North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Ki Nam Funeral Committee

Kim Ki Nam, former DPRK propaganda and culture chieftain, passed away due to old age and chronic health (“decrepitude and multiple organ dysfunction,” according to KCNA) at the age of 94 in Pyongyang on 7 […]

May, 08

Kim Family Residence #85 Gets Rusty

The Kim Family’s Tongpy’ongyang Residence, better known as and hereafter Residence #85, continues to fall into a state of disrepair.  Various buildings on the grounds, including Residence #85 itself, are covered in rust.  Trees and […]

Oct, 06

Kim Family Home Makeover in Sinu’iju?

Daily NK reports that the Kim Family compound on the outskirts of Sinu’iju is undergoing a three-month renovation.  The construction work began during July and if DNK’s source is correct, it will probably continue until […]

Aug, 15

Memorial Events Held to Mark Death of Marshal Hyon Chol Hae

DPRK elites marked the one-year anniversary of the death of KPA Marshal Hyon Chol Hae (Hyo’n Ch’o’l-hae) on 19 May (Friday). Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n; KJU) and Minister of National Defense Gen. Kang Sun […]

May, 21

Kim Ju Ae Watch

With Kim Jong Un’s inspection of the DPRK National Aerospace Development Agency [NADA], Kim Ju has attended and participated in her twelfth observed public appearance since November 2022.  Numerous theories have been offered up as […]

Apr, 20

DPRK Drills Tactical Nuke MLRS

Korean People’s Army [KPA] artillery units launched two short-range projectiles using a 600 mm multiple-launch rocket system [MLRS] on the morning (KST) of 20 February Sukch’o’n County, South P’yo’ngan.  The KPA  units also conducted tunnel-based […]

Feb, 20

Gen. O Kuk Ryol (1930-2023)

  Gen. O Kuk Ryol (O Kuk-yo’l), a retired former senior national security official and close adviser and friend of late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il), died of heart failure on the morning […]

Feb, 14

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