Kim gains more power in N.Korea leadership shuffle

Kim gains more power in N.Korea leadership shuffle

Kim gains more power in N.Korea leadership shuffle

In that position, Choe will be the constitutional head of state, and is likely to be the public face of North Korea at many official functions.

North Korea named a new nominal head of state and a new premier, state media said on Friday, replacing the two senior leaders charged with representing Pyongyang in many worldwide engagements and playing a major role in developing the civilian economy.

Moon, who has been South Korea's president since 2017, has been pushing for the resumption of inter-Korean economic projects, which include tourism to the fabled Mount Kumgang and manufacturing at the Kaesong Industrial Complex, since his first summit with Kim in April of a year ago.

The 687 lawmakers in the nominal parliament are elected for a period of five years, while turnout at the polls in March was over 90 per cent.

Kim was first elected chairman of this commission in June 2016, when this body was originally created.

Both Trump and Moon are heavily invested in bringing North Korea out of the cold but the unsuccessful summit in Vietnam at the end of February was a setback for the two allies that has yet to be resolved.

Kim's comments were made to the Fourth Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the Worker's Party in Pyongyang on Wednesday but were reported by North Korea's state news agency (KCNA) on Thursday.

Under his wing come top nuclear negotiator Kim Yong-chol and others involved in February's summit with the USA, who were elected as members of the SAC.

"The transition and power consolidation of the Kim Jong Un regime is complete", said Michael Madden, a nonresident North Korea leadership expert with the Stimson Center, a Washington-based think tank. It remains within reach, Trump said.

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Kim earlier this week insisted Pyongyang would overcome the effect of sanctions by developing the socialist economy, telling party officials to push ahead with "self-reliance", KCNA said.

US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during talks in Washington discussed paving a way forward on denuclearizing North Korea, the White House Press Secretary's Office said in a statement.

Choe was one of the three officials sanctioned by the United States in December over allegations of rights abuses.

"And I really believe something very significant is going to happen".

Among those reforms were loosing control of state-run enterprises, allowing them to operate more freely in the market and to seek private investment, according to a 2017 profile of Pak in NK News.

Rival parties have given mixed responses to the outcome of the South Korea-U.S. summit in Washington on Thursday.

The agency reports that Kim Jae Ryong was chosen as premier of the cabinet.

He also said that Sung supported and encouraged the struggle for building of new society of the progressive people over the world including African countries.

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