North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Back-to-Back DPRK Delegations Visit Europe

DPRK Vice Foreign Minister Kung Sok Ung and delegation of the DPRK Foreign Ministry returned to the DPRK on 2 November (Saturday) after a 17-day visit to European countries.  Many … Continue reading

11/02/2013 · Leave a comment

DPRK Developing Master Economic Plan with German Advice

German media reported on 4 January (Friday) that the DPRK is formulating a “master plan” to develop its economy and attract foreign investment with advice from German economists and attorneys. … Continue reading

01/07/2013 · Leave a comment

DPRK Premier Tours Pyongyang Factories

DPRK state media reported on 14 December (Friday) that DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim visited a series of factories in Pyongyang where he “encouraged the workers in a high-pitched … Continue reading

12/14/2012 · Leave a comment

Pyongyang Restaurant in Amsterdam Closed

The Pyongyang Restaurant in Amsterdam has closed.  The restaurant, located in the west of the city in Osdorp, opened for business in January 2012.  It was a joint venture between … Continue reading

09/07/2012 · 4 Comments

Choe Yong Rim Visits Iron and Steel Complex, Attends Trade Fair

DPRK state media reported on Wednesday (16 May) that DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim inspected the Hwanghae Iron and Steel Complex on Tuesday (15 May).  KCNA reports: The workers … Continue reading

05/16/2012 · Leave a comment

Pyongyang Restaurant Opened in Amsterdam

After a small delay, the Netherlands branch of Pyongyang Restaurant opened in the Osdorp area of western Amsterdam in mid-January 2012.  The grand opening is scheduled to occur on 17 … Continue reading

02/05/2012 · 3 Comments

Dutch Stamp Collector Detained in DPRK Gives Interview

A Dutch citizen held by DPRK authorities during the summer of 2011 has given a media interview about his detention.  Willem van der Bijl, a Utrecht shop owner and stamp … Continue reading

11/22/2011 · 2 Comments

Kim Jong Il Meets with Laos President

Kim Jong Il met with Lao President Choummaly Sayasone.  In addition to the Lao officials accompanying Mr. Sayasone, joining the meeting and dinner reception from the DPRK were Chief of the … Continue reading

09/25/2011 · 1 Comment

van der Bijl Returns to NL

Willem van der Bijl, owner of a Utrecht stamp and coin shop, returned to The Netherlands via Beijing on Saturday (13 August).  Mr. van der Bijl had been slated to … Continue reading

08/15/2011 · Leave a comment

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