North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Gomes Returning to US

Former US President Jimmy Carter secured the release of Aijalon Gomes during a two-day trip to Pyongyang.   KCNA announced one version of the interaction that facilitated Mr. Gomes’ return home: … Continue reading

08/27/2010 · Leave a comment

NK Media Coverage of SPA

KCNA , in an uncharacteristic move, published short biographic sketches on Mr. Jang, Mr Choe and the Vice Premiers appointed at yesterday’s SPA session.  Below you can find the image … Continue reading

06/08/2010 · Leave a comment

Jang Song Taek Becomes NDC Vice Chairman, Choe Yong Rim Cabinet Premier

At the 3rd session of the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly held 7 June 2010 (Monday), CC KWP Director of Administration Jang Song Taek was appointed a Vice Chairman to the … Continue reading

06/07/2010 · 3 Comments

Kim Jong Il Absent from 12th SPA 2nd Session (revised)

Kim Jong Il did not appear at the 2nd session of the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly. The 2nd Session of the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK was held … Continue reading

04/09/2010 · 1 Comment

You Say You Want a Constitution?

North Korea Leadership Watch was sound asleep at the wheel on this one, so via the fabulous Curtis Melvin’s North Korea Economy Watch to the Northeast Asia Matters: The Korean … Continue reading

10/09/2009 · Leave a comment

Constitutional Reflux & Got Prop (if you want it)

To understand how the new DPRK Constitution relates to the powers of the National Defense Commission, you can consult my entry on the NDC here. PAD The North Korean press … Continue reading

10/05/2009 · Leave a comment

New DPRK Constitution

The DPRK revised its constitution during the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly meetings this past April.  Two significant areas of power and ideology jump out in the new document: 1.) The … Continue reading

09/28/2009 · Leave a comment

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