Quoted in Wikipedia

With a high satisfaction, I got quoted on Wikipedia regarding the definition of the “Organization and Guidance Department of the Workers’ Party of Korea“. Also quoted are Michael Madden from NKleadershipwatch and Chris Green from SinoNK/DailyNK.


Jon Pyong Ho (1928-2014) passed away

Jon Pyong Ho, a former director in the Second Economic Committee passed away on the 7th July 2014. He left his wife and 2 daughters. Jon Pyong Ho was responsible for the initialization of the DPRK nuclear program in the 60’s.

According to the KCNA (the North Korean press agency), Jon Pyong Ho was a “general of the Korean People’s Army, honorary curator of the KPA Museum of Weapons and Equipment, died of acute myocardial infarction at 19:00 on July 7, Juche 103 (2014) at the age of 88.

Jon was a veteran revolutionary who devoted his all to the victory of the revolutionary cause of Juche true to the Songun leadership of the party and the leader.

Born into a poor peasant’s family in Jonchon County of Jagang Province on March 20, 1926, he grew up to be an able official under the loving care of the party and the leader after the liberation of the country and devoted all his life to the defence industry.

From October 1945 he served in the guards under the loving care of President Kim Il Sung and anti-Japanese war hero Kim Jong Suk. He bravely fought to protect the headquarters of the revolution at the cost of his life from the desperate moves of the enemies inside and outside the country.

Working as a process engineer, department chief and chief engineer of a munitions factory from September 1952 to July 1970, he made a positive contribution to ensuring the munitions production in the wartime and hastening the victory in the Fatherland Liberation War.

He devotedly worked to defend the sovereignty of the country and the gains of the revolution by thoroughly implementing the line of simultaneously developing the economic construction and defence capabilities laid down by the President.

Holding the posts of vice department director, department director and secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea from August 1970 and director of the Political Bureau of the Cabinet and chief secretary of its Party Committee from June 2010 to March 2012, he made a special contribution to turning the KPA into the powerful elite revolutionary army equipped with modern offensive and defensive means and converting the DPRK into a satellite producer and launcher and a nuclear weapons state and devoted himself to carrying out the WPK’s line and policies of economic construction.

Working as honorary curator of the KPA Museum of Weapons and Equipment from May 2012, he devoted all his wisdom and enthusiasm to the work for conveying the undying revolutionary exploits the peerless great persons of Mt. Paektu performed in the field of defence industry to the posterity.

He worked as alternate member, member of the C.C., the WPK and as alternate member and member of the Political Bureau of the C.C., the WPK from November 1970 to April 2012.

He was elected a deputy to the 7th Supreme People’s Assembly and worked as a deputy until the 12th SPA. He worked as a member of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK for a long period.

He was awarded high state orders and citations including two Orders of Kim Il Sung and Order of Kim Jong Il, the highest orders of the DPRK, the title of Twice DPRK Hero and the title of Labor Hero for the distinguished feats he performed for the party and revolution, the country and its people.

An obituary of Jon Pyong Ho was released in the joint name of the Central Committee of the WPK and the National Defence Commission of the DPRK on July 7.

It said that though Jon passed away, the exploits he performed on behalf of the party and revolution and the country and its people will shine long.

The Central Committee of the WPK and the NDC of the DPRK announced that the late Jon would be accorded a state funeral, and formed a state funeral committee with supreme leader Kim Jong Un as its chairman and 88 officials including Kim Yong Nam, Pak Pong Ju and Hwang Pyong So as its members.”

The funeral committee

Interestingly on the 8th position, Choe Ryong Hae was nominated. Included are also O Su Yong, a new member of the Political Bureau of the Korean Workers’ Party and O Il Jong (the son of O Jin U, a former marshal of the DPRK army) who is responsible for some economical structures in the army (the Workers Red Peasant Guard). Ri Jae Il (a propaganda officer is nominated on the 32th position). There are also some militaries such as general Ryom Chol Song, Ri Pyong Chol and O Kum Chol. Kim Kyung Hee (the aunt of Kim Jong Eun) is not included in this funeral committee.

Some left but some stay: a quick review of the election to the SPA

Analyzing the list of people who were chosen at the new SPA (Supreme People Assembly of North Korea) election, we can notice that as usually the same people were chosen as in previous elections except some little changes. It would be a great challenge to analyze each person chosen to the SPA, therefore I would like to provide some information concerning only a minor part of these people.

The Jang dream team

Some people associated to Jang Sung Thaek (the uncle of Kim Jong Eun who was executed in December 2013) were chosen to the SPA session including:

Ri Chol – the former tutor of Kim Jong Eun – who was supposedly dead…according to South Korean newspapers.

Ji Jae Ryong – the DPRK ambassador to China- was also chosen. Ji Jae Ryong is considered as a former friend of Jang Sung Thaek. Jang Sung Thaek was responsible for his nomination as an ambassador of the DPRK to the former Yugoslavia in the 80’s.

Ri Kwang Gun – a NK technocrat who worked in Germany and Bangladesh – was also reelected. He was responsible for some of the business of the Jang family. Maybe some of them had betrayed Jang ? That’s also a possibility which may explain that they are still alive (I personally do believe that the reality is more complicated).

Interestingly Mun Kyong Dok (the head of the KWP in Pyongyang and a jovial friend of Jang Sung Thaek) was not elected.

Other nominations

Long-term associates of Kim Jong Il were reelected. This was done in order to maintain the Pact of Stability between Kim Jong Eun and the DPRK leadership. Among them we can quote:

Ri Ul Sol, Yang Hong Sop,  Jo Yon Jun, O Kuk Ryol, Kim Yong Ju (Kim Jong Eun uncle and Kim Il Sung brother), Kim Kyok Shik, Ju Kyu Jang, Kim Yong Dae, Kim Yong Nam, Kang Sok Ju, Ro Tu Chol, Pyong In Son, Choe Pu Il, Pak Pong Ju, Choe Hwi, Ma Won Chun, Jon Yon Jon, Kim Kye Kwan, An Kum Chol, Kim Kyong Hui, Kim Yong Chun, Sim Chol Ho, O Il Jong, Hwang Pyong So, Ri Kil Song (the former procurator of the DPRK, a 90 years old politician), Kim Wan Su, Kim Ki Nam, Pak Ui Chun, O Kum Chol, Thae Jong Su, O Su Yong (one of my favorite politician in terms of influence over the DPRK)…and many others

Own conclusions

The family of Kim Jong Eun is not fully visible in the list of SPA delegates. Kim Jong Eun was selected at the 111 place (is it not sweet ?), Kim Jong Nam, an enemy of Kim Jong Eun and a half-brother of the leader, was not chosen. He’s supposedly under the protection of the Chinese police. How long ? We do not know.

Kim Jong Eun : Hit Me With a Baby One More Time!

On the 17th february, sorts matches between service personnel of the Command of the Navy and Command of the Air and Anti-Air Force of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) on the occasion of the birth anniversary of leader Kim Jong Il (Day of the Shining Star).

Supreme Commander of the KPA Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, watched the matches together with Ri Sol Ju.


Among the spectators were Ri Yong Gil (head of the DPRK army),Hwang Pyong So (Deputy Director of the Organization and Propaganda Department) Jang Jong Nam, So Hong Chan, Kim Myong Sik, Ri Pyong Chol (head of air-forces), Kim Rak Gyom (encircled in red), is the head of North Korea’s Strategic Rocket Forces and a recently nominated 3 stars general (Sangjang).

It seems also that Ri Sol Ju (encircled in green), the wife of Kim Jong Eun, is one more time pregnant as she’s wearing the same clothes as in october 2014. Kim Jong Eun has already one daughter. According to unnamed DPRK watchers, the pregnancy of Ri Sol Ju is not a surprise, as far as Kim Jong Eun needs a son in order to continue the Kim dynasty. In cas of troubles the Organization and Leadership Department will solve the issue.


Ri Sol Ju is encircled in green.


Ri Sol Ju (as of october 2013)

Suite des purges en Corée du Nord ou exagérations journalistiques ?

Après la purge de Jang Sung Thaek, il semblerait que ce soit la personne de Ri Chol, le responsable des comptes de la famille (en rouge sur l’illustration) qui ait été exécuté ? Vrai ou faux ? Eléments audio de réponses dans le commentaire suivant. Veuillez vous rendre ici.


Ri Su Yong (en rouge sur l’illustration)

Pak Pong Ju et Ro Tu Chol en inspections économiques

Les medias nord-coréens ont informé que Pak Pong Ju (premier ministre de la RPDC) s’est rendu en companie de Ro Tu Chol (vice-premier ministre de la RPDC) en visite dans des installations économiques: Continue reading “Pak Pong Ju et Ro Tu Chol en inspections économiques”

Une délégation des Jeunesses Kimilsungiennes en voyage en Inde

Jong Yong Won, vice directeur des Jeunesses Kimilsungiennes est parti en Inde ou il représentera son pays dans le cadre du festival international des Jeunesses. Jong Yong Won est le représentant nord-coréen de cette organisation sur la scène internationale. Cette année, celui-ci s’est déjà rendu en Espagne ainsi qu’en Chine.


Sur l’illustration est présent Choe Ryong Hae, un ancien cadre de cette organisation