North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

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

6th WPRG Meeting Held

The 6th national meeting of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards [WPRG] was held at the 25 April House of Culture on 29 and 30 August (Monday and Tuesday).  The last WPRG meeting was held in February […]

Sep, 01

Concert and Fireworks Mark 69th Anniversary of FLW

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) and his wife Ri Sol Ju (Ri So’l-chu) attended a large concert and fireworks display commemorating the 69th anniversary of the armistice of the Fatherland Liberation (Korean) War was held […]

Jul, 30

KJU Visits War Martyrs’ Cemetery

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs’ Cemetery on 27 July (Wednesday) to commemorate the end of active hostilities of the Korean War (Victorious Fatherland Liberation War).  Among the visitors with […]

Jul, 29

Jo Kyong Chol Back on the CMC

Military Security Command [MSC]** Director Jo Kyong Chol (Cho Kyo’ng-ch’o’l) was returned to membership on the Party Central Military Commission [CMC].  Head of the MSC since 2010 and former political director of the KPA Air […]

Jun, 11

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

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