Impact Players: Ri Yong-ho
May 17, 2016
Ri Yong-ho is the new Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). He also became an alternate member of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) Political Bureau when the 7th Congress of the WPK was held in May 2016.
Minister Ri is a career diplomat and had previously served since September 2010 as the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and DPRK representative to the Six-Party Talks. A longtime interlocutor in managing DPRK’s relations with the U.S., the Republic of Korea and the United Nations for the past twenty years, he first started participating in DPRK’s negotiations with the U.S. on its nuclear program in 1995, when he was promoted to be a counselor at the foreign ministry.