Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
Mun Kyong Dok is concurrently a CC KWP Secretary and Chief Secretary of the Pyongyang KWP City Committee, as well as an alternate member of the CC KWP Political Bureau. Mun is a mayoral figure in the DPRK capital city. He is tied to NDC Vice Chairman Jang Song Taek and CC KWP Secretary Choe Ryong Hae.
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 Taek 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 CCKWP 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 Taek 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.
Mun was elected to membership in the Party Central Committee (CC KWP), membership in the CC KWP (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 Kyong Dok
CC KWP Secretariat (central party secretary)
Chief Secretary, Pyongyang KWP City Committee
Alternate member, CC KWP Political Bureau
Member, Party Central Committee (CC KWP)
1975: Cadre, Pyongyang KWP 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, CC KWP Workers’ Organization Department
2009: Deputy, 12th SPA
2010: Chief Secretary, Pyongyang KWP City Committee
Elected, Member, CC KWP
Elected, Alternate Member, CC KWP Political Bureau
CC KWP Secretary/Member, CC KWP Secretariat
“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