North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

KJI’s 148 Guidance Tours (so far) in 2010

According to the ROK Unification Ministry, Kim Chong-il has made 148 visits in 2010. 58 of those tours were to economic locales in the DPRK.  KCI has been reported by the DPRK media as having […]

Dec, 07

KJU: 50-odd Days Later

The DPRK press reported on 20 November (Saturday) that Kim Jong Il and hereditary successor, Kim Jong Un, attended a commemorative photo session with members of the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces.  Chosun Ilbo wrote […]

Nov, 21
Who’s Afraid of Ko Yong Hui?

Who’s Afraid of Ko Yong Hui?

  Despite all of the DPRK’s activity around the hereditary succession of Kim Jong Un, missing from the narratives and rumors is any word of Ko Yong Hui.  Ko was KJI’s 4th wife and the […]

Oct, 21
Jong Nam on Jong Un

Jong Nam on Jong Un

Kim Jong Nam, Kim Jong Il’s eldest son and step-brother of hereditary successor Kim Jong Un told Japan’s Asahi TV that he has no interest in becoming the next DPRK leader.  “Personally, I am against […]

Oct, 12

KJI and KJU Review KPA Parade

    Kim Jong Il reviewed a Pyongyang military parade held on the 65th anniversary of the foundation of the Korean Workers’ Party.  Attending the parade review with him was son and hereditary successor, Kim […]

Oct, 10

Get this Party Started

    SPA Presidium Vice President Yang Hyong Sop confirmed to the Associated Press in a Friday interview that Kim Jong Un is the official successor to Kim Jong Il.  Yang told the AP: “Our […]

Oct, 09

Jong Un Visited Wonsan Aggie in April ’09?

Yonhap has discovered a possible image of Kim Jong Un, Vice Chairman of the Party Central Military Commission and Kim Jong Il’s hereditary successor.  The photo was aired on KCTV, and derives from Kim Jong […]

Oct, 03


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