September 19, 2020

Jo Yong Won was Kim Jong Un’s most prominent official in 2018, data reveals

Statistics also chart rise in prominence of Kim Yo Jong, Ri Sol Ju

Jo Yong Won, a vice director at the North Korean ruling party's powerful Organization and Guidance Department (OGD), appeared in state media more than any other DPRK official last year with the exception of Kim Jong Un, data revealed this week.

The data, pulled from NK News's sister site NK Pro's North Korean leadership tracker, revealed Jo made 52 reported public appearances last year, suggesting the man once described as a "rising star" of DPRK politics remains one of the country's most important officials.