North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Ki Ryong (1940-2017)

Former Rodong Sinmun editor and Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Central Committee Member Kim Ki Ryong (Kim Ki-yong) died in Pyongyang on March 29 (Wednesday). Kim Ki Ryong started his career … Continue reading


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

Choe Ryong Hae Returns to DPRK

DPRK state media reported on 24 May (Friday) that VMar Choe Ryong Hae, Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department and Member of the Korean Workers’ Party … Continue reading

05/26/2013 · Leave a comment

Choe Ryong Hae Arrives in Beijing for 3 Day Visit

DPRK state media reported that a senior delegation led by VMar Choe Ryong Hae, Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department,  departed Pyongyang and arrived in Beijing … Continue reading

05/22/2013 · Leave a comment

DPRK Conducts Third Nuclear Test

The DPRK conducted its third nuclear test in the late morning of 12 February (Tuesday).  The first indication of the third experimental detonation was a seismic event  with its epicenter … Continue reading

02/12/2013 · 1 Comment

Kang Sok Ju Meets Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce

DPRK state media reported on 10 January (Thursday) that DPRK Cabinet Vice Premier Kang Sok Ju met with Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce, Li Jinzao and the delegation of Chinese … Continue reading

01/10/2013 · Leave a comment

Chinese Officials Visit DPRK Embassy in Beijing and CPC Sends Message to KWP

DPRK state media reported on 17 December (Monday) that Communist Party of China [CPC] Secretary and Politburo Member Liu Yunshan led a group of senior CPC and PRC Government officials … Continue reading

12/17/2012 · 1 Comment

Kim Jong Un Meets with Li Jianguo and CPC Delegation

DPRK and Chinese state media reported on 30 November (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) met with Li Jianguo, a member of the Communist Party of China’s [CPC] Political … Continue reading

12/02/2012 · Leave a comment

62nd Anniversary of CPV Korean War Participation Commemorated

DPRK state media reported on 25 October (Thursday) that DPRK and Chinese officials participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Friendship Tower in Pyongyang in commemoration of the 62nd anniversary … Continue reading

10/28/2012 · Leave a comment

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