North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Events Held for Day of the Shining Star

A variety of meetings and cultural events were held to mark the birth anniversary of the late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il), the Day of the Shining Star.  The Union of Agricultural Workers […]

Feb, 19

KJU Visits Ku’msusan on the Day of the Shining Star (updated and revised 16 FEB 2018)

KJU’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a commemorative photo-op with members of the Samjiyo’n Orchestra on February 12 Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Ku’msusan Memorial Palace of the Sun at midnight […]

Feb, 16

Central Report Meeting Marking KJI’s Birthday

A central report meeting commemorating the birth anniversary of the late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il), the Day of the Shining Star, was held on the afternoon of February 15 (Thursday) at Pyongyang […]

Feb, 16

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

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

KJU and RSJ Visit Pyongyang Pharmaceutical Factory

KJU’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Pyongyang Teacher Training College DPRK state media reported on January 25 (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) and Ri Sol Ju (Ri So’l-chu) visited and […]

Jan, 26

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

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