North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

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 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

2nd Plenary Session of the 7th WPK Central Committee Held

The second plenary meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] was held on October 7 (Saturday).  The last plenary meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the WPK was […]

Oct, 08

KJU Participates in Three WMD Personnel Events

KJU’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a meeting of the Political Bureau Presidium in Pyongyang on September 3 Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended three events for WMD personnel in Pyongyang on September […]

Sep, 10

Kim Jong Un Inspects KPA Strategic Force Command Element

KJU’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a banquet at Moknan House with missile test personnel Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) conducted a field inspection of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] Strategic Force’s command […]

Aug, 15

Kim Jong Un Inspects Island Defense Units of the KPA Southwestern Command

  KJU’s last observed appearance was his observation and guidance of live fire exercises on April 25 (Army Day) DPRK state media reported on May 5 (Friday) that Kim  Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) conducted a […]

May, 05

Kim Jong Un Observes and Guides Large Live Fire Combined Forces Exercise

  KJU’s last observed appearance was his visit to a pig farm Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed and guided a large combined forces exercises of the Korean People’s Army [KPA]’s three service branches in […]

Apr, 25

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