North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

KPA Promotions Order Issued for the Day of the Shining Star

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) issued a military promotions order for the occasion of the birthday of his father, late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) on February 13 (Tuesday).  Jong Un “expressed the […]

Feb, 15
KPA General Staff Issues Spox Statement Defending Military Exercises, Missile Drills

KPA General Staff Issues Spox Statement Defending Military Exercises, Missile Drills

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff issued a spokesman statement on April 10 (Monday) which noted that the “US, accustomed to groundlessly taking issue with the DPRK, went reckless in its anti-DPRK campaign even […]

Apr, 11

First Ballistic Missile Test of 2017 Held

The Korean People’s Army [KPA] Strategic Force (also known as the Strategic Rocket Force Command), along with scientists and technicians subordinate to the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Munitions Industry Department [MID], has  conducted the […]

Feb, 12

Kim Jong Un Visits Pyongchon Revolutionary Site

  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a photo-op with KPA service members and officers that participated in the 4th Conference of KPA Artillery Personnel DPRK state media reported on December […]

Dec, 09

Kim Jong Un Supervises Missile Drills in West Sea

  DPRK state media reported on 10 July (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended and supervised a “tactical rocket firing drill” by the Korean People’s Army [KPA] Strategic Force.  Attending the drill with […]

Jul, 09

Kim Jong Un Supervises Missile Test Firings (updated and revised June 29)

DPRK state media reported on 29 June (Sunday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended and supervised the tactical missile firing drill conducted by the Korean People’s Army [KPA] Strategic Rocket Forces.  Attending the test […]

Jun, 29

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