North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

2nd Plenary Session of the 7th WPK Central Committee Held

The second plenary meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] was held on October 7 (Saturday).  The last plenary meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the WPK was […]

Oct, 08

Kim Jong Un Attends Second Hwasong-14 Missile Test

KJU’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Fatherland Liberation War (Korean War) Martyrs’ Cemetery in Pyongyang Kim Jong Un observed and guided the second test of the Hwasong-14 ballistic missile in Chagang Province […]

Jul, 29

Kim Jong Un Supervises Missile Drill

  KJU’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a tree planting event at Mangyo’ngdae Revolutionary School Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed and commanded a missile test in North P’yo’ngan Province on the morning […]

Mar, 06

Kim Jong Un Visits Pyongyang Defense Command HQ

KJU’s last observed appearance was his attendance at the Merited State Choir’s 70th anniversary concert on February 22 DPRK state media reported on March 1 (Wednesday) that Kim Jong Un visited and inspected the headquarters […]

Mar, 01

Has the State Security Boss Been Dismissed?

ROK media, citing a sources “familiar with North Korean affairs,” alleges that General Kim Won Hong (Kim Wo’n-hong) was “dismissed” from his position, possibly during December 2016.  According to Yonhap, “Kim might have been dismissed for […]

Feb, 03

The Fall of Ri Yong Gil

General Ri Yong Gil has been removed from office as Chief of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff.  There are two different accounts about General Ri’s dismissal.  The initial report from ROK intelligence sources […]

Feb, 15

Ri Myong Su Reappears at KMS-4 Meeting

General Ri Myong Su (Ri Myo’ng-su), who served as Minister of People’s Security from 2011 to 2013, appeared at a February 8, 2016 rally in Pyongyang that celebrated the successful launch of the Kwangmyo’ngso’ng-4 [KMS-4]. […]

Feb, 09

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