North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

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

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

KJU Visits Ku’msusan to mark KJI Demise

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) and senior DPRK officials visited Ku’msusan Palace of the Sun on 17 December (Thursday) to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the death of his father, late leader Kim Jong Il […]

Dec, 16

KJU Continues Tour of S. Hamgyo’ng

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) continued his visit to South Hamgyo’ng Province, stopping off in Sinp’o and Hongwo’n Country.  Also in attendance were Chief of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff MAR Pak Jong […]

Oct, 15

The August Political Bureau Meeting

The 16th (!!!) Political Bureau meeting of the 7th Central Committee convened on 13 August (Thursday) at the Party Central Committee Headquarters Building (aka, Office Building of the Central Committee) in central Pyongyang.  Kim Jong […]

Aug, 14

CMC Meeting Held

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) chaired an expanded meeting of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Military Commission [CMC] in Pyonyang on 23 May (Saturday).  The meeting occurred “at a stirring time when the entire […]

May, 23

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