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KJU Attends Party Central Committee’s 2nd Banquet for Rocket Launch Personnel

Overview of a 30 December 2012 banquet at Mokran House in central Pyongyang for personnel who contributed to the 12 December 2012 U'nha-3 rocket launch.  It was the second banquet hosted by the Korean Workers' Party Central Committee for those who participated in the launch.  As of 30 December 2012, launch participants had been staying in Pyongyang for two weeks (Photo: KCNA)

Overview of a 30 December 2012 banquet at Mokran House in central Pyongyang for personnel who contributed to the 12 December 2012 U’nha-3 rocket launch. It was the second banquet hosted by the Korean Workers’ Party Central Committee for those who participated in the launch. As of 30 December 2012, launch participants had been staying in Pyongyang for two weeks (Photo: KCNA)

DPRK state media reported on 30 December (Sunday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a second banquet for 12 December 2012 rocket launch personnel hosted by the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Committee at Mokran House in central Pyongyang on Sunday.  KJU’s last reported public appearance was his participation in a commemorative photo-op with personnel involved in the U’nha-3 rocket launch.  Attending the banquet were Kim Yong Nam, Choe Yong Rim, Gen. Choe Ryong Hae, Jang Song Taek. Gen. Hyon Yong Chol, Gen. Kim Kyok Sik, Kim Kyong Hui, Kim Ki Nam, Choe Tae Bok, Pak To Chun, VMar Kim Yong Chun, Kang Sok Ju, VMar Hyon Chol Hae, Gen. Kim Won Hong, Gen. Ri Myong Su, Kim Yang Gon, Kim Yong Il, Kim P’yo’ng Hae, Kwak Pom Gi, Mun Kyong Dok, Ju Kyu Chang, Col. Gen. Kim Chang Sop, Ro Tu Chol, Col. Gen. Ri Pyong Sam, Jo Yon Jun, “other senior party, state and army officials” and “the scientists, technicians, workers and officials who greatly contributed to bringing about a great auspicious event to be specially recorded in the history of the Korean nation spanning five thousand years by successfully launching Kwangmyongsong 3-2, the first working satellite of the DPRK.”

According to KCNA, Kim Jong Un “once again warmly congratulated those people on successfully launching the satellite to fully demonstrate the undying feats of leader Kim Jong Il, devotedly ensure and protect the undisputed prestige of the WPK, instill great national self-esteem and conviction of sure victory into all the service personnel and people and remarkably increase the international position and influence of the DPRK.”  The banquet included a performance by the Wangjaesan Art Troupe.  KWP Secretary and Director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department Kim Ki Nam delivered congratulatory remarks.  According to KCNA, Kim said “in the course of launching the satellite they showed by a practical example how one should carry out the behests of Kim Jong Il and how one should remain true to the leadership of Kim Jong Un” and he called “upon the skilled and brave space conquerors intensely loyal to the Party to develop and launch more working satellites such as communications ones and carrier rockets of greater performance to glorify the DPRK as a space power to be envied by the world under the uplifted slogan ‘Korea Does What It Is Determined to Do!'”

(Photo: Google image; captions by M. Madden)

(Photo: Google image; captions by M. Madden)

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This entry was posted on 12/30/2012 by in 2007-2010 kpa management, 2012 KPA promotions, 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, Col. Gen. Kim Chang Sop, Col. Gen. Ri Pyong Sam, colonel general, corps command, critical infrastructure, DPRK Cabinet, DPRK Premier, Events Management Section, Financial Planning Department, Gen. Hyon Yong Chol, Gen. Kim Won Hong, Gen. Ri Myong Su, General Affairs, gsd, gsob, Guard Command, Hwang Pyong So (GPD; KPA VMAR), International Department, Jang Song-thaek, Jo Yon Jun (OGD), Kang Sok Ju, Kim Family, Kim Jong Un Visits, Kim Jong-un, Kim Ki Nam, Kim Kyong Ok (OGD), 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 Internal Security Forces, 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, Light Industry Department, Machine Building Industry Department, Ministry of State Security, Ministry of the People's Armed Forces (MPAF), Mokran House, MPAF GPB, Mun Kyong Dok, National Academy of Defense Sciences, National Defense Commission (NDC), NDC Administration Department, North Korean press, Organization and Guidance Department, Pak To Chun, Party elders, party life, Propaganda and Agitation Department, Provincial Party Committees, Ro Tu Chol, Second Economic Committee, Second Economy Commission, Secretariat, Sohae Space Launching Station, State Academy of Sciences, State Planning Commission (SPC), State Science and Technology Commission, State Security Department, Supreme People's Assembly, Unha-3 Carrier Rocket, United Front Department, VMar Hyon Chol Hae, VMar Kim Yong Chun, Workers' and Social Organizations.

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