North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

KJU Officially Named KPA Supreme Commander

At a 30 December (Friday) meeting of Political Bureau of the Korean Workers’ Party Central Committee, Kim Jong Un was formally identified Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army [KPA]. … Continue reading

12/31/2011 · 1 Comment

NDC Statement Says “Should Not to Expect Any Change from the DPRK”

The DPRK government returned to work on 30 December (Friday), after the country finished a 10-day mourning period and funeral ceremonies for Kim Jong Il.  The government’s supreme policymaking organization, … Continue reading

12/30/2011 · Leave a comment

KJI National Memorial Service Held

The DPRK conducted a national memorial service for Kim Jong Il on the morning of 29 December in Kim Il Sung Square in central Pyongyang.  His son and hereditary successor, … Continue reading

12/29/2011 · Leave a comment

KJI Funeral Program Begins

The two-day funeral service for Kim Jong Il began with a cortege which ran through the streets of Pyongyang on the afternoon of 28 December.  A motorcade of German automobiles … Continue reading

12/28/2011 · 3 Comments

KJU Identified as head of Party Central Military Commission in DPRK Press

The DPRK media has identified Kim Jong Un as leading the Party Central Military Commission.  Yonhap reports: North Korea’s main newspaper referred to the successor son of late North Korean leader … Continue reading

12/26/2011 · 1 Comment

Gen. O Kuk Ryol Steps Forth From the Shadows

In the aftermath of Kim Jong Il’s death, Gen. O Kuk Ryol (O Kuk-yo’l) has emerged as a key member of the DPRK leadership.  The 80-year old Korean People’s Army … Continue reading

12/26/2011 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Visits KJI Casket as Party Organ Endorses Him as KPA Supreme Commander

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the casket bier of Kim Jong Il at Ku’msusan Memorial Palace one again on 24 December (Saturday).  He was joined by other members of … Continue reading

12/25/2011 · 1 Comment

KJU Sister, KJI Wife Visit Kumsusan

Pyongyang watchers and ROK media are closely examining images of a young woman in her twenties photographed standing behind Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) as he received mourners at Ku’msusan … Continue reading

12/22/2011 · 2 Comments

Kim Jong Un Ordered Suspension of Military Training After KJI Death

In one of his first acts as central leader of the DPRK, Kim Jong Un ordered the suspension of the Korean People’s Army’s [KPA] annual winter training cycle prior to … Continue reading

12/21/2011 · 1 Comment

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