North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

CPRK Issues Statement on the Closure of Kaeso’ng Industrial Zone

CPRK Issues Statement on the Closure of Kaeso’ng Industrial Zone

The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (also known as the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland) issued a statement on the closure of the Kaeso’ng Industrial Zone (complex) on February 11 […]

Feb, 11
NDC Policy Department Issues Statement Trashing ROK for Artillery Drill

NDC Policy Department Issues Statement Trashing ROK for Artillery Drill

The National Defense Commission [NDC] Policy Department issued a statement on November 24 (Tuesday) upbraiding the ROK military for holding live-fire artillery drills in the West (Yellow) Sea on November 23 (Monday) the fifth anniversary […]

Nov, 23

Torrential Rains Continue to Inundate DPRK

ROK military authorities have announced that 91 land mines have been found, washed in from the DPRK due to heavy flooding. Korean Central TV reported that heavy, torrential rain continues to inundate the DPRK.  The […]

Aug, 08
NK War Strategy Focuses on Seoul

NK War Strategy Focuses on Seoul

JoongAng Daily citing an anonymous “military source” reports that the country revised its contingency planning on an invasion of Seoul or moving further South, and wait to negotiate. “North Korea would try to occupy Seoul […]

Apr, 27
The Megaphone War and Light Water Reactors

The Megaphone War and Light Water Reactors

In a 29 March editorial Korean Central News Agency hits back at external observation and reporting about KJI’s health, its internal economic situation and recent contingency planning around the country: Pyongyang – There is now […]

Mar, 30
ICG Study on NK Under UN Sanctions

ICG Study on NK Under UN Sanctions

The International Crisis Group has published a study as an Update Briefing under the title North Korea Under Tightening Sanctions.  The study suggests that the recent UN sanctions, currency redenomination and the unfolding succession campaign […]

Mar, 16

Possible New Third Floor Director

Here may a confirmable personnel change within the Central Party.  Korea Times reports that Kim Tong-un, chief executive of Office #39 (also known as the Third Floor), was replaced by by Jon Il-chun.  Kim Tong-un, […]

Feb, 04

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