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North Korea appoints Kim Yong-il, infrastructure expert, as new prime minister
AFP ^ | Thursday April 12, 2:01 PM

Posted on 04/12/2007 12:15:25 AM PDT by Int

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea's appointment of a transport technocrat as its new prime minister is aimed at building up its economy following the international deal on scrapping its nuclear programmes, analysts said Thursday.

The communist state's parliament on Wednesday sacked premier Pak Pong-Ju and replaced him with transport minister Kim Yong-Il, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

Kim Yong-Il, 62, is a career administrator in land and maritime transport.

He served in the army for nine years and then graduated from the University of Marine Transport with the qualification of navigation officer.

Kim served as instructor and deputy director in the Ministry of Land and Marine Transport for 14 years before being appointed minister in 1994.

Pak, 67, had held the premiership since September 2003 but analysts said he has been dogged by rumours of involvement in a corruption scandal. He failed to meet a former South Korean prime minister, Lee Hae-Chan, who visited Pyongyang in March.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: kimjongil; kimyongil; korea; nkorea

1 posted on 04/12/2007 12:15:30 AM PDT by Int
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To: Int

So, Is he ‘the Glorious Leader’s’ brother, Cousin, Uncle or what???


2 posted on 04/12/2007 2:06:45 AM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: LegendHasIt

Surely, the name similarity is nothing more than a coincidence...


3 posted on 04/12/2007 2:12:04 AM PDT by Zeon Cowboy ("Show me just what Muhammad brought... and there you will find things only evil and inhuman.")
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To: LegendHasIt

I believe he shares his surname with something like a quarter of his country’s fellow comrades


4 posted on 04/12/2007 2:48:53 AM PDT by Int (Sins of the media: exaggeration and oversimplification)
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