North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Jong Il Kicks Off KPA Winter Training Cycle

DPRK media reports that Kim Jong Il supervised the “combined tactical exercises” of Korean People’s Army [KPA] large combined unit 630.  The accounts of the military exercises came amid the DPRK … Continue reading

11/30/2011 · 2 Comments

DPRK Ambassador to Cambodia Appointed

The Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium has appointed Hong Ki Chol the new DPRK’s new ambassador to Cambodia on 28 November.  Hong has previously served as Consul General in Hong … Continue reading

11/29/2011 · 1 Comment

Kim Jong Il Conducts KPA Field Inspections After “Sea of Fire” Statement

Kim Jong Il traveled to South Hwanghae Province and inspected two Korean People’s Army [KPA] units, one day after the KPA Supreme Command issued a report that threatened “a sea … Continue reading

11/27/2011 · Leave a comment

Dutch Stamp Collector Detained in DPRK Gives Interview

A Dutch citizen held by DPRK authorities during the summer of 2011 has given a media interview about his detention.  Willem van der Bijl, a Utrecht shop owner and stamp … Continue reading

11/22/2011 · 2 Comments

KPA To Begin Abbreviated Winter Drills on December 1

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] and Worker-Peasant Red Guards will begin the winter drill on 1 December.  Yonhap, citing a DPRK source, reports that the annual winter drills will last … Continue reading

11/20/2011 · Leave a comment

DPRK, PRC to “Strengthen” Military Cooperation

Kim Jong Il held a meeting and hosted a reception for Li Jinai, director of the Chinese PLA’s General Political Department, and a senior delegation of PLA officers on 17 … Continue reading

11/20/2011 · 1 Comment

DPRK Establishes Relations with South Sudan

DPRK Ambassador to Ethiopia, Kim Hyok Chol, signed a diplomatic agreement with the newly established county of South Sudan.  According to an 18 November report in KCNA, Kim met Arop … Continue reading

11/20/2011 · 1 Comment

KJI Conducts KPA Inspection Tour

Since mid-October, Kim Jong Il has conducted six (6) inspections of KPA units.  Until an account of his field inspection of KPA Unit #4303 appeared in DPRK media on or … Continue reading

11/09/2011 · 1 Comment

Reconnaissance Bureau Chief Joins KJI at Field Inspection

On 3 November DPRK media reported that Kim Jong Il conducted a field inspection of KPA Unit #322 which contains, among other things, an intelligence training school.  KJI’s visit to … Continue reading

11/06/2011 · Leave a comment

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