North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Gen. Kim Myong Guk (1940-2016)

Former 1st Vice Chief of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff and Director of the General Staff Operations Bureau, General Kim Myong Guk (Kim Myo’ng-kuk) passed away in Pyongyang … Continue reading

11/28/2016

Titles of Marshal and Vice Marshal Given to Close KJI Adjutants

  The title of Korean People’s Army [KPA] Marshal (inminguk wo’nsu) was awarded to Kim Yong Chun and Hyon Chol Hae, and the title of KPA Vice Marshal (ch’asu) was … Continue reading

04/14/2016

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

02/15/2016

4th Meeting of KPA Company Commanders and Political Instructors Held

The 4th Meeting of Korean People’s Army [KPA] Company Commanders and Political Instructors convened during 22 and 23 October in Pyongyang.  Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended both days of … Continue reading

10/27/2013 · Leave a comment

National Defense Commission Releases Statement on DPRK-US Relations

The National Defense Commission [NDC], the DPRK government’s highest authority and supreme power organization, issued a spokesman’s statement on 12 October (Saturday) which it said “revealed the deceptive nature of … Continue reading

10/12/2013 · Leave a comment

Wreath Laying Ceremonies Held to Mark 64th Anniversary of Kim Jong Suk’s Death

A floral wreath laying ceremony were held at the memorial bust of Kim Jong Suk (Kim Cho’ng-suk) at the Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetery in Pyongyang on 22 September (Sunday) to mark … Continue reading

09/22/2013 · Leave a comment

Pyon In Son Head of Operations Bureau?

Has Col. Gen. Pyon In Son been appointed director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA]  General Staff Operations Bureau [GSOB] ? Film footage of the military parade and demonstration on … Continue reading

09/16/2013 · 1 Comment

WPRK Parade and Demonstration Held to Mark DPRK’s 65th Anniversary

The Worker-Peasant Red Guards [WPRG] staged a parade, followed by a demonstration by Pyongyangites, in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on 9 September (Monday), the 65th anniversary of the … Continue reading

09/10/2013 · 2 Comments

Wreath Laying Ceremonies Held to Mark DPRK Foundation Day

Floral wreath laying ceremonies were held at the Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery, the Patriotic Martyrs’ Cemetery and the Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs’ Cemetery in Pyongyang on 8 September (Sunday).  Attending the … Continue reading

09/09/2013 · Leave a comment

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