North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

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

KJU Attends War Event Photo Sessions

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended two commemorative photo-ops on 28 July (Thursday) as part of events marking the 69th anniversary of the armistice of the Fatherland Liberation (Korean) War. He posed for a commemorative […]

Jul, 31

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

Hyon Chol Hae Funeral Held

A funeral and graveside service were held on 22 May (Sunday) for Marshal Hyon Chol Hae (Hyo’n Ch’o’l-hae), a retired senior Korean People’s Army [KPA] official.  Hyon died on 19 May (Thursday) at the age […]

May, 24

Defense Minister, GPB Boss Missing from Funeral Committee

The DPRK’s Minister of National Defense [MND], VMar Ri Yong Gil (Ri Yo’ng-kil), and the Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Bureau [GPB], Gen. Kwon Yong Chin (Kwon Yo’ng-chi) do not appear […]

May, 20

KPA Promotions List Issued

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) in his capacity as Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Central Military Commission [CMC] promoted 32 senior Korean People’s Army [KPA] senior officers on 24 February (Wednesday). Promoted […]

Feb, 25

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