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KIS, KJI Statues Unveiled at Armed Forces Ministry for Military-First Leadership Anniversary

Floral baskets placed before statues of Kim Il Sung (L) and Kim Jong Il (R) on the campus of the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces in Pyongyang during a 25 August 2012 ceremony (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

DPRK state media reported that statues of Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-song) and Kim Jong Il (Kim Chong-il) were unveiled and dedicated on the campus of the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces in Pyongyang at a 24 August (Friday) ceremony.    The statues were constructed to commemorate the 52nd anniversary of KJI’s military-first (songun) leadership.  According to KCNA ,”the statues depict Kim Il Sung with his hands on his waist and his face beaming with a broad smile and smiling Kim Jong Il visualizing a bright future of the new century and wishing Songun Korea eternal prosperity.”

Among the central leadership in attendance at the unveiling ceremony were VMar Choe Ryong Hae (Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department [bureau]), VMar Hyon Yong Chol (Chief of the KPA General Staff), Kim Kyong Hui (Korean Workers’ Party Secretary [KWP] for Organization and KJI’s sister), Jang Song Taek (Vice Chairman of the National Defense Commission and Director of the KWP Administration Department), VMar Kim Jong Gak (Minister of the People’s Armed Forces), VMar Kim Yong Chun (Director of the KWP Civil Defense Department),  Kim Ki Nam (KWP Secretary and Director of Propaganda and Agitation), VMar Hyon Chol Hae (Senior Deputy [1st Vice] Minister of the People’s Armed Forces and Director of the KPA General Logistics Department) and Gen. O Kuk Ryol (Vice Chairman of the National Defense Commission), as well as “senior officials of the Ministry, servicepersons, military families, officials and employees of organs that rendered devoted services for the erection of the statues and people in the city.”  The unveiling ceremony was Jang Song Taek’s first reported public appearance since his return from a week-long visit to China at the head of a 50-person delegation of the DPRK-China Joint Guidance Committee.

After the statues’ unveiling, KCNA reported that “the crowds broke into rousing cheers of ‘hurrah,’ a gun salute was fired and balloons soared into the sky beautifully decorating it.”  A variety of floral baskets from the central leadership, KPA high command and KPA units.  VMar Choe Ryong Hae delivered the keynote speech in which he “referred to the immortal exploits the great Generalissimos performed by turning the DPRK into a world-class military power having matchless military capability and enabling it to demonstrate its might as a full-fledged nuclear weapons state.”  KCNA reports:

Statues of Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il were erected at the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces on the occasion of August 25 when Kim Jong Il started the Songun revolutionary leadership.

This is a great event which powerfully demonstrated the unshakable will of all service personnel and people to accomplish the cause of the sun generation after generation, holding the commanders of Mt. Paektu in high esteem forever, and translated into a reality the greatest desire of the service personnel of the Korean People’s Army.

The statues depict Kim Il Sung with his hands on his waist and his face beaming with a broad smile and smiling Kim Jong Il visualizing a bright future of the new century and wishing Songun Korea eternal prosperity.

An unveiling ceremony took place on Friday.

Present there were Choe Ryong Hae, Hyon Yong Chol, Kim Kyong Hui, Kim Jong Gak, Jang Song Thaek, Kim Yong Chun, Kim Ki Nam, Hyon Chol Hae and O Kuk Ryol, and senior officials of the Ministry, servicepersons, military families, officials and employees of organs that rendered devoted services for the erection of the statues and people in the city.

The statues were unveiled by senior party and army officials.

When they were unveiled, the statues of the great Generalissimos, ever-victorious banner and symbol of victory and glory of Songun Korea, shed their brilliant rays.

That moment the crowds broke into rousing cheers of “hurrah,” a gun salute was fired and balloons soared into the sky, beautifully decorating it.

A floral basket bearing the august name of Supreme Commander Marshal Kim Jong Un was laid before the statues.

Also placed before them were a floral basket in the joint name of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the Central Military Commission of the WPK and the DPRK National Defence Commission and a floral basket in the joint name of the General Staff and the General Political Bureau of the KPA and the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces.

Hundreds of floral baskets were laid there in the names of the KPA units and sub-units of different levels, military academies and units honored with the field guidance given by the commanders of Mt. Paektu.

All the participants paid high tribute to President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il.

KPA Vice Marshal Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the C.C., the WPK, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the WPK and director of the General Political Bureau of the KPA, made an unveiling speech.

He referred to the immortal exploits the great Generalissimos performed by turning the DPRK into a world-class military power having matchless military capability and enabling it to demonstrate its might as a full-fledged nuclear weapons state.

The great event of holding an unveiling ceremony of their statues is the brilliant fruition of the noblest sense of moral obligation and wise leadership of Supreme Commander Kim Jong Un, he stressed.

He paid highest tribute to the Generalissimos, reflecting the boundless reverence of all the service personnel and people of the country for them and extended the highest glory and warmest thanks to Marshal Kim Jong Un for having opened a new chapter in carrying forward the Songun revolutionary cause of Juche.

A view of the venue of a national report meeting at 25 April House of Culture in Pyongyang on 24 August 2012 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

A national meeting commemorating the military-first anniversary was convened at 25 April House of Culture on Friday.  Among the central leadership in attendance were Kim Yong Nam (President of the Supreme People’s Assembly Presidium), Choe Yong Rim (DPRK Cabinet Premier), VMar Choe Ryong Hae and VMar Hyon Yong Chol.  VMar Kim Jong Gak delivered the official report.

Minister of the People’s Armed Forces, VMar Kim Jong Gak, delivers a report at a 24 August 2012 national meeting commemorating the 52nd anniversary of songun leadership (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

KCNA reported the gist of VMar Kim’s remarks:

The field guidance provided by Kim Jong Il to Seoul Ryu Kyong Su 105 Guards Tank Division of the KPA on August 25, 1960 was a solemn declaration that heralded the brilliant succession to the Songun revolutionary cause.

Kim Jong Il performed immortal feats before the era and revolution, the country and humankind by leading the country to weather grim difficulties of history with his outstanding idea and extraordinary leadership for half a century since he embarked on the road of the Songun revolution, true to the noble intention of President Kim Il Sung.

He adopted the Songun politics as a basic political mode under socialism with his far-sighted wisdom and rare insight at a time when the Korean revolution was facing the worst difficulties. And he embodied it in all fields.

He made sure that party work and activities were oriented to the implementation of the Songun revolutionary line, the trait of giving importance to arms and military affairs prevailed throughout society and state machinery of Korean style with the National Defence Commission as its pivot was established. This was an event of special mention as it provided a sure political and institutional guarantee for enforcing the Songun politics.

He trained the KPA as invincible revolutionary armed forces and made the country emerge a world-level military power and a full-fledged nuclear weapons state.

Under his Songun leadership, the KPA has grown to be the most elite powerful revolutionary army with the transparent spirit of devotedly defending the leader and the DPRK’s national defence industry developed into a powerful defence industry fully capable of producing any cutting-edge weapon.

He placed the unity and cohesion of the revolutionary ranks on the level of single-minded unity of the leader, the party, the army and the people by turning the KPA into the ranks of comrades who share destiny with the Supreme Commander and achieving the perfect unity of the army and people in thinking and fighting spirit.

The single-minded unity has become steel-strong at a time when the unity between the officers and men and combination of military and political affairs have become a shining reality in the whole army and the trait of army-people unity is given full play throughout society. This is the greatest wealth and the highest pride that can never be bartered for anything.

Kim Jong Il unrolled a grandiose blueprint for building a thriving nation during the Arduous March, forced march and led the KPA to make a breakthrough on major fronts of socialist construction and all the people to learn from the revolutionary soldier spirit. This made a high-pitched drive for great innovations and a great leap forward sweep throughout the country.

Marvelous events unprecedented in the 5 000-year-long history of the nation took place one after another thanks to his forced marches for field guidance, an indication of his love for the country and its people.

Satellites were put into the space, CNC-based machine tools mass-produced, Juche-oriented production systems established, monumental edifices, icons of the 21st century, appeared in different parts of the country and a new heyday was ushered in the construction of socialist culture.

His Songun revolutionary leadership and Songun politics resulted in the publication of the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration and the October 4 declaration based on the idea of “By our nation itself” and the opening of a new phase in the country’s reunification movement. They, at the same time, put strong spurs to firmly defending the peace and security in Northeast Asia and the rest of the world and promoting the human cause of independence.

The reporter said that the Songun revolutionary cause of Juche is making steady advance without an inch of deflection thanks to the dear respected Marshal Kim Jong Un.

We should build a thriving socialist nation on this land at an early date and achieve the independent reunification of the country and final victory of the revolutionary cause of Juche by upholding the Songun leadership of Kim Jong Un with loyalty.

All party members, service personnel and people should hold Kim Jong Un in high esteem as the center of the unity and leadership, resolutely protect him politically and ideologically and with their lives in any adversity and unite close around him.

Our revolutionary armed forces are fully ready to fight decisive battles after occupying battle positions to cope with the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean warmongers’ reckless maneuvers to provoke a war of aggression.

Upon receiving a combat order given by the Supreme Commander, the army and the people of the DPRK are firmly determined to fulfill it. If the enemy fires even a single shell at the territory of the DPRK, they will not miss the golden opportunity but deal prompt deadly blows at the enemy and wage a sacred war for national reunification.

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