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Kim Jong Un Visits Masik Pass Ski Resort Construction

2 Nov
Kim Jong Un tours the construction of the Masik Pass Ski Resort in Kangwo'ng Province (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un tours the construction of the Masik Pass Ski Resort in Kangwo’ng Province (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

DPRK state media reported on 2 November (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the construction of the Masik Pass Ski Resort.  Attending the visit were VMar Choe Ryong Hae, Lt. Gen. Ryom Chol Song, Hwang Pyong So, Kim Tong Hwa, Hyong Yong Chil, Ma Won Chun and Maj. Gen. Jo Nam Jin.  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to a KPA Navy Cemetery.

Returing for his  third trip to Masik Passk Ski Resort since construction began, Kim Jong Un’s first stop was at the hotel where he  “wassatisfied to see the hotel built to match the mountainous scenery and natural environment as required by the design ratified by the Party” and “appreciated the hotel as a flawless structure and model building as it fully meets the requirements of the Party’s idea of architectural beauty which calls for designing and constructing all construction objects according to their features and purposes.”  At a sitting area, he praised “the soldier-builders for building well the resting places as intended by the Party” and, according to KCNA, he “instructed them to build all resting places to be impeccable so that the visitors to the ski resort may not only train their physical bodies but have a pleasant rest.”

View of the construction of the Masik Pass Ski Resort in Kangwo'n Province (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

View of the construction of the Masik Pass Ski Resort in Kangwo’n Province (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un and senior Korean Workers' Party and Korean People's Army officials tour Masik Pass Ski Resort in Kangwo'n Province (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un and senior Korean Workers’ Party and Korean People’s Army officials tour Masik Pass Ski Resort in Kangwo’n Province (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un toured the ski trails and said “it is nice to see the skiing courses constructed by builders as required by the construction method and the turf planted with good care.” He also said that “the construction of the ski resort conceived and initiated by the Party is near its completion” and “that this is entirely ascribable to the merits of the soldier-builders and a shining fruition of their heroic feats.”  According to KCNA, Kim Jong Un remarked that “he was quite right when he assigned the project for building the ski resort to the Korean People’s Army and it carried out a great nature-remaking project and the new watchword the  ‘speed on Masik Pass’ is shining more brilliantly thanks to the KPA” and “that the WPK is proud and honored to have such army.”

Referring to the KPA’s contribution in the development of the country’s sports economy Kim Jong Un said that the “the KPA has done a lot of work for the people this year including the construction of Munsu Water Park and Mirim Riding Club and “that when the ski resort on Masik Pass is completed, more cheerful laughter of people will be heard from the area of Masik Pass.”  He also said that “all participants in the construction are patriots and the feats performed by them would go down in the history of building a rich and powerful country” and “indicated tasks to be fulfilled for building the ski resort as the world’s best one and ways to do so.”

Kim Jong Un Visits Shipyard and KPA Navy Cemetery

2 Nov
Kim Jong Un (C) tours a shipyard managed Chu So'ng-ho (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un (C) tours a shipyard managed Chu So’ng-ho (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

DPRK state media reported on 1 November (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited a shipyard and the Korean People’s Army [KPA] Navy Unit #790 Martyrs’ Cemetery.  At the latter visit DPRK state media disclosed that the crew of a submarine chaser was killed “while performing their combat duties in mid-October.”  Based on images released of the memorial stones, the KPA Navy crew died on or around 13 October 2013.  Yonhap,citing an unnamed source, reported that the crew were killed in action during a training exercise near Wo’nsan on the DPRK’s east coast.  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at live fire exercises with participants in the 4th Meeting of KPA Company Commanders and Political Instructors.

Kim Jong Un first visited a shipyard under the management of Ju Song Ho.  Attending the visit was VMar Choe Ryong Have (Director of the KPA General Political Department).  He toured a sheet metal shop and assembly facilities.  According to KCNA he “was greatly satisfied to learn that the officials, workers and technicians of the shipyard were waging a dynamic drive to build modern ships” and said that “there is no goal out of reach as long as there are proud and brave workers who heartily respond to the Party’s idea of pushing back the frontiers of the latest science and technology and make devoted efforts to translate it into reality.”  Kim Jong Un also said that “thanks to the wise leadership of Generalissimos Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) solid shipbuilding bases were established in the country” and he noted that “this is a powerful demonstration of the might of the self-supporting national economy.”  He “underlined the need to make sustained efforts to build modern ships at the shipyard” and noted “that the development of the shipbuilding industry is of very weighty importance in the country as it is surrounded by sea on three sides.”  Kim Jong Un remarked that “it is necessary to develop the shipbuilding technology, put the production process on a scientific and modern basis and ensure the best quality of all parts as the shipbuilding industry is one of the important criteria showing the nation’s level of the development of science and technology and industry” and stressed that “in order to build modern ships the relevant units should produce necessary equipment and raw and other materials qualitatively and supply them in good time.”  He issued instructions on production and development to the shipyard’s managers and expressed “his expectation and belief that its workers would creditably perform their honorable mission and duty.”

Annotated on this grave stone is the date (13 October 2013) that members of a KPA Navy crew were killed.  According to ROK sources, the crew was killed during a training exercise off the coast of Wo'nsan, Kangwo'n Province on the DPRK's east coast (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Annotated on this grave stone is the date (13 October 2013) that members of a KPA Navy crew were killed. According to ROK sources, the crew was killed during a training exercise off the coast of Wo’nsan, Kangwo’n Province on the DPRK’s east coast (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un brings a bunch of flowers to a memorial at a cemetery for KPA Navy officers and service members killed in action in October 2012 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un brings a bunch of flowers to a memorial at a cemetery for KPA Navy officers and service members killed in action in October 2013 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un’s next visit was to the martyrs’ cemetery of KPA Navy Unit #790, constructed in memory of KPA service members and officers killed in action aboard a submarine chase on 13 October 2013.  Attending the vista were VMar Choe Ryong Have, Lt. Gen. Ryom Chol Song, VAdm Kim Myong Sik (Commander of the KPA Navy), Pak Thae Sy, Jo Nam Jin, Hwang Pyong So (Deputy Director of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Organization Guidance Department), Kim Tong Hwa, Hong Yong Chil (Deputy Director of the KWP Machine-Building Industry Department) and Ma Won Chun (Deputy Director of the KWP Finance and Accounting Department).  According to KCNA after the naval accident, Kim Jong Un instructed that the unit’s members’ remains be recovered and directly supervised the cemetery’s construction hence “the above-said commanding officers and sailors thus came to enjoy immortality thanks to his profound loving care.”  Upon arrival, Kim Jong Un along with senior KWP and KPA officials in attendance placed flowers in front of a memorial and observed a moment of silence.

Kim Jong Un and senior KWP and KPA officials view the graves in a KPA Navy cemetery constructed for personnel killed in action on a submarine chaser in October 2012 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un and senior KWP and KPA officials view the graves in a KPA Navy cemetery constructed for personnel killed in action on a submarine chaser in October 2012 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

A burial mound and memorial stones in the recently constructed KPA Navy Cemetery (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

A burial mound and memorial stones in the recently constructed KPA Navy Cemetery (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

He toured the cemetery.  Whilst looking at images on the grave markers he said “that he felt as if they had risen up to greet him” and that the cemetery is located in a very good place as it is near from where the unit is stationed.”  He also said “that sailors of the unit have now become able to sail for performing their combat duties as requested by the fallen fighters after bidding farewell to them” and “that he felt much relieved after having a burial ceremony for them.”  According to KCNA Kim Jong Un “noted that he could hardly go to sleep, when thinking they died at so young ages, though the defense of the country is accompanied by sacrifices,” said “he felt heartbreaking when thinking of the fallen fighters who served in the navy, their hearts burning with the dream and hope to perform feats with great ambition and their parents grieved at their deaths and their wives who had waited for their return from voyage” and “what bitter sorrow they might feel as he felt so painful.”

After his tour of the cemetery he said  “that there should be the name of the owner of each grave” and that “he would like to be that owner and asked officials to carve his name on the grave stones. I will feel relieved a bit only when my name is carved on them.”  Kim Jong Un also said that “the martyrs are his comrades-in-arms and comrades” and “stressed that although they died before realizing the lifetime desires of the great Generalissimos under the leadership of the supreme commander, they showed all service personnel how a soldier should carry out the order of the country through their heroic deaths.”  He remarked that “the revolutionary spirit of the martyrs who readily dedicated their precious lives to defending the country’s sea will always live on” and said “not only the sailors of the unit but all the service personnel of the KPA should learn from the exploits and noble spiritual world of the martyrs who firmly defended their posts till the last moments of their lives and carried out the combat order at the cost of their lives. “

Expanded Meeting of the Party Central Military Commission Held

27 Aug
Kim Jong Un presides over an expanded Party Central Military Commission meeting (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un presides over an expanded Party Central Military Commission meeting (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

DPRK state media reported on 25 August (Sunday) that an expanded meeting of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Military Commission [CMC] was held.  The meeting’s venue and date was not publicized.  Attending the meeting were CMC Members, members of the executive board of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] KWP Committee, commanding officers of the KPA’s service branches and KPA corps commanders.  According to KCNA, the meeting “discussed and decided upon practical issues of bolstering up the combat capability of the revolutionary armed forces and increasing the defence capability of the country in every way as required by prevailing situation and the present conditions of the People’s Army.”  Also discussed during the meeting was an “organizational matter” which most likely refers to personnel changes (appointments and dismissals) on the CMC.  At the end of the CMC meeting, according to KCNA, Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) “made an important concluding speech which would serve as guidelines for firmly protecting the sovereignty and security of the country and promoting the cause of the Military-First (So’ngun) revolution of the party.”

Kim Jong Un speaks at an expanded Party Central Military Commission meeting (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un speaks at an expanded Party Central Military Commission meeting (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Overview of the expanded Party Central Military Commission meeting in August 2013 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Overview of the expanded Party Central Military Commission meeting in August 2013 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Graphic of current members of the Party Central Military Commission (Photo: Michael Madden/NK Leadership Watch).

Graphic of current members of the Party Central Military Commission (Photo: Michael Madden/NK Leadership Watch).

The last expanded CMC meeting was held in early February 2013.  This CMC meeting, along with a meeting of the KWP Political Bureau held on 12 February 2013, affirmed the DPRK central leadership’s decision to conduct a third experimental nuclear detonation, which occurred on 12 February at the test site in P’unggye-ri, Kilju County, North Hamgyo’ng Province.  According to a 22 August report in Dong-a Ilbo, which cited “informed sources on North Korea,” command of military operations during war or a national crisis have been transferred from the DPRK National Defense Commission to the CMC.  The news report also claimed that the decision to declare a war, or national crisis, was subject to a collective decision of the CMC, the NDC and KPA Supreme Command; previously the Supreme Command had sole authority to declare a war.  According to Dong-a Ilbo, “experts judge that this change is meant to promote the formality of the organizations of supreme authority making collective decision through consultations.”

DPRK state media reported on 25 August (Sunday) that Kim Jong Un attended a banquet hosted by the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces to mark the 53rd anniversary of the Military-First (So’ngun) Revolutionary Leadership.  The banquet was attended by members of the CMC, the NDC, senior KPA officials and KPA service branch and corps unit commanders.  VMar Choe Ryong Hae, Director of the KPA General Political Department delivered a speech.  VMar Choe referred to Kim Jong Un having published a treatise on Military-First leadership in the 25 August 2013 editions of Rodong Sinmun and Joson Inmingun.  According to KCNA Choe also said:

Kim Jong Un dedicated his everything to bolstering up the military capability by making endless trips to forefront posts and units including the Kkachilbong post on Mt. Oso’ng, saying the road of Songun covered by the great Generalissimos all their lives is the journeys to be made by him. Thanks to his energetic Songun leadership, the country greeted the golden days of the army building and great events took place on this land one after another, striking the world people with admiration.

Our army and people will build a reunified, prosperous and the strongest country and a land of bliss for people where loud shouts of hurrah for the WPK will ring out on this land at an early date by intensifying the drive for displaying the “Speed on Masik Pass” on all fronts for the building of a thriving nation.

During the banquet, attendees toasted to the health of Kim Jong Un, described as representing “the destiny, future and ever-victorious banner of the great Mt. Paektu (Paektusan) power.”

Kim Jong Un Commands Maneuvers of KPA Warship and Publishes Lecture On So’ngun Revolution

25 Aug
Kim Jong Un (3rd L) issues instructions during a field inspection of a newly commissioned KPA Navy warship (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un (3rd L) issues instructions during a field inspection of a newly commissioned KPA Navy warship (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

DPRK state media reported on 24 August (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) commanded the maneuvers of a recently commissioned Korean People’s Army [KPA] warship.  He was accompanied by Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Organization Guidance Department Senior Deputy [1st Vice] Director Yun Tong Hyon, KPA Supreme Command staff member Lt. Gen. Pak Jong Chon, KPA Navy Commander Vice Admiral Kim Myong Sik, KPA Air and anti-Air Commander Gen. Ri Pyong Chol, KWP Organization Guidance Department Deputy Director Hwang Pyong So and KWP Deputy Department Directors Hong Yong Chil and Kim Pyong Ho.  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the KPA Science and Technology Exhibition Hall.

Kim Jong Un toured the new warship and was briefed about its combat equipment, its speed and displacement.  According to KCNA he “highly praised the KPA and relevant field for successfully building the vessel by their own efforts on the basis of latest military science and technology” and said that “the vessel is one of the warships in the 21st century as it is able to automatically control all the combat activities including navigation and firing and simultaneously strike different targets.”  Kim Jong Un then commanded the warship’s maneuvers and “was greatly satisfied to see the high maneuverability and striking capability of the warship.”  According to KCNA he underscored ” the need to make many multi-functional, well-equipped warships and steadily improve the combat capability of the navy” and “set forth important tasks to further strengthen the navy as required by the modern war in the 21st century.”

An image of current DPRK leader Kim Jong Un (L) and his father late leader Kim Jong Il (R) inspected Kaeso'n Fun Fair in central Pyongyang in December 2011.  The image appeared in DPRK state media on 25 August 2013, 53rd anniversary of the beginning of So'ngun (military-first) Revolutionary Leadership (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

An image of current DPRK leader Kim Jong Un (L) and his father late leader Kim Jong Il (R) inspected Kaeso’n Fun Fair in central Pyongyang in December 2011. The image appeared in DPRK state media on 25 August 2013, 53rd anniversary of the beginning of So’ngun (military-first) Revolutionary Leadership (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

On 25 August (Sunday) Kim Jong Un published a lecture in the KWP daily newspaper Rodong Sinmun and in the KPA’s newspaper Joson Inmingun.

“Let Us Add Eternal Brilliance to Comrade Kim Jong Il’s Great Idea and Achievement of the Military-First (So’ngun) Revoluton”

by Kim Jong Un, 25 August 2013

With deep respect for the great Comrade Kim Jong Il and firm confidence in the victory of the revolution, our service personnel and people greet the 53rd anniversary of the start of his leadership of the So’ngun revolution.

The Day of So’ngun, when General Kim Jong Il started his leadership of the So’ngun revolution, is, together with the day of the founding of the KPA (Korean People’s Army), a historic day when an important milestone was set up for the history of building up our revolutionary armed forces and the history of our country. As there was this significant day, a historic turn could be brought about in developing our revolutionary armed forces and implementing the cause of the Juche revolution, and the history and traditions of our sacred So’ngun revolution that had been pioneered and developed by force of arms, achieving victory, could be carried forward continuously.

So’ngun is a proud tradition of the Korean revolution which was pioneered by Comrade Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and led by him and Comrade Kim Jong Il and the banner of victory and glory.

The great Generalissimos blazed the trail of the So’ngun revolution for the first time in history, thus creating a new history of So’ngun and ushering in the era of So’ngun.

Having clarified in his early days the truth of the revolutionary struggle that one can emerge victorious against an armed enemy only when one fights him with arms and advanced the idea and line of attaching importance to arms, to military affairs, the great Comrade Kim Il Sung regarded building armed forces as a fundamental problem in the revolution, directed primary efforts to organizing and developing the armed ranks and achieved the historic cause of national liberation with the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army as the main force.

By relying on the arms of the revolution, he wisely led two revolutionary wars, two stages of social revolution and socialist construction, and thus built on this land socialism of our style centred on the masses of the people and demonstrated the dignity and honour of the country.

Comrade Kim Jong Il, who was faithful to Comrade Kim Il Sung’s ideas and cause, led our revolution along the glorious road of victory, braving the severe trials and adversities of history by dint of his unique leadership of the So’ngun revolution.

His visit to Seoul Ryu Kyong Su (Yu Kyo’ng-su) Guards 105th Tank Division of the KPA on August 25, 1960 was a historic event that proclaimed his succession of the cause of the So’ngun revolution and the start of his So’ngun-based leadership.

Songun was the General’s revolutionary idea, his practice in the revolution, his political ideal and his political mode.

During the long period spanning more than half a century from the day when he started his leadership of the So’ngun revolution, the great General visited one KPA unit after another, strengthening the army to be an invincible revolutionary army, and victoriously led the revolution and construction by force of So’ngun.

Regarding the strengthening of the KPA as the most important of affairs in the So’ngun revolution, he raised the KPA as the buttress, the main force, of our revolution and achieved the historic victory in the grim anti-imperialist, anti-US showdown in defence of the country’s security and socialism by training the KPA to be the army of the leader boundlessly faithful to the cause of the WPK (Workers’ Party of Korea; KWP), to be an invincible revolutionary army. He defined the spirit of defending the leader unto death, the spirit of implementing his instructions at any cost and the self-sacrificing spirit displayed by the service personnel as a revolutionary spirit symbolic and representative of the So’ngun era, as the revolutionary soldier spirit, and led all the service personnel and people to live and struggle in that spirit, thus ensuring that a great turn and changes were brought about in all sectors of the revolution and construction.

In order to consolidate the successes of his So’ngun-based leadership and administer Songun politics in a comprehensive way, he saw to it that the First Session of the Tenth Supreme People’s Assembly [held on 5 September 1998] of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea adopted the Socialist Constitution that embodies the idea and principles of the So’ngun revolution and established a new state administration structure, whose backbone is the National Defence Commission, and led all state affairs to be conducted on the principle of giving precedence to military affairs.

The history of his leadership of the So’ngun revolution is an unprecedented history of thoroughgoing anti-imperialist independence, a history of infinite patriotic devotion; it is also a history of ennobling trust and affection, filled with absolute trust in and maternal affection for the service personnel and people.

As there was the General’s leadership of the So’ngun revolution, our revolution could win victory after victory surmounting all manner of vicissitudes of history; as there was the General’s super-intense forced march of patriotic devotion, our service personnel and people could work historic miracles unknown to mankind.

So’ngun was, indeed, our General’s immutable revolutionary creed, which he cherished and applied all his life, and a great revolutionary practice, during which he adorned the history of the country with brilliant victories and imperishable achievements.

In the course of leading the unprecedented So’ngun revolution, the General formulated and developed the idea of the So’ngun revolution, and thus created a guiding principle and ever-victorious banner our people and the revolutionary peoples of the world should adhere to in accomplishing the cause of independence.

The idea of the So’ngun revolution is an idea of giving importance and precedence to military affairs in implementing the masses’ cause of independence, the socialist cause, and pushing ahead with the overall revolution and construction with the revolutionary army as the core force.

With its starting point being the Chuch’e-based revolutionary principle that the victory of the revolutionary cause is decided by arms of the revolution, the idea gives scientific and practical answers to the key questions arising in winning victory in the revolution.

It clarifies the revolutionary theory on building up the arms of the revolution, the revolutionary army, strengthening the driving force of the revolution with the revolutionary army as the core and, by relying on it, advancing the revolution and construction victoriously.

Its most important requirement is that the army should be developed into the army of the Party and the leader, into an invincible revolutionary army capable of defeating any formidable enemy, with importance being attached to military affairs and primary efforts directed to building up the army.

In order for the masses to carve out their destiny and accomplish the cause of socialism amid sharp confrontation with the imperialists and constant danger of war, they must, before anything else, firmly hold up and strengthen the arms of the revolution. It is a serious lesson taught by the history of the world socialist movement that when the arms of the revolution are weak or waver, they can defend neither the destiny of the masses nor socialism.

That one must consolidate the driving force of the revolution with the revolutionary army as the main force and propel the revolutionary struggle and construction work by relying on its leading role is a new revolutionary theory elucidated by the So’ngun idea.

The revolution is a do-or-die struggle of deciding who prevails over whom between the revolutionary forces and the counterrevolutionary forces, so the destiny of the revolution depends on how the driving force of the revolution is strengthened and how its role is enhanced.

Among the social groups that form the revolutionary forces in a socialist society, whose masters are the masses, the group that is the strongest in the revolutionary sense, organized aspect, discipline and fighting capabilities is the revolutionary army under the guidance of the leader. The revolutionary army, for its revolutionary idea, great spiritual strength and revolutionary temperament, is capable of leading the overall society and propelling the revolutionary struggle and construction work. If the revolutionary army stands in the van and all the people struggle with the revolutionary spirit and temperament of the army by forming an integrated whole with the service personnel, their power is incomparably great.

By the idea of the So’ngun revolution, a new road, a road to victory, was opened for successfully advancing the masses’ cause of independence, the socialist cause, by consolidating the driving force of the revolution and enhancing its role.

The General’s idea of the So’ngun revolution throws a fresh light on the political theory that So’ngun politics is the most powerful mode of politics and the basic mode of socialist politics.

Ideas and ideals are translated into practice by politics, which is a factor that decides the destiny of the masses and the rise and fall of a country and nation.

The great General elucidated for the first time in history that socialist politics for fully realizing the independent demands and interests of the masses should be So’ngun politics that gives importance and precedence to military affairs, and formulated So’ngun politics as the basic mode of socialist politics.

As he said, So’ngun politics is a mode of socialist politics that raises military affairs as the most important of all state affairs and defends the country, revolution and socialism and accelerates the overall socialist construction with the KPA as the core, as the main force. It is a mode of independent politics that fully embodies the fundamentals and principles of the So’ngun idea.

Formulation of So’ngun politics as the basic mode of socialist politics has brought about a fundamental change in the history of mankind’s politics and the history of socialist politics and presented a treasured sword with which to successfully realize the ideals and principles of socialism.

The General’s So’ngun idea is a revolutionary idea and theory which embodies a thoroughgoing anti-imperialist, independent stand and the spirit of ennobling love of the country, nation and people and which is based on an iron faith and willpower.

So’ngun, a new term in our era, was coined reflecting the unshakeable faith, willpower and great pluck of Comrade Kim Jong Il who, taking full responsibility for the destiny and future of the country and people amid long-drawn-out, sharp confrontation with an imperialist power, solved all problems in our own way and in conformity with the demands and interests of our people and nation. As we have the idea of the So’ngun revolution, a great idea of Comrade Kim Jong Il, we have been able to defend the dignity of the country, independence of the people and gains of socialism with credit and open the way for the prosperity of the country and rosy future of the nation by our own strength, that is, by force of arms.

As an idea enriched and developed in the course of the practical struggle to apply the Chuch’e idea, the So’ngun idea is a scientific revolutionary theory which makes it possible to satisfy the requirements of the Chuch’e idea in a perfect and comprehensive way.

The formulation and development of the idea and theory of the So’ngun revolution by the great Comrade Kim Jong Il further enriched the ideological and theoretical treasure-house of our revolution and greatly increased the appeal and vitality of the Chuch’e idea.

The Juche idea is the roots of the So’ngun idea and the latter is a brilliant embodiment of the former.

Thanks to the So’ngun idea, the Chuch’e idea could be splendidly applied to the revolutionary practice, shining more brightly as a great guiding ideology which guarantees the victorious advance and accomplishment of the masses’ cause of independence.

The General performed undying exploits for the country and revolution, for the times and history with his outstanding leadership of the So’ngun revolution.

He safeguarded with honour the Chuch’e-oriented socialism, which Comrade Kim Il Sung established, and assured the solid continuity of the revolutionary cause of Chuch’e, the revolutionary cause of Songun, by dint of his leadership of the So’ngun revolution.

The Chuch’e-oriented socialism is a precious gain of our revolution Comrade Kim Il Sung achieved devoting his life, and it is our people’s lifeblood and the cradle of their true life and happiness. The 90s of the last century, when the reckless anti-DPRK moves of the allied forces of the US and other imperialists to check the victorious advance of our revolution and stamp out our socialism went to extremes, was a period of the severest ordeals for our revolution. When our army and people were at the crossroads whether they would remain an independent people and guards to become victors or be reduced to the imperialists’ colonial slaves again, Comrade Kim Jong Il determinedly held up the banner of So’ngun, and defended the Chuch’e-oriented socialism with honour and achieved brilliant victories. This was a miracle of history which only our General could bring about.

By dint of his leadership of the So’ngun revolution he laid a firm foundation for the prosperity of the country and the accomplishment of the revolutionary cause of Chuch’e and provided a sure guarantee for victory.

The most important guarantee for victory in the revolution is to strengthen the party, the General Staff of the revolution, and solidify the driving force of the revolution by uniting the service personnel and people around it.

A fundamental principle which the great General consistently adhered to in the building of our Party was to build it into the party of the leader. He defined imbuing the entire Party with Kimilsungism as the ultimate objective of its building and wisely led the effort for firmly establishing a monolithic ideological system and a monolithic leadership system across the Party. As a result, our Party could be developed into a revolutionary party which is unfailingly faithful to the ideology and guidance of its leader and possessed of a strong sense of organization and discipline and into an ever-victorious party with solid mass and military bases, and could discharge its mission and role as the guiding force in implementing the cause of the So’ngun revolution. The General held up single-hearted unity as the greatest foundation of the revolution and perfectly realized the single-hearted unity of the Party, army and people centred on the leader, thus strengthening the driving force of the So’ngun revolution remarkably.

By strengthening the KPA to be an invincible army and consolidating the military capabilities of the country to the maximum with the KPA as the core, he provided a sure military guarantee for the victory of the cause of the Chuch’e revolution.

Under his energetic guidance, the KPA developed into a vanguard detachment which regards defending the leader unto death as its lifeblood and takes the lead in implementing the orders of its Supreme Commander at all costs, and into a trailblazer in the struggle to accomplish the cause of the So’ngun revolution. A forceful drive was waged to make the defence industry Juche-oriented, modern and informatized, enabling us to produce any sophisticated military equipment as we wish by relying on our own effort and technology. Thanks to the General’s outstanding leadership of the So’ngun revolution, the KPA could be developed into an invincible revolutionary army, ours could become a country which can make and launch artificial satellites and a nuclear state, fully demonstrating its dignity as the powerful Mt. Paektu (Paektusan) nation, and we could reliably defend the dignity of the country and the sovereignty of the nation, frustrating the imperialist moves of aggression and challenges at every step.

The great General laid firm material and technological foundations for the building of a thriving socialist country.

Under his leadership a grand plan for building a prosperous country was unfolded during the days of the Arduous March and forced march, when our revolution was undergoing grim trials, and a hot wind of creating fresh miracles and innovations swept across the country. Fierce flames of the industrial revolution in the new century flared up ushering in the era of the knowledge economy, monumental structures symbolic of the era were built in all parts of the country and model works representative of So’ngun culture were created in large numbers. What our service personnel and people created in the So’ngun era under his guidance constitutes a valuable asset for the prosperity of Kim Il Sung’s nation and Kim Jong Il’s Korea.

The great General effected a fresh turn in the struggle for the independent reunification of the country and firmly defended global peace and security on the strength of his leadership of the So’ngun revolution. He ushered in the June 15 era of reunification by our nation itself, provided a precious asset for the reunification of the country and the common prosperity of the nation and safeguarded peace in Asia and the rest of the world by smashing the imperialists’ uninterrupted schemes to unleash a war.

The great exploits Comrade Kim Jong Il performed for the country and revolution, for the times and history for more than half a century by dint of his tireless leadership of the So’ngun revolution will shine for ever along with the triumphant advance of our revolutionary cause.

We should faithfully carry forward his great idea and achievements of the So’ngun revolution and add eternal brilliance to them.

The idea of the So’ngun revolution is a great guideline of our revolution and his So’ngun-based leadership exploits are a motive force for victory.

It is the unshakeable faith and unbreakable will of our Party, army and people to carry forward and accomplish the revolutionary cause of Chuch’e, invariably holding aloft the banner of So’ngun.

We should follow to the end the road of So’ngun, the road of independence and the road of socialism that the great General traversed throughout his life, translate his instructions into brilliant realities and accomplish the revolutionary cause of Chuch’e, the revolutionary cause of So’ngun, with credit.

All officials, Party members and other working people should firmly arm themselves with the General’s idea of the So’ngun revolution, deeply study his great So’ngun leadership achievements and thoroughly apply and add lustre to them in the revolutionary struggle and construction work.

The line of giving importance to arms, to military affairs, should be implemented to the letter for the strengthening of the defence capabilities of the country to be steel-strong.

The KPA should be prepared more firmly into an army strong in ideology and faith, a powerful Mt. Paektu (Paektusan) revolutionary army.

Leadership of the Party is the lifeline of the KPA, and its might is inconceivable separated from the leadership of the Party. The general direction ahead of the KPA is one, that is, to advance straight forward with guns levelled in the very direction our Party indicates. Our arms must serve as an ever-lasting cornerstone that ensures a sure guarantee for the Party and its cause.

The officers and men of the KPA should burn their hearts with a single idea, a single determination, to support only the Party and the leader and safeguard them unto death, whatever ordeals may crop up and however the situation may change. They should equip themselves firmly with the revolutionary ideas of our Party and cherish a steadfast faith that they will defend to the end the red flag of the revolution, the Chuch’e flag of the Party, at the cost of their lives.

They should make their training more intensive, as the anti-Japanese guerrillas did on Mt. Paektu, so as to prepare themselves into a-match-for-a-hundred combatants possessed of Kim Il Sung’s and Kim Jong Il’s military strategy and tactics, heroic combat spirit and actual war capability, establish rigid discipline in their units and assume the perfect appearance of a regular army.

Military posts and barracks should be laid out as if they were the service personnel’s native houses, and satisfactory material and cultural living conditions provided so that they can lead a good service life.

While discharging their basic duty of defending the country, the service personnel should make breakthroughs in several sectors and major projects of socialist construction, and never feel contented in doing things for the people but always take the lead in this regard.

A great effort should be channeled into developing the defence industry. The sector of the defence industry should concentrate its efforts on making a bigger stride in building our country into an invincible military power, and thus produce more and better-quality military hardware of our own style that are precise, light, unmanned and intelligent.

The Worker-Peasant Red Guards should enhance their combat capabilities through intensive combat and political training and reliably defend their respective provinces, counties and villages in time of emergency.

All the sectors of socialist construction should bring about a great leap forward and great innovations.

We should radically improve the people’s standard of living by giving a spur to the building of an economic giant, holding aloft our Party’s line of simultaneously promoting the two fronts (economic development and the upbuilding of nuclear forces).

We should make innovations in the sectors of agriculture and light industry, major thrust areas in building an economic giant, and promote construction of dwelling houses, so as to ensure that the people lead an affluent and happy life.

We should concentrate our efforts on the priority sectors of the national economy, the basic industry sectors, to ensure that the existing self-supporting foundations pay off, and vigorously push ahead with the effort for modernizing them and normalizing their production. We should direct a strenuous effort to the electric-power and coal-mining industries in particular, and develop all sectors of the national economy with metallurgical and chemical industries as twin pillars.

By rapidly developing science and technology and educating all the people to be well versed in science and technology, we should raise the level of putting the national economy on a modern and CNC (computer numerical control)  basis and perfect the economic structure of the country in keeping with the requirements of the era of the knowledge economy.

We should accelerate the construction of a cultured socialist nation. It is important to make all the members of society become artists and enjoyers of socialist culture and bring about a fresh turn in all the sectors of cultural construction. By doing so, we should translate into reality the people’s desire for a wholesome and cultured way of life.

In order to bring about a decisive turn in the construction of a thriving socialist country, the militant functions and role of Party organizations should be further heightened.

Party organizations are the vanguard organizations of the So’ngun revolution, and the Party’s ideology and leadership are implemented through them. They should regard it as the main line of Party work to establish the monolithic leadership system of the Party, and ensure that all officials, Party members and other working people support the leader’s ideas and leadership with loyalty and conduct all types of work in line with the Party’s ideas and intentions.

In the current general offensive, Party organizations should give fullest play to the spiritual strength of officials, Party members and other working people. The mother of miracle is the spiritual strength of the masses, and the key to ushering in a new heyday in the building of a thriving nation is to motivate their hearts.

Party organizations should scrupulously educate officials, Party members and other working people to learn the greatness of the General’s idea and achievements of the So’ngun revolution and exalt their brilliance. They should intensify the frontline-style political work among the masses so that officials, Party members and other working people make it an element of their living to learn from the spirit of the service personnel of defending the leader and carrying out his instructions unto death and their fighting spirit, and make strenuous efforts to create the Masik Pass (Masikryo’ng) speed by displaying Kim Jong Il’s patriotism.

The service personnel and people should propel the grand socialist construction on the strength of joint operation.

Joint operation between them is a powerful struggling mode of the service personnel and people in waging an unyielding offensive with one mind and purpose. The commanding personnel of the KPA and leading civilian officials should scrupulously organize and command the joint operations and enlist their spiritual strength and all means to perform unfailingly and in time the revolutionary tasks assigned to their respective units.

True to the instructions and lofty will of the great Generalissimos, we should make proactive efforts to open a new phase of national reunification, prevent aggression and war and defend global peace and security.

The idea and cause of our So’ngun revolution are invincible.

As the great Chuch’e idea and the So’ngun revolutionary idea illuminate the road ahead of us and there are the wise leadership of the Party, the single-hearted unity of all the service personnel and people and the invincible KPA, the victory of the revolutionary cause of Juche and the revolutionary cause of So’ngun is definite.

As in the past, so in the future, we will achieve only victory for ever, upholding the great banner of So’ngun.

Kim Jong Un Visits Masik Pass Ski Resort Construction and Inspects KPA Unit #3404

18 Aug
Kim Jong Un (3rd L) visits the construction of the Masik Pass Ski Resort in Kangwo'n Province.  Also seen in attendance are VMar Choe Ryong Hae (4th R), Ma Won Chun (3rd R) and Col. Gen. Kim Yong Chol (2nd R) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un (3rd L) visits the construction of the Masik Pass Ski Resort in Kangwo’n Province. Also seen in attendance are VMar Choe Ryong Hae (4th R), Ma Won Chun (3rd R) and Col. Gen. Kim Yong Chol (2nd R) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

DPRK state media reported on 17 August (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the construction of the Masik Pass (Masingnyo’ng) Ski Resort and inspected Korean People’s Army [KPA] Unit 3404.  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a men’s soccer game in Pyongyang on 14 August.

Kim Jong Un’s first visit was to the construction of the Masik Pass Ski Resort in Kangwo’n Province.  Among those attending his visit to the construction were VMar Choe Ryong Hae (Director of the KPA General Political Department), Pak Tae Song (Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Department Deputy [vice] Director), Hwang Pyong So (Deputy Director of the KWP Organization Guidance Department), Kim Pyong Ho (Deputy Director of the KWP Propaganda and Agitation Department), Ma Won Chun (KWP Department Deputy Director and a leading party construction boss), Col. Gen. Jon Chang Bok (1st Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces), Col. Gen. Kim Yong Chol (Vice Chief of the KPA General Staff and Chief of the Reconnaissance General Bureau) and Col. Gen. O Kum Chol (Vice Chief of the KPA General Staff).  According to a 9 August Rodong Sinmun editorial “the soldier builders and combatants of various units, who embraced the historic written appeal of the respected and beloved Marshal Kim Jong Un and increased the speed of general construction by more than two times by rising up in greater effort, successfully completed construction of the framework for large buildings and dozens of employee residences and actively pushed forward interior and exterior plaster work on all projects in July, when the deeply meaningful War Victory Day is observed, “that the “success of the soldier builders and combatants of various units who took part in the Masingnyo’ng Ski Resort construction and rapidly accelerated and completed building framework construction for approximately 20 projects while overcoming rugged mountainous topography and the unfavorable weather conditions of the monsoon season is a precious outcome of the spirit of do-or-die implementation in our army and people, who ride the swift steed of the leap that the respected and beloved marshal bestowed and dash like a gale wind toward the pinnacle of victory” and that “even in weather conditions of heavy rainfall, construction unit commanders and combatants created the great innovation of executing overwhelming construction tasks far ahead of schedule by powerfully igniting the flame of the blitzkrieg, the multi-dimensional war.”

View of a hotel under construction at Masik Pass ski resort in Kangwo'n Province (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

View of a hotel under construction at Masik Pass ski resort in Kangwo’n Province (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

A view of ski slopes under development at Masik Pass Ski Resort in Kangwo'n Province (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

A view of ski slopes under development at Masik Pass Ski Resort in Kangwo’n Province (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

After arriving at the ski resort’s construction, Kim Jong Un was given a progress report and “expressed his great satisfaction over the fact that the soldier-builders and members of shock brigades of various units have wound up the frame assembling of more than 20 structures by pushing forward it at a high speed despite rough terrains and bad weather in rainy season.”  According to KCNA he said that “a breakthrough has been made towards the successful construction of the ski resort” and added “it is a miracle which can be worked only by service personnel and people of the DPRK who are the fighters ready to flatten any mountain and empty even a sea in response to an order or instruction of the party.”

He toured the construction of a hotel, a guesthouse, service facilities and skate park.  Whilst touring the hotel, according to KCNA, “he underscored the need to build all floors and aspects of construction to suit the features of the mountainous area and match its natural environment.”  He was briefed about the installation of a ski lift and said “to step up it so that skiers may use it up to the peak of Taehwa Hill more than 1 360 m (4, 462 feet) above the sea level from the coming winter.”  Kim Jong Un noted that the Masik Pass and it surrounding area had “undergone a dramatic change when comparing it with what he saw on May 26″ and “highly appreciated the world-startling labor feats the builders have performed in the construction.”  According to KCNA he “called for further rounding off the skiing courses and carrying out without fail daily quotas for each process of the projects including hotel, service buildings, lodging quarters and cableway service” and “urged the Cabinet, ministries and national institutions to take thorough measures for supplying necessary materials. He also called on the factories and enterprises in charge of building materials and equipment to implement their tasks without fail.”  He said that “the ski resort is a monumental edifice of eternal value to be used by the people even in the distant future, while enjoying wealth and prosperity under socialism, and it is also one of the icons of a highly civilized nation” and reiterated “the need for the builders to ensure the construction at the highest level so that they may be responsible for its safety and guarantee its absolute quality for all eternity.”  Kim Jong Un also “called on the builders to construct a world-class ski resort and provide the people, youth and children with a more civilized and happier living conditions so that cheerful laughter under socialism and loud shouts of hurrah for the WPK may be heard from the area of Masik Pass.”

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Kim Jong Un poses for a commemorative photo with officers and service members of KPA Unit #3404 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un also inspected KPA Unit #3404.  He was accompanied by VMar Choe Ryong Hae, Director of the KPA General Political Department.  After arriving at the unit, he received a salute from members of its command element.  He toured a revolutionary historical exhibition on his grandfather, late DPRK President and founder Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng), and his father, late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il).  He learned about the history of KPA Unit #3404, viewing historic artifacts and information and “looked back with deep emotion on the history of the unit’s development.”  According to KCNA, Kim Jong Un “highly praised the unit for achieving many successes through a dynamic drive for making combat preparations and bolstering up fighting capability, true to the noble intentions of the great Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.”  He also examined and appreciated inventions and products of KPA Unit #3404.  Prior to attending a commemorative photo session with officers and service members, Kim Jong Un “expressed expectation and belief that servicepersons of the unit would successfully discharge their mission and role as standard-bearers and shock brigade upholding the Military-First (So’ngun) politics of the party.”

Kim Jong Un Visits Construction of Mirim Riding Club and Munsu Wading Pool

10 Aug
Kim Jong Un (3rd L) gestures whilst issuing instructions on the design of the Mirim Riding Club in east Pyongyang.  Also seen in attendance is Hwang Pyong So (L), Deputy Director of the KWP Organization Guidance Department (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un (3rd L) gestures whilst issuing instructions on the design of the Mirim Riding Club in east Pyongyang. Also seen in attendance is Hwang Pyong So (L), Deputy Director of the KWP Organization Guidance Department (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

DPRK state media reported on 9 August (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visit the ongoing construction of the Mirim Riding Club and the Munsu Wading Pool in Pyongyang.  He was accompanied by Pak Tae Song (Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Deputy Department Director), Hwang Pyong So (Deputy [vice] Director of the KWP Organization Guidance Department), Ma Won Chun (KWP Deputy Department Director) and Lt. General Kim Su Gil.  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the construction of apartments designated for scientists.

After a briefing on the equestrian club’s construction, according to KCNA, Kim Jong Un “was very satisfied to learn that the soldier-builders have done a lot of work in a brief span of time by overcoming bottlenecks and difficulties in the revolutionary soldier spirit” and he said “the appearance of the modern Mirim Riding Club would help working people and school youth and children enjoy horse riding there to have sound mentality and strong physical bodies for labor and national defense.”    He issued instructions on the clubs construction and said “stressed the need to build well a room for preserving historic relics to convey the exploits performed by leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) in guiding the club and construct indoor riding exercise hall, riding school, service building and other structures to be impeccable even in the distant future.”  He instructed that a rest area be constructed where people could relax after riding horses, along with a veterinary hospital and a research institute to increase the number of the club’s horses.  According to KCNA he said that “it is also necessary to take steps for successfully operating the club in a far-sighted manner while accelerating the construction of the club” and that “it is important to properly choose a unit for operating the club, organize a horse riders association and scrupulously do a work for providing things such as vehicles, lawn mowers and sprinkler trucks necessary for the management and operation of the club.”  Kim Jong also “expressed expectation and conviction that the soldier-builders and officials concerned would successfully complete the construction of the club till the 68th anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea.”

Construction of facilities at the Mirim Riding Club in east Pyongyang (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Construction of facilities at the Mirim Riding Club in east Pyongyang (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un (2nd L) issues instructions about the construction of the Munsu Wading Pool in Pyongyang.  Also seen in attendance is architect and leading construction manager, KWP Department Deputy Director Ma Won Chun (L) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un (2nd L) issues instructions about the construction of the Munsu Wading Pool in Pyongyang. Also seen in attendance is architect and leading construction manager, KWP Department Deputy Director Ma Won Chun (L) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un watches the progress of the construction of the outdoor pool and water amusements at Munsu Wading Pool in Pyongyang (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un watches the progress of the construction of the outdoor pool and water amusements at Munsu Wading Pool in Pyongyang (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un also visited the ongoing construction of the Munsu Wading Pool.  After his arrival, he received a briefing on the progress of the wading pool’s construction.  He toured the lobby “with keen interest” and instructed that a a statue of his father, late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il, be erected on the premises.  According to KCNA he said “the completion of the wading pool would mean carrying out the behest of Kim Jong Il who worked heart and soul to provide a comprehensive wading pool to the people” and added “how nice it would be if it were built in the lifetime of Kim Jong Il.”  Kim Jong Un was also “satisfied to learn that the roof of the wading pool is made with ball truss to suit the nature of the multi-service indoor wading pool and covered with glass to admit sunrays.”  He toured the indoor waiting pool where he also saw water tanks and the construction of outdoor water amusement facilities.  He said that the “Munsu Wading Pool will operate as a multi-service sports centre when the rooftop of the indoor wading pool will have volleyball, badminton and basketball courts, and skate park, sand volleyball court and other sports and amusement facilities will appear around the outdoor wading pool” and that “Munsu Wading Pool will be crowded with people and school youth and children in the future. . . everyone feels pleasant when thinking of this.”  Kim Jong Un “praised the builders for taking measures for using terrestrial heat so as to consume electricity as less as possible” and “underlined the need to plant trees of good species in the area of the outdoor wading pool to suite environment, and create larger area of turf.”  According to KCNA Kim Jong Un said that “it is the determination and will of the Workers’ Party of Korea to successfully complete the construction of the Munsu Wading Pool as a world class one and provide the people with it till the anniversary of the Party founding” and he “expressed expectation and conviction that the soldier-builders would unconditionally finish the construction of the Munsu Wading Pool as scheduled and materialize the plan of the WPK in revolutionary practice.”

This was Kim Jong Un’s third reported visit to the Mirim Riding Club since November 2012.  The riding club was previously the headquarters and training ground of the equestrian company of Korean People’s Army [KPA] Unit #534.  It was the setting for one of the first observed appearance of late leader Kim Jong Il, after he successfully recuperated from a series of strokes in 2008.  During his visit in November 2012, according to state media, Kim Jong Un said “that he had a plan to turn the equestrian training ground — which is currently used by the people’s army — into an equestrian ground where working people, youths, and children can build up their physical strength, and he thus tasked a relevant sector with mapping out a blueprint for the plan and he had now come to the ground to acquaint himself firsthand with the state of the equestrian training ground” and that the “respected and beloved marshal said that the equestrian club should be remodeled in a modern way at an early date to present it to the people.”  In calling for the construction of the Mirim Riding Club, Kim Jong Un remarked “that more than anything else a good design is necessary, if Mirim Equestrian Club is to be excellently built in line with the demands of the new century” and “said that designs should be prepared by many designing units, and then the best design should be selected among all the designs prepared.”

Late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il visits the equestrian company subordinate to KPA Unit #534 on 4 November 2008 (L) and Kim Jong Un visits the equestrian company on 19 November 2012 and renamed it the Mirim Riding Club (Photos: KCTV-Yonhap; KCNA).

Late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il visits the equestrian company subordinate to KPA Unit #534 on 4 November 2008 (L) and Kim Jong Un visits the equestrian company on 19 November 2012 and renamed it the Mirim Riding Club (Photos: KCTV-Yonhap; KCNA).

Kim Family members and core DPRK elites Kim Jong Un's uncle Jang Song Taek (1) Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong (2) and Kim Jong Un's aunt and Mr. Jang's wife Kim Kyong Hui (3) riding horses at the Mirim equestrian grounds in Pyongyang in November 2012 (Photos: KCNA, KCTV; NK Leadership Watch archives photos).

Kim Family members and core DPRK elites Kim Jong Un’s uncle Jang Song Taek (1) Kim Jong Un’s younger sister Kim Yo Jong (2) and Kim Jong Un’s aunt and Mr. Jang’s wife Kim Kyong Hui (3) riding horses at the Mirim equestrian grounds in Pyongyang in November 2012 (Photos: KCNA, KCTV; NK Leadership Watch archives photos).

Designs of a structure at Munsu Wading Pool (L) resemble the banquet hall at the Kim family's residential compound in Ryongso'ng District in northern Pyongyang (R) (Photos: KCTV screengrab, Digital Globe).

Designs of a structure at Munsu Wading Pool (L) resemble the banquet hall at the Kim family’s residential compound in Ryongso’ng District in northern Pyongyang (R) (Photos: KCTV screengrab, Digital Globe).

Design for indoor pool at Munsu Wading Pool (L) resembles indoor water amusement facilities at the Kim Family's residential compound in Ryongso'ng District in northern Pyongyang (Photos: KCTV screengrab and Digital Globe).

Design for indoor pool at Munsu Wading Pool (L) resembles indoor water amusement facilities at the Kim Family’s residential compound in Ryongso’ng District in northern Pyongyang (Photos: KCTV screengrab and Digital Globe).

When Kim Jong Un made his second visit to the Mirim Riding Club’s construction in early May 2013, he expressed his displeasure with construction personnel from the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces for not following instructions on the club’s design.  According to KCNA, “recalling that he sent information about riding schools in different countries and a lot of reference books to build the club on a world level, he criticized the officials for failing neither to use them as reference nor study them and building it in a manner completely different from the design he had instructed to send to a designing organ of the KPA among those reported to him by various designing institutions.”  This was the second of three incidents where Kim Jong Un has publicly upbraided party and army officials.**  During his most recent visit Kim Jong Un was described as  “very satisfied ” that “soldier-builders have done a lot of work in a brief span of time by overcoming bottlenecks and difficulties.”

This was Kim Jong Un’s second reported visit to the construction of the Munsu Wading Pool, although the project has not wanted for attention by top DPRK officials  with two visits each by DPRK Cabinet Premier Pak Pong Ju and KPA General Political Department Director VMar Choe Ryong Hae.  The wading pool, which replaces one that existed until the early 2000s, has been under construction since February 2013.

**The other occasions on which Kim Jong Un expressed his displeasure with subordinate officials was during a May 2012 visit to Mangyo’ngdae Fun Fair and a June 2013 visit to the 18 January General Machine Plant.  

Kim Jong Un Visits Renovation Work Pyongyang Indoor Stadium and Apartment Housing Construction

7 Aug
Kim Jong Un (3rd L) tours the renovation of the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium.  Also seen in attendance is Ma Won Chun (2nd R) and VMar Choe Ryong Hae (R) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un (3rd L) tours the renovation of the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium. Also seen in attendance is Ma Won Chun (2nd R) and VMar Choe Ryong Hae (R) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

DPRK state media reported on 6 August (Tuesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) toured the renovation of the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium and visited the construction of apartments for scientists.  Among those in attendance for the visits were VMar Choe Ryong Hae (Director of the Korean People’s Army General Political Department), Hwang Pyong So (Deputy [vice] Director of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Organization Guidance Department) and Ma Won Chun (Deputy [vice] KWP Department Director).  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a Moranbong Band concert with participants in the 27 July anniversary parade.

Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in central Pyongyang (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in central Pyongyang (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

After looking at the renovation work at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium, Kim Jong Un “was greatly satisfied to hear that the builders have carried out all work 90 percent in a matter of less than five months since they started the project” and he “underscored the need to build the stage better as it is used as a platform when holding conferences and other events and as spectators’ seats during sports games.”  Whilst looking at the venue and seating Kim Jong Un said that it “is important for renovating it is to provide the best convenience to people and school youth and children visiting it to watch matches” and said “a large electronic display should be installed not only on the side of the stadium but in the middle part of the ceiling of the stadium to be visible from all sides so that the spectators may closely watch the scores and games” and called “for developing Korean way a program for operating the electronic displays to be controlled by computers.”  According to KCNA Kim Jong Un said that “the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium is a building with a long history,” stressed “the need to set a high standard and renovate it at the highest level” and “expressed expectation and conviction that the builders and officials of the relevant field engaged in the renovation work would successfully carry out their honorable tasks till the 65th anniversary of the DPRK.”

Kim Jong Un tours the construction of apartment housing for scientists.  Also seen in attendance are Hwang Pyong So (R) and Ma Won Chun (2nd R) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un tours the construction of apartment housing for scientists. Also seen in attendance are Hwang Pyong So (R) and Ma Won Chun (2nd R) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un (L) tours apartment housing construction.  Also in attendance are Ma Won Chun (2nd L) and VMar Choe Ryong Hae (3rd L) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un (L) tours apartment housing construction. Also in attendance are Ma Won Chun (2nd L) and VMar Choe Ryong Hae (3rd L) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

 

Kim Jong Un also toured the construction of 21 blocks of apartment buildings reserved for scientists which KCNA described as “near completion” and being characteristic of the “speed of Masik Pass [Masikryo'ng],” a current labor mobilization speed campaign.  He toured two model apartments and inspected kitchen and restroom fixtures, furniture and the apartments’ interior design.  According to KCNA he “told officials to fully provide all conditions so that scientists may bring with them only their personal belongings and articles for living liked by them when moving to new flats” and said that “apartment houses for scientists have been well designed and constructed at a high level” and that “he is satisfied with them and they look fashionable and impeccable.”  He also “called for dynamically pushing forward tree planting, creating turf and other work for greening and pavement of walk path.”  Kim Jong Un also toured the construction of the apartment complex’s hospital, schools, day care centers and other facilities.  He “stressed the need to press ahead with the construction as scheduled” and “underscored the need to build the district of the apartment houses for scientists in such a way that it may be a model in building residential quarters.”  According to KCNA Kim Jong Un said ” the day of the completion of the apartment houses for scientists is drawing close thanks to the efforts of the builders.”

Kim Jong Un Attends Football Match and Archery Competition

1 Aug
Kim Jong Un and senior DPRK officials watch a football (soccer) match between the Hwaebul and 25 April teams (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un and senior DPRK officials watch a football (soccer) match between the men’s Hwaebul and 25 April teams (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

On 31 July (Wednesday), Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a men’s football (soccer) match and an archery competition.  Attending the athletic competitions with him were VMar Choe Ryong Hae (Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department), Jang Song Taek (Vice Chairman of the DPRK National Defense Commission, Director of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Administration Department and Kim Jong Un’s uncle), Kim Kyong Hui (KWP Secretary and department director and Kim Jong Un’s aunt), Kang Sok Ju (DPRK Vice Premier), Ri Yong Su (Director of the KWP Workers’ Organizations Department), Col. Gen. Ri Yong Gil (Chief of the KPA General Staff Operations Bureau), Pak Tae Song (KWP Deputy [vice] Department Director), Hwang Pyong So (Deputy [vice] Director of the KWP Organization Guidance Department), Kim Pyong Ho (KWP Deputy [vice] Department Director), Kim Yong Hun (KWP Deputy [vice] Department Director), Ma Won Chun (KWP Deputy [vice] Department Director), Gen. Kim Yong Chol (Vice Chief of the KPA General Staff and Chief of the Reconnaissance General Bureau), Col. Gen. O Kum Chol (Vice Chief of the KPA General Staff), Ri Jong Mu (Minister of Physical Culture and Sport), Ri Ju Bong (Chief Secretary of the Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports KWP Committee) and Jon Yong Nam (Chairman of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League Central Committee).

A football (soccer) match between the Hwaebul Team, of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League Central Committee, and the 25 April Team, of the Korean People's Army (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

A football (soccer) match between the men’s Hwaebul Team, of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League Central Committee, and the 25 April Team, of the Korean People’s Army (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un congratulates members of the Hwaebul Team after their victory over the 25 April Team (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un congratulates members of the men’s Hwaebul Team after their victory over the 25 April Team (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un poses for a commemorative photograph with the players and coaches of the Hwaebul men's football (soccer) team after their victory over the 25 April men's team.  Also in the photo, R, is KIS Socialist  Youth League Central Committee Chairman Jon Yong Nam, holding the game ball (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un poses for a commemorative photograph with the players and coaches of the Hwaebul men’s football (soccer) team after their victory over the 25 April men’s team. Also in the photo, R, is KIS Socialist Youth League Central Committee Chairman Jon Yong Nam, holding the game ball. The scoreboard in the background says the game occurred in the early evening of 31 July 2013 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

The men’s football match was between the Hwaebul (flaming torch) Team, of the KIS Socialist Youth League Central Committee, and the 25 April Team, from the Korean People’s Army.  According to KCNA’s account of the game the Hwaebul squad “took the initiative from the beginning of the match and intensified the attack.  When the team went over to a surprise counterattack from defense, forward Kim Yong Gwang scored the first goal in the 27th minute of the first half.”  The 25 April squad “made all-out attack, not loosing confidence” and “finally managed to score equalizer with back Ji Kwang Hyok making a precise shot amid a mess in the goal area.”  Hwaebul “trounced its rival by scoring two more goals in the eleven meter penalty kick.”  After the match, Kim Jong Un “expressed great satisfaction over the nice match and congratulated them on their success in the match.”  Kim Jong Un went onto the field and posed for commemorative photograph with the team and its coach.  According to KCNA he said “young people should take the lead in raising hot sports wind, too, as the country will be alive when the youth league goes dynamic,” emphasized that “the great importance of soccer in exalting the honor of the country” and said that “it is necessary to round off the soccer techniques, tactics and training methods of Korean style and put them on a higher scientific basis in order to develop soccer.”  Kim Jong Un also remarked that “what is important for developing soccer is to find out more reserves for players, underscoring the need to build a well-regulated training system, push ahead with the training tenaciously and frequently organize matches among schools at all levels in particular” and he “underlined the need to increase public concern and state assistance for soccer, calling on officials to pay deep attention to it.”  According to KCNA Kim Jong Un “expressed his belief that the sportspersons would perform their duty and mission for bringing sports events including soccer to the world level as they instill confidence and optimism about sure victory into the army and people.”

Kim Jong Un watches an archery competition between the 25 April Defense Sports Team and the Amnokgang Defense Sports Team.  Among those also seen attending the competition are the DPRK women's football (soccer) squad who won the 2013 EAFF cup, Jon Yong Nam (standing, 2nd L), VMar Choe Ryong Hae (seated, 3rd L), Jang Song Taek (seated, 3rd R) and Jang's wife and Kim Jong Un's aunt Kim Kyong Hui (seated, R) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un watches an archery competition between the 25 April Defense Sports Team and the Amnokgang Defense Sports Team. Among those also seen attending the competition are the DPRK women’s football (soccer) squad who won the 2013 EAFF cup, Jon Yong Nam (standing, 2nd L), VMar Choe Ryong Hae (seated, 3rd L), Jang Song Taek (seated, 3rd R) and Jang’s wife and Kim Jong Un’s aunt Kim Kyong Hui (seated, R) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Archery competition between the Amnokgang Defense Sports Team and the 25 April Defense Sports Team (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Archery competition between the Amnokgang Defense Sports Team and the 25 April Defense Sports Team (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un (seated, 4th L) watches an archery competition between the Amnokgang Defense Sports Team and the 25 April Defense Sports Team.  Among senior DPRK officials in attendance is DPRK Vice Premier Kang Sok Ju (seated, 2nd L) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un (seated, 4th L) watches an archery competition between the Amnokgang Defense Sports Team and the 25 April Defense Sports Team. Among senior DPRK officials in attendance is DPRK Vice Premier Kang Sok Ju (seated, 2nd L) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un also watched an archery competition between the 25 April Defense Sports Team, of the KPA, and the Amnokgang Defense Sports Team, of the Ministry of the People’s Security.  The competition consisted of women’s team, mixed team and individual women’s ends (events).  Kim Jong Un praised the archers when they hit a bull’s eye, according to KCNA.  The 25 April Defense Sports Team won the competition.  Kim Jong Un remarked that “mental power of the players is important for winning world championship in the archery as is the case with other sports events” and emphasized “the need to motivate the mental power of players so that they may play matches to exalt the honor of the country.”  Kim Jong Un also said “great efforts should be directed to archery as it is quite possible for the DPRK’s archers to win international games including Olympics” and “underscored the need to round off archery techniques of Korean style and scientific training methods and fully ensure training conditions.”  According to KCNA, he “told officials to pay deep attention to archery and take measures to provide best bows, arrows and other apparatuses to the archers.”

Kim Jong Un Meets with Women Football Players

31 Jul
Kim Jong Un meets with DPRK women footballers who won the 2013 EAFF Championship which were held in Seoul ROK on 27 July 2013 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un meets with DPRK women footballers who won the 2013 EAFF Championship which were held in Seoul ROK on 27 July 2013 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

DPRK state media reported on 31 July (Wednesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) met with women footballers (soccer players) who won the 2013 East Asian Football Federation Cup held in Seoul, South Korea (ROK) on 27 July.  Attending the meeting were VMar Choe Ryong Hae (Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department), Jang Song Taek (Vice Chairman of the DPRK National Defense Commission and Chairman of the State Physical and Culture Commission), Kim Kyong Hui (Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Secretary and Vice Chairman Jang’s wife), Kang Sok Ju (DPRK Vice Premier), Ri Yong Su (Director of the KWP Workers’ Organizations Department), Col. Gen. Ri Yong Gil (Chief of the KPA General Staff Operations Bureau), Pak Tae Song (KWP Department Deputy [vice] Director), Hwang Pyong So (Deputy [vice] Director of the KWP Organization Guidance Department), Kim Pyong Ho (KWP Department Deputy [vice] Director), Kim Yong Hun (KWP Department Deputy [vice] Director)  Ma Won Chun (KWP Department Deputy [vice] Director), Gen. Kim Yong Chol (Vice Chief of the KPA General Staff and Chief of the Reconnaissance General Bureau), Col. Gen. O Kum Chol (Vice Chief of the KPA General Staff), Ri Jong Mu (Minister of Physical Culture and Sports), Ri Ju Bong (Chief Secretary of the Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports KWP Committee) and Jon Yong Nam (Chairman of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League Central Committee).

Kim Jong Un walks with women soccer players who won the East Asia Football Federation Cup (Photo: KCNA).

Kim Jong Un walks with women soccer players who won the East Asia Football Federation Cup (Photo: KCNA).

Kim Jong Un poses for a commemorative photo with DPRK women footballers after holding a congratulatory meeting with them (Photo: KCNA).

Kim Jong Un poses for a commemorative photo with DPRK women footballers after holding a congratulatory meeting with them (Photo: KCNA).

Kim Jong Un began the meeting by shaking hands and congratulating the team members and their head coach Kim Kwang Min for their win and “exalting the honor of Military-First (So’ngun) Korea.” According to KCNA, Kim Jong Un said “highly praised the distinguished successes made by Kim Un Ju, winner of the prize of best player, Ho Un Byol, winner of the prize of top scorer, and Chief Coach Kim Kwang Min, who led the team to victory” and that “the women soccer players of the DPRK fully displayed the Chuch’e-oriented methods of playing and their high techniques, persevering spirit and teamwork.  By winning the cup on the day, the 60th anniversary of the victory in the great Fatherland Liberation War, they added joy and jubilation to the servicepersons and people of the country significantly celebrating July 27 and instilled into them confidence of sure victory and optimism.  To emerge a winner and let the flag of the DPRK fly in international football games has great appeal and influence stronger than thousands of words in arousing all the service personnel and people to feats in their work.”  Kim Jong Un also remarked that “”as our country has a tradition in women’s soccer and it has a good chance of success, it is important to channel big efforts and direct deep attention to further developing the female soccer so as to produce many soccer stars like Ri Kum Suk, who earned fame in international games.”  Kim Jong Un reiterated his praise for the players, presented them with gifts and posed for commemorative photographs with the women footballers.”

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