North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

CPRK Issues Statement on the Closure of Kaeso’ng Industrial Zone

The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (also known as the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland) issued a statement on the closure of the Kaeso’ng Industrial … Continue reading

02/11/2016

PRC Nuclear Envoy Wu Dawei meets with Kim Kye Gwan

DPRK 1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan met China’s special envoy on Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei on 27 August (Tuesday).  According to KCNA Kim and Wu … Continue reading

08/27/2013 · 1 Comment

Chinese Vice President Attends Anniversary Reception at DPRK Embassy in Beijing

DPRK state media reported that the DPRK Embassy in Beijing hosted a reception commemorating the 30th anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s “maiden visit” to China in 1983.  Attending the reception … Continue reading

06/14/2013 · 1 Comment

Choe Ryong Hae Returns to DPRK

DPRK state media reported on 24 May (Friday) that VMar Choe Ryong Hae, Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department and Member of the Korean Workers’ Party … Continue reading

05/26/2013 · Leave a comment

Gen. Kim Kyok Sik Lands at KPA General Staff

Two weeks after being removed from office as the DPRK’s defense minister, Gen. Kim Kyok Sik has been appointed Chief of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff.  Gen. Kim … Continue reading

05/23/2013 · 1 Comment

Choe Ryong Hae Arrives in Beijing for 3 Day Visit

DPRK state media reported that a senior delegation led by VMar Choe Ryong Hae, Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department,  departed Pyongyang and arrived in Beijing … Continue reading

05/22/2013 · Leave a comment

Ministry of Atomic Energy Industry Established

DPRK reported on 12 April (Friday) that the Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium established the Ministry of Atomic Energy Industry on 11 April (Thursday).  According to KCNA the General Department … Continue reading

04/13/2013 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Convenes Meeting and Orders Strategic Rockets “To be on stand-by”

DPRK state media reported that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) convened a meeting and signed military operations orders at 00:30 [12:30 am] Korean Standard Time [KST] on 29 March (Friday). … Continue reading

03/28/2013 · 2 Comments

CMC Meetings Shown in DPRK Documentary on Kim Jong Un’s Military Activities

On 5 March DPRK state media released a documentary film which compiled film footage of Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) inspecting Korean People’s Army [KPA] units, observing training exercises and … Continue reading

03/18/2013 · 4 Comments

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