North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Gen. Kim Myong Guk (1940-2016)

Former 1st Vice Chief of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff and Director of the General Staff Operations Bureau, General Kim Myong Guk (Kim Myo’ng-kuk) passed away in Pyongyang … Continue reading


Pyon Yong Rip (1929-2016)

Former Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Secretary-General Pyon Yong Rip (Pyo’n Yo’ng-rip) died at the age of 87 on November 13, 2016, in Pyongyang.  Pyon was a former member of the … Continue reading


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

JST on Political Bureau Presidium?

Kyunhyang Shinum reported on 3 January 2013 that Jang Song Taek (Chang So’ng-t’aek; Jang Song Thaek) has quietly ascended to the Presidium (standing committee) of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Political … Continue reading

01/08/2013 · 1 Comment

Rocket Launch Personnel Depart Pyongyang

DPRK state media reported on 4 January (Friday) that scientists, technical staff and other personnel involved in the 12 December 2012 U’nha-3 rocket launch departed Pyongyang.  Nearly three weeks after … Continue reading

01/04/2013 · Leave a comment

DPRK State Media Confirms Defense Minister Appointment

The DPRK’s English-language state media has confirmed that Gen. Kim Kyok Sik (Kim Kyo’k-sik) was appointed Minister of the People’s Armed Forces.  Gen. Kim was presumed to have been appointed … Continue reading

12/28/2012 · Leave a comment

Events Held to Commemorate 24 December

DPRK state media reported on 23 and 24 December (Sunday and Monday) on various events held to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the birth of Kim Jong Suk (Kim Cho’ng-suk), … Continue reading

12/26/2012 · Leave a comment

KJU Visits Ku’msusan Memorial Palace

DPRK state media reported on 24 December (Monday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Ku’msusan Memorial Palace at midnight.  KJU’s last reported public appearance was his attendance at … Continue reading

12/24/2012 · Leave a comment

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

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