North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Korean Jurists Association Issues Statement on Jong Nam’s demise

The Korean Jurists’ Association issued the first observed statement from a DPRK institution on the death of Kim Jong Nam (Kim Cho’ng-nam), eldest son late leader Kim Jong Il (Kim … Continue reading

02/24/2017

Kim Jong Un Attends Kang Ki Sop’s Viewing

KJU’s last observed appearance was his field inspection of KPA Unit #1314 Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the funeral parlor for General Administration of Civil Aviation Director Kang Ki … Continue reading

01/24/2017

Choe Ryong Hae Meets Cuban Vice President

State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman and Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman Choe Ryong Hae [Ch’oe Ryong-hae] met with Cuban Vice President Salvador Valdés Mesa on the afternoon of  January … Continue reading

01/16/2017

“El número tres” Visits Nicaragua

State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman and Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman Choe Ryong Hae (Ch’oe Ryong-hae) visited Nicaragua during January 9 to January 12 as a special envoy … Continue reading

01/16/2017

DPRK Enters Mourning Period for Fidel

The Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Central Committee, the Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium and the DPRK Cabinet issued a joint decision on November 27 (Sunday) declaring a national mourning … Continue reading

11/28/2016

Foreign Ministry Issues Memo and Timeline on Nuclear Diplomacy (Haters, back off)

The DPRK Foreign Ministry issued a memorandum on November 21 (Monday) entitled “The DPRK’s Strengthening of its Nuclear Forces Is a Righteous Choice to Defend Itself from the Extreme Moves … Continue reading

11/22/2016

FM Issues Statement Alleging of “Hurting the dignity of supreme leadership”

The DPRK Foreign Ministry issued a statement on October 15 (Saturday) responding to recent remarks by a senior US official in a media interview.  According to KCNA, the Foreign Ministry … Continue reading

10/17/2016

Old-New Mergers at Office #39 and Office #38?

Last week, Yonhap reported that the DPRK “is presumed to have combined the ruling party’s two units” which manage the so-called “Party funds.”  According to this brief news item, Office #38 … Continue reading

10/02/2016

DRPK Foreign Minister Addresses UN General Assembly

DPRK Foreign Minister and Alternate (candidate) Member of the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Political Bureau Ri Yong Ho (Ri Yo’ng-ho) addressed the United Nations General Assembly [UNGA] on September … Continue reading

09/23/2016

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