North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Jong Un Inspects Island Defense Units of the KPA Southwestern Command

  KJU’s last observed appearance was his observation and guidance of live fire exercises on April 25 (Army Day) DPRK state media reported on May 5 (Friday) that Kim  Jong … Continue reading

05/05/2017

KPA General Staff Issues Spox Statement Defending Military Exercises, Missile Drills

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff issued a spokesman statement on April 10 (Monday) which noted that the “US, accustomed to groundlessly taking issue with the DPRK, went reckless … Continue reading

04/11/2017

KPA Anniversary Commemorated

A meeting of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] high command was held at the teaching hall of the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces office complex on February 7 (Tuesday) … Continue reading

02/08/2017

Kim Jong Un Observes and Commands Large Live Fire Artillery Exercise

KJU’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Cuban Embassy in the DPRK to pay a condolence call on the death of Fidel Castro Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) … Continue reading

12/02/2016

Rally Marks 6th Anniversary of YP-do Shelling

An army-people solidarity rally marking the sixth anniversary of the artillery shelling of Yo’npyo’ng Island was held in Kangryo’ng County on November 23 (Wednesday).  Attending the rally were IV Army … Continue reading

11/24/2016

Kim Jong Un Visits Islets in KPA Southwestern Front

KJU’s last observed appearance was his inspection of Mahap Islet DPRK state media reported November 13 (Sunday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) inspected Korean People’s Army [KPA] units on … Continue reading

11/14/2016

National Defense Commission Spokesman Issues Statement on Peninsula Security

A spokesman for the DPRK National Defense Commission [NDC] issued a statement claiming that the “situation of the Korean peninsula is being rapidly pushed to the danger of the outbreak … Continue reading

06/21/2016

KPA Supreme Command Issues Report on MDL Skirmish

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] released a “crucial report” on May 27 (Friday) concerning a skirmish between the ROK Navy and two vessels DPRK vessels (one a fishing trawler and … Continue reading

05/27/2016

KPA General Staff Issues Statement

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff issued a statement on March 12 (Saturday) which formally declared “military counteractions” to the joint US-ROK Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises.  According … Continue reading

03/12/2016
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