North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership


There are currently forty-two (42) biographies available in PDF format on the Leadership Biographies page.  I have added more entries for the DPRK Security Apparatus, The Party and the Kim … Continue reading

09/30/2009 · Leave a comment

When, oh Wen

It seems the Dai Bingguo visit, a little over a week ago, was a preparatory meeting for an upcoming visit by PRC Premier Wen Jiabao.  Mr. Wen will visit the … Continue reading

09/29/2009 · Leave a comment

New DPRK Constitution

The DPRK revised its constitution during the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly meetings this past April.  Two significant areas of power and ideology jump out in the new document: 1.) The … Continue reading

09/28/2009 · Leave a comment

Blinded Me with Science

Last week, the North Korean press buried the replacement of its Minister of Finance under PRC State Councilor Dai Bingguo’s meeting with Kim Jong-il.  This week with news of the … Continue reading

09/27/2009 · 1 Comment

No Country for Old Men

One of the results of the August meeting between Kim Jong-il and Hyundai Group Chair Hyun Jeong-eun was the resumption of meetings that reunite Korean families in the North and … Continue reading

09/27/2009 · Leave a comment

Well, I STUDIED all the books in the library . . .

I have commenced to populating some of the pages.  I have put up entries under The Party, The Kim Family and Leadership Biographies.  Soon enough you will find flowcharts indicating … Continue reading


Look at Little Sister

The summer of 2009 provided no shortage of North Korean news. The North Koreans threatened to blast a missile off the coast of Hawaii.  The DPRK convicted then pardoned two … Continue reading

09/24/2009 · 7 Comments

Foreign Visits and an Under the Radar Cabinet Appointment

On 18 September, the North Korean press reported a meeting between Kim Jong-il and PRC State Councilor Dai Bingguo, a surrogate for Chinese President Hu Jintao.  From photographs of the … Continue reading

09/22/2009 · Leave a comment

Vice Marshal Jang Song-u (1935-2009)

Kim Jong Il Sends Wreath to Bier of Jang Song U
Pyongyang, August 25 (KCNA) — General Secretary Kim Jong Il Tuesday sent a wreath to the bier of KPA Vice Marshal Jang Song U, member of the WPK Central Committee, expressing deep condolences over his death.

09/20/2009 · Leave a comment

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