Jo Chol Su appointed as DPRK FM new director general

Jo Chol Su (center)
New director general of the DPRK MFA North American Affairs Department Jo Chol Su (center) with the Russian director of the Center for Energy and Security Studies Anton Khlopkov (left) and ambassador Alexander Matsegora. (Photo Russian Embassy in the DPRK)

Jo Chol Su has replaced Kwon Jong Gun as director general of the DPRK MFA North American Affairs Department. Russian Embassy in the DPRK revealed this on its facebook timeline on October 1.

As for Kwon's new job, Yonhap News reported he is expected to serve as a vice chief in the working-level negotiations with the US. 

With both Kwon and Jo, Kim Myong Gil, known as chief delegate of the DPRK side to the DPRK-US working-level negotiations, took a plane from Beijing to Stockholm on October 3.

Russian diplomats in the DPRK said as follows:

DPRK Foreign Ministry meeting
By Russian Embassy in the DPRK

On October 2, Ambassador Alexander Matsegora and Director of the Center for Energy and Security Studies Anton Khlopkov met with Jo Chol Su - the Director-General of the North American Department of the DPRK Foreign Ministry - who concurrently holds the position of the President of the Institute for American Studies (IFAS - ed) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK.

During the meeting, both sides exchanged their views on the situation on the Korean Peninsula and prospects for its future development, as well as opinions on the Russian-Korean cooperation aimed at ensuring peace and security in the region in a context of the agreements reached during Vladivostok summit of the two leaders.

Alexander Matsegora congratulated Jo Chol Su on his appointment to a high and extremely responsible position and wished him every success in his work.