February 21, 2024

Leadership

Information related to North Korea’s leadership and leadership structures

North Korean diplomat’s China visit may pave way for Kim-Xi summit, experts say

North Korean diplomat’s China visit may pave way for Kim-Xi summit, experts say

First DPRK delegation in four years is sign allies will focus more on ties after being overshadowed by Russia

North Korean diplomat’s China visit may pave way for Kim-Xi summit, experts say
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin December 20, 2023
Drills on assassinating Kim Jong Un remain an ‘option,’ ROK defense chief says

Drills on assassinating Kim Jong Un remain an ‘option,’ ROK defense chief says

Shin Won-sik makes rare mention of decapitation strikes against North Korea as US-ROK special forces exercises kick off

Drills on assassinating Kim Jong Un remain an ‘option,’ ROK defense chief says
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim December 19, 2023
North Korea turns a corner with operational exercise of solid-fuel ICBM
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North Korea turns a corner with operational exercise of solid-fuel ICBM

After third successful launch of Hwasong-18, DPRK appears primed to focus on demonstrating new capabilities

North Korea turns a corner with operational exercise of solid-fuel ICBM
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda December 19, 2023
North Korea hints at secret shakeup of military officials ahead of party plenum
NK PRO

North Korea hints at secret shakeup of military officials ahead of party plenum

State media coverage of mausoleum visit reveals unannounced promotion, while top military leader mysteriously absent

North Korea hints at secret shakeup of military officials ahead of party plenum
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser December 18, 2023
Next steps for North Korea: How open is Kim Jong Un to future diplomacy with US?

Next steps for North Korea: How open is Kim Jong Un to future diplomacy with US?

Most experts say DPRK would have limited interest in talks with new president, though some see potential in arms control

Next steps for North Korea: How open is Kim Jong Un to future diplomacy with US?
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll December 18, 2023
Kim Jong Un marks 12th anniversary of father’s death

Kim Jong Un marks 12th anniversary of father’s death

Makeup of leader’s entourage during memorial service hints at recent promotions and possible purge, expert says

Kim Jong Un marks 12th anniversary of father’s death
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin December 17, 2023
Next steps for North Korea: How successful is Yoon’s inter-Korean policy?

Next steps for North Korea: How successful is Yoon’s inter-Korean policy?

Survey of over 100 experts finds most consider Seoul’s approach ‘ineffective,’ with many saying tensions have worsened

Next steps for North Korea: How successful is Yoon’s inter-Korean policy?
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll December 15, 2023
Holiday gift guide: 2023’s best books on North Korea for all kinds of readers

Holiday gift guide: 2023’s best books on North Korea for all kinds of readers

New works offer fresh insight into the DPRK, from a deep dive into the military to a memoir of growing up in Pyongyang

Holiday gift guide: 2023’s best books on North Korea for all kinds of readers
Oliver Jia
Oliver Jia December 14, 2023
What we know about Kim Jong Un’s daughter, one year after her reveal – Ep. 320
Podcast

What we know about Kim Jong Un’s daughter, one year after her reveal – Ep. 320

The NK News team discusses DPRK embassy closures in Africa, Kim’s speech to mothers and more

What we know about Kim Jong Un’s daughter, one year after her reveal – Ep. 320
Jacco Zwetsloot
Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News December 13, 2023
Cry me a river: How North Koreans interpret Kim Jong Un’s tears

Cry me a river: How North Koreans interpret Kim Jong Un’s tears

Experts say state media coverage seeks to ‘humanize’ the leader, regardless of whether the tears are genuine or theater

Cry me a river: How North Koreans interpret Kim Jong Un’s tears
Joe Smith
Joe Smith December 13, 2023
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