North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Party Conference Held

Kim Jong Un has been elected Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission (along with GSD Chief, VMAR Ri Yong Ho).  Jang Song Taek was elected an alternate (candidate) member of the Political Bureau and […]

Sep, 29

Deferred Party Conference

Two weeks after party representatives began to assemble in Pyongyang, the 3rd Party Conference has been postponed.  The official reason for the cancellation is damage and loss of life caused by torrential floods and a […]

Sep, 19

Central Report Meeting Commemorates Foundation Day

The DPRK leadership congregated at the 25 April House of Culture Tuesday night, one day ahead of the 62nd anniversary of the country’s official foundation (9 September).  During his report, DPRK Premier Choe Yong Rim […]

Sep, 08

Pyongyang Prepares to Conference

Despite a reported media blackout by the DPRK press, Pyongyang seems to be preparing for the 3rd Party Conference.  Reportedly KISYL charges are marching the city’s streets singing “Footsteps.”  On Sunday in Pyongyang, rehearsals for […]

Sep, 05

New Party Chief in South Pyongan

Hong In Bom is the new Chief KWP Secretary in South Pyongan.   Hong was identified as South Pyongan’s party chief  when he made a speech at a 26 August meeting for the election delegates […]

Sep, 01
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
Party Conference to Be Jong Un’s Quiet Succession?

Party Conference to Be Jong Un’s Quiet Succession?

The 3rd Party Conference (which may occur from 6 to 9 September) may be one event facilitating the hereditary succession system of Kim Jong Un (Kim Ch’ong-u’n; Kim Jong Eun).  Anonymous sources told Kyodo News […]

Aug, 09


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