North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

KJU Visits KPA Navy Unit #155

DPRK state media reported on 5 April (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) conducted an inspection of KPA Navy Unit #155, which was responsible for the capture of USS … Continue reading

04/06/2012 · 1 Comment

KPA Promotions Issued for the Day of the Shining Star

In one of his first public acts as Korean People’s Army [KPA] Supreme Commander, Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) promoted 23 officials of security organizations to general-grade officers’ ranks, as … Continue reading

02/15/2012 · 4 Comments

Kim Jong Un Visits KPA Large Combined Unit

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) was reported on 7 February to have visited Korean People’s Army [KPA] Large Combined Unit (taeyonhap pudae) #324.  His last reported public appearance was an … Continue reading

02/11/2012 · 3 Comments

Kim Jong Un Ordered Suspension of Military Training After KJI Death

In one of his first acts as central leader of the DPRK, Kim Jong Un ordered the suspension of the Korean People’s Army’s [KPA] annual winter training cycle prior to … Continue reading

12/21/2011 · 1 Comment

KJI Meets with Le Keqiang

Taking time from a recent spate of KPA field inspections and on-the-spot guidance visits, Kim Jong Il met with Chinese Vice Premier Le Keqiang and a delegation of senior PRC … Continue reading

10/27/2011 · Leave a comment

Write Offs & SAR Exercises

Kim Jong Il’s “fun trip” to Siberia and Russia’s Far East and his meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has started to yield fruit.  An anonymous official in Russia’s Ministry … Continue reading

09/15/2011 · 1 Comment

KJI’s Yachting Holiday

Kim Jong Il’s (Kim Cho’ng-il’s) last public appearance was a guidance tour of the 8 February Vinalon Complex which was reported by DPRK media on, or around, 8 August.  The … Continue reading

08/18/2011 · 3 Comments

Chinese Ships Depart the DPRK

The PLA Navy ships Zheng He and Luoyang left the port of Wo’nsan on 8 August (Monday) after a four-day visit to the DPRK.  Over the weekend the PLA Navy … Continue reading

08/08/2011 · 1 Comment

NDC Statement Pronounces DPRK “Will Never Deal With” Lee Myung-bak

The National Defense Commission issued a statement announcing that “the DPRK will launch a nationwide offensive  to put an end to the moves of the Lee group to escalate confrontation … Continue reading

05/31/2011 · 1 Comment

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