North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Ri Myong Su Reappears at KMS-4 Meeting

General Ri Myong Su (Ri Myo’ng-su), who served as Minister of People’s Security from 2011 to 2013, appeared at a February 8, 2016 rally in Pyongyang that celebrated the successful … Continue reading

02/09/2016

Kim Yong Chol Elevated to Secretary of the United Front Department

Gen. Kim Yong Chol (Kim Yo’ng-ch’o’l), a member of the DPRK’s military intelligence community for the last three decades, appears to have replaced Kim Yang Gon as Workers’ Party of … Continue reading

02/04/2016

Power Station Cadres and Workers Receive Eponymous Award

DPRK state media reported on January 23 (Saturday) that nearly 13,000 party and Korean People’s Army [KPA] officials, cadres and “youth shock brigade” workers and other construction personnel received the … Continue reading

01/24/2016

Gen. Pak Yong Sik Meets with Lao President and Defense Minister

  Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Gen. Pak Yong Sik and a delegation of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] met with the Laos President Choummaly Sayasone and Lao Defense … Continue reading

11/24/2015

Kim Jong Un Attends Concert of KPA Servicemembers

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the August 25 Fishery Station DPRK state media reported on November 24 (Tuesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended … Continue reading

11/23/2015

KIS, KJI Statues Unveiled at KIS University of Politics

A ceremony was held at Kim Il Sung University of Politics in Pyongyang on November 20 (Friday) at which statues of Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and Kim Jong Il … Continue reading

11/22/2015

KPA Southwestern Command Issues Statement on 5th Anniversary of YP-do

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] Southwestern Command issued a statement on November 22, 2015 “in connection with the fact that the south Korean military warmongers are running a high fever … Continue reading

11/22/2015

Gen. O Kum Chol Meets with Russian Armed Forces Delegation

Gen. O Kum Chol (O Kum-ch’o’l), Vice Chief of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff, held a meeting and negotiations with a visiting delegation of the Russian Armed Forces … Continue reading

11/12/2015

Kim Jong Un Attends 7th Military Education Officers’ Meeting

DPRK state media reported on November 5 (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended the 7th national meeting of Korean People’s Army [KPA] education officers held at the April … Continue reading

11/05/2015

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