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 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

Kim Jong Un Attends and Guides IRBM Hwaso’ng-10 Test

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Kim Cho’ng-suk Textile Mill in Pyongyang Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed and guided the test firing of the … Continue reading

06/22/2016

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

Kim Jong Un Visits Ku’msusan

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his observation and supervision of an ICBM engine test at Sohae Space Center in Ch’o’lsan County Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the … Continue reading

04/14/2016

Titles of Marshal and Vice Marshal Given to Close KJI Adjutants

  The title of Korean People’s Army [KPA] Marshal (inminguk wo’nsu) was awarded to Kim Yong Chun and Hyon Chol Hae, and the title of KPA Vice Marshal (ch’asu) was … Continue reading

04/14/2016

KPA Holds Loyalty Meeting to Mark Sun’s Day

A loyalty meeting of Korean People’s Army [KPA] officers and service members was held at Ku’msusan Memorial Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on April 11 (Monday) to commemorate Sun’s … Continue reading

04/12/2016

Kim Jong Un Observed and Guides AA Missile Test and Visits Tonghu’ngsan Machine Plant

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Sinhu’ng Machine Plant DPRK state media reported on April 2 (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed and … Continue reading

04/01/2016

Ri Man Gon and the OGD Nuclear Illuminati

(The following was written during mid-January 2016 after Kim Jong Un attended a commemorative photo-op with the DPRK’s nuclear test personnel.  In light of the February 2016 space launch, Kim … Continue reading

03/31/2016

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