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Documentary Released of U’nha-3 Rocket Launch

DPRK state media released a documentary film on 21 December (Thursday) depicting the production, preparations and 12 December 2012 launch of the U’nha-3 rocket and the Kwangmyo’ngso’ng-3 (KMS-3.2) satellite.  The film mainly serves as a vehicle to promote Kim Jong Un’s (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) close attention and management of the various technical and logistical aspects of the launch.  It also shows KJU making inspection visits and other appearances previously unreported by the Korean Central News Agency and other DPRK state media.

The film shows Kim Jong Un visiting the Sanum-dong research and development campus, prior to being transported to the Sohae Space Center.

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U'nha-3 rocket on display at the Sanum-dong research and development facility in northern Pyongyang (Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

U’nha-3 rocket on display at the Sanum-dong research and development facility in northern Pyongyang (Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

Kim Jong Un meets with senior Korean Workers’ Party [KWP], Korean People’s Army [KPA], 2nd National Academy of Sciences and Korean Committee for Space Technology [KCST].

(Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

(Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

Kim Jong Un signs various documents concerning preparations for the launch.  One document (R) bears KJU’s signature and the date 14 November 2012.

(Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

(Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

Kim Jong Un, joined by Director of the KPA General Political Department (bureau) Choe Ryong Hae and KWP Secretary Pak To Chun, visited the Sohae Space Center

Kim Jong Un tours a facility containing the U'nha-3 rocket (or a replica thereof) (Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

Kim Jong Un tours a facility containing the U’nha-3 rocket (or a replica thereof) (Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

KCST managers brief KJU on the Kwangmyo'ngso'ng-3 satellite (Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

KCST managers brief KJU on the Kwangmyo’ngso’ng-3 satellite (Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

KJU tours the launch pad at Sohae Space Center (Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

KJU tours the launch pad at Sohae Space Center (Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

The film shows various stages of the U'nha-3 rocket's assembly on the launch pad (Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

The film shows various stages of the U’nha-3 rocket’s assembly on the launch pad (Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

Prior to the 12 December 2012 launch, Kim Jong Un visited the General Satellite Control and Command Center in northern Pyongyang.

(Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

(Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

(Photos: KCTV screengrab)

(Photos: KCTV screengrab)

A monitor at the General Satellite Control and Command Center in Pyongyang showing the Sohae Space Center in Tongch'ang-ri, Ch'o'lsan County, North P'yo'ngan Province (Photo: KCTV screengrab)

A monitor at the General Satellite Control and Command Center in Pyongyang showing the Sohae Space Center in Tongch’ang-ri, Ch’o’lsan County, North P’yo’ngan Province (Photo: KCTV screengrab)

KJU departs from the GSCCC (Photo: KCTV screengrab)

KJU departs from the GSCCC (Photo: KCTV screengrab)

The 12 December 2012 launch of the U’nha-3 carrier rocket and the Kwangmyo’ngso’ng-3 satellite.

(Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

(Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

(Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

(Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

Monitor of the KMS-3 after the launch (L) and officials at the Sohae Space Center delivering a report to Kim Jong Un (Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

Monitor of the KMS-3 after the launch (L) and officials at the Sohae Space Center delivering a report to Kim Jong Un (Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

Kim Jong Un poses for a commemorative photograph after the successful launch with GSCCC personnel in Pyongyang (L) and KPA service members celebrate the launch at the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces.

(Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

(Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

The films shows a series of international media reports about the U’nha-3’s launch.

(Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

(Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

The final scenes in the film show Kim Jong Un visiting the Sohae Space Center and greeting personnel of the General Satellite Command Center

Kim Jong Un greets personnel at the Sohae Space Center, a bodyguard can be seen in the background (L) and a manager salutes KJU (Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

Kim Jong Un greets personnel at the Sohae Space Center, a bodyguard can be seen in the background (L) and a manager salutes KJU (Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

KJU greets GSLCC personnel (Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

KJU greets GSLCC personnel (Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

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This entry was posted on 12/23/2012 by in 2nd Academy of Natural Science, Administration Department, Central Committee, Central Military Committee, Choe Ryong Hae, colonel general, corps command, critical infrastructure, DPRK Cabinet, DPRK External Relations, DPRK-United Nations Relations, Film Bureau, Finance and Accounting, Financial Planning Department, General Affairs, gsd, gsob, Guard Command, Jang Song-thaek, KCTV, Kim Chong-un inspections, Kim Family, Kim Jong Un Visits, Kim Jong-un, Kim Ki Nam, KJI Personal Secretariat, Korea Committee for Space Technology, Korean People's Army (KPA), Korean People's Army Supreme Command, Korean Workers' Party (KWP), KPA construction battalions, KPA construction brigades, KPA General Political Bureau, KPA General Political Department, KPA General Staff, KPA Strategic Rocket Force Command, Kwangmyongsong-3, KWP Science and Education Department, Machine Building Industry Department, military security command [msc], Minister of People's Security/KPISF construction units, Ministry of People's Security engineering units, Ministry of State Security, Ministry of the People's Armed Forces (MPAF), MPAF GPB, National Academy of Defense Sciences, National Defense Commission (NDC), NDC Administration Department, North Korean press, Operations Bureau Department 10, Organization and Guidance Department, Pak To Chun, Political Bureau, Propaganda and Agitation Department, Provinicial People's Committee, Second Economic Committee, Second Economy Commission, Secretariat, Sohae Space Launching Station, State Academy of Sciences, State Science and Technology Commission, transportation, Unha-3 Carrier Rocket, VIII Army Corps.

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