North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Jong Un Visits Mansudae Art Studio and Attends KPISF Concert

DPRK state media reported on 13 May (Monday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Mansudae Art Studio and watched a performance by the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces … Continue reading

05/13/2013 · Leave a comment

New Minister of Defense Appointed (revised)

Gen. Jang Jong Nam has been appointed Minister of the People’s Armed Forces, the DPRK’s defense minister.  Gen. Jang, whose most recent position was commanding officer of the the forward-deployed … Continue reading

05/13/2013 · 4 Comments

KPA General Staff Says It “Will Take Powerful Practical Military Countermeasures”

DPRK state media released a statement (tamhwa) on 4 April (Thursday) from a spokesman from the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff which said the “”the towering resentment of the DPRK’s … Continue reading

04/03/2013 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Convenes Meeting and Orders Strategic Rockets “To be on stand-by”

DPRK state media reported that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) convened a meeting and signed military operations orders at 00:30 [12:30 am] Korean Standard Time [KST] on 29 March (Friday). … Continue reading

03/28/2013 · 2 Comments

Kim Jong Un Observes and Commands Live Fire Joint Exercises of KPA Large Combined Units #324 & #287 and KPA Navy Combined Unit #597

DPRK state media reported on 25 March (Monday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) commanded live fire joint exercises by Korean People’s Army [KPA] Large Combined (taeyonhap pudae) Units #324 … Continue reading

03/26/2013 · Leave a comment

DPRK Premier Visits Sites in Kangwon Province

DPRK state media reported on 16 March (Saturday) that DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim visited the Munp’yo’ng Smeltery, the Sep’o Tableland (grasslands) and several cooperative farms in Kangwo’n Province. … Continue reading

03/16/2013 · Leave a comment

KPA Supreme Command Threatens to “Nullify” Armistice Agreement

DPRK state media reported on 5 March (Tuesday) that a spokesman of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] Supreme Command said that it “will make the Korean Armistice Agreement totaly nullified, … Continue reading

03/05/2013 · 12 Comments

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

Kim Jong Un Inspects Large Combined Unit #313

DPRK state media reported on 27 August (Monday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) inspected the command element of Korean People’s Army [KPA] Large Combined Unit (taeyonhap pudae) #313, stationed … Continue reading

08/28/2012 · Leave a comment

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