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Kim Jong Un Attends Photo Op with KPISF and Visits a Kindergarten

Kim Jong Un (seated, C) poses for a commemorative photograph with members of the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces, in front of the Korean Revolution Museum in central Pyongyang (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

DPRK state media reported on 13 July (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a commemorative photo session with construction workers from the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces [KPISF] outside of the Korean Revolution Museum central Pyongyang.  KJU’s last reported public appearance was his tour of the Victorious Fatherland Liberation (Korean) War Museum in Pyongyang.  At the photo op with the KPISF Kim Jong Un was joined by VMar Choe Ryong Hae, Jang Song Taek, Gen. Ri Myong Su, Col. Gen. Ri Pyong Sam, Ri Ryong Ha, Pak Chun Song and “generals of the KPISF.”

Kim Jong Un (seated, C) attends a photo op with members of the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces who “performed labor feats in major construction projects,” according to KCNA. (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

Kim Jong Un greets members of the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces during a photo op in front of the Korean Revolution Museum in central Pyongyang (Photo: KCNA-Yonhap)

For a number of years engineers’ units subordinate to KPISF and the Ministry of People’s Security have been responsible for some infrastructure construction, particularly tunnels.  In recent years the KPISF has built or renovated several food production facilities, including Taedonggang Combined Fruit Farm.  According to KCNA, Kim Jong Un “warmly congratulated them who devoted their precious youth to the prosperity of the country and the happiness of its people.  He expressed expectation and conviction that they would creditably perform their honorable duty by giving full play to the same soldier spirit and stamina as displayed in the days of soldiers at new posts for building a rich and powerful country.”

KCNA reports:

He, who is also first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and first chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission, received a report on the fact that those service personnel of the KPISF whose term of service expired worked hard in the construction of major objects, extending their term till the centenary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung. He was so kind-hearted as to have a photo session with those service personnel wrapping up their service.

Present there were Choe Ryong Hae, Jang Song Thaek, Ri Myong Su, Ri Pyong Sam, Ri Ryong Ha, Pak Chun Hong and generals of the KPISF.

He warmly congratulated them who devoted their precious youth to the prosperity of the country and the happiness of its people.

He expressed expectation and conviction that they would creditably perform their honorable duty by giving full play to the same soldier spirit and stamina as displayed in the days of soldiers at new posts for building a rich and powerful country.

Kim Jong Un (R) greets two students of Kyongsang Kindergarten after they presented flowers to him. Also seen in attendance (L) is Jang Song Taek, National Defense Commission Vice Chairman, KWP Administration Director and Kim Jong Un’s uncle (Photo: KCNA)

Kim Jong Un (3rd R) walks with students and a teacher of Kyongsang Kindergarten. Also seen in attendance (R) is Jang Song Taek (Photo: KCNA)

Kim Jong Un (3rd L) watches students of Kyongsang Kindergarten play on a slide. Also in attendance (4th L) is Kim Jong Un’s wife (Photo: KCNA)

On 15 July (Sunday) DPRK state media reported that Kim Jong Un visited the Kyongsang Kindergarten.  He was accompanied by Jang Song Taek, Ri Jae Il and Pak Chung Hong. Also in attendance was a woman believed to be his wife, previously seen at a 6 July concert by the Moranbong Band and an 8 July visit by the central leadership to Ku’msusan Memorial Palace of the Sun.  During his visit, according to KCNA, Kim Jong Un “praised the kindergarten for producing many music wonders, mentioning every artiste who learned music at the kindergarten.  Watching the children lost in playing, he was greatly satisfied with the good arrangement of the general playground.”  KCNA reports:

Smart children presented bunches of fragrant flowers to him, saying “Thank you dear respected General Kim Jong Un very much.”

He gently patted them on their cheeks, asking how old they were. He entered the playground, kindly taking them in his arms.

“It is nice to see the playground covered with rubber mat”, he said, watching with a broad smile children merrily using amusement facilities: some were competing with each other with their knees bent and others were riding on swing boats, plane-shaped slides, rocket-shaped plane on the lawn.

He dropped in at the room dedicated to the history of the kindergarten. He praised the kindergarten for producing many music wonders, mentioning every artiste who learned music at the kindergarten.

Watching the children lost in playing, he was greatly satisfied with the good arrangement of the general playground.

Looking at Ri Kang Juk, head of the kindergarten, he said he revisited it because it is important to develop pre-school children’s intellectual faculties and he wanted to project her doing her job well.

Kyongsang Kindergarten could be modernly spruced up thanks to the help from the related units but it was largely ascribable to her work style. He gave her the highest appreciation by giving an instruction to widely introduce her and generalize her work style.

He visited the junior third class to watch the children drawing paintings with crayons and their skills, emphasizing the need to teach them well how to draw so they might acquire ability to observe things and phenomena from childhood.

Watching a notice board “Who is more gentle” full of red stars, he noted that using the board is a good educational method suited to the feelings of the children who wish to do more good things than others.

He also saw the children of the senior fifth class making a composition entitled “To boast my mother” and smart children dancing in the rhythmic room.

Then he dropped in at the physical training room and had a photo taken with the children, taking them in his arms.

At the piano room he was pleased to see the children playing pianos skillfully, saying they were good at finding harmonic intervals. He kindly took the hand of Kim Hyang Suk, head of the department for piano education, who has brought up a lot of juvenile music prodigies, expressing his hope for steady success in her future work.

Then he visited the underground wading pool and learned about the temperature of water.

He enjoyed a performance given by the children of the kindergarten at the hall.

That day he presented Kyongsang Kindergarten with gifts.

He had a photo taken with the officials and teachers of the kindergarten.

Kim Jong Un talks with students of Kyongsang Kindergarten. Also seen in attendance (L) is his wife (Photo: KCNA)

Kim Jong Un watches students shooting baskets during his visit to Kyongsang Kindergarten. Standing behind Kim Jong Un, R, is his wife (Photo: KCNA)

Kim Jong Un departs from a photo op with teachers and employees of Kyongsang Kindergarten. (Photo: KCNA)

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