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

Hypersonic Missile Test Starts DPRK New Year with a Bang

The Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Munitions Industry Department [MID] tested a hypersonic missile on the morning of 5 January (Wednesday).  According to DPRK state media, the “successive test successes in the sector of hypersonic […]

Jan, 06

New SED Director?

Choe Sang Gon appears to have been appointed director of the Central Committee’s Science and Education Department [SED], replacing Choe Myong Tong.  Since the beginning of October, Choe has attended three science-related events identified by […]

Oct, 27

Anniversary Events

  Midnight Parade  Many questions and theories have circulated about why the Party 75th Anniversary Parade began at midnight.  North Korea decided to produce and package the parade into an excellent television event.  Having the […]

Oct, 18

Army-People Solidarity Rallies Held in N. P’yo’ngan and Chagang Provinces

Army-People solidarity rallies launching the 80-day Battle were held in North P’yo’ngan and Chagang Provinces on 13 October (Tuesday).  Reports and speeches delivered at the rallies “called for turning out as one in the 80-day […]

Oct, 14

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

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