North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Kim Jong Un Attends Ri Ul Sol’s wake

KJU’s last observed appearance was a photo-op with participants of the 7th National Meeting of KPA Military Education Officers at Ku’msusan Palace of the Sun Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended the wake for MAR […]

Nov, 08

Ri Ul Sol (1921-2015)

1st revolutionary generation DPRK elite, Member of the Workers’ Party of Korea Central Committee Member and Korean People’s Army [KPA] Marshal Ri Ul Sol (Ri U’l-so’l) has passed away at the age of 94.   […]

Nov, 08

Does KCI Have a Personal Reason for Not Meeting Carter?

Former US President Jimmy Carter visited and toured the DPRK, along a with part of a group of former world leaders called the Elders, during 26 to 28 April 2011.  The group visited locales in […]

May, 08

KPA’s 79th

On Sunday and Monday [24 and 25 April] the DPRK commemorated the 79th birthday of the Korean People’s Army [KPA].  KCNA published a statement about the anniversary and its “invincible army”: The Korean people are […]

May, 01

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’s 148 Guidance Tours (so far) in 2010

According to the ROK Unification Ministry, Kim Chong-il has made 148 visits in 2010. 58 of those tours were to economic locales in the DPRK.  KCI has been reported by the DPRK media as having […]

Dec, 07

VMAR Jo Myong Rok Dies

KCNA reports that VMAR Jo Myong Rok passed away on 6 November (Saturday).  VMAR Jo served as 1st Vice Chairman of the National Defense Commission and Director of the MPAF General Political Department (Bureau).  He […]

Nov, 07


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