North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Mun Kyong Dok

updated February 24, 2018

Mun Kyong Dok [Mun Kyo’ng-tok]  is a former senior Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] official, who formerly served as as the party boss in the capital Pyongyang, a kind of mayoral figure.  Mun was removed from office in the spring of 2014.  Mun had close patronage ties to Kim Jong Un’s uncle, Jang Song Thaek and his career was dealt a major setback following Jang’s execution in December 2013.

Mun was born in Pyongyang in 1957.  He served in the Korean People’s Army and graduated from Kim Il Sung University with a degree in political economy.  He began working with Jang Song Thaek at the Pyongyang KWP City Committee in the 1970s.  He later worked at the Kim Il Sung Youth League, where he had responsibility for the Red Youth Guards, one of the KPA’s reserve units.

Mun Kyong Dok migrated with Jang to the WPK Organization Guidance Department, where he eventually reached the title OGD deputy (vice) director.   Mun was one of Jang’s principal operatives in building political loyalty and a patronage network among 2nd and 3rd generation party members.  He also traveled with Jang (as well as Pak Nam Gi) on a study tour in ROK in 2002.  Mun was one of several personalities tied to Kim Kyong Hui and Jang Song Thaek not observed in DPRK political life from 2003 to 2006.

Mun Kyong Dok was elected Chief Secretary of the Pyongyang KWP City Committee in July 2010 to replace Choe Yong Rim (Choe was appointed DPRK Premier in June 2010).  This is a mayoral-type party position with a prestigious political profile and patronage network, typically held by a personality related to the Kims or who possesses deep patronage ties to members of the DPRK’s power center.

Zhou Yongkang (R), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and secretary of the Political and Legislative Affairs Committee of the CPC Central Committee, meets with Mun Kyon Dok (L), an alternate member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and secretary of the Secretariat of the WPK Central Committee, in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 19, 2010. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)

Mun was elected to membership in the WPK Central Committee, membership in the WPK (central party) Secretariat and an alternate member of the CC KWP Political Bureau during the 3rd Party Conference on 28 September 2010.  In October 2010 Mun led a delegation of provincial KWP secretaries on a trip to PRC in October 2010.

Mun was removed from office in March 2014.

Mun Kyong Dok



1975: Cadre, Pyongyang WPK Municipal (City) Committee

1980s: Cadre, Youth Organizations/KISYL

Section Chief, Red Youth Guards

1991: Vice Chairman, Kim Il Sung Youth League

1997: Section Chief, OGD

Deputy (Vice) Director, OGD

2002: Director, Korea General Teyang Corporation

2003: Deputy, 11th Supreme People’s Assembly

2007: Deputy Director, WPK Workers’ Organization Department

2009: Deputy, 12th SPA

2010: Chief Secretary, Pyongyang WPK City Committee

Elected, Member, WPK

Elected, Alternate Member, WPK Political Bureau

WPK Secretary/Member, WPK Secretariat

See also:

“Biographies of Members and Alternate Members of the WPK CC Political Bureau,” KCTV News/KCNA, September 29, 2010

“N. Korean cadres visit China to learn about Chinese economy” Kyodo News Agency, October 19, 2010

“Zhou Yangkang Meets WPK Delegation,” KCNA, October 20, 2010

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