Kim Jong-un Hidden from Public Eye for 2 Weeks

Write : 2017-08-14 09:41:16 Update : 2017-08-17 09:08:02

Kim Jong-un Hidden from Public Eye for 2 Weeks

Anchor: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has not been seen in public for the past two weeks. His retreat from the public eye, along with recently released satellite imagery of a submarine base, has many speculating that the North may be preparing to test a submarine-launched ballistic missile.
Our Kim Bum-soo has the details.
 
Report: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been absent from the public scene for more than two weeks.
 
The last time he was seen in public was July 30th when a celebration was held for the successful test launch of the Hwasong-14 missile which the Korean Central News Agency reported the following day.
 
The young North Korean leader previously disappeared for two weeks before the two test launches of Hwasong-14s.
 
Analysts say that Kim could engage in another provocation when he appears again. Other experts pointed to the possibility that he may be concerned about the increasing U.S. military threats.
 
Japan's Kyodo News Agency said that the North Korean government called in its ambassadors to the UN, China and Russia a day after it revealed its military plans to fire at Guam. Diplomatic sources said that all North Korean ambassadors were summoned to Pyongyang.  
 
Korea University Professor Nam Sung-wook said that this is not coincidental.
 
[Sound bite: Prof. Nam Sung-wook - Korea University (Korean)]
"This is very unusual that [the North is] taking preliminary measures before promoting its position at home and abroad, and the regime is expected to release an important statement or stage provocations."
 
In line with these expectations, U.S.-based North Korea monitoring Web site “38 North” released satellite imagery of a submarine base in North Korea on Friday.
 
The photo taken last Monday shows that netting or tarps have been suspended above both the fore and aft decks of the Sinpo-class submarine obscuring the view of any activity taking place beneath them.
 
38 North said that a similar covering was last done prior to the Pukguksong-1 test launch last year, suggesting that the North may be preparing for a new series of “at sea” test firings of submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
Kim Bum-soo, KBS World Radio News. 
 
 

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