North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

DPRK Agrees to Suspend Uranium Enrichment

The DPRK has agreed to suspend its uranium enrichment program, nuclear testing and long-rang missile tests in exchange for the provision of food aid from the United States.  The agreement … Continue reading

02/29/2012 · 1 Comment

Kim Jong Un Inspects IV Army Corps Units

DPRK media reported on 25 February (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) inspected several units under the Korean People’s Army [KPA] IV Corps, including its 4th battalion which was … Continue reading

02/26/2012 · 1 Comment

Kim Jong Un Visits Sports Bullet Factory and Missile Command Post

As DPRK 1st Deputy (Vice) Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan settled into his Beijing accommodation, DPRK media reported on 22 February  that Kim Jong Un and Jang Song Taek visited … Continue reading

02/23/2012 · 1 Comment

Jon Yong Jin Arrives in Havana

On 13 February 2012, Jon Yong Jin presented his credentials to Cuban Vice President Gladys Bejerano (a.k.a. Gladys Maria Bejerano Portela).  For a number of years Jon served as vice … Continue reading

02/22/2012 · 4 Comments

4th Party Conference To Convene in “mid-April”

KCNA reports that on 18 February (Saturday) the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Political Bureau publicized its decision to convene a 4th Party Conference (meeting of party representatives) in April.  It … Continue reading

02/20/2012 · 5 Comments

KJI Birthday Commemorated

On 16 February (Thursday) Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) and other members of the central leadership commemorated what would have been Kim Jong Il’s official 70th birthday at Ku’msusan Memorial … Continue reading

02/18/2012 · 2 Comments

National Report Meeting Held for KJI’s Birthday

The DPRK’s central leadership gathered at the 25 April House of Culture on Wednesday (15 February) for a national meeting to commemorate the official 70th birthday of the late Kim … Continue reading

02/16/2012 · 3 Comments

KPA Promotions Issued for the Day of the Shining Star

In one of his first public acts as Korean People’s Army [KPA] Supreme Commander, Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) promoted 23 officials of security organizations to general-grade officers’ ranks, as … Continue reading

02/15/2012 · 4 Comments

KJI Statue Unveiled as Birthday Events Begin

In a key event marking the birthday of the recently deceased DPRK supreme leader Kim Jong Il, a bronze statue was unveiled on Tuesday (14 February) at Mansudae Art Studio … Continue reading

02/14/2012 · 3 Comments

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