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

KJU Visits Korean Revolution Museum

KJU’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a rocket engine test DPRK state media reported on March 28 (Monday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Korean Revolution … Continue reading

03/31/2017

Kim Jong Un Supervises Missile Drill

  KJU’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a tree planting event at Mangyo’ngdae Revolutionary School Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed and commanded a missile test in North … Continue reading

03/06/2017

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

First Ballistic Missile Test of 2017 Held

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] Strategic Force (also known as the Strategic Rocket Force Command), along with scientists and technicians subordinate to the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Munitions Industry … Continue reading

02/12/2017

Has the State Security Boss Been Dismissed?

ROK media, citing a sources “familiar with North Korean affairs,” alleges that General Kim Won Hong (Kim Wo’n-hong) was “dismissed” from his position, possibly during December 2016.  According to Yonhap, “Kim … Continue reading

02/03/2017

Choe Ryong Hae Visits Taekwondo Hall Renovation

DPRK state media reported on January 23 (Monday) that State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman, Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman for Workers’ and Social Organizations and State Physical Culture … Continue reading

01/24/2017

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

NYDA Reunification Joint Conference Held

A joint conference focused on implementing the tasks for reunification outlined in Kim Jong Un’s (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) New Year’s Day Address was held at the People’s Palace of Culture in … Continue reading

01/19/2017

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