August 06, 2021

Ri Su Yong, long-time stalwart of North Korean diplomacy, likely replaced

Former DPRK ambassador to Russia may have taken Ri's place on ruling party central committee, analyst says

One of North Korea's long-serving diplomats may have been demoted or retired from his positions as a member of the Politburo and vice chairman at the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in charge of international affairs, analysis suggested on Monday.

Ri Su Yong, who additionally serves as chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA), has been absent from a number of key political events in recent weeks.