Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 9 September (Sunday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited Ku’msusan Memorial Palace of the Sun to deliver and a floral basket and pay his respects to his grandfather the late DPRK President and founder, Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng), and his father the late DPRK supreme leader, Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il). KJU’s last reported public appearance was his visit to the Pyongyang Folk Park. At his visit to Ku’msusan, Kim Jong Un was joined by 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), Jang Song Taek (Vice Chairman of the National Defense Commission [NDC]), VMar Kim Jong Gak (Minister of the People’s Armed Forces), Ri Yong Mu (Vice Chairman of the NDC), Pak To Chun (Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Secretary of Military and Machine-building Industries), VMar Hyon Chol Hae (Senior Deputy [1st Vice] Minister of the People’s Armed Forces and Director of the KPA General Logistics Bureau), Gen. Kim Won Hong (Minister of State Security) and Gen. O Kuk Ryol (Vice Chairman of the NDC), as well as “other members of the Central Military Commission of the WPK and the National Defence Commission and staff members of the Supreme Command.” KCNA reports:
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, visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun at 00:00 on Sunday, the 64th anniversary of the DPRK, to pay high tribute to Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Wrapped in a solemn atmosphere of reverence was the palace, the sacred temple of Juche where lie in state Kim Il Sung, founder of socialist Korea and the glorious DPRK, and Kim Jong Il who put the dignity and power of the country on the highest level with his ever-victorious Songun politics. Kim Jong Un was accompanied by Choe Ryong Hae, Hyon Yong Chol, Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong Gak, Ri Yong Mu, Pak To Chun, Hyon Chol Hae, Kim Won Hong, O Kuk Ryol and other members of the Central Military Commission of the WPK and the National Defence Commission and staff members of the Supreme Command. He entered the hall where statues of the Generalissimos are standing. Set up on ether side of the statues were flags of the WPK and the DPRK and military colors. Lining up there were guards of honor of the ground, naval and air and anti-air forces of the KPA and the Worker-Peasant Red Guards. The commander of the guards of honor presented a salute to the statues of the Generalissimos. A floral basket was laid before the statues in the name of Marshal Kim Jong Un. A floral basket was also laid in the name of the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces. Kim Jong Un together with the participants paid high tribute to the statues. Then he entered the hall where Kim Il Sung lies in state. He, together with the participants, made a bow to Kim Il Sung in humblest reverence.