Kim Jong-un at rocket engine test site

Kim Jong-un at rocket engine test site

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attends the test of a high-thrust rocket engine at the Sohae satellite launch site. North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency reported it on March 19, 2017, without saying when the test was conducted. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap) (END)

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Kim Jong-un orders speedier new town construction

N.K. leader orders speedier new town construction

Accompanied by officials, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C) tours the construction site of a new district named Ryomyong Street in Pyongyang in this photo provided by the North’s ruling party organ Rodong Sinmun on March 16, 2017. Kim called on builders to finish construction for the new town before the birthday of the country’s late founder Kim Il-sung in April. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap) (END)

 

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North Korean farmers’ union celebrates Kim Jong-un’s ascension to power

N.K. farmers' union celebrates Kim's ascension to power

The art squad of the North’s Union of Agricultural Workers of Korea stages a performance in Pyongyang on Dec. 29, 2016, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the country’s top leader Kim Jong-un’s assumption of power. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (KCNA-Yonhap) (END)

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Kim Jong-un public activities hit 5-year low in 2016: data

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un carried out the fewest public activities this year since he took office in late 2011, data showed Saturday, amid toughened international scrutiny over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests.

The North’s leader conducted 132 field guidances in 2016, compared to 153 cases recorded the previous year, according to Seoul’s unification ministry and analysis of North Korean media reports by Yonhap News Agency.

Since his public appearances peaked at 212 in 2013, they have been on the decline, the data showed.

Experts said that a fall in Kim’s field guidance comes as the international community is keeping close tabs on his activity following Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests.

“It may be attributable to the international community’s tougher scrutiny of Kim’s activities as North Korea made more nuclear and missile provocations this year,” said Kim Yong-hyun, a professor of North Korean studies at Dongguk University.

The United Nations Security Council slapped tougher sanctions on the North in March for its fourth nuclear test in January and long-range rocket launch in the following month. It also imposed more sanctions against Pyongyang in November for the fifth nuclear detonation in September.

Experts also said that the North’s leader further reaffirmed his power base by holding a party congress in May, reducing the need to show his presence publicly.

This year, Kim reasserted his one-man leadership by holding two key events that analysts say served as his coronation — a rare congress by the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) in May and a parliamentary meeting in June.

Jo Yong-won, a vice director of the WPK’s central committee, accompanied Kim the most on the leader’s inspections with 47 occasions this year, followed by top military official Hwang Pyong-so with 40 cases, the data showed.

“Jo seems to be the most frequent member of Kim’s entourage as the North’s leader focused on the role of the party rather than the military,” said Kim Keun-sik, a professor at Kyungnam University.

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Kim Jong-un visits army fishery stations

N.K. leader visits army fishery stations

This combined photo released by North Korea’s main newspaper Rodong Sinmun on Nov. 17, 2016, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspecting two fishery stations of the Korean People’s Army. The newspaper didn’t disclose the location and timing of his visits. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap) (END)

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Kim Jong-un orders full probe into Musudan missiles launches

SEOUL, Oct. 28 (Yonhap) — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered a special investigation team to conduct a full-fledged probe into the causes of the failure of recent intermediate-range missiles launches, a North Korean defectors group claimed Friday.

“Kim has instructed the special investigation team to implement a probe into the national defense sector starting on Nov. 1 to make the causes for the launch failures clear,” said Kim Heung-kwang, a North Korean defector and executive director of Seoul-based dissidents’ group North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity, in a press conference.

Kim attributed the investigation to the North Korean leader’s belief that spies from the United States and South Korea had been implicated in a series of Musudan missile failures.

It is speculated that North Korean authorities believe South Korea and the U.S. have done something detrimental to the missile parts, including the integrated circuit chips, that are imported from foreign countries, according to Kim.

Headed by the North’s State Security Minister Kim Won-hong, the investigation team has around 60 anti-spy experts, he said.

This photo from North Korea's Rodong Sinmun, the ruling party newspaper, on June 23, 2016, shows a Hwasong-10 ballistic missile -- known as the intermediate-range Musudan to the outside world -- being launched near Wonsan on the east coast. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No  Redistribution) (Yonhap)

This photo from North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun, the ruling party newspaper, on June 23, 2016, shows a Hwasong-10 ballistic missile — known as the intermediate-range Musudan to the outside world — being launched near Wonsan on the east coast. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea.

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Subject to investigation are all the people involved in the making of Musudan missiles.

“Officials and workers who engaged in the launches of the missiles are now banned from traveling and their mobiles phones are confiscated to check their conversation records,” Kim said.

North Korea has test-fired the Musudan missile eight times since April 15 and the launches ended in failure except one on June 22, when a missile flew 400 kilometers and reached an altitude of over 1,400 km. Others blew up immediately after launch, which may indicate that Pyongyang has not fully mastered the related missile technology.

 

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Korea DPR conducts rocket engine test

N. Korea conducts rocket engine test

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R), flanked by senior aides, watches a ground test of a new high-power rocket engine at the country’s Sohae satellite launch site, in this photo releasaed by the North’s ruling party organ Rodong Sinmun on Sept. 20, 2016. The (North) Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim supervised the successful test, which provides sufficient carrier capability to launch various kinds of satellites. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap) (END)

 

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