North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

DPRK Central Leadership Vote in 14th SPA Elections

Senior DPRK Government and Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] officials voted in elections for the 14th Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] on March 10, 2019.  According to to KCNA the members of the central leadership “met […]

Mar, 10

Central Military Commission Meeting Held

  KJU’s last observed appearance was his meeting with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo DPRK state media reported on May 18 (Friday) that the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Central Military Commission [CMC] held […]

May, 23

Kim Jong Un Observes and Guides SOF Contest

KJU’s last observed appearance was his attendance at the fifth session of the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly on April 11 DPRK state media reported on April 13 (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed […]

Apr, 13

Kim Yong Chol Elevated to Secretary of the United Front Department

Gen. Kim Yong Chol (Kim Yo’ng-ch’o’l), a member of the DPRK’s military intelligence community for the last three decades, appears to have replaced Kim Yang Gon as Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Secretary and Director […]

Feb, 04

The Youthful General’s Quiet Birthday

8 January (Saturday) was believed to be the official birthday of hereditary successor Kim Chong-un [Kim Jong Un].  Last year editorials “toast[ed] the endlessly bright future of Chosun” and workers left their offices to participate […]

Jan, 10
Another Hwang Plot

Another Hwang Plot

ROK authorities have arrested another man accused of posing as a defector to gain entry into ROK to assassinate Hwang Jang Yop.  Hwang was the most senior DPRK official to defect to the ROK.  He […]

Oct, 21
Party Conference a Coronation?

Party Conference a Coronation?

The 3rd Party Conference (which may begin on 6 September) is one event that will facilitate the leadership system which will eventually replace Kim Jong Il at the power center.  It is not clear to […]

Aug, 11

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