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

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

Kim Jong Un Observes and Guides KPA Company Commanders Shooting Competition

DPRK state media reported on 29 October (Tuesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended and guided a shooting contest of participants in the 4th Meeting of Korean People’s Army … Continue reading

10/30/2013 · Leave a comment

KPA Holds Loyalty Rally After Company Commanders Meeting

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] staged a loyalty rally at Ku’msusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on 28 October (Monday) to “pay high tribute to President Kim Il Sung … Continue reading

10/28/2013 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Attends Concert and Photo-Op with KPA Meeting Participants

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a commemorative photo session and a concert with the participants in the 4th Meeting of Korean People’s Army [KPA] company commanders and political instructors … Continue reading

10/27/2013 · Leave a comment

4th Meeting of KPA Company Commanders and Political Instructors Held

The 4th Meeting of Korean People’s Army [KPA] Company Commanders and Political Instructors convened during 22 and 23 October in Pyongyang.  Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended both days of … Continue reading

10/27/2013 · Leave a comment

Munsu Water Park Opens

The Munsu Water Park, a water amusement park in east Pyongyang that has been under construction since February 2013, opened with a ceremony on 15 October (Tuesday).  Ceremony participants included … Continue reading

10/16/2013 · 2 Comments

Kim Jong Un Visits Ku’msusan

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Ku’msusan (Memorial) Palace of the Sun at midnight on 10 October (Thursday), the 68th anniversary of the foundation of the Korean Workers’ Party … Continue reading

10/10/2013 · Leave a comment

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