Yesterday Pyongyang Korean Central Television (KCTV) broadcast a 27 minute documentary on the recent Unha 3-2 rocket launch which underscored Kim Jong Un’s close involvement in launch preparations. Entitled “Successful Launch of Satellite Kwangmyongsong 3-2 under the Leadership of the Dear Respected Marshal Kim Jong-un”, the documentary also included new footage showing detailed U’nha-3 rocket launch preparations.
Starting by talking about how DPRK scientists and technicians were able to develop a practical satellite just three years after the launch of a “test satellite” under the “energetic and meticulous leadership” of Kim Jong-un, the documentary describes efforts to accelerate the preparation for the launch of the satellite and highlights numerous instructions given by Kim Jong-un on the preparation work.
For example, the documentary recalls Kim Jong-un’s field visits to different sites related to the satellite launch and his instructions given at those sites. It also says that Kim Jong-un visited the Sohae Satellite Launching Station [Sohae Space Center] on 22 November to acquaint himself with the preparation work for the launch of an artificial earth satellite.
In detailing Kim’s close link with launch preparations, the documentary details how Kim Jong-un made on-the-spot guidance at the General Satellite Control and Command Center (GSCCC) on 6 December. It says that Kim Jong-un visited the GSCCC again and issued an order to launch the rocket on 12 December.
Throughout the documentary, the narrator lauds Kim Jong-un’s dedication to ensuring the satellite launch and describes how the entire nation was filled with overwhelming joy over the “festive event”.
It also shows reports carried by foreign television stations, including South Korean KBS-1 TV and SBS TV, on the success of the DPRK satellite launch.
The documentary then says that Kim Jong-un visited the Sohae Satellite Launching Station and So’hae GSCCC once again on 14 December and congratulated the scientists and technicians on successful launch of the satellite.
Source: Korean Central Satellite TV, Pyongyang, in Korean 0900gmt 20 Dec 12
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