North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Jong Un Visits West Sea Islands

DPRK state media reported on 7 March (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) inspected Korean People’s Army [KPA] island defense units on Jangjae (Changjae) and Mu Islets in the … Continue reading

03/08/2013 · 1 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 Sends Notice Protesting Ulchi Freedom Guardian Exercises

DPRK state media reported on 6 August (Monday) that Major General Pak Rim Su, head of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] Mission at P’anmunjo’m sent a notice protesting the upcoming, … Continue reading

08/07/2012 · 1 Comment

Kim Jong Un Visits Panmunjom

DPRK state media reported on 4 March (Sunday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) inspected P’anmunjo’m, a DPRK settlement near the demilitarized zone on the DPRK-ROK border.  According to KCNA … Continue reading

03/04/2012 · 1 Comment

Gen. O Kuk Ryol Steps Forth From the Shadows

In the aftermath of Kim Jong Il’s death, Gen. O Kuk Ryol (O Kuk-yo’l) has emerged as a key member of the DPRK leadership.  The 80-year old Korean People’s Army … Continue reading

12/26/2011 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Ordered Suspension of Military Training After KJI Death

In one of his first acts as central leader of the DPRK, Kim Jong Un ordered the suspension of the Korean People’s Army’s [KPA] annual winter training cycle prior to … Continue reading

12/21/2011 · 1 Comment

Reconnaissance Bureau Chief Joins KJI at Field Inspection

On 3 November DPRK media reported that Kim Jong Il conducted a field inspection of KPA Unit #322 which contains, among other things, an intelligence training school.  KJI’s visit to … Continue reading

11/06/2011 · Leave a comment

Leaflets Floated on KWP Anniversary, Despite KPA Warning

Defectors from the DPRK and other ROK-based activists floated 200,000 leaflets on Monday, 10 October, on the anniversary of the foundation of the Korean Workers’ Party.  The activists scattering the … Continue reading

10/10/2011 · 1 Comment

DPRK Reiterates Request for Cancelation of Ulchi Freedom Guardian

While Koreans commemorated Liberation Day (15 August), DPRK media outlets have requested the cancelation of the joint US-ROK Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) exercises which are scheduled to begin on 16 … Continue reading

08/15/2011 · 1 Comment

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