North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Kye Gwan Meets with PRC State Councilor

Chinese media reported that DPRK 1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan met with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on 17 September (Tuesday).  During the meeting, according to Xinhua, … Continue reading

09/18/2013 · Leave a comment

Choe Ryong Hae Arrives in Beijing for 3 Day Visit

DPRK state media reported that a senior delegation led by VMar Choe Ryong Hae, Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department,  departed Pyongyang and arrived in Beijing … Continue reading

05/22/2013 · Leave a comment

DPRK Conducts Third Nuclear Test

The DPRK conducted its third nuclear test in the late morning of 12 February (Tuesday).  The first indication of the third experimental detonation was a seismic event  with its epicenter … Continue reading

02/12/2013 · 1 Comment

DPRK Newspaper Says Nuclear Test is “people’s demand” as Construction Progresses in Kilchu County

Yonhap News Agency reported on 26 January (Saturday) that an editorial in Rodong Sinmun, the daily newspaper of the Korean Workers’ Party, said that  “A nuclear test is the demand of … Continue reading

01/26/2013 · Leave a comment

Video Showing U’nha-3 Launch Released

DPRK state media issued an official report on 12 December (Wednesday) on the launch of the U’nha-3 carrier rocket from the Sohae Space Center earlier in the day.  The launch … Continue reading

12/12/2012 · Leave a comment

U’nha-3 Rocket Installation Complete

South Korean media reported on 5 December (Wednesday) that the installation of the U’nha-3 rocket was complete.  According to KBS an unnamed South Korean (ROK) military official said “circumstantial evidence … Continue reading

12/05/2012 · Leave a comment

DPRK-Japan Intergovernmental Talks to Resume in Beijing during 5-6 December

DPRK and Japanese media reported on 27 November (Tuesday) that the DPRK-Japan intergovernmental meetings will resume in Beijing on 5 December (Wedesday) and continue until 6 December (Thursday).  According to … Continue reading

11/29/2012 · Leave a comment

DPRK-Japan Talks in Ulan Bator End

Japanese and Mongolian media report that the DPRK-Japan intergovernmental talks held during 15 to 16 November (Thursday and Friday) in Ulan Bator ended with an agreement to continue negotiations, as … Continue reading

11/19/2012 · 2 Comments

Wrestling Matches Held Between DPRK, Japanese Teams

DPRK state media reported on 15 November (Thursday) that wrestling matches between the DPRK University of Physical Education and the Nippon Sport Science University here held at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium. … Continue reading

11/16/2012 · Leave a comment

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