January 21, 2021

North Korea appointed next leader of its de facto embassy in Japan, sources say

Current Chongryon leader suffering from poor health, and Pyongyang wants to hand power to the next generation

North Korea has appointed the next leader of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, also known as Chongryon, multiple sources told NK News.

Pak Ku Ho, currently first vice-chairman of the Central Standing Committee of the pro-Pyongyang organization, will replace long-time chairman Ho Jong Man. Ho, 85, has served as head of the group since 2012 but is suffering from diabetes, according to a South Korean diplomat.