North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

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

New Year’s Address

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) delivered the 2018 New Year’s Address from what appeared to be the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Central Committee Office Building #1. The New Year’s Address was:   Dear fellow […]

Jan, 01

KJU Attends Concert with Participants of Conference of Party Cell Chairs

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a concert given for participants in the 5th Conference of Party Cell Chairs in Pyongyang on December 29 (Friday).  Among those in attendance were Kim Yo Jong [Kim Yo-cho’ng], […]

Dec, 31

2017 Five Year Economic Plan Review Conference

DPRK state media reported on December 29, 2017 a joint conference held in Pyongyang on December 28, 2017 which included officials of the Party, state, economy and armed forces. In attendance were State Affairs Commission […]

Dec, 29

Kim Jong Suk’s 100th Birth Anniversary Marked

The 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Jong Suk (Kim Cho’ng-suk), first wife of late DPRK President Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng), mother of late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) and Kim […]

Dec, 25

KJU Attends Photo-op with Party Cell Conference Participants

KJU’s last observed appearance was his attendance at the final day of the party cell chairpersons’ conference on December 23 Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a commemorative photo-op with participants of the 5th Conference […]

Dec, 25

Foreign Ministry Issues Spox Statement Reacting to UNSC

The DPRK Foreign Ministry issued a spokesman’s statement on December 24 (Sunday) responding to the latest sanctions promulgated by the UN Security Council.  The statement said: The United States, completely terrified at our accomplishment of […]

Dec, 25

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