Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at the KPA Military Band’s 70th Anniversary concert
DPRK state media reported on February 27 (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) observed and commanded the testing of anti-tank weapons. Attending the weapons test with him were VMar Hwang Pyong So (Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department), General Ri Myong Su (Chief of the KPA General Staff), Colonel-General Yun Tong Hyon (Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces who holds the portfolio for munitions and defense industry), Lt. General Jo Nam Jin (head of the KPA Organization Department and deputy director of the KPA General Political Department), Jo Yong Won (deputy director of the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Organization Guidance Department), Hong Yong Chil (deputy director of the WPK Machine-Building [Military] Industry Department), Kim Chang Gwang (deputy director of the WPK Science Education Department) and Kim Jong Sik (deputy director of the WPK Machine-Building [Military] Industry Department and senior official of the Second Academy of Natural Sciences [SANS] who is a missile expert).
After the test firing of what KCNA described as a “laser-guided rocket,” Jong Un remarked, “it was a wonderful firing. The portable anti-tank laser-guided rocket produced by the munitions industry workers of the DPRK has the longest firing-range in the world. Its rate of hits is as accurate as sniper’s rifle firing and its armor penetrating capability and destructive power are marvelous.” Jong Un “noted with great satisfaction that even the special armored tanks and cars of the enemies which boast their high maneuverability and striking power are no more than boiled pumpkin before the anti-tank guided weapon of the DPRK. The anti-tank rocket comprehensively reflects the military strategic idea of the WPK on guerrilla warfare.”Kim Jong Un noted “the weapon most vividly reflects the idea of putting all weapons and equipment on an accurate and light-weight basis and it is an impeccable Chuch’e-based weapon that meets the specific conditions of the country.” And “with pride” he said that “the test-fire of the Chuch’e-based weapon helps realize how just the above-said policy is.” He remarked that “combat and technical specifications of the anti-tank guided weapons have perfectly reached the level set by the Party” and called “for quickly starting the massive and serial production of those weapons and sufficiently deploying them at frontline units and coastal defense units so that a bold campaign for hunting enemy tanks and armored cars may be conducted in contingency.”
On behalf of the WPK Central Military Commission, Jong Un “thanked..the relevant scientists, technicians and munitions factory for developing the weapon system” and called “on the sector of the national defense scientific research and all the workers of the munitions industry to channel their efforts into developing Chuch’e-based weapons suited to the topography of the country and physical conditions of the soldiers.” He “advanced militant tasks to be carried out by the munitions industry during the 70-day campaign and this year.”