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

03/31/2017

KCNA Issues Commentary on US-DPRK-PRC Morass

The Korean Central News Agency [KCNA] issued a commentary on US policy on North Korea and China on January 14 (Saturday)  Although KCNA’s commentaries can not be construed as strategic … Continue reading

01/15/2017

Women’s Union Holds 6th Congress

The Korean Democratic Women’s Union [KDWU] held its Sixth Congress at the People’s Palace of Culture in central Pyongyang on November 17 (Thursday) and November 18 (Friday).  Attending the congress … Continue reading

11/19/2016

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

DPRK Conducts Fifth Nuclear Test

The DPRK conducted its fifth nuclear weapons test at the P’unggye-ri Test Site at 9 AM PYT on September 9, 2016 (Friday).  This caused  a 5.3 magnitude earthquake at Su’ngjipaekam, Paekam … Continue reading

09/09/2016

Ninth Youth Congress Held

  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his observation and guidance of the Pukgukso’ng SLBM The 9th Youth Congress was held in Pyongyang on August 28 (Sunday).  Kim Jong … Continue reading

08/28/2016

Ri Su Yong Meets Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman for International Affairs Ri Su Yong (Ri Su-yo’ng) in “a friendly atmosphere” at the Great Hall of … Continue reading

06/02/2016

Kim Jong Un Visits Medical Oxygen Factory Construction and Watches Basketball

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his inspection of the construction of an eye hospital in Pyongyang DPRK state media reported on May 30 (Monday) that Kim Jong Un … Continue reading

05/30/2016

Kang Sok Ju (1939-2016)

Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Central Committee Member and Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] deputy (delegate) Kang Sok Ju passed away in Pyongyang from cancer on the afternoon of May 20 … Continue reading

05/20/2016

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