North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

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 Jong Un Attends Kim Yang Gon’s Viewing and Wake

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a conference of KPA fisheries’ employees and activists Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended the viewing and wake for Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Secretary […]

Dec, 30
NDC Policy Department Issues Statement Trashing ROK for Artillery Drill

NDC Policy Department Issues Statement Trashing ROK for Artillery Drill

The National Defense Commission [NDC] Policy Department issued a statement on November 24 (Tuesday) upbraiding the ROK military for holding live-fire artillery drills in the West (Yellow) Sea on November 23 (Monday) the fifth anniversary […]

Nov, 23
KPA Southwestern Command Issues Statement on 5th Anniversary of YP-do

KPA Southwestern Command Issues Statement on 5th Anniversary of YP-do

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] Southwestern Command issued a statement on November 22, 2015 “in connection with the fact that the south Korean military warmongers are running a high fever in their sinister military provocation.” […]

Nov, 22

Military Promotions Effected for the Day of the Shining Star

  On February 14 (Saturday), Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) promoted 27 Korean People’s Army [KPA] commanders to mark the birth anniversary of late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il).  Among those on the […]

Feb, 15

New KPA Special Operations Forces Commander

Lt. Gen. Kim Yong Bok (Kim Yo’ng-pok) has been appointed commanding officer of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] XI Corps (or Storm Corps), the military’s primary special operations forces [SOF] unit.  Lt. Gen. Kim was […]

Feb, 15

Special Investigative Committee Formed Under National Defense Commission

On 4 July 2014, the DPRK Government formed a special investigative committee charged with a “comprehensive” enquiry into the the whereabouts and status of all Japanese nationals presently residing, or who have previously resided, in […]

Jul, 04

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