North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

KPA Holds Loyalty Meeting to Mark Sun’s Day

A loyalty meeting of Korean People’s Army [KPA] officers and service members was held at Ku’msusan Memorial Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on April 11 (Monday) to commemorate Sun’s … Continue reading

04/12/2016

Kim Jong Un Observed and Guides AA Missile Test and Visits Tonghu’ngsan Machine Plant

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Sinhu’ng Machine Plant DPRK state media reported on April 2 (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed and … Continue reading

04/01/2016

KPA Long-range Artillery Force Issues “Ultimatum”

The long-range artillery element of a Korean People’s Army [KPA] large combined unit (taeyonhap pudae) issued an ultimatum on March 26 (Saturday) in connection with “the beginning of the merciless … Continue reading

03/27/2016

Kim Jong Un Guides Largest Artillery Exercise in DPRK History

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his observation and guidance of a rocket engine test and cascade separation DPRK state media reported on March 25 (Friday) that Kim Jong … Continue reading

03/24/2016

Kim Jong Un Meets with Nuclear Weapons Personnel

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his inspection of the test of a multiple-launch rocket system DPRK state media reported on March 9 (Wednesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim … Continue reading

03/08/2016

Kim Jong Un Military Promotions 2012-2016

On February 13, Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) “issued an order to raise the military ranks of commanding officers of the KPA [Korean People’s Army] in the run-up to the … Continue reading

02/25/2016

Kim Jong Un Observes and Guides Military Exercises

DPRK state media reported on February 21 (Sunday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) guided military exercises by Korean People’s Army [KPA] large combined units (taeyonhap pudae) and then later … Continue reading

02/21/2016

The Fall of Ri Yong Gil

General Ri Yong Gil has been removed from office as Chief of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff.  There are two different accounts about General Ri’s dismissal.  The initial … Continue reading

02/15/2016

KPA Service Personnel Meet for Day of the Shining Star

Korean People’s Army [KPA] officers and service members gathered at Ku’msusan Memorial Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on February 14 (Sunday) for a loyalty meeting on the occasions of … Continue reading

02/14/2016

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