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May Day Celebrated

Kim Jong Un visits an e-library during a tour of factories in North P’yo’ngan Province (Photo: KCNA)

DPRK state media reported on 2 May (Wednesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) and other members of the central leadership participated in events commemorating International Labor Day (May Day).  KJU was reported as having visited Taegwan Glass Factory in North P’yo’ngan Province, as well as a machine factory managed by Ho Chol Yong.  KJU was reported to have visited the same machine plant in January 2012.  KCNA reports:

He was accompanied by senior officials of the party and army including Choe Ryong Hae, Jang Song Thaek, Hyon Chol Hae, Pak To Chun, Kim Phyong Hae, Ri Jae Il, Kim Myong Guk, Son Chol Ju, Yun Tong Hyon, Hwang Pyong So, Kang Kwan Il and Pak Jong Chon.

The first leg of his visit was the Taegwan Glass Factory.

As he arrived at the factory, he extended warm congratulations and salute to its workers significantly marking the international holiday of the workers all over the world that demonstrates their might and revolutionary solidarity.

He, to begin with, saw modern optical measuring instruments developed by the factory.

He praised its workers for developing modern optical measuring instruments and working hard to raise their utility rate after acquainting himself with the principle of their operation and performance.

He went round various places of the factory including its designing room, automation room, e-library and sample room to learn in detail about the technological updating and production at the factory.

Making the rounds of various rooms at the comprehensive electronic service center which looks like a scientific research institute, he was pleased with the great progress made by the workers there in their efforts to put all the processes of production on a modern and scientific basis ranging from designing of products to processing and assembling.

He set forth the tasks to serve as guidelines for management and production at the factory, noting that the demand for modern glass products and optical instruments is on the daily increase.

The next leg of his guidance was the Machine Plant Managed by Ho Chol Yong.

Making the rounds of the general assembling shop, sheet metal processing shop and various other production processes, he acquainted himself in detail with production, mechanism, performance and technical specifications of machines.

He praised the officials, workers, scientists and technicians of the plant for manufacturing modern machines of Korean style, noting that the machines produced by the plant are very good in their performance and paying off in reality.

After seeing machines, he put forth important tasks facing the plant.

Then he went round the Kangsong Health Complex newly built at the plant.

The complex covering a total plottage of more than 10 000 square meters consists of a swimming pool, wading pool, shower rooms, public baths and private baths, dining hall, kitchen and photo studio on the first floor and a gymnasium, table tennis room, e-library, barber’s, beauty parlor and amusement room on the second floor.

At the swimming pool and wading pool, he was pleased to see swimming and wading workers. He expressed great satisfaction over the fact that they have come to have good rest at the wonderful place.

He had a photo session with the servants of the Kangsong Health Complex, expressing expectation that they would devotedly serve the workers.

Telling the officials that he would like to spread a carpet in the compound for the workers of the plant, he wished them steady success in production.

He had a photo session with the soldier-builders who creditably discharged the duty of the KPA in building the health complex for the workers of the plant.

View of the performance of “Family of General” by the U’nhasu Orchestra on International Labor Day (Photo: KCNA)

Kim Jong Un waves to the audience attending the U’nhasu Orchestra concert “Family of General” on International Labor Day. Also in attendance are VMar Choe Ryong Hae (R), director of the KPA General Political Department (bureau), and Kim Kyong Hui (L), KJU’s aunt and a KWP Secretary who appears to have a bandaged finger on her right hand (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

Kim Jong Un also attended a concert entitled, “Family of General,” given by the U’nhasu Orchestra.  This was KJU’s last reported public appearance.  KCNA reports:

Put on the stage were mixed sextet and chorus “May, Month of Victory”, male duet “This Honor of Raftsmen Is Boundless”, female solo and pangchang “Family of the General”, male solo and pangchang “The 2 000-ri Amnok River”, orchestral music “Chollima Gallops Forward” and other colorful numbers.

Through famous songs the performers sang high praises of the feats of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il.

Some of the audience were invited to the stage.

Conspicuously decorating the stage were solos of Han Yong Bin of the Jangsuwon Cooperative Farm in Samsok District and Kim Yong Suk, a worker of the Phyongsong Synthetic Leather Factory, who proved successful at the national contests of songs of working people several times, “Song of National Salvation Struggle” and “What Is Life?” of cinema stars who played at multi-part feature film “The Nation and Destiny” (workers), duet “We Are a Worker-Couple” of Ri Jong Son and Kim Pong Suk, a couple of demilitarized soldier-workers of Hungnam, comic chat and song “We Will Glorify the Honor of Coal Miners” of Ri Sun Hong, a merited artiste of the Mansudae Art Troupe loved by the people, song “Oh, My Favored Work Site” of a soloist of the Unhasu Orchestra and Kim Yong Suk, secretary of the party primary committee of the Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang Textile Mill, and male chorus and chorus “Push Back the Frontiers of Latest Science and Technology” of students of Kim Chaek University of Techno logy.

Kim Jong Un waved back to the cheering performers and audience and congratulated the performers on their successful performance.

Among the audience were Choe Ryong Hae, Kim Kyong Hui, Jang Song Thaek, Pak To Chun, Kim Ki Nam, Hyon Chol Hae, Kim Phyong Hae, Mun Kyong Dok and Kwak Pom Gi, officials of the party and armed forces organs and working people’s organizations, working people of industrial establishments of the major domains of the national economy and agricultural workers, scientists and researchers in the fields of science and education and students.

Invited to enjoy the concert were diplomatic envoys of different countries and representatives of international organizations here and other foreign guests.

DPRK Premier Choe Yong Rim starts a tug of war during a factory visit he made on International Labor Day (Photo: KCNA)

DPRK state media reported that other members of the central leadership visited factories on May Day, where they attended rallies and report meetings.  KCNA reports:

Among them were Choe Yong Rim, Kim Ki-nam, Choe Thae Bok, Yang Hyong, Kang Sok Ju, Mun Kyong Dok, Ro Tu Chol and officials of the cabinet, working people’s organizations, ministries, national institutions, local party and power bodies. They went to the Sangwon Cement Complex, Pyongyang 326 Electric Wire Factory, Pyongyang Thermal Power Plant, Taean Heavy Machine Complex, Chollima Steel Complex, Namhung Youth Chemical Complex, Chongsan Co-op Farm in Kangso District and other institutions, factories, enterprises and farms to congratulate workers, agricultural workers and intellectuals on the holiday.

They laid floral baskets and bouquets before the statues of President Kim Il Sung and his smiling portraits and mosaics depicting Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il.

Touring the revolutionary museums, rooms devoted to the history of relevant units and other places they recalled the revolutionary careers and devoted efforts by the peerlessly great persons of Mt. Paektu.

The senior officials felt once again that the Korean working people could discharge their missions and duties as master of the country and the revolution thanks to Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.

They met and conversed with innovators and encouraged them to bring about fresh success in their work.

Together with working people they played colorful sports and amusement games including tug of war, chess and Yut games and enjoyed art performances.

They requested all the working people to become heroes of the times and performers of feats in the worthwhile struggle for fresh victory of the Juche revolution under the leadership of the dear respected Kim Jong Un.

KWP Secretary Kim Ki Nam presides over what appears to be a ssiru’m match, during visits made to factories and production facilities on International Labor Day (Photo: KCNA)

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