North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Jong Sik (missile expert; Strategic Command; MBID)

Chronology of military events since mid-September

The following is a rolling chronology of ballistic missile events (drills and test firings), artillery shelling incidents and external military exercises (US-ROK, US-JP and US-ROK-JP) that have occurred in and around the Korean Peninsula since […]

Oct, 20

Changes in the Central Committee

Ri Pyong Chol (Ri Pyo’ng-ch’o’l) returned to North Korean public life, following a ten-month absence.  Going back to 2014, Ri was the leading official in the country’s missile and WMD development and production.  To that […]

Apr, 30

Military Promotions Issued for Party’s 75th

In his capacity as Chairman of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Military Commission, Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) promoted four Korean People’s Army general-grade officers on 5 October (Monday). Promoted to four-star general (taejang) […]

Oct, 06

KJU Zooms Preliminary CMC Meeting

A preparatory meeting held in advance of the 5th meeting of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Military Commission occurred via teleconference on 23 June (Tuesday).  Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) presided over the meeting, […]

Jun, 23

2nd Plenary Session of the 7th WPK Central Committee Held

The second plenary meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] was held on October 7 (Saturday).  The last plenary meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the WPK was […]

Oct, 08

Kim Jong Un Observes and Guides Another Hwasong-12 Test

KJU’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a photo-op with schoolteachers Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed a launch of the Hwasong-12 on the outskirts of Pyongyang early in the morning on September 15 […]

Sep, 16

Kim Jong Un Inspects KPA Strategic Force Command Element

KJU’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a banquet at Moknan House with missile test personnel Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) conducted a field inspection of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] Strategic Force’s command […]

Aug, 15

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