North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Jong Un Observes and Guides SOF Contest

KJU’s last observed appearance was his attendance at the fifth session of the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly on April 11 DPRK state media reported on April 13 (Thursday) that Kim … Continue reading

04/13/2017

KJU Inspects SOF Battalion

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at commemorative photo-op with GFTUK Congress participants DPRK state media reported on November 4 (Friday) that Kim Jong Un [Kim Cho’ng-u’n] … Continue reading

11/03/2016

NDC Investigation Group Issues Statement

The DPRK National Defense Commission [NDC] Investigation Group, an intelligence and investigation agency under the NDC which formed in 2010 primarily to investigate the sinking of the ROKN corvette Ch’o’nan, … Continue reading

03/27/2016

Kim Yong Chol Elevated to Secretary of the United Front Department

Gen. Kim Yong Chol (Kim Yo’ng-ch’o’l), a member of the DPRK’s military intelligence community for the last three decades, appears to have replaced Kim Yang Gon as Workers’ Party of … Continue reading

02/04/2016

Kim Jong Un Inspects Command Element of KPA SOF Unit and Guides Training Exercises

DPRK state media reported on 22 March (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) inspected the command element of Korean People’s Army [KPA] Unit #1973.  KJU’s last reported public appearance … Continue reading

03/24/2013 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Attends Live Fire Artillery Exercises in West Sea

DPRK state media reported on 13 March (Wednesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) supervised and observed live fire artillery exercises by Korean People’s Army [KPA] island defense units.  The … Continue reading

03/14/2013 · Leave a comment

DPRK Internet Access Blocked

Russian news agency ITAR-TASS reported on 13 March (Wednesday) that the DPRK was blocked from accessing the Internet.  The several thousand DPRK citizens with dedicated connections experienced trouble accessing the … Continue reading

03/14/2013 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Inspects Artillery Unit, Islet Defense Unit and Visits Fish Farm

DPRK state media reported on 11 March (Monday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) inspected a Korean People’s Army [KPA] long-range artillery unit, visited a fish farm and inspected an … Continue reading

03/12/2013 · 5 Comments

Kim Jong Un Visits West Sea Islands

DPRK state media reported on 7 March (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) inspected Korean People’s Army [KPA] island defense units on Jangjae (Changjae) and Mu Islets in the … Continue reading

03/08/2013 · 1 Comment

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