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DPRK Ambassador to Sweden Recalled to Pyongyang

DPRK Ambassador Pak Kwang Chol (L) presents his diplomatic credentials to Icelandic President in Reyjkavik on 2 October 2013 (Photo: Office of the President of Iceland).

DPRK Ambassador Pak Kwang Chol (L) presents his diplomatic credentials to Icelandic President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson in Reyjkavik on 2 October 2013 (Photo: Office of the President of Iceland).

DPRK Ambassador to Sweden Pak Kwang Chol (L) with Lithuania's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Neris Germanas in Vilnius on 22 February 2013 (Photo: Lithuania Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

DPRK Ambassador to Sweden Pak Kwang Chol (L) with Lithuania’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Neris Germanas in Vilnius on 22 February 2013 (Photo: Lithuania Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

Pak Kwang Chol (Pak Kwang-ch’o’l), the DPRK Ambassador to Sweden and nonresident to Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Latvia and Lithuania, has been recalled to Pyongyang.  According to Yonhap, Pak and his wife, “escorted by North Korean officials,” were observed boarding an Air Koryo flight bound for Pyongyang.  Pak is the second confirmed DPRK ambassador to be recalled to his home country following the dismissal and execution of Jang Song Taek, former Vice Chairman of the National Defense Commission and Director of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Administration Department.   Pak was appointed the DPRK’s representative to Sweden on 19 September 2012.  During 2013, Pak presented his diplomatic credentials (letter of credence) in Finland (January), Lithuania (March), Norway (March), Denmark (June) and Iceland (October).  After presenting his letter of credence in Lithuania in March 2013,  Pak was part of a minor dispute between Lithuania and the DPRK when a KCNA account of his meeting misrepresented the remarks of the Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė.

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