North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un fires Economic Affairs Minister Kim Tu-il less than a month after appointing him to his cabinet for "lack of innovation". He is replaced by O Su-yong, according to state media.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, responding to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's offer during his New Year’s Day address, proposes a meeting to discuss the Winter Olympics and North Korea's nuclear program next Tuesday at the border city of Panmunjom.
North Korea's state agency KCNA announces the country will launch a satellite sometime between December 10 and December 22. The launch will take place around the time of South Korea's presidential election on December 19 and close to the first anniversary of the death of former leader Kim Jong-il. South Korean officials, as well as the US, believe that the isolated state is testing long-range missile technology with the aim of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile.
North Korean media name Kim Jong-un – the son and successor of late leader Kim Jong-il – as the Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army. [http:--www.straitstimes.com-The-Big-Story-The-Big-Story-1-Story-STIStory_748569.html ("Straits Times")]date=August 2019