May 19, 2024

Inside North Korea’s ruling Workers Party

WPK may not set policy, but success in the North depends on membership

When the Korean Workers’ Party met for its 69th anniversary in September, most were distracted by Kim Jong Un’s absence.

But despite media fascination with whether or not Kim Jong Un’s temporary absence was due to a  “coup” or a cheese-related illness, few asked the question of why delegates from the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea were meeting in the first place: In a country ruled by an exclusive dynasty, why is there the need for a ruling political party?

Become a member for less than $4 per week.

  • Unlimited access to all of NK News: reporting, investigations, analysis
  • The NK News Daily Update, an email newsletter to keep you in the loop
  • Searchable archive of all content, photo galleries, special columns
  • Contact NK News reporters with tips or requests for reporting
Get unlimited access to all NK News content, including original reporting, investigations, and analyses by our team of DPRK experts.
Subscribe now

All major cards accepted. No commitments – you can cancel any time.