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Kim Jong Un Issued Launch Order on February 6

Image of Kim Jong Un authorizing the launch of Kwangmyo'ngso'ng-4 shown during a special news bulletin on Korean Central Television on February 7, 2016 (Photo: KCTV screengrab).

Image of Kim Jong Un authorizing the launch of Kwangmyo’ngso’ng-4 shown during a special news bulletin on Korean Central Television on February 7, 2016 (Photo: KCTV screengrab).

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a joint expanded meeting of the WPK Central Committee and Korean People’s Army WPK Committee Meeting in Pyongyang during February 2 and February 3

DPRK state media reported on February 7 that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) “issued an autograph order on launching earth observation satellite Kwangmyo’ngso’ng-4 on Feb. 6 Chuch’e 105 (2016).”

Kim Jong Un's written authorization of the launch of the Kwangmyo'ngso'ng-4 dated February 6, 2016 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un’s written authorization of the launch of the Kwangmyo’ngso’ng-4 dated February 6, 2016 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

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