April 20, 2024

Leadership

Information related to North Korea’s leadership and leadership structures

Defectors criticize Kim Jong Un’s manners

Defectors criticize Kim Jong Un’s manners

North Korean defector groups criticize Kim Jong Un for wearing shoes indoors during visits

Defectors criticize Kim Jong Un’s manners
Phebe Kim
Phebe Kim May 26, 2014
North Korea puts ‘Rungna 4D Simulation Cinema’ in spotlight

North Korea puts ‘Rungna 4D Simulation Cinema’ in spotlight

State run international broadcasting services shows video of a 4D cinema which opened last year

North Korea puts ‘Rungna 4D Simulation Cinema’ in spotlight
Phebe Kim
Phebe Kim May 21, 2014
Kim inspects new apartment construction after building collapse accident

Kim inspects new apartment construction after building collapse accident

N. Korean leadership hopes to show responsibility, reassure populace of building quality and safety

Kim inspects new apartment construction after building collapse accident
John G. Grisafi
John G. Grisafi May 21, 2014
Ma Won Chun becomes a military official

Ma Won Chun becomes a military official

Ma follows Hwang as key party officials gain greater influence over military

Ma Won Chun becomes a military official
John G. Grisafi
John G. Grisafi May 19, 2014
Major construction accident occurs in Pyongyang, state media reports

Major construction accident occurs in Pyongyang, state media reports

Officials publicly accept blame; state media emphasizes leadership's sympathy and resolve

Major construction accident occurs in Pyongyang, state media reports
John G. Grisafi
John G. Grisafi May 18, 2014
Kimmy No-Mates: Why no meeting and greeting?
COLUMN

Kimmy No-Mates: Why no meeting and greeting?

In power over 2 years, Kim Jong Un has yet to meet a single other leader

Kimmy No-Mates: Why no meeting and greeting?
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter May 14, 2014
What has been the biggest surprise since you left North Korea? Defector survey

What has been the biggest surprise since you left North Korea? Defector survey

Execution of Jang Song Thaek, growth of cell phone network, and emergence of middle class, among factors

What has been the biggest surprise since you left North Korea? Defector survey
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll May 5, 2014
April full of personnel changes, military events
NK PRO

April full of personnel changes, military events

Ascension of Hwang Pyong So to No. 2 slot caps month full of leadership transitions

April full of personnel changes, military events
John G. Grisafi
John G. Grisafi May 5, 2014
Choe Ryong Hae not purged, but no longer No. 2

Choe Ryong Hae not purged, but no longer No. 2

Kim's former second-in-command still around, but apparently changing role

Choe Ryong Hae not purged, but no longer No. 2
John G. Grisafi
John G. Grisafi May 3, 2014
Report suggests Hwang Pyong So may have assumed new No. 2 status

Report suggests Hwang Pyong So may have assumed new No. 2 status

Choe Ryong Hae may be relinquishing some responsibility due to poor health

Report suggests Hwang Pyong So may have assumed new No. 2 status
Kosuke Takahashi
Kosuke Takahashi April 30, 2014