North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Mystery Man at Memorial Events (Updated)

UPDATE:  Yonhap, citing an unnamed South Korean [ROK] government source,  reported on 18 December (Tuesday) that the mystery man at the memorial events is most likely Choe Chun Sik, who serves … Continue reading

12/17/2012 · 1 Comment

Chinese Officials Visit DPRK Embassy in Beijing and CPC Sends Message to KWP

DPRK state media reported on 17 December (Monday) that Communist Party of China [CPC] Secretary and Politburo Member Liu Yunshan led a group of senior CPC and PRC Government officials … Continue reading

12/17/2012 · 1 Comment

KPA Holds Memorial and Loyalty Meeting On KJI Death Anniversary

DPRK state media reported on 17 December (Monday) that the Korean People’s Army [KPA] held a memorial rally on the plaza in front of the Ku’msusan Memorial Palace to commemorate … Continue reading

12/17/2012 · Leave a comment

Ceremony Opens Renovation of Ku’msusan Memorial Palace (updated)

DPRK state media reported on 17 December (Monday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a ceremony opening the renovated Ku’msusan Memorial Palace.  KJU’s last reported public appearance was his … Continue reading

12/17/2012 · Leave a comment

Choe Ryong Hae Taken Down a Peg?

Choe Ryong Hae has been reduced in rank, moving from Korean People’s Army [KPA] Vice Marshal (ch’asu)  to General (taejang).  During the 16 December (Sunday) memorial service held to commemorate … Continue reading

12/16/2012 · 2 Comments

National Memorial Service Held to Commemorate the 1st Anniversary of KJI’s Death

DPRK state media reported on 16 December (Sunday) that Kim Jong Un attended a national memorial service was held at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium commemorating the first anniversary of the death … Continue reading

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Workers Organizations Hold Meetings Commemorating KJI Demise

DPRK state media reported that a series of Workers’ Organizations meetings were held during 12-13 December to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death.  On 12 December (Wednesday) … Continue reading

12/16/2012 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Visits the Sohae Satellite Launching Center

DPRK state media reported on 14 December (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) made a congratulatory visit to the Sohae Satellite Launch Center (Sohae Space Center) in Tongch’ang-ri, Ch’o’lsan … Continue reading

12/15/2012 · Leave a comment

Army-People Rally Held in Pyongyang to Mark U’nha-3/KMS-3 Launch

DPRK state media reported on 14 December (Friday) that an Army-People mass rally was held to celebrate the successful launch of the Kwangmyo’ngso’ng-3 satellite using the U’nha-3 carrier rocket.  Attending … Continue reading

12/15/2012 · Leave a comment

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