Chang Sung-taek

Politician + Academic + Watchman
Born Feb 2, 1946

Chang Sung-taek, is a North Korean politician and the brother-in-law of Kim Jong-il. He is a leading figure in the North Korean government, and South Korean government officials and academic North Korea watchers suggested that he may have taken on de facto leadership over North Korea due to Kim Jong-il's ill health. Chang is currently Vice-Chairman of the National Defence Commission, a position considered second only to Kim Jong-Il.… Read More

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  • N. Korean Media: Army Chief Relieved Of All Posts
    The Press Enterprise - Jul 15, 2012
  • No Launch From N. Korea; No Backing Down, Either
    The Press Enterprise - Apr 11, 2012
  • Hungern Für Den Führer Cicero
    Google News - Jul 06, 2011
  • Cum A Luat China Două Insule De La Coreea De Nord Gândul
    Google News - Jun 12, 2011


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Chang Sung-taek.


1946 Birth Born on February 2, 1946.


1968 22 Years Old Chang was born in Kangwon-do. He graduated from the Kim Il-sung Senior High School before leaving for Moscow, where he studied abroad between 1968 and 1972. … Read More


1989 43 Years Old In 1989 he was co-opted in the WPK Central Committee as an alternate member, and promoted to full member in 1992, when he was also appointed first deputy director of the Organization and Guidance Department, with responsibility over security activities.


2004 58 Years Old Chang had been identified by outside analysts as well as North Korean defector Hwang Jang-yop as a possible successor to Kim Jong-il; however, on 25 November 2004, South Korea's National Assembly heard testimony that he had been purged from his position.


2006 60 Years Old He re-emerged in March 2006, accompanying Kim Jong-il on an official visit to China. … Read More
2009 63 Years Old Chang was elected to the powerful National Defence Commission in April 2009; this was viewed as a signal that he could be a potential successor to Kim Jong-il. In June 2010, in a session of the Supreme People's Assembly, Chang was elected as a vice-chairman of the National Defence Commission. … Read More
2010 64 Years Old Later, at the WPK Conference held in September 2010, he was appointed alternate member of the Politburo and confirmed Administration Department director at the first meeting of the Party Central Committee after 17 years.
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