Chang Sung-taek
Chang Sung-taek
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.
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N. Korean media: Army chief relieved of all posts
The Press Enterprise - over 4 years
N. Korean media: Army chief relieved of all posts Associated Press - 16 July 2012 00:19-04:00 News Topics: Armed forces, Government and politics, Army, Military leadership, Media, Military and defense People, Places and Companies: Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un, Chang Sung-taek, Kim Il Sung, South Korea, North Korea, Seoul, United States Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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No launch from N. Korea; no backing down, either
The Press Enterprise - almost 5 years
No launch from N. Korea; no backing down, either Associated Press - 12 April 2012 04:13-04:00 News Topics: Unmanned spacecraft, Government and politics, Satellite manufacturing, Spacecraft, Space technology, Aerospace technology, Industrial technology, Technology, Telecommunications equipment manufacturing, Telecommunications, Industries, Business, Military communications equipment, Defense electronics and systems manufacturing, Aerospace and defense, Industrial products and services People, Places and Companies: Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-il, Chang Sung-taek, South Korea, North Korea, Pyongyang, United States Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Hungern für den Führer - Cicero
Google News - over 5 years
... interne Widerstände, auch aus der eigenen Sippe, zu festigen. Ob sich der „junge General“, Spross einer Liaison Kim Jong Ils mit einer japanischen Tänzerin, gegen seinen im Volk ungeliebten Onkel Chang Sung Taek wird durchsetzen können, ist ungewiss
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Cum a luat China două insule de la Coreea de Nord - Gândul
Google News - over 5 years
La ceremonie au participat ministrul chinez al Comerţului, Chen Deming, şi directorul administrativ al Partidului Muncitoresc din Coreea, Chang Sung-taek. "Cele două zone vor reprezenta o platformă pentru promovarea economică şi cooperarea comercială
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China/Corea.- China creará dos áreas de desarrollo económico en Corea del Norte - Finanzas.com
Google News - over 5 years
La presentación del proyecto ha corrido a cargo del ministro de Comercio chino, Chen Deming, y del director administrativo del partido de los Trabajadores Coreano, Chang Sung Taek. En su opinión estas instalaciones ofrecerán "una plataforma para
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China to develop N Korea trade zones - Financial Times
Google News - over 5 years
After ceremonies attended by Chen Deming, China's commerce minister, and Chang Sung-taek, administrative director of the Korean Workers' party, the two sides said the zones would provide “a platform to promote economic and trade co-operation with the
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Toàn cảnh chuyến thăm tuyệt mật của Kim Jong-il tới TQ - VTC
Google News - almost 6 years
... tháp tùng Chủ tịch Kim trong chuyến thăm Trung Quốc lần này có rất nhiều nhân vật quan trọng của Triều Tiên như Phó Chủ tịch Ủy ban Quốc phòng Chang Sung-taek, em rể Chủ tịch Kim; các nhân vật chủ chốt trong đảng Lao động Triều Tiên như Tae Jong-su
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Viitorul lider al Coreei de Nord, Kim Jong-un - fiul dictatorului Kim Jong il ... - Gândul
Google News - almost 6 years
Este posibil să fi fost însoţit de unchiul său, Chang Sung-taek, care este cumnatul lui Kim Jong il şi vicepreşedintele Comisiei Naţionale de Apărare a Coreei de Nord. Kim Jong-un a trecut graniţa cu trenul împreună cu unchiul său pentru a se întânli
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Kim Jong-un Believed to be Visiting China - Arirang News
Google News - almost 6 years
Kim is believed to be traveling with his uncle and Vice Chairman of the National Defense Commission Chang Sung-taek to meet with top Chinese officials. This is Kim Jong-un's first diplomatic trip without his father since being promoted to a number of
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chang Sung-taek
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 64
    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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  • 2009
    Age 63
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The NDC is North Korea's de facto supreme decision making body. Thus Chang's promotion amounts to something of a executive deputy role, second only to Kim Jong-Il. It is speculated that the move was part of posturing to make Kim Jong-Il's son Kim Jong-un the next leader of North Korea. Chang's position in North Korean politics was also ostensibly boosted by the death of Ri Je-gang, a senior leader who was tipped by Kim Jong-il as a crucial overseer of the succession campaign.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2006
    Age 60
    He re-emerged in March 2006, accompanying Kim Jong-il on an official visit to China.
    More Details Hide Details In October 2007, the Korean Central News Agency confirmed that Chang had been promoted to the newly recreated post of first vice-director of the Workers' Party of Korea, with oversight responsibility for the police, judiciary, and other areas of internal security; Jang attended South Korean president Roh Moo-hyun's luncheon during the latter's visit to the North. It was later revealed that Chang had been actually appointed director of the Administration Department, an old agency of the Workers' Party abolished in 1990 and re-created by splitting the Organization Department.
  • 2004
    Age 58
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1989
    Age 43
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1968
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Upon his return, he married Kim Kyong-hui, the younger sister of Kim Jong-il. The couple had a daughter, Chang Kum-song (1977–2006), who lived overseas in Paris as an international student; she refused an order to return to Pyongyang and then committed suicide in September 2006, reportedly due to Chang and his wife Kim's opposition to her relationship with her boyfriend. Chang was formerly an instructor to the Pyongyang Party Committee, and later the vice director of the Workers' Party of Korea's Organisation and Guidance Department since 1982, being first assigned to youth policies and then to capital city construction.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1946
    Age 0
    Born on February 2, 1946.
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