North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

NK Media Coverage of SPA

KCNA , in an uncharacteristic move, published short biographic sketches on Mr. Jang, Mr Choe and the Vice Premiers appointed at yesterday’s SPA session.  Below you can find the image carried by the North Korean […]

Jun, 08

Mass Rally in Pyongyang

On 30 May 2010 KCTV broadcast a mass rally held on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, and ostensibly organized as a popular reaction to Cheonan-based tensions on the Korean Peninsula.  100,000 Pyongyang citizens mobilized […]

May, 30

KJU Succession in Portrait and Silkscreen

The latest buzz around hereditary succession is centered on a story circulated by Rescue the North Korean People! Urgent Action Network.   According to this account, the official portrait of successor Kim Jong-un (a/k/a: Kim Jong-eun, […]

Mar, 16
Kim Jong-un's Military Education Through the Looking Glass

Kim Jong-un's Military Education Through the Looking Glass

In the last successor gossip, Dong-a Ilbo reports that hereditary successor Kim Jong-un presided over KPA artillery drills in January near the West Sea, citing “a ranking source in Pyongyang.”  This seems to add a […]

Mar, 03
KJI Birthday Event Photos

KJI Birthday Event Photos

Below are some selected photos of events relating to Kim Jong-il’s Birthday.  I have compiled and categorized a batch of images from NK media from 10 February to 17 February 2010 into the appended file.  […]

Feb, 24
Succession, Stomp by Stomp

Succession, Stomp by Stomp

Kim Jong-il’s birthday celebrations continue in the DPRK, but seem to be winding down with belated greetings and celebrations being reports by the North Korean press.  Over the weekend on the pretext of the Lunar […]

Feb, 18

Truckin' with the Kim Il-sung Youth League

Late last week, selected members of the Kim Il-sung Youth League embarked on a national study tour commemorating Kim Il-sung’s long, strange trip from Pyongyang to Jilin in 1925.  Making a long story (literally, it’s […]

Jan, 24


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