Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
The DPRK’s central leadership gathered at the 25 April House of Culture on Wednesday (15 February) for a national meeting to commemorate the official 70th birthday of the late Kim Jong Il. It was the first reported public appearance of KJI’s sister, Kim Kyong Hui, since early January. KCNA reports:
A national meeting took place here on Wednesday to commemorate the 70th birth anniversary of leader Kim Jong Il.
The dear respected Kim Jong Un, supreme leader of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the army and the state, was present at the meeting.
Present there were Kim Yong Nam, Choe Yong Rim, Ri Yong Ho and other senior party, state and army officials, officials of the party, armed forces, power bodies, social organizations, ministries and national institutions, servicepersons of the Korean People’s Army and the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces, officials in the fields of science, education, culture and arts, public health and media, bereaved families of revolutionary martyrs, persons of distinguished service, working people in the city, delegations of overseas compatriots, compatriots and the chief of the Pyongyang mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front.
All the participants observed a moment’s silence in the humblest reverence in memory ofKim Jong Il, the father of the nation and peerless Songun brilliant commander,
Kim Yong Nam, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the C.C., the Workers’ Party of Korea and president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly, made a report.
Kim Jong Il’s nearly 70 year-long revolutionary life was the most brilliant life of the peerlessly great man who adorned the protracted course of the Juche revolution, the Songun revolution with shining victory and glory, with boundless loyalty to the idea and cause of PresidentKim Il Sung, the reporter said, adding:
He, who was born as son of guerrillas in Mt. Paektu and grew up to be a great revolutionary, led the Korean revolution and the human cause of independence to victory with his distinguished idea, rare leadership and noble virtues, thus performing immortal feats on behalf of the country and the nation, the times and the history.
He formulated the President’s revolutionary idea as an integral system of ideas and theories and methods of Juche.
He comprehensively developed and enriched the Juche idea, Songun idea with original and profound principles and contents as required by the times and the revolutionary development.
He turned the WPK into an ideologically unblemished organization, organizational integral whole and an entity united in action firmly based on the party’s monolithic ideological system and the monolithic guidance system and successfully laid down the party’s foundation to carry forward the cause of Juche.
He built the WPK into a true mother party which takes care of the destiny of the people in a highly responsible manner, its roots struck among the popular masses.
He clarified from a new angle the philosophy on single-minded unity based on the revolutionary comradeship, built up the revolutionary ranks into invincible ranks united close in ideology and purpose and sense of moral obligation centered on the leader and rallied broad masses around the party with benevolent and all-embracing politics.
While providing the Songun revolutionary leadership, he made sure that the Kim Il SungConstitution was adopted and the state machinery with main emphasis on national defence was set up.
He formulated the three charters for national reunification true to the last instructions of the President for the country’s reunification, and provided the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration and the October 4 declaration with his immensely broad magnanimity and attraction, bringing about a landmark phase in the movement for reunification advancing in the idea of “By our nation itself”.
Kim Jong Il’s idea and cause are being steadfastly carried forward by the dear respectedKim Jong Un, the only successor to the revolutionary cause of Juche, the reporter noted, and continued:
All the party members, servicepersons and people should protect Kim Jong Un politically and ideologically with their lives and get united around him, cherishing the spirit of single-minded unity to invariably defend the center of the unity and the center of the leadership no matter how much water may flow under the bridge.
It is necessary to make sustained great efforts to bolster the country’s defence capability to the maximum, true to the unshakable Songun will of Kim Jong Un, supreme commander of the KPA, and thus firmly defend the socialist system and gains of the revolution with the might of arms of Mt. Paektu.
It is imperative to carry out the historic tasks for laying the firm foundation for an economic power so as to open the gate to a thriving nation this significant year without fail and enter into a new high stage of comprehensively building a thriving nation.
It is necessary to make a breakthrough towards independent reunification under the uplifted slogan “Let all the compatriots open the gates of national reunification full of fresh confidence!” and resolutely foil all sorts of anti-reunification moves of the separatist forces at home and abroad and accomplish the historic cause of the country’s reunification, the greatest desire of the nation, without fail.
The DPRK will, in the future, too, hold fast to the idea of independence, friendship and peace and boost the relations of friendship with all the countries that respect its sovereignty.
Similar meetings took place in all provinces, cities, counties and at complexes on the same day.
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