North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

DPRK Conducts Fifth Nuclear Test

The DPRK conducted its fifth nuclear weapons test at the P’unggye-ri Test Site at 9 AM PYT on September 9, 2016 (Friday).  This caused  a 5.3 magnitude earthquake at Su’ngjipaekam, Paekam … Continue reading

09/09/2016

Kim Jong Un Attends Photo-op with Hwaso’ng 10 Personnel

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his observation and guidance of the Hwaso’ng 10 intermediate range ballistic missile test  DPRK state media reported on June 29 (Wednesday) that Kim … Continue reading

06/29/2016

Kim Jong Un Attends and Guides IRBM Hwaso’ng-10 Test

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Kim Cho’ng-suk Textile Mill in Pyongyang Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed and guided the test firing of the … Continue reading

06/22/2016

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

Foreign Ministry Trashes “Precision air raid operation”

A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry on June 15 (Wednesday) said the country would “further bolster up in quality and quantity the nuclear deterrence for self-defense in face of … Continue reading

06/16/2016

Kim Jong Un Visits National Defense University

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Ryugyo’ng Pickle and Kimchi Factory DPRK state media reported on June 13 (Monday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) … Continue reading

06/12/2016

Kim Jong Un Visits Ryugyong Pickle Factory

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a KCU concert on June 7 DPRK state media reported on June 10 (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) … Continue reading

06/10/2016

Minister of the PAF Issues Statement on Nukes

The Minister of the People’s Armed Forces (North Korea’s defense minister equivalent), General Pak Yong Sik issued a statement on June 9 (Thursday) on the DPRK’s nuclear weapons program.  On … Continue reading

06/09/2016

Renovated Pyongyang Sports Factory Reopens

The renovated Pyongyang Sports Apparatus Factory reopened after a ceremony on June 7 (Tuesday).  Attending the ceremony were Choe Ryong Hae (Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman for Workers’ … Continue reading

06/09/2016

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