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KPA Promotions Issued for Foundation Day

(Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

On September 8 (Saturday), Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) issued Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Central Military Commission [CMC] Order #005 “raising the military titles of commanding members of the People’s Army” on the “occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Founding of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [DPRK].”  This was a rare promotions order issued via the CMC and in Jong Un’s capacity as CMC Chairman.

Promotions orders for command personnel are usually issued by the Suryo’ng in his capacity as head of the Party (as Chairman, 1st Secretary or General-Secretary) or Korean People’s Army [KPA] Supreme Commander, with power organization appointments (as head of the State Affairs Commission/National Defense Commission or CMC Chairman) being few and far between.  Promotions orders on Foundation Day in the past have sometimes gone through these latter, alternate channels.

And yet, it suggests expansion of the CMC’s function in the DPRK political culture (part of the oft-repeated business about expanding Party control over the KPA, yadda, yadda, yadda).  We will have a more detailed and in-depth examination of this matter in a few days.

Photo: Rodong Sinmun

Promoted to Army Lieutenant General (Jung-jang) were:

Ri Mun Chol (Ri Mun-ch’o’l), Ri Yong Chol (Ri Yo’ng-ch’o’l), Pak Yong Ung (Pak Yong-ung), Cha Tong Gil (Ch’a Tong-kil) and Kim Rak Chun (Kim Rak-chun)

Promoted to Rear Admiral [RAdm; {So-jang} equivalent to Major-General] were:

Kim Tok Sam (Kim To’k-sam), Chin Chol Su (Chin Ch’o’l-su), Nam Chon Hak (Nam Ch’o’n-hak) and Pae Un Chol (Pae U’n-ch’o’l)

Promoted to Army Major General (So-jang) were:

Kim Song Gi (Kim So’ng-ki), Ju Sang Rae (Chu Sang-rae), Ri Jae Song (Ri Ch’ae-so’ng), Ri Gil Sam (Ri Kil-sam), Paek Myong Chol (Paek Myo’ng-ch’o’l), Kim Tong Phil (Kim Tong-p’il), Kil Song Ung (Kil So’ng-ung), Ha Kyong Chun (Ha Kyo’ng-chun), Sin Tong Chan (Sin Tong-ch’an), Kim Chol Hi (Kim Ch’o’l-hi), Ri Jong Chol (Ri Cho’ng-ch’o’l), Han Yong Su (Han Yong-su), Ri Myong Chin (Ri Myo’ng-chin), An Chun Ho (An Chun-ho), Ri Yong Nam (Ri Yo’ng-nam), Pak Yong Il (Pak Yo’ng-il), Ju Myong Chol (Chu Myo’ng-ch’o’l), Choe Pong Sop (Ch’oe Pong-so’p), Kim Yong Son (Kim Yo’ng-so’n), Kye Kyong Chol (Kye Kyo’ng-ch’o’l), Jong Kwang Chol (Cho’ng Kwang-ch’o’l), Kang Yong Chol (Kang Yo’ng-ch’o’l), Ryu Hyon Pok (Ryu Hyo’n-pok), Jang Kyong Hak (Jang Kyo’ng-hak), Jon Myong Guk (Cho’n Myo’ng-kuk), Kim Un Kwang (Kim U’n-kwang), Kim Myong Son (Kim Myo’ng-so’n), Choe Yong Yop (Ch’oe Yo’ng-yo’p), Tong Kum Ok (Tong Ku’m-ok) and Mun In Chol (Mun In-ch’o’l)

Promoted to Korean People’s Internal Security Forces [KPISF] Major General were:

Yu Hak Chol (Yu Hak-ch’o’l), Pak Kwang Ung (Pak Kwang-ung), Jo Sung Sop (Cho Su’ng-so’p), So Jong Hak (So Cho’ng-hak), Kim Sun Pong (Kim Sun-pong), Ri Chang Chol (Ri Ch’ang-ch’o’l) and Ri Kil Man (Ri Kil-man).


This article was written on 12 Sep 2018, and is filled under 2018 Military Promotions, armored division, Central Committee, Central Military Committee, DPRK 70th Anniversary (September 9, east sea command, east sea KPN command, East Sea KPN District, Executive Policy Bureau, Foundation Day (September 9th), gsd, gsob, Information Section, Kim Chong-un inspections, Kim Jong Un Visits, Kim Jong-un, KJI Personal Secretariat, Korean People's Internal Security Forces, Korean People's Army (KPA), Korean Workers' Party (KWP), KPA Cadres Bureau, KPA construction battalions, KPA construction brigades, KPA East Command Zone, KPA General Logistics Department, KPA General Political Bureau, KPA General Political Department, KPA General Staff, KPA infantry corps, KPA Large Combined Units, KPA Organization Department, KPA supernumerary organizations, KPA West Sea Command, KPA WPK Committee, kpif, Lt. Gen. Cha Tong Gil, Lt. Gen. Kim Rak Chun, Lt. Gen. Pak Yong Ung, Lt. Gen. Ri Mun Chol, Maj. Choe Yong Yop, Maj. Gen. An Chun Ho, Maj. Gen. Choe Pong Sop, Maj. Gen. Ha Kyong Chun, Maj. Gen. Han Yong Su, Maj. Gen. Jang Kyong Hak, Maj. Gen. Jo Sung Sop (KPISF), Maj. Gen. Jon Myong Guk, Maj. Gen. Jong Kwang Chol, Maj. Gen. Ju Myong Chol, Maj. Gen. Ju Sang Rae, Maj. Gen. Kang Yong Chol, Maj. Gen. Kil Song Ung, Maj. Gen. Kim Chol Hi, Maj. Gen. Kim Myong Son, Maj. Gen. Kim Song Gi, Maj. Gen. Kim Sun Pong (KPISF), Maj. Gen. Kim Tong Phil, Maj. Gen. Kim Un Kwang, Maj. Gen. Kim Yong Son, Maj. Gen. Kye Kyong Chol, Maj. Gen. Mun In Chol, Maj. Gen. Paek Myong Chol, Maj. Gen. Pak Kwang Ung (KPISF), Maj. Gen. Pak Yong Il, Maj. Gen. Ri Chang Chol (KPISF), Maj. Gen. Ri Gil Sam, Maj. Gen. Ri Jae Song, Maj. Gen. Ri Jong Chol, Maj. Gen. Ri Kil Man (KPISF), Maj. Gen. Ri Myong Chin, Maj. Gen. Ri Yong Chol (IV AC GPD), Maj. Gen. Ri Yong Nam, Maj. Gen. Ryu Hyon Pok, Maj. Gen. Sin Tong Chan, Maj. Gen. So Jong Hak (KPISF), Maj. Gen. Tong Kum Ok, Maj. Gen. Yu Hak Chol (KPISF), Military Affairs, military security command [msc], ministry of people's security, Ministry of the People's Armed Forces (MPAF), MPAF GPB, Navy Command, Organization and Guidance Department, Political Bureau, Publication Guidance Bureau, RAdm, RAdm Chin Chol Su, RAdm Kim Tok Sam, RAdm Nam Chon Hak, RAdm Pae Un Chol, Ri Yong Chol (IV AC PC), Secretariat, State Affairs Commission, West Sea KPN District.

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