North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

National Defense Commission Releases Statement on DPRK-US Relations

The National Defense Commission [NDC], the DPRK government’s highest authority and supreme power organization, issued a spokesman’s statement on 12 October (Saturday) which it said “revealed the deceptive nature of … Continue reading

10/12/2013 · Leave a comment

General Staff Statement Says KPA “Ready to Promptly Launch Operations Any Time”

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff issued a statement on 7 October (Monday) which said that the KPA’s “the units of all services and army corps level of the … Continue reading

10/08/2013 · 1 Comment

Kim Chun Guk Presents Letter of Credence to President of Cyprus

DPRK Ambassador Kim Chun Guk presented his letter of credence to the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades on 16 September.  Ambassador Kim serves as the DPRK Ambassador to Italy and … Continue reading

09/23/2013 · 1 Comment

Kim Yong Nam Meets with Red Cross President

Supreme People’s Assembly Presidium President Kim Yong Nam met with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross [ICRC] Peter Maurer on 22 August (Thursday).  According to KCNA … Continue reading

08/22/2013 · Leave a comment

The Ministry of People’s Security and DPRK Media Hit Back at Mein Kampf Allegations

DPRK state media published two statements on 19 June (Wednesday) that lambasted and partially denied** an allegation that the country’s leader Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) distributed copies of  a … Continue reading

06/19/2013 · Leave a comment

DPRK Ambassador Presents Letter of Credence to Mongolian President

DPRK state media reported on 19 April (Friday) that newly appointed ambassador Hong Gyu presented his letter of credence to Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj on 16 April.  According to KCNA, … Continue reading


Kim Yang Gon Visits Kaesong Industrial Complex, Withdraws DPRK Workers

DPRK state media reported on 8 April (Monday) that Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Secretary and Director of the United Front Department [UFD], Kim Yang Gon issued a statement following a … Continue reading

04/08/2013 · Leave a comment

DPRK Threatens to “Shut Down” Kaesong Industrial Zone

DPRK state media published a statement of the General Bureau for Central Guidance on 30 March (Saturday) about the status of the Kaeso’ng Industrial Zone [Kaeso’ng Industrial Complex] which said … Continue reading

03/30/2013 · Leave a comment

Statement Published Declaring “North-State Relations Have Been Put in a State of War”

DPRK state media published a statement (tamhwa) on 30 March (Saturday) from “the government, political parties and organizations of the DPRK.”  Unlike the recent volley of statements, or indeed most communications … Continue reading

03/30/2013 · 3 Comments

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