September 26, 2020

A survivor, a princeling, and an outsider: the Politburo Standing Committee

This unusual triad of high-ranking officials serve as some of the leader's top advisers

North Korea is ruled by the Party and the Party’s top institution is the Standing Committee of the Politburo of the Central Committee (조선로동당 중앙위원회 정치국 상무위원회, also sometimes translated as “Presidium”).

In addition to Kim Jong Un, of course, the Committee has three members. This piece is dedicated to this institution, and the three other men who hold the top spots.