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DPRK, China Prosecutors’ Offices Sign Cooperation Memo

5 Nov
Hu Zejun, Deputy Procurator-General of China, poses for a commemorative photo with delegation of the DPRK Supreme Prosecutor's Office on 28 October 2013 (Photo: Xinhua).

Hu Zejun, Deputy Procurator-General of China, poses for a commemorative photo with delegation of the DPRK Supreme Prosecutor’s Office on 28 October 2013 (Photo: Xinhua).

A delegation from the DPRK Supreme Prosecutor’s Office (f.k.a. the Central Public Prosecutor’s Office) met with Chinese Deputy Procurator (Attorney) General Hu Zejun on 28 October.  The DPRK delegation included 1st Vice Director Lt. Gen. Ri Chol, other Supreme Prosecutor’s Office officials and DPRK Ambassador to China Ji Jae Ryong.    At the meeting, the DPRK and PRC signed a memorandum of understand on cooperation between the DPRK Supreme Prosecutor’s Office and the PRC Supreme People’s Procuratorate.

According to Chinese state media, Hu Zejun said that “North Korea is China’s friendly neighbor and  Friendship between the two peoples have a profound historical basis. Sino-Korean diplomatic ties have existed for more than 64 years.   The bipartisan leaders of the two countries maintain close communication, both in law enforcement to further strengthen judicial exchanges and cooperation, and have achieved gratifying results.  I believe that your Excellency’s current visit will further promote the existing good relations between the procuratorial organs.”  Hu briefed the DPRK delegation on functions and missions of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and said it was using revised criminal and civil statues to “strengthen legal supervision, safeguard social fairness and justice to play a more active role.”  After the meeting, a signing ceremony was held to ink the memorandum of understanding on cooperation.  Hu said that the MOU was signed “to deepen exchanges and cooperation” and that the agreement “marked the judicial cooperation between the two sides and entered a more substantive phase.”  Hu said that “Chinese prosecutors are willing to take this opportunity to promote comprehensive development and friendly relations with North Korea.”  Ri Chol said that the “the DPRK attaches great importance to exchanges and cooperation with the Chinese procuratorial organs, will seriously implement the memorandum of understanding on cooperation and consensus reached at the meeting and cooperation between procuratorial organs to achieve new progress.”

 

 

KIS Youth League Delegation Meets PRC Vice President

19 Oct
Jon Yong Nam (L), Chairman of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League Central Committee, shakes hands with Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao (R) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on 18 October 2013 (Photo by Xie Huanchi, Xinhua News Agency).

Jon Yong Nam (L), Chairman of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League Central Committee, shakes hands with Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao (R) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on 18 October 2013 (Photo by Xie Huanchi, Xinhua News Agency).

A delegation of the Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) Socialist Youth League [KISYL] met Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao iin Beijing on 18 October (Friday).  The KISYL delegation was led by Jon Yong Nam, Chairman of the KISYL Central Committee.  During the meeting,  Jon told Li that “the DPRK stands ready to increase the exchanges and cooperation between youths of the two countries to further promote bilateral relations.”  Li Yuanchao said that “China and DPRK are friendly neighbors, and that youths are the inheritors and builders of bilateral relations” and he hoped “that the two countries will expand youth exchanges to ensure that the friendly relations between the two countries will continue and flourish.”  According to KCNA, Li said that “that the Korean people are making great achievements in the drive to develop economy and improve the standard of people’s living under the leadership of Marshal Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n)” and that he hoped “the young people of the two countries would boost the traditional relations of friendship provided by the revolutionaries of the elder generations.”

On 17 October the KISYL delegation visited Dalian University of Technology and attended a meeting with the university’s faculty and students and a concert by Chinese performers and members of the art propaganda squad of the KISYL Central Committee.  During the meeting, participants said “the DPRK-China friendly and cooperative relations provided and brought into bloom by President Kim Il Sung, leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) and Chinese revolutionaries of elder generations have long-standing historical roots and tradition” and “noted that the friendship and exchange between the youth of the DPRK and China grow stronger day by day amid the deep concern of the top leaders of the two countries.”  Speakers at the meeting also said that “that the youth are flowers of the country and nation and proud masters of the future” and “expressed the belief that the traditional DPRK-China relations of friendship would further develop by the common efforts of the youth of the two countries.”  The concert included performances of DPRK songs  “Sng of General Kim Il Sung,” “Thinking of the General,” “Let Youth Run Like [an] Express Train (instrumental)” and “Our Leader Loved by People” and Chinese songs “Red Flag Flutters High,” and “Beautiful Hometown.”  According to KCNA  “warm sentiment of friendship between the youth of the two countries pervaded the meeting venue.”

 

Kim Kye Gwan Meets with PRC State Councilor

18 Sep
Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi (R) meets with Kim Kye Gwan, first vice foreign minister of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 17, 2013. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi (R) meets with Kim Kye Gwan, first vice foreign minister of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 17, 2013. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)

Chinese media reported that DPRK 1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan met with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on 17 September (Tuesday).  During the meeting, according to Xinhua, Yang told Kim that “the China-DPRK relationship is at a crucial stage that connects the past and the future. Both sides should keep up with the times, grasp opportunities and tackle challenges to advance the healthy, stable development of bilateral ties” and  that “the six-party talks are an effective mechanism for realizing denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and maintaining peace and stability of the peninsula and Northeast Asia, as well as an important platform for relevant parties to improve relations.”  Yang also said that “China hopes relevant parties make concerted efforts to strive for an early resumption of the six-party talks.”  Kim Kye Gwan said that “the DPRK-China friendship should carry on, and bilateral ties should be strengthened” and “the six-party talks are an important platform for achieving denuclearization of the peninsula. DPRK supports China’s effort to restart the talks and is willing to keep in-depth communication with China.”  

Kim Kye Gwan is the surprise guest at a one-day conference (or workshop) Retrospects and Outlooks: A Decade of the Six-Party Talks organized by the Chinese Government to mark the tenth anniversary of the Six Party Talks and the eighth anniversary of the 19 September 2005 Joint Statement.  Accompanying Kim to China for the conference were Ri Yong Ho, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Choe Son Hui, a deputy department directors at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  During his address at the conference Kim said the DPRK is “ready to enter the six-party talks without preconditions” and said that “preconditions” stipulated by the US and ROK “are in violation of the spirit of the Sept. 19 Joint Statement” and “attaching preconditions to our offer of dialogue would cause mistrust.”  Kim also said that “denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula is a dying wish of our late leaders and our country’s policy goal” and “we support the six-party talks, and we are willing to resume dialogue under the framework of the six-party talks, including a small-scale dialogue.”   PRC Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the conference that “no one should attempt to bring chaos to this region or pursue selfish interests” and “recently, there have been positive changes on the Korean Peninsula. . .The situation has moved from a high degree of tensions to relative relaxation, and from strong and serious confrontation to the restart of talks.  The situation on the peninsula is still fragile and uncertain.  Therefore, the parties should properly handle and approach the situation, exercise restraint, avoid provocative measures against each other in order to maintain the current momentum of relaxation.”

PRC Nuclear Envoy Wu Dawei meets with Kim Kye Gwan

27 Aug
Chinese Special Envoy Wu Dawei (L) DPRK 1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan (R)

Chinese Special Envoy Wu Dawei (L) DPRK 1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan (R)

DPRK 1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan met China’s special envoy on Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei on 27 August (Tuesday).  According to KCNA Kim and Wu “met and had a friendly talk.”  Attending the meeting were officials from the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the PRC’s charge d’affaires ad interim.  Wu arrived in the DPRK on 26 August (Monday) and, according to DPRK state media was greeted at the airport by”functionaries from relevant sectors and the PRC charge d’affaires to the DPRK.”

PRC Embassy in the DPRK Hosts Reception Commemorating 86th Anniversary of the PLA

13 Aug
Vice Minister of the People's Armed Forces Col. Gen. Kang P'yo Yong (L) meets with PRC Ambassador to the DPRK Liu Hongcai (R) on 1 August 2013, prior to a reception commemorating the 86th anniversary of the foundation the Chinese People's Liberation Army (Photo: PRC Embassy in the DPRK).

Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Col. Gen. Kang P’yo Yong (L) meets with PRC Ambassador to the DPRK Liu Hongcai (R) on 1 August 2013, prior to a reception commemorating the 86th anniversary of the foundation the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (Photo: PRC Embassy in the DPRK).

PRC Embassy National Defense Military Attache Maj. Gen. Zhang Ping (L) addresses a reception commemorating the 86th anniversary of the foundation of the PLA held at the Taedonggang Diplomatic Club in Pyongyang on 1 August 2013 (Photo: PRC Embassy in the DPRK).

PRC Embassy National Defense Military Attache Maj. Gen. Zhang Ping (L) addresses a reception commemorating the 86th anniversary of the foundation of the PLA held at the Taedonggang Diplomatic Club in Pyongyang on 1 August 2013 (Photo: PRC Embassy in the DPRK).

The Chinese Embassy in the DPRK hosted a reception at the Taedonggang Diplomatic Club on 1 August commemorating the 86th anniversary of the foundation of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army [PLA].  Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces, Col. Gen. Kang P’yo Yong (Kang P’yo-yo’ng), attended the reception along with senior Korean People’s Army [KPA] officers, DPRK Government officials, cadres and functionaries of the KPA General Political Department and the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Military Affairs Department and ambassadors, diplomatic officials and military attaches from foreign embassies in the DPRK.  Before the reception, PRC Ambassador to the DPRK Liu Hongcai met with Col. Gen. Kang.  Major General Zhang Ping, the PRC Embassy’s National Defense Attache, and Col. Gen. Kang P’yo Yong delivered speeches at the reception which, according to the PRC Embassy, “reviewed the glorious combatant course of the Chinese PLA in the past 86 years, warmly extolled the traditional friendship between the two peoples and the two armies of China and the DPRK, and said they will continue to promote a healthy and steady development of friendly relations of cooperation between the two countries and the two armies of China and the DPRK, and actively contribute to safeguarding regional peace and stability.”

The reception “proceeded in a friendly and warm atmosphere” and “guests extended their congratulations on the occasion of the Chinese PLA 86th founding anniversary and complimented the Chinese army on its achievements in construction and development.”  According to the PRC Embassy “on display at the banquet hall were many military publications for foreign readers; photos of the launching of the ‘Shenzhou 10″ spacecraft, the outgoing voyage of the aircraft carrier ‘Liaoning,’ escort voyage of the Chinese Navy formation, Sino-foreign joint military exercises. . .as well as the scroll playback of the documentary ‘Chinese Military Today’ which were all well-received by the guests.”

 

DPRK Premier Visits Power Plant, Farm and Appliances Factory

2 Jul
DPRK Premier Pak Pong Ju (2nd R) tours the Pyongyang Electrical Appliances Joint Venture Company (Photo: KCNA-Yonhap).

DPRK Premier Pak Pong Ju (2nd R) tours the Pyongyang Electrical Appliances Joint Venture Company (Photo: KCNA-Yonhap).

DPRK state media reported on 1 July (Monday) that Cabinet Premier Pak Pong Ju visited the Pyongyang Thermal Power Complex, a cooperative farm in Kangwo’n Province and an electric appliances factory.  Pak’s first visit was to the Pyongyang Electric Appliance Joint Venture Company, which was established in 2006 in cooperation with the Beijing Fu Xing Xiao Cheng Electronic Technology Stock Company [LTD].  Pak learned “in detail about the researches into the power management and production of different kinds of watt-hour meters” and held a “consultative meeting” which “discussed and took measures to improve the power industry system to meet the higher demands for power in the fields of the national economy and use electricity in an effective manner.”

Pak later visited the Pyongyang Thermal Power Complex.  While touring the power plant, he “spoke highly of the successes made by officials, technicians and workers of the complex who have replied to the Workers’ Party of Korea’s call with increased production of electricity” and he learned “in detail about the production and boiler operation.”  Pak held a meeting with managers and officials of the power plant “to stress the need to produce much more electricity and send it to fields of national economy so as to meet the demand for electricity in building an economic power.”  Pak Pong Ju also “called for meticulously organizing the management of equipment and technical control and increasing production.”  Pak also visited Mip’yo’ng Cooperative Farm in T’ongch’o’n County, Kangwo’n Province where he learned about its fertilization and cultivation activities.  According to KCNA, he “underscored the need to establish ring-shaped rotation production system to raise soil fertility, and radically increase grain production and thoroughly prevent crop and land damage by downpours.”

DPRK Premier Visits Factories and Farm in N. P’yo’ngan Province

30 Jun
DPRK Premier Pak Pong Ju examines products of the Ryangchaek Bearings Factory (Photo: KCNA).

DPRK Premier Pak Pong Ju examines products of the Ryangchaek Bearings Factory (Photo: KCNA).

DPRK state media reported on 29 June (Saturday) that Cabinet Premier Pak Pong Ju visited two factories and a cooperative farm in North P’yo’ngan Province.  Pak’s first visits were to the Ponghwa Chemical Factory and Ryangchaek Bearing Factory.  According to KCNA he “encouraged the workers there in their drive to improve the management of equipment and technical control.”  Pak also was briefed about farming equipment at the Naejung Cooperative Farm in Yomju County where he also “acquainted himself with issues arising in applying the system for taking charge of plots while talking with farmers.”  At his onsite visits Pak convened meetings to consult with managers and officials.  These meetings “discussed measures for providing in good time fuel and materials badly needed in production and improving the quality of products” and “dealt with issues of increasing the utility rate of land to suit specific conditions and boosting the will of the agricultural workers to increase production.”

Pak Pong Ju (2nd R) tours the Naejung Cooperative Farm in Yomju County, North P'yo'ngan Province (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Pak Pong Ju (2nd R) tours the Naejung Cooperative Farm in Yomju County, North P’yo’ngan Province.  Also seen in attendance is DPRK Vice Premier and State Planning Commission Chairman Ro Tu Chol (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Chinese Vice President Attends Anniversary Reception at DPRK Embassy in Beijing

14 Jun
DPRK Embassy in Beijing (Photo: Google image)

DPRK Embassy in Beijing (Photo: Google image)

DPRK state media reported that the DPRK Embassy in Beijing hosted a reception commemorating the 30th anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s “maiden visit” to China in 1983.  Attending the reception from the Chinese government were Vice President Li Yuanchao, Deputy Director of the Communist Party of China’s International Liaison Department Liu Jieyi and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin.  DPRK Ambassador to China Ji Jae Ryong and embassy personnel attended on behalf of the DPRK.  In his anniversary speech, according to KCNA, Ji Jae Ryong remarked “that the maiden visit to China by Kim Jong Il was a historic event which greatly contributed to putting on a new high stage the traditional DPRK-China friendship which was provided and cultivated by President Kim Il Sung together with Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai and other leaders of the elder generation of China and stood all tests of history and to ensuring the peace and security in Northeast Asia and the rest of the world and advancing the human cause of independence against imperialism” and that “Kim Jong Un is paying deep attention to boosting the DPRK-China friendly relations true to the noble intention of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.”  Ji also said “we will as ever make joint efforts with Chinese comrades to steadily boost the traditional DPRK-China friendship.”

Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao (L) and DPRK Ambassador to the PRC Ji Jae Ryong (R) spoke at an anniversary reception commemorating Kim Jong Il's 1983 visit to China held at the DPRK Embassy to China on 13 June 2013 (Photos: Xinhua and Yonhap)

Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao (L) and DPRK Ambassador to the PRC Ji Jae Ryong (R) spoke at an anniversary reception commemorating Kim Jong Il’s 1983 visit to China held at the DPRK Embassy to China on 13 June 2013 (Photos: Xinhua and Yonhap)

According to KCNA, Li Yuanchao said in his speech that “Kim Jong Il worked heart and soul to develop the Korean revolution and construction and the traditional Sino-DPRK friendly relations and made important contributions” and “First Secretary Kim Jong Un in his recent personal letter sent to General Secretary Xi Jinping underlined the need to carry forward and develop the traditional Sino-DPRK friendly relations.”  Li also said “the Chinese party and government set great store by the Sino-DPRK friendly relations and the new collective leadership of the Communist Party of China will together with the party and government of the DPRK respect and trust each other and conduct friendly exchange and cooperation in the spirit of inheriting the tradition, facing up to the future, building good-neighborly friendship and strengthening cooperation and thus promote the development of the Sino-DPRK friendly relations and defend the peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.”

The reception in Beijing followed a similar anniversary event hosted by the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Committee at the Koryo Hotel in Pyongyang on 4 June.  The Pyongyang reception commemorating the 30th anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s visit to China was attended by PRC Ambassador to the DPRK Liu Hongcai, PRC Embassy personnel and Chinese nationals and students working in the DPRK.  KWP Secretary and Director of the International Affairs Department [IAD] Kim Yong Il attended the reception on behalf of the DPRK, and was joined by officials from the IAD, the DPRK Foreign Ministry and the National Defense Commission.

Chinese Ambassador to the DPRK Liu Hongcai (L) and KWP International Affairs Secretary Kim Yong Il (R) spoke at an anniversary event commemorating Kim Jong Il's 1983 visit to China, held at the Koryo Hotel in Pyongyang on 4 June 2013 (Photos: PRC Embassy in the DPRK, NKLW file photo).

Chinese Ambassador to the DPRK Liu Hongcai (L) and KWP International Affairs Secretary Kim Yong Il (R) spoke at an anniversary event commemorating Kim Jong Il’s 1983 visit to China, held at the Koryo Hotel in Pyongyang on 4 June 2013 (Photos: PRC Embassy in the DPRK, NKLW file photo).

In his speech Kim Yong Il said “Kim Jong Il’s visit to China in June 1983 marked a historic event of weighty significance in boosting the traditional DPRK-China friendship generation after generation” and “recalled that senior officials of the party and state of China enthusiastically welcomed Kim Jong Il, who paid a maiden visit to their country as most important state guest and accorded him cordial hospitality with all sincerity.”  Kim Yong Il also remarked that “Kim Jong Il, setting greatest store by the DPRK-China friendship provided by President Kim Il Sung, exerted great efforts to make the deeply rooted friendship flourish and develop.  It is the noble duty and obligation of the present generation to steadily boost the precious DPRK-China friendship associated with great efforts of the leaders of the elder generation of the two parties and countries.  The recent visit paid by a special envoy of Comrade Kim Jong Un to China marked an important occasion in steadily boosting the DPRK-China friendly relations, wealth common to the peoples of the two countries, as required by the new times.”  According to KCNA, Kim also said that “tt is the unshakable political stand of the WPK and the government of the DPRK to steadily develop the DPRK-China friendship, he said, stressing that the WPK would in the future, too, to boost with vitality and dynamism the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries.”

Chinese Ambassador to the DPRK Liu Hongcai, according to KCNA, said “General Secretary Kim Jong Il visited China several times to forge close relations with Chinese party and state leaders and worked heart and soul to boost the Sino-DPRK friendly and cooperative relations” and that “China and the DPRK are the friendly neighbors linked by the same mountain and rivers, he said, stressing that it is the consistent stand of the Chinese party and government to steadily develop the Sino-DPRK friendly relations.”  Liu also said “the Chinese side deems it important to invariably develop the Sino-DPRK friendly relations on a strategic height and from a long-term viewpoint” and Liu “underscored the need to further value the Sino-DPRK friendship, the precious common treasure of the two peoples, and carry forward and develop it generation after generation.”  Liu “recalled that the special envoy of First Secretary of Kim Jong Un visited China and met with General Secretary Xi Jinping and other leading officials of China and had an in-depth and candid exchange of views on issues of common concern” and said “the relations between the two countries at present have entered a new historic phase. . .underlining the need to promote common development on the principles of mutual respect, mutual benefit and co-prosperity and thus bring welfare to the two peoples.”

The two events commemorating the anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s visit to China in 1983 appear to be part of a reconciliation process between the DPRK and China.  The Beijing reception was attended by PRC Vice President Li Yuanchao, who visited the DPRK Embassy on a condolence call after Kim Jong Il’s death in December 2011 and who lead a CPC delegation on an official visit to the DPRK in June 2011, during which he met with the late DPRK leader.  Also attending the Beijing anniversary event were Liu Jieyi, who escorted VMar Choe Ryong Hae during his visit to Beijing in May 2013, and Liu Zhenmin, who had previously participated in several senior DPRK-PRC interactions.

Kim Jong Un Visits International Children’s Camp and Outdoor Theater in Wo’nsan

31 May
Kim Jong Un (1) tours Songdowon International Children's Camp in Wo'nsan, Kangwo'n Province (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

Kim Jong Un (1) tours Songdowon International Children’s Camp in Wo’nsan, Kangwo’n Province (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

DPRK state media reported on 30 May (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Songdowon International Children’s Camp and the Songdowon Youth Open-Air Theater in Kangwo’n, capital city of Kangwo’n Province.  His last observed public appearance was his visit to the 25 August Fishery Station of Korean People’s Army [KPA] Unit #313.  Attending Kim Jong Un’s visits to the children’s camp and outdoor theater in Wo’nsan were Senior Deputy [1st vice] Director of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Propaganda and Agitation Department Choe Hwi, Deputy KWP Department Director (for construction and design) Ma Won Chun and Deputy KWP Department Director Pak Tae Song.

Kim Jong Un’s first stop was a tour of the Songdowon International Children’s Camp.  After arriving at the camp, Kim Jong Un examined a statue of his grandfather, late DPRK President and founder, Kim Il Sung.  He said that the camp is “a historic place” and whilst “recollecting that Kim Il Sung personally chose the site of the camp in 1959, the postwar period, and made sure that it was built, he added that in the subsequent period leader Kim Jong Il saw to it that it was reconstructed as the Songdowon International Children’s Camp and visited it in March, 1993 when the country was in a grave situation.”  Kim Jong Un also remarked that “it is the firm determination of the WPK to successfully remodel the camp closely associated with the leadership exploits of the great Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il as required by the new century,” “proposed erecting statues of the Generalissimos among children while undertaking the project in order to convey their noble love for future and posterity down through generations” and “specified instructions for remodeling the camp, going round the camp building, the International Friendship Children’s Hall and other places of the camp visited by Kim Jong Il on March 30, 1993,” according to KCNA.

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Songdowon International Children’s Camp in Wo’nsan, Kangwo’n Province (Photos: Google image, KCNA/FLPH file photo)

Kim Jong Un (1) tours the Songdowon International Children's Camp (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un (1) tours the Songdowon International Children’s Camp (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un (1) issues instructions while touring a beach at Songdowon International Children's Camp in Wo'nsan, Kangwo'n Province on the DPRK's east coast (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

Kim Jong Un (1) issues instructions while touring a beach at Songdowon International Children’s Camp in Wo’nsan, Kangwo’n Province on the DPRK’s east coast (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

Kim Jong Un toured one of the camp’s dormitories and “told officials to provide them with better furniture and TV sets.” He also “underscored the need to decorate walls of rooms with wallpapers beautiful in color and pattern to suit children’s minds and take thorough measures for heating and electricity so that they may not feel any inconvenience in their camping.”  In a visit to a building lobby he “said that it is 20 years old but it still looks impeccable in architectural beauty as Kim Jong Il led the designing and construction of the camp with loving care.”  He also toured a friendship exhibition and “stressed the need to set up a guide board written in foreign languages so that it may be convenient to children from various countries of the world” and visited a classroom for marine biology lessons and “gave an instruction to provide it with varieties of specimen so that campers may acquire not only knowledge about seas but that about animals and plants.”

According to KCNA, Kim Jong Un said “that the camp should be operated in winter, too, in the future so that children may enjoy skiing at the Masik Pass Skiing Ground now under construction.”  During a tour of the camp’s wading pool, he said “he would send modern wading equipment and told officials to spruce them up as well as they please.”  On a tour of a playground, he “called for building a running track and covering the football field with artificial turf and providing new facilities for sports events such as volleyball and basketball.” Kim Jong Un also asked the camp change its ideological slogan to “We Are the Happiest in the World!” and “General Goes to Front While Children Go to Camp!”  During a tour of the camp’s beach Kim Jong Un “underscored the need to build dressing rooms and diving towers, provide modern shower equipment and take necessary measures for preventing sand from piling up there.”  According to KCNA he also “took measures for building a new ground for education at the camp and paving its sidewalks again, adding that he would send vehicles needed for its management and operation.”

Kim Jong Un (1) tours Songdowon Youth Open Air Theater in Wo'nsan Kangwo'n Province (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un (1) tours Songdowon Youth Open Air Theater in Wo’nsan Kangwo’n Province (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Songdowon Youth Open Air Theater in Wo'nsan, Kangwo'n Province (Photos: Google image, Rodong Sinmun).

Songdowon Youth Open Air Theater in Wo’nsan, Kangwo’n Province (Photos: Google image, Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un’s next visit was to the Songdowon Youth Open-Air Theater.  He first visited an exhibition on the theater’s history and “recalled the words of leader Kim Jong Il that he would watch a performance of the State Merited Chorus with citizens of Wonsan City there if the seating capacity of the theatre would be increased to 5 000, adding that he could not keep the promise.”  He also “underscored the need to manage the theatre better and put its operation on a regular basis so as to eternally glorify their exploits.”  According to KCNA, Kim Jong Un said “as the room dedicated to the history of the theatre is the place for educating visitors, it should be arranged and furnished well so that many working people, youth and students may visit it.”  Kim Jong Un toured the theater.  He “told officials to readjust the chairs in such a way as to make them convenient to the audience” and whilst looking at the renovated stage said “the stage was roofless in the past but it was newly built well as instructed by Kim Jong Il. The stage looks nice after its remodeling.”  He also learned about the performances offered at the theater and “underlined the need to ensure that songs and dances and exciting agitation are always presented there.” Kim Jong Un also said he “would spare time to watch an art performance at the theatre together with Wo’nsan citizens” and he “instructed the Kangwo’n Provincial Committee of the WPK and working people’s organizations in the province including the provincial committee of the youth league to pay deep attention to the management and operation of the open-air theatre so that it may creditably discharge its mission.”

Kim Jong Un called “for successfully remodeling the open-air theatre as a fashionable one which will well match its environment and remain impeccable in the distant future” and “indicated the tasks and ways to do so.”  After touring the Songdowon Youth Open-Air Theater, Kim Jong Un posed for commemorative photographs with theater employees.

KWP Deputy Department Director Ma Won Chun (annotated) attends a tour by Kim Jong Il in Wo'nsan Province in August 2009 (L) and attends Kim Jong Un's visit to Songdowon International Children's Camp in May 2013 (Photos: KCNA-Yonhap, Rodong Sinmun).

KWP Deputy Department Director Ma Won Chun (annotated) attends a tour by Kim Jong Il in Wo’nsan Province in August 2009 (L) and attends Kim Jong Un’s visit to Songdowon International Children’s Camp in May 2013 (Photos: KCNA-Yonhap, Rodong Sinmun).

Overview of Kim family residential compound in the city of Wo'nsan and two locales in the city was reported on 30 May 2013 as having visited (Photo: Google image)

Overview of Kim family residential compound in the city of Wo’nsan and two locales in the city was reported on 30 May 2013 as having visited (Photo: Google image)

View of the main residential and recreational area of the Kim Family's residential compound in Wo'nsan, Kangwo'n Province (Photo: Google image)

View of the main residential and recreational area of the Kim Family’s residential compound in Wo’nsan, Kangwo’n Province (Photo: Google image)

The last #1 visit to the Songdowon Youth Open Air Theater was in August 2009 when late leader Kim Jong Il dropped by for a tour of the theater, accompanied by a formidable retinue of close aides and powerholders.  During that visit, KJI said the theater was “a historic place where an art performance celebrating the 20th anniversary of Korea’s liberation was given in August of 1965 in the presence of President Kim Il Sung” and he “recollected with deep emotion those unforgettable historic days.”  KJI also remarked during his visit that “the slogan ‘We Serve the People!’ clearly reflects the unshakable will and determination of the WPK to devote everything to the happiness of the people, placing their interests above all.”

Kim Jong Un has spent the last week in and around Wo’nsan.  It is likely he has been operating out of the Kim Family compound in northern Wo’nsan.  The residential complex is located across a river from the Songdowon International Children’s Camp.

 

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