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In February, leadership looks ahead to party congress
In February, leadership looks ahead to party congress
Kim focuses attention of satellite launch, military affairs, lead-up to Seventh Party Congress
March 9th, 2016

Month in Review

North Korea’s leadership in February focused primarily on the country’s Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite launch and preparations for the upcoming Seventh Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea, to be convened in early May. These two aspects of Kim Jong Un’s activity in February show a continued trend of emphasis on the country’s Byungjin line policy of simultaneous economic and nuclear development as well as apparent efforts to bolster the dominance of the Party.

At the same time, Pyongyang has continued to place much attention on military affairs, including military training and other events as well as development of new weapons systems. Additionally, February events revealed promotions and current statuses of numerous military officials, some holding key positions.


North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un made a total of nine public appearances in February. This is down – by just one – from his 10 appearances in January and the fewest he has made in a single month since last August, when he also appeared nine times. The majority of Kim’s appearances, six of nine, were military in nature. Five, including two of the military events, were political.

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