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Who is he?

Vice Marshal Hwang Pyong-so is the Director of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) General Political Department (GPD) and was recently confirmed as a standing member of the Political Bureau Standing Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK).

He is widely seen as the number 2 figure in North Korea because of these two powerful positions in both the party and the military.

In his party role his office is in charge of overseeing overall state affairs and in his military post he is responsible for the political management of the KPA.

Vice Marshal Hwang is concurrently a member of the WPK Central Military Commission (CMC), a member of the WPK Political Bureau, a member of the WPK Central Committee and a deputy to the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA).

Prior to his official promotion as the Director of the KPA GPD in May 2014, Hwang had served as the deputy director of the WPK’s Organization and Guidance…

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