North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

KPA General Staff Issues Spox Statement Defending Military Exercises, Missile Drills

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff issued a spokesman statement on April 10 (Monday) which noted that the “US, accustomed to groundlessly taking issue with the DPRK, went reckless … Continue reading

04/11/2017

Women’s Union Holds 6th Congress

The Korean Democratic Women’s Union [KDWU] held its Sixth Congress at the People’s Palace of Culture in central Pyongyang on November 17 (Thursday) and November 18 (Friday).  Attending the congress … Continue reading

11/19/2016

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

Ninth Youth Congress Held

  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his observation and guidance of the Pukgukso’ng SLBM The 9th Youth Congress was held in Pyongyang on August 28 (Sunday).  Kim Jong … Continue reading

08/28/2016

Kang Sok Ju (1939-2016)

Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Central Committee Member and Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] deputy (delegate) Kang Sok Ju passed away in Pyongyang from cancer on the afternoon of May 20 … Continue reading

05/20/2016

DPRK Foreign Ministry, Government Issue Statements on UNSC Sanctions

The DPRK Foreign Ministry issued a statement through state media on March 3 (Thursday) in response to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2270 (2016) adopted on March 2.  According to … Continue reading

03/04/2016

Mangyo’ngdae Schoolchildren’s Palace Reopens

The renovated Mangyo’ngdae Schoolchildren’s Palace was formally re-opened at a ceremony in Pyongyang on December 8 (Tuesday).  Attending the ceremony were Kim Ki Nam (Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Secretary … Continue reading

12/09/2015

Kyodo News Delegation Visits the DPRK

A delegation of the Kyodo News Agency made its annual visit to DPRK from September 8 to September 12.  The delegation was led by Kyodo’s president Masaki Fukuyama.  During their … Continue reading

09/14/2015

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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