North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Defense Minister, GPB Boss Missing from Funeral Committee

The DPRK’s Minister of National Defense [MND], VMar Ri Yong Gil (Ri Yo’ng-kil), and the Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Bureau [GPB], Gen. Kwon Yong Chin (Kwon Yo’ng-chi) do not appear […]

May, 20

Changes in the Central Committee

Ri Pyong Chol (Ri Pyo’ng-ch’o’l) returned to North Korean public life, following a ten-month absence.  Going back to 2014, Ri was the leading official in the country’s missile and WMD development and production.  To that […]

Apr, 30

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

“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

KJU Zooms Preliminary CMC Meeting

A preparatory meeting held in advance of the 5th meeting of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Military Commission occurred via teleconference on 23 June (Tuesday).  Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) presided over the meeting, […]

Jun, 23

CMC Meeting Held

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) chaired an expanded meeting of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Military Commission [CMC] in Pyonyang on 23 May (Saturday).  The meeting occurred “at a stirring time when the entire […]

May, 23

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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