North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Control Commission



The Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Control Commission (which is also called the Control Committee and previously called the Inspection Committee) is responsible for regulating membership in the WPK, as well as disciplinary issues involving party member members.  It investigates party members for anti-party and anti-revolutionary activities, party members who violate conditions of party membership, and any violations of the monolithic ideological guidance system.  Major disciplinary matters of Party members, such as expulsion of the party, are automatically appealed to the Control Commission.  Control (inspection) committees exist in provincial, county and city party committees with the Control Commission having ultimate authority.


The Central Control Committee is one of three power organizations subordinate to the Party Central Committee.  It is links with the Organization Guidance Department and the Cadre Affairs Department (which are both subordinate to the WPK Central Committee).  Members of the Central Control Committee are elected at a party congress, meeting of party representatives (party conference) or can elected and appointed by the Party Central Committee.

The role of the Control Commission is outlined in section 28 of Chapter 3 of the WPK Charter:

The Control Commission shall call to account before the party, the party members who have acted against the party’s unitary ideological system and unitary leadership system or violated the party discipline, including violation of the party charter, and review and handle proposals from provincial (municipality directly under the central authority) party committees and petitions by party members related to party discipline issues.



Chong, Bong-ak .  A Handbook on North Korea (Seoul: Naewoe Press, December 1996) p. 113

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