North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Man of the Hour: Kim Song Nam

On 11 March, Syrian Ambassador to the DPRK, Tammam Sulaiman, went around the Mansudae Assembly Hall for a series of goodbye visits with his DPRK counterparts.  One of Ambassador Sulaiman’s fare well interactions was with […]

Mar, 22

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

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

KJU Visits CPV Martyrs’ Cemetery in Hoech’ang

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) and senior DPRK officials visited the Chinese People’s Volunteers [CPV] Cemetery in Hoech’ang County to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the CPV’s entry and participation in the Fatherland Liberation War […]

Oct, 22

Jon Hui Jong (1930-2020)

Jon Hui Jong (Chon Hu’i-cho’ng), a career diplomat and former chief protocol officer for Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, passed away on 20 September (Sunday).  He held a number of diplomatic positions in […]

Oct, 02

FM Pops Off on US-DPRK Rels

DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Son Gwon (Ri So’n-kwon) issued a statement on DPRK-US relations on 12 June (Friday) to mark the two-year anniversary of the Singapore Summit:   Two annual rings were run since the […]

Jun, 12

KJU Commands Live Fire Tactical Arms and MLRS Drill

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed and directed live fire tactical weapons and multiple-launch rocket system [MLRS] drills at the Hodo-ri Proving Grounds near Wo’nsan on the morning of 4 May (Saturday) KST. According to […]

May, 05

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