North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Detained US Citizen Statement Released

DPRK state media confirmed the detention of a US citizen on 30 November (Saturday) releasing a report and a confession attributed to the man.  The 85 year old US citizen … Continue reading

11/30/2013 · Leave a comment

3rd Anniversary of Yo’np’yo’ng Island Artillery Incident

A meeting marking the third anniversary of the 2010 battle of Yo’np’yo’ng Island was held in Kangryo’ng County, South Hwanghae, on 23 November (Saturday).  The meeting was attended by officers … Continue reading

11/25/2013 · Leave a comment

US Citizen Detained in DPRK

An 85-year old US citizen has been detained in the DPRK since 26 October.  DPRK officials confirmed the detention to officials of Sweden’s Embassy in Pyongyang, which acts as the … Continue reading

11/25/2013 · Leave a comment

Special Economic Zones Announced

DPRK state media publicized a decree by the country’s unicameral legislature the Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] establishing the country’s special economic zones.  The zones fall under several categories with some … Continue reading

11/25/2013 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Attends 2nd National Security Personnel Meeting

  DPRK state media reported on 21 November (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended the 2nd Meeting of National Security Personnel along with a photo-op and concert with … Continue reading

11/20/2013

Is P’anmu’njom the New Stop for Foreign VIPS?

(n.b. the following focuses only on foreign government, nongovernmental organization [NGO] officials and foreign delegations visiting P’anmunjo’m and does not account for inter-Korean contacts and activity, US Forces Korea-Korean People’s … Continue reading

11/20/2013 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Visits Construction of KJI Military Graduate School

DPRK state media reported on 20 November (Wednesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the construction of the Kim Jong Il  Military Graduate School at Kim Il Sung Military … Continue reading

11/19/2013

Sports Science Exhibition Opens

A sports science exhibition opened at the Ice Rink in Pyongyang on 19 November (Tuesday).  A ceremony opening the exhibition was held and attended by Ri Jong Mu (Minister of … Continue reading

11/19/2013 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Visits Food Factory and Construction of Football Training Center

DPRK state media reported on 16 November (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the construction of a football (soccer) training ground and toured a Korean People’s Army [KPA] … Continue reading

11/17/2013 · Leave a comment
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