North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Dutch Stamp Collector Detained in DPRK Gives Interview

A Dutch citizen held by DPRK authorities during the summer of 2011 has given a media interview about his detention.  Willem van der Bijl, a Utrecht shop owner and stamp … Continue reading

11/22/2011 · 2 Comments

Kim Pyong Il Back in Warsaw

DPRK Ambassador to Poland and Kim Jong Il’s step-brother, Kim Pyong Il (Kim P’yo’ng-il) is back at his posting in Warsaw.  In July, there were rumors that he was under … Continue reading

10/31/2011 · 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

van der Bijl Returns to NL

Willem van der Bijl, owner of a Utrecht stamp and coin shop, returned to The Netherlands via Beijing on Saturday (13 August).  Mr. van der Bijl had been slated to … Continue reading

08/15/2011 · Leave a comment

Missing NL Stamp Shop Owner Turns up in DPRK Press

Willem van der Bijl, a Utrecht stamp shop owner who was presumed missing after traveling to the DPRK, wrote an editorial (or provided a testimonial) for Pyongyang Times about his visit … Continue reading

08/11/2011 · 1 Comment

NL Citizen Missing in DPRK

A Dutch citizen is missing in the DPRK.  Willem van der Bijl, who owns a Utrecht shop that sells stamps and coins, has not communicated with his family in nearly three … Continue reading

08/10/2011 · 1 Comment

France to Open “Cooperation Bureau” in Pyongyang

France plans to open an office in Pyongyang in September.  According to Le Monde, French diplomat Olivier Vaysset will visit the DPRK this week and return in September to open … Continue reading

07/12/2011 · Leave a comment

KJI Step-brother Under House Arrest?

According to an anonymous source, DPRK Ambassador to Poland and KJI’s step-brother Kim P’yo’ng-il (Pyong-il Kim) was placed under house arrest in May.  Kim regularly returns to his home country … Continue reading

07/03/2011 · Leave a comment

No Interviews of DPRK Women’s World Cup Team [UPDATED 28 June]

UPDATE [28 June] The US defeated the DPRK teenagers 2-0, despite Hong Myo’ng-hu’i’s best efforts.  The DPRK will face Sweden on Saturday [2 July] around 8:00 am [EST].  The AP … Continue reading

06/27/2011 · Leave a comment

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