North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Where is Ri Yong Ho?

Former DPRK Foreign Minister [FM] Ri Yong Ho (Ri Yo’ng-ho) has been out of North Korean public life eye for over two years.  Of course, this is one of those “drop in the ocean” observations.  […]

Mar, 22

Hypersonic Missile Test Starts DPRK New Year with a Bang

The Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Munitions Industry Department [MID] tested a hypersonic missile on the morning of 5 January (Wednesday).  According to DPRK state media, the “successive test successes in the sector of hypersonic […]

Jan, 06

DPRK Gets a New Police Boss

Colonel-General Ri Thae Sop (Ri T’ae-sop) was appointed Minister of Social Security (f.k.a., Minister of People’s Security; f.k.a., Minister of Public Security) during December 2021. His appointment was publicized on 1 January (Saturday) at the […]

Jan, 04

IAD Boss and FM Say Farewell to Li Jinjun

Outgoing Chinese Ambassador to the DPRK Li Jinjun met with senior Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] International Affairs Department [IAD] and Foreign Ministry officials as part of a series of farewell interactions before he returns […]

Dec, 29

“Coating a Mad Dog in Sheepskin”: KYJ Issues Statement Decrying US-ROK Exercises

Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Central Committee Deputy (vice) Director Kim Yo Jong [Kim Yo’-cho’ng] issued a statement on 15 March (Monday) upbraiding the ROK Government for its participation in joint US-ROK exercises which commenced […]

Mar, 15

The SPA Standing Committee holds plenum

The Supreme People’s Assembly Standing Committee (f.k.a the SPA Presidium) held its 13th plenum on 4 March (Wednesday) at Mansudae Assembly Hall.  Attending the meeting were SPA President Choe Ryong Hae (Ch’oe Ryong-hae), SPA Vice […]

Mar, 05

Kim Tok Hun Visits Various Production Units

DPRK Premier Kim Tok Hun (Kim Tok-hun) visited and inspected industrial and agricultural sites in the P’yo’ngan provinces. The DPRK Premier visited the construction of a chemical plant and he “called on officials to prepare […]

Mar, 05

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