February 21, 2024

Kim Jong Un’s economic, provincial visits on the rise

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SEOUL – Kim Jong Un’s public appearances at sites of economic significance and outside of Pyongyang are rising, data for June and July published in the North Korea Leadership Tracker shows.

Kim made a total of 32 public appearances in June, the most of any single month since he succeeded his father Kim Jong Il as Supreme Leader in January 2012. Eighteen of these visits (or 56 percent) were economic in nature, and seven of them (22 percent) took place in Pyongyang.