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


Kim Jong Un Visits August 25 Fishery Station

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his test riding a new subway car on the Pyongyang Metro DPRK state media reported on November 23 (Monday) that Kim Jong Un … Continue reading


Han Kwang Sang Affirmed as KWP Department Director

DPRK state media has identified central party finance and accounting cadre Han Kwang Sang as a Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Department Director.  In a 23 September (Monday) report about Kim … Continue reading

09/25/2013 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Visits Construction of Munsu Swimming Complex

DPRK state media reported on 17 September (Tuesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the construction of the Munsu Swimming Complex (formerly known as the Munsu Wading Pool) in … Continue reading

09/18/2013 · Leave a comment

New Director of Party Finance and Accounting Department (revised)

According to ROK media, citing anonymous sources and observations in DPRK state media, Han Kwang Sang has been promoted to director of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Finance and Accounting … Continue reading

07/24/2013 · Leave a comment

The Semiannual Rumor that Kim Kyong Hui Knocks at Death’s Door

ROK media outlet Chosun Ilbo is floating a rumor that core DPRK elite Kim Kyong Hui (Kim Kyo’ng-hu’i) is “critically sick.”  The aunt of current leader Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) and … Continue reading

07/24/2013 · 3 Comments

A New Party Economic Department?

Radio Free Asia, citing two anonymous sources based in Chagang and Yanggang Provinces, reports that the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] created a new department in June within the Central Committee … Continue reading

07/17/2013 · 1 Comment

Parts of Munsu Wading Pool Similar to Kim Family Compound

The construction of the Munsu Wading Pool in Pyongyang is part of Kim Jong Un’s (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) implemenation of his father’s, late leader Kim Jong Il, “behests” and part of … Continue reading

07/09/2013 · Leave a comment

Wreath Laying Ceremonies Commemorate 121st anniversary of Kang Pan Sok’s Birth

DPRK state media reported on 21 April (Sunday) that floral wreath laying ceremonies were held at the grave and birthplace of Kang Pan Sok (1892-1932) [Kang Pan-so’k], mother of the … Continue reading

04/22/2013 · Leave a comment

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