North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Gen. Kim Myong Guk (1940-2016)

Former 1st Vice Chief of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff and Director of the General Staff Operations Bureau, General Kim Myong Guk (Kim Myo’ng-kuk) passed away in Pyongyang … Continue reading

11/28/2016

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

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

Old-New Mergers at Office #39 and Office #38?

Last week, Yonhap reported that the DPRK “is presumed to have combined the ruling party’s two units” which manage the so-called “Party funds.”  According to this brief news item, Office #38 … Continue reading

10/02/2016

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

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