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

DPRK Foreign Ministry Issues Spox Statement on Carrier Strike Group

The DPRK Foreign Ministry issued a spokesman’s statement on April 10 (Monday) commenting on the presence of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group near the Korean Peninsula.   According to … Continue reading

04/11/2017

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

04/09/2017

KCNA Issues Commentary on US-DPRK-PRC Morass

The Korean Central News Agency [KCNA] issued a commentary on US policy on North Korea and China on January 14 (Saturday)  Although KCNA’s commentaries can not be construed as strategic … Continue reading

01/15/2017

Foreign Ministry Issues Memo and Timeline on Nuclear Diplomacy (Haters, back off)

The DPRK Foreign Ministry issued a memorandum on November 21 (Monday) entitled “The DPRK’s Strengthening of its Nuclear Forces Is a Righteous Choice to Defend Itself from the Extreme Moves … Continue reading

11/22/2016

FM Issues Statement Alleging of “Hurting the dignity of supreme leadership”

The DPRK Foreign Ministry issued a statement on October 15 (Saturday) responding to recent remarks by a senior US official in a media interview.  According to KCNA, the Foreign Ministry … Continue reading

10/17/2016

Foreign Ministry Makes Statement About AMCIT Abductions Allegations

A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry issued a statement on October 8, 2016 (Saturday) through DPRK state media about the recent allegation that North Korea abducted an American. The statement … Continue reading

10/08/2016

KPA General Staff Issues Statement on Decapitation Chatter, B-1 Presence

This appears to be the DPRK’s first observed response to the latest news media reporting about ROK Ministry Defense’s “plan” to establishing a unit tasked to target the DPRK leadership  … Continue reading

09/22/2016

Ri Yong Ho Gives Speech at NAM

Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho went to Venezuela to appear at a ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movements (NAM) which was held on September 15 and 16, 2016 (Thursday and Friday). … Continue reading

09/19/2016

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