September 21, 2020

North Korean arms industry, military officials rose to prominence in 2019: data

Top ruling party cadre Jo Yong Won remained the DPRK leader's closest aide, however

2019 saw the rise in prominence of several top military and munitions industry officials, data from NK News's sister site NK Pro shows, while Jo Yong Won remained the North Korean leader's most frequently-appearing aide for the second year in a row.

The NK Pro leadership tracker reveals a conspicuous rise in military-related appearances by the North Korean leader, in a year which saw a deadlock in denuclearization talks between Pyongyang and Washington and a total of 13 missile tests by the DPRK.