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An Jong-su
An Jong-su (1951). Director of Light Industry 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.
An Yong-chol
An Yong-chol. Senior Liaison Officer of the Office of Military Liaison Officers.
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.
Cha Kwan-suk
Cha Kwan-suk. Former member of the Control Commission.
Cha Sun-gil
Cha Sun-gil. Former member of the Control Commission.
Choe Hwi
Choe Hwi. First Vice Chairman of the Central Committee, First Vice Director of Organization and Development Department. 
Choe Kwon-su
Choe Kwon-su. Member of the Central Inspection Committee. 
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.
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.
Choe Sang-gun
Choe Sang-gun (04/28/1953). Director of Science Education Department.
Choe Sung-ho
Choe Sung-ho. Chairman of the Central Inspection Committee. 
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.
Choe Yong-gun
Choe Yong-gun (12/11/1951). Vice Premier of the Cabinet 06/2014-Present.
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.
Choe Yong-il
Choe Yong-il. Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Budget Committee.
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.
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.
Chong Myong-hak
Chong Myong-hak. First Vice Chairman of the Control Commission 2009-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.
Han Kwang-sang
Han Kwang-sang (1958). Alternate member of the Central Committee 05/2016-Present, Former Chairman of the Central Committee. 
Heo Kwang-wook
Heo Kwang-wook. Member of the Central Inspection Committee. 
Hong In-bom
Hong In-bom. Chairman of the Control Commission 05/2016-Present.
Hong So-hon
Hong So-hon(12/31/1945). Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Budget Committee.
Hong Son-ok
Hong Son-ok(03/28/1950). Secretary General of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidum.
Hwang Chol-sik
Hwang Chol-sik. Member of the Central Inspection Committee. 
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.
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.
Hyon Sang-ju
Hyon Sang-ju. Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidium 08/2010-Present.
Im Chol-ung
Im Chol-ung(10/27/1961). Vice Premier of the Cabinet 05/2014-Present.
Jang Jong-ju
Jang Jong-ju. Member of the Central Inspection Committee. 
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.
Jo Chun-ryong
Jo Chun-ryong. Member of the National Defense Commission 04/2014-Present.
Jo Jong-ho
Jo Jong-ho. Member of the Central Inspection Committee. 
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. 
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. 
Jo Yong-won
Jo Yong-won. Vice Chairman of Central Committee. Vice Director of the Organization and Guidance Department.
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.
Jong Bong-suk
Jong Bong-suk. Member of the Central Inspection Committee. 
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. 
Kang Myong-chol
Kang Myong-chol. Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidium.
Kang Su-rin
Kang Su-rin (1952). Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidium 04/2014-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.
Kang Yong-ho
Kang Yong-ho (1948). Vice Miniser of the Ministry of People's Security 04/2010-Present. 
Kim Chun-sop
Kim Chun-sop. Member of the National Defense Commission 04/2015-Present, Vice Chairmant of the Central Commitee 02/2015-Present.
Kim Hui-suk
Kim Hui-suk. Member of the Supreme People's Assembly Budget Committee. 
Kim Jae-ryong
Kim Jae-ryong. Chief Secretary of the Chagang Provincial Party Committee 02/2015-Present. 
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.
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. 
Name Affiliation
An Jong-su
Specialty Department (Directors)
An Tong-chun
Supreme People's Assembly (Vice Chairmen)
Cha Hui-rim
SPA Legislation Committee (Members)
Choe Kwon-su
Central Inspection Committee (Members)
Choe Pu-il
Politburo (Members)
Central Military Commission (Members)
National Defense Commission (Members)
Ministry of People's Security (Minister)
SPA Legislation Committee (Chairman)
Choe Ryong-hae
Politburo (Standing Members)
Bureau of Political Affairs (Vice Chairmen)
Choe Sang-gun
Specialty Department (Directors)
Choe Sung-ho
Central Inspection Committee (Chairman)
Choe Tae-bok
Politburo (Members)
Supreme People's Assembly (Chairman)
Bureau of Political Affairs (Vice Chairmen)
Choe Yong-gun
Cabinet (Vice Premiers)
Choe Yong-il
SPA Budget Committee (Members)
Choe Yong-rim
SPA Presidium (Honorary Vice Presidents)
Chon Sung-hun
Provincial Party Committee (Chief Secretaries)
Chong Myong-hak
Control Commission (First Vice Chairman)
Heo Kwang-wook
Central Inspection Committee (Members)
Hong In-bom
Control Commission (Chairman)
Hong So-hon
SPA Budget Committee (Members)
Hong Son-ok
SPA Presidium (Secretary General)
Hwang Chol-sik
Central Inspection Committee (Members)
Hwang Pyong-so
Politburo (Standing Members)
Central Military Commission (Members)
National Defense Commission (Vice Chairmen)
Hyon Sang-ju
SPA Presidium (Members)
Im Chol-ung
Politburo (Alternate Members)
Cabinet (Vice Premiers)
Jang Jong-ju
Central Inspection Committee (Members)
Jang Pyong-gyu
Judiciary (Supreme Prosecutor's Office)
SPA Legislation Committee (Members)
Jo Chun-ryong
National Defense Commission (Members)
Jo Jong-ho
Central Inspection Committee (Members)
Jo Kyong-chol
Ministry of People's Armed Forces (Commander of the Military Security Command)
Jo Yon-jun
Politburo (Alternate Members)
Jon Kyong-nam
SPA Presidium (Members)
Jon Yong-nam
SPA Presidium (Members)
Jong Bong-suk
Central Inspection Committee (Members)
Kang Myong-chol
SPA Presidium (Members)
Kang Su-rin
SPA Presidium (Members)
Kang Yang-mo
Provincial Party Committee (Chief Secretaries)
Kang Yong-ho
Ministry of People's Security (Vice Minister)
Kim Chun-sop
National Defense Commission (Members)
Kim Hui-suk
SPA Budget Committee (Members)
Kim Jae-ryong
Provincial Party Committee (Chief Secretaries)

 

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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.

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