North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Kyong-hui: Wouldn’t Be Ashamed to Be Seen with You Anywhere

Kim Kyong-hui, Kim Jong-il’s younger sister, is swiftly becoming her brother’s favorite traveling companion on his guidance and inspection tours.  As of today (22 January), General-Secretary Kim had made eleven … Continue reading

01/23/2010 · Leave a comment

Possible KJI Trip to China in Late Feb.

Tokyo Shimbun reports that Kim Jong-il may head to China after all, citing an ROK government official who said it is,  “‘likely that North Korea’s General Secretary Kim Jong Il … Continue reading

01/22/2010 · 1 Comment

Morningstar Blips

January 8, 2010 may have been a holiday in the DPRK, after all.  In a report about a barter system taking effect among North Korean citizens, a source talking to … Continue reading

01/21/2010 · Leave a comment

Will KJI Fade Away after 2012?

KINU (Korean Institute for National Unification) released a report entitled “Study on Unification” that prognosticates Kim Jong-il more or less disappearing from the Pyongyang scene  after 2012.  KINU pronounces, “The … Continue reading

01/20/2010 · 4 Comments

KJI Inspects and Observes Joint Military Exercises

EN CODA Northeast Asia Matters has an excellent post on the KPA joint military drills over the weekend. ORIGINAL In what seems to be a first for his inspection and … Continue reading

01/18/2010 · Leave a comment

NK Monthly Mags

(n.b., the URL’s contained throughout this post link to DPRK-based websites which may not be legal to access from some countries) The January 2010 DPRK overseas publications have been released.  … Continue reading

01/16/2010 · 1 Comment

New KWP International Director

Kim Yong-il has been appointed to fill the vacant position of Department Director in the KWP’s International Department.  Mr. Kim’s change in position was announced in a KCNA report about … Continue reading

01/15/2010 · Leave a comment

New Minister of Culture Appointed

The DPRK has appointed a new Minister of Culture.  Novelist An Tong-chun was selected to replace Kang Nung-su, who had been Minister since June 2006.  An Tong-chun was recently Chairman … Continue reading

01/15/2010 · Leave a comment

NK Elites Face Travel Restrictions in EU

UPDATE: Here is a PDF copy of EU Council Regulation 1283/2009.  (This list of the thirteen [13] DPRK officials on the “no entry” list is at the bottom of this … Continue reading

01/12/2010 · 1 Comment

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