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


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


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


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

Kim Jong Un Attends Photo-op with KPA Political Lecturers and Inspects KPA Large Combined Unit #630

DPRK stated media reported on 22 February (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a commemorative photo session with Korean People’s Army [KPA] service members and officers and civilian … Continue reading

02/22/2013 · Leave a comment

PRC Embassy Managing Contact on Captured Fishermen

Chinese state media reported on Friday (18 May) that the PRC Embassy in Pyongyang has taken the lead on discussions with DPRK officials over releasing 29 fishermen who were seized … Continue reading

05/20/2012 · Leave a comment

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