North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Jong-un’s Footsteps May Cause Headaches

The Japanese media featured two (2) stories relating to the possible hereditary succession of Kim Jong-un.  TBS Television cited a communication issued to DPRK Embassies that said, “We must pursue … Continue reading

12/11/2009 · 2 Comments

SSD Deputy Director Went to China in November

Tokyo Shimbun reports that KPA Col. Gen. U Tong-chuk visited China in the middle of November.  U Tong-chuk is the Senior Deputy Director of the State Security Department and was … Continue reading

12/11/2009 · Leave a comment

Bozz Trip Fallout

Reports are beginning to emerge about US Special Representative Stephen Bosworth’s trip to the DPRK.  Yonhap has the cute and dry remarks Ambassador Bosworth made following his return to Seoul.  … Continue reading

12/10/2009 · Leave a comment

More on the DPRK’s Swine Fever

UPDATE Yonhap reports that the ROK will send, and the DPRK shall accept, 500,000 doses of Tamiflu in order to stem the spread of H1N1 (a/k/a Swine) Flu. ORIGINAL According … Continue reading

12/10/2009 · 1 Comment

Wheel’s up for Bozz

US Special Representative Stephen Bosworth and his travel party have departed the DPRK.  Prior to his departure, Ambassador Bosworth told Xinhua that, “It was a very useful set of meetings.”  … Continue reading

12/10/2009 · Leave a comment

Has the Veneration Campaign for Ko Yo’ng-hu’i restarted?

Two reports out of Japan have surfaced that may add a bit of credence to the Kim Jong-un hereditary succession.  Sande Mainichi quotes an unnamed Ch’ongy’on official: “December 2009 will … Continue reading

12/09/2009 · Leave a comment

H1N1 in DPRK

KCNA won’t make any announcements about the currency redomination, but it’s ready to admit the H1N1 outbreak in the DPRK.  The North Koreans have yet to reply to offers of … Continue reading

12/09/2009 · Leave a comment

Siege Mentality Tunnel of Love

So, while Pyongyang watchers wait around for the sixty or so hours for the Bosworth-Kang summit to conclude in a mushroom cloud of white or black smoke, a few stories … Continue reading

12/08/2009 · Leave a comment

More on the Bozz in the Revolutionary Center

Choson Sinbo reports more at length about the arrival of US Special Representative Stephen Bosworth arriving in Pyongyang.  Ambassador Bosworth and his entourage were met at the airport by MOFA … Continue reading

12/08/2009 · Leave a comment

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