North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Yong Chol Visits Laos

Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Secretary Kim Yong Chol (Kim Yo’ng-ch’o’l) and a WPK delegation visited Laos during February 11 (Thursday) and February 12 (Friday).  The WPK delegation was sent … Continue reading

02/12/2016

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

Ri Myong Su Reappears at KMS-4 Meeting

General Ri Myong Su (Ri Myo’ng-su), who served as Minister of People’s Security from 2011 to 2013, appeared at a February 8, 2016 rally in Pyongyang that celebrated the successful … Continue reading

02/09/2016

Pyongyang Mass Rally Celebrates KMS-4 Launch

An Army-People mass rally celebrating the launch of the Kwangmyo’ngso’ng-4 [KMS-4] was held in Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) Square in central Pyongyang on February 8 (Monday).  According to KCNA … Continue reading

02/09/2016

Kim Jong Un Issued Launch Order on February 6

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a joint expanded meeting of the WPK Central Committee and Korean People’s Army WPK Committee Meeting in Pyongyang during February … Continue reading

02/06/2016

NADA Releases Report on Feb. 7 Space Launch

DPRK state media released a report from the DPRK National Aerospace Development Administration on February 7 (Sunday) in connection to its launch of a long-range rocket.  According to KCNA the … Continue reading

02/06/2016

DPRK Premier Visits Paektusan Youth Power Station

DPRK state media reported on February 6 that Premier Pak Pong Ju (Pak Pong-chu) visited Paektusan Hero Youth Power Stationand the Hyesan-Samjiyo’n Broad Gauge railway project in Yanggang Province.  Pak … Continue reading

02/06/2016

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

WPK Central Committee and KPA Party Committee Hold Expanded Joint Meeting (updated 2/4)

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to Kim Cho’ng-suk Textile Mill Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) “guided” an expanded joint meeting of the Workers’ Party of Korea … Continue reading

02/03/2016

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