Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
On February 14 (Saturday), Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) promoted 27 Korean People’s Army [KPA] commanders to mark the birth anniversary of late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il). Among those on the list are former XI Corps commanding officer Choe Kyong Song, Vice Minister of State Security and National Defense Commission [NDC] Councilor So Tae Ha, KPA Air and Anti-Air Force Unit #858 commander Ri Il Chang and ballistic missile expert Kim Jong Sik.
The order was issued in Jong Un’s capacity as KPA Supreme Commander (Choson inmin’gun ch’oego) and according to KCNA he “expressed belief that the KPA commanding officers, descendants of President Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and soldiers and disciples of leader Kim Jong Il, will fulfill their honorable responsibilities and duties in the general offensive to hasten the final victory in the revolutionary spirit of Paektu, always bearing mind the trust and expectation of the party and the people.” The promotions were:
Ground Force Colonel General (sangjang): Choe Kyong Song
Ground Lieutenant General (chungjang): Kang Yong T’ae; Choe Chang Sik; Kang Pyong Hu; Sin Sok Man; So Tae Ha; Pak Kyong Uk
Air Force Major General (sojang): Jong Se Yong; Ri Il Chan
Strategic Force Major General (sojang): Kim Jong Sik
Ground Major General (sojang): Pak Myong Su; Ko Myong Su; Kim Song Guk; Choe Kil Ryong; Ko Su Yong; Kim Yong Nam; Pak Hyon Bok; Ri Jong Sop; Kang Myong Sik; Kim Kyong Dok; Ju Sang Rae; Choe Chol Hwan; Kim Chol Su; Ju Hyong Nam; Kim Jong Gil; Won Myong Su; Hong Kyong Chol