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

Hyon Chol Hae Funeral Held

A funeral and graveside service were held on 22 May (Sunday) for Marshal Hyon Chol Hae (Hyo’n Ch’o’l-hae), a retired senior Korean People’s Army [KPA] official.  Hyon died on 19 May (Thursday) at the age […]

May, 24

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

KJU and RSJ Attend DOTSS Concert

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) and his wife Ri Sol Ju (Ri So’l-chu) attended a concert at Mansudae Art Theater in central Pyongyang on Tuesday (16 February) to mark the Day of the Shining Star, […]

Feb, 17

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

22nd Political Bureau Pregames 8th Party Congress

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended and guided the 22nd meeting of the Political Bureau of the 7th Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Committee held at the Central Committee office building on 29 December (Tuesday).  […]

Dec, 30

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