May 24, 2022

Military affairs

Information related to military issues in North and South Korea

Military drills and leadership changes top agenda in January
NK PRO

Military drills and leadership changes top agenda in January

Winter training keeps military affairs in spotlight; Kim’s sister increasingly prominent

Military drills and leadership changes top agenda in January
John G. Grisafi
John G. Grisafi February 6, 2015
DPRK, Iran strong partners in missile tech – Middle East experts
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DPRK, Iran strong partners in missile tech – Middle East experts

Tehran and Pyongyang collaborated, built better missile programs, present similar threats

DPRK, Iran strong partners in missile tech – Middle East experts
John G. Grisafi
John G. Grisafi January 19, 2015
Wonsan airport undergoing major renovation, expansion
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Wonsan airport undergoing major renovation, expansion

N. Korea implementing plan to expand airport, support growing economic activity in region

Wonsan airport undergoing major renovation, expansion
John G. Grisafi
John G. Grisafi January 19, 2015
December: Military drills, political anniversaries; reviewing elite changes in 2014
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December: Military drills, political anniversaries; reviewing elite changes in 2014

Month of December, year of 2014 follow patterns of Kim consolidating power since becoming leader in 2011

December: Military drills, political anniversaries; reviewing elite changes in 2014
John G. Grisafi
John G. Grisafi January 12, 2015
N. Korea makes more military leadership changes
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N. Korea makes more military leadership changes

Two officers assume new senior leadership roles, new air force commander elevated in rank

N. Korea makes more military leadership changes
John G. Grisafi
John G. Grisafi January 9, 2015
North Korea and Libya: friendship through artillery

North Korea and Libya: friendship through artillery

As war tears through Libya products of old bond with N. Korea continue to appear

North Korea and Libya: friendship through artillery
Joost Oliemans
Joost Oliemans | Stijn Mitzer January 5, 2015
KPA Navy flag ship undergoing radical modernization

KPA Navy flag ship undergoing radical modernization

Najin-class frigate part of major modernization program, may present credible threat to ROK navy

KPA Navy flag ship undergoing radical modernization
Joost Oliemans
Joost Oliemans | Stijn Mitzer December 15, 2014
North Korea appoints new air force commander

North Korea appoints new air force commander

Choe Yong Ho replaces Ri Pyong Chol after more than six years as KPA’s top air force officer

North Korea appoints new air force commander
John G. Grisafi
John G. Grisafi December 10, 2014
November: Military and diplomatic focus, status of Kim’s family
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November: Military and diplomatic focus, status of Kim’s family

North continues diplomatic campaign while preparing for military drills; Kim’s sister rises while wife absent

November: Military and diplomatic focus, status of Kim’s family
John G. Grisafi
John G. Grisafi December 8, 2014
China exports shotgun ammo to North Korea without notifying UN

China exports shotgun ammo to North Korea without notifying UN

Ammunition export is likely a "technical violation" of the DPRK arms embargo

China exports shotgun ammo to North Korea without notifying UN
NK News
NK News December 4, 2014