Kim Jong Un’s February Activity: “Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi”
Leadership activities dominated by Kim Jong Il's 75th birth anniversary event
While the outside world’s attention was gripped by missiles and murders, DPRK leadership activities in February focused on the 75th birth anniversary of the late Kim Jong Il – the peak of domestic political theater.
The occasion serves not only as a lens for understanding recent geopolitical events, but was also a potent political act in itself, aimed at further enshrining Kim Jong Un’s position within official State narratives surrounding legacy, lineage, and legitimacy.
Chairman Kim Jong Un made a total of seven publicized appearances in February. Unlike last month’s heavy focus on
- 01Cigarettes over medicine? Tobacco imports to North Korea lead trade with China
- 02US Treasury’s sanctions review: What it means for North Korea policy
- 03North Korea pulls back the curtain on current and future weapon technologies
- 04What ‘economic development’ means to Kim Jong Un
- 05As China burns through coal, North Korea steps in to fill the gap
- 06After years in hiding, a North Korean ship shows its true colors
- 07New missiles and Kim Jong Un idolatry dominate ‘Self-Defense-2021’ expo
- 08Taekwondo, tourism and trade: Estonia’s ties with North Korea