North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

DPRK Conducts Fifth Nuclear Test

The DPRK conducted its fifth nuclear weapons test at the P’unggye-ri Test Site at 9 AM PYT on September 9, 2016 (Friday).  This caused  a 5.3 magnitude earthquake at Su’ngjipaekam, Paekam … Continue reading

09/09/2016

KPA Official Anniversary Marked

The official anniversary of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] was marked on April 25 (originally it was February 8). On April 24 (Sunday) a central report meeting marking the KPA’s … Continue reading

04/28/2016

Titles of Marshal and Vice Marshal Given to Close KJI Adjutants

  The title of Korean People’s Army [KPA] Marshal (inminguk wo’nsu) was awarded to Kim Yong Chun and Hyon Chol Hae, and the title of KPA Vice Marshal (ch’asu) was … Continue reading

04/14/2016

KPA Holds Loyalty Meeting to Mark Sun’s Day

A loyalty meeting of Korean People’s Army [KPA] officers and service members was held at Ku’msusan Memorial Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on April 11 (Monday) to commemorate Sun’s … Continue reading

04/12/2016

Ri Man Gon and the OGD Nuclear Illuminati

(The following was written during mid-January 2016 after Kim Jong Un attended a commemorative photo-op with the DPRK’s nuclear test personnel.  In light of the February 2016 space launch, Kim … Continue reading

03/31/2016

KPA Long-range Artillery Force Issues “Ultimatum”

The long-range artillery element of a Korean People’s Army [KPA] large combined unit (taeyonhap pudae) issued an ultimatum on March 26 (Saturday) in connection with “the beginning of the merciless … Continue reading

03/27/2016

Kim Jong Un Visits February 11 Plant and Attends and Supervises Rocket Engine Test

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a test of a 300 mm MLRS DPRK state media reported on March 24 (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim … Continue reading

03/24/2016

Kim Jong Un Commands and Observes Landing and Anti-Landing Drills

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the development of Ryomyo’ng Street in Pyongyang DPRK state media reported on March 20 (Sunday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim … Continue reading

03/21/2016

Kim Jong Un Observes and Guides Ballistic Rocket Reentry Simulation (updated)

  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at the 2016 KPA Tank Competition (translation variant between KCNA and state broadcasting noted in parentheses) DPRK state media reported … Continue reading

03/14/2016

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