North Korea appointed a new prime minister Monday, choosing a former premier who was sacked from the post in 2007 in a reported backlash against his pursuit of economic reforms.
This undated handout released on April 12, 2007 from the Korea Central News Agency, shows North Korea's new premier Pak Pong-Ju in Pyongyang. North Korea has announced the appointment of Pak Pong-Ju -- an economics expert -- as new prime minister in a reshuffle endorsed by parliament.
Pak Pong-Ju, 74, was sworn in at the annual meeting of the Supreme People's Assembly, the North's rubber-stamp parliament, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said. He replaces Choe Yong-Rim.