North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Yo Jong Sees Off Samjyo’n Orchestra as it Heads for ROK

Musicians and singers heading to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics left the DPRK on February 5 (NKST Monday).  The delegation is headed by Ministry of Culture Department Director Kwon Hak Byong [Kwon Hyok-pyo’ng] and Samjiyo’n […]

Feb, 07

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

New Year’s Address

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) delivered the 2018 New Year’s Address from what appeared to be the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Central Committee Office Building #1. The New Year’s Address was:   Dear fellow […]

Jan, 01

DPRK Premier Visits Hamhu’ng

DPRK state media reported on December 26, 2017 that State Affairs Commission Vice Chair and Premier Pak Pong Ju (Pak Pong-chu) surveyed the Hu’ngnam Fertilizer Complex, the February 8 Vinalon Complex and the Ryongsong Machine […]

Dec, 28

Foreign Ministry Issues Spox Statement Reacting to UNSC

The DPRK Foreign Ministry issued a spokesman’s statement on December 24 (Sunday) responding to the latest sanctions promulgated by the UN Security Council.  The statement said: The United States, completely terrified at our accomplishment of […]

Dec, 25

Central Leadership Visit Ku’msusan and Korean Revolution Museum

Members of the DPRK leadership visited Ku’msusan on December 17 (Sunday) to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the death of DPRK leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il).  Two groups of senior officials visited Ku’msusan.  At […]

Dec, 18


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