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

Loyalty Oath Meeting at Mt. Paektu

Members of the DPRK central leadership traveled up to Samjiyo’n and to Mt. Paektu on February 12 (Monday).  Among those who made the trip were Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman for Propaganda and […]

Feb, 14

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

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

Kim Jong Suk’s 100th Birth Anniversary Marked

The 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Jong Suk (Kim Cho’ng-suk), first wife of late DPRK President Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng), mother of late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) and Kim […]

Dec, 25

KJU Attends Photo-op with Party Cell Conference Participants

KJU’s last observed appearance was his attendance at the final day of the party cell chairpersons’ conference on December 23 Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a commemorative photo-op with participants of the 5th Conference […]

Dec, 25

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