North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Chol Man

Kim Chol-man

Member, Party Central Committee

Former Chairman, Second Economy Committee

Former Member, CMC (1980-2010)

Former Member, NDC (1998-2003)

Born: 1918, South Pyongan Province

Family: Kim Chol-man is brother-in-law of the late Han Dok-su, former chairman of the

General Association of Korean Residents in Japan.


Frunze State Military Academy


1940’s: United Army with Kim Il Sung

1945: Colonel, Korean People’s Army

1948: Commanding officer, 25th regiment, 12th Division, KPA

1953: Promoted, Major General, KPA

1955: Commanding Officer, 37th Division, KPA

1962: Lieutenant General, KPA

Deputy, 3rd SPA

1964: Director-General, Strategy Bureau, Ministry of People’s (Public) Security

1965: Commanding Officer, II Army Corps

1967: Elected, Alternate (candidate) Member, CC KWP

1968: Deputy Chief of Staff, KPA

Promoted, Colonel-General, KPA

Awarded, Hero of the Republic

1970: Senior Deputy Chief of Staff, KPA

Elected, Member, CC KWP

1972: Deputy,  5th SPA

1977: Deputy, 6th SPA

1980: Member, Party Central Military Committee

Elected, Alternate Member, CC KWP Political Bureau

1981: (September) Recalled, Alternate Member, CC KWP Political Bureau

1986: Deputy, 8th SPA

1988: Director-General, Bureau of Supply and Maintenace, KPA

1989: Chairman, Second Economic Committee

1990: Deputy, 9th SPA

Elected, Alternate (candidate) Member, CC KWP Political Bureau

1992: Awarded, Double Hero

1994: Member, Kim Il-sung Funeral Committee

1995: Member, O Jin-u Funeral Committee

1998: Deputy, 10th SPA

Member, National Defense Commission

2003: Deputy 11th SPA

Retired from NDC and SEC; retained CMC position until September 2010

2009: Deputy, 12th SPA

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