North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Pyon Yong Rip (1929-2016)

Former Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Secretary-General Pyon Yong Rip (Pyo’n Yo’ng-rip) died at the age of 87 on November 13, 2016, in Pyongyang.  Pyon was a former member of the … Continue reading

11/18/2016

Pak Pong Ju Visits Farms in S. P’yo’ngan Province

DPRK state media reported on October 29 (Saturday) that DPRK Premier and State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman Pak Pong Ju (Pak Pong-chu) inspected farms in South P’yo’ngan Province and visited … Continue reading

10/30/2016

KIS 70th Anniversary Marked

A series of events on September 30 (Friday) and October 1 (Saturday) marked the 70th anniversary of Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) University.    On September 27 (Tuesday), Kim Jong … Continue reading

10/04/2016

Kim Jong Un Visits Sunch’o’n Chemical Complex

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was visit to the January 18 General Machine Factory DPRK state media reported on August 13 (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un’s (Kim Cho’ng-u’n), chairman … Continue reading

08/13/2016

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

DPRK Cabinet, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Culture and KPISF Hold Party Conferences

DPRK state media reported on April 25 (Monday) that the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] committees of the DPRK Cabinet, Korean People’s Internal Security Forces [KPISF], the Ministry of Railways … Continue reading

04/26/2016

Kim Jong Un Orders Construction of Ryomyo’ng Street in Pyongyang

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a reentry simulation at T’aeso’ng Machine Factory DPRK state media reported on March 18 (Friday) that Kim Jong Un visited … Continue reading

03/17/2016

Kim Jong Un Observes and Guides Ballistic Rocket Reentry Simulation (updated)

  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at the 2016 KPA Tank Competition (translation variant between KCNA and state broadcasting noted in parentheses) DPRK state media reported … Continue reading

03/14/2016

Tree Planting Day Marked

DPRK state media reported that National Tree Planting Day was observed by DPRK central leadership, workers’ and social organizations and the DPRK Government on March 2 (Wednesday).  This marked the … Continue reading

03/03/2016

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