North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Foreign Ministry Issues Statement on “escalated tension” on the Peninsula

The DPRK Foreign Ministry issued a statement on March 31 (Thursday) which hit “out at the US for its foolish attempt to shift the blame for the escalated tension on … Continue reading

03/31/2016

Kim Jong Un Observes and Guides Ballistic Rocket Reentry Simulation (updated)

  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at the 2016 KPA Tank Competition (translation variant between KCNA and state broadcasting noted in parentheses) DPRK state media reported … Continue reading

03/14/2016

DPRK Foreign Ministry, Government Issue Statements on UNSC Sanctions

The DPRK Foreign Ministry issued a statement through state media on March 3 (Thursday) in response to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2270 (2016) adopted on March 2.  According to … Continue reading

03/04/2016

Kim Jong Un Visits T’aeso’ng Machine Factory

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his inspection of an anti-tank weapons test DPRK state media reported on March 2 (Wednesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited Thaesong … Continue reading

03/01/2016

Kim Jong Un Military Promotions 2012-2016

On February 13, Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) “issued an order to raise the military ranks of commanding officers of the KPA [Korean People’s Army] in the run-up to the … Continue reading

02/25/2016

Kim Jong Un Attends Awards Ceremony and Photo-op with KMS-4 Personnel

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his February 16 visit to Ku’msusan Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) presided over a state awards ceremony and had a commemorative photo session … Continue reading

02/18/2016

Kim Jong Un Attends Banquet and Concert with KMS-4 Personnel

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his observation of the launch of the Kwangmyo’ngso’ng-4 on February 7 Kim Jong Un hosted a banquet and concert for the personnel involved … Continue reading

02/15/2016

Pyongyang Mass Rally Celebrates KMS-4 Launch

An Army-People mass rally celebrating the launch of the Kwangmyo’ngso’ng-4 [KMS-4] was held in Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) Square in central Pyongyang on February 8 (Monday).  According to KCNA … Continue reading

02/09/2016

Kim Jong Un Issued Launch Order on February 6

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a joint expanded meeting of the WPK Central Committee and Korean People’s Army WPK Committee Meeting in Pyongyang during February … Continue reading

02/06/2016

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