North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Power Organizations’ Personnel Registers (as of now)

The ROK Ministry of Unification [MOU] recently provided an update to the personnel of North Korea’s power organizations.  Below, please find a selection of power organizations and their current personnel.   Political Bureau  Presidium  KJU  […]

Mar, 31

Hypersonic Missile Test Starts DPRK New Year with a Bang

The Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Munitions Industry Department [MID] tested a hypersonic missile on the morning of 5 January (Wednesday).  According to DPRK state media, the “successive test successes in the sector of hypersonic […]

Jan, 06

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

PPJ Visits Storm Recovery Work in N. Hamgyo’ng

State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman and Party Vice Chairman Pak Pong Ju (Pak Pong-chu) toured storm recovery work in North Hamgyo’ng Province, his home province.  He visited Ch’o’ngjin and Kim Ch’aek (So’ngjin) and Orang County […]

Oct, 09

KJU Visits Kimhwa County

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited Kimhwa County, Kangwo’n, to inspect typhoon reconstruction work.  Also in attendance was Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff Chief VMar Pak Jong Chon (Pak Cho’ng-chon), Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] […]

Oct, 02

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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