North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Ri Yong Gil Exonerated

ROK media, citing intelligence sources, reports that General Ri Yong Gil has been exonerated by a Ministry of State Security investigation.  According to MBN, he returned to an undisclosed positions within … Continue reading

03/10/2016

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 Visits Ku’msusan on KJI Birthday

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a banquet and concert at Mokran (peony) House in central Pyongyang for personnel involved in the launch of the Kwangmyo’ngso’ng-4 … Continue reading

02/16/2016

The Fall of Ri Yong Gil

General Ri Yong Gil has been removed from office as Chief of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff.  There are two different accounts about General Ri’s dismissal.  The initial … Continue reading

02/15/2016

Expanded Political Bureau Meeting Held

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to Ku’msusan at midnight on February 16   An expanded meeting of the Worker’s Party of Korea [WPK] Central Committee Political Bureau … Continue reading

02/18/2015

Kim Jong Un Visits Ku’msusan on KJI Birth Anniversary

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the construction of Mirae Scientists Street Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n), accompanied by senior officials of the Korean People’s Army … Continue reading

02/16/2015

Kim Jong Un Visits Ku’msusan

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his inspection of a multiple-launch rocket system [MLRS] drill in Kangwo’n Province. DPRK state media reported that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited … Continue reading

01/02/2015

Jon Pyong Ho Funeral Held

The state funeral and burial ceremony for the former Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Secretary of Munitions Industry and DPRK National Defense Commission [NDC] Member Gen. Jon Pyong Ho (1926-2014) … Continue reading

07/10/2014

Kim Jong Un Pays Condolences at Jon Pyong Ho’s Wake

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) extended his condolences at the wake of former Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Secretary for Munitions Industry and National Defense Commission Member Jon Pyong Ho … Continue reading

07/09/2014

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