North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Ri Chol on China Trip with JST

Ri Chol (annontated), vice chairman of the Joint Venture and Investment Commission of the DPRK, is seen with Jang Song Taek (2nd L) at Beijing Airport on 13 August 2012. Ri is part of the 50-person delegation of the DPRK-China Joint Guidance Committee which arrived Monday to meet with Chinese officials (Photo: Yonhap)

Ri Chol, an executive officer of the Joint Venture and Investment Commission of the DPRK, was one of the 50 members of the DPRK-China Joint Guidance Committee who traveled to Beijing with Jang Song Taek (Chang So’ng-t’aek).  Among his former positions, Ri is the immediate past DPRK Ambassador to Switzerland and the UN Mission Geneva.  In those positions Ri conducted a number of interactions with the UN and international nongovernment organizations [NGO].  Ri was observed in February 2012 during Orascom CEO Naguib Sawiris’ arrival to the DPRK.  He also attended Kim Jong Il’s visit to the Kwangbok Supermarket, which was KJI’s last reported public appearance before his death in December 2011.  In 1980, Ri Chol was selected by Jang and KJI to work as a local diplomatic contact in Geneva when KJI’s eldest son, Kim Jong Nam (Kim Cho’ng-nam), moved to Europe with his maternal relatives to study at the International School of Geneva.  Promoted to ambassador in the late 1980s, Ri served in a similar capacity when KJI’s children with Ko Yong Hui (Ko Yo’ng-hu’i)–Kim Jong Chol (Kim Cho’ng-ch’o’l), Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) and Kim Yo Jong (Kim Yo’-cho’ng)–resided and attended school in Berne, Switzerland.  According to some accounts, current DPRK supreme leader Kim Jong Un dined with and spent some of his free time with Ri.

A 50 person delegation of the DPRK-China Joint Guidance Committee arrives at Beijing Airport on 13 August 2012 (Photo: Yonhap)

2 comments on “Ri Chol on China Trip with JST

  1. Pingback: Jang Song-taek Returns From China | The Peninsula

  2. Pingback: North Korean Economy Watch » Blog Archive » Jang Song-thaek to China

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Article Archives

August 2012
M T W T F S S
« Jul   Sep »
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031