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KPA Meeting Held for Renovation of War Museum

Meeting of KPA service members on the plaza of the Victorious Fatherland Liberation Memorial Tower in Pyongyang ahead of a renovation of the nearby war museum (Photo: KCNA)

DPRK state media reported on 6 September (Thursday) that a meeting was held on the plaza of the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War (Korean War) Memorial Tower to rally Korean People’s Army [KPA] service members as they embark on a renovation of the war’s museum and the surrounding area.  The renovation is scheduled to be completed in July 2013 when the DPRK will commemorate what it identifies as “the 60th anniversary of the Korean people’s victory in the Fatherland Liberation War.”  On 8 July 2012 Kim Jong Un was reported by DPRK state media to have inspected the museum and said that it was “important to modernly renovate the museum as required by the military-first era as not a particular work has been done so far to improve the museum since it was newly built in 1974.”  According to KCNA, the museum’s renovation “is another huge one (project) to be undertaken under the long-term plan and energetic leadership of Supreme Commander Kim Jong Un.”

The KPA meeting was conducted by the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces [MPAF], which is responsible for the inculcation of DPRK military history including the construction and maintenance of landmarks and museums.  In attendance from the central leadership were VMar Choe Ryong Hae, director of the KPA General Political Department (bureau), and VMar Kim Jong Gak, Minister of the People’s Armed Forces.  VMar Kim delivered the keynote report at the meeting which, according to KCNA, “called upon all the soldier-builders to unconditionally finish the project in the fixed time and thus demonstrate once again the tremendous might of the powerful Paektusan revolutionary armed forces under the great Songun brilliant commander.”

KCNA reports:

The Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum will take on a new look and this area will turn into a comprehensive educational center along with the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Memorial Tower on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Korean people’s victory in the Fatherland Liberation War.

The museum is an edifice conveying feats performed by the great leader Generalissimo Kim Il Sung and the spirit of devotedly defending the leader and the spirit of defending the country displayed by the army and the people of the DPRK in the 1950s.

The project is another huge one to be undertaken under the long-term plan and energetic leadership of Supreme Commander Kim Jong Un.

The successful completion of the project would help visitors deeply grasp the President’s Juche-oriented military idea and the anti- imperialist revolutionary idea and outstanding leadership art and make a great contribution to educating all the service personnel and people so that they may learn from the forerunners’ precious fighting spirit.

The Supreme Commander ordered the KPA to newly build the museum in a bold manner and successfully spruce up this area along with the War Memorial Tower.

A meeting of service personnel of the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces took place in front of main sculpture “Victory” of the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Memorial Tower to thoroughly carry out the order given by Kim Jong Un to finish the project till the 60th anniversary of the victory in the war.

Present there were Choe Ryong Hae, Kim Jong Gak, officials of the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces and service persons.

A report was made by Kim Jong Gak, minister of the People’s Armed Forces, to be followed by speeches.

They called upon all the soldier-builders to unconditionally finish the project in the fixed time and thus demonstrate once again the tremendous might of the powerful Paektusan revolutionary armed forces under the great Songun brilliant commander.

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