Home > North Korean Leadership Watch
North Korean Leadership Watch
North Korean Leadership Watch

 

Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un (1983). Member of the Kim familly, the youngest son of Kim Jong-il. Supreme Leader of North Korea 07/2012-Present, Party Chairman 05/2016-Present, First Secretary of the Worker's Party of Korea 04/2012-Present, Chairman of the National Defense Commission 04/2012-Present, Chairman of the Central Military Commission 04/2012-Present, Standing member of the Politburo 04/2012-Present.   
Kim Yong-nam
Kim Yong-nam(02/04/1928). Member of the Central Committee 09/2010-Present, Standing member of the Politburo 09/2010-Present, President of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidium 04/2009-Present. He has close ties to the Kim famile regime, and most likely has a direct channel to Kim Jong-un.
Pak Pong-ju
Pak Pong-ju (04/10/1939). Standing member of the Politburo 05/2016-Present, Premier of the Cabient 04/2013-Present, Member of the Central Military Commission 05/2016-Present. Pak most likely interacts directly with Kim Jong-un. 
Choe Tae-bok
Choe Tae-bok (12/01/1930). Vice Chairman of the Bureau of Political Affairs 05/2016-Present, Member of Politburo 09/2010-Present, Chairman of Supreme People's Assembly 04/2010-Present. Choe was likely entrusted with technological development which was suddenly highlighted after Kim Jong-un's succession. He is reorted as a protégé of Yang Hyong-sop and is tied to Kim Kyong-hui's patronage system.
Pak To-chun
Pak To-chun (03/09/1944). Former Worker's Party of Korea Secretary for Defense Industry, Former member of the National Defense Commission. Pak is reported to be an advisor to Kim Jong-un on defense-related issues. Reportedly retired in 2015, but it is highly likely that he has access to Kim Jong-un since Pak was closey involved in testing critical defense systems such as nuclear and missile programs.
Choe Ryong-hae
Choe Ryong-hae(01/15/1950). Standing member of the Politburo 05/2016-Present, Vice Chairman of the Bureau of Political Affairs 05/2016-Present. He was demoted in 2015 with his removal from the Standing Committee of Politburo, he continues to occupy a position close to the Supreme Leader. He has been tasked to lead special missions to both China and Russia. His second son, Choe Song, is reportedly married to Kim Yo-jong.
Yang Hyong-sop
Yang Hyung-sop (10/01/1925). Member of the Politburo 09/2010-Present, Member of the Central Committee 09/2010-Present, Vice President of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidium 09/1998-Present.
Kim Won-hong
Kim Won-hong (1945). Director of the State Security Department 04/2012-Present, Member of the National Defense Commission 04/2012-Present, Member of the Politburo 04/2012-Present. Member of the Central Military Commission 09/2010-Present, Member of the Central Committee 09/2010-Present. Kim's status has been tied to Kim Jong-un more than that of any other member of the North Korean leadership. Kim has been a frequent member of Kim Jong-un's guidance inspections.  
Kim Ki-nam
Kim Ki-nam (08/28/1929). Vice Chairman of the Bureau of Political Affairs 05/2016-Present, Member of Politburo 09/2010-Present, Member of Central Committee 09/2010-Present, Director of Propaganda and Agitation Department 05/2010-Present, Worker's Party of Korea Secretary for Propaganda 1990's-Present. He is credited for creating the cult of personality around Kim Jong-il and praising Kim Il-sung's historic role as the founder of the regime. Kim directed propaganda supporting successions of Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un.   
Ri Myong-su
Ri Myong-su (02/20/1934). Member of the Central Committee 09/2010-Present, Member of the Politburo 05/2016-Present, Member of the Central Military Commission 05/2016-Present. Former Minister of the Ministry of People's Security 04/2011-03/2013, Former Member of National Defense Commission 04/2012-04/2013. 
Ri Yong-mu
Ri Yong-mu (01/25/1925). Vice Chairman of National Defense Commission 09/1998-Present. Former member of the Politburo. Ri oversees one of the major patronage systems inside the military. It is rumored that Ri has cancer, limiting his ability to fully engage in politics. 
Hyon Chol-hae
Hyon Chol-hae. (08/13/1934). Former Director of the General Logistics Department, Former Director of Organization and Guidance Department, Former Director of the General Political Department.
O Kuk-ryol
O Kuk-ryol (07/01/1930). Member of Central Committee 09/2010-Present, Vice Chairman of National Defense Commission 02/2009-Present. O reportedly has responsibilities within the National Defense Commission for intelligence operations abroad as well as for crisis management. O is known to have direct access to Kim Jong-un.  
Kim Jong-gak
Kim Jong-gak (07/20/1941). President of the Kim Il-sung Military Academy 07/2013-Present, Former Minister of the Ministry of People's Security 04/2012-11/2012. 
Cha Kwan-suk
Cha Kwan-suk. Former member of the Control Commission.
Cha Sun-gil
Cha Sun-gil. Former member of the Control Commission.
Pak Yong-sik
Pak Yong-sik. Minister of the Ministry of People's Armed Forces, Member of the Central Military Commission. Former Vice Director of the General Political Bureau. Elevated media handling of Pak Yong-sik since his appointment as Minister of Mnistry of People's Armed Force suggests Pak is second in the regime's military ranking behind Vice Marshal Hwang Pyong-so.
Choe Yong-ho
Choe Yong-ho. Commander of the Korean People's Army Air and Anti-Air Force, Former member of the Central Military Commission.
Kim Yong-bok
Kim Yong-bok. Former member of the Central Military Commission.
Chong Myong-hak
Chong Myong-hak. First Vice Chairman of the Control Commission 2009-Present.
Kim Yong-son
Kim Yong-son. Member of the Control Commission. 
Ri Tuk-nam
Ri Tuk-nam. Vice Chairman of the Control Commission.
Choe Yong-il
Choe Yong-il. Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Budget Committee.
Hong So-hon
Hong So-hon(12/31/1945). Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Budget Committee.
Kim Hui-suk
Kim Hui-suk. Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Budget Committee. 
Kye Yong-sam
Kye Yong-sam. Member of the Central Inspection Committee 09/2010-Present, Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Budget Committee 09/2003-Present.
Pak Hyong-ryol
Pak Hyong-ryol. Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Budget Committee.
Pak Yong-ho
Pak Yong-ho. Chief Secretary of the South Hwanghae Provincial Party Committee 07/2012-Present. 
Jo Yon-jun
Jo Yon-jun (09/28/1937). Alternate Member of the Politburo 2012-Present, First Vice Director of the Organization and Guidance Department. Jo handles political and economic issues inside the Organization and Guidance Department, also is believed to be one of Kim Jong-un's key allies. 
Kim Yong-il
Kim Yong-il (05/02/1944). Former Premier of the Cabinet 04/2007-06/2010, Former Minister of Land and Marine Transport Ministry 11/1994-04/2007.
Jo Yong-won
Jo Yong-won. Vice Chairman of Central Committee. Vice Director of the Organization and Guidance Department.
Kim Jong-chol
Kim Jong-chol(09/25/1981) Member of the Kim family, Kim Jong-un's older brother. In 2007, Kim was appointed deputy chief of a leadership division of the Korean Worker's Party. However, in 2009, it was made known that his younger brother, Kim Jong-un, would be appointed the successor of Kim Jong-il. He is now serving as a member of the Organization and Guidance Department.
Min Byong-chol
Min Byon-chol. Vice Director of the Organization and Guidance Department. 
Ri Su-yong (Ri Chol)
Ri Su-yong/Ri Chol (1935). Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs 04/2014-Present, Vice Chairman of the Central Committee 2012-Present. Former Ambassador to Switzerland, Former Representative of North Korea to the United Nations missions in Geneva. Ri has had close ties to the Kim family for decades. Ri managed Kim Jong-il's finances in Europe and oversaw the education of Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-chol, and Kim Yo-jong when they were at school in Switzerland. Ri has been tied to Kim Jong-un's Personal Secretariat and secret family slush fund, that is used to ensure the regime's support among the wider leadership.  
Ri Yong-ho
Ri Young-ho (05/10/1942). Former Chief of the General Staff Department 2009-2012, Former member of Politburo 09/2010-07/2012, Former member of Central Committee 09/2010-07/2012, Former Vice Chairman of Central Military Commission 09/2010-07/2012. Ri oversaw one of the key support groups within the military that supported Kim Jong-un. Many Pyongyang-watchers presumed that Ri would be instrumental in keeping the military in check during the transition period.
Pak Tae-song
Pak Tae-song. Chief Secretary of the Pyongyang Provincial Party Committee 05/2014-Present, Vice Chairman of the Central Committee. 
Choe Hwi
Choe Hwi. First Vice Chairman of the Central Committee, First Vice Director of Organization and Development Department. 
An Tong-chun
An Tong-chun (1945). Vice Chairman of the Supreme People's Assembly 04/2014-Present, Former Minister of the Ministry of Culture 01/2010-05/2012.
Ri Hye-jong
Ri Hye-jong. Vice Chairman of the Supreme People's Assembly 04/2014-Present.
So Tae-ha
So Tae-ha. Vice Director of the State Security Department. So is known to be a chairperson of North Korea's Special Investigation Committee to look into the status of the Japanese abductees. According to South Korean sources, So is close to Kim Jong-un, and was promoted to Lieutenant General in 2015.
Cha Hui-rim
Cha Hui-rim (1953). Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Legislation Committee 04/2014-Present, Representative of the Pyongyang Municipal Committee 09/2012-Present.
Pak Myong-guk
Pak Myong-guk (06/01/1956). Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Legislation Committee 04/2014-Present, Vice Minister of the Foreign Ministry 10/2013-Present.
Ri Tae-chol
Ri Tae-chol (1936). First Vice Minister of the Ministry of People's Security 05/2010-Present.
Kang Yong-ho
Kang Yong-ho (1948). Vice Miniser of the Ministry of People's Security 04/2010-Present. 
Jo Kyong-chol
Jo Kyong-chol. Commander of the Military Security Command. Jo runs an organization that plays an important role in guaranteeing internal security. The commander of the MSC has a direct line of communication to Kim Jong-un. Jo was promoted to Colonel General in February 2015. 
Ro Kwang-chol
Ro Kwang-chol. First Vice Minister of the Ministry of People's Armed Forces. Ro began to attend guidance inspections with Kim Jong-un in 2015 and has been a part of seceral North Korea delegations in military-to-military talks with other countries. 
Tae Hyong-chol
Tae Hyong-chol (1953). Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Legislation Committee 04/2014-Present, Minister of the Ministry of Higher Education.
Pak Tae-tok
Pak Tae-tok (1955). Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Legislation Committee 04/2012-Present, Chief Secretary of the North Hwanghae Provincial Party Committee 09/2010-Present.
Choe Sung-ho
Choe Sung-ho. Chairman of the Central Inspection Committee. 
Kim Kyong-nam
Kim Kyong-nam. Member of the Central Inspection Committee, Minister of Ministry of Commerce. 
Kim Pyong-hae
Kim Pyong-hae (10/08/1941). Vice Chairman of the Bureau of Political Affairs 05-2016-Present, Member of the Politburo 05/2016-Present, Member of the Central Committee 09/2010-Present, Director of the Cadres Department 09/2010-Present. His relationship to Kim Jong-un is unclear. He allegedly belonged to a group of Party leaders that followed Jang Song-taek.
Kwak Pom-gi
Kwak Pom-gi (11/20/1939). Vice Chairman of the Bureau of Political Affairs 05/2016-Present, Member of the Politburo 04/2015-Present. Kwak most likely works directly with Kim Jong-un or through Pak Pong-ju.
O Su-yong
O Su-yong (1944). Vice Chairman of the Bureau of Political Affairs 05/2016-Present, Member of the Politburo 08/2015-Present, Chairman of the Supreme People's Assembly Budget Committee 04/2014-Present, Member of the Central Committee 09/2010-Present, Director of Financial Planning Department. 
Ju Kyu-chang
Ju Kyu-chang(11/25/1928). Director of Machine-Building Industry Department. He is responsible for day-to-day oversight of the development of the regime's critical defense systems. 
Kim Song-il
Kim Song-il. Chief Secretary of the South Hamgyong Provincial Party Committee 05/2016-Present.
Kim Kyong-ok
Kim Kyong-ok. Member of the Central Military Commission 09/2010-Present, Member of the Central Committee 09/2010-Present, First Vice Director of the Organization Guidance Department 2008-Present. Within the Organization Guidance Department, Kim is in charge of military and security affairs. Kim is rumored to have retired for health reasons.
Ri Pyong-chol
Ri Pyong-chol. Member of the National Defense Commission 09/2014-Present, Member of the Central Committee 09/2010-Present. Former Commander of the Air Force. Ri is known to be associated with the drone program in North Korea.
Choe Pu-il
Choe Pu-il (03/06/1945). Member of the Politburo 05/2016-Present, Chairman of the Supreme People's Assembly Legislation Committee 04/2014-Present, Member of the National Defense Commission 04/2013-Present, Minister of the Ministry of People's Security 02/2013-Present, Member of the Central Committee 09/2010-Present, Member of the Central Military Commission 09/2010-Present. He is rumored to be a favorite of KJU.
Kim Yong-chol 1
Kim Yong-chol (1946). Vice Chairman of the Bureau of Political Affairs 05/2016-Present, Member of the Politburo 05/2016-Present, Member of the Central Committee 09/2010-Present, Member of the Central Miitary Commission 09/2010-Present, Director of the Reconnaissance General Bureau 2009-Present, Director of United Front Department. Kim oversaw Kim Jong-un's education at the Kim Il-sung Military University. Kim previously served as a bodyguard to Kim Jong-il. The Reconnaissance General Bureau has been tied to the 2010 sinking of the Cheonan and the 2015 landmine explosions along the DMZ.
Yun Jong-rin
Yun Jong-rin (1938). Former Member of the Central Mliitary Commission 09/2010-05/2016, Member of the Central Committee 09/2010-Present, Director of the Guard Command of the Ministry of People's Armed Forces 04/2010-Present. Yun is responsible for ensuring Kim Jong-un's protection. Yun not only works with Kim Jong-un's Personal Secretariat, but also most likely has a direct line of communication to Kim Jong-un. 
Ri Chol-man
Ri Chol-man (1968). Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture 04/2013-Present, Vice Premier of the Cabinet 04/2013-Present.
Ri Mu-yong
Ri Mu-yong (04/08/1948). Vice Premier of the Cabinet 04/2013-Present, Minister of the Ministry of Chemical Industry 04/2013-Present.
Ro Tu-chol
Ro Tu-chol (1944). Member of the Politburo 05/2016-Present, Member of the Central Committee 09/2010-Present, Commissioner of the State Planning Commission 04/2009-Present, Vice Premier of the Cabinet 04/2009-Present. 
Ri Man-gun
Ri Man-gun. Member of the Politburo, Vice Chairman of the Bureau of Political Affairs 05/2016-Present, Member of the Central Military Commission 05/2016-Present, Director of Machine Industry Department. 
Kim Rak-gyom
Kim Rak-gyom. Lieutenat General 02/2014-Present, Commander of Strategic Rocket Forces 03/2012-Present, Former member of the Central Military Commission,
Choe Yong-rim
Choe Yong-rim(11/20/1930). Honorary Vice President of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidium 04/2013-Present, Former Premier of the Cabinet 06/2010-04/2013.
Hong Son-ok
Hong Son-ok(03/28/1950). Secretary General of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidum.
Hyon Sang-ju
Hyon Sang-ju. Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidium 08/2010-Present.
Kang Su-rin
Kang Su-rin (1952). Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidium 04/2014-Present.
Jon Kyong-nam
Jon Kyong-nam (1954). Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidium.
Jon Yong-nam
Jon Yong-nam. Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidium 09/2012-Present.
Kim Jong-sun
Kim Jong-soon. Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidium 04/2014-Present.
So Hong-chan
So Hong-chan. First Vice Minister of Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces, Member of the Central Military Commission. So is rumored to be the head of the General Logistics Department. So may also have replaced Kim Chun-sam as Director of the General Staff Department Operations Bureau.
Kim Wan-su
Kim Wan-su (05/10/1939). Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidium 04/2014-Present, Former Vice Chairman of the Supreme People's Assembly 04/2009-04/2014.
Kim Yong-dae
Kim Yong-dae (12/12/1937). Vice President of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidium 04/2009-Present.
Kim Yong-ju
Kim Yong-ju (1920). Member of the Kim family, the younger brother of Kim Il-sung. Honorary Vice President of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidium 09/2003-Present. 
Ri Myong-gil
Ri Myong-gil. Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidium 05/2010-Present.
Ryu Mi-yong
Ryu Mi-yong (01/07/1921). Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidium 09/1998-Present, Chairwoman of the North Korean Chondoist Chongu Party. 
Tae Jong-su
Tae Jong-su (03/20/1936). Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidium 04/2014, Member of the Central Committee 09/2010-Present, Former Alternate Member of the Politburo, Former Vice Premier of Cabinet. While Tae remains within the leadership, his position in the formal ranking has dropped.
Kim Yong-jin
Kim Yong-jin (02/23/1953). Vice Premier of the Cabinet 01/2012-Present.
Kim Tok-hun
Kim Tok-hun. Vice Premier of the Cabinet 04/2014-Present.
Hwang Pyong-so
Hwang Pyong-so (1949). Member of the Central Military Commission 05/2016-Present, Standing member of the Politburo 02/2015-Present, Vice Chairman of the National Defense Commission 09/2014-Present, First Vice Director of the Organization and Guidance Departmet 03/2014-Present, Director of the General Political Bureau. He is widely considered to be the second most powerful man in the regime. His rapid ascent through the political ranks indicates that he may have become one of Kim Jong Un's most trusted advisors.
Jo Chun-ryong
Jo Chun-ryong. Member of the National Defense Commission 04/2014-Present.
Kim Yo-jong
Kim Yo-jong (1987). Member of the Kim family, the youngest daughter of Kim Jong-il. Vice Chairwoman of the Central Committee 11/2014-Present. Kim is rumored to be working in the Organization Guidance Department or Propaganda Agitation Departmet and her brother's Personal Secretariat. Some also speculated that she had taken over the day-to-day operation of the Propaganda and Agitation Department since spring 2015.  
Ri Sol-ju
Ri Sol-ju (1989). Wife of North Korean Supreme leader Kim Jong-un.
Kim Sol-song
Kim Sol-song (12/30/1974). Member of the Kim family, the second daughter of Kim Jong-il. It is reported that she is a senior figure in Kim's Personal Secretariat.  
Kang Myong-chol
Kang Myong-chol. Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidium.
Im Chol-ung
Im Chol-ung(10/27/1961). Vice Premier of the Cabinet 05/2014-Present.
Jang Pyong-gyu
Jang Pyong-gyu (1920). Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Legislation Committee 04/2014-Present, Director of the Supreme Prosecutor's Office 04/2010-Present.
Pak Myong-sun
Pak Myong-sun. Vice Chiarwoman of the Central Inspection Committee. 
An Yong-chol
An Yong-chol. Senior Liaison Officer of the Office of Military Liaison Officers.
Kim Chun-sop
Kim Chun-sop. Member of the National Defense Commission 04/2015-Present, Vice Chairmant of the Central Commitee 02/2015-Present.
Pak Myong-chol
Pak Myong-chol (09/15/1941). President of the Supreme Court 04/2014-Present, Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Legislation Committee 04/2014-Present.
Pak Yong-ho
Pak Yong-ho is a member of the Supreme People's Assembly Budget Committee.
Kim Yong-chun
Kim Yong-chun (03/04/1936). Former member of the Central Committee, Former member of the Central Military Commission, Former member of the Politburo. Kim played a critical role in the early Kim Jong-un period, now assumed to be retired.    
Kim Kyong-hui
Kim Kyong-hui (05/30/1946). Member of the Kim familiy, the daughter of Kim Il-sung. She would likely play an advisory role and serve as a key arbitrator within the Kim family. Kim is rumored to be suffering from health problem, died of illness or executed. 
Kim Song-nam
Kim Song-nam (1953). Alternate Member of the Central Committee, Vice Director of the International Affairs Department. Kim is a renowned "China hand", one of Kim Jong-un's primary advisors on China affairs and allegedly has a direct communication channel with him.
Kim Su-gil
Kim Su-gil. Chief Secretary of the Pyongyang Provincial Party Committee 04/2014-Present. Kim have also taken on the role of the Secretary for Pyongyang affiars after the purge of Mun Kyong-tok. Kim is rumored to be affiliated with the General Political Bureau Organization Department.
Ma Won-chun
Ma Won-chun (06/30/1956). Director of the National Defense Commission Design Department. Ma was allegedly purged in 2014 in response to Kim Jong-un's unfavorable inspection of Pyongyang Airport, but returned to favor in 2015.
Rim Kyung-man
Rim Kyung-man (08/28/1946). Member of Central Committee 09/2010-Present, Chief Secretary of the Nason Provincial Party Committee 02/2010-Present.   
Kang Yang-mo
Kang Yang-mo (09/01/1944). Member of Central Committee 09/2010-Present, Chief Secretary of the Nampo Provincial Party Committee 12/2009-Present.
Pak Jong-nam
Pak Jong-nam. Chief Secretary of the Kangwon Provincial Party Committee 05/2013-Present. 
Ri Sang-won
Ri Sang-won. Chief Secretary of the Yanggang Provincial Party Committee 11/2013-Present. 
Kim Jae-ryong
Kim Jae-ryong. Chief Secretary of the Chagang Provincial Party Committee 02/2015-Present. 
Kim Neung-oh
Kim Neung-oh. Alternate member of the Politburo 05/2016-Present, Chief Secretary of the North Pyongyang Provincial Party Committee.
Chon Sung-hun
Chon Sung-hun (10/27/1951). Chief Secretary of the North Hamgyong Provincial Party Committee, Former Vice President of the Cabinet 09/2003-04/2014.
An Jong-su
An Jong-su (1951). Director of Light Industry Department. 
Hong In-bom
Hong In-bom. Chairman of the Control Commission 05/2016-Present.
Han Kwang-bok
Han Kwang-bok (03/18/1946). Member of the Central Committee 09/2010-Present, Former Vice Minister of the Cabinet 06/2010-10/2012.
Choe Sang-gun
Choe Sang-gun (04/28/1953). Director of Science Education Department.
Ri Il-hwan
Ri Il-hwan (1960). Director of Working Organization Department 04/2014-Present.
Kim Jong-im
Kim Jong-im. Member of the Central Committee 09/2010-Present, Director of Party History Institute 12/2009-Present. 
O Il-jong
O Il-jong (1954). Chairman of the Central Committee, Director of Civil Defense Department. 
Han Kwang-sang
Han Kwang-sang (1958). Alternate member of the Central Committee 05/2016-Present, Former Chairman of the Central Committee. 
Ri Yong-gil
Ri Yong-gil (1955). Alternate member of the Politburo 05/2014-Present, Member of the Central Military Commission 05/2014-Present, Member of the Central Committee 09/2010-Present.
Hwang Chol-sik
Hwang Chol-sik. Member of the Central Inspection Committee. 
Kim Yong-chol 2
Kim Yong-chol. Member of the Central Inspection Committee.
Ri Yong-ik
Ri Yong-ik. Member of the Central Inspection Committee. 
Kim Myong-hun
Kim Myong-hun. Member of the Central Inspection Committee. 
Jo Jong-ho
Jo Jong-ho. Member of the Central Inspection Committee. 
Kye Myong-chol
Kye Myong-chol. Member of the Central Inspection Committee. 
Jang Jong-ju
Jang Jong-ju. Member of the Central Inspection Committee. 
Po Hui-song
Po Hui-song. Member of the Central Inspection Committee. 
Jong Bong-suk
Jong Bong-suk. Member of the Central Inspection Committee. 
Choe Kwon-su
Choe Kwon-su. Member of the Central Inspection Committee. 
Heo Kwang-wook
Heo Kwang-wook. Member of the Central Inspection Committee. 
Kim Yong-hwan
Kim Yong-hwan. Member of the Control Commission.
Kim Kum-chol
Kim Kum-chol. Member of the Control Commission.
Kim Myong-chol
Kim Myong-chol. Member of the Control Commission.
Choe Yong-gun
Choe Yong-gun (12/11/1951). Vice Premier of the Cabinet 06/2014-Present.

The North Korean Leadership Watch page is adapted from Ken Gause's publication "Coercion, Control, Surveillance, and Punishment: An Examination of the North Korean Police State", "North Korean House of Cards: Leadership Dynamics Under Kim Jong-un", and Michael Madden's North Korea Leadership Watch blog.

North Korea: Kyo-hwa-so No. 12, Jongo-ri
Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Mike Eley
Aug 30, 2016

The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), a non-governmental organization based in Washington, D.C. and AllSource Analysis, a leading global provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions, have launched a report entitled North Korea: Imagery Analysis of Kyo-hwa-so No. 12, Jongo-ri. Although the detention facility was featured in the September 2015 report The Hidden Gulag IV: Gender Repression and Prisoner Disappearances by David Hawk, this is the first HRNK/AllSource An

Gulag, Inc.: The Use of Forced Labor in North Korea's Export Industries
Kim Kwang-jin, HRNK Non-Resident Fellow
May 26, 2016

EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01 AM EST THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016 Coal, iron ore, copper, and other commodities constituting the bulk of North Korea’s exports are mined using forced and slave labor, according to a new 50-page report by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK). Authored by Kim Kwang-jin, North Korean escapee and senior analyst currently residing in South Korea, Gulag, Inc.: The Use of Forced Labor in North Korea’s Export Industries is an exami

North Korea: Ch’oma-bong Restricted Area
Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., Andy Dinville, and Mike Eley
Mar 17, 2016

Despite North Korea’s adamant denial that political prison camps exist, research based on interviews and satellite imagery reveals a shocking and detailed operation of a vast system of arbitrary and extra-judicial, unlawful detention. In its findings released 

Report embargoed until 12:01a.m. EST on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.