North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

CPRK Issues Statement on the Closure of Kaeso’ng Industrial Zone

The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (also known as the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland) issued a statement on the closure of the Kaeso’ng Industrial … Continue reading

02/11/2016

Kim Jong Un Attends 4th Conference of KPA Artillery personnel

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to KPA Tree Nursery #122 Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) addressed the proceedings of the fourth conference of Korean People’s Army … Continue reading

12/04/2015

NDC Policy Department Issues Statement Trashing ROK for Artillery Drill

The National Defense Commission [NDC] Policy Department issued a statement on November 24 (Tuesday) upbraiding the ROK military for holding live-fire artillery drills in the West (Yellow) Sea on November … Continue reading

11/23/2015

New KPA Special Operations Forces Commander

Lt. Gen. Kim Yong Bok (Kim Yo’ng-pok) has been appointed commanding officer of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] XI Corps (or Storm Corps), the military’s primary special operations forces [SOF] … Continue reading

02/15/2015

4th Meeting of KPA Company Commanders and Political Instructors Held

The 4th Meeting of Korean People’s Army [KPA] Company Commanders and Political Instructors convened during 22 and 23 October in Pyongyang.  Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended both days of … Continue reading

10/27/2013 · Leave a comment

General Staff Statement Says KPA “Ready to Promptly Launch Operations Any Time”

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff issued a statement on 7 October (Monday) which said that the KPA’s “the units of all services and army corps level of the … Continue reading

10/08/2013 · 1 Comment

DPRK Coastal Security Forces Fire At and Detain Russian Fishing Trawler

The Russian fishing vessel Altay was fired upon, detained, boarded and then released by elements of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] Coastal Security Bureau, in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) … Continue reading

09/22/2013 · Leave a comment

Kim Kye Gwan Meets with PRC State Councilor

Chinese media reported that DPRK 1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan met with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on 17 September (Tuesday).  During the meeting, according to Xinhua, … Continue reading

09/18/2013 · Leave a comment

Expanded Meeting of the Party Central Military Commission Held

DPRK state media reported on 25 August (Sunday) that an expanded meeting of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Military Commission [CMC] was held.  The meeting’s venue and date was … Continue reading

08/27/2013 · Leave a comment

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