Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
The Kim Il Sung Youth League [KISYL] held a national conference on at the People’s Palace of Culture in Pyongyang on 12 July (Thursday). The conference gathered participants elected from provincial and city youth league chapters. Attending the conference from the DPRK’s central leadership was VMar Choe Yong Hae, director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department (bureau), Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Secretary and Director of Propaganda and Agitation Kim Ki Nam, KWP Department Director of Wotkers’ Organizations Ri Yong Su, KISYL 1st Secretary Jon Yong Nam. Also present, according to KCNA, were “officials concerned. . .as observers.”
The conference had two agenda items, the first of which was an endorsement to continue Kim Family leadership and laud the contributions by Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il to the KISYL. Jon Yong Nam told the conference that “Kim Jong Il made sure that the youth movement developed into the most revolutionary one for successfully carrying forward the idea and the cause of the leader and wisely led all the young people across the country to take the lead in implementing the military-first politics of the WPK regarding the youth league as main force for accomplishing the revolutionary cause of military-first.”
The KISYL conference’s second agenda item revised the names of the organization’s leading officials. Youth league officials at the national, provincial and regional levels will use the title “chairman” and “vice chairman” rather than “secretary.” This change reverts back to the titles used for KISYL officials in the Kim Il Sung era during the 1970s and 1980s.
Members of the youth league carrying the flag of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League bearing a portrait of smiling President Kim Il Sung entered the venue of the conference.
The conference decided on the agenda items “On the tasks of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League to hold leader Kim Jong Il in high esteem for all ages as the eternal leader of our party and revolution and accomplish the Juche cause, Songun revolutionary cause under the leadership of the dear respected Kim Jong Un generation after generation” and “On revising the rules of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League”.
Jon Yong Nam, first secretary of the C.C., the youth league, said in a report on the first item that the history of the Juche-oriented youth movement is a glorious history in which it has covered the road of one victory after another under the leadership of the President and Kim Jong Il.
He went on:
The President had regarded the issue of young people as an important one related to the success of the revolution and the nation’s future destiny since the days he embarked upon the road of revolution and worked heart and soul for the development of the youth movement.
Kim Jong Il made sure that the youth movement developed into the most revolutionary one for successfully carrying forward the idea and cause of the leader and wisely led all the young people across the country to take the lead in implementing the Songun politics of the WPK, regarding the youth league along with the party and the army as a main force for accomplishing the revolutionary cause of Songun.
Kim Jong Un sent autographic letters to the young people with his loving care and trust, encouraging them to make a leaping advance towards new victory.
The reporter called upon all the young people to dynamically advance for a final victory.
The floor was taken by Ri Ung Il, first secretary of the Kim Il Sung University Committee of the league, and Ri Kun Chol, first secretary of the Pyongyang City Committee of the league, and other participants.
They stressed the need to develop the youth league into the one of the President, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un in name and reality.
A decision on the first agenda item was adopted at the conference.
At the discussion on the second agenda item, all the delegates unanimously adopted a decision on revising the rules of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League.
The decision noted that first secretary and secretary of youth league committees at all levels would be called chairman and vice-chairman and secretary and deputy secretary of primary committee and primary organization chairman and vice-chairman.