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

Kim Jong Un Issued Launch Order on February 6

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a joint expanded meeting of the WPK Central Committee and Korean People’s Army WPK Committee Meeting in Pyongyang during February … Continue reading

02/06/2016

DPRK Premier Visits Paektusan Youth Power Station

DPRK state media reported on February 6 that Premier Pak Pong Ju (Pak Pong-chu) visited Paektusan Hero Youth Power Stationand the Hyesan-Samjiyo’n Broad Gauge railway project in Yanggang Province.  Pak … Continue reading

02/06/2016

Kim Yong Chol Elevated to Secretary of the United Front Department

Gen. Kim Yong Chol (Kim Yo’ng-ch’o’l), a member of the DPRK’s military intelligence community for the last three decades, appears to have replaced Kim Yang Gon as Workers’ Party of … Continue reading

02/04/2016

WPK Central Committee and KPA Party Committee Hold Expanded Joint Meeting (updated 2/4)

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to Kim Cho’ng-suk Textile Mill Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) “guided” an expanded joint meeting of the Workers’ Party of Korea … Continue reading

02/03/2016

Kim Jong Un Visits Kim Jong Suk Textile Mill

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to Ku’mkop Foodstuffs Factory DPRK state media reported on January 28 (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Kim … Continue reading

01/27/2016

Power Station Cadres and Workers Receive Eponymous Award

DPRK state media reported on January 23 (Saturday) that nearly 13,000 party and Korean People’s Army [KPA] officials, cadres and “youth shock brigade” workers and other construction personnel received the … Continue reading

01/24/2016

Kim Jong Un Visits Ku’mkop General Foodstuffs Factory

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Youth Movement Museum DPRK state media reported on January 23 (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the … Continue reading

01/23/2016

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