North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

KJI’s Yachting Holiday

Kim Jong Il’s (Kim Cho’ng-il’s) last public appearance was a guidance tour of the 8 February Vinalon Complex which was reported by DPRK media on, or around, 8 August.  The … Continue reading

08/18/2011 · 3 Comments

DPRK Reiterates Request for Cancelation of Ulchi Freedom Guardian

While Koreans commemorated Liberation Day (15 August), DPRK media outlets have requested the cancelation of the joint US-ROK Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) exercises which are scheduled to begin on 16 … Continue reading

08/15/2011 · 1 Comment

van der Bijl Returns to NL

Willem van der Bijl, owner of a Utrecht stamp and coin shop, returned to The Netherlands via Beijing on Saturday (13 August).  Mr. van der Bijl had been slated to … Continue reading

08/15/2011 · Leave a comment

Missing NL Stamp Shop Owner Turns up in DPRK Press

Willem van der Bijl, a Utrecht stamp shop owner who was presumed missing after traveling to the DPRK, wrote an editorial (or provided a testimonial) for Pyongyang Times about his visit … Continue reading

08/11/2011 · 1 Comment

Kim Yong Chun Out of Favor with Rising Son?

Is NDC Vice-Chairman and Minister of the People’s Armed Forces (MPAF) Kim Yong Chun (Kim Yo’ng-ch’un) seeing his profile wane while Kim Jong Un’s (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) supporters expand their power? … Continue reading

08/11/2011 · Leave a comment

DPRK Denies Firing Artillery Shells

The DPRK representative to the North-South military talks denied that the KPA fired artillery shells near the NLL.  The DPRK claimed that the noises heard by ROK forces were explosions … Continue reading

08/11/2011 · Leave a comment

DPRK Fires Artillery Shells near NLL

Three (3) days after the P’anmunjo’m Mission of the KPA issued an open letter which called for the US and ROK “suspending this time’s joint military exercise (Ulchi Freedom Guardian),” … Continue reading

08/10/2011 · Leave a comment

NL Citizen Missing in DPRK

A Dutch citizen is missing in the DPRK.  Willem van der Bijl, who owns a Utrecht shop that sells stamps and coins, has not communicated with his family in nearly three … Continue reading

08/10/2011 · 1 Comment

Chinese Ships Depart the DPRK

The PLA Navy ships Zheng He and Luoyang left the port of Wo’nsan on 8 August (Monday) after a four-day visit to the DPRK.  Over the weekend the PLA Navy … Continue reading

08/08/2011 · 1 Comment

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