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


NDC Policy Department Issues Statement Trashing ROK for Artillery Drill

The National Defense Commission [NDC] Policy Department issued a statement on November 24 (Tuesday) upbraiding the ROK military for holding live-fire artillery drills in the West (Yellow) Sea on November … 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

General Staff Statement Says KPA “Ready to Promptly Launch Operations Any Time”

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff issued a statement on 7 October (Monday) which said that the KPA’s “the units of all services and army corps level of the … Continue reading

10/08/2013 · 1 Comment

Pyon In Son Head of Operations Bureau?

Has Col. Gen. Pyon In Son been appointed director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA]  General Staff Operations Bureau [GSOB] ? Film footage of the military parade and demonstration on … Continue reading

09/16/2013 · 1 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

Moranbong Band Plays for KPA Large Combined Unit #630

DPRK state media reported on 12 April (Friday) that the Moranbong Band gave a performance at a military unit subordinate to Korean People’s Army [KPA] Large Combined Unit(taeyonhap pudae) #630 … Continue reading

04/15/2013 · 2 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

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