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박봉주  박봉주 
북한 정치, 북한의 현재 국무 총리. | A North Korean politician, the Prime Minister since 2013.
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박봉주(朴奉珠/朴鳳柱, 1939년)는 조선민주주의인민공화국의 정치가이자 기업인으로, 조선로동당 중앙위원회 후보위원이다. 2003년 9월 3일부터 2007년 4월 11일까지 북한 내각의 국무총리를 역임하였다. 기업인으로는 평안북도의 식료품 공장장, 순천비날론연합기업소 지배인을 지냈다.


1962년에 평안북도의 식료품 공장장이 되었고, 그 후 1993년부터 조선로동당 경공업부 부부장을 맡았고 1998년부터 화학공업상이 되었다. 당내의 서열은 제6위이다. 2003년 9월 3일 홍성남 후임으로 북한내각 국무총리에 임명되었으나 2007년 4월 11일 해임되었다. 해임 사유는‘선군정치’ 시대에 군수경제에 비협조적이라는 이유이며, 2007년 4월 평안남도 순천시 순천비날론연합기업소 지배인으로 좌천됐다. 박봉주는 유류 사용 문제를 놓고 군부와 갈등을 빚었다고 한다.







Pak Pong-ju (born October 24, 1939) is a North Korean politician, served as the Premier of North Korea since elected by the DPRK's Supreme People's Assembly on September 3, 2003, until April 11, 2007 and again since April 2013.


Political career

Pak began his career in 1962 as manager of the Yongchon food factory in North Pyong'an Province. He became an alternative member of the ruling Korean Workers' Party (KWP) Central Committee in October 1980, and chief of the Namhung Youth Chemical Combine Committee in July 1983. In May 1993, he became vice director of the KWP's Light Industries Department, and in March 1994, he was the vice director of the party's Economic Policy Supervisory Department. In July of that year, Pak ranked 188th out of 273 members on the funeral committee of the late leader Kim Il-sung, indicating that he was on the periphery of the elite hierarchy. However, in September 1998, he was appointed to the chemical-industries portfolio under premier Hong Song-nam, and replaced him five years later.


He is reputed close to Jang Sung-taek and part of the current shifting of the regime's attention to consumer economy. On March 31, 2013 he was elected Politburo member and replaced by Paek Kye-ryong as department director. On April 1, he replaced Choe Yong-rim for a second term as Premier. On April 22, he chaired the first full session of the cabinet which included a discussion of the "byungjin line" of co-developing the economy and nuclear weapons, as well as budgetary issues for the People’s Economy in the first and second quarters of 2013. In July, it was announced that Pak's cabinet had taken full authority over economic measures by calling to "unconditionally executing the cabinet’s decisions and instructions".




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