North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Jong Il Visits and Departs Beijing

Kim Cho’ng-il met with PRC President, Hu Jintao, during a brief stop in Beijing which also included a factory tour.  During his meeting with Hu, Kim Cho’ng-il advocated for the resumption of the Six-Party Talks […]

May, 26

Kim Jong Il Visits Nanjing

Kim Cho’ng-il’s trip to the PRC continued into its fifth day.  On Tuesday [24 May], Kim Cho’ng-il visited Nanjing for several hours which included a tour of an electronic industry factory.  Yonhap, via Korea Herald, […]

May, 24

Kim Jong Il Tours Sites in Yangzhou

The third and fourth day of Kim Cho’ng-il’s visit to China proceeded in Yangzhou, where he is staying in a state guest house.  During his stay in Yangzhou, he has reportedly toured several sites including […]

May, 23

Kim Jong Il Continues

Kim Cho’ng-il’s trip to the PRC continued into its second day in Changchun.  In a brief six-hour trip through the city KCI visited a car factory, according to Yonhap News Agency.  His train departed during […]

May, 22
Jang Song Taek to Visit PRC this Weekend?

Jang Song Taek to Visit PRC this Weekend?

Chang So’ng-t’aek (Jang Song Taek) will reportedly visit cities in and around Jilin Province, PRC, on Saturday [21 May].  If this trip occurs, it would be Chang’s first reported trip to the PRC since Kim […]

May, 17

Footsteps and Insteps

Has Kim Cho’ng-il changed his shoes? Around 12 May [Thursday] Kim Cho’ng-il was reported to have visited Kujang Fish Farm.  Yonhap reports on the photograph released of his visit: North Korean leader Kim Jong Il […]

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


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