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Central Leadership Commemorates 18th Anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s Death

Kim Jong Un (6th L) pays tribute at statues of his father Kim Jong Il and grandfather Kim Il Sung at Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang on 8 July 2012, the 18th anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s death. Also seen in attendance are a visiting party of senior Korean People’s Army officers including VMar Kim Jong Gak (4th L), VMar Choe Ryong Hae (5th L), VMar Ri Yong Ho (6th R), VMar Hyon Chol Hae (5th R) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

DPRK state media reports  that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) along with senior commanders of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] visited the Ku’msusan Memorial Palace of the Sun at midnight on 8 July (Sunday) to commemorate the 18th anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s death.  According to KCNA, “Kim Jong Un, together with KPA commanding officers paid high tribute to the statues.  Then he entered the hall where the President lies in state.  He, together with the KPA commanding officers, made a bow to him in humblest reverence.  He went round the room preserving the orders of the President, a train he used and a car he used during the last period of his life.”   Kim Jong Un’s visiting party to Ku’msusan consisted entirely of the KPA’s headquarters and field commanders, following the protocol of Kim Jong Il’s 8 July visits to Ku’msusan in 2008 and 2009.  KCNA reports:

He entered the hall where the statues of the President and leader Kim Jong Il are standing.

Laid before the statues were a floral basket in the name of Kim Jong Un, supreme commander of the KPA.

Also placed before the statues was a floral basket in the name of the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces.

Written on the ribbons of floral baskets were the letters “The great Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il will always be with us”.

Kim Jong Un, together with KPA commanding officers, paid high tribute to the statues.

Then he entered the hall where the President lies in state. He, together with KPA commanding officers, made a bow to him in humblest reverence.

He went round the room preserving the orders of the President, a train he used and a car he used during the last period of his life.

He, together with KPA commanding officers, entered the hall where the portraits of smiling Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are seen.

He, together with KPA commanding officers, made a bow to the portraits in profound reverence.

He was accompanied by KPA commanding officers including Choe Ryong Hae, Ri Yong Ho, Kim Jong Gak, Hyon Chol Hae, Choe Pu Il, Son Chol Ju, Pak Jae Gyong, Jo Kyong Chol, Kim Yong Chol and Ri Pyong Chol.

An honor guard stands next to statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on 8 July 2012. In front of the the statues are floral baskets from Kim Jong Un (L) and the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces (R) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium President Kim Yong Nam and DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim led a separate visiting party of “senior party and state officials, the chairperson of a friendly party and officials of party, armed forces and power organs, working people’s organizations, ministries and national institutions” to pay tribute at Ku’msusan.     KCNA reports:

Seen standing before the statues of Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il was a floral basket in the name of Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK.

Also placed there was a floral basket in the name of the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces.

A floral basket was laid there in the joint name of the Central Committee and the Central Military Commission of the WPK, the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly and the Cabinet of the DPRK.

The visitors paid high tribute to the statues.

They made bows to Kim Il Sung in the humblest reverence.

Later Sunday, a memorial concert was held at the People’s Theater in central Pyongyang.  According to KCNA, “the concert impressively showed the faith and will of all the army and people to glorify the immortal revolutionary careers and feats of great persons of Mt. Paektu and wage a dynamic struggle to accomplish the revolutionary cause of chuch’e rallied close around Kim Jong Un.”  KCNA reports:

The concert began with the orchestral music “Song Devoted to Marshal Kim Il Sung.” The performers highly lauded the immortal revolutionary exploits the President performed by bringing bright rays to this land like the sun, ushering in a new era of national independence and laying an eternal foundation for the prosperity of the country.

Their repertoire included numbers such as immortal classic masterpiece “Nostalgia,” soprano “Our Happiness Blossoms out under the Leader’s Care,” women’s quartet “You are Mother,” orchestral music “Rich Harvest Has Visited the Chongsan Plain”.

Presented there also were orchestral music “Footstep” and the forth movement “We Pledge” of symphony “The Leader Is Always with Us”.

Listening to them, the audience was deeply convinced that the history of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il’s Korea will last forever under the leadership of the dear respected Kim Jong Un, another great man.

The concert impressively showed the faith and will of all the army and people to glorify the immortal revolutionary careers and feats of great persons of Mt. Paektu and wage a dynamic struggle to accomplish the revolutionary cause of Juche rallied close around Kim Jong Un.

Among the audience were Kim Yong Nam, Choe Yong Rim, Choe Ryong Hae, Ri Yong Ho and other senior party, state and army officials, the chairperson of a friendly party, officials of party, armed forces and power organs, working people’s organizations, ministries and national institutions, persons of merit, Pyongyang citizens, the chief of the mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front here and overseas compatriots.

Present there on invitation were diplomatic envoys of various countries and members of military attaches corps here and other foreign guests.

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