North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Yong Chol Visits Cuba

Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman, WPK Political Bureau and and WPK Executive Policy Council Member Kim Yong Chol visited Cuba during May 23 to May 26.  Traveling to … Continue reading

05/26/2016

NDC Issues “Open Letter” on North-South Military Talks

The DPRK National Defense Commission [NDC] issued an “open letter” on May 20 (Friday) which claimed that its “proposal for the north-south military authorities’ talks is the best and greatest … Continue reading

05/20/2016

Central Report Meeting Marks Fourth Anniversary of Jong Un’s Appointment to Top Positions

A central report meeting marking the fourth anniversary of Kim Jong Un’s (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) appointment to the position of Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] 1st Secretary and National Defense Commission … Continue reading

04/12/2016

CPRK Releases Report

The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (formerly known as the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland) released a report on March 23 (Wednesday) concerning “the reckless … Continue reading

03/24/2016

Kim Yong Chol Visits Laos

Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Secretary Kim Yong Chol (Kim Yo’ng-ch’o’l) and a WPK delegation visited Laos during February 11 (Thursday) and February 12 (Friday).  The WPK delegation was sent … Continue reading

02/12/2016

CPRK Issues Statement on the Closure of Kaeso’ng Industrial Zone

The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (also known as the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland) issued a statement on the closure of the Kaeso’ng Industrial … Continue reading

02/11/2016

Kim Yong Chol Elevated to Secretary of the United Front Department

Gen. Kim Yong Chol (Kim Yo’ng-ch’o’l), a member of the DPRK’s military intelligence community for the last three decades, appears to have replaced Kim Yang Gon as Workers’ Party of … Continue reading

02/04/2016

Kim Jong Un Attends Kim Yang Gon’s Viewing and Wake

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a conference of KPA fisheries’ employees and activists Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended the viewing and wake for Workers’ … Continue reading

12/30/2015

Kim Jong Un Meets with Cuban Delegation and Attends Concert (revised)

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Sinu’iju Measuring Instrument Factory Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) met with a delegation of senior Cuban Government officials and … Continue reading

09/07/2015

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