North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Pak Pong Ju Tours Kim Jong Thae Locomotive Complex

  According to DPRK state media, State Affairs Commission vice chair and DPRK Premier Pak Pong Ju (Pak Pong-chu) toured the Kim Cho’ng-t’ae Locomotive Complex on December 22, 2016 (Thursday). … Continue reading

12/23/2016

Ceremony Held Marking Completion of Industrial Upgrades at Hwanghae Iron and Steel Complex

A ceremony marking the upgrading of an oxygen furnace and other industrial upgrades at Hwanghae Iron and Steel Complex was held at the complex in Songrim, North Hwanghae, on May … Continue reading

05/26/2016

Cargo Ship Launched

The cargo ship Jaryok was launched at Ryongnam Dockyard in Namp’o on May 15 (Sunday).  Attending the launch ceremony were O Su Yong (Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman … Continue reading

05/16/2016

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

70-Day Campaign Officially Ends, Sets the Table for 7th Party Congress

  The 70 Day labor campaign (speed battle) preceding the 7th Congress formally ended this week.  According to a report published by KCNA on May 5 (Thursday) the campaign was … Continue reading

05/06/2016

International Labor Day Marked (May Day! May Day!)

Senior DPRK leadership celebrated International Labor Day (May) on Sunday (May 1).  Kim Yong Nam (President of the Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium), Pak Pong Ju (DPRK Premier), Choe Ryong … Continue reading

05/03/2016

Central Report Meeting Marks KJI NDC Chairman 23rd Anniversary

A central report meeting commemorating the 23rd anniversary of late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il’s (Kim Cho’ng-il) election as chairman of the National Defense Commission [NDC] was held at the … Continue reading

04/12/2016

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