North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

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

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

New SED Director?

Choe Sang Gon appears to have been appointed director of the Central Committee’s Science and Education Department [SED], replacing Choe Myong Tong.  Since the beginning of October, Choe has attended three science-related events identified by […]

Oct, 27

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

KJU Sends a Get Well Note

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) sent a letter to US President Donald J. Trump on 3 October (Saturday) [KST].  According to KCNA, KJU said that he “heard the sudden news that the president and first […]

Oct, 02

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

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