North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

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

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

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

Kim Jong Un Observes and Guides Mountain Warfare Drill

KJU’s last observed appearance was his field inspection of KPA Large Combined Unit (taeyonhap pudae) #380 DPRK state media reported November 26 (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed … Continue reading

11/26/2016

Ryu Mi Yong Funeral Held

The funeral for Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium Member and Ch’o’ndoist Ch’o’ngu Party Central Committee Chairwoman Ryu Mi Yong (Ryu Mi-yo’ng) was held on November 24 (Thursday).  Attending the funeral … Continue reading

11/26/2016

Kim Jong Un Visits Islets in KPA Southwestern Front

KJU’s last observed appearance was his inspection of Mahap Islet DPRK state media reported November 13 (Sunday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) inspected Korean People’s Army [KPA] units on … Continue reading

11/14/2016

KJU Inspects SOF Battalion

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at commemorative photo-op with GFTUK Congress participants DPRK state media reported on November 4 (Friday) that Kim Jong Un [Kim Cho’ng-u’n] … Continue reading

11/03/2016

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

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

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