North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

KPA General Staff Issues Spox Statement Defending Military Exercises, Missile Drills

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff issued a spokesman statement on April 10 (Monday) which noted that the “US, accustomed to groundlessly taking issue with the DPRK, went reckless … Continue reading

04/11/2017

First Ballistic Missile Test of 2017 Held

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] Strategic Force (also known as the Strategic Rocket Force Command), along with scientists and technicians subordinate to the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Munitions Industry … Continue reading

02/12/2017

Kim Jong Un Watches SLBM Test Launch

  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Taedonggang Pig Farm. Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed and commanded the test launch of submarine-launched ballistic missiles … Continue reading

08/24/2016

Kim Jong Un Visits January 18 General Machine Factory

  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a photo-op with exemplary KPA personnel to the January 18 General Machine Factory.  DPRK state media reported on August 10 … Continue reading

08/10/2016

Kim Jong Un Observes and Guides Ballistic Missile Drill

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was attendance at a concert of the art contest of KPA officers’ wives Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed and guided a ballistic missile … Continue reading

07/19/2016

Kim Jong Un Visits February 11 Plant and Attends and Supervises Rocket Engine Test

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a test of a 300 mm MLRS DPRK state media reported on March 24 (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim … Continue reading

03/24/2016

DPRK Fires Rodong Ballistic Missile into East Sea (updated)

A Rodong (Nodong) medium-range ballistic missile was fired from Sukch’o’n County, South P’yo’ngan Province, and landed in the East Sea (Sea of Japan) at 5:50 AM KST on March 18 … Continue reading

03/17/2016

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

Kim Jong Un Observes and Guides Mobile Ballistic Missile Drill and Watches KPA Tank Competition

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his meeting with senior nuclear weapons personnel DPRK state media reported on March 11 (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed and … Continue reading

03/10/2016

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