March 21, 2023

Pyongyang confirms Pak is People’s Armed Forces Minister

Pak’s appointment likely meant to increase party control of military

North Korean state media confirmed that Pak Yong Sik is the current minister of the People’s Armed Forces on Saturday.

Pyongyang’s state-run Korean Central News Agency referred to Pak by the title of Minister of the People’s Armed Forces for the first time in a report on Saturday about on talks between military delegations of North Korea and Laos. Pak was the senior North Korean military officer at the talks.