State Affairs Commission of North Korea

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DPRK State Affairs Commission
조선민주주의인민공화국 국무위원회
Revised Romanization Joseon minjujuui inmin gonghwaguk gukmu wiwonhoe
McCune–Reischauer Chosŏn minjujuŭi inmin konghwaguk kukmu wiwŏnhoe

The State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (SAC) is defined by the 2016 constitution as "the highest guiding organ of the material managing organ of matters". Kim Jong-un is the current chairman of the SAC.


The National Defence Commission was created in 1972 as per the 1972 Constitution, originally the commission's mandate was to supervise national defence matters within North Korea.

Per the 4th plenary session of the Supreme People's Assembly in June 2016 the National Defence Commission was officially replaced by the State Affairs Commission, with an expanded focus towards other national concerns aside from defence and security.

Today, the state affairs commission serves to fund all branches of the military.[citation needed]

Powers and responsibilities

Article 106 of the Constitution of North Korea states that the State Affairs Commission is "the supreme national guidance organ of state sovereignty". Article 109 of the Constitution states that the SAC’s powers are to:[1]

  • deliberate and decide the work on defense building of the State, including major policies of the State;
  • exercise supervision over the fulfillment of the orders of the Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the decisions and directives of the Commission, and take measures for their fulfillment;
  • abrogate decisions and directives of State organs which run counter to the orders of the Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the decisions and directives of the Commission.

In practice, SAC supervises the Cabinet of North Korea. It also directly supervises the three ministries that are not under the Cabinet, namely the Ministry of People's Armed Forces, Ministry of State Security and the Ministry of People's Security. One additional entity, the State Physical Culture and Sports Guidance Commission, is under SAC.[2]

Current composition of the DPRK SAC, as of April 2018

These are the members of the DPRK SAC after the 6th plenary session of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly on 11 April 2018:[3]

See also


  1. ^ Article 109 of the Constitution of North Korea
  2. ^ "Organizational Chart of North Korean Leadership" (PDF). Seoul: Political and Military Analysis Division, Intelligence and Analysis Bureau; Ministry of Unification. January 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  3. ^ "6th Session of the 13th SPA Held". North Korea Leadership Watch. 14 April 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
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