North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Pak To Chun (1944-202?)

Pak To Chun (Pak To-ch’un) has passed away.  Rather than a state media announcement about Pak’s death, his demise was disclosed during a KCNA report about the burial of his remains in the Patriotic Martyrs’ […]

Sep, 02

6th WPRG Meeting Held

The 6th national meeting of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards [WPRG] was held at the 25 April House of Culture on 29 and 30 August (Monday and Tuesday).  The last WPRG meeting was held in February […]

Sep, 01

Changes in the Central Committee

Ri Pyong Chol (Ri Pyo’ng-ch’o’l) returned to North Korean public life, following a ten-month absence.  Going back to 2014, Ri was the leading official in the country’s missile and WMD development and production.  To that […]

Apr, 30

Hypersonic Missile Test Starts DPRK New Year with a Bang

The Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Munitions Industry Department [MID] tested a hypersonic missile on the morning of 5 January (Wednesday).  According to DPRK state media, the “successive test successes in the sector of hypersonic […]

Jan, 06

CMC Meeting Held

The first meeting of the 8th Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Central Military Commission [CMC] was held on an enlarged basis on 24 February (Wednesday) at the WPK Central Committee Office Building.  Attending the meeting […]

Feb, 25

New SED Director?

Choe Sang Gon appears to have been appointed director of the Central Committee’s Science and Education Department [SED], replacing Choe Myong Tong.  Since the beginning of October, Choe has attended three science-related events identified by […]

Oct, 27

Anniversary Events

  Midnight Parade  Many questions and theories have circulated about why the Party 75th Anniversary Parade began at midnight.  North Korea decided to produce and package the parade into an excellent television event.  Having the […]

Oct, 18

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