North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Gen. Kim Myong Guk (1940-2016)

Former 1st Vice Chief of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff and Director of the General Staff Operations Bureau, General Kim Myong Guk (Kim Myo’ng-kuk) passed away in Pyongyang … Continue reading

11/28/2016

Kim Jong Un Observes and Commands Women’s MLRS Contest

KJU’s last observed appearance was his visit to the May 27 and January 8 Fishery Stations DPRK state media reported November 19 (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed … Continue reading

11/19/2016

KJU Inspects SOF Battalion

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at commemorative photo-op with GFTUK Congress participants DPRK state media reported on November 4 (Friday) that Kim Jong Un [Kim Cho’ng-u’n] … Continue reading

11/03/2016

KPA General Staff Issues Statement on Decapitation Chatter, B-1 Presence

This appears to be the DPRK’s first observed response to the latest news media reporting about ROK Ministry Defense’s “plan” to establishing a unit tasked to target the DPRK leadership  … Continue reading

09/22/2016

Pyongyang Holds Mass Celebration

  A people-army mass solidarity rally celebrating the DPRK’s fifth nuclear test was held in Kim Il Sung Square on September 13 (Tuesday).   Those in attendance on the platform … Continue reading

09/16/2016

DPRK Celebrates Foundation Day: The Sequel

  A variety of public ceremonies and cultural events were held throughout the DPRK on September 9 (Friday) to mark the 68th anniversary of the foundation of the country.   … Continue reading

09/10/2016

Central Report Meeting Marks So’ngun Leadership

  A national meeting was held on August 24 (Wednesday) at the April 25 House of Culture to mark the 56th anniversary of leader Kim Jong Il’s (Kim Cho’ng-il) start … Continue reading

08/27/2016

Central Report Meeting Marks 52nd Anniversary of KJI’s First Day of Work at Party Central Committee

A central report was held marking the 52nd anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s (Kim Cho’ng-il) first day working at the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Central Committee was held at … Continue reading

06/21/2016

KPA General Staff Sends Notice to ROK “authorities” on MDL Skirmish

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff sent a notice on to the ROK Government on May 28 (Saturday) as a follow up to a previous statement by the KPA … Continue reading

05/27/2016

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