Pak Nam-gi

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Pak Nam-gi
Chosŏn'gŭl 박남기
Revised Romanization Bak Namgi
McCune–Reischauer Pak Namgi

Pak Nam-gi or Park Nam-ki (21 February 1934 – 17 March 2010) was, until as late as January 2010,[1] Director of the Planning and Finance Department of the ruling party of North Korea. There are doubts about his date of birth, with at least two unattributed sources[2][3] reporting it as 21 February 1934 or sometime in 1928 respectively.

In March 2010, it was reported by news agencies including Yonhap,[4] Bloomberg,[5] and The Guardian[6] that Pak had been tried and then executed by firing squad in Pyongyang for the offense of being "a son of a bourgeois conspiring to infiltrate the ranks of revolutionaries to destroy the national economy". According to the Guardian, he had been denounced as a traitor during a meeting in January 2010 and arrested on the spot. This related to the devaluation of the North Korean won in November 2009, which led to a crisis after rendering valueless many people's savings.[7][8]

Although John Park, a Stanton junior faculty fellow at MIT, claimed in 2012 that Pak Nam-gi is still alive and had resurfaced after his alleged execution,[9] Ri Je-gang, the former First Deputy Head of the WPK Organization and Guidance Department, says Pak Nam-gi was executed by firing squad in the course of a reactionary purge in 2010.[10]

In December 2013 when Jang Sung-taek, uncle of supreme leader Kim Jong-un, was executed, amongst the charges against Jang was that Jang had been the "wirepuller behind the scene" of "Pak Nam Gi, traitor for all ages".[11]

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  4. "N. Korean technocrat executed for bungled currency reform: sources". Yonhap News. March 18, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Kim Jong-il 'Suffers Depression'". Chosun Ilbo, English edition. 3 March 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Branigan, Tania (18 March 2010). "North Korean finance chief executed for botched currency reform". London: The Guardian.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. McNeill, David (3 December 2009). "North Koreans dare to protest as devaluation wipes out savings". London: The Independent.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "North Korean official Pak Nam-ki executed for disastrous currency reform". London: Times Online. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Death by firing squad in North Korea?". Foreign Policy. 24 December 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Secret Report Throws Light on N.Korean Purges". Nov 27, 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Alastair Gale (12 December 2013), What North Korea Said About Jang Song Thaek The Wall Street Journal