North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Jong Un Visits Gym & Pyongyang Folk Park

DPRK state media reported on 7 September (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n), escorted by his wife Ri Sol Ju (Ri So’l-chu), visited the construction of a gym on … Continue reading

09/08/2012 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Visits Pyongyang Construction Sites and Amusement Park

DPRK state media reported on 25 May (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited three ongoing construction projects and an amusement park in Pyongyang.  Kim Jong Un’s last reported … Continue reading

05/26/2012 · Leave a comment

Ryugyong Hotel to Partially Open by April 2012

25 years after ground was broken, part of the Ryugyong Hotel is scheduled to open by April 2012 when the DPRK commemorates the 100th anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s birth. … Continue reading

10/06/2011 · 3 Comments

DPRK Premier Visits Yukyo’ng [Ryugyong] Hotel Site

DPRK Premier Ch’oe Yo’ng-nim visited the construction of the Yukyo’ng Hotel [Ryugyong Hotel].  DPRK press belatedly reported on 11 April [Monday] that Premier Ch’oe visited two locations in Pyongyang on … Continue reading


Kim Chong-il Meets with Orascom Chairman

The DPRK media reported that Kim Chong-il hosted a dinner party and met with Naguib Sawiris, chairman of and chief executive officer of Orascom Telecom Holding.  Orascom operates the DPRK’s … Continue reading


The French do Pyongyang

Jack Lang, Special Envoy of the President of France, arrived earlier this week in Pyongyang.  Mr. Lang  met with DPRK Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun on Tuesday, discussing “bilateral relations and … Continue reading

11/12/2009 · 3 Comments

Guidance Train (Bound for Glory)

(n.b.  Kim Jong-il’s last appearance was at a music performance on 17 October) The field guidance train (“the People’s train, the train of love”)  rolled along.  Kim Jong-il made three … Continue reading

10/23/2009 · 3 Comments

Table for 7 ?

There are no outward signs that the Six-Party Talks are set to immediately resume.  But that has not stopped the intervention of world politics’ favorite busybody, French President Nicholas Sarkozy, … Continue reading

10/07/2009 · 1 Comment

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