North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Choe Son-hui (Choe Son-hui)

updated 22 January 2011

Choe Son-hui is a department director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  She has served as an aide and interpreter at the Six Party Talks, and other high level DPRK foreign interactions including an August 2009 trip to Pyongyang by former US President Bill Clinton.

Choe Son-hui was born in 1964 in the DPRK.  She is the adopted daughter of the current DPRK Premier, Choe Yong-nim.  She was educated in the DPRK and has also studied in China, Austria and Malta.  Choe has worked as a researcher and English language interpreter at MOFA.  She has been observed attending several meetings in support of chief DPRK nuclear negotiator and current Senior Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kim Kye-gwan.  She attended meetings in Beijing with Kim in October 2010.

Yonhap News Agency reported that Choe was certain to be promoted to a MOFA director, and that her job responsibilities transcend providing interpretative and administrative services.


“N. Korean Interpreter to Six-party Talks Promoted in Foreign Ministry: Source,” Yonhap News Agency, October 13, 2010

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