North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

National Defense Commission Releases Statement on DPRK-US Relations

The National Defense Commission [NDC], the DPRK government’s highest authority and supreme power organization, issued a spokesman’s statement on 12 October (Saturday) which it said “revealed the deceptive nature of … Continue reading

10/12/2013 · Leave a comment

General Staff Statement Says KPA “Ready to Promptly Launch Operations Any Time”

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff issued a statement on 7 October (Monday) which said that the KPA’s “the units of all services and army corps level of the … Continue reading

10/08/2013 · 1 Comment

Kim Kye Gwan Meets with PRC State Councilor

Chinese media reported that DPRK 1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan met with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on 17 September (Tuesday).  During the meeting, according to Xinhua, … Continue reading

09/18/2013 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Commands Maneuvers of KPA Warship and Publishes Lecture On So’ngun Revolution

DPRK state media reported on 24 August (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) commanded the maneuvers of a recently commissioned Korean People’s Army [KPA] warship.  He was accompanied by … Continue reading


National Meeting Marks 53rd Anniversary of So’ngun Leadership

A national meeting was held at the 25 April House of Culture in Pyongyang on 24 August (Saturday) to mark the 53rd anniversary of Military-First (So’ngun) Revolutionary Leadership.  Attending the … Continue reading

08/25/2013 · Leave a comment

Kim Kyok Sik Meets Raul Castro and Cuban Defense Minister

Gen. Kim Kyok Sik, Chief of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff,  met with Cuban President Raúl Castro in Havana on 1 July (Monday).  According to Cuban state television, Raúl welcomed … Continue reading

07/02/2013 · 1 Comment

National Meeting Commemorates 48th Anniversary of KJI Beginning Work at Party Central Committee

DPRK state media reported that national meeting commemorating the 48th anniversary of the start of late leader Kim Jong Il’s work at the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Committee was … Continue reading

06/19/2013 · Leave a 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

Army-People Meeting Supporting Masikryo’ng Speed Battle Held at Grazing Land Reclamation

DPRK state media reported that Korean People’s Army [KPA] and civilian construction personnel contributing to the Sep’o grazing land reclamation project in Kangwo’n Province held an army-people solidarity meeting in … Continue reading

06/14/2013 · Leave a comment

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