North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Jo Kyong Chol Back on the CMC

Military Security Command [MSC]** Director Jo Kyong Chol (Cho Kyo’ng-ch’o’l) was returned to membership on the Party Central Military Commission [CMC].  Head of the MSC since 2010 and former political director of the KPA Air […]

Jun, 11

Defense Minister, GPB Boss Missing from Funeral Committee

The DPRK’s Minister of National Defense [MND], VMar Ri Yong Gil (Ri Yo’ng-kil), and the Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Bureau [GPB], Gen. Kwon Yong Chin (Kwon Yo’ng-chi) do not appear […]

May, 20

CMC Meeting Held

The first meeting of the 8th Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Central Military Commission [CMC] was held on an enlarged basis on 24 February (Wednesday) at the WPK Central Committee Office Building.  Attending the meeting […]

Feb, 25

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

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

CMC Meeting Held

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) chaired an expanded meeting of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Military Commission [CMC] in Pyonyang on 23 May (Saturday).  The meeting occurred “at a stirring time when the entire […]

May, 23

Political Bureau Meeting Held

A meeting of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Political Bureau was held on 28 February (Friday).  Attending the meeting were members and alternate (candidate) members of the Political Bureau, along with senior cadres of the […]

Mar, 01

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