February 22, 2024

How a leadership reshuffle could spell trouble for future North Korean reforms

With sanctions beginning to take their toll, Kim Jong Un may be changing course

Last week's first session of the 14th SPA and a high-level 4th Plenum of the 7th WPK Central Committee were, as usual, marked by a reshuffle of top officials.

While key players in North Korean can be demoted or promoted at pretty much any time, established tradition dictates that it is preferable to use meetings of North Korea’s ceremonial assemblies as venues to declare who is in, who is up, and who is out.