Ministry of People's Armed Forces

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Ministry of People's Armed Forces
Agency overview
Jurisdiction  North Korea
Headquarters Pyongyang
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Minister responsible
Parent agency National Defence Commission
Ministry of People's Armed Forces
Chosŏn'gŭl 인민무력부
Revised Romanization Inminmuryeokbu
McCune–Reischauer Inminmuryŏkpu

The Ministry of People’s Armed Forces (MPAF) is the government agency tasked with general administrative and logistical coordination of the Korean People’s Army (KPA). Prior to 1992, it was under the direct control of the president, with guidance from the National Defence Commission and the Workers' Party of Korea Military Affairs Department. The 1992 state constitution shifts its control to the National Defence Commission. The current Minister of People's Armed Forces is Pak Yong-sik, who was appointed to the post in July 2015.[1]


The Ministry of People’s Armed Forces is essentially an umbrella agency gathering the KPA's logistical, political, and personnel components. The ministry also has departments which coordinate relations with foreign militaries, as well as regulating Government-owned corporations related to the defence industry and other foreign currency earning ventures. The ministry, through the General Staff Department is responsible for the daily operational planning and management of the KPA's ground, naval, and air commands. It develops strategy, conducts education and training, conveys the orders and guidance of the KPA Supreme Command and completes certain signals intelligence tasks.


The Ministry of People's Armed Forces contains the following departments:[2]

Director of the General Political Bureau and Chief of the General Staff have more power than Minister.

Ministers of People's Armed Forces

Minister of People's Armed Forces
Chosŏn'gŭl 인민무력부장
Revised Romanization Inminmuryeokbujang
McCune–Reischauer Inminmuryŏkpujang
# Name Chosŏn'gŭl Rank Term
1 Choe Yong-gon 최용건 Vice Marshal September 1948 – September 1957
2 Kim Kwang-hyop 김광협 General September 1957 – October 1962
3 Kim Chang-bong 김창봉 General October 1962 – December 1968
4 Choe Hyon 최현 General December 1968 – May 1976
5 O Jin-u 오진우 Marshal May 1976 – February 1995
6 Choe Kwang 최광 Marshal October 1995 – February 1997
7 Kim Il-chol 김일철 Vice Marshal February 1997 – February 2009
8 Kim Yong-chun 김영춘 Vice Marshal February 2009 – April 2012
9 Kim Jong-gak 김정각 Vice Marshal April – November 2012
10 Kim Kyok-sik 김격식 General November 2012 – May 2013[3]
11 Jang Jong-nam 장정남 General May 2013 – June 2014[4]
12 Hyon Yong-chol 현영철 Colonel General June 2014 – April 2015[5]
13 Pak Yong-sik 박영식 General May 2015 – present

See also


  1. Amy R. Connolly (July 11, 2015). "Gen. Pak Yong Sik confirmed as new North Korea defense minister". United Press International. Retrieved July 12, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Worden, Robert L., ed. (2008). North Korea: A Country Study. Library of Congress, Federal Research Division. p. 242. ISBN 9780160814228.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "North Korea appoints hardline general as armed forces minister", The Guardian, 29 November 2012.
  4. "North Korea Defense Minister Kim Kyok Sik Replaced With Jang Jong Nam". Huffington Post. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "North Korea replaces defense minister". Channel NewsAsia. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>