North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

DPRK Conducts Fifth Nuclear Test

The DPRK conducted its fifth nuclear weapons test at the P’unggye-ri Test Site at 9 AM PYT on September 9, 2016 (Friday).  This caused  a 5.3 magnitude earthquake at Su’ngjipaekam, Paekam … Continue reading

09/09/2016

Kim Jong Un Attends Concert by KPA Officers’ Wives

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Paektusan Architectural Institute DPRK state media reported on July 16 (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a … Continue reading

07/16/2016

KPA Holds Loyalty Meeting to Mark Sun’s Day

A loyalty meeting of Korean People’s Army [KPA] officers and service members was held at Ku’msusan Memorial Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on April 11 (Monday) to commemorate Sun’s … Continue reading

04/12/2016

Ri Man Gon and the OGD Nuclear Illuminati

(The following was written during mid-January 2016 after Kim Jong Un attended a commemorative photo-op with the DPRK’s nuclear test personnel.  In light of the February 2016 space launch, Kim … Continue reading

03/31/2016

KPA Long-range Artillery Force Issues “Ultimatum”

The long-range artillery element of a Korean People’s Army [KPA] large combined unit (taeyonhap pudae) issued an ultimatum on March 26 (Saturday) in connection with “the beginning of the merciless … Continue reading

03/27/2016

Kim Jong Un Guides Largest Artillery Exercise in DPRK History

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his observation and guidance of a rocket engine test and cascade separation DPRK state media reported on March 25 (Friday) that Kim Jong … Continue reading

03/24/2016

Kim Jong Un Commands and Observes Landing and Anti-Landing Drills

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the development of Ryomyo’ng Street in Pyongyang DPRK state media reported on March 20 (Sunday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim … Continue reading

03/21/2016

Kim Jong Un Observes and Guides Mobile Ballistic Missile Drill and Watches KPA Tank Competition

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his meeting with senior nuclear weapons personnel DPRK state media reported on March 11 (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed and … Continue reading

03/10/2016

Kim Jong Un Meets with Nuclear Weapons Personnel

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his inspection of the test of a multiple-launch rocket system DPRK state media reported on March 9 (Wednesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim … Continue reading

03/08/2016

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