North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Russia Will Not Pursue Cheonan Matter at UNSC

ITAR-TASS reports that Russia’s Foreign Ministry announced that it will not pursue the Cheonan matter or support its introduction at the UN Security Council. Russia will not bring the South Korean corvette Cheonan sinking incident […]

May, 26


US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton dropped in to Seoul, to meet with and provide a US show of support for ROK President Lee Myung-bak, and South Korea, following the conclusion of the Cheonan […]

May, 26

ROK Defines NK as "Main Enemy," NK Severs All Inter-Korean Contact

Kim So-hyun reports in Korea Herald that ROK officials plan to revive and define the DPRK as “the main enemy” as part of its military response to the sinking of the Cheonan. Another presidential aide […]

May, 26

ROK "To Immediately Exercise Right of Self Defense"

The full English text of ROK President Lee Myung-bak’s remarks is available here. In a nationally televised address on the March 2010 sinking of ROK naval corvette Cheonan, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak declared his […]

May, 24

Official Reaction on the Cheonan

The official reactions to the findings of the investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan continue.  An executive summary of the official, international investigation can be read here.  Yonhap provides a chronology of related events.  […]

May, 21

Official Word on the Cheonan

The ROK’s international investigation team has issued its official finding that the March 2010 sinking of the Cheonan was caused by a North Korean torpedo.  Yoon Duk-yong said the torpedo was likely fired from DPRK […]

May, 20

Serial Numbers and Diplorep Briefings In Seoul

Chosun Ilbo reports that torpedo propellers and a serial number with a North Korean font were discovered in the Cheonan wreckage.  Northeast Asia Matters translated the CI‘s front page story from which I excerpted below: […]

May, 19


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