North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Mystery Man at Memorial Events (Updated)

UPDATE:  Yonhap, citing an unnamed South Korean [ROK] government source,  reported on 18 December (Tuesday) that the mystery man at the memorial events is most likely Choe Chun Sik, who serves … Continue reading

12/17/2012 · 1 Comment

Video Showing U’nha-3 Launch Released

DPRK state media issued an official report on 12 December (Wednesday) on the launch of the U’nha-3 carrier rocket from the Sohae Space Center earlier in the day.  The launch … Continue reading

12/12/2012 · Leave a comment

Is Gen. Kim Kyok Sik the New Defense Minister? (updated)

South Korean government officials claim that Gen. Kim Kyok Sik has replaced VMar Kim Jong Gak as Minister of the People’s Armed Forces (i.e. north Korea’s defense minister).  In its … Continue reading

11/30/2012 · Leave a comment

Kyodo News Chief Visits DPRK

DPRK state media reported on 12 October (Friday) that Satoshi Ishikawa, President of Kyodo News, and Kyodo News a delegation met with Supreme People’s Assembly Presidium President Kim Yong Nam … Continue reading

10/14/2012 · Leave a comment

The Other SPA No-show

Kim Kyong Hui was not the only member of the DPRK’s core leadership who appeared to be absent from the 12th SPA’s 6th session.  Based on DPRK state media coverage … Continue reading

09/30/2012 · Leave a comment

Kim Kyong Hui an SPA No-Show

Kim Kyong Hui (Kim Kyo’ng-hu’i), sister of the late DPRK supreme leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) and aunt of current supreme leader Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) did not … Continue reading

09/29/2012 · Leave a comment

4th Party Conference To Convene in “mid-April”

KCNA reports that on 18 February (Saturday) the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Political Bureau publicized its decision to convene a 4th Party Conference (meeting of party representatives) in April.  It … Continue reading

02/20/2012 · 5 Comments

Kim Jong Un Visits KPA Large Combined Unit

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) was reported on 7 February to have visited Korean People’s Army [KPA] Large Combined Unit (taeyonhap pudae) #324.  His last reported public appearance was an … Continue reading

02/11/2012 · 3 Comments

Associated Press Opens Pyongyang Bureau

The Associated Press [AP] opened its Pyongyang bureau on 16 January (Monday), six months after reaching a preliminary agreement.  AP President Thomas Curley and Korean Central News Agency [KCNA] Director-General, … Continue reading

01/16/2012 · Leave a comment

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