North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Jong Un Issued Launch Order on February 6

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a joint expanded meeting of the WPK Central Committee and Korean People’s Army WPK Committee Meeting in Pyongyang during February … Continue reading


NADA Releases Report on Feb. 7 Space Launch

DPRK state media released a report from the DPRK National Aerospace Development Administration on February 7 (Sunday) in connection to its launch of a long-range rocket.  According to KCNA the … Continue reading


Kim Jong Un Visits Turf Institute at State Academy of Sciences

DPRK state media reported on 5 May (Sunday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Turf Institute of the Bioengineering Branch of the State Academy of Sciences.  KJU’s last … Continue reading

05/05/2013 · 3 Comments

Kim Jong Un Participates in Photo Op with U’nha-3 Rocket Launch Personnel

DPRK state media reported on 30 December (Sunday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) participated in a commemorative photo session with scientists, technicians and other personnel who contributed to the … Continue reading

12/30/2012 · Leave a comment

Video Showing U’nha-3 Launch Released

DPRK state media issued an official report on 12 December (Wednesday) on the launch of the U’nha-3 carrier rocket from the Sohae Space Center earlier in the day.  The launch … Continue reading

12/12/2012 · Leave a comment

U’nha-3 Rocket Installation Complete

South Korean media reported on 5 December (Wednesday) that the installation of the U’nha-3 rocket was complete.  According to KBS an unnamed South Korean (ROK) military official said “circumstantial evidence … Continue reading

12/05/2012 · Leave a comment

DPRK Premier Visits Namhu’ng Youth Chemical Complex and Yanggakdo Sports Village

DPRK state media reported that DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim visited the Namhu’ng Youth Chemical Complex in Anju, South P’yo’ngan Province and the recently constructed sports village on Yanggak … Continue reading

12/05/2012 · Leave a comment

Preparations Continue at Sohae for U’nha-3 Launch

South Korean media reported on 4 December (Tuesday) that technicians are finalizing the installation of the three-stage U’nha-3 carrier rocket at the Sohae Satellite Launching Center (Sohae Space Center) in … Continue reading

12/05/2012 · Leave a comment

Missile Accessories Shipped to Sohae

Asahi Shimbun reported on 21 November (Wednesday) that satellites caught sight of a shipment of missile parts traveling from Pyongyang factories  to the country’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station in Tongch’ang-dong, … Continue reading

11/25/2012 · Leave a comment

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