North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

New FMD Outbreak

New FMD Outbreak

According to the DPRK government’s own reporting to international organizations, the country saw new cases of foot-and-mouth disease [FMD] in late Febraury and March.  Yonhap reports: A new outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) occurred in […]

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

12th SPA’s 4th Session Elects New NDC Member, MPS

The 4th session (plenum) of the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] convened Thursday [7 April] at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.  Neither Kim Cho’ng-il nor Kim Cho’ng-u’n attended the meeting.  Defying the speculative pronouncements […]

Apr, 07
12th SPA to convene 4th session on 7 April

12th SPA to convene 4th session on 7 April

On 18 March 2011 KCNA reported that it was publicized on 15 March that “the fourth session of the 12th SPA [Supreme People’s Assembly] of the DPRK will be held in Pyongyang on 7 April […]

Apr, 01

KCI Meets PRC Public Security Minister

  Kim Cho’ng-il met with China’s Public Security Minister, Meng Jianzhu, who arrived in the DPRK on Sunday [13 February].  During his stay in the country, Meng has met with Kim Yo’ng-nam and KPA Chief […]

Feb, 15

Added Security Measures for the Leadership?

After Kim Il-song died in 1994, Kim Chong-il initiated a shake-up in the DPRK’s protective service for the leadership, the Guard Command.  He dismissed dozens of Guard Command officers, expanded his own personal security escort […]

Jan, 20

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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