North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Ri Myong Su Reappears at KMS-4 Meeting

General Ri Myong Su (Ri Myo’ng-su), who served as Minister of People’s Security from 2011 to 2013, appeared at a February 8, 2016 rally in Pyongyang that celebrated the successful … Continue reading

02/09/2016

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

Pyon In Son Head of Operations Bureau?

Has Col. Gen. Pyon In Son been appointed director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA]  General Staff Operations Bureau [GSOB] ? Film footage of the military parade and demonstration on … Continue reading

09/16/2013 · 1 Comment

DPRK Documentary Film Shows Kim Jong Il Inspecting Nodong, KN-08 Missiles

To mark the 53rd anniversary of Military-First (So’ngun) Revolutionary Leadership, DPRK state media aired another installment of the documentary film series General Kim Jong Il’s Matchless Patriotic  Defense of the Country. … Continue reading

08/28/2013 · 4 Comments

Former Minister of People’s Security Ju Sang Song Appeared at War Anniversary Events

Ju Sang Song (Chu Sang-so’ng), who served as Minister of People’s Security from 2004 to 2011, appeared on Korean Central Television [KCTV] evening news on 26 July visiting the Revolutionary … Continue reading

08/07/2013 · Leave a comment

Minister of People’s Security Reclaims 4th Star

DPRK state media reported that Choe Pu Il, Minister of the People’s Security, was restored to his previous rank of four-star General (taejang) per an order of Kim Jong Un … Continue reading

06/12/2013 · 4 Comments

Gen. Kim Kyok Sik Lands at KPA General Staff

Two weeks after being removed from office as the DPRK’s defense minister, Gen. Kim Kyok Sik has been appointed Chief of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff.  Gen. Kim … Continue reading

05/23/2013 · 1 Comment

CMC Meetings Shown in DPRK Documentary on Kim Jong Un’s Military Activities

On 5 March DPRK state media released a documentary film which compiled film footage of Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) inspecting Korean People’s Army [KPA] units, observing training exercises and … Continue reading

03/18/2013 · 4 Comments

Rumors of Dismissed People’s Security Minister Floated in ROK Media

South Korean [ROK] media, citing an interview with an unnamed ROK government official, are circulating rumors that DPRK Minister of People’s Security, Gen. Ri Myong Su (Ri Myo’ng-su) has been … Continue reading

02/28/2013 · Leave a comment

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