North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Gas Up the KMS-3

Technicians from the Korea Committee for Space Technology [KCST] continue preparations for the launch of the U’nha-3 carrier rocket which will reportedly carry payload, Kwangmyo’ngso’ng-3 [KMS-3] satellite.  38 North provides … Continue reading

03/30/2012 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Elected to Party Conference by Military

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] party organization held its party conference on Monday (26 March) at the 25 April House of Culture.  During the proceedings, it nominated and elected Kim … Continue reading

03/28/2012 · 1 Comment

Memorial Rally Ends KJI Mourning Period

DPRK state media reported on Sunday (25 March) that the 100-day mourning period for Kim Jong Il ended.  The country’s central leadership marked the occasion with two events.  Early on … Continue reading

03/25/2012 · Leave a comment

SPA To Convene on 13 April

DPRK state media reported on 24 March (Saturday) that the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] will convene on 13 April 2012 for its fifth session (plenum; plenary session).  The meeting … Continue reading

03/24/2012 · 1 Comment

Personnel Changes

Rumors of the DPRK’s first post-KJI purge of senior military officials have surfaced in the South Korean press.  KBS and Chosun Ilbo reported that a deputy chief of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] … Continue reading

03/24/2012 · 1 Comment

Hyon Hak Bong Presents Credentials in Dublin

Newly appointed DPRK Ambassador to the UK, Hyon Hak Bong (Hyo’n Hak-pong) presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of Ireland, Hyon’s nonresident diplomatic mission.  KCNA reports: Ireland … Continue reading

03/24/2012 · Leave a comment

DPRK Invites Journalists and Experts to Observe Kwangmyongsong-3 Launch

The Korea Committee for Space Technology reports in DPRK media that it officially notified several relevant international organizations of its intention to launch the Kwangmyo’ngso’ng-3.  KCNA reports: The relevant bodies … Continue reading

03/17/2012 · 1 Comment

Unhasu Orchestra Performs in Paris

The U’nhasu Orchestra gave its first performance in Paris on Wednesday, 14 March to a sold-out audience.  The concert was divided into two parts with the U’nhasu playing its own … Continue reading

03/17/2012 · 3 Comments

DPRK Media Comments on UNHRC Scuffle

KCNA English published a commentary on heated interaction between a group of South Korean elected officials and the DPRK Ambassador to the UN Mission in Geneva on 12 March at … Continue reading

03/17/2012 · 1 Comment

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