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The Presidium Shuffle: Personnel Changes Announced Within North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly

The Presidium Shuffle: Personnel Changes Announced Within North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly

The fifth session of the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) convened on April 11, 2017. The annual (sometimes semi-annual) gathering of the DPRK’s parliament was mostly business as usual. With the exception of re-establishing a foreign policy-focused panel within the SPA’s structure, there were no major policy announcements and minimal [...]

Has Kim Won Hong Sung His Swan Song?

Has Kim Won Hong Sung His Swan Song?

Kim Won Hong performs a duet of “Fascination and Admiration” with his wife during a 2012 concert to mark International Women’s Day (Photo: KCTV/NK Leadership Watch) South Korea’s Ministry of Unification (MOU) recently announced that General Kim Won Hong was dismissed from his position as North Korea’s Minister of State Security [...]

The Fourth Session of the 13th SPA: Tweaks at the Top

The Fourth Session of the 13th SPA: Tweaks at the Top

The 4th session of the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA), the DPRK’s rubber-stamp unicameral legislative body, replaced the country’s supreme power organization at its June 29 meeting. While underscoring the ruling party’s control over state and military affairs and further consolidating Kim Jong Un’s authority, the development [...]

The Death of a Diplomat: Kang Sok Ju

The Death of a Diplomat: Kang Sok Ju

On October 4, 2002, Kang Sok Ju participated in a historically ambiguous but relatively significant official interaction between the US and DPRK governments. At the DPRK Foreign Ministry building in Pyongyang, a delegation led by Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly confronted Kang, who was then North Korea’s First Vice Minister of Foreign [...]

Deciphering the 7th Party Congress: A Teaser for Greater Change?

Deciphering the 7th Party Congress: A Teaser for Greater Change?

From one perspective, the 7th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) was a monotonous event, long on rhetoric and short on major policy and personnel changes. No substantive policy announcements took place, and many top officials sat on a rostrum for four days and ultimately kept their jobs. Throughout hours of speeches, Kim Jong Un [...]

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