North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Where is Ri Yong Ho?

Former DPRK Foreign Minister [FM] Ri Yong Ho (Ri Yo’ng-ho) has been out of North Korean public life eye for over two years.  Of course, this is one of those “drop in the ocean” observations.  […]

Mar, 22

New DPRK Ambassador to Czech Republic

Ri Kwang Il has been appointed the DPRK’s new ambassador to the Czech Republic.  Ri previously served as a deputy director of the DPRK Institute for Disarmament and Peace.  He replaces Ri Pyo’ng-kap (Ri Pyong […]

May, 28
Is KJI Bequeathing the Family Fortune to Jong Un?

Is KJI Bequeathing the Family Fortune to Jong Un?

According to Open Radio for North Korea and RFA, Kim Jong Il is currently in the process of transferring significant monies to his son and hereditary successor, Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n; Kim Jong Eun).  […]

Jul, 29

Choe Thae Bok talks Cheonan, meets Iran delegation at IPU Conference in Geneva

SPA Chairman Choe Thae Bok used his remarks at the Third World Conference of Speakers of Parliament at the UN Geneva to fault the ROK for inciting tensions on the Korean Peninsula after the sinking […]

Jul, 22

DPRK Foreign Minister Departs for ASEAN Regional Forum

DPRK Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun arrived in Beijing, making his way to Hanoi to attend ASEAN’s regional forum on Friday (23 July).  KCNA announced Pak’s departure and his itinerary: A DPRK delegation headed by […]

Jul, 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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