Kim apparently served as a bureaucrat in the Ministry of Marine and Land Transport for several years, before being promoted to Minister in 1994 or 1995 (either way, apparently after the death of Kim Il Sung). Kim Yong Il was reaffirmed Minister of maritime and Land Transport at the 10th SPA in 1998 and the 11th SPA in 2003. In December, 2005, he accompanied Kim Jong Il on an inspection of a new (or revitalized) dock at the Ryongnam Ship Repair Facility. Kim Yong Il attended the commissioning ceremony for the dock in March, 2006. (Yonhap reports that he accompanied Kim Jong Il on another inspection sometime in 2005, but I have yet to find verification).
In March 2005, Kim Yong Il flew to
Kim Yong Il’s appointment means that he is now responsible for
Kim Yong Il’s appointment (one of only two apparent changes in the North Korean leadership this time around), may indicate the direction of
As with all such appointments, there is usually much more behind the scenes, and the individual placed in charge may prove unable or unwilling to bring about a new direction for the North Korean economy. But if Kim Yong il’s background is any indicator,
Kim Yong Il visiting the Dock No. 2 at the Ryongnam Ship Repair Factory with Kim Jong Il in December, 2005. Kim Yong Il is pointing, Pak Pong Ju is standing behind the two Kims.
Where was Kim Yong Il (Minister of Maritime and Land Transport) Information from KCNA unless otherwise noted
1961: Joins the Military. (Yonhap)
1970s(?): Begins study at the Rajin University of Marine Transport. (Yonhap)
1994(95?): Appointed Minister of Maritime and Land Transport. (Yonhap)
September 1997: Part of the committee that nominated Kim Jong Il as