North Korean state media reported on Wednesday that Kim inspected the country’s No. 1 military reconnaissance satellite the previous day before launch as final preparations were completed.
Kim is shown in the photo wearing a white coat looking at what appears to be a spy satellite. He is accompanied by his daughter.
UN Security Council resolutions prohibit North Korea from launching objects using ballistic missile technology.
But the country reiterated its intention to launch a long-range ballistic missile under the pretext of putting a satellite into orbit.
The launch would be the first since February 2016 to contravene the resolutions.