Kim Jong-un

“Victory Day,” the Canonization of Kim Jong-il, and North Korean Succession Politics

By | August 02, 2014

Why did the North Korean commemorations of the July 27, 1953 Armistice dwell so heavily on Kim Jong-il, who was just a child during the Korean War? Adam Cathcart investigates how shifting histories in Pyongyang are laying the groundwork for ongoing succession narratives for the present leader.

Ma Won-chun: Senior Kim Aide Appears in Beijing

By | June 27, 2014

Ma Won-chun has been climbing the ranks in Pyongyang’s power circles and is clearly a key cog in the wheel of the Supreme Leader. So what was he doing at a library in Beijing two weeks ago? This article has been amended.

Is He or Is He Not? Political Authority, Media Appearance, and the DPRK Leadership Question

By | May 20, 2014

Is Kim Jong-un merely a symbol? Pekka Korhohen, a visiting scholar at Kyoto University, reviews Kim Jong-un’s charismatic leadership in both theory and practice, engaging with assertions that North Korea is not actually ruled over by the Marshal.

The New King’s Hand: Change in the Court of the Great Successor

By | May 06, 2014

A recent reshuffle inside the depths of the Kim regime saw Choe Ryong-hae tumble in the rankings, and Hwang Pyong-so rise further to take his place. As ever, debate is fierce as to why this was. Nick Miller looks back over the evidence now that Choe is back in the public domain.

“The Theatre of Farm Fields:” Kim Jong-un and the Subworkteam Leaders

By | March 30, 2014

Kim Jong-un has asserted that “the ideological and spiritual qualities of our agricultural working people have been transformed remarkably.” Robert Winstanley-Chesters investigates.

Through Frosted Glass: Zhang Liangui on China’s DPRK Intel and the Purge of Jang Song-taek

By | March 29, 2014

In the second part of an extensive interview, Zhang Liangui discusses the DPRK leadership, the North Korean domestic political landscape, and the genealogical roots of the Kim dynasty. Emile Dirks translates.

“Tag X” and the German Leg of the Park-Kim Summit Question

By | March 27, 2014

Leveraging her strong public image overseas, President Park Geun-hye is currently in Europe. She gave a well-received address to the Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands, and then moved on to Germany. In the midst of a packed German agenda, she gave this interview to journalist Philipp Abresch.

North Korean Missiles and Chinese Passenger Aircraft

By | March 12, 2014

A North Korean missile narrowly misses a Chinese passenger jet and an open rift is revealed. Read the full translation and analysis of PLA General Wang Hongguang’s op-ed, all by Sino-NK’s chief editor.