North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Documentary Released of U’nha-3 Rocket Launch

DPRK state media released a documentary film on 21 December (Thursday) depicting the production, preparations and 12 December 2012 launch of the U’nha-3 rocket and the Kwangmyo’ngso’ng-3 (KMS-3.2) satellite.  The … Continue reading

12/23/2012 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Visits the Sohae Satellite Launching Center

DPRK state media reported on 14 December (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) made a congratulatory visit to the Sohae Satellite Launch Center (Sohae Space Center) in Tongch’ang-ri, Ch’o’lsan … Continue reading

12/15/2012 · Leave a comment

Video Showing U’nha-3 Launch Released

DPRK state media issued an official report on 12 December (Wednesday) on the launch of the U’nha-3 carrier rocket from the Sohae Space Center earlier in the day.  The launch … Continue reading

12/12/2012 · Leave a comment

U’nha-3 Launched: “Object Appeared to Achieve Orbit”

DPRK state media reported on 12 December (Wednesday) that “the second version of satellite Kwangmyo’ngso’ng-3 successfully lifted off from the Sohae Space Center in Cholsan County, North Phyongan Province by carrier rocket … Continue reading

12/12/2012 · 1 Comment

U’nha-3 Launch Window’s Sash Widened to 29 December

DPRK state media announced on 10 December (Monday) an seven-day extension to the U’nha-3’s launch period.  According to KCNA the Korean Committee for Space Technology [KCST] “decided to extend the … Continue reading

12/10/2012 · Leave a comment

Korea Committee for Space Technology Considers “Readjusting” U’nha-3 Launch Time

DPRK state media reported on 8 December (Saturday) that a spokesman for the Korean Committee for Space Technology [KCST] said that technicians and relevant experts at the Sohae Satellite Launch … Continue reading

12/08/2012 · Leave a comment

U’nha-3 Rocket Installation Complete

South Korean media reported on 5 December (Wednesday) that the installation of the U’nha-3 rocket was complete.  According to KBS an unnamed South Korean (ROK) military official said “circumstantial evidence … Continue reading

12/05/2012 · Leave a comment

Missile Accessories Shipped to Sohae

Asahi Shimbun reported on 21 November (Wednesday) that satellites caught sight of a shipment of missile parts traveling from Pyongyang factories  to the country’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station in Tongch’ang-dong, … Continue reading

11/25/2012 · Leave a comment

Pregaming the 12th SPA’s 6th Session (revised)

Corrected to reflect the two inter-Korea special administrative regions in Kaeso’ng and Mt. Ku’mgang The 12th Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] will hold its sixth session on 25 September.  Ahead of … Continue reading

09/24/2012 · 1 Comment

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