February 21, 2024

Regime activity limited and conservative in December

At the end of the year, leadership is consolidating power and may be shifting back to Songun

Kim Jong Un, Supreme Leader of North Korea, made only 14 public appearances in the month of December 2013, the third lowest for the year.

The reduced number of public appearances is likely a result of Kim and his close associates spending more time in Pyongyang consolidating power in the wake of the purge of Kim’s uncle, Jang Song Taek.  In December, North Korean state media frequently reported on the accomplishments of and praise given to Kim and his father and grandfather.