North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Construction in KJU’s Backyard

Satellite imagery shows a combination of ongoing and finished construction projects in two VIP areas in central Pyongyang.  These VIP areas are located in central Pyongyang’s “Forbidden City” where Kim Jong Un (KJU; Kim Cho’ng-u’n) […]

Aug, 21

Choe Ryong Hae Taken Down a Notch

Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium Chairman Choe Ryong Hae (Ch’oe Ryong-hae) appears to have been taken down a peg in the regime’s formal hierarchy.  In a 15 August (Monday) DPRK state media report on the […]

Aug, 16

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

Power Organizations’ Personnel Registers (as of now)

The ROK Ministry of Unification [MOU] recently provided an update to the personnel of North Korea’s power organizations.  Below, please find a selection of power organizations and their current personnel.   Political Bureau  Presidium  KJU  […]

Mar, 31

Kim Jong Un Votes in SPA Elections

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n), last seen arriving home at three in the morning from Viet Nam, voted in the elections for the 14th Supreme People’s Assembly during the morning [KST] of March 10 (Sunday).  […]

Mar, 10

Senior DPRK Officials Visit Ku’msusan to Mark Anniversary of KIS’ Demise

Senior DPRK officials visited Ku’msusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang at midnight on July 8 (Sunday), the 24th anniversary of the death of DPRK President and founder Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng). Among the […]

Jul, 08

KJU Does Beijing (A Good Year for the Roses)

KJU’s last observed appearance was his return from Singapore on June 13 Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) and his wife Ri Sol Ju (Ri So’l-chu) visited China during June 19 (Tuesday) and June 20 (Wednesday).  […]

Jun, 24

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