North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Jong Un Visits a Railway Construction Site in Kangwo’n

KJU’s last observed appearance was his attendance and chairing of the 1st expanded meeting of the 7th WPK Central Military Commission, on or around May 18 DPRK state media reported on May 25 (Friday) that […]

May, 25

P’unggye-ri Nuclear Test Site Demolished (In some places)

The underground nuclear test site at P’unggye-ri, Kilchu County, North Hamgyo’ng was dismantled on May 24 (Thursday) in an event covered by representatives of the international news media.  According to DPRK state media, the demolition […]

May, 25

Kim Kye Gwan Issues Statement on US-DPRK Summit

1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan (Kim Kye-kwan) issued a statement on May 24 (Thursday) responding to the cancellation of the US-DPRK summit scheduled for early June.  Kim said in his statement: […]

May, 25

Choe Son Hui Issues Statement on Forthcoming US-DPRK Summit

DPRK Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui (Ch’oe Son-hu’i) issued a statement on DPRK-US relations, ahead of the not-canceled-yet US-DPRK summit.  Madame Choe also lambasted recent media comments of senior US Government officials.  […]

May, 24

Central Military Commission Meeting Held

  KJU’s last observed appearance was his meeting with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo DPRK state media reported on May 18 (Friday) that the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Central Military Commission [CMC] held […]

May, 23

Ri Sol Ju Attends Chinese Ballet Performance

Ri Sol Ju (Ri So’l-chu), first lady of the DPRK, watches the National Ballet of China perform Giselle at Mansudae Art Theater in central Pyongyang, as part of the 31st annual April Spring Friendship Art […]

Apr, 16

KJU Gives Banquet for CPC Delegation

KJU’s last observed appearance was his meeting with Song Tao on April 14 Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) and his wife Ri Sol Ju (Ri So’l-chu) hosted a banquet for a PRC performing arts troupe […]

Apr, 16

KJU Meets with Song Tao

  KJU’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a meeting of the WPK Political Bureau on April 9 Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) met with Communist Party of China International Liaison Department Director Song […]

Apr, 16

Ri Su Yong Meets Song Tao

Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman and WPK International Affairs Department [IAD] Director Ri Su Yong (Ri Su-yo’ng) met with Song Tao, Director of the Communist Party of China [CPC] International Liaison Department Director […]

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