North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Central Report Meeting Held To Mark KJI Election As WPK GS

A central report meeting was held at the People’s Palace of Culture in Pyongyang on October 7 (Friday) to commemorate the 19th anniversary of late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il’s … Continue reading


Kim Jong Un Military Promotions 2012-2016

On February 13, Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) “issued an order to raise the military ranks of commanding officers of the KPA [Korean People’s Army] in the run-up to the … Continue reading


The Fall of Ri Yong Gil

General Ri Yong Gil has been removed from office as Chief of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff.  There are two different accounts about General Ri’s dismissal.  The initial … Continue reading


Gen. Kim Kyok Sik Visits Cuba

Gen. Kim Kyok Sik, Chief of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff, and a KPA delegation arrived in the Cuban capital Havana on 27 June (Thursday) for a five … Continue reading

06/30/2013 · 1 Comment

Gen. Kim Kyok Sik Lands at KPA General Staff

Two weeks after being removed from office as the DPRK’s defense minister, Gen. Kim Kyok Sik has been appointed Chief of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff.  Gen. Kim … Continue reading

05/23/2013 · 1 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

Choe Ryong Hae Taken Down a Peg?

Choe Ryong Hae has been reduced in rank, moving from Korean People’s Army [KPA] Vice Marshal (ch’asu)  to General (taejang).  During the 16 December (Sunday) memorial service held to commemorate … Continue reading

12/16/2012 · 2 Comments

The Ghosts of Cadres Past

Since the beginning of December, DPRK state media has gradually released a series of news items and photo essays in commemoration of the one year anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s … Continue reading

12/12/2012 · Leave a comment

Is Gen. Kim Kyok Sik the New Defense Minister? (updated)

South Korean government officials claim that Gen. Kim Kyok Sik has replaced VMar Kim Jong Gak as Minister of the People’s Armed Forces (i.e. north Korea’s defense minister).  In its … Continue reading

11/30/2012 · Leave a comment

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