North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

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

DPRK Ambassador Attends William-Catherine Nuptials

DPRK Ambassador to Great Britain, Cha So’ng-nam [Ja Song Nam] attended the 29 April [Friday] wedding ceremony of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey.  Cha was one of the approximately 1,900 invited guests […]

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

DPRK Premier Visits Yukyo’ng [Ryugyong] Hotel Site

DPRK Premier Ch’oe Yo’ng-nim visited the construction of the Yukyo’ng Hotel [Ryugyong Hotel].  DPRK press belatedly reported on 11 April [Monday] that Premier Ch’oe visited two locations in Pyongyang on 6 April [Wednesday] the day […]

Apr, 13

I am delighted to announce that Joe Bermudez built himself a virtual home for KPA Journal <>.  In addition to future issues of the journal, the website has an archive of previous issues (available in […]

Nov, 21

HJY Passes Away, Final Thoughts on Jong Un

Hwang Jang Yop, the former CC KWP Secretary of Ideology who fled to the ROK in 1997, passed away on 10 October (Sunday).  Prior to his death, Hwang offered his thoughts about hereditary succession to  […]

Oct, 12
Gomes Returning to US

Gomes Returning to US

Former US President Jimmy Carter secured the release of Aijalon Gomes during a two-day trip to Pyongyang.   KCNA announced one version of the interaction that facilitated Mr. Gomes’ return home: Jimmy Carter made an apology […]

Aug, 27


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