North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Jong Un Visits Paektusan Youth Power Station

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance of a concert by the Kim Il-so’ng Socialist Youth League Art Propaganda Squad DPRK state media reported on September 14 (Monday) … Continue reading


New Director of Party Finance and Accounting Department (revised)

According to ROK media, citing anonymous sources and observations in DPRK state media, Han Kwang Sang has been promoted to director of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Finance and Accounting … Continue reading

07/24/2013 · Leave a comment

The Semiannual Rumor that Kim Kyong Hui Knocks at Death’s Door

ROK media outlet Chosun Ilbo is floating a rumor that core DPRK elite Kim Kyong Hui (Kim Kyo’ng-hu’i) is “critically sick.”  The aunt of current leader Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) and … Continue reading

07/24/2013 · 3 Comments

KJI Youngest Daughter Working as Events Manager for KJU?

Kim Yo Jong (Kim Yo’-cho’ng), the 26 year old sister of DPRK leader Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n), is working in the National Defense Commission [NDC] as her older brother’s … Continue reading

07/22/2013 · Leave a comment

Where did KJI Pass Away in a “State of Agitation”? (revised)

Chosun Ilbo, citing an anonymous source, reported in January that Kim Jong Il’s death on 17 December 2011 was precipitated by his anger after major leaks were discovered in a … Continue reading

01/16/2013 · Leave a comment

JST on Political Bureau Presidium?

Kyunhyang Shinum reported on 3 January 2013 that Jang Song Taek (Chang So’ng-t’aek; Jang Song Thaek) has quietly ascended to the Presidium (standing committee) of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Political … Continue reading

01/08/2013 · 1 Comment

DPRK Developing Master Economic Plan with German Advice

German media reported on 4 January (Friday) that the DPRK is formulating a “master plan” to develop its economy and attract foreign investment with advice from German economists and attorneys. … Continue reading

01/07/2013 · Leave a comment

Ceremony Opens Renovation of Ku’msusan Memorial Palace (updated)

DPRK state media reported on 17 December (Monday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a ceremony opening the renovated Ku’msusan Memorial Palace.  KJU’s last reported public appearance was his … Continue reading

12/17/2012 · Leave a comment

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

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