November 29, 2023

North Korea appoints new Foreign Minister

Pyongyang’s leading man on Six Party Talks becomes chief of foreign affairs

Ri Yong Ho was appointed Foreign Minister of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) according to a diplomatic note from the DPRK embassy in London to the government of the United Kingdom, dated May 16.

Until now, Ri Yong Ho (not to be confused with the other Ri Yong Ho, a senior officer of the Korean People’s Army who was removed from all posts in 2012) has served as a vice minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Pyongyang’s point man on nuclear negotiations such as the Six-Party Talks.