North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Minister of People’s Security Meets PRC Ambassador

Minister of People’s Security Ri Myo’ng-su (Ri Myong Su) met with PRC Ambassador Liu Hongcai on 10 May at Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.  Ambassador Liu was reported by his embassy as making a congratulatory […]

May, 17

Jong Un Trial Balloon to Beijing (Or a stalking horse to Jilin?)

2010 was the year Pyongyang watchers  waited for Kim Cho’ng-il to travel to China.  KCI managed to live up to the hype, as news photographers staked out his private train.  When the media veil under […]

May, 08

Does KCI Have a Personal Reason for Not Meeting Carter?

Former US President Jimmy Carter visited and toured the DPRK, along a with part of a group of former world leaders called the Elders, during 26 to 28 April 2011.  The group visited locales in […]

May, 08

DPRK Ambassador Attends William-Catherine Nuptials

DPRK Ambassador to Great Britain, Cha So’ng-nam [Ja Song Nam] attended the 29 April [Friday] wedding ceremony of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey.  Cha was one of the approximately 1,900 invited guests […]

May, 01

KJI Goes to China

Kim Jong Il has visited the PRC for the second time this year.  Among the issues discussed were the 6 Party Talks, increased economic and cultural exchange and border issues (including the recent flooding).  While […]

Aug, 30

Pak Ui Chun Departs Myanmar

DPRK Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun has departed from Myanmar (Burma) for Indonesia.  Pak met with Myanmar’s foreign minister, U Nyan Win, on Friday in Myanmar’s administrative capital city of Naypidaw on Friday (30 July).  […]

Aug, 02
Pak Ui Chun Arrives in Myanmar

Pak Ui Chun Arrives in Myanmar

DPRK Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun arrived in Myanmar (Burma) on Thursday (29 July), and toured the Shwedagon Pagoda.  This was the first visit by a DPRK Foreign Minister since the countries severed diplomatic relations […]

Jul, 30


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