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Chosŏn'gŭl 조선인민군 총참모부
Revised Romanization Joseoninmingun Chongchammobu
McCune–Reischauer Chosŏninmin'gun Ch'ongch'ammobu

The General Staff Department (GSD) of the Korean People's Army (KPA) is the senior military leadership of the armed forces of North Korea responsible for its administrative, operational and logistical needs. The current Chief of the General Staff is Ri Myong-su, (he is also commander-in-chief of KPA Ground Force) who was appointed to the post in February 2016 after the removal of his predecessor, Ri Yong-gil.

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Chiefs of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army[edit | edit source]

Chief of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army
Chosŏn'gŭl 조선인민군 총참모장
Revised Romanization Joseoninmingun Chongchammojang
McCune–Reischauer Chosŏninmin'gun Ch'ongch'ammojang
Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office
Kang Kon (강건)
Hyong-kon, LeeColonel General Kang Kon (강건)
February 1948September 19502 years, 7 months
Nam Il (남일)
Kon, KangGeneral Nam Il (남일)
September 1950August 19532 years, 11 months
Kim Kwang-hyop (김광협)
Kwang-hyop, KimGeneral Kim Kwang-hyop (김광협)
August 1953September 19574 years, 1 month
Lee Kwon-mu (리권무)
Hyong-kon, LeeColonel General Lee Kwon-mu (리권무)
September 1957July 19591 year, 10 months
Kim Chang-bong (김창봉)
Chang-bong, KimColonel General Kim Chang-bong (김창봉)July 1959October 19623 years, 3 months
Choe Kwang (최광)
Kwang, ChoeGeneral Choe Kwang (최광)
October 1962December 19686 years, 2 months
O Jin-u (오진우)
Jin-u, OGeneral O Jin-u (오진우)
December 1968September 19799 years, 9 months
O Kuk-ryol (오극렬)
Kuk-ryol, OGeneral O Kuk-ryol (오극렬)
(born 1930)
September 1979February 19889 years, 5 months
Choe Kwang (최광)
Kwang, ChoeMarshal Choe Kwang (최광)
February 1988October 19957 years, 8 months
Kim Yong-chun (김영춘)
Yong-chun, KimVice Marshal Kim Yong-chun (김영춘)
(born 1936)
October 1995April 200711 years, 6 months
Kim Kyok-sik (김격식)
Kyok-sik, KimGeneral Kim Kyok-sik (김격식)
April 2007February 20091 year, 10 months
Ri Yong-ho (리영호)
Yong-ho, RiVice Marshal Ri Yong-ho (리영호)
(born 1942)
February 2009July 20123 years, 5 months
Hyon Yong-chol (현영철)
Yong-chol, HyonVice Marshal Hyon Yong-chol (현영철)
July 2012May 2013[1]10 months
Kim Kyok-sik (김격식)
Kyok-sik, KimGeneral Kim Kyok-sik (김격식)
May 2013August 2013[2]3 months
Ri Yong-gil (리영길)
Yong-gil, RiGeneral Ri Yong-gil (리영길)
(born 1952)
August 2013January 2016[3]2 years, 5 months
Ri Myong-su (리명수)
Myong-su, RiVice Marshal Ri Myong-su (리명수)
(born 1937)
February 2016Incumbent4 years, 10 months

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