North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Old-New Mergers at Office #39 and Office #38?

Last week, Yonhap reported that the DPRK “is presumed to have combined the ruling party’s two units” which manage the so-called “Party funds.”  According to this brief news item, Office #38 … Continue reading

10/02/2016

Pak Pong Ju Visits Ryugyo’ng Pickle Factory and Industrial Sites in Hamhu’ng

DPRK state media reported on June 19 (Sunday) that Premier Pak Pong Ju (Pak Pong-chu) visited the Ryugyo’ng Pickle Factory and the industrial locales in Hamhu’ng, South Hamgyo’ng Province.  Pak’s … Continue reading

06/21/2016

Kim Jong Un Visits Pyongyang Cornstarch Factory

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the DPRK National Defense University DPRK state media reported on June 16 (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited … Continue reading

06/16/2016

Kim Jong Un Visits Ryugyong Pickle Factory

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a KCU concert on June 7 DPRK state media reported on June 10 (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) … Continue reading

06/10/2016

Joint Conference Discusses 5 Year Plan and Declares 200 Day Speed Battle

A joint national conference of Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK], DPRK Government, economic and Korean People’s Army [KPA] officials was held at the People’s Palace of Culture in Pyongyang during … Continue reading

05/30/2016

70-Day Campaign Officially Ends, Sets the Table for 7th Party Congress

  The 70 Day labor campaign (speed battle) preceding the 7th Congress formally ended this week.  According to a report published by KCNA on May 5 (Thursday) the campaign was … Continue reading

05/06/2016

International Labor Day Marked (May Day! May Day!)

Senior DPRK leadership celebrated International Labor Day (May) on Sunday (May 1).  Kim Yong Nam (President of the Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium), Pak Pong Ju (DPRK Premier), Choe Ryong … Continue reading

05/03/2016

Chagang Provincial Party Conference Held

DPRK state media reported on April 20 (Wednesday) that the Chagang (Jagang) Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Provincial Conference was held in the province’s capital Kanggye.  The conference was attended … Continue reading

04/20/2016

DPRK Premier Visits Farm Factories and Farms in S. Hwanghae Province

DPRK state media reported on March 31 (Thursday) that Premier Pak Pong Ju (Pak Pong-chu) visited a farm and farming machine factories in South Hwanghae Province.  Pak visited the Haeju … Continue reading

04/01/2016

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