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5th Anniversary of 4 October Declaration Meeting

A view of the participants at a meeting held for the 5th anniversary of the 4 October Declaration at the Central Workers’ Hall on 4 October 2012 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

DPRK state media reported on 4 October (Thursday) that a central report meeting for the 5th anniversary of the 4 October Declaration was held at the Central Workers’ Hall in Pyongyang.    Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Secretary and Director of the United Front Department Kim Yang Gon (Kim Yang-ko’n) attended the meeting, along with the representatives of the DPRK’s two nominal minority parties Ryu Mi Yong, Chairwoman of the Chondoist Chongu Party Central Committee, and Kim Yong Dae, Chairman of the Korea Social Democratic Party Central Committee, and Choe Jin Su, Chairman of the North Headquarters of the Pan-national Alliance for Korea’s Unification and “officials of social organizations, members of the North Side Committee for Implementing the June 15 Joint Declaration, the Pan-national Alliance for Korea’s Reunification and the North Headquarters of the Pan-national Alliance of Youth and Students for Korea’s Reunification, people and students in the city.”

KWP Secretary and Director of the United Front Department Kim Yang Gon (R) attends a meeting held on the 5th anniversary of the 4 October Declaration at the Central Workers’ Hall on 4 October 2012 (Photo: KCNA/KCTV screengrab)

A view of the rostrum at a meeting held on the 5th anniversary of the 4 October Declaration at the Central Workers’ Hall in Pyongyang. In attendance is Ryu Mi Yong (2nd R), Chairwoman of the Chondoist Chongu Party Central Committee (Photo: KCNA/KCTV screengrab)

KCNA reported that Yang Hyong Sop, Vice President of the Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] and a Member of the KWP Political Bureau, delivered the report.  Yang is also a Presidium (standing committee) Member of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland and a Vice Chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (formerly known as the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland).  According KCNA Yang said “By adopting the declaration, leader Kim Jong Il gave momentum to the enthusiasm for independent reunification growing at home and abroad, thus bringing about the unprecedented golden days for national reconciliation and unity, he said and went on: After the publication of the declaration contacts and dialogues between the north and the south were activated in politics, economy, military and other fields including a premiers’ meeting and their joint propelling mechanisms were established, giving great spurs to its implementation on a nation- wide scale.”

Vice President of the SPA Presidium Yang Hyong Sop delivers the report at a meeting held on the 5th anniversary of the 4 October Declaration (Photo: KCNA/KCTV screengrab)

In his report Yang also noted that “the exploits for reunification performed by Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il who opened up bright prospects for national prosperity have been reliably carried forward by the dear respected Marshal Kim Jong Un” and according to KCNA Yang claimed that “Kim Jong Un is firmly defending the Generalissimos’ idea and line for reunification and their undying feats, and encouraging all Koreans to a struggle for reunifying the country.”

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