A 1998 amendment to the constitution revived the cabinet that had been scrapped in 1972 and restored it as the top administrative body and the main economic policy making organisation. The cabinet has 37 minister-level officials. The Ministry of People’s Armed Forces is not part of the cabinet but is a National Defence Commission apparatus. The current premier is Park Pong-Ju.
Pak Pong-Ju was born in Kim Chaek City, North Hamgyong Province on April 10, 1939. He received the qualifications of machine building engineer after graduating from Tokchon University of Technology. He has been Director of the Light Industry Department of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea since April 2012. Previous posts include Vice Department Director of the Provincial Party Committee, Chief Secretary of the Party Committee of the Namhung Youth Chemical Complex, Vice Department Director of the WPK Central Committee, Minister of Chemical Industry, Premier of the Cabinet, and First Vice Department Director of the WPK Central Committee. In 2013, he was re-elected Premier of the Cabinet, replacing Choe Yong-Rim, at the 7th Session of the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly.