North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

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

Pyon Yong Rip (1929-2016)

Former Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Secretary-General Pyon Yong Rip (Pyo’n Yo’ng-rip) died at the age of 87 on November 13, 2016, in Pyongyang.  Pyon was a former member of the … Continue reading

11/18/2016

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

KPA General Staff Issues Statement on Decapitation Chatter, B-1 Presence

This appears to be the DPRK’s first observed response to the latest news media reporting about ROK Ministry Defense’s “plan” to establishing a unit tasked to target the DPRK leadership  … Continue reading

09/22/2016

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

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 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

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