North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

KJI Youngest Daughter Working as Events Manager for KJU?

Kim Yo Jong (Kim Yo’-cho’ng), the 26 year old sister of DPRK leader Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n), is working in the National Defense Commission [NDC] as her older brother’s … Continue reading

07/22/2013 · Leave a comment

Film Released to Mark 1 Year Anniversary of KJI’s Death

DPRK state media reported on 11 December (Tuesday) that the fourth part of the documentary film We Will Hold the Great Leader Comrade Kim Jong Il in High Esteem Down through … Continue reading

12/13/2012 · Leave a comment

Personnel Changes

Rumors of the DPRK’s first post-KJI purge of senior military officials have surfaced in the South Korean press.  KBS and Chosun Ilbo reported that a deputy chief of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] … Continue reading

03/24/2012 · 1 Comment

KJI National Memorial Service Held

The DPRK conducted a national memorial service for Kim Jong Il on the morning of 29 December in Kim Il Sung Square in central Pyongyang.  His son and hereditary successor, … Continue reading

12/29/2011 · Leave a comment

KJI Funeral Program Begins

The two-day funeral service for Kim Jong Il began with a cortege which ran through the streets of Pyongyang on the afternoon of 28 December.  A motorcade of German automobiles … Continue reading

12/28/2011 · 3 Comments

KJU Identified as head of Party Central Military Commission in DPRK Press

The DPRK media has identified Kim Jong Un as leading the Party Central Military Commission.  Yonhap reports: North Korea’s main newspaper referred to the successor son of late North Korean leader … Continue reading

12/26/2011 · 1 Comment

Gen. O Kuk Ryol Steps Forth From the Shadows

In the aftermath of Kim Jong Il’s death, Gen. O Kuk Ryol (O Kuk-yo’l) has emerged as a key member of the DPRK leadership.  The 80-year old Korean People’s Army … Continue reading

12/26/2011 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Visits KJI Casket as Party Organ Endorses Him as KPA Supreme Commander

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the casket bier of Kim Jong Il at Ku’msusan Memorial Palace one again on 24 December (Saturday).  He was joined by other members of … Continue reading

12/25/2011 · 1 Comment

KJU Sister, KJI Wife Visit Kumsusan

Pyongyang watchers and ROK media are closely examining images of a young woman in her twenties photographed standing behind Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) as he received mourners at Ku’msusan … Continue reading

12/22/2011 · 2 Comments

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