Menu Content
Go Top


N. Korean Propaganda Official Ri Jae-il Dies at Age 86

Written: 2021-02-06 14:28:02Updated: 2021-02-06 15:27:33

N. Korean Propaganda Official Ri Jae-il Dies at Age 86

Photo : YONHAP News

A prominent former North Korean propaganda official has passed away.

The North Korean ruling party's Rodong Sinmun newspaper said Saturday that Ri Jae-il died aged 86 on Thursday from acute respiratory failure caused by lung cancer.

The Korean Central News Agency also conveyed the news, saying leader Kim Jong-un extended condolences and sent flowers.

Ri, a former journalist, became the First Deputy Director of the ruling Workers Party's Propaganda and Agitation Department in 2004.

He survived a large scale purge in 2014 when many senior officials of the department were removed.

His presence continued under the Kim Jong-un regime, including his reported role of assisting propaganda affairs led by Kim's younger sister Kim Yo-jong.

Ri continued to accompany the leader despite his old age, but disappeared from public events over the last two years. He was last seen at Pyongyang's Kumsusan Memorial Palace in 2018.

Editor's Pick


This website uses cookies and other technology to enhance quality of service. Continuous usage of the website will be considered as giving consent to the application of such technology and the policy of KBS. For further details >