Ri Hong Ho will be appointed by Ri Song Gwon, former Chairman of the Committee for Peaceful Reunification.
In North Korea, Foreign Minister Ri Hong Ho has been removed from office and reappointed by Ri Song Gwon, which could lead to major changes in the country’s foreign policy. This is reported by NK News citing sources in Pyongyang.
“North Korea’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ri Hong Ho has been replaced as a result of a major political reshuffle that could have a significant impact on the country’s diplomatic position in the future,” the statement said.
According to sources, Ri Hong Ho will be appointed by a Song Gwon, former chairman of the Committee for Peaceful Reunification.
This diplomat played an important role in the inter-Korean talks in early 2018. He also previously served as an official in the political department of the now-defunct National Defense Commission. He was once known as the right-hand man of the Director of the United Front Department, Kim Jong-Chol. Ri Song Gwon participated in the second round of inter-Korean military talks at the working level in October 2006.
The decision to appoint a new foreign minister is expected to be officially announced at an event for resident diplomats scheduled for January 23 in or before Pyongyang.
The current DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Hong Ho has served as the country’s chief diplomat since 2016. He has a 38-year career in international relations.
Yong Ho served as DPRK’s foreign minister during Pyongyang’s unprecedented expansion of diplomatic contacts over the past two years, when North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held summit sprees with the leaders of the United States, South Korea, Russia, China, and Cuba.