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Kim, Yong-ch'un / Kim Young Chuon
Chief of the General Staff of the KPA (Vice Marshal)

Kim Young Chuon is a second-generation revolutionary who rose to the post of Chief of the General Staff in October 1995, joining Jo Myung Rok in the military leadership. He served as the Director of the Operations Bureau in the Office of the General Staff between 1986 and 1989. He is known to be an expert in military strategy with knowledge in both strategic and tactical areas.

He was elected as a member of the 9th Supreme People's Assembly in April, 1990, but suffered the disgrace of having to undergo "revolutionary education" and was demoted to a brigade commander the same year for alleged involvement in a scandal.

He was later rehabilitated, and promoted to General in April 1992, after which he was named Director General of the Bureau of Munitions Mobilization and the head of the 6th Army Corps in 1994. He is said to have earned the trust of Kim Jong Il through the amicable and expeditious resolution of a foreign currency profiteering scandal involving the army in March 1995. He was named as a member of the National Defense Commission in September 1998.

He has a reputation as being a bold and aggressive man.

Aside from military events, he was seen accompanying Kim Jong Il on Kim's visit to Shanghai in January 2001.

By 2009 he had been elevated from a member of the National Defense Commission to one of three Vice-Chairmen of the NDC. On February 13, 2009 Army Vice Marshal Kim Yong-chun was appointed as minister of the People's Armed Forces of the National Defense Commission,




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