North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

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 […]

Apr, 16

Kim Jong Un Resurfaces

When a train crossed the DPRK-PRC border on 26 May, the occupant was said to be Kim Cho’ng-u’n.  Pyongyang watchers widely anticipated the hereditary successor’s sojourn to the PRC in 2011, similar to Kim Cho’ng-il’s […]

May, 30

New DPRK Ambassador to Czech Republic

Ri Kwang Il has been appointed the DPRK’s new ambassador to the Czech Republic.  Ri previously served as a deputy director of the DPRK Institute for Disarmament and Peace.  He replaces Ri Pyo’ng-kap (Ri Pyong […]

May, 28

Kim Jong Il Visits and Departs Beijing

Kim Cho’ng-il met with PRC President, Hu Jintao, during a brief stop in Beijing which also included a factory tour.  During his meeting with Hu, Kim Cho’ng-il advocated for the resumption of the Six-Party Talks […]

May, 26

Kim Jong Il Visits Nanjing

Kim Cho’ng-il’s trip to the PRC continued into its fifth day.  On Tuesday [24 May], Kim Cho’ng-il visited Nanjing for several hours which included a tour of an electronic industry factory.  Yonhap, via Korea Herald, […]

May, 24

Kim Jong Il Tours Sites in Yangzhou

The third and fourth day of Kim Cho’ng-il’s visit to China proceeded in Yangzhou, where he is staying in a state guest house.  During his stay in Yangzhou, he has reportedly toured several sites including […]

May, 23

Minister of People’s Security Meets PRC Ambassador

Minister of People’s Security Ri Myo’ng-su (Ri Myong Su) met with PRC Ambassador Liu Hongcai on 10 May at Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.  Ambassador Liu was reported by his embassy as making a congratulatory […]

May, 17

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