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


4th Meeting of KPA Company Commanders and Political Instructors Held

The 4th Meeting of Korean People’s Army [KPA] Company Commanders and Political Instructors convened during 22 and 23 October in Pyongyang.  Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended both days of … Continue reading

10/27/2013 · Leave a comment

KPA Meeting Begins “Masikryong” Speed Campaign

DPRK state media reported that Korean People’s Army [KPA] officers and service members assembled at the construction site of the Masik Pas Skiing Grounds in Kangwo’n Province on 5 June … Continue reading

06/05/2013 · 1 Comment

Gen. Kim Kyok Sik Lands at KPA General Staff

Two weeks after being removed from office as the DPRK’s defense minister, Gen. Kim Kyok Sik has been appointed Chief of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff.  Gen. Kim … Continue reading

05/23/2013 · 1 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

New Hospital Opened During Pyongyang Ceremony (revised)

DPRK state media reported on 7 March (Thursday) that the recently constructed Taeso’ngsan (Mt. Taesong) Combined Hospital (previously called the Taeso’ngsan General Hospital in state media reporting) opened after a … Continue reading


KPA Promotions List Issued for Day of the Shining Star (KJI Birthday) (updated)

DPRK state media reported on 15 February (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n), in his capacity as Korean People’s Army [KPA] Supreme Commander, promoted ten (10) party officials or … Continue reading

02/15/2013 · Leave a comment

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