North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Another Straw in the Wind of a KJI China Trip

February is winding down without Kim Jong-il having visited China.  However, Korea Times citing MBC (Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation) reports that KJI may travel there in March.  KT cites the presence … Continue reading

02/27/2010 · Leave a comment

And then there were four

In the week following KJI’s birthday, things were looking lively in the DPRK neighborhood.  US Special Envoy Stephen Bosworth has been puddle jumping between Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo, with different … Continue reading

02/26/2010 · 2 Comments

KJI Birthday Event Photos

Below are some selected photos of events relating to Kim Jong-il’s Birthday.  I have compiled and categorized a batch of images from NK media from 10 February to 17 February … Continue reading

02/24/2010 · Leave a comment

Hu Jintao meets KWP Official & Sino Morningstar Protest

POST SCRIPT Qin Gang, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, denies Asahi Shimbun‘s story or that Kim Jong-un ever visited China: “China expects North Korea to pursue the development … Continue reading

02/24/2010 · 3 Comments

KJI On Edge

POST-SCRIPT Choson Ilbo and Daily NK offer their own write-ups on Won Se-hoon’s legislative report: –DNK focuses on Mr. Won’s doubts about the county attracting $10 billion in investment from … Continue reading

02/23/2010 · Leave a comment

New KCNA Director

Yonhap reports that Kim Pyong-ho is the new Director-General of Korean Central News Agency.  Mr. Kim replaces Kim Ki-ryong who had been KCNA’s chief for at least ten years.  Kim … Continue reading

02/22/2010 · Leave a comment

KJI Steps Out with the MPS

Over the weekend, Kim Jong-il attended a concert hosted the Ministry of Public Security.  This was the inaugural performance of the MPS’s Song and Dance Ensemble, and it seemed to … Continue reading

02/22/2010 · 1 Comment

KPA Journal Volume 1. Issue 2

Joseph Bermudez who is an analyst for Jane’s Intelligence Review, author of The Armed Forces of North Korea (I.B. Tauris, 2001) and the world’s foremost expert in English on the … Continue reading

02/19/2010 · Leave a comment

South of the Border

Yet again, the presence of an active Department Director at the KWP International Department in the person of Kim Yong-il is making itself known.  The DPRK has appointed a new … Continue reading

02/19/2010 · Leave a comment

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