North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Military Promotions List Issued

On Friday (14 April) Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) promoted 71 Korean People’s Army [KPA] officers on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung. … Continue reading

04/14/2012 · 3 Comments

National Meeting Held for KIS’ 100th

DPRK state media reports that a national meeting was held Saturday (14 April) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the country’s late President and founder, Kim Il … Continue reading

04/14/2012 · Leave a comment

SPA Session Held

Hours after the U’nha-3 crashed into the West (Yellow) Sea, the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] convened its 5th session.  This was the DPRK’s unicameral legislature’s annual session at which … Continue reading

04/14/2012 · 2 Comments

The Window is Open

The Korea Committee for Space Technology informed invited journalists and DPRK state media that its technicians began injecting fuel into the U’nha-3 carrier rocket.  The first day, of a five-day … Continue reading

04/12/2012 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Appointed “First Secretary” of Korean Workers’ Party

DPRK state media reports that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) was appointed 1st Secretary of the Korean Workers’ Party during its 4th Party Conference held 11 April (Wednesday).  The position … Continue reading

04/11/2012 · 2 Comments

Kim Jong Gak Appointed Minister of People’s Armed Forces

VMar Kim Jong Gak (Kim Cho’ng-gak) has been appointed Minister of the People’s Armed Forces [MPAF].  Kim was promoted from 4-star general (taejang) to Vice Marshal (ch’asu) on 15 February … Continue reading

04/11/2012 · 4 Comments

Kim Jong Un Conducts Two Inspections Ahead of Party Conference

DPRK state media reported that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) conducted two inspections in the Pyongyang area, one day before the 4th Party Conference at which he is widely anticipated … Continue reading

04/11/2012 · Leave a comment

Rocket on Launch Pad

Officials of the Korea Committee for Space Technology [KCST] have placed the U’nha-3 carrier rocket on its launch pad at the Sohae Launch Facility in Tongch’ang-ri, Ch’o’lsan County, North P’yo’ngan … Continue reading

04/08/2012 · 1 Comment

PLA Foreign Affairs Delegation Visits DPRK

A delegation of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army [PLA] foreign affairs department, led by Maj. Gen. Qian Lihua visited the DPRK.  Maj. Gen. Qian was reported as having previously visited … Continue reading

04/07/2012 · 1 Comment

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