North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

KPA General Staff Issues Spox Statement Defending Military Exercises, Missile Drills

KPA General Staff Issues Spox Statement Defending Military Exercises, Missile Drills

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff issued a spokesman statement on April 10 (Monday) which noted that the “US, accustomed to groundlessly taking issue with the DPRK, went reckless in its anti-DPRK campaign even […]

Apr, 11

Kim Ki Ryong (1940-2017)

Former Rodong Sinmun editor and Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Central Committee Member Kim Ki Ryong (Kim Ki-yong) died in Pyongyang on March 29 (Wednesday). Kim Ki Ryong started his career in the early 1960s as […]

Mar, 31

Kim Yong Chol Visits Laos

Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Secretary Kim Yong Chol (Kim Yo’ng-ch’o’l) and a WPK delegation visited Laos during February 11 (Thursday) and February 12 (Friday).  The WPK delegation was sent as personal representatives of Kim […]

Feb, 12
CPRK Issues Statement on the Closure of Kaeso’ng Industrial Zone

CPRK Issues Statement on the Closure of Kaeso’ng Industrial Zone

The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (also known as the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland) issued a statement on the closure of the Kaeso’ng Industrial Zone (complex) on February 11 […]

Feb, 11

Kim Jong Un Attends Kim Yang Gon’s Viewing and Wake

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a conference of KPA fisheries’ employees and activists Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended the viewing and wake for Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Secretary […]

Dec, 30

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

DPRK Contends with Foot-and-Mouth

The DPRK is dealing with its first reported outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease since 2007.  The DPRK banned ROK pork and beef shipments into Kaesong Industrial Complex in late December, as well as ROK poultry in […]

Jan, 18

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