North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership


This site and blog focuses on North Korea’s (DPRK) leadership and political culture in the person of the late Kim Jong Il and those political and military organizations and institutions that were under his direct, and indirect, control including the Korean Workers’ Party (KWP), the National Defense Commission (NDC) and the DPRK Government.

Reports about the country’s leadership, its activities and decisions are deliberately opaque.   More often than not, they involve rumor and gossip rather than hard facts.  This blog endeavors to offer only accurate and precise information.   All material on it is regularly corrected, updated and revised.

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An affiliate of 38 North