Korea DPR creates new state apparatus-Choe Ryong-hae

N.K. creates new state apparatus

This photo from the North’s Korean Central News Agency shows Choe Ryong-hae, vice chairman of the central committee of the Worker’s Party of Korea, who was named vice chairman of the country’s newly created “commission on state affairs” at a meeting of the parliament in Pyongyang on June 29, 2016. The North’s top leader Kim Jong-un was appointed the chairman of the commission, and three vice chairmen were chosen, one each from the military, the ruling party and the cabinet. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap) (END)

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Cuban delegation visits North Korea

Cuban delegation visits N. Korea

Salvador Antonio Valdes Mesa (L), a member of the political bureau of the central committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (CPC), is greeted by North Korea’s Choe Ryong-hae, vice chairman of the central committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, in Pyongyang on June 28, 2016. The CPC delegation explained the results of the recent party congress, according to the North’s Korean Central News Agency, which released this photo. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap) (END)

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Choe Ryong-hae resumes accompanying Kim Jong-un

Top N.K. official resumes accompanying Kim Jong-un

Choe Ryong-hae (circled in red), a secretary of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, accompanies North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (front) during Kim’s visit to the newly built Youth Movement Museum in this undated photo released by the North’s state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper on Jan. 20, 2016. Choe accompanied Kim for the first time in three months since Oct. 19, 2015, when he was reported to have viewed a performance of the all-female band Moranbong with Kim. (Yonhap) (END)


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North Korean senior official expelled

N.K. senior official expelled

This file photo dated Oct. 3, 2015, shows Choe Ryong-hae, secretary of North Korea’s ruling Worker’s Party of Korea, listening to the country’s top leader Kim Jong-un during a ceremony in Pyongyang celebrating the completion of a power station. South Korea’s intelligence agency said on Nov. 24, 2015, that Choe, one of the leader’s key aides, appears to have been expelled to a local farm for “re-education” this month after he was held responsible for a water leakage at the power station. (Yonhap) (END)

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Kim Jong-un has sent a official to reeducational field

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has sent his key confidant to the country’s top school for reeducation, South Korea’s intelligence officials said Thursday, in an apparent lenient punishment that could set the stage of his political comeback in the coming months, if not years.

“Choe Ryong-hae is receiving education at Kim Il Sung Higher Party School,” an official said, referring to the top institution named after the country’s founder, Kim’s late grandfather.

Choe Ryong-hae, a secretary of the Workers’ Party of (North) Korea appears on North Korean TV (circled in red), Monday, amid controversy over his omission from the list of members of a committee led by Ri Ul-sol, a marshal of the Korean People’s Army who died Saturday. Yonhap.
Choe Ryong-hae, a secretary of the Workers’ Party of (North) Korea appears on North Korean TV (circled in red), Monday, amid controversy over his omission from the list of members of a committee led by Ri Ul-sol, a marshal of the Korean People’s Army who died Saturday. Yonhap.

The school in Pyongyang is the top institution where party officials are trained.

Choe, a senior secretary of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, visited China a couple of times and is widely seen as North Korea’s point man on China.

In 2013, Choe met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing as Kim’s envoy. In September, Choe also visited Beijing for China’s massive military parade.

Choe’s whereabouts have been under the intense spotlight among officials and analysts in South Korea and other regional powers as he was not named as a member of a funeral committee of a senior military official who died last Saturday.

Choe also did not show up for the state funeral ceremony of Ri Ul-sol, marshal of North Korea’s military, who died of lung cancer at the age of 94.

Choe’s conspicuous absence sparked speculation among some analysts that he might have been ousted from the party’s key post.

Still, the South Korean intelligence officials believe that Choe was not purged, though he is undergoing education at the Kim Il Sung Higher Party School for unspecified reasons.

The officials, who spoke on conditions of anonymity, did not give any details on how Choe ended up in reeducation at Kim Il Sung Higher Party School.

There is media speculation that it may be related to problems in building a dam near Mount Baekdu, which Pyongyang claims is the sacred birthplace of Kim Jong-il, North Korea’s late leader and the father of the current leader Kim.

The South Korean officials said that reeducation at Kim Il Sung Higher Party School is the most lenient punishment, compared with writing a letter of self-criticism at home or serving time in rural areas or coal mines.

On Wednesday, North Korean state television aired footage of Choe when it aired a competition of “ssirum” ― a traditional Korean form of wrestling ― at a stadium in Pyongyang, the officials said.

The intelligence officials said they believe that the ssirum competition was held Tuesday. The North Korean state television usually reports events a day after they take place.

In 2014, the North’s main newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, mentioned Choe’s late father’s case as an example of protecting the country’s founder Kim Il-sung.

Choe Hyon, who served as a vice defense minister, pulled a pistol during a key party meeting in 1956 on the opposition in a factional strife against Kim Il-sung. The senior Choe’s move dampened the spirits of those who opposed Kim, who later purged his political opponents. (Yonhap)


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Choe Ryong-hae at China’s military parade

N. Korea's Choe Ryong-hae at China's military parade


Choe Ryong-hae, a secretary of the Workers’ Party of (North) Korea, watches a massive military parade marking the 70th anniversary of China’s victory over Japan in World War II at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Sept. 3, 2015. During the parade, Choe was positioned far away from South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Yonhap) (END)


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Korea DPR and Russia agree to push for six-way nuclear talks: KCNA

SEOUL, Nov. 25 (Yonhap) — Top North Korean and Russian officials agreed to redouble efforts to revive the six-party talks on Pyongyang’s nuclear program when they met in Moscow last week, the North’s official news agency said Tuesday.

President Vladimir Putin and Choe Ryong-hae, special envoy of the North’s leader Kim Jong-un, also agreed to improve political, economic and military exchanges between the two countries in 2015, reported the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Next year, Korea will commemorate the 70th anniversary of its liberation from Japan’s colonial rule and Russia will mark the 70th anniversary of victory in World War II.

The KCNA said that Choe conveyed Kim’s letter to Putin but stopped short of revealing details.

Speculation has grown about the possibility of summit talks between Putin and Kim early next year in the wake of Choe’s weeklong trip to Russia.

The KCNA summarized the results of Choe’s meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The two sides decided to step up efforts to restart the six-way talks without any preconditions and discussed ways to create the mood for that, it said. The now-suspended negotiations also involve South Korea, the U.S., China, and Japan.

The North has called for the immediate resumption of the talks but the U.S. has insisted it to take initial steps towards denuclearization.

Choe, the Workers’ Party of Korea secretary, and Lavrov also agreed to bring Pyongyang-Moscow relations to a higher level including closer cooperation on the global stage, according to the KCNA.

Pyongyang is under growing international pressure for its human rights problem and weapons of mass destruction program.

Choe, one of the closest aides to the North Korean leader, traveled to Russia from Nov. 17-24. He was accompanied by Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan, Vice Economy Minister Ri Kwang-gun, and No Kwang-chol, deputy chief of the General Staff of the North’s military.

Kim Kye-gwan has long handled Pyongyang’s nuclear negotiations with Washington and other members of the six-way talks.





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Choe Ryong-hae back in Pyongyang after Russia trip


Choe Ryong-hae, a top North Korean official, returned to Pyongyang Monday after a visit to Russia as a special envoy of leader Kim Jong-un, the North’s state media reported.

Choe’s weeklong trip to Moscow, Khabarovsk, and Vladivostok was highlighted by his meetings with President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Russian capital.

Choe, the Workers’ Party of Korea secretary, delivered Kim’s letter to Putin, signaling the possibility of summit talks next year.

Kim’s dispatch of Choe, one of his closest aides, to Russia was seen as part of efforts to improve ties with Moscow amid reportedly strained relations with Beijing. The North’s regime is also confronted with growing international pressure over its human rights abuses and programs for weapons of mass destruction.

Choe’s entourage included Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan, Vice Economy Minister Ri Kwang-gun, and No Kwang-chol, deputy chief of the General Staff of the North’s military, according to the Korean Central News Agency. (Yonhap)

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Korea DPR leader’s top aide to visit Russia

Choe Ryong-hae. (Yonhap)

North Korea plans to dispatch leader Kim Jong-un’s top aide to Russia, Pyongyang’s state media said Friday, in apparent efforts to boost ties with its rare patron amid deepening diplomatic isolation and shriveling outside assistance.

Choe Ryong-hae, a secretary of the ruling Workers’ Party, will travel to Moscow “in the near future” as Kim’s special envoy, the Korean Central News Agency reported, without elaborating.

Choe’s planned trip comes one week after Hyon Yong-chol, the communist state’s minister of the People’s Armed Forces, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin while visiting the capital to celebrate the 90th birthday of former Soviet Union Defense Minister Dmitry Yazov.

With Putin currently in Australia for the Group of 20 summit, Choe is likely to depart after his return this weekend, observers say.

Though Choe’s agenda remains unknown, the sides may discuss a summit between Kim and Putin, and cooperation on military areas and North Korean human rights, experts say. The two countries recently launched a joint venture to modernize the North‘s railway network.

A former director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People’s Army, Choe is one of the most trusted confidants of the young leader. Though the coveted post was taken over early this year by Hwang Pyong-so, he still seems to be wielding formidable power, accompanying Kim on most public outings and delivering his messages overseas.

Last month, Choe made a surprise visit to the South along with Hwang and United Front Department Director Kim Yang-gon, chiefly to attend the closing ceremony of the Asian Games in Incheon. He also went to Beijing last year and met with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Pyongyang appears to be falling into deeper isolation as its relations with China, a top political and economic benefactor, remain frosty especially since the shock execution in December of Jang Song-thaek, the leader’s influential uncle known for his close ties with Beijing. Robert King, the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, called their relationship “rocky” at a forum in Seoul on Thursday.

The international community is also raising voices against its rampant human rights violations. A U.N. panel is scheduled to vote next week on a resolution on the human rights situation in the reclusive country, which would call for justice for the perpetrators and a possible referral to the International Criminal Court.

“A deepening sense of diplomatic isolation appears to be a significant factor behind Choe’s excursion given the recently concluded South Korea-China free trade pact and President Park Geun-hye’s display of hopes for a trilateral summit with China and Japan,” said Cheong Seong-chang, a senior fellow at the private Sejong Institute.

“Without North Korea’s clear commitment to a denuclearization, the possibility is low for a summit between Kim and Xi at least in the near future. That could well be a reason for the North to seek one with Putin, which will also help Russia expand its say on the peninsula and draw Pyongyang’s cooperation on railway projects.”

By Shin Hyon-hee (heeshin@heraldcorp.com)


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