The big news out of Kim Jong Un’s 2015 speech was his acceptance of an offer by South Korea to resume stalled high-level talks. The proposal had only been made a few days before the end of 2014.
“We think that it is possible to resume the suspended high-level contacts and hold sectoral talks if the south Korean authorities are sincere in their stand towards improving inter-Korean relations through dialogue,” he said, adding, “And there is no reason why we should not hold a summit meeting if the atmosphere and environment for it are created.”
Despite those words, the next inter-Korean summit wouldn’t take place until 2018.
Highlighted Achievements of 2014
Kim again highlighted the speed at which new construction projects were completed and mentioned by name the Wisong Scientists Dwelling District, apartment houses for lecturers of Kim Chaek University of Technology, Yonphung Scientists Holiday Camp and October 8 Factory.
Presentation and Broadcast
The speech was prerecorded and broadcast on Korean Central Television on January 1, 2015, at 9:36 am. Prior to its first broadcast, KCTV notified viewers at 8:44 am, 9:06 am and 9:12 am that it was about to be aired. It was repeated the same day at 12 pm, 5 pm and 8 pm; on February 2 at 10:43 am, 3:30 pm, 5:43 pm and 8:31 pm; on January 3 at 9:10 am, 2 pm and 6:56 pm; on January 4 at 9:42 am, 1:50 pm, 5:32 pm; and on January 5 at 3:09 pm.