Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reports that a national meeting was held Saturday (14 April) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the country’s late President and founder, Kim Il Sung [KIS]. The meeting was held at KIS Stadium in the Taedong River. KCNA reports:
A national meeting took place with splendor at Kim Il Sung Stadium here Saturday to celebrate the centenary of birth of President Kim Il Sung.
Present there was Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the WPK, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, who is supreme leader of the Korean people.
Also present there were Kim Yong Nam, Choe Yong Rim, Choe Ryong Hae, Ri Yong Ho and other senior party, state and army officials, the chairpersons of friendly parties, deputies to the Supreme People’s Assembly, officials of the party, armed forces and power bodies, social organizations, ministries and national institutions, anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters, servicepersons of KPA and the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces, officials in the fields of science, education, literature and arts, public health and media, heroes, bereaved families of revolutionary martyrs, those related to the revolutionary activities of the President, persons of merit, working people in Pyongyang, overseas compatriots and the chief of the Pyongyang mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front.
Present there on invitation were diplomatic envoys of various countries, representatives of international organizations and members of the military attaches corps here, those who attended the World Congress on the Juche idea and other foreign guests.
Kim Yong Nam, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK and president of the Presidium of the SPA of the DPRK, delivered a report.
He said that Kim Il Sung was the most outstanding leader of the revolution whom the Korean people acclaimed for the first time in the nation’s history spanning thousands of years, a peerlessly great man and a great sage of mankind, the reporter said, referring to the exploits performed by him.
The reporter went on:
Kim Il Sung built socialism centered on the popular masses, setting a worldwide example in the revolution and construction.
He embraced all people by pursuing noble benevolent and all-embracing politics, sparing nothing for the people, and showed profound loving care for them.
He put forth fair, aboveboard and reasonable reunification proposals including the three principles of national reunification, the proposal for founding the Democratic Federal Republic of Koryo and the 10-point programme for the great unity of the whole nation and provided a new program for achieving great national unity, escalating the movement for national reunification into a nationwide movement.
He set forth outstanding ideas, strategies and tactics on global independence and made an undying contribution to the socialist movement, the unity and solidarity of the non-aligned movement and the development of friendly and cooperative relations with those countries aspiring after independence.
His idea and cause were steadfastly carried forward by leader Kim Jong Il who wisely led the sacred struggle to accomplish the revolutionary cause of Juche as the dearest comrade and comrade-in-arms most loyal to him.
Kim Jong Il led the army and people of the DPRK to rise up during the Arduous March, forced march when the destiny of the country and the nation stood at crossroads and took the lead in the drive for weathering such stern ordeals that might have forced others to collapse a hundred times, paving a wide avenue for prosperity.
He formulated the independent line and proposals for reunification laid out by the President as the three charters for national reunification and ushered in the June 15 era of reunification in which the nation advances in the idea of “By our nation itself”, thus bringing about a landmark phase of national reunification.
He made a great contribution to advancing the socialist movement, achieving peace and stability in Northeast Asia and the rest of the world and accomplishing the cause of independence against imperialism with his superb diplomatic strategy and energetic external activities.
The reporter stressed that the army and people of the DPRK are full of conviction in sure victory and optimism and the future of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il’s Korea is immensely rosy and bright as they have Kim Jong Un, a peerlessly illustrious commander, at the helm of the Party and the revolution.
Similar meetings took place in all provinces, cities, counties and industrial complexes.