North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Blue House Thinks KJI is Beijing-bound

Yonhap reports that Lee Administration officials are watching for Kim Jong-il to depart for China fairly soon. Another senior official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said that South … Continue reading

03/31/2010 · 2 Comments

KJI Meets Chinese Ambassador

While Pyongyang watchers waited for Kim Jong-il to go to China, KJI brought China to him.  The General-Secretary completed the recent parade of core leadership to greet the new PRC … Continue reading

03/30/2010 · Leave a comment

The Megaphone War and Light Water Reactors

In a 29 March editorial Korean Central News Agency hits back at external observation and reporting about KJI’s health, its internal economic situation and recent contingency planning around the country: … Continue reading

03/30/2010 · 2 Comments

Have you seen your Suryongni’mui traveling in the shadow?

While the recovery mission and investigation of the tragic sinking of the ROK naval corvette Cheonan continues, Yonhap reports that ROK-based Pyongyang watchers are looking for indications that Kim Jong-il … Continue reading

03/29/2010 · Leave a comment

KPA Journal Vol. 1 No. 3

Joe Bermudez has published the third issue of KPA Journal.  The latest edition concludes an excellent series on the KPA Engineer River Crossing Units during the Korean (or Fatherland Liberation) … Continue reading

03/25/2010 · Leave a comment

Another Report of KJI Kidney Trouble

Lee Tae-hoon reports in Korea Times that DPRK expert Nam Sung-wook (director of the ROK NIS-affiliated Institute for National Security Strategy) is contending that Kim Jong-il is receiving artificial dialysis.  … Continue reading

03/25/2010 · 2 Comments

The Lonesome Death of Pak Nam-gi (?)

The Daily NK has another account of the reported execution of Pak Nam Gi: Park, the former Director of the Planning and Financial Department of the Central Committee of the … Continue reading

03/24/2010 · Leave a comment

KJU Allusion at Kim Il Ceremony?

JoongAng reports of another possible indication of the hereditary succession of Kim Jong-un [Chong-un/Jong-eun].  In remarks at a commemorative ceremony for the centenary birth of the late DPRK Vice President … Continue reading

03/22/2010 · 2 Comments

SPA to Meet on 9 April

It’s Kim Yong-nam’s time to shine.  In a possible nod toward succession or simply to create the semblance that a game is afoot,  the second session of the 12th Supreme … Continue reading

03/22/2010 · Leave a comment

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