North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

KJU Visits Ku’msusan on the Day of the Shining Star (updated and revised 16 FEB 2018)

KJU’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a commemorative photo-op with members of the Samjiyo’n Orchestra on February 12 Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Ku’msusan Memorial Palace of the Sun at midnight […]

Feb, 16

Central Report Meeting Marking KJI’s Birthday

A central report meeting commemorating the birth anniversary of the late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il), the Day of the Shining Star, was held on the afternoon of February 15 (Thursday) at Pyongyang […]

Feb, 16

Hwang Pyong So Back after Four Month Public Absence

Hwang Pyong So [Hwang Pyo’ng-so’] has returned to an unknown position in the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Central Committee.  He was observed in the front row at a February 15 central report meeting marking […]

Feb, 16

Choe Ryong Hae Visits South Hwanghae

Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK ]Vice Chairman, State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman and WPK Organization Guidance Department Director Choe Ryong Hae [Ch’oe Ryong-hae] visited sites in South Hwanghae Province. Choe toured Samjigang Cooperative Farm in […]

Feb, 14

Choe Ryong Hae Visits Sinu’iju

DPRK state media reported on January 15 (Monday) that Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman, State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman and Director of the WPK Organization Guidance Department [Organizational Leadership] Choe Ryong Hae [Ch’oe […]

Jan, 26

Choe Ryong Hae to OGD? [revised 13 JAN 2018]

Yonhap reports that Choe Ryong Hae [Ch’oe Ryong-hae] was appointed director of the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Organization Guidance Department [OGD] (officially called the Organizational Leadership Department) during the October 2017 plenary meeting of […]

Jan, 11

Choe Ryong Hae Inspects Two Foodstuff Factories

DPRK state media reported one January 8, 2018 that Choe Ryong Hae State Affairs Commission vice chair and Worker’s Party of Korea (WPK) lead vice chairman inspected the Songdowon General Foodstuff Factory in Wo’nsan. During […]

Jan, 11

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