North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

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

Changes to the KPA Corps Command

Now that Pyongyang watchers have processed, analyzed and digested the munitions which the Korean People’s Army [KPA] paraded through Kim Il Sung Square on 25 April (Monday), attention has now shifted to personnel.  During the […]

Apr, 30

Changes in the Central Committee

Ri Pyong Chol (Ri Pyo’ng-ch’o’l) returned to North Korean public life, following a ten-month absence.  Going back to 2014, Ri was the leading official in the country’s missile and WMD development and production.  To that […]

Apr, 30

Power Organizations’ Personnel Registers (as of now)

The ROK Ministry of Unification [MOU] recently provided an update to the personnel of North Korea’s power organizations.  Below, please find a selection of power organizations and their current personnel.   Political Bureau  Presidium  KJU  […]

Mar, 31

DPRK Gets a New Police Boss

Colonel-General Ri Thae Sop (Ri T’ae-sop) was appointed Minister of Social Security (f.k.a., Minister of People’s Security; f.k.a., Minister of Public Security) during December 2021. His appointment was publicized on 1 January (Saturday) at the […]

Jan, 04

KJU and Central Leadership Visit Ku’msusan

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) and members of the central leadership visited Ku’msusan Palace of the Sun n 16 February (Tuesday) to commemorate the Day of the Shining Star, or birth anniversary of his father, […]

Feb, 17

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

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