North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

“Coating a Mad Dog in Sheepskin”: KYJ Issues Statement Decrying US-ROK Exercises

Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Central Committee Deputy (vice) Director Kim Yo Jong [Kim Yo’-cho’ng] issued a statement on 15 March (Monday) upbraiding the ROK Government for its participation in joint US-ROK exercises which commenced […]

Mar, 15

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

KJU Visits CPV Martyrs’ Cemetery in Hoech’ang

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) and senior DPRK officials visited the Chinese People’s Volunteers [CPV] Cemetery in Hoech’ang County to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the CPV’s entry and participation in the Fatherland Liberation War […]

Oct, 22

KJU Sends a Get Well Note

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) sent a letter to US President Donald J. Trump on 3 October (Saturday) [KST].  According to KCNA, KJU said that he “heard the sudden news that the president and first […]

Oct, 02

Jon Hui Jong (1930-2020)

Jon Hui Jong (Chon Hu’i-cho’ng), a career diplomat and former chief protocol officer for Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, passed away on 20 September (Sunday).  He held a number of diplomatic positions in […]

Oct, 02

The August Political Bureau Meeting

The 16th (!!!) Political Bureau meeting of the 7th Central Committee convened on 13 August (Thursday) at the Party Central Committee Headquarters Building (aka, Office Building of the Central Committee) in central Pyongyang.  Kim Jong […]

Aug, 14

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

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