North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Another Hwang Plot

ROK authorities have arrested another man accused of posing as a defector to gain entry into ROK to assassinate Hwang Jang Yop.  Hwang was the most senior DPRK official to … Continue reading


PRC Defense Minister Meets with MPAF Delegation

The PRC Defense Minister and The PRC Vice Chief of the PLA General Staff met with a KPA delegation in Beijing on 14 October.  The KPA delegation was lead by … Continue reading


19 October 1950

On 19 Octber 1950 UN forces, including the US Army’s 5th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division and the ROK’s 1st and 7th Divisions, entered Pyongyang.  On 11 October … Continue reading


PRC to Send Kim Jong Suk Statue to DPRK

The China Waxwork Museum for Great Figures has agreed to construct a life-sized wax effigy of Kim Jong Suk.  Kim Jong Suk was Kim Il Sung’s first wife and the … Continue reading


DPRK Expresses Pledge to Rejoin Six Party Talks

The DPRK has expressed its willingness to return to the Six Party Talks.  The country made the announcement following a trip to Beijing last week by DPRK Senior Vice Minister … Continue reading


Parsing Jong Nam’s Remarks

        Following Kim Jong Nam’s recent interview with Asahi TV, Chosun Ilbo offers some interpretation of his comments.  Jong Nam told Asahi that he was personally opposed … Continue reading


Premier Choe’s Daughter’s Promotion

    Choe Son Hui, daughter of DPRK Premier Choe Yong Rim, has been promoted to a deputy director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Ms. Choe has served as … Continue reading


KJI Meets with PRC Delegation

    Kim Jong Il met with and hosted a lunch party for PRC senior party official, Zhou Yongkang, and a PRC delegation.  Zhou arrived in Pyongyang late last week … Continue reading


HJY Passes Away, Final Thoughts on Jong Un

Hwang Jang Yop, the former CC KWP Secretary of Ideology who fled to the ROK in 1997, passed away on 10 October (Sunday).  Prior to his death, Hwang offered his … Continue reading