North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

US, DPRK End Two-Day Exploratory Meeting

A US-DPRK exploratory interaction ended Friday after two days of meetings that examined the possibility of resuming the Six Party Talks.  The meetings were described as “serious and business-like discussions.”  … Continue reading

07/31/2011 · Leave a comment

Jon Il Chun Visits May 11 Factory with KJI

UPDATE (8 August 2011) Prior to visiting the 11 May Factory with Kim Jong Il, Jon Il Chun assisted in delivering a floral wreath to the Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery on … Continue reading

07/30/2011 · 1 Comment

KJI Attends Concert, Banquet on 27 July anniversary

The DPRK commemorated the end of active hostilities of the Fatherland Liberation (Korean) War on 27 July 1953.  Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) was reported to have attended a performance … Continue reading

07/30/2011 · Leave a comment

IISS Releases NK Dossier

The UK-based International Institute of Strategic Studies released a 216-page dossier on the DPRK entitled North Korean Security Challenges: A net assessment  (ISBN 978-0-86079-206-6) on 21 July in the UK … Continue reading

07/30/2011 · Leave a comment

Ri Jong San Dies

Ri Jong San (Yi Cho’ng-san) passed away on 23 July (Saturday) at the age of 87.  Ri was born in China in 1922.  He served as chief of staff of … Continue reading

07/30/2011 · Leave a comment

KJI Visits KPA Naval Command

Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) conducted a field inspection of the command element of the KPA Navy Command (also known as the Korean People’s Navy).  It was KJI’s third reported … Continue reading

07/30/2011 · Leave a comment

Pak Ui Chun Visits Malaysia and Singapore after ARF

DPRK Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pak Ui Chun (Pak U’i-ch’un) continued a tour of southeast Asia following his attendance of the ASEAN meetings in Indonesia.  From 25 to 27 July … Continue reading

07/30/2011 · Leave a comment

KJI Votes Early and Often

Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) participated in local elections in Ryo’ngso’ng District, Pyongyang, on 24 July (Sunday).  According to KCNA, KJI voted for Pak Hyong Ryol, a manager of the … Continue reading

07/25/2011 · Leave a comment

Ri Yong Ho Appointed 6 Party Talk Rep

Ri Yong Ho has succeeded Kim Kye Kwan as the country’s representative to the Six Party Talks.  Ri met with his ROK counterpart, Wi Sung-lac, on 22 July (Friday) in … Continue reading

07/24/2011 · Leave a comment

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