North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Jong-nam Hardly a Sidebranch

Choson Ilbo, citing two anonymous sources, reports that Kim Jong-nam (KJI’s oldest son) did not attend a family birthday celebration on Tuesday (16 February) : North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s … Continue reading

02/17/2010 · 1 Comment

New Kangwon Provincial KWP Chief Secretary

Paek Kye-ryong is the new Chief Secretary of the Kangwon KWP Provincial Committee.  His appointment was found in several North Korean media reports this month which referred to him as … Continue reading

02/17/2010 · Leave a comment

NK Official Requests to Defect in Russia

Kyodo News reports that a DPRK official currently being detained in Russia has requested to defect to the Russian Federation or another unnamed country.  Kyodo reports: The 40-year-old man, who … Continue reading

02/17/2010 · Leave a comment

New NK Diploreps in Beijing

JoongAng Daily reports that the DPRK is replacing its ambassador and deputy chief of mission in Beijing imminently.  Cho Jin-su, who has been the NK ambassador in China for ten … Continue reading

02/17/2010 · 1 Comment

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