North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Events Held for Day of the Shining Star

A variety of meetings and cultural events were held to mark the birth anniversary of the late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il), the Day of the Shining Star.  The Union of Agricultural Workers […]

Feb, 19

Kim Ki Ryong (1940-2017)

Former Rodong Sinmun editor and Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Central Committee Member Kim Ki Ryong (Kim Ki-yong) died in Pyongyang on March 29 (Wednesday). Kim Ki Ryong started his career in the early 1960s as […]

Mar, 31

KIS Birthday

With a 40-minute magic show at May Day Stadium, the DPRK began the final countdown to April 2012 which will mark the 100th anniversary of Kim Il-so’ng’s birth and a declaration of success in kangsong […]

Apr, 24

KJI and KJU Review KPA Parade

    Kim Jong Il reviewed a Pyongyang military parade held on the 65th anniversary of the foundation of the Korean Workers’ Party.  Attending the parade review with him was son and hereditary successor, Kim […]

Oct, 10

Jong Un Visited Wonsan Aggie in April ’09?

Yonhap has discovered a possible image of Kim Jong Un, Vice Chairman of the Party Central Military Commission and Kim Jong Il’s hereditary successor.  The photo was aired on KCTV, and derives from Kim Jong […]

Oct, 03

DPRK Prepares for Military Parade

The Korean People’s Army appears to be finalizing preparations for one of the DPRK’s largest military parades in its history.  The parade will occur in Pyongyang, possibly as part of the celebration of the 65th […]

Sep, 26

ARF Defers to UNSC on Cheonan While the Battle of the Beancounters Begins

The ASEAN Regional Forum has drafted a statement that conveys “deep concerns” over the sinking of the Cheonan, and calls for the resumption of the Six Party Talks.  The statement essentially defers to the UNSC […]

Jul, 23


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