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Kim Bok-sin

James E. Hoare

Kim Bok-sin, born in North Pyeongan Province, is one of the few women to have reached political prominence in the DPRK.

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KIM BOK-SIN (1925- ). Kim Bok-sin, born in North Pyeongan Province, is one of the few women to have reached political prominence in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). She was educated at the Central Party School and at Kim Il Sung University, where she studied economics. Her first post was as manager of a pulp factory. By September 1958, she was a vice minister of light industries and a vice director of the Korean Workers’ Party (KWP) Light Industries Department. She was elected to the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) in 1957. After a series of posts connected with the textile and paper industries in the capital, Pyongyang, she became minister for textiles and paper in 1971. Kim continued to hold senior party and government posts and in 1982 became a vice premier. Elected an alternative member of the Politburo the following year, she held the position until 1992. During the 1980s and 1990s, she was closely associated with the drive to attract foreign investment, as chair of the State External Economic Affairs Commission and Korea International General Joint Venture Commission. When she stepped down as vice premier in September 1998, she was appointed an honorary councilor to the cabinet. She was awarded the Order of Kim Il Sung in 1982 and was for a time the chair of the DPRK-Iraq Friendship Committee.

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