North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Choe Thae Bok

Choe Thae Bok

Member, CC KWP Political Bureau Presidium

CC KWP Secretary

Member, Party Central Committee (CC KWP)

Chairman and deputy, Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA)

Born: 6 December 1930, Nampo, South Pyongan


1950: baccalaurate, Kim il Sung University

1952: Leipzig College of Engineering (Germany)

1954: Research Institute, Moscow State University

Positions Held:

1961: Professor, Hamhung Chemical Engineering College

1965: Director, Research Institute, Hamhung Branch, National Academy of Science

1970: Appointed, Dean of the Faculty, Kim Chaek University of Technology

1973: Appointed, President, Kim Chaek University of Technology

1980: Appointed, Chair, Education Committee, State Administration Council

1981: Chairman, DPRK-Bulgaria Friendship Association

1982: Deputy, 7th SPA

1986: Deputy, 8th SPA

1986: Elected, CC KWP Secretary of Education

1990: Deputy, 9th SPA

Elected, Alternate Member, Political Bureau, CCKWP

1992: Appointed, Director, Science Education Department, CCKWP

1993: Chairman, Korean Solidarity Committee for the World’s People

Elected, Alternate Member, CC KWP Political Bureau

1994: Member, Kim il Sung Funeral Committee (#15)

1998: Deputy, 10th SPA

Chairman, 10th SPA

2003: Deputy, 11th SPA Representing North Hamgyong)

Chairman, 11th SPA

2004: Appointed, CC KWP International Secretary

2009: Deputy, 12th SPA

Chairman, 12th SPA

2010: Elected, Member, CC KWP Political Bureau Presidium

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