North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Inspector O Goes to Macau

You got something to say, speak now or forever hold your peace If it’s information you want, you can get it from the police James Church gave an interview with … Continue reading

01/30/2010 · 5 Comments

KJI Behind Closed Doors

EPILOGUE It was pointed out to me, and I agree, that health rumors and medical treatments about North Korean elites are difficult to verify, and connected to the wrong individuals. … Continue reading

01/29/2010 · 4 Comments

US-DPRK Exchange of Musicians and Diplomats

Yomiuri Shimbun reports that the US State Department, according to its sources, may approve entry visas for members of the DPRK’s State Symphony Orchestra to give a concert, and a … Continue reading

01/28/2010 · 2 Comments

Searching for a Soldier’s Grave

UPDATE: KBS reports that the US State Department has rejected the DPRK proposal on recovery of US service members killed during the Korean War. ORIGINAL: Recovery of the remains of … Continue reading

01/28/2010 · Leave a comment

Six Party Squawk

Yomiuri Shimbun reports that the Party of Five has arrived at a general consensus about proposals aimed at the North Koreans’ return trip to the Six Party Talks: According to … Continue reading

01/27/2010 · Leave a comment

Watching the Defectors

Citing ROK and US intelligence sources, Chosun Ilbo reports that in May 2008 Kim Jong-il toughened penalties for North Korean citizens caught attempting to migrate to China.   CI reports … Continue reading

01/27/2010 · Leave a comment


I have revised the entries on some key DPRK institutions, as well as on the Morningstar Generals, Kim Jong-chol and Kim Jong-un.  If you visit the blog’s other pages (the … Continue reading

01/25/2010 · Leave a comment

New DPRK Central Court

Over the weekend, Kim Jong-il conducted a guidance tour of the “newly-built” DPRK Central Court in Pyongyang.  General-Secretary Kim visited a historic exhibition and was briefed about the construction of … Continue reading

01/25/2010 · Leave a comment

Truckin’ with the Kim Il-sung Youth League

Late last week, selected members of the Kim Il-sung Youth League embarked on a national study tour commemorating Kim Il-sung’s long, strange trip from Pyongyang to Jilin in 1925.  Making … Continue reading

01/24/2010 · 2 Comments

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