North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Women’s Union Holds 6th Congress

The Korean Democratic Women’s Union [KDWU] held its Sixth Congress at the People’s Palace of Culture in central Pyongyang on November 17 (Thursday) and November 18 (Friday).  Attending the congress … Continue reading


Mangyo’ngdae Schoolchildren’s Palace Reopens

The renovated Mangyo’ngdae Schoolchildren’s Palace was formally re-opened at a ceremony in Pyongyang on December 8 (Tuesday).  Attending the ceremony were Kim Ki Nam (Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Secretary … Continue reading


Rodong Sinmun Turns 70

A meeting commemorating the 70th anniversary of the foundation of Rodong Sinmun, the Workers’ Party of Korea’s [WPK] daily newspaper (and the DPRK’s paper of record), was held at the People’s … Continue reading


Special Investigative Committee Formed Under National Defense Commission

On 4 July 2014, the DPRK Government formed a special investigative committee charged with a “comprehensive” enquiry into the the whereabouts and status of all Japanese nationals presently residing, or … Continue reading


Kimjongilia Festival Opened

DPRK state media reported on 14 February (Thursday) that the 17th Kimjongilia Festival was formally opened.  Attending the opening ceremony were KWP Secretary Kim Ki Nam and Supreme People’s Assembly … Continue reading

02/14/2013 · Leave a comment

Ceremony Opens Renovation of Ku’msusan Memorial Palace (updated)

DPRK state media reported on 17 December (Monday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a ceremony opening the renovated Ku’msusan Memorial Palace.  KJU’s last reported public appearance was his … Continue reading

12/17/2012 · Leave a comment

National Memorial Service Held to Commemorate the 1st Anniversary of KJI’s Death

DPRK state media reported on 16 December (Sunday) that Kim Jong Un attended a national memorial service was held at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium commemorating the first anniversary of the death … Continue reading

12/16/2012 · Leave a comment

DPRK-Japan Intergovernmental Talks to Resume in Beijing during 5-6 December

DPRK and Japanese media reported on 27 November (Tuesday) that the DPRK-Japan intergovernmental meetings will resume in Beijing on 5 December (Wedesday) and continue until 6 December (Thursday).  According to … Continue reading

11/29/2012 · Leave a comment

DPRK Ambassador to Italy, Chosen Soren Chairman Appointed

DPRK state media reported on 18 May (Friday) that the Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium appointed Kim Chun Guk as the country’s new ambassador to Italy.  Kim has served as … Continue reading

05/20/2012 · 2 Comments

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