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Kim Jong Un Participates in Photo Op with U’nha-3 Rocket Launch Personnel

Kim Jong Un (seated, 1st row, 19th L) poses for a commemorative photograph with personnel who contributed to the 12 December 2012 launch of the U'nha-3 rocket and Kwangmyo'ngso'ng-3 satellite in front of the KWP Central Committee #1 Office Building in central Pyongyang (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

Kim Jong Un (seated, 1st row, 19th L) poses for a commemorative photograph with personnel who contributed to the 12 December 2012 launch of the U’nha-3 rocket and Kwangmyo’ngso’ng-3 satellite in front of the KWP Central Committee #1 Office Building in central Pyongyang (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

DPRK state media reported on 30 December (Sunday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) participated in a commemorative photo session with scientists, technicians and other personnel who contributed to the 12 December 2012 launch of the U’nha-3 rocket.  KJU’s last reported public appearance was his visit to the Ku’msusan Memorial Palace, with senior military and security officials, on 24 December.  The photo session occurred in front of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Committee’s #1 Office Building.  Also attending the photo op with KJU were Kim Yong Nam, Choe Yong Rim, Gen. Choe Ryong Hae, Jang Song Taek, Kim Kyong Hui, Kim Ki Nam, Choe Tae Bok, Pak To Chun, VMar Kim Yong Chun, Kim Yang Gon, Kim Yong Il, Kim P’yo’ng Hae, Kwak Pom Gi, Mun Kyong Dok, Ju Kyu Chang and Jo Yon Jun, KCST/SANS senior officials Choe Chun Sik and Ri Ung Won and directors and senior deputy (1st vice) directors of KWP Central Committee Departments.

According to KCNA, Kim Jong Un “highly praised once again the scientists, technicians, workers and officials for successfully launching satellite Kwangmyo’ngso’ng 3-2, the first working satellite of the DPRK, thereby creditably carrying out the behests of the great General Kim Jong Il and fully demonstrating the tremendous national power of the great Mt. Paektu (Paektusan) nation” and he “expressed expectation and conviction that they would develop and launch varieties of working satellites and carrier rockets of greater performance with the same vim and vigor with which they successfully launched Kwangmyo’ngso’ng 3-2 and thus glorify the DPRK as a space power to be envied by the world.”

KWP Central Committee # Office Building (Kim Jong Il's former headquarters) in central Pyongyang (Photo: Google image)

KWP Central Committee # Office Building (Kim Jong Il’s former headquarters) in central Pyongyang (Photo: Google image)

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This entry was posted on 12/30/2012 by in 2012 strategic rhetoric, 2nd Academy of Natural Science, Administration Department, Cadre Affairs, Central Committee, Central Military Committee, central party life, Choe Ryong Hae, Choe Tae Bok, Choe Yong Rim, colonel general, critical infrastructure, DPRK Cabinet, DPRK Premier, Events Management Section, Financial Planning Department, General Affairs, gsd, gsob, Guard Command, International Department, Jang Song-thaek, Jo Yon Jun (OGD), Kim Family, Kim Jong Un Visits, Kim Jong-un, Kim Ki Nam, Kim Phyong Hae (Cadres/NPYPPC), Kim Yang Gon, Kim Yong Il (IAD), Kim Yong Nam, KJI Personal Secretariat, KKH, Korea Committee for Space Technology, Korean People's Army (KPA), Korean People's Army Supreme Command, Korean Workers' Party (KWP), KPA General Political Bureau, KPA General Political Department, KPA General Staff, KPA Strategic Rocket Force Command, Kwak Pom Gi, Kwangmyongsong-3, KWP Science and Education Department, Machine Building Industry Department, ministry of people's security, Ministry of State Security, Ministry of the People's Armed Forces (MPAF), MPAF GPB, Mun Kyong Dok, National Academy of Defense Sciences, National Academy of Science, National Defense Commission (NDC), NDC Administration Department, North Korean press, Operations Bureau Department 10, Organization and Guidance Department, Pak To Chun, Party elders, party life, Political Bureau, Propaganda and Agitation Department, Provincial Party Committees, Second Economic Committee, Second Economy Commission, Secretariat, Sohae Space Launching Station, State Academy of Sciences, State Planning Commission (SPC), State Science and Technology Commission, Supreme People's Assembly, Unha-3 Carrier Rocket, United Front Department, VMar Kim Yong Chun, Workers' and Social Organizations.