North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Ki Ryong (1940-2017)

Former Rodong Sinmun editor and Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Central Committee Member Kim Ki Ryong (Kim Ki-yong) died in Pyongyang on March 29 (Wednesday). Kim Ki Ryong started his career … Continue reading


Kim Jong Un Attends Photo Op with Party Cell Meeting Participants

DPRK state media reported on 2 February (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a commemorative photo session with participants of the 4th Meeting of Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] … Continue reading

02/02/2013 · Leave a comment

4th Party Conference To Convene in “mid-April”

KCNA reports that on 18 February (Saturday) the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Political Bureau publicized its decision to convene a 4th Party Conference (meeting of party representatives) in April.  It … Continue reading

02/20/2012 · 5 Comments

KJI Birthday Commemorated

On 16 February (Thursday) Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) and other members of the central leadership commemorated what would have been Kim Jong Il’s official 70th birthday at Ku’msusan Memorial … Continue reading

02/18/2012 · 2 Comments

KJI Statue Unveiled as Birthday Events Begin

In a key event marking the birthday of the recently deceased DPRK supreme leader Kim Jong Il, a bronze statue was unveiled on Tuesday (14 February) at Mansudae Art Studio … Continue reading

02/14/2012 · 3 Comments

Military Parade Planned for National Holiday

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] has begun gathering pieces of military equipment and personnel at Mirim Airport in east Pyongyang, in preparation for a large military parade or demonstration.  Tanks, … Continue reading

01/31/2012 · 2 Comments

Where Are You Tonight?

As 2011 draws to a close, several media reports have come out about DPRK citizens who are unaccounted for or difficult to locate.  On or around 20 November, eight (8) … Continue reading

12/18/2011 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Il Kicks Off KPA Winter Training Cycle

DPRK media reports that Kim Jong Il supervised the “combined tactical exercises” of Korean People’s Army [KPA] large combined unit 630.  The accounts of the military exercises came amid the DPRK … Continue reading

11/30/2011 · 2 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

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