North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Jong Un Visits Ku’msusan on the Day of the Shining Star

KJU’s last observed appearance was his attendance and guidance of a ballistic missile test on February 12 Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Ku’msusan Palace of the Sun [KPS] … Continue reading

02/15/2017

The Beach in October and 18 May 1991

A selected passage from a translation of The Wisteria House, a memoir written by Ms. So’ng Hye-rang, maternal aunt and primary caretaker of Kim Jong Nam (Kim Cho’ng-nam), eldest son of … Continue reading

02/14/2017

KJU Attends Ballistic Missile Test

KJU’s last observed appearance was his visit to Kangdong Precision Machine Plant Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed and guided a test of a surface-to-surface ballistic missile identified as Pukgukso’ng-2 … Continue reading

02/12/2017

First Ballistic Missile Test of 2017 Held

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] Strategic Force (also known as the Strategic Rocket Force Command), along with scientists and technicians subordinate to the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Munitions Industry … Continue reading

02/12/2017

Land and Environment Meeting Held

  DPRK state media reported on February 6, 2017 (Monday) that a meeting at the People’s Palace of Culture concerning land and environmental protection. In attendance were State Affairs Commission … Continue reading

02/08/2017

KPA Anniversary Commemorated

A meeting of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] high command was held at the teaching hall of the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces office complex on February 7 (Tuesday) … Continue reading

02/08/2017

Kim Jong Un Visits Kangdong Precision Machine Plant

KJU’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Pyongyang Orphans’ School DPRK state media reported on February 7 (Tuesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Kangdong Precision … Continue reading

02/06/2017

Triplicate: PPJ On-Site Visits

DPRK state media reported on February 2 (Thursday) that State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman and DPRK Premier Pak Pong Ju (Pak Pong-chu) toured Kumso’ng Tractor Factory. Pak toured the factory … Continue reading

02/03/2017

Has the State Security Boss Been Dismissed?

ROK media, citing a sources “familiar with North Korean affairs,” alleges that General Kim Won Hong (Kim Wo’n-hong) was “dismissed” from his position, possibly during December 2016.  According to Yonhap, “Kim … Continue reading

02/03/2017

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