North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

DPRK Internet Access Blocked

Russian news agency ITAR-TASS reported on 13 March (Wednesday) that the DPRK was blocked from accessing the Internet.  The several thousand DPRK citizens with dedicated connections experienced trouble accessing the … Continue reading

03/14/2013 · Leave a comment

3 DPRK Doctors Killed in NE Nigeria (updated)

Three DPRK physicians were killed in their Nigerian apartment in Yobe State early on 10 February (Sunday), after being attacked  in what was either a botched robbery or attacked by … Continue reading

02/11/2013 · 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

A Tour of the Central Party Offices

This will be the first installment of a three (or four) part series of postings on the geography in and around Pyongyang’s so-called Forbidden City.  The first iteration will focus … Continue reading

12/18/2011 · Leave a comment

NL Citizen Missing in DPRK

A Dutch citizen is missing in the DPRK.  Willem van der Bijl, who owns a Utrecht shop that sells stamps and coins, has not communicated with his family in nearly three … Continue reading

08/10/2011 · 1 Comment

Reuters Makes Agreement with KCNA

Reuters, the news-media arm of Thomson-Reuters, has announced that it is expanding its relationship with Korean Central News Agency.  In a news release the company announced: The new agreement will … Continue reading

07/11/2011 · Leave a comment

Does KCI Have a Personal Reason for Not Meeting Carter?

Former US President Jimmy Carter visited and toured the DPRK, along a with part of a group of former world leaders called the Elders, during 26 to 28 April 2011.  … Continue reading

05/08/2011 · Leave a comment

DPRK Ambassador Attends William-Catherine Nuptials

DPRK Ambassador to Great Britain, Cha So’ng-nam [Ja Song Nam] attended the 29 April [Friday] wedding ceremony of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey.  Cha was one of … Continue reading


KIS Birthday

With a 40-minute magic show at May Day Stadium, the DPRK began the final countdown to April 2012 which will mark the 100th anniversary of Kim Il-so’ng’s birth and a … Continue reading

04/24/2011 · Leave a comment

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