North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Yong Chol Elevated to Secretary of the United Front Department

Gen. Kim Yong Chol (Kim Yo’ng-ch’o’l), a member of the DPRK’s military intelligence community for the last three decades, appears to have replaced Kim Yang Gon as Workers’ Party of … Continue reading

02/04/2016

Kim Jong Un Attends Kim Yang Gon’s Viewing and Wake

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a conference of KPA fisheries’ employees and activists Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended the viewing and wake for Workers’ … Continue reading

12/30/2015

Gen. Pak Yong Sik Meets with Lao President and Defense Minister

  Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Gen. Pak Yong Sik and a delegation of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] met with the Laos President Choummaly Sayasone and Lao Defense … Continue reading

11/24/2015

Kim Jong Un Meets with Cuban Delegation and Attends Concert (revised)

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Sinu’iju Measuring Instrument Factory Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) met with a delegation of senior Cuban Government officials and … Continue reading

09/07/2015

Expanded Central Military Commission Meeting Held

  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his inspection of an island landing drill in the West Sea DPRK state media reported on February 23 (Monday) that an expanded … Continue reading

02/23/2015

Military Promotions Effected for the Day of the Shining Star

  On February 14 (Saturday), Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) promoted 27 Korean People’s Army [KPA] commanders to mark the birth anniversary of late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il (Kim … Continue reading

02/15/2015

New KPA Special Operations Forces Commander

Lt. Gen. Kim Yong Bok (Kim Yo’ng-pok) has been appointed commanding officer of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] XI Corps (or Storm Corps), the military’s primary special operations forces [SOF] … Continue reading

02/15/2015

Kim Jong Un Visits Ku’msusan

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his inspection of a multiple-launch rocket system [MLRS] drill in Kangwo’n Province. DPRK state media reported that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited … Continue reading

01/02/2015

Special Investigative Committee Formed Under National Defense Commission

On 4 July 2014, the DPRK Government formed a special investigative committee charged with a “comprehensive” enquiry into the the whereabouts and status of all Japanese nationals presently residing, or … Continue reading

07/04/2014

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