North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

New SED Director?

Choe Sang Gon appears to have been appointed director of the Central Committee’s Science and Education Department [SED], replacing Choe Myong Tong.  Since the beginning of October, Choe has attended three science-related events identified by […]

Oct, 27

Anniversary Events

  Midnight Parade  Many questions and theories have circulated about why the Party 75th Anniversary Parade began at midnight.  North Korea decided to produce and package the parade into an excellent television event.  Having the […]

Oct, 18

Army-People Solidarity Rallies Held in N. P’yo’ngan and Chagang Provinces

Army-People solidarity rallies launching the 80-day Battle were held in North P’yo’ngan and Chagang Provinces on 13 October (Tuesday).  Reports and speeches delivered at the rallies “called for turning out as one in the 80-day […]

Oct, 14

DPRK Premier Surveys the Hamgyo’ng Provinces

DPRK Premier Kim Tok Hun (Kim Tok-hun) toured South and North Hamgyo’ng Provinces, inspecting various storm recovery projects.  According to state media, “builders and service personnel are effecting innovations in the reconstruction sites, bearing in […]

Oct, 09

Politbureau Speed Campaigns 8th Party Congress and Pregames Party’s 75th

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended and presided over the 19th meeting of the Political Bureau of the 7th Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Committee on 5 October (Monday).  Among those sitting around the giant […]

Oct, 06

KJU Zooms Preliminary CMC Meeting

A preparatory meeting held in advance of the 5th meeting of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Military Commission occurred via teleconference on 23 June (Tuesday).  Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) presided over the meeting, […]

Jun, 23

FM Pops Off on US-DPRK Rels

DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Son Gwon (Ri So’n-kwon) issued a statement on DPRK-US relations on 12 June (Friday) to mark the two-year anniversary of the Singapore Summit:   Two annual rings were run since the […]

Jun, 12

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