North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

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

Kim Jong Un Visits Mindulle Notebook Factory

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to Ku’msusan on the 104th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung DPRK state media reported on April 19 (Tuesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited […]

Apr, 18

Kim Jong Un Visits Ku’msusan on KJI Birthday

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a banquet and concert at Mokran (peony) House in central Pyongyang for personnel involved in the launch of the Kwangmyo’ngso’ng-4 Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) […]

Feb, 16

Kim Yong Chol Elevated to Secretary of the United Front Department

Gen. Kim Yong Chol (Kim Yo’ng-ch’o’l), a member of the DPRK’s military intelligence community for the last three decades, appears to have replaced Kim Yang Gon as Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Secretary and Director […]

Feb, 04

Kim Yo Jong Married?

On January 2, 2015, Yonhap reported that WPK Propaganda and Agitation Deputy Director Kim Yo Jong (Kim Yo-cho’ng), younger sister of Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n), married a son of WPK Secretary and close KJU aide Choe […]

Jan, 03

Kim Jong Un Visits Pyongyang Orphanage and Baby Home

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his delivery of the 2015 New Year’s Address Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the  Pyongyang Baby Home and Orphanage on January 1 (Thursday).  Among those attending his […]

Jan, 02
Kim Jong Un Visits Ku’msusan

Kim Jong Un Visits Ku’msusan

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his inspection of a multiple-launch rocket system [MLRS] drill in Kangwo’n Province. DPRK state media reported that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Ku’msusan Memorial Palace of […]

Jan, 02

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