North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

KPA Promotions Order Issued for the Day of the Shining Star

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) issued a military promotions order for the occasion of the birthday of his father, late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) on February 13 (Tuesday).  Jong Un “expressed the […]

Feb, 15

PPJ Visits Construction of Wo’nsan Tourist Zone

DPRK state media reported on February 12 (Monday) that Premier and State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman Pak Pong Ju [Pak Pong-chun] visited the construction of the Wo’nsan-Kalma tourist zone.  Pak toured the construction site and […]

Feb, 13

8 February Army Day to be Commemorated

The Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Political Bureau publicized a decision on January 22 (Monday) that the Army Foundation Day would be marked on February 8, reverting to the historical anniversary when the Korean People’s […]

Jan, 26

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

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

Sep’o Stockbreeding Zone Opened

A ceremony was held on October 27 (Friday) to formally open the Sep’o Stockbreeding Zone in Kangwo’n Province.  Development of the stockbreeding area was initially an expansion of pre-existing stock farms whose construction was ordered […]

Oct, 31
Kim Jong Un Attends Photo-op with Schoolteachers

Kim Jong Un Attends Photo-op with Schoolteachers

KJU’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a September 9 concert with personnel involved in the DPRK’s sixth nuclear test DPRK state media reported on September 12 (Tuesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) […]

Sep, 14

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