Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his observation and guidance of the Hwaso’ng 10 intermediate range ballistic missile test
DPRK state media reported on June 29 (Wednesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a commemorative photo-op outside Ku’msusan Memorial Palace of the Sun [KPS] with the scientists, technicians and other personnel involved in the research and production of the successful July 22 test firing of the Hwaso’ng-10 (Musudan) intermediate-range ballistic missile [IRBM]. Also in attendance were Ri Man Gon (Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman for and Director of the WPK Munitions Industry Department [MID]), Ri Pyong Chol (Senior Deputy Director of the WPK Organization Guidance Department) and Kim Jong Sik (deputy director of MID) along with other senior officials of the MID, the Second Economic Committee and the Second Academy of Natural Sciences.
Upon arriving on Ku’mususan plaza, “the participants enthusiastically welcomed him, extending highest glory and warmest thanks to him.” Jong Un waved at the missile test contributors, “with a broad smile on his face and sent a warm salute to them.” He “congratulated them who, through successful test-fire of the rocket, proved once again the truth that the decision of the party precisely mean the practice of Korean, instilled confidence in sure victory into its service personnel and people and struck horror into the hostile forces.” After the photos were taken, Kim Jong Un expressed his “expectation and belief that the scientists, technicians, workers and officials in the sector of national defense science would perform fresh miracles and innovations in their scientific research for nation defense and munitions production.”