March 02, 2024

About the author

Martin Weiser

Martin Weiser received his MA from Korea University in 2014 with a thesis explaining North Korea’s changing human rights policy. He has continued researching North Korea’s political history as an independent researcher since then. His writings have appeared on SinoNK and in 2018 an article on the country’s legal system appeared in the European Journal of Korean Studies.

More articles by 'Martin Weiser'

Why you can’t believe everything you read about North Korea

Why you can’t believe everything you read about North Korea

A typo on a U.N. database led to misleading reports from uncritical journalists, but the mistake was avoidable

Why you can’t believe everything you read about North Korea
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser June 17, 2021
End of North Korean unification magazine another sign of friction on peninsula
NK PRO

End of North Korean unification magazine another sign of friction on peninsula

Committee for the June 15 joint declaration has not published its periodical since January

End of North Korean unification magazine another sign of friction on peninsula
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser June 16, 2021
What Kim Jong Un wants from his local political leaders
NK PRO

What Kim Jong Un wants from his local political leaders

A rhetorical splitting of hairs reveals deeper shifts away from the personality cult of the Kim family

What Kim Jong Un wants from his local political leaders
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser June 7, 2021
Revised party regulations point to new inter-Korean outlook
NK PRO

Revised party regulations point to new inter-Korean outlook

Reported changes also suggest curtailed leadership cult and possible position for a successor

Revised party regulations point to new inter-Korean outlook
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser June 2, 2021
Protecting the Kim family cult from harm
NK PRO

Protecting the Kim family cult from harm

North Korea's Youth League name change more routine than puzzling

Protecting the Kim family cult from harm
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser May 19, 2021
North Korea’s solution to economic crisis? Judge officials by their performance
NK PRO

North Korea’s solution to economic crisis? Judge officials by their performance

Kim Jong Un wants to redefine how officials are assigned and take responsibility

North Korea’s solution to economic crisis? Judge officials by their performance
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser April 23, 2021
Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man may be leading a new North Korean security council
NK PRO

Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man may be leading a new North Korean security council

Jo Yong Won appears to be heading a mysterious, rumored office that focuses on foreign policy and security

Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man may be leading a new North Korean security council
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser February 24, 2021
Kim takes back control of body overseeing party leadership
NK PRO

Kim takes back control of body overseeing party leadership

North Korean leader seems to be tightening grip on Organizational Guidance Department as part of corruption clampdown

Kim takes back control of body overseeing party leadership
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser February 5, 2021
Full recap: North Korea reshuffles key leadership roles at Eighth Party Congress
NK PRO

Full recap: North Korea reshuffles key leadership roles at Eighth Party Congress

Kim Jong Un got a new title, Kim Yo Jong was demoted and the Politburo focused on economic experts

Full recap: North Korea reshuffles key leadership roles at Eighth Party Congress
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser January 12, 2021
Mystery man: Kim Hyong Sik’s rise to head of the DPRK’s new judicial department
NK PRO

Mystery man: Kim Hyong Sik’s rise to head of the DPRK’s new judicial department

The unknown official’s promotion and creation of new department suggest more emphasis on rule by law in North Korea

Mystery man: Kim Hyong Sik’s rise to head of the DPRK’s new judicial department
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser January 8, 2021
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