North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

ROK “To Immediately Exercise Right of Self Defense”

The full English text of ROK President Lee Myung-bak’s remarks is available here. In a nationally televised address on the March 2010 sinking of ROK naval corvette Cheonan, South Korean … Continue reading

05/24/2010 · Leave a comment

New NK Diplorep to Iran

Yonhap reports that the DPRK has appointed Jo In Chol as its new ambassador to its close ally Iran.  Jo In Chol was recently the country’s ambassador to Thailand and … Continue reading

05/23/2010 · 1 Comment

Kim Jong Un’s Princes’ Education

Vanity Fair‘s website offers a short essay on Kim Jong Un’s alma mater.  KJU’s few years studying in Switzerland have been the subject of previous media reports.  This particular vignette … Continue reading

05/22/2010 · 2 Comments

Official Reaction on the Cheonan

The official reactions to the findings of the investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan continue.  An executive summary of the official, international investigation can be read here.  Yonhap provides … Continue reading

05/21/2010 · Leave a comment

Official Word on the Cheonan

The ROK’s international investigation team has issued its official finding that the March 2010 sinking of the Cheonan was caused by a North Korean torpedo.  Yoon Duk-yong said the torpedo … Continue reading

05/20/2010 · Leave a comment

Serial Numbers and Diplorep Briefings In Seoul

Chosun Ilbo reports that torpedo propellers and a serial number with a North Korean font were discovered in the Cheonan wreckage.  Northeast Asia Matters translated the CI‘s front page story … Continue reading

05/19/2010 · Leave a comment

SPA to Meet Again

Another session of the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly will be held in early June.  Reuters reports (thank you, Joe): North Korea has called for a rare second session of its … Continue reading

05/18/2010 · Leave a comment

NK Denied Role in Cheonan to China

Yonhap reports that the DPRK denied any role in the Cheonan.  Kim Jong Il did not seem to make the denial himself, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Xinsen told ROK legislators that … Continue reading

05/17/2010 · Leave a comment

ROK Military Will Identify NK as Cheonan Assailant

Kim So-hyun reports in Korea Herald that the South Korean military will issue a statement this Thursday that identifies the DPRK as responsible for the March sinking of the Cheonan. … Continue reading

05/16/2010 · Leave a comment

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