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Pak Jong Nam

Pak Jong Nam (right) attending a food factory tour with Choe Ryong Hae in January 2018

updated 8 April 2022

Pak Jong Nam (Pak Cho’ng-nam) is Director of the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Document Archives.  Pak is also a member of the WPK Central Committee and deputy to the Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA].

Pak has held several positions as a political instructor and guidance official. His first major position was in 1996 as secretary on the Hamhu’ng WPK City Committee. He was appointed as a secretary of the Kangwo’n WPK Provincial Committee in July 2001.

He was elevated to the position of Chief Secretary of the Kangwo’n WPK Provincial Committee in May 2013 and elected a deputy to the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly in March 2014. Pak was elected to the 7th WPK Central Committee during the 7th Party Congress in May 2016.  He was elected an alternate member of the WPK Political Bureau in April 2019 and appointed to the SPA Legislative Committee that same month.

During the 8th Party Congress in January 2021, Pak migrated into the Central Committee apparatus and appointed director of the WPK Document Archives.


Pak Jong Nam

Director, WPK Document Archives

Member, WPK Central Committee

Deputy, Supreme People’s Assembly

1996: Secretary, Hamhu’ng WPK City Committee

2001: Secretary, Kangwo’n WPK Provincial Committee

2013: (May) Chief Secretary, Kangwo’n WPK Provincial Committee

(December) Member, Kim Kuk Tae Funeral Committee

2014: (March) Elected, deputy, 13th Supreme People’s Assembly

(July) Member, Jon Pyong Ho Funeral Committee

2015: (November) Member, Ri Ul Sol Funeral Committee

(December) Kim Yang Gon Funeral Committee

2016: (May) Elected, Member, 7th WPK Central Committee

Chairman, Kangwo’n WPK Provincial Committee

(May) Member, Kang Sok Ju Funeral Committee

2018: (August) Member, Kim Yong Chun Funeral Committee

(December) Member, Kim Chol Man Funeral Committee

2019: (March) Elected, Deputy, 14th Supreme People’s Assembly

(April) Elected, Alternate Member, WPK Political Bureau

Appointed, Member, SPA Legislation Committee

2020: (January) Member, Hwang Sun Hui Funeral Committee

2021: (January) Elected, Member, 8th WPK Central Committee

Appointed, Director, WPK Document Archives


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