North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

SPA Session to Issue Statement on Cheonan?

The ROK Ministry of Unification anticipates that the DPRK is expected ” to announce its positions and principles on issues it is faced with, such as the outcome of an … Continue reading

05/31/2010 · 1 Comment

Mass Rally in Pyongyang

On 30 May 2010 KCTV broadcast a mass rally held on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, and ostensibly organized as a popular reaction to Cheonan-based tensions on the Korean … Continue reading

05/30/2010 · Leave a comment

China Reiterates Call To “Reduce Tensions”

After meeting with ROK President Lee Myung-bak and Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao reiterated his country’s neutral position on the DPRK’s role in the sinking of … Continue reading

05/30/2010 · Leave a comment

China Cheonan Position Unchanged After Lee-Wen Meeting

Kim Ji-hyun reports in Korea Herald that “China seemed unready to side with Seoul” regarding the conclusions of the Cheonan investigation, after a meeting Friday (28 March) between ROK President … Continue reading

05/28/2010 · Leave a comment

DPRK To “Retract all measures for providing military guarantees”

Sam Kim reports in Yonhap that MPAF General Staff Department issued a statement renouncing the DPRK’s military agreements with the ROK: “The (North Korean military) will retract all measures for … Continue reading

05/28/2010 · Leave a comment

Nerve Center of DPRK’s anti-ROK Operations

Kim So-hyun has a comprehensive report in the Korea Herald about the NDC Reconnaissance Bureau, which would manage an attack such as the Cheonan. Government sources also reportedly said that … Continue reading

05/27/2010 · Leave a comment

Russia Will Not Pursue Cheonan Matter at UNSC

ITAR-TASS reports that Russia’s Foreign Ministry announced that it will not pursue the Cheonan matter or support its introduction at the UN Security Council. Russia will not bring the South … Continue reading

05/26/2010 · 2 Comments


US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton dropped in to Seoul, to meet with and provide a US show of support for ROK President Lee Myung-bak, and South Korea, following … Continue reading

05/26/2010 · 1 Comment

ROK Defines NK as “Main Enemy,” NK Severs All Inter-Korean Contact

Kim So-hyun reports in Korea Herald that ROK officials plan to revive and define the DPRK as “the main enemy” as part of its military response to the sinking of … Continue reading

05/26/2010 · Leave a comment

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