North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Central Committee Plenum Opens

The 6th plenum (plenary meeting) of the 8th Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Central Committee opened at the Central Committee Office Building (WPK Central Committee Office Complex #1) in Pyongyang on 26 December (Monday).  The […]

Dec, 28

DPRK Constitution Turns 50

A meeting commemorating the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of the DPRK Constitution was held at Mansudae Assembly Hall on 26 December (Monday).  According to DPRK state media, the meeting “marked a significant occasion which […]

Dec, 28

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

Pak To Chun (1944-202?)

Pak To Chun (Pak To-ch’un) has passed away.  Rather than a state media announcement about Pak’s death, his demise was disclosed during a KCNA report about the burial of his remains in the Patriotic Martyrs’ […]

Sep, 02

KJU Meets with KPA Medics

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n; KJU) met with Korean People’s Army [KPA] medics who assisted in Pyongyang-based COVID-19 relief and security efforts at the 25 April House of Culture in Pyongyang on 18 August (Thursday).  […]

Aug, 21

Construction in KJU’s Backyard

Satellite imagery shows a combination of ongoing and finished construction projects in two VIP areas in central Pyongyang.  These VIP areas are located in central Pyongyang’s “Forbidden City” where Kim Jong Un (KJU; Kim Cho’ng-u’n) […]

Aug, 21

KJU Speech to KPA Medics

Courageous combatants in the army medical sector who fought bravely in the theater of the anti-epidemic war in the capital city, We have gathered here today not to review any work or put forward any […]

Aug, 21

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