North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Ninth Youth Congress Held

  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his observation and guidance of the Pukgukso’ng SLBM The 9th Youth Congress was held in Pyongyang on August 28 (Sunday).  Kim Jong … Continue reading

08/28/2016

Senior Officials Celebrate Youth Day

  On August 28, 2016 (Sunday), senior party and state officials celebrate youth day along with the youth of the DPRK. In attendance were Supreme People’s Assembly Presidium  President Kim Yo’ng-nam … Continue reading

08/28/2016

Central Report Meeting Marks So’ngun Leadership

  A national meeting was held on August 24 (Wednesday) at the April 25 House of Culture to mark the 56th anniversary of leader Kim Jong Il’s (Kim Cho’ng-il) start … Continue reading

08/27/2016

Kim Jong Un Watches SLBM Test Launch

  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Taedonggang Pig Farm. Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed and commanded the test launch of submarine-launched ballistic missiles … Continue reading

08/24/2016

Pak Pong Ju Visits Metal Industrial Field

  DPRK state media reported August 24 (Wednesday), DPRK Priemer Pak Pong Ju visited the Kim Ch’aek Iron and Steel Complex, the Ch’o’ngjin Steel Plant, the Puryo’ng Ferroalloy Factory and the … Continue reading

08/24/2016

KCNA Issues​ Commentary on Diplo ROK Defection

The Korean Central News Agency disseminated a commentary on August 20 (Saturday) responding to the defection to the ROK of T’ae Yo’ng-ho [Thae Yong Ho], the former minister at the … Continue reading

08/20/2016

DPRK Ambassador to Iran Meets with IRNA President

The DPRK Ambassador to Iran Kang Sam Hyon (Kang Sam-hyo’n) met with the head of the Iran Republic News Agency [IRNA] Mohammed Khoddai on August 17 (Wednesday). Khoddai invited the … Continue reading

08/18/2016

Kim Jong Un Visits Taedonggang Farms

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Sunch’o’n Complex Complex. DPRK state media reported on August 18 (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the … Continue reading

08/18/2016

KPA P’anmunjo’m Mission Issues Anniversary Statement on Ax Incident

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] P’anmunjo’m Mission issued a statement on August 18 (Thursday) to mark the 40th anniversary of the “axe incident,” when two US Army officers attempting to … Continue reading

08/18/2016

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