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

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

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

2nd Plenary Session of the 7th WPK Central Committee Held

The second plenary meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] was held on October 7 (Saturday).  The last plenary meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the WPK was […]

Oct, 08

KPA General Staff Issues Statement

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff issued a statement on August 8 (Tuesday) responding, primarily, to recent UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea’s recent missile tests and the recent public commentary of senior […]

Aug, 09

KCU Holds KJI Birthday Induction Ceremony

The Korean Children’s Union held its annual national meeting and induction ceremony in Pyongyang February 16 (Tuesday) on the birth anniversary of late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il).  In addition to the KCU […]

Feb, 16

Mangyo’ngdae Schoolchildren’s Palace Reopens

The renovated Mangyo’ngdae Schoolchildren’s Palace was formally re-opened at a ceremony in Pyongyang on December 8 (Tuesday).  Attending the ceremony were Kim Ki Nam (Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Secretary for Propaganda and Agitation [information […]

Dec, 09

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