North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Foreign Ministry Spox Issues Statement on Syria strike

On April 8 (Saturday) the DPRK Foreign Ministry issued a spokesman’s statement on the US’ April 7 air strike which described it as “an act of aggression on a sovereign state … Continue reading


Pyon Yong Rip (1929-2016)

Former Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Secretary-General Pyon Yong Rip (Pyo’n Yo’ng-rip) died at the age of 87 on November 13, 2016, in Pyongyang.  Pyon was a former member of the … Continue reading


Kim Yong Nam Meets New Iran’s New President

Iranian President Hassan Rohani met with Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium President Kim Yong Nam (Kim Yo’ng-nam), the DPRK titular head of state in Tehran on 3 August (Saturday).  During … Continue reading

08/04/2013 · 4 Comments

Kim Jong Un Meets with Syrian Delegation

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) met with Syrian Ba’ath Arab Socialist Party Assistant General-Secretary Abdullah al-Ahmar and other members of a Syrian delegation on 24 July (Wednesday).  Attending the meeting … Continue reading

07/25/2013 · Leave a comment

With KPA Assets in Syria and Rumors of Moscow Trip, Gen. Kim Kyok Sik Remains PY Man of the Hour

Al-Sharq al-Awsat reported on 3 June (Monday) that Arabic-speaking Korean People’s Army [KPA] personnel are serving as military advisers on artillery tactics and providing logistical support to the Syrian Armed Forces, … Continue reading

06/04/2013 · 1 Comment

DPRK Ambassador Presents Credentials to Heir Apparent of Qatar

DPRK state media reported on 4 May (Saturday) that DPRK Ambassador So Chang Sik presented his diplomatic letter of credence (credentials) to the heir apparent of Qatar and deputy emir, … Continue reading

05/05/2013 · 1 Comment

So Chang Sik Presents Letter of Credence to Kuwaiti Emir

DPRK state media reported on 21 January (Monday) that newly appointed DPRK Ambassador to Kuwait So Chang Sik presented his diplomatic credentials (letters of credence) to the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh … Continue reading


DPRK, Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development Sign Agreement

DPRK state media reported on 12 December 2012 (Wednesday) that the country completed and signed an agreement with the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development at the People’s Palace of … Continue reading

12/12/2012 · Leave a comment

So Chang Sik Appointed DPRK Ambassador to Kuwait

DPRK state media reported on 8 December (Saturday) that the Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium appointed So Chang Sik ambassador to Kuwait.  From 2005 to 2012 So has served as … Continue reading

12/08/2012 · 1 Comment

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