North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

First Ballistic Missile Test of 2017 Held

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] Strategic Force (also known as the Strategic Rocket Force Command), along with scientists and technicians subordinate to the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Munitions Industry … Continue reading

02/12/2017

Kim Jong Un Visits Kangdong Precision Machine Plant

KJU’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Pyongyang Orphans’ School DPRK state media reported on February 7 (Tuesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Kangdong Precision … Continue reading

02/06/2017

Foreign Ministry Issues Memo and Timeline on Nuclear Diplomacy (Haters, back off)

The DPRK Foreign Ministry issued a memorandum on November 21 (Monday) entitled “The DPRK’s Strengthening of its Nuclear Forces Is a Righteous Choice to Defend Itself from the Extreme Moves … Continue reading

11/22/2016

Trade Unions Hold 7th Congress

The General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea [GFTUK] held its 7th Congress at the People’s Palace of Culture in Pyongyang October 25 and October 26 (Tuesday and Wednesday).  Among … Continue reading

10/30/2016

KJU Poses for a Photo with Participants in the Fifth Nuclear Test

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his observation and guidance of a rocket engine test at the Sohae Space Center DPRK state media reported on September 22, 2016 (Thursday) … Continue reading

09/22/2016

KJU Watches Rocket Engine Test

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Kosan Fruit Farm.  DPRK state media reported on September 20 (Tuesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) guided a … Continue reading

09/19/2016

KJU Oversees Missile Drill

  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a commemorative photo-op with technical and military logistics personnel involved in the SLBM test. Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) … Continue reading

09/05/2016

Kim Jong Un Watches SLBM Test Launch

  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Taedonggang Pig Farm. Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed and commanded the test launch of submarine-launched ballistic missiles … Continue reading

08/24/2016

Kim Jong Un Visits January 18 General Machine Factory

  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a photo-op with exemplary KPA personnel to the January 18 General Machine Factory.  DPRK state media reported on August 10 … Continue reading

08/10/2016

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