North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

KCNA Issues Commentary on US-DPRK-PRC Morass

The Korean Central News Agency [KCNA] issued a commentary on US policy on North Korea and China on January 14 (Saturday)  Although KCNA’s commentaries can not be construed as strategic … Continue reading


KCNA President Attends OANA and News Agencies Congress in Baku

Korean Central News Agency President Kim Chang Gwang [Kim Chang-kwang] along with Ri Yong Bom [Ri Yo’ng-pom] attended the 5th News Agencies’ World Congress in Baku, Azerbaijan, and the 16th … Continue reading


Foreign Ministry Makes Statement About AMCIT Abductions Allegations

A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry issued a statement on October 8, 2016 (Saturday) through DPRK state media about the recent allegation that North Korea abducted an American. The statement … Continue reading


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


Pak Pong Ju Visits Metal Industrial Field

  DPRK state media reported August 24 (Wednesday), DPRK Priemer Pak Pong Ju visited the Kim Ch’aek Iron and Steel Complex, the Ch’o’ngjin Steel Plant, the Puryo’ng Ferroalloy Factory and the … Continue reading


Second Day of the 7th Party Congress

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at the first day of the 7th Party Congress on May 6 The 7th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea … Continue reading


Kim Jong Un Delivers Opening Speech and the First Day of the 7th Party Congress (updated May 7, 2016)

  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his observation and guidance at the test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile on April 23 (updated May 7, 2016 to include additional … Continue reading


DPRK Documentary Film Shows Kim Jong Il Inspecting Nodong, KN-08 Missiles

To mark the 53rd anniversary of Military-First (So’ngun) Revolutionary Leadership, DPRK state media aired another installment of the documentary film series General Kim Jong Il’s Matchless Patriotic  Defense of the Country. … Continue reading

08/28/2013 · 4 Comments

New Director of Party Finance and Accounting Department (revised)

According to ROK media, citing anonymous sources and observations in DPRK state media, Han Kwang Sang has been promoted to director of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Finance and Accounting … Continue reading

07/24/2013 · Leave a comment

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