North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

National Defense Commission Releases Statement on DPRK-US Relations

The National Defense Commission [NDC], the DPRK government’s highest authority and supreme power organization, issued a spokesman’s statement on 12 October (Saturday) which it said “revealed the deceptive nature of … Continue reading

10/12/2013 · 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

Pak Is Back

The DPRK’s leading official in the production of conventional and advanced weapons has reappeared following a four-month absence from state media.  Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Secretary and National Defense Commission … Continue reading

09/10/2013 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Visits Jangjagang Machine Tools Plant and Delivers Speech

DPRK state media reported on 24 June (Monday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Jangjagang Machine Tools Plant and attended a concert by the Moranbong Band after which … Continue reading

06/24/2013 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Visits Ku’msusan and Attends Banquet to Mark KPA Anniversary

DPRK state media reported that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Ku’msusan Memorial Palace of the Sun and attended a banquet on 25 April (Thursday), to mark the official … Continue reading

04/26/2013 · Leave a comment

National Meeting Commemorates Official KPA Anniversary

DPRK state media reported that a national meeting marking the official 81st anniversary (25 April) of the foundation of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] was held at the 25 April … Continue reading

04/24/2013 · Leave a comment

Ministry of Atomic Energy Industry Established

DPRK reported on 12 April (Friday) that the Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium established the Ministry of Atomic Energy Industry on 11 April (Thursday).  According to KCNA the General Department … Continue reading

04/13/2013 · Leave a comment

Party Central Committee Convenes Plenary Meeting (updated)

The Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Committee held its plenary meeting (plenum) at the KWP Central Committee #1 Office Building on 31 March (Sunday) in Pyongyang**, attended by Kim Jong … Continue reading

03/31/2013 · 3 Comments

CMC Meetings Shown in DPRK Documentary on Kim Jong Un’s Military Activities

On 5 March DPRK state media released a documentary film which compiled film footage of Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) inspecting Korean People’s Army [KPA] units, observing training exercises and … Continue reading

03/18/2013 · 4 Comments

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