Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
A variety of events were held in the country to commemorate the 47th anniversary of Kim Cho’ng-il beginning work at the Party Central Committee (CC KWP). Kim Cho’ng-il officially began work in the central guidance section of the CC KWP Organization Department (a.k.a. CC KWP Organization Guidance Department; OGD) on 19 June 1964.
A national central report meeting was convened on 18 June with Kim Ki-nam (Kim Ki Nam) serving as reporter. Kim said in his report:
The reporter went on: The military parade and other celebrations of the 65th birthday of the WPK in the last significant year were a striking demonstration of his outstanding leadership ability as he explored the unique way of party building by organically combining politics with military affairs, party with the army.
The army and people of the DPRK are dashing ahead at the speed of songun Korea, a new Chollima speed, towards the eminence of a thriving socialist nation with the immutable truth that the decision of Kim Jong Il, the decision of the WPK, leads to gigantic practice.
The reporter underscored the need to firmly preserve and defend the immortal exploits Kim Jong Il has performed while leading the party for nearly five decades and conduct the party building and activities strictly on the basis of ideas and theories and methods of Kim Jong Il and thus develop the WPK into the eternal party of the President.
He called for further increasing the politico-ideological and military and technological might of the People’s Army, completing the work to put all people under arms and turn the whole country into a fortress on a higher level, safeguarding the country as firm as an iron wall through the concerted efforts of the army and people and dynamically pushing forward socialist construction.
The army and people of the DPRK will never pardon the Lee Myung-bak group of traitors who drove the north-south relations into an uncontrollable phase, launch a nation-wide all-out offensive to put an end to its anti-DPRK confrontation moves and achieve the historic cause of national reunification without fail.
CC KWP Secretary Choe Ryo’ng-hae (Choe Ryong Hae) attended a 17 June concert given by the art propaganda group of the Pyongyang Students’ and Schoolchildren’s Palace:
Art group members of the Pyongyang Students and Children’s Palace gave a performance on Friday to celebrate the 47th anniversary of leader Kim Jong Il’s start of work at the C.C., the Workers’ Party of Korea.
The performance began with song and dance “Glory to Our Motherly Party” and its performers lauded the undying feats of Kim Jong Il who has strengthened the WPK into an invincible party while leading it along the road of victory.
Its numbers included piano duet and song “Resound, Piano of Love”, national instrumental ensemble to accompaniment of Korean fiddle “Pride of Ample Knowledge, High Morality and Strong Body” and male chorus “We Will Also Dash into the World”. They well represented joy and optimism of the happy children who carry their hope into effect and cultivate talents to their hearts’ content under the benevolence of the Party.
Appreciating the performance were Choe Ryong Hae, first secretary of the C.C., the WPK, Ri Yong Chol, first secretary of the C.C., the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League, officials concerned and school children in Pyongyang.
On the actual anniversary on 19 June [Sunday], the State Symphony Orchestra gave a performance attended by members of the central leadership:
Numbers included “Our General Is the Best”, “We Will Be Loyal Down through Generations”, “Song to the Party”, “Chollima Runs” and “Oh, My Motherland of songun”.
The performers portrayed the boundless respect and thank for Kim Jong Il who has strengthened the WPK into the party of President Kim Il Sung and powerful guiding force of the songun revolution and demonstrated the dignity and might of juche Korea.
Orchestral music “Rich Harvest Comes to the Chongsan Plain” and “Swinging Girl” touched the heartstrings of the audience as they fully reflected the Juche character and national character.
A national anniversary in the DPRK is never complete without the country’s equivalent of a flash mob, in this case Youth Dance Party DPRK, held in Pyongyang and provincial capitals:
The dancing venues in Pyongyang included plazas of the Party Founding Memorial Tower, the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium and the Arch of Triumph where young people started dancing to the tune of “Please Receive the Best Wishes of People”.
The dancers extended the greatest glory to Kim Jong Il who performed immortal exploits before the era, the revolution, the country and the people.
They danced to the tune of songs “Glory to Our Great Party”, “Youth, Forward Following the Party” and “Push back the Frontiers of Latest Science and Technology”. Reflected in their dances were their resolution to grow up to be reliable successors of the revolutionary cause of juche and songun youth vanguard.
And if one wishes to bypass the country’s art of official reporting and rhetoric, KCNA has a synopsis:
Pyongyang streets are decorated with flags of the WPK and the DPRK, red flags, posters, slogans, large electronic displays and lights.
A national meeting and public organizations’ meetings were held to mark the anniversary. Speakers at the meetings lauded the great feats the leader has performed in developing the WPK and successfully guiding the Korean people’s effort for the building of a thriving nation.
Children gave an art performance at the Pyongyang Students and Children’s Palace and foreign students studying at Korean universities presented their compositions praising the DPRK leader.
Mass media have introduced feats of Kim Jong Il through a new documentary film and articles.