North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Jong Un Visits Renovated Mangyo’ngdae Schoolchildren’s Palace

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his inspection of Wo’nsan Shoe Factory DPRK state media reported on December 1 (Tuesday) that Kim Jong Un visited the Mangyo’ngdae Schoolchildren’s Palace … Continue reading


Rodong Sinmun Turns 70

A meeting commemorating the 70th anniversary of the foundation of Rodong Sinmun, the Workers’ Party of Korea’s [WPK] daily newspaper (and the DPRK’s paper of record), was held at the People’s … Continue reading


Centenary of the birth of Ryu Kyong Su commemorated

The 100th birth anniversary (centenary) of DPRK hero Ryu Kyong Su (1915-1958 [Yu Kyo’ng-su] ) was commemorated with a memorial meeting and graveside remembrance service on September 10 (Thursday).  The … Continue reading


Kim Jong Un Meets with Cuban Delegation and Attends Concert (revised)

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Sinu’iju Measuring Instrument Factory Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) met with a delegation of senior Cuban Government officials and … Continue reading


WPK Political Bureau Meeting Resolves to “Meaningfully” Celebrate the Party’s 70th

The Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK; KWP] Central Committee Political Bureau met in Pyongyang on February 10 (Tuesday).  In attendance was the Political Bureau’s Presidium (standing committee), members and alternate … Continue reading


Mirim Riding Club Opened

The Mirim Riding Club in east Pyongyang (formerly known as the Equestrian Company of Korean People’s Army [KPA] Unit #534) was formally opened at a ceremony on 25 October (Friday). … Continue reading

10/27/2013 · Leave a comment

Munsu Water Park Opens

The Munsu Water Park, a water amusement park in east Pyongyang that has been under construction since February 2013, opened with a ceremony on 15 October (Tuesday).  Ceremony participants included … Continue reading

10/16/2013 · 2 Comments

Kim Jong Un Attends Two Concerts

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a pair of concerts on 15 October (Tuesday). One concert was given by Russia’s Orchestra of the 21st Century at the East Pyongyang Grand … Continue reading

10/16/2013 · 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

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