Consultant for Wirtschafts Woche

I was recently asked by “Wirtschafts Woche” the leading German weekly business news magazine published in Germany, to perform a research regarding some NK workers based close to Warsaw. The results of our investigation are presented over there.

Fourth Day of the WPK Congress: Kim Jong-un becomes the Party Chairman

North Korea’s ruling-party congress on Monday announced a new title for Kim Jong Un — party chairman. Kim Jong-un had already been head of the party, but with the title of first secretary.

Officially bringing more people into his inner circle, Kim Jong-un filled two vacancies on the powerful Presidium of the party’s central committee. Senior party official Choe Ryong Hae regained a seat that he had lost; once considered Kim Jong Un’s No. 2, he had been briefly banished to a rural collective farm last year for re-education.

Ri Tuk Nam
On the first row we see the former North Leadership. Starting from left: Yang Hyong-sop, Kim Ki-nam, Pak Pong-ju (the North Korean Prime Minister) and Kim Yong-nam (88 years, secretary of the SPA-the North Korean assembly). At the top of the picture on the left side, we notice the presence of Ri Tuk-nam (deputy chair of the Party Control Commission). Source: Rodong Sinmun

Premier Pak Pong Ju was also named to the Presidium. Other members are Kim Jong Un himself; Kim Yong Nam, who as parliament leader is the country’s nominal head of state; and Hwang Pyong So, the top political officer of the Korean People’s Army. Kim Yong Nam, 88, stayed on despite speculation from North Korea-watchers that he might lose his position because of his age.

North Korean authorities plan to revise party rules to reflect “nuclear state” status

Second Day of the WPK Congress

Accordingt to the North Korean Workers’ Journal, Rodong Sinmun,  “The second-day sitting of the Seventh Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) took place on Saturday”. Basically no important annoucements were made.

Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the WPK, continued his report on the work of the Party Central Committee.

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N. Korea FM offers to halt nuclear tests if U.S. suspends military exercises with S. Korea

According to the Yonhap News Agency, North Korea is ready to halt nuclear tests if the United States suspends military exercises with South Korea, Pyongyang’s Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong (who has currrently health problems) was quoted as saying in a rare interview Saturday.

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North Korean Party Organizations and Officials “Create” New Spirit Representing Mallima Era (Horse Era)

The ongoing 70-day campaign of loyalty towards the Seventh Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) demands party organizations and officials intensify political and ideological work in an offensive way so as to create the new spirit representing the Mallima era on all fronts and in sectors.

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