North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

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


4th Meeting of KPA Company Commanders and Political Instructors Held

The 4th Meeting of Korean People’s Army [KPA] Company Commanders and Political Instructors convened during 22 and 23 October in Pyongyang.  Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended both days of … Continue reading

10/27/2013 · Leave a comment

National Defense Commission Releases Statement on DPRK-US Relations

The National Defense Commission [NDC], the DPRK government’s highest authority and supreme power organization, issued a spokesman’s statement on 12 October (Saturday) which it said “revealed the deceptive nature of … Continue reading

10/12/2013 · Leave a comment

Wreath Laying Ceremonies Held to Mark 64th Anniversary of Kim Jong Suk’s Death

A floral wreath laying ceremony were held at the memorial bust of Kim Jong Suk (Kim Cho’ng-suk) at the Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetery in Pyongyang on 22 September (Sunday) to mark … Continue reading

09/22/2013 · Leave a comment

Pyon In Son Head of Operations Bureau?

Has Col. Gen. Pyon In Son been appointed director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA]  General Staff Operations Bureau [GSOB] ? Film footage of the military parade and demonstration on … Continue reading

09/16/2013 · 1 Comment

WPRK Parade and Demonstration Held to Mark DPRK’s 65th Anniversary

The Worker-Peasant Red Guards [WPRG] staged a parade, followed by a demonstration by Pyongyangites, in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on 9 September (Monday), the 65th anniversary of the … Continue reading

09/10/2013 · 2 Comments

DPRK Documentary Film Shows Kim Jong Il Inspecting Nodong, KN-08 Missiles

To mark the 53rd anniversary of Military-First (So’ngun) Revolutionary Leadership, DPRK state media aired another installment of the documentary film series General Kim Jong Il’s Matchless Patriotic  Defense of the Country. … Continue reading

08/28/2013 · 4 Comments

Expanded Meeting of the Party Central Military Commission Held

DPRK state media reported on 25 August (Sunday) that an expanded meeting of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Military Commission [CMC] was held.  The meeting’s venue and date was … Continue reading

08/27/2013 · Leave a comment

With KPA Assets in Syria and Rumors of Moscow Trip, Gen. Kim Kyok Sik Remains PY Man of the Hour

Al-Sharq al-Awsat reported on 3 June (Monday) that Arabic-speaking Korean People’s Army [KPA] personnel are serving as military advisers on artillery tactics and providing logistical support to the Syrian Armed Forces, … Continue reading

06/04/2013 · 1 Comment

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