North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Office #38 Repurposed?

Kyodo News reported on 18 October (Thursday) that Office #38, a unit of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Finance and Accounting Department which managed some of Kim Jong Il’s cash … Continue reading

10/18/2012 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Visits Pyongyang Central Zoo

DPRK state media reported on 27 May (Sunday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Pyongyang Central Zoo.  He was accompanied by National Defense Commission Vice Chairman and KWP … Continue reading

05/27/2012 · Leave a comment

…After Generation after. . .

Recently, ROK media published several stories detailing the family connections among current and past members of the DPRK leadership.  The images below illustrate some of the familial connections among the … Continue reading

01/31/2012 · 1 Comment

DPRK 2010 Luxury Imports Were Highest in 3 Years

The DPRK’s import of luxury goods hit a 3-year high in 2010 with an estimated $446 million (USD) in purchases of televisions, media equipment and luxury vehicles.  According to ROK … Continue reading

09/21/2011 · Leave a comment

Iranian Parliament Speaker to visit DPRK (Postponed)

UPDATE Ali Larijani’s visit to east Asia has been postponed and will be rescheduled.  CNN reports: Ali Larijani’s trips were intended to promote parliamentary cooperation. “The time for Larijani’s visit … Continue reading

08/30/2011 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Il Visits NE China on Homeward Trip

Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) arrived in northeastern China on 25 August (Thursday) and visited Heilongjiang Province on 26 August (Friday), during his return trip from Russia.  On Thursday KJI … Continue reading

08/26/2011 · Leave a comment

KJI’s Yachting Holiday

Kim Jong Il’s (Kim Cho’ng-il’s) last public appearance was a guidance tour of the 8 February Vinalon Complex which was reported by DPRK media on, or around, 8 August.  The … Continue reading

08/18/2011 · 3 Comments

Where is Kim Kyong Hui? (9 Weeks Without You, Thought I’d Forget)

3 August 2011 According to Yonhap, Kim Kyong Hui may have received medical treatment outside the DPRK for back problems.  An AFP report can be found in the comments for … Continue reading

08/02/2011 · 1 Comment

Jon Il Chun Visits May 11 Factory with KJI

UPDATE (8 August 2011) Prior to visiting the 11 May Factory with Kim Jong Il, Jon Il Chun assisted in delivering a floral wreath to the Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery on … Continue reading

07/30/2011 · 1 Comment

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