North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

NDC Statement Pronounces DPRK “Will Never Deal With” Lee Myung-bak

The National Defense Commission issued a statement announcing that “the DPRK will launch a nationwide offensive  to put an end to the moves of the Lee group to escalate confrontation with the DPRK.”  The NDC […]

May, 31

Kim Jong Il’s Return

Kim Cho’ng-il has returned to the DPRK via Dandong.  His third trip to the PRC in less than year remains open to interpretation.  Two events scheduled on either end of the DPRK-PRC border intended to […]

May, 28

Choe Tae Bok Returns from PRC

Choe Tae-pok, SPA Chairman CC KWP Secretary and Political Bureau Member, returned to to the DPRK over the weekend, completing his five-day trip to China.  Choe departed the DPRK last Tuesday (30 November) for Beijing.  […]

Dec, 07
Choe Tae Bok to Visit PRC Tuesday

Choe Tae Bok to Visit PRC Tuesday

Choe Tae-pok, CC KWP Secretary and Political Bureau member, will travel to Beijing on Tuesday (30 November) for a five day trip to the PRC.  Choe is likely to discuss the DPRK’s 23 November attack […]

Nov, 28
DPRK Expresses Pledge to Rejoin Six Party Talks

DPRK Expresses Pledge to Rejoin Six Party Talks

The DPRK has expressed its willingness to return to the Six Party Talks.  The country made the announcement following a trip to Beijing last week by DPRK Senior Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kim Kye […]

Oct, 18
KJI Meets with PRC Delegation

KJI Meets with PRC Delegation

    Kim Jong Il met with and hosted a lunch party for PRC senior party official, Zhou Yongkang, and a PRC delegation.  Zhou arrived in Pyongyang late last week with his delegation, to attend […]

Oct, 12

Deferred Party Conference

Two weeks after party representatives began to assemble in Pyongyang, the 3rd Party Conference has been postponed.  The official reason for the cancellation is damage and loss of life caused by torrential floods and a […]

Sep, 19

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