Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 21 January (Monday) that newly appointed DPRK Ambassador to Kuwait So Chang Sik presented his diplomatic credentials (letters of credence) to the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on 15 January 2013. According to the Al Diwan Al Amiri of Kuwait State, attending the presentation ceremony were Deputy Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah, Amiri Diwan Undersecretary Ibrahim Mohammad Al-Shatti and HH the Amir’s Office Director Ahmad Fahad Al-Fahad along with Amiri Diwan Advisor Mohammad Abdullah Abulhassan, Head of Amiri Protocol Sheikh Khalid Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah Al-Nasser Al-Sabah, Foreign Ministry Protocols Director Ambassador Dhari Al-Ajran and Amiri Guard Commander Colonel Abdullah Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.
According to KCNA, the Amir “wished the dear respected Kim Jong Un good health and greater success in his work for leading the Korean people in their struggle to build a thriving country” and “He hoped that the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries would grow stronger. He was convinced that the friendly Korean people would continue making progress and prosperity and wished them progress in their work for ensuring the peace on the Korean Peninsula and reunifying it.” So was one of two foreign ambassador presenting his credentials to the Amir on 15 January, the other being the recently appointed Palestinian Ambassador to Kuwait. So Chang Sik replaces DPRK Ambassador-at-Large Ho Jong who returned to the DPRK in November 2012.