North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

The Women around Kim Jong-il

(n.b. This will be the first in a series of occasional postings about the people and personalities close to Kim Jong-il.  Some of this will relate to succession issues or … Continue reading

11/15/2009 · 5 Comments

Where’s James Church on this one?

It may not be A Corpse in the Koryo, but Yonhap reports the body of a diplomatic consul at the DPRK Consulate in Shenyang was discovered in late October three … Continue reading

11/14/2009 · 1 Comment

POTUS on DPRK’s “better future”

At a joint news conference in Tokyo with Japan PM Yukio Hatoyama, US President Barack Obama said that the DPRK “can open the door to a better future” should it … Continue reading

11/14/2009 · Leave a comment

The French do Pyongyang

Jack Lang, Special Envoy of the President of France, arrived earlier this week in Pyongyang.  Mr. Lang  met with DPRK Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun on Tuesday, discussing “bilateral relations and … Continue reading

11/12/2009 · 3 Comments

NLL Skirmish

Northeast Asia Matters has an excellent summary about this week’s skirmish between the DPRK and ROK  navies in the West (Yellow) Sea, which can save the casual reader a lot … Continue reading

11/12/2009 · Leave a comment

Guidance Train Coming Down the Line

(n.b. Kim Jong-il’s last known appearance was around 1 November at the Unhung Cooperative Farm in Thaechon County, North Pyongan Province) Continuing with his working for the weekend m.o., Kim … Continue reading

11/11/2009 · Leave a comment

The Bozz’s Post-Turkey Day Pyongyang Foray and POTUS to Asia

Yonhap cites an anonymous source that says US Special Envoy Stephen Bosworth will travel to the DPRK after the US Thanksgiving holiday, the week of 25-29 November.  Ambassador Bosworth’s supposed … Continue reading

11/10/2009 · 4 Comments

Kim Jong-il’s Mystery Train

Chosun Ilbo has a terrific story about the private train on which Kim Jong-il travels for his guidance tours and generally moves about the DPRK.  General-Secretary Kim uses one set … Continue reading

11/10/2009 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong-il Doesn’t Like TV Commercials, Either

En coda Northeast Asia Matters has posted some images and YouTube link of the banned TV commercials. Original Posting Cha Sung-su, Chair of the DPRK Radio and Television Broadcasting Committee, … Continue reading

11/08/2009 · 4 Comments

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