Kim Yo-jong arrived in South Korea

A high-level North Korean delegation including leader Kim Jong Un’s sister has arrived at a train station in Pyeongchang hours ahead of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

Kim Yo-jong on Friday became officialy the first member of her family to visit South Korea since the 1950-53 Korean War. However it’s known that Kim Yong-ju, the younger brother of Kim Il-sung used to visit South Korean in the 70’s. Jang Sung-thaek, the husband of the aunt of Kim Jong-un was also several times in South Korea.  Kim Yong-nam, the North Korean official head of state, who is accompaying Kim Yo-jong, is also a far member of the Kim family.

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Hwang Pyong-so expelled?

Hwang Pyong-so, director of the North Korean Army’s Politburo and a member of the Workers’ Party’s Central Committee, was expelled from the party for taking bribes, while his deputy, Kim Won-hong, is currently being detained in a prison camp for the same crime, according to a South Korean source who spoke exclusively to the JoongAng Ilbo Tuesday.

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Kim Yo Jong: a potential successor to Kim Jong Un?

During the second plenary meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, which was held on the 7th October 2017, the younger sister of Kim Jong-un, Kim Yo-jong (김여정) was yesterday nominated as Kim Yo-jong has been made an alternate member of the WPK Politburo. It’s not the most powerful political organization of North Korea, however it’s definitely improving the visibility of Kim Yo-jong. She replaced her aunt Kim Kyung-hee in the Politburo. By nominating Kim Yo-jong to a public post, Kim Jong-un officialy coresponsibilized Kim Yo-jong for the hazardous policy of North Korea. The Pandora Box is open.

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The WPK Party Congress will open on the 6th May

On the 26th April, , the Workers’ Party of Korea Political Bureau publicized its decision on opening the 7th Party Congress on the 6th May 2016. On 30 October 2015, the Political Bureau of the CC WPK announced that the 7th Congress is to be held in early May 2016. At the difference of previous congress, no foreign guests are attending this event.

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Hwang Pyong-so, top N.Korean politician disappears from View

North Korea’s army politburo chief Hwang Pyong-so has been absent from recent military events attended by leader Kim Jong-un.

Hwang Pyong So, (circled in red), vice chairman of North Korea’s National Defense Commission, and Choe Ryong Hae, (circled in green), a secretary of North Korea’s ruling Workers' Party, arrive at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014.
Hwang Pyong So, (circled in red), vice chairman of North Korea’s National Defense Commission, and Choe Ryong Hae, (circled in green), a secretary of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party, arrive at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014.

“We’re trying to find out what’s happened,” a government source here said.

Hwang’s name was not mentioned when the official Rodong Sinmun listed the names of senior officials who accompanied Kim when he watched a concert by the North Korean Army band on its 70th anniversary on Tuesday.

He was also missing when Kim watched a military drill and an aerial exercise last Saturday.

Hwang was last seen at a banquet celebrating the North’s recent rocket launch in Pyongyang on Feb. 13.

Pundits say he was likely taken ill. But he could also have fallen victim to ongoing purges that most recently put former Army chief Ri Yong-gil out of action last month. More seriously, this is probably an act of misinformation as the nomination of Ri Myong-su at the head of the North Korean Army. 

According to Yonhap News Agency,  in 2014 Hwang Pyong-so was promoted from being a vice director of the Organization and Guidance Department to the first vice director of the country’s powerful Organization and Guidance Department, according to Pyongyang’s state media.

Hwang Pyong So, born in 1949 and educated at the Kim Il Sung university, is working with Kim Jong Eun since the 2000’s. According to Yonhap,  Hwang accompanied last year Kim Jong-un on 59 occasions in 2014.

Is there a Choe Ryong-hae story?

According to the Chosun Ilbo, North Korean military politburo chief Hwang Pyong-so seems to have replaced Workers Party secretary Choe Ryong-hae as the regime’s No. 2 man, experts believe.

Hwang Pyong-so is a political official who was is belonging to the “Kim Jong-il’s guard”. His family is mainly employed in the OGD department.

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Analyse du département de l’organisation et de la direction du comité central du Parti du Travail Coréen

Suite des articles consacrés aux institutions politiques nord-coréennes. Celui-ci est consacré au département de l’organisation et de la direction du comité central du Parti du Travail Coréen.

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Qui a le pouvoir en Corée du Nord?

Les derniers événements sur la Péninsule Coréenne sembleraient démontrer que la situation politique évolue en Corée du Nord. Cependant pour parler d’évolution, nous devons parler d’un certain constat des faits. Quels sont ces faits ? Quel est le constat ? Avant d’en revenir à « l’évolution » divulguée lors de la première phrase, je souhaiterais dans un premier temps esquisser les « faits considérés » quant à la situation politique nord-coréenne.

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