North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Ju Kyu Chang (1928-2018)

Ju Kyu Chang (Chu Kyu-chang), one of the top officials involved in the research and development of the DPRK’s WMDs and conventional weapons, died at the age of 89 in Pyongyang at 2030 on September […]

Sep, 04

MAR Kim Yong Chun (1936-2018)

Marshal Kim Yong Chun (Kim Yo’ng-ch’un), a semi-retired member of the core leadership and a leading member of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) high command for over two decades, died at the age of 82 […]

Aug, 20

DPRK Foreign Ministry Issues Spox Statement on meeting with US officials

The DPRK Foreign Ministry issued a statement on July 7 (Saturday) about the two day interaction between Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol (Kim Yo’ng-ch’o’l) and Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son […]

Jul, 08

OGD (The Road Song) and The Ghost of Sejanus

Prior to Kim Jong Un’s (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) departure for Singapore some news appeared questioning things such as whether Jong Un venturing out for his high-level summit with US President Donald J Trump would be safe […]

Jun, 24

P’unggye-ri Nuclear Test Site Demolished (In some places)

The underground nuclear test site at P’unggye-ri, Kilchu County, North Hamgyo’ng was dismantled on May 24 (Thursday) in an event covered by representatives of the international news media.  According to DPRK state media, the demolition […]

May, 25

Kim Kye Gwan Issues Statement on US-DPRK Summit

1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan (Kim Kye-kwan) issued a statement on May 24 (Thursday) responding to the cancellation of the US-DPRK summit scheduled for early June.  Kim said in his statement: […]

May, 25

Central Military Commission Meeting Held

  KJU’s last observed appearance was his meeting with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo DPRK state media reported on May 18 (Friday) that the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Central Military Commission [CMC] held […]

May, 23

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