North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

A Cadre Looks at 70

Wednesday [16 February] marked Kim Cho’ng-il’s birthday.  In the Party History Institute’s official chronicle, Kim Cho’ng-il was born February 1942 in a wooden house near Mt. Paektu.  Unofficial accounts say … Continue reading

02/17/2011

Did Kim Cho’ng-ch’o’l [Kim Jong Chol] see Slowhand in Singapore?

Kim Cho’ng-ch’o’l (Kim Jong Chol) seems to have once again indulged his affection for Eric Clapton.  KBS caught sight of a person resembling Kim Cho’ng-il’s second son attending Mr. Clapton’s … Continue reading

02/16/2011

KCI Meets PRC Public Security Minister

  Kim Cho’ng-il met with China’s Public Security Minister, Meng Jianzhu, who arrived in the DPRK on Sunday [13 February].  During his stay in the country, Meng has met with … Continue reading

02/15/2011

DPRK Media Reports on FMD

The DPRK media externally reported the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease [FMD] in the country on 10 February [Thursday].  KCNA reported that the first case was found in Rihyon-ri in Pyongyang.    … Continue reading

02/15/2011

KCI Conducts First Field Inspection of 2011

The DPRK media reports that Kim Cho’ng-il visited the command of KPA Unit 6556, his reported field inspection in 2011.  KCI’s first and last field inspections of 2010 were conducted … Continue reading

02/03/2011

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