North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

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

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

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

Post-Party Cell Conference Meetings Held

A loyalty meeting of participants in the 5th Conference of Party Cell Chairpersons was held in Pyongyang on December 26 (Tuesday).  Attending the meeting, in addition to the conference participants, were Workers’ Party of Korea […]

Dec, 28


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