North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Foreign Ministry Issues Statement about DPRK-US Interaction at Pyeongchang Olympics

DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department Director-General Jo Yong Sam [Cho Yo’ng-sam] issued a statement about potential interactions between US government officials and the DPRK’s high-level delegation on the sidelines of the opening ceremonies of […]

Feb, 09

Kim Yo Jong Sees Off Samjyo’n Orchestra as it Heads for ROK

Musicians and singers heading to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics left the DPRK on February 5 (NKST Monday).  The delegation is headed by Ministry of Culture Department Director Kwon Hak Byong [Kwon Hyok-pyo’ng] and Samjiyo’n […]

Feb, 07

KJU and RSJ Participate in a Test Drive of a Trolley Bus

KJU’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Pyongyang Trolley Bus Factory.  RSJ’s last observed appearance was her visit to the Pyongyang Pharmaceutical Factory. DPRK state media reported on February 4 (Sunday) that Kim […]

Feb, 04

KJU Visits Pyongyang Trolley Bus Factory

KJU’s last observed appearance was his inspection of the Pyongyang Pharmaceutical Factory, along with his wife Ri Sol Ju DPRK state media reported on February 1 (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the […]

Feb, 01

KJU and RSJ Visit Pyongyang Pharmaceutical Factory

KJU’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Pyongyang Teacher Training College DPRK state media reported on January 25 (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) and Ri Sol Ju (Ri So’l-chu) visited and […]

Jan, 26

Choe Ryong Hae to OGD? [revised 13 JAN 2018]

Yonhap reports that Choe Ryong Hae [Ch’oe Ryong-hae] was appointed director of the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Organization Guidance Department [OGD] (officially called the Organizational Leadership Department) during the October 2017 plenary meeting of […]

Jan, 11

KJU Attends Concert with Participants of Conference of Party Cell Chairs

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a concert given for participants in the 5th Conference of Party Cell Chairs in Pyongyang on December 29 (Friday).  Among those in attendance were Kim Yo Jong [Kim Yo-cho’ng], […]

Dec, 31

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