North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

70 Day Speed Battle Declared by WPK Political Bureau

DPRK state media reported on February 24 (Wednesday) that a meeting of the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Political Bureau convened on an undisclosed date to declare a 70-day “speed … Continue reading


A New Party Economic Department?

Radio Free Asia, citing two anonymous sources based in Chagang and Yanggang Provinces, reports that the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] created a new department in June within the Central Committee … Continue reading

07/17/2013 · 1 Comment

Huichon Power Station Opened

The DPRK opened the Hu’ich’o’n Power Station in Chagang Province on Thursday (5 April).  Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium President Kim Yong Nam, DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim, National … Continue reading

04/06/2012 · Leave a comment

Ryugyong Hotel to Partially Open by April 2012

25 years after ground was broken, part of the Ryugyong Hotel is scheduled to open by April 2012 when the DPRK commemorates the 100th anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s birth. … Continue reading

10/06/2011 · 3 Comments

Money, it’s a Gas

Daily NK reports that the currency change under way in the DPRK was announced at 14:00 by the radio broadcasts directly piped into the homes of North Korean citizens.  Street … Continue reading

12/03/2009 · 2 Comments

Guidance Train Coming Down the Line

(n.b. Kim Jong-il’s last known appearance was around 1 November at the Unhung Cooperative Farm in Thaechon County, North Pyongan Province) Continuing with his working for the weekend m.o., Kim … Continue reading

11/11/2009 · Leave a comment

Guidance Train Coming up Around the Bend

(n.b. Kim Jong-il’s last known appearance was attendance at a concert of the KPA 33rd Art Festival around 26 October) Kim Jong-il seems to be making a habit of conducting … Continue reading

11/05/2009 · Leave a comment

KN-02 Tests Not for an Outside Audience (Necessarily)

The DPRK knew that conducting tests on the KN-02 surface-to-surface missiles would attract external attention.  Despite brushing off the tests as routine military exercises, South Korea is entirely justified in … Continue reading

10/17/2009 · Leave a comment

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