North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Jong Un Military Promotions 2012-2016

On February 13, Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) “issued an order to raise the military ranks of commanding officers of the KPA [Korean People’s Army] in the run-up to the … Continue reading

02/25/2016

The Fall of Ri Yong Gil

General Ri Yong Gil has been removed from office as Chief of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff.  There are two different accounts about General Ri’s dismissal.  The initial … Continue reading

02/15/2016

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 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 Attends Kim Yang Gon’s Viewing and Wake

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a conference of KPA fisheries’ employees and activists Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended the viewing and wake for Workers’ … Continue reading

12/30/2015

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

KPA Southwestern Command Issues Statement on 5th Anniversary of YP-do

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] Southwestern Command issued a statement on November 22, 2015 “in connection with the fact that the south Korean military warmongers are running a high fever … Continue reading

11/22/2015

Military Promotions Effected for the Day of the Shining Star

  On February 14 (Saturday), Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) promoted 27 Korean People’s Army [KPA] commanders to mark the birth anniversary of late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il (Kim … Continue reading

02/15/2015

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

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