How Kim Jong-un Watched the Rocket Launch

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Kim Jong-un orders rocket launch This image captured from the Rodong Shinmun, a daily of North Korea's Workers Party, on Dec. 14, 2012, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watching the North's long-range rocket enter orbit at the Sohae Space Center in Cholsan, North Korea, on Dec. 12. Kim arrived at the center about one hour before the liftoff of the rocket.
Kim Jong-un during the launch. Photo: Yonhap News/Newscom

[December 12, 10:02 a.m.  A notebook-wielding 76-year-old apparatchik approaches boy-king Kim Jong-un, who is following the progress of North Korea's latest long-range rocket test.]

Apparatchik: Sir, I am happy to inform you that the rocket has launched successfully.

[Still gazing at the large monitor in front of him, Kim Jong-un lights a cigarette and takes a long, slow drag.]

Kim Jong-un: You're God damn right it did.

Fin.