North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Jung Rin Dies

    Kim Jung Rin’s Funeral and Burial Service 30 April 2010 (Friday)   KWP Secretary of Workers’ Organizations Kim Jung Rin has passed away.  Mr. Kim was 86 years … Continue reading

04/28/2010 · 2 Comments

KJI Visits KPA Unit Involved in Hwang Plot

Kim So-hyun reports in the Korea Herald that Kim Jong Il inspected the KPA unit that directed the failed assassination plot on NK defector Hwang Jang Yop and is widely … Continue reading

04/28/2010 · 3 Comments

General Kim Myong Guk’s 4th Star

Last week, to commemorate the Korean People’s Army’s 78th anniversary, Kim Jong Il attended the military exercises of KPA Unit 115. The training well showed the decisive resolution and merciless … Continue reading

04/27/2010 · 1 Comment

NK War Strategy Focuses on Seoul

JoongAng Daily citing an anonymous “military source” reports that the country revised its contingency planning on an invasion of Seoul or moving further South, and wait to negotiate. “North Korea … Continue reading

04/27/2010 · 1 Comment

Ri Yong Chol Dies

One of Kim Jong Il’s key personnel managers and a member of the Party’s Central Military Committee, Ri Yong Chol has passed away.  Ri was a senior deputy director at … Continue reading

04/27/2010 · 1 Comment

Bodyguard Chief Promoted

Kim Jong Il promoted the chief of the Guard Command, in honor of the 78th anniversary of the KPA.  KCNA reports that KJI “issued order 0046” which promoted Yun Jong … Continue reading

04/24/2010 · Leave a comment

Is Hwang Plot Related to Succession?

Two reports in the South Korean press suggest the recently foiled plot to assassinate high-level NK defector Hwang Jang Yop is related to the hereditary succession of Kim Jong Un.  … Continue reading

04/23/2010 · 3 Comments

Kim Yong Nam to Visit Iran in Summer ’10

Iran’s state news agency has announced that SPA President Kim Yong Nam will visit Iran in June or July this summer. “This high-ranking official is expected to visit in two … Continue reading

04/22/2010 · 1 Comment

Necessary Nukes?

The country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement saying that it will only manufacture “neccessary” nuclear weapons in exchange for recognition as a nuclear power. North Korea pledged Wednesday … Continue reading

04/21/2010 · Leave a comment

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