North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Is Gen. Kim Kyok Sik the New Defense Minister? (updated)

South Korean government officials claim that Gen. Kim Kyok Sik has replaced VMar Kim Jong Gak as Minister of the People’s Armed Forces (i.e. north Korea’s defense minister).  In its … Continue reading

11/30/2012 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Visits Ku’msusan on Party’s 67th Anniversary

DPRK state media reported on 10 October (Wednesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n), joined members the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Military Commission [CMC], the DPRK National Defense Commission … Continue reading

10/10/2012 · Leave a comment

Choe Ryong Hae Visits Pyongyang Construction Sites

DPRK state media reported on 6 October (Saturday) that Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department, VMar Choe Ryong Hae, inspected several ongoing construction projects in and … Continue reading

10/07/2012 · Leave a comment

The Other SPA No-show

Kim Kyong Hui was not the only member of the DPRK’s core leadership who appeared to be absent from the 12th SPA’s 6th session.  Based on DPRK state media coverage … Continue reading

09/30/2012 · Leave a comment

KIS, KJI Statues Unveiled at Armed Forces Ministry for Military-First Leadership Anniversary

DPRK state media reported that statues of Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-song) and Kim Jong Il (Kim Chong-il) were unveiled and dedicated on the campus of the Ministry of the … Continue reading

08/26/2012 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Attends Performance by KPISF, Visits Health Complex & Outdoor Ice Rink

DPRK state media reported on 26 July (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended an art performance given by the song and dance ensemble of the Korean People’s Internal Security … Continue reading

07/27/2012 · 2 Comments

KPA Brass’ Promotion and Demotion

South Korean media reported on 14 June (Thursday) that Lt. Gen. Kim Rak Gyom was appointed commanding officer of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] Strategic Rocket Force Command [SRFC] in … Continue reading

06/16/2012 · 1 Comment

Missiles and Missile Accessories

On 15 April 2012, during a military parade commemorating the 100th anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s birth, six (6) transporter erector launchers [TELs] ferried six new mobile missiles through KIS … Continue reading

05/07/2012 · Leave a comment

Central Leadership Figures Visit Projects

DPRK state media reported on 5 May (Saturday) that VMar Choe Ryong Hae, director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department (bureau) inspected ongoing construction work at Nungra … Continue reading

05/05/2012 · Leave a comment

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