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Kim Yong-il

Incumbent
Assumed office 
11 April 2007
President Kim Yong-nam
Leader Kim Jong-il
Preceded by Pak Pong-ju

Born 2 May 1944 (1944-05-02) (age 65)
Political party Workers' Party of Korea
Kim Yong-il
Chosŏn'gŭl 김영일
Hancha 金英日 or 金英逸
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yŏngil
Revised Romanization Gim Yeong(-)il
This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.

Kim Yong-Il (born May 2, 1944) is the current Premier of North Korea. He was elected as Premier by the 5th session of the 11th Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) in April 2007, replacing Pak Pong-ju.[1][2]

He served in the Korean People's Army from 1960 to 1969, and then graduated from the Rajin University of Marine Transport as a navigation officer. He worked as instructor and deputy director of a general bureau of the Ministry of Land and Marine Transport for 14 years.

He was the Minister of Land and Marine Transport from 1994 until his election as Premier in 2007.[3] He oversaw the construction of new facilities at the Ryongnam Ship Repair Factory near the western port of Nampo, at the mouth of the Taedong River.[4]

As Premier, Kim Yong-il is the head of government in the DPRK, which means he appoints ministers and vice-premiers, who are confirmed by the SPA, and he is also responsible for economic and domestic policy.[5] Officially, Kim is part of a triumvirate that heads the executive branch of North Korea, each with powers equivalent to one-third of those held by a president in presidential systems. Kim Yong-il heads the government, parliament chairman Kim Yong-nam handles foreign relations, and National Defense Commission, Chairman Kim Jong-il commands the armed forces.

This Kim Yong-il should not be confused with another Kim Yong-il (1955-2000?), the son of the late Kim Il-sung and half-brother of Kim Jong-il who is said to have died in Germany in 2000.[6]

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