North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

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

Parts of Munsu Wading Pool Similar to Kim Family Compound

The construction of the Munsu Wading Pool in Pyongyang is part of Kim Jong Un’s (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) implemenation of his father’s, late leader Kim Jong Il, “behests” and part of … Continue reading

07/09/2013 · Leave a comment

KPA General Staff Denies Cyberattack on ROK

DPRK state media reported on 12 April (Friday) that a spokesman for the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff denied that DPRK operatives working under the Reconnaissance General Bureau [RGB] … Continue reading

04/13/2013 · 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

Cities on Fire? Phone Out of Order

South Korean media reported on 27 March (Wednesday) that the DPRK severed an inter-Korea telephone line that according to Yonhap News Agency “has been used to notify the North of any … Continue reading


DPRK Internet Access Blocked

Russian news agency ITAR-TASS reported on 13 March (Wednesday) that the DPRK was blocked from accessing the Internet.  The several thousand DPRK citizens with dedicated connections experienced trouble accessing the … Continue reading

03/14/2013 · Leave a comment

Students Hold Lunar New Year’s Concert

DPRK state media reported on 11 February (Monday) that the schoolchildren gave a Lunar New Year concert at Mangyo’ngdae Schoolchildren’s Palace on Sunday.  Attending the performance from the central leadership … Continue reading

02/11/2013 · Leave a comment

KJI Birthday Events Begin

DPRK state media reported during 7-9 February (Thursday-Saturday) that events commemorating the official 71st birthday of late leader Kim Jong Il, called the Day of the Shining Star, began in … Continue reading

02/10/2013 · Leave a comment

Watching the Aquarium for Three-Eyed Fish

Yonhap News Agency reported on 31 January (Thursday) that South Korean [ROK] “raised the alert level in front-line units amid speculations of a North Korean nuclear test and military provocation.” … Continue reading

02/01/2013 · 2 Comments

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