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Kim Jong Un's Speeches and Public Statements

A collection of speeches and summaries of speeches given by DPRK Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. Translations are official unless otherwise noted.

Kim Jong Un Sends Open Letter to Voters throughout Country

Letter published by KCNA concerning Kim Jong Un's candidacy for election to the Supreme People's Assembly, published February 19, 2014

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Kim Jong Un's Letter to Participants in National Conference of Subworkteam Leaders in Agricultural Sector

Statement on agricultural policy endorsing the "subworkteam management system," published February 7, 2014.

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2014 New Year Address

Annual speech delivered by Kim Jong Un setting out the DPRK's policies and priorities for 2014

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To the Functionaries, Working People and Officers and Men of People’s Army Who Devoted All Their Efforts to Magnificently Embellish the Plaza Park of Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

Article attributed to Kim Jong-un, published in Rodong Sinmun in Korea on May 1, 2013. This article is noteworthy as one of the first occasions in which a DPRK supreme leader used the word “reform” in a positive connotation in a publicized written document.

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Letter of Appeal: Let Us Create the 'Masiknyo'ng Speed' and Usher in a New Heyday on All Fronts of Socialist Construction

This letter attributed to Kim Jong-un appeared in Rodong Sinmun on June 4 in the Korean edition; it urges the rapid construction of a world-class ski resort.

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Full text of a report by Kim Jong Un at the 31 March 2013 plenary meeting of the Workers Party of Korea Central Committee

Unofficial translation of Kim Jong Un's speech at the March 2013 plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers Party of Korea.

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Kim Jong Un Speaks in National Conference of Light Industry

Excerpts of a speech given by Kim Jong Un to North Korea's National Council of Light Industry, published in the Pyongyang Times on March 23, 2013.

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Opening Address at WPK Cell Secretaries Meeting

Unofficial translation of Kim Jong Un's speech to the fourth meeting of the cell secretaries of the Workers Party of Korea

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2013 New Year Address

In his first New Year's Day speech, Kim Jong Un celebrated the launch of the Kwangmyongsong 3-2, as well as other technical and economic advances, including the Huichon Power Station and Tanchon Port, and "many Juche-oriented and modern factories and enterprises. . . thus further consolidating the material and technological foundations of our economy."

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Kim Jong Un Speaks at Banquet for Celebrating Satellite Launch

Kim Jong Un praises North Korea's December 2012 satellite launch, and calls for building "more powerful launch vehicles in greater numbers."

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Kim Jong Un Speech at Kim Il Sung Military University Founding Anniversary

Unofficial translation of Kim Jong Un's speech praising Kim Il Sung University.

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Kim Jong Un Speaks at Banquet for Celebrating August 25

Text of a speech given by Kim Jong Un on August 25, 2012, which the DPRK says is the 52nd anniversary of the beginning of Kim Jong Il's "Songun-based revolutionary leadership."

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Let Us Step Up the Building of a Thriving Country by Applying Kim Jong Il’s Patriotism

Transcript of a talk given by Kim Jong Un to senior officials of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, July 26, 2012.

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Address to Korean Children's Union

Summary of Kim Jong Un's June 6, 2012 speech to 20,000 youth in Pyongyang, celebrating the anniversary of the founding of the Korean Children's Union

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Kim Jong Un Calls for Holding Kim Jong Il in High Esteem as General Secretary of WPK Forever

Summary of the first speech publicly attributed to Kim Jong Un, stating that "guiding idea of the WPK is the great Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism."

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Kim Jong Un's speech at the Kim Il Sung Centennial Celebration

Unofficial English translation of Kim Jong-un's public speech, delivered in Pyongyang during the centennial celebration of Kim Il-sung's birth on April 15, 2012.

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