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


DPRK Cabinet, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Culture and KPISF Hold Party Conferences

DPRK state media reported on April 25 (Monday) that the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] committees of the DPRK Cabinet, Korean People’s Internal Security Forces [KPISF], the Ministry of Railways … Continue reading


Ri Man Gon and the OGD Nuclear Illuminati

(The following was written during mid-January 2016 after Kim Jong Un attended a commemorative photo-op with the DPRK’s nuclear test personnel.  In light of the February 2016 space launch, Kim … Continue reading


Jang Song Taek Meets with Japanese Sports Delegation

Jang Song T’aek, Chairman of the DPRK State Physical Culture and Sports Guidance Commission and Vice Chairman of the DPRK National Defense Commission, met a sports delegation from Japan in … Continue reading

11/06/2013 · Leave a comment

Former DPRK Courts’ Boss Kim Pyong Ryul Dies

Kim Pyong Ryul, a member of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Committee and immediate past president of the DPRK Supreme Court (DPRK Central Court) died on 4 November (Monday) … Continue reading

11/06/2013 · Leave a comment

DPRK, China Prosecutors’ Offices Sign Cooperation Memo

A delegation from the DPRK Supreme Prosecutor’s Office (f.k.a. the Central Public Prosecutor’s Office) met with Chinese Deputy Procurator (Attorney) General Hu Zejun on 28 October.  The DPRK delegation included … Continue reading

11/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Visits Masik Pass Ski Resort Construction

DPRK state media reported on 2 November (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the construction of the Masik Pass Ski Resort.  Attending the visit were VMar Choe Ryong … Continue reading

11/02/2013 · Leave a comment

Back-to-Back DPRK Delegations Visit Europe

DPRK Vice Foreign Minister Kung Sok Ung and delegation of the DPRK Foreign Ministry returned to the DPRK on 2 November (Saturday) after a 17-day visit to European countries.  Many … Continue reading

11/02/2013 · Leave a comment

Mongolian President Departs the DPRK

Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj and a senior Mongolian Government delegation departed the DPRK on 31 October (Thursday) after a four day visit.  Attending the farewell ceremony were Kim Yong Nam … Continue reading

10/31/2013 · 1 Comment

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