North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Sometimes, the silence can be like thunder

US President Barack Obama’s “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” is officially over, and aside from US Special Envoy Stephen Bosworth’s arrival in the DPRK around 8 December, an auspicious date … Continue reading

11/19/2009 · Leave a comment

Lost in Translation

The final reports from the East have yet to be prepared on the Obama-Lee summit in Seoul.  But the Western media offers some interesting write-ups of the US-ROK meetings.  The … Continue reading

11/19/2009 · Leave a comment

Nostalgia Files

The Academy Of Korean Studies has released 1,062 photos of North Korean social and political life from (ca.) 1945-1949 (also see DailyNK here).  This is quite the research score for … Continue reading

11/19/2009 · Leave a comment

“Grand Bargain” Endorsed by Obama: LMB; The Bozz to Pyongyang 8 December

This is a breaking development, but ROK President Lee Myung-bak has said US President Barack Obama has signed onto the “grand bargain.”  It remains to be seen whether this is … Continue reading

11/19/2009 · Leave a comment

Uncharacteristically Taciturn

With his arrival today in Seoul, US President Barack Obama’s “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” tour of East Asia is quickly drawing to a close.  The DPRK is expected to … Continue reading

11/18/2009 · Leave a comment

KPA Delegation to Beijing

US President Barack Obama is not the only foreign dignitary to arrive in Beijing this week. Among three (3) delegations reported through KCNA as departing Pyongyang, MPAF General Political Bureau … Continue reading

11/17/2009 · 2 Comments

New Vice Director at United Front Department

Unnamed sources have informed Yonhap that United Front Department Director Kim Yang-gon has a new deputy director.  During October,  Won Tong-yon was promoted concurrently to deputy director of the United … Continue reading

11/17/2009 · Leave a comment

Guidance Train Slowed?

Kim Jong-il has temporarily shut down the guidance train.  For the last moth, General-Secretary Kim was reported by KCNA and KCTV to be out and about, primarily at economic locations, … Continue reading

11/16/2009 · Leave a comment

“Sound of the General’s Footsteps”

Has the Kim Jong-un tribute song been performed under a new title?  On Friday (13 November) a schoolchildren’s poetry and song recital was held at the Central Youth Hall in … Continue reading

11/16/2009 · Leave a comment

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