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최영림  최영림 
은 조선민주주의인민공화국의 정치인이다. | A North Korean politician and since 2010 WPK central committee presidium member.





최영림(崔英林, 1930년/1929년 11월 20일 ~ )은 조선민주주의인민공화국의 정치인이다. 함경북도 경흥군에서 출생하였다.


만경대혁명학원과 김일성종합대학을 졸업한 뒤 1956년 당 조직지도부 책임지도원으로 정치를 시작하였다. 1970년 조선로동당 중앙위원을 시작으로 80년 김일성 주석 책임비서, 93년 정무원 부총리, 1990년 노동당 정치국 후보위원(현직), 92년 금속공업부장을 역임한 김정일 위원장에 충성파로 알려졌다. 최영림은 또, 1997년 노동당 청진시당 조직대표, 2005년 최고인민회의 상임위 서기장, 2009년 7월에 평양시黨 책임비서에 선출되었다. 2010년 6월 7일에 최고인민회의 제12기 3차 회의에서 김영일을 승계하여 내각 국무총리로 선임되었다.


최영림의 딸 최선희는 2010년 10월부터 현재까지 외무성 미국국 부국장을 맡고 있다.







Choe Yong-rim (KCNA: Choe Yong Rim, Korean: 최영림, born 20 November 1930) was the Premier (naegak ch’ongri, 내각 총리) of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (commonly known as North Korea) from June 2011 to April 2013 and Workers' Party of Korea central committee presidium member since September 2010. He has been described by the New York Times as a "KWP insider" and a "friend of Kim Jong-Il's family." He is honorary vice-president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, the country's parliament.


Political career

Choe Yong-rim joined the Korean People's Army in July 1950. He attended Mangyongdae Revolutionary School, Kim Il-sung University, and Moscow University. Qualifying as an electrical engineer, he has held various offices since the 1950s, including: instructor, section chief, vice-department director, first vice-department director and department director of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea and chief secretary of the Secretaries Office of the Kumsusan Assembly Hall. He has also held posts of vice-premier of the Administration Council, director of the Central Public Prosecutors Office and secretary general of the SPA Presidium.


From 11 April 2005 to July 2009, he was secretary general (sŏgijang) of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, succeeding Kim Yunhyŏk. Choe was appointed chief secretary of the Pyongyang City Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in 2009, taking a post left unoccupied for nine years since his predecessor Kang Hyun-su's death in 2000. He left the post when he was elected Premier of North Korea on 7 June 2010 at the 3rd Session of the 12th Supreme People's Assembly. Seen as an instrumental element in Kim Jong-il's succession process, Choe was elected member of the 5-members Politburo Presidium of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea at the Party Conference held in September 2010.


Choe succeeded Kim Yong-il as premier during a rare second parliamentary session in 2010. In February 2011, the North Korean media reported Premier Choe's visit to a construction site. This was the first time the media had reported on a leadership figure other than the Supreme Leader conducting a solo guidance inspection. At the 7th Session of the 12th SPA on 1 April 2013, Choe was replaced as Premier of North Korea by Pak Pong-ju, as the assembly moved to the new strategy of building the economy and military simultaneously. Choe was given the title of honorary vice-president of the SPA Presidium, with Kim Yong-nam maintained as his supervisor in the President's role of the SPA.




updated: 2014-02-03

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