Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
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.
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].
Kim Jong Un signs various documents concerning preparations for the launch. One document (R) bears KJU’s signature and the date 14 November 2012.
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
Prior to the 12 December 2012 launch, Kim Jong Un visited the General Satellite Control and Command Center in northern Pyongyang.
The 12 December 2012 launch of the U’nha-3 carrier rocket and the Kwangmyo’ngso’ng-3 satellite.
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.
The films shows a series of international media reports about the U’nha-3’s launch.
The final scenes in the film show Kim Jong Un visiting the Sohae Space Center and greeting personnel of the General Satellite Command Center