North Korea Leadership Watch

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Kim Jong Il Statue Dedicated at State Security

DPRK state media reported on 2 October (Tuesday) that a statue of Kim Jong Il was unveiled and dedicated at a ceremony on the campus of Korean People’s Army [KPA] … Continue reading

10/02/2012 · 1 Comment

Kim Kyong Hui an SPA No-Show

Kim Kyong Hui (Kim Kyo’ng-hu’i), sister of the late DPRK supreme leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) and aunt of current supreme leader Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) did not … Continue reading

09/29/2012 · Leave a comment

KJU Named KPA Marshal, Hyon Yong Chol Named Chief of General Staff

Three days after the dismissal of VMar Ri Yong Ho as Chief of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff, Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) was named KPA Marshal.  While … Continue reading

07/22/2012 · 1 Comment

Hyon Yong Chol Promoted to Vice Marshal

DPRK state media reported on 16 July (Monday) that former commander of the VIII Army Corps, Gen. Hyon Yong Chol (Hyo’n Yo’ng-ch’o’l) was promoted to the rank of Vice Marshal … Continue reading

07/17/2012 · 2 Comments

My King is My Husband

As rumors circulated in various media this week about the identity of Kim Jong Un’s wife, Daily NK released the entire version of Mother of Great Military-First Korea on 12 July (Thursday). … Continue reading

07/15/2012 · 1 Comment

Additional Photos of Kim Jong Un’s Mother Released

Photos and film footage of Ko Yong Hui (Ko Yo’ng-hu’i), Kim Jong Il’s former consort and Kim Jong Un’s mother, have surfaced in South Korean media.  KBS obtained a copy … Continue reading

06/30/2012 · Leave a comment

Where is Kim Jong Un?

DPRK state media reported on 25 June (Monday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) authorized a gifts presentation of cars, buses and “various other vehicles.”  According to KCNA, “the gift-conveying … Continue reading

06/27/2012 · Leave a comment

Culture Minister Appointed

State Film Commission Chairman and April 25 Film Studios’ chief Hong Kwang Sun has been appointed Minister of Culture in the DPRK Cabinet.  Yonhap News Agency reported on 27 June … Continue reading

06/27/2012 · Leave a comment

KJU’s Mother Surfaces in Party Documentary

Mainichi Shimbun obtained a copy of an 80-minute documentary film entitled The Great Mother which depicts a woman named Ri U’n-sil caring for a young Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) … Continue reading

06/11/2012 · 2 Comments

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