North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Forestry and Environmental Officials Meet

A meeting of environmental protection and forestry officials was held at People’s Palace of Culture in Pyongyang on February 21 (Wednesday).  Among those attending the meeting were DPRK Premier and State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman […]

Feb, 23

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

Sep’o Stockbreeding Zone Opened

A ceremony was held on October 27 (Friday) to formally open the Sep’o Stockbreeding Zone in Kangwo’n Province.  Development of the stockbreeding area was initially an expansion of pre-existing stock farms whose construction was ordered […]

Oct, 31

DPRK Premier Visits Taean Heavy Machine Complex and Sports Equipment Factory

DPRK state media reported on January 25 (Monday) that Cabinet Premier Pak Pong Ju visited Taean Heavy Machine Complex an the Athletic Apparatus Factory.  He toured the Taean Heavy Machine Complex described by KCNA as […]

Jan, 26

Power Station Cadres and Workers Receive Eponymous Award

DPRK state media reported on January 23 (Saturday) that nearly 13,000 party and Korean People’s Army [KPA] officials, cadres and “youth shock brigade” workers and other construction personnel received the Paektusan (Mount Paektu) Hero Youth […]

Jan, 24


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