North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

KCNA Issues Commentary on US-DPRK-PRC Morass

The Korean Central News Agency [KCNA] issued a commentary on US policy on North Korea and China on January 14 (Saturday)  Although KCNA’s commentaries can not be construed as strategic … Continue reading

01/15/2017

Foreign Ministry Issues Memo and Timeline on Nuclear Diplomacy (Haters, back off)

The DPRK Foreign Ministry issued a memorandum on November 21 (Monday) entitled “The DPRK’s Strengthening of its Nuclear Forces Is a Righteous Choice to Defend Itself from the Extreme Moves … Continue reading

11/22/2016

Kim Yong Nam at NAM

Supreme People’s Assembly Presidium President and Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Political Bureau Presidium Member Kim Yo’ng-nam [Kim Yong Nam] attended the Non-aligned Movement [NAM] summit on Margarita Island, Venezuela. … Continue reading

09/19/2016

Minister of the PAF Issues Statement on Nukes

The Minister of the People’s Armed Forces (North Korea’s defense minister equivalent), General Pak Yong Sik issued a statement on June 9 (Thursday) on the DPRK’s nuclear weapons program.  On … Continue reading

06/09/2016

Kim Jong Un Delivers Opening Speech and the First Day of the 7th Party Congress (updated May 7, 2016)

  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his observation and guidance at the test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile on April 23 (updated May 7, 2016 to include additional … Continue reading

05/06/2016

Kim Jong Un Observes and Guides Mobile Ballistic Missile Drill and Watches KPA Tank Competition

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his meeting with senior nuclear weapons personnel DPRK state media reported on March 11 (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed and … Continue reading

03/10/2016

Kim Jong Un Meets with Nuclear Weapons Personnel

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his inspection of the test of a multiple-launch rocket system DPRK state media reported on March 9 (Wednesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim … Continue reading

03/08/2016

DPRK Foreign Ministry, Government Issue Statements on UNSC Sanctions

The DPRK Foreign Ministry issued a statement through state media on March 3 (Thursday) in response to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2270 (2016) adopted on March 2.  According to … Continue reading

03/04/2016

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

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