North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Ri Su Yong Meets Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman for International Affairs Ri Su Yong (Ri Su-yo’ng) in “a friendly atmosphere” at the Great Hall of … Continue reading


KJU Sends Congratulatory Note to Xi Jinping After Election as Chinese President

DPRK state media reported on 14 March (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) sent a congratulatory message to Xi Jinping, following Xi’s election as Chinese President after the PRC … Continue reading

03/14/2013 · 1 Comment

Taep’ung Investment Group Formally Dissolved

Yonhap News Agency reported and confirmed on 1 February (Friday) that the Korea Taep’ung International Investment Group has dissolved.  Taep’ung began as an energy provider selling oil and gas (via … Continue reading

02/01/2013 · 1 Comment

Pregaming the 12th SPA’s 6th Session (revised)

Corrected to reflect the two inter-Korea special administrative regions in Kaeso’ng and Mt. Ku’mgang The 12th Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] will hold its sixth session on 25 September.  Ahead of … Continue reading

09/24/2012 · 1 Comment

DPRK Premier Visits Hoeryong and Raso’n

DPRK state media reported on 17 September (Monday) that DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim toured the city of Hoeryo’ng on the DPRK-China border in North Hamgyo’ng Province and Raso’n … Continue reading

09/18/2012 · Leave a comment

Ground Breaking Ceremony Held on Hwanggumphyong Island

DPRK state media reported on 15 September (Saturday) that a ground breaking ceremony was held on Hwanggu’mp’yo’ng Island for an office building for the Hwanggu’mp’yo’ng Economic Zone’s managers’ board.  The … Continue reading

09/16/2012 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Meets with Chinese Delegation (Updated)

DPRK and Chinese state media reported that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) met with Wang Jiarui, head of the Communist Party of China Central Committee’s International Department, and a delegation … Continue reading

08/03/2012 · Leave a comment

People’s Security Minister Visits China

DPRK state media reported on 24 July (Tuesday) that Minister of People’s Security, Gen. Ri Myong Su (Ri Myo’ng-su), a member of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Political Bureau and … Continue reading

07/25/2012 · Leave a comment

People’s Security Delegation Visits China

A delegation of the Ministry of People’s Security [MPS] visited China from 26 April to 1 May (Tuesday).  The delegation was led by Major General Ri Song Chol (Ri So’ng-ch’o’l), … Continue reading

05/03/2012 · 1 Comment

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