North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Choe Ryong Hae Taken Down a Peg?

Choe Ryong Hae has been reduced in rank, moving from Korean People’s Army [KPA] Vice Marshal (ch’asu)  to General (taejang).  During the 16 December (Sunday) memorial service held to commemorate … Continue reading

12/16/2012 · 2 Comments

The Ghosts of Cadres Past

Since the beginning of December, DPRK state media has gradually released a series of news items and photo essays in commemoration of the one year anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s … Continue reading

12/12/2012 · Leave a comment

Job Change for Tae Jong Su?

On 22 September 2012 DPRK state media reported on a series of commemorations of the anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Suk (Kim Cho’ng-suk), mother of the the late … Continue reading

09/25/2012 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Gak Appointed Minister of People’s Armed Forces

VMar Kim Jong Gak (Kim Cho’ng-gak) has been appointed Minister of the People’s Armed Forces [MPAF].  Kim was promoted from 4-star general (taejang) to Vice Marshal (ch’asu) on 15 February … Continue reading

04/11/2012 · 4 Comments

Kim Jong Un Visits East Sea KPA Unit

DPRK state media reported on 4 April (Wednesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) inspected Ryo Island, located in the East Sea (Sea of Japan), approximately 11 miles (18 km) … Continue reading

04/05/2012 · 1 Comment

Kim Jong Un Elected to Party Conference by Military

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] party organization held its party conference on Monday (26 March) at the 25 April House of Culture.  During the proceedings, it nominated and elected Kim … Continue reading

03/28/2012 · 1 Comment

4th Party Conference To Convene in “mid-April”

KCNA reports that on 18 February (Saturday) the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Political Bureau publicized its decision to convene a 4th Party Conference (meeting of party representatives) in April.  It … Continue reading

02/20/2012 · 5 Comments

A Year after the 3rd Party Conference

It has been one year since the 3rd Party Conference was convened in Pyongyang.  The conference was the largest event staged by the Korean Workers’ Party in a number of … Continue reading

10/01/2011 · Leave a comment

12th SPA’s 4th Session Elects New NDC Member, MPS

The 4th session (plenum) of the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] convened Thursday [7 April] at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.  Neither Kim Cho’ng-il nor Kim Cho’ng-u’n attended the … Continue reading

04/07/2011 · 1 Comment

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