North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Jong Un Resurfaces

When a train crossed the DPRK-PRC border on 26 May, the occupant was said to be Kim Cho’ng-u’n.  Pyongyang watchers widely anticipated the hereditary successor’s sojourn to the PRC in 2011, similar to Kim Cho’ng-il’s […]

May, 30
Jang Song Taek to Visit PRC this Weekend?

Jang Song Taek to Visit PRC this Weekend?

Chang So’ng-t’aek (Jang Song Taek) will reportedly visit cities in and around Jilin Province, PRC, on Saturday [21 May].  If this trip occurs, it would be Chang’s first reported trip to the PRC since Kim […]

May, 17

Footsteps and Insteps

Has Kim Cho’ng-il changed his shoes? Around 12 May [Thursday] Kim Cho’ng-il was reported to have visited Kujang Fish Farm.  Yonhap reports on the photograph released of his visit: North Korean leader Kim Jong Il […]

May, 17

Jong Un Trial Balloon to Beijing (Or a stalking horse to Jilin?)

2010 was the year Pyongyang watchers  waited for Kim Cho’ng-il to travel to China.  KCI managed to live up to the hype, as news photographers staked out his private train.  When the media veil under […]

May, 08

KCI opens KPA Sports Complex

Kim Cho’ng-il presided over the official opening of the 10,000 square meter (approximately 107, 600 square feet).  DPRK media reported KCI’s attendance at the opening ceremony on 4 May [Wednesday], but neither disclosed when the […]

May, 05

If I Were a Cadre and You Were a Lathe Machine Operator

DPRK media reported on 23 April that Kim Cho’ng-il made his first reported visit to the Najin Shipyard.  Yonhap reports: Kim “provided field guidance to the Rajin Shipyard” in the North’s northeastern port of Rajin, […]

Apr, 24
People’s Security Minister Meets VN Counterpart

People’s Security Minister Meets VN Counterpart

Minister of People’s Security, Yi Myo’ng-su [Ri Myong Su], has discharged one of his first public acts since his appointment to the position at the SPA on 7 April.  Yi was reported by DPRK media […]

Apr, 24

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