North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Jong Un Watches SLBM Test Launch

  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Taedonggang Pig Farm. Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed and commanded the test launch of submarine-launched ballistic missiles … Continue reading


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


Kim Jong Un Visits Construction of Okryu Children’s Hospital

DPRK state media reported on 5 October (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the construction of the Okryu Children’s Hospital in Pyongyang.  He was accompanied by Jang Song … Continue reading

10/06/2013 · Leave a comment

Minister of People’s Security Reclaims 4th Star

DPRK state media reported that Choe Pu Il, Minister of the People’s Security, was restored to his previous rank of four-star General (taejang) per an order of Kim Jong Un … Continue reading

06/12/2013 · 4 Comments

Rumors of Dismissed People’s Security Minister Floated in ROK Media

South Korean [ROK] media, citing an interview with an unnamed ROK government official, are circulating rumors that DPRK Minister of People’s Security, Gen. Ri Myong Su (Ri Myo’ng-su) has been … Continue reading

02/28/2013 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Resurfaces

When a train crossed the DPRK-PRC border on 26 May, the occupant was said to be Kim Cho’ng-u’n.  Pyongyang watchers widely anticipated the hereditary successor’s sojourn to the PRC in … Continue reading

05/30/2011 · 1 Comment

Kim Jong Il Visits Nanjing

Kim Cho’ng-il’s trip to the PRC continued into its fifth day.  On Tuesday [24 May], Kim Cho’ng-il visited Nanjing for several hours which included a tour of an electronic industry … Continue reading

05/24/2011 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Il Tours Sites in Yangzhou

The third and fourth day of Kim Cho’ng-il’s visit to China proceeded in Yangzhou, where he is staying in a state guest house.  During his stay in Yangzhou, he has … Continue reading

05/23/2011 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Il Continues

Kim Cho’ng-il’s trip to the PRC continued into its second day in Changchun.  In a brief six-hour trip through the city KCI visited a car factory, according to Yonhap News … Continue reading


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