "president of the Central Bank" since 2011. Paek Ryong-chon was 3 times in South Korea (in 2002, 2006 and 2007) where he was travelling with Jang Sung Thaek in 2002.

His father Paek Nam-sun was the DPRK foreign minister from 1998 to 2007. Before being a minister he was the DPRK ambassador to Poland.

Paek Ryong-chon is belonging to the former guard of the top DPRK leadership. Being a son of a proeminent friend of Kim Il Sung, he’s rather safe in the DPRK leadership in spite of loosing his position as the CEO of the Central Bank of the DPRK. Recently he was seen with Yang Hyong-sop during an official meeting o f the DPRK leadership. One of the ally of Paek Ryong-chon is the former deputy prime minister Jon Sung Hun. Both of them lost their positions in April 2014.

Paek Ryong-chon is circled in green in the below picture.

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Paek Ryong-chon is circled in red in the below pictures.

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Music – a political tool. The example of the Moranbong Band in North Korea

Recently North Korean (also know as Democratic People’s Republic of Korea-DPRK) politicians try to show that their country is normal despite of the purge of Jang Sung Thaek and Choe Ryong Hae. Before his execution, Jang Sung Thaek was highly implicated in the management of entertainment activities. He was the secretary of the 37 members State Physical Culture and Sports Guidance Commission. Jang Sung Thaek was also involved in the visits of former Japanese sportsmen to North Korea (including Antonio Inoki, a former Japanese wrestler involved in the tumultuous Japanese-DPRK relations) and in the management of musical and artistical groups (sucha as the Mansudae Orchestra).

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Choe Ryong Hae

Divorce between Choe Ryong Hae and Kim Jong Eun (second part)

The first part of this document is available here/la 1ere partie du document est disponible ici.

Lors d’une session de la Commission Militaire Centrale qui s’est tenue le 27 avril 2014, Choe Ryong Hae était présent à l’événement ce qui aurait alors confirmé qu’il aurait toujours du pouvoir au sein des structures politiques clés de la Corée du Nord. Peu de temps après, le 5 mai 2014, celui-ci a été nominé secrétaire du Comité Central du Parti du Travail nord-coréen. Sa récente nomination en tant que secrétaire délégué à la Commission Nationale de la Défense fait qu’il parait peu probable qu’il puisse etre démis de ses fonctions. Néammoins observant l’exécution de Jang Sung Thaek qui a eu lieu le 13 décembre 2013, une chose s’affine : Kim Jong Eun ne partage le pouvoir avec personne et il est libre de ses décisions qui sont appliqués quelque soient-elles. La purge de Choe serait en réalité peut-etre une mise à niveau de coté car , selon le professeur Cheong Seong Chang de l’institut Saejong de Seoul, Choe aurait démis de ses fonctions pour raisons de santé.

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Ri Chol

North Korean Foreign Minister Meets Special Envoy of Mongolian President

According to the KCNA (the North Korean press agency), the North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong (also known as Ri Chol) had a talk with special envoy of the Mongolian president Khaltmaa Battulga, member of the State Great Hural, and his party who paid a courtesy call on him at the Mansudae Assembly Hall Tuesday. Ri Su Yong is the DPRK FM since april 2014. During the first part of the year 2014, he recovered from a severe disease.

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Pilsner in Pyongyang: How Czech company helped open brewery in N. Korea …. but not only…

Pilsner, the czech brewer is now present in North Korea!

Relations between both countries are strong (on a North Korean scale). As an example, in the past some North Koreans visited a czech nuclear installation.

According to wikileaks:

The delegation visited the Czech nuclear power facility at Temelin on 20 October. Officials at the MFA and the Prime Minister’s office, as well as Speaker of Parliament Lubomir Zaoralek, were well aware of USG views urging the Czechs to cancel this stop (ref B). MFA staff report that (former) Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Kolar raised this several times with Zaoralek. Ambassador passed a strong message to Zaoralek reminding him of our concerns. Zaoralek’s staff replied that the Speaker was able to limit the visit to only "non-sensitive" areas of the facility, but "for political reasons" was not able to force Vice Speaker Filip to cancel the visit completely. MFA staff also indicate that Zaoralek did not, as he intended, tell the DPRK del that he expected them to permit Czech officials to visit the facility at Yongbyon. This was allegedly because a Czech press report on 18 October had claimed that Zaoralek intended to "trick" the North Koreans into agreeing to a visit to Yongbyon.

It has to be underline that there is a North Korean restaurant in Prague, there is a Czech embassy in Pyongyang. North Korean based are trying to make exhibitions of the North Korean art in Czech Republic. In the past a lot of North Koreans were working in Czech, and Czech were (with Poland) belonging to the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission  which was involved in the management of the border between North and South Korea.

The former ambassador of the DPRK to the Czech Republic was Ri Pyong Gap, a 60 years old gentleman who was perfectly speaking in english, his diplomatic background was also used during secret negotiations between Europe and the DPRK Interestingly Ri Pyong Gap used to work at the nuclear desk of the DPRK MOFA before moving to Prague. He came back to Pyongyang in 2011 and was replaced by Ri Kwang Gil.

A former wife of a czech diplomat based in Pyongyang explain her experience in the film below: