North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

KCI Meets PRC Public Security Minister

  Kim Cho’ng-il met with China’s Public Security Minister, Meng Jianzhu, who arrived in the DPRK on Sunday [13 February].  During his stay in the country, Meng has met with Kim Yo’ng-nam and KPA Chief […]

Feb, 15

KCI Conducts First Field Inspection of 2011

The DPRK media reports that Kim Cho’ng-il visited the command of KPA Unit 6556, his reported field inspection in 2011.  KCI’s first and last field inspections of 2010 were conducted at the 105th Tank Division. […]

Feb, 03

Kim Chong-il Meets with Orascom Chairman

The DPRK media reported that Kim Chong-il hosted a dinner party and met with Naguib Sawiris, chairman of and chief executive officer of Orascom Telecom Holding.  Orascom operates the DPRK’s Koryolink 3G mobile network in […]

Jan, 24

OGD Deputy Director Dies

Pak Chong-sun (Pak Jong Sun), the senior deputy (1st vice) director of the CC KWP Organization Guidance Department [OGD] passed away from cancer on 22 January (Saturday), age 82. Pak was elected an alternate member […]

Jan, 24

The Center’s First Appearances in 2011

Kim Chong-il has made his first public appearances of 2011.  On 12 January (Wednesday) the DPRK media reported that he toured the recently constructed Nampo Glass Bottle Factory.  On 14 January (Friday) KCNA reported that […]

Jan, 16

The Youthful General’s Quiet Birthday

8 January (Saturday) was believed to be the official birthday of hereditary successor Kim Chong-un [Kim Jong Un].  Last year editorials “toast[ed] the endlessly bright future of Chosun” and workers left their offices to participate […]

Jan, 10

NDC/CMC Banquet

KCNA reported on 24 December 2010 that Kim Chong-il attended a banquet co-hosted by the National Defense Commission and Central Military Commission “on the occasion of the 19thanniversary” of his appointment as KPA Supreme Commander.  […]

Jan, 04


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