North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

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

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

DPRK Conducts Fifth Nuclear Test

The DPRK conducted its fifth nuclear weapons test at the P’unggye-ri Test Site at 9 AM PYT on September 9, 2016 (Friday).  This caused  a 5.3 magnitude earthquake at Su’ngjipaekam, Paekam … Continue reading

09/09/2016

KJU Oversees Missile Drill

  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a commemorative photo-op with technical and military logistics personnel involved in the SLBM test. Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) … Continue reading

09/05/2016

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

Kim Jong Un Attends Concert by KPA Officers’ Wives

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Paektusan Architectural Institute DPRK state media reported on July 16 (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a … Continue reading

07/16/2016

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

National Defense Commission Spokesman Issues Statement on Peninsula Security

A spokesman for the DPRK National Defense Commission [NDC] issued a statement claiming that the “situation of the Korean peninsula is being rapidly pushed to the danger of the outbreak … 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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