How the North is run: the State Affairs Commission
How the SAC gradually evolved to become the de jure highest state institution in the DPRK
This is part of a larger series examining some of North Korea’s key state institutions. The series has also covered the Central Military Commission, as well as the Politburo and the Central Committee.
The State Affairs Commission (국무위원회, SAC) was established in 2016 and is, according to the current DPRK constitution: “the supreme state organ of policy direction of state sovereignty” (국가주권의 최고 정책적기관). The organ replaced the National Defence Commission, which had existed since 1972.
Sometimes regarded as North Korea’s de facto government, at the time of its establishment this organ consisted of 12, including Kim Jong Un.[/p
- 01The View from Jingshan: In Chinese media, DPRK-U.S. relations get the spotlight
- 02How technology impacts foreign media consumption, and crackdowns, in North Korea
- 03Pro-North Korea website details how the country achieved “bumper crop” in 2019
- 04North Korea reshuffles its foreign policy top brass: potential implications
- 05North Korean leader’s Toyota luxury bus, multiple Lexus SUVs appear in 2019 film
- 06Kim Jong Un’s claims of a “bumper harvest” in North Korea: what the data shows
- 07In full: Kim Jong Un’s most prominent officials in 2019
- 08Pyongyang Sunan airport upgrades, other changes underway at capital’s airfields