North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Wreath Laying Ceremonies Held to Mark Anniversary of Kim Jong Suk’s Demise

Floral wreath-laying ceremonies were held on September 22 (Thursday) to mark the 67th anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Suk (Kim Cho’ng-suk), wife of late DPRK President and founder … Continue reading

09/23/2016

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

Kim Jong Un Visits January 18 General Machine Factory

  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a photo-op with exemplary KPA personnel to the January 18 General Machine Factory.  DPRK state media reported on August 10 … Continue reading

08/10/2016

Kim Jong Un Attends and Guides IRBM Hwaso’ng-10 Test

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Kim Cho’ng-suk Textile Mill in Pyongyang Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed and guided the test firing of the … Continue reading

06/22/2016

National Defense Commission Spokesman Issues Statement on Peninsula Security

A spokesman for the DPRK National Defense Commission [NDC] issued a statement claiming that the “situation of the Korean peninsula is being rapidly pushed to the danger of the outbreak … Continue reading

06/21/2016

Multiple Launch Rocket Systems Delivered to KPA

    Multiple-launch rocket systems [MLRS], Sonyo’n (children) model, were presented by the Korean Children’s Union [KCU] to the Korean People’s Army [KPA] during a ceremony in Hamhu’ng, South Hamgyo’ng, … Continue reading

06/03/2016

KPA General Staff Sends Notice to ROK “authorities” on MDL Skirmish

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff sent a notice on to the ROK Government on May 28 (Saturday) as a follow up to a previous statement by the KPA … Continue reading

05/27/2016

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 submarine-launched ballistic missile test

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station #3 Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed and guided the test of a submarine-launched … Continue reading

04/23/2016

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