North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Pak Ui Chun Arrives in Myanmar

DPRK Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun arrived in Myanmar (Burma) on Thursday (29 July), and toured the Shwedagon Pagoda.  This was the first visit by a DPRK Foreign Minister since … Continue reading

07/30/2010 · 1 Comment

3rd Round of UN Command-KPA Meeting Held Friday

The third colonel-level meeting between the UN Command and the Korean People’s Army occurred on Friday (30 July) in Panmunjom.  After a two hour meeting, a 4th round was scheduled … Continue reading

07/29/2010 · Leave a comment

Is KJI Bequeathing the Family Fortune to Jong Un?

According to Open Radio for North Korea and RFA, Kim Jong Il is currently in the process of transferring significant monies to his son and hereditary successor, Kim Jong Un … Continue reading

07/29/2010 · 1 Comment

DPRK World Cup Team Subjected to Public Criticism Session

The DPRK’s World Cup team, including head coach Kim Jong-hun, were reportedly subjected to a public criticism session, attended by 400 DPRK Party and government officials, People’s Athletes and students … Continue reading

07/28/2010 · 2 Comments

NDC Vice Chairman Invokes “nucelar deterrence” on anniversary of Armistice

NDC Vice Chairman and Minister of the People’s Armed Forces (MPAF), VMAR Kim Yong Chun, said that the DPRK is reserving the right to “mobilize the tremendous military potential, including … Continue reading

07/27/2010 · Leave a comment

DPRK Offers Ginseng to CZ for Old Foreign Debt

The DPRK has offered the Czech Republic‘s Finance Ministry bulk shipments (several hundred metric tons) of ginseng as partial repayment of debts incurred by the DPRK to the old Czechoslovakia.  … Continue reading

07/27/2010 · Leave a comment

NDC Threatens Invincible Spirit With “Sacred War”

The National Defense Commission targeted a bit of strategic invective against Invincible Spirit,  joint ROK-US military exercises being held in response to the March sinking of the Cheonan. The army … Continue reading

07/26/2010 · Leave a comment

ARF Defers to UNSC on Cheonan While the Battle of the Beancounters Begins

The ASEAN Regional Forum has drafted a statement that conveys “deep concerns” over the sinking of the Cheonan, and calls for the resumption of the Six Party Talks.  The statement … Continue reading

07/23/2010 · Leave a comment

KJI News You can Reuse

On 19 July 2010 KCNA reported that Kim Jong Il attended a performance given by the art squads of the Pyongyang Textile Mill and the Kim Jong Suk Silk Mill.  … Continue reading

07/23/2010 · Leave a comment

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