North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

VMAR Ri Yong Ho Emerges After YP-do

VMAR Ri Yong Ho (Chief of the KPA General Staff Department [GSD] and Central Military Commission co-Vice Chairman) was reported on 29 November attending a performance of the DPRK’s State … Continue reading

11/30/2010

Choe Tae Bok to Visit PRC Tuesday

Choe Tae-pok, CC KWP Secretary and Political Bureau member, will travel to Beijing on Tuesday (30 November) for a five day trip to the PRC.  Choe is likely to discuss … Continue reading

11/28/2010

Funeral Held for ROK Marines Killed in YP-do Attack

The ROK held a funeral Saturday (27 November) for ROK Marines Sgt. Seo Jeong-woo and Pvt. Moon Kwan-wook who were killed during the DPRK’s artillery attack on YP-do on 23 … Continue reading

11/28/2010

I am delighted to announce that Joe Bermudez built himself a virtual home for KPA Journal <www.kpajournal.com>.  In addition to future issues of the journal, the website has an archive … Continue reading

11/21/2010

KJU: 50-odd Days Later

The DPRK press reported on 20 November (Saturday) that Kim Jong Il and hereditary successor, Kim Jong Un, attended a commemorative photo session with members of the Korean People’s Internal … Continue reading

11/21/2010

Much Ado in Kilchu County?

Satellite imagery  shows possible construction activity in Kilchu County, North Hamgyong, near the location of the DPRK’s May 2009 nuclear test.  According to a Jane’s analysis of images taken over … Continue reading

11/21/2010

KJI attends Jo Myong Rok’s wake

Kim Jong Il was among the first mourners to attend visiting hours held for VMAR Jo Myong Rok, who passed away from heart disease on 6 November.  KJI was joined … Continue reading

11/09/2010

VMAR Jo Myong Rok Dies

KCNA reports that VMAR Jo Myong Rok passed away on 6 November (Saturday).  VMAR Jo served as 1st Vice Chairman of the National Defense Commission and Director of the MPAF … Continue reading

11/07/2010

DPRK Premier Goes to China

DPRK Choe Yong Rim traveled to northeastern China.  Yonhap citing a Chinese newspaper reported that Choe arrived with delelgation in Harbin “earlier this week”  and toured Changchun on Wednesday.  Xinhua … Continue reading

11/04/2010

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