North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Foreign Ministry Issues Memo and Timeline on Nuclear Diplomacy (Haters, back off)

The DPRK Foreign Ministry issued a memorandum on November 21 (Monday) entitled “The DPRK’s Strengthening of its Nuclear Forces Is a Righteous Choice to Defend Itself from the Extreme Moves … Continue reading

11/22/2016

KJU Poses for a Photo with Participants in the Fifth Nuclear Test

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his observation and guidance of a rocket engine test at the Sohae Space Center DPRK state media reported on September 22, 2016 (Thursday) … Continue reading

09/22/2016

Kim Jong Un Observes and Guides Ballistic Rocket Reentry Simulation (updated)

  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at the 2016 KPA Tank Competition (translation variant between KCNA and state broadcasting noted in parentheses) DPRK state media reported … Continue reading

03/14/2016

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

Kim Jong Un Visits Pyongchon Revolutionary Site

  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a photo-op with KPA service members and officers that participated in the 4th Conference of KPA Artillery Personnel DPRK … Continue reading

12/09/2015

Kim Kye Gwan Meets with PRC State Councilor

Chinese media reported that DPRK 1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan met with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on 17 September (Tuesday).  During the meeting, according to Xinhua, … Continue reading

09/18/2013 · Leave a comment

CMC Meetings Shown in DPRK Documentary on Kim Jong Un’s Military Activities

On 5 March DPRK state media released a documentary film which compiled film footage of Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) inspecting Korean People’s Army [KPA] units, observing training exercises and … Continue reading

03/18/2013 · 4 Comments

DPRK Foreign Ministry Issues Statement Protesting UNSCR 2094 (2013)

DPRK state media reported on 9 March (Saturday) that the country’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement denouncing United Nations Security Council Resolution 2094 (2013) as “clear proof that the UNSC … Continue reading

03/09/2013 · 1 Comment

UNSC Approves New Sanctions for DPRK’s 3rd Nuclear Test (updated 8 March)

The United Nations Security Council [UNSC] unanimously approved UNSCR # 2094 (2013 during a meeting  on 7 March (Thursday), in response to the DPRK’s third detonation of a nuclear device on … Continue reading

03/07/2013 · 4 Comments

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