North Korea appoints reform-minded premier

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In a file picture taken March 24, 2005 North Korean Premier Pak Pong-Ju (C-L) listens to an introduction as he visits the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall in Shanghai. North Korea on April 1, 2013 announced the appointment of Pak Pong-Ju, an economics expert, as new prime minister in a reshuffle endorsed by its rubber-stamp parliament. AFP FILE PHOTO

SEOUL—North Korea appointed a new prime minister Monday, choosing a former premier who was sacked from the post in 2007 in a reported backlash against his pursuit of economic reforms.

Pak Pong-Ju, 74, was sworn in at the annual meeting of the Supreme People’s Assembly, the North’s rubber-stamp parliament, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said. He replaces Choe Yong-Rim.

Pak previously served as prime minister from 2003-2007 when he spearheaded hesitant market reforms that sought to provide state firms with more autonomy and gradually reduce state rationing of food and daily necessities.

But an apparent backlash from the party and the military saw him suspended from duty in June 2006 and sacked the following year.

Monday’s parliamentary session also adopted a special ordinance formalizing the country’s position as a nuclear weapons state.

The ordinance on “consolidating the position of nuclear weapons state for self-defense” was adopted unanimously, along with two laws on space development and the establishment of a state space development bureau, KCNA said.

On Sunday a meeting of the ruling party’s leadership had stressed the importance of having the North’s possession of nuclear weapons “fixed by law”.

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  • wawa2172

    I guess Pak should reform the North Korean dictator but I don’t know how he will do it. He can try but it will mean his life. Gagawin siyang polboran peg sabog nang Nuclear bomb.

  • Concur_Dissent

    Reformed minded premier as long as he conforms with Kim…

  • Stuubs

    Just like pres Pnoy, a reform minded chinoy ! kono…

  • w33k3nd3r

    It’s gonna be bombs away very very soon~

  • farmerpo

    The Lolo has more wisdom than the Apo. I hope this is a reconcilliatory gesture on the part of NoKor, putting war rhetorics in the backburners. Asia cannot afford a war.

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