North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

MPS on Alert after DPRK Changes Currency

Daily NK reports that the DPRK “has revalued and replaced its national currency.”  Northeast Asia Matters carries the complete English variant of the article, as well as the Korean version … Continue reading

11/30/2009 · 2 Comments

Did the Morningstar General visit Wonsan Aggie in April?

AFP channels a report from the Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun which obtained a PAD document that relates Kim Jong-un joined his dad when General-Secretary Kim conducted a guidance tour of … Continue reading

11/29/2009 · Leave a comment

Bozz’ Friendly Skies

Citing an RFA report, KBS reports that US Special Envoy Stephen Bosworth will travel in true style to the DPRK in early December.  Ambassador Bosworth, Sung Kim and their State … Continue reading

11/28/2009 · Leave a comment

LMB’s Indecision, KJI in the Navy and Is HRC Pyongyang-bound?

Without sounding like the braying editorial board of Rodong Sinmun, is ROK President Lee Myung-bak playing with a full deck?  Is President Lee a few french fries short of a … Continue reading

11/27/2009 · 2 Comments

The Guidance Train Over the River and Through the Woods

(n.b. Kim Jong-il’s last known appearance was around 9 November when he attended a concert given by a music troupe of the Ministry of Public Security) Kim Jong-il laid low … Continue reading

11/27/2009 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong-il Meets Gen. Liang Guanglie

Kim Jong-il met with Chinese Defense Minister, General Liang Guanglie, in Pyongyang on Wednesday.  General-Secretary Kim and Gen. Liang had “a cordial and friendly talk” and General-Secretary Kim sent a … Continue reading

11/26/2009 · 2 Comments

Kim Wan-su Demoted, but Not Gone

Kim Wan-su was not entirely removed from DPRK public life and has retained his Vice Chair of the Supreme People’s Assembly.  He greeted Sergei Mironov, chairman of the upper house … Continue reading

11/25/2009 · Leave a comment

Liang Guanglie Visit

Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie held a meeting with NDC Vice Chair and Minister of the People’s Armed Forces VMAR Kim Yong-chun Tuesday.  According to Xinhua, Gen. Liang remarked … Continue reading

11/25/2009 · 6 Comments

Six Party Talkin’ Blues

Jack Pritchard, Scott Snyder and Nicole Finnemann have completed their four (4) day pre-Turkey Day sojourn to Pyongyang.  The US-based trio found no change in the North Korean position with … Continue reading

11/24/2009 · 2 Comments

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