Politics Who is Kim Yong Chol? The man who turned from bodyguard in to North Korea's envoy to the US Updated : May 30, 2018 09:32 AM IST The former spy chief is a trusted adviser to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Kim Yong Chol is a four-star general, vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee, and director of the United Front Department. He has played a central role in the recent thaw in relations between the North and South Korea. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.