North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

2023 Chronology of Missile and Military Events

The following is a rolling chronology of ballistic missile events (drills and test firings), military engagement and external military exercises (US-ROK, US-JP and US-ROK-JP) that occur in and around the the Korean Peninsula during 2023.  […]

Feb, 19

KJU Attends Long Range Missile Drill (updated 17 March)

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n; KJU) and his daughter, Kim Ju Ae (Kim Chu-a’e), attended a drill involving the Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile on 16 March (Thursday) at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang.  The drill […]

Mar, 17

DPRK Cabinet Party Committee holds meeting

The Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Committee of the DPRK Cabinet (hereafter, the Cabinet Party Committee) held an expanded meeting on 15 March (Wednesday) as a follow-up to the last Central Committee plenum meeting. DPRK […]

Mar, 16

Artillery Company Drills Medium Rang Missiles

The Korean People’s Army [KPA]’s 11th fire assault company participated in a training drill in Changyo’n County, South Hwanghae on 14 March (Tuesday).  The drill involved launching two ground-to-ground missiles, identified as the DPRK’s version […]

Mar, 15

CMC Holds Meeting

The Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Central Military Commission [CMC] met in an enlarged session (or held on an expansion basis) at the WPK Central Committee Office Building on 12 March (Sunday).  Technically, this was […]

Mar, 14

2023 Chronology of Missile and Military Events

The following is a rolling chronology of ballistic missile events (drills and test firings), military engagement and external military exercises (US-ROK, US-JP and US-ROK-JP) that occur in and around the the Korean Peninsula during 2023.  […]

Feb, 19

SLCM Launched near Sinp’o

The DPRK fired off submarine-launched cruise missiles during the morning of 12 March (Sunday) from Kyo’ngp’o Bay near Sinp’o, South Hamgyo’ng.  DPRK state media reported that the cruise missile drill used the tester submarine 8.24 […]

Mar, 14

FM Issues Statement on human rights critique ahead of joint exercises

The DPRK Foreign Ministry issued a statement on 13 March (Monday) ahead of the kick-off of US-ROK joint exercises, Freedom Shield and Warrior Shield.  The Foreign Ministry said:   The Foreign Ministry of the DPRK […]

Mar, 14

KJU Inspects “Fire Assault Drill” of KPA Artillery unit

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n; KJU) inspected a Korean People’s Army [KPA] Hwasong artillery company and observed a “fire assault drill” on 9 March (Thursday).  Among those in attendance with KJU was his daughter Kim […]

Mar, 14

KPA GS Accuses ROK of Firing Artillery Shells

  The Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff accused ROK forces of firing 30+ artillery rounds during a 7 March (Tuesday) training exercise in Paju, Gyeonggi (Kyonggi) Province.  The ROK Joint Chiefs of Staff denied […]

Mar, 08

Kim Yo Jong Issues Communique

Kim Yo Jong (Kim Yo’-cho’ng), top aide in Kim Jong Un’s Personal Secretariat [KJUPS], member of the DPRK State Affairs Commission [SAC], and deputy director of the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Propaganda and Agitation […]

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