North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Foreign Ministry Comments on DPRK-African Rels

The DPRK Foreign Ministry’s spox commented on DPRK-African relations on June 19 (Sunday).  According to KCNA, the DPRK Foreign Ministry spokesman said: An assistant secretary of the US Department of … Continue reading

06/21/2016

Ri Su Yong Meets Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman for International Affairs Ri Su Yong (Ri Su-yo’ng) in “a friendly atmosphere” at the Great Hall of … Continue reading

06/02/2016

Kim Jong Un Attends Photo-op with Party Congress Participants

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a mass rally and parade in Kim Il-so’ng Square on May 10 DPRK state media reported on May 13 (Friday) … Continue reading

05/14/2016

Post-Party Congress Events

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance on the last day of the Seventh Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea on May 9 Kim Jong Un (Kim … Continue reading

05/11/2016

Third Day of the 7th Party Congress

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at the second day of the 7th Party Congress The third day of the Seventh Congress of the Workers’ Party of … Continue reading

05/08/2016

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

05/07/2016

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

05/06/2016

7th Party Congress Participant Activities on May 3, 2016

On May 3 (Tuesday) senior DPRK officials and 7th Party Congress participants placed floral bouquets and baskets in front of the statues of Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and Kim Jong … Continue reading

05/04/2016

International Labor Day Marked (May Day! May Day!)

Senior DPRK leadership celebrated International Labor Day (May) on Sunday (May 1).  Kim Yong Nam (President of the Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium), Pak Pong Ju (DPRK Premier), Choe Ryong … Continue reading

05/03/2016

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