North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Military Promotions Effected for the Day of the Shining Star

  On February 14 (Saturday), Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) promoted 27 Korean People’s Army [KPA] commanders to mark the birth anniversary of late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il).  Among those on the […]

Feb, 15

Kim Jong Un Supervises Missile Drills in West Sea

  DPRK state media reported on 10 July (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended and supervised a “tactical rocket firing drill” by the Korean People’s Army [KPA] Strategic Force.  Attending the drill with […]

Jul, 09

Kim Jong Un Inspects Ung Islet Defense Detachment

DPRK state media reported on 7 July (Monday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) inspected Ung Islet Defense Detachment, located off the coast of South Hamgyo’ng Province.  Attending the inspection with him were VMar Hwang […]

Jul, 06

Kim Jong Un Guides Island Landing Drill

  DPRK state media reported on 5 July (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) guided and observed an island landing drill.  Korean People’s Army [KPA] infantry, artillery, naval assets and air craft participated in […]

Jul, 04

Kim Jong Un Supervises KPAN Swim Test and Inspects Hwa Islet

DPRK state media reported on 2 July (Wednesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) supervised an assessment of the swimming ability of Korean People’s Army [KPA] Navy commanding officers. Attending this event with him were […]

Jul, 02

VMAR Ri Yong Ho Emerges After YP-do

VMAR Ri Yong Ho (Chief of the KPA General Staff Department [GSD] and Central Military Commission co-Vice Chairman) was reported on 29 November attending a performance of the DPRK’s State Symphony Orchestra.  This was his […]

Nov, 30
Funeral Held for ROK Marines Killed in YP-do Attack

Funeral Held for ROK Marines Killed in YP-do Attack

The ROK held a funeral Saturday (27 November) for ROK Marines Sgt. Seo Jeong-woo and Pvt. Moon Kwan-wook who were killed during the DPRK’s artillery attack on YP-do on 23 November.  Yonhap reports: South Korea […]

Nov, 28

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