North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

KPA Official Anniversary Marked

The official anniversary of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] was marked on April 25 (originally it was February 8). On April 24 (Sunday) a central report meeting marking the KPA’s … Continue reading

04/28/2016

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

Central Report Meeting Held to Mark KIS’ 104th Birth Anniversary

A central report meeting marking the 104th birth anniversary (Sun’s Day) of late DPRK President and founder Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) was held at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium during the … Continue reading

04/15/2016

Kim Jong Un Attends ICBM Engine Test

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the machine plant managed by Ri Ch’o’l-ho DPRK state media reported on April 9 (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim … Continue reading

04/08/2016

Ri Man Gon and the OGD Nuclear Illuminati

(The following was written during mid-January 2016 after Kim Jong Un attended a commemorative photo-op with the DPRK’s nuclear test personnel.  In light of the February 2016 space launch, Kim … Continue reading

03/31/2016

Kim Jong Un Visits Mirae Shop and Health Complex

  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was at a long-range artillery exercise DPRK state media reported on March 28 (Monday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Mirae … Continue reading

03/27/2016

Kim Jong Un Visits February 11 Plant and Attends and Supervises Rocket Engine Test

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a test of a 300 mm MLRS DPRK state media reported on March 24 (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim … Continue reading

03/24/2016

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

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