Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 1 January (Tuesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) and members of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Political Bureau visited Ku’msusan Memorial Palace. KJU’s last reported public appearance was his delivery of a New Year’s Day message. Visiting Ku’msusan with KJU were Kim Yong Nam, Choe Yong Rim, Gen. Choe Ryong Hae, Jang Song Taek, Gen. Hyon Yong Chol, Gen. Kim Kyok Sik, Kim Ki Nam, Choe Tae Bok, Pak To Chun, VMar Kim Yong Chun, Yang Hyong Sop, Kang Sok Ju, VMar Hyon Chol Hae, Ge. 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 and Jo Yon Jun, along with “scientists, technicians, workers and officials who contributed to the successful launch of satellite Kwangmyo’ngso’ng 3-2.”
After KJU entered a hall containing the statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, floral baskets from Kim Jong Un, the KWP Central Committee and Central Military Commission, the DPRK National Defense Commission and the Supreme People’s Assembly Presidium and DPRK Cabinet were placed in front of the statues. KJU paid his respects to Kim Il Sung’s remains and visited an exhibition of KIS’ personal affects. He also paid his respects to Kim Jong Il’s remains and visited an exhibition of KJI’s personal affects.