North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Jong Un Military Promotions 2012-2016

On February 13, Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) “issued an order to raise the military ranks of commanding officers of the KPA [Korean People’s Army] in the run-up to the … Continue reading


New 1st Vice Defense Minister Appointed

“Despite the fact that after I am gone, it will still not be too late to use your people, why are you in such a rush to try to handle … Continue reading

05/17/2013 · Leave a comment

CMC Meetings Shown in DPRK Documentary on Kim Jong Un’s Military Activities

On 5 March DPRK state media released a documentary film which compiled film footage of Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) inspecting Korean People’s Army [KPA] units, observing training exercises and … Continue reading

03/18/2013 · 4 Comments

KJU Attends Party Central Committee’s 2nd Banquet for Rocket Launch Personnel

DPRK state media reported on 30 December (Sunday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a second banquet for 12 December 2012 rocket launch personnel hosted by the Korean Workers’ … Continue reading

12/30/2012 · Leave a comment

National Meeting Marks 1 Year Anniversary of KJU as KPA Supreme Commander

DPRK state media reported on 29 December (Saturday) that a national meeting was held at the 25 April House of Culture to mark the one year anniversary since Kim Jong … Continue reading

12/30/2012 · Leave a comment

Choe Ryong Hae Inspects Construction Work at War Museum Renovation

DPRK state media reported on 28 December (Friday) that Gen. Choe Ryong Hae, Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department, inspected ongoing construction work at the Victorious … Continue reading

12/29/2012 · 1 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

KPA Holds Memorial and Loyalty Meeting On KJI Death Anniversary

DPRK state media reported on 17 December (Monday) that the Korean People’s Army [KPA] held a memorial rally on the plaza in front of the Ku’msusan Memorial Palace to commemorate … Continue reading

12/17/2012 · Leave a comment

Choe Ryong Hae Taken Down a Peg?

Choe Ryong Hae has been reduced in rank, moving from Korean People’s Army [KPA] Vice Marshal (ch’asu)  to General (taejang).  During the 16 December (Sunday) memorial service held to commemorate … Continue reading

12/16/2012 · 2 Comments

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