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Party, KPA and DPRK Government Officials Make Condolence Calls to Cambodian Embassy

KWP Secretary and Director of the International Affairs Department Kim Yong Il (3rd L) and senior IAD staff pay tribute to former King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk at the Cambodian Embassy in Pyongyang on 17 October 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

Minister of the People’s Armed Forces VMar Kim Jong Gak (3rd L) and Gen. Pak Jae Gyong (2nd L), along with senior KPA officials pay tribute to former King of Cambodia at the Cambodia Embassy in Pyongyang on 17 October 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

DPRK state media reported on 17 October (Wednesday) and 18 October (Thursday) that senior officials of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP], Korean People’s Army [KPA], DPRK Government, Ministry of People’s Security [MPS] and various workers’ and social organizations delivered floral wreaths and paid condolence calls at Cambodia’s embassy in Pyongyang after the death of the former King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk, who passed away in Beijing on 15 October (Monday).

A memorial to former King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk at the Cambodian Embassy in the DPRK (Photo: KCNA/KCTV screengrab)

A view of the Cambodian Embassy compound in Pyongyang (Photo: KCNA/KCTV screengrab)

On 17 October floral wreaths were delivered by the KWP International Affairs Department, the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces, the Ministry of People’s Security, the Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports, the General Federation of Trade Union’s Central Committee and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs General Bureau of Diplomatic Corps Affairs.  KWP Secretary and Director of International Affairs Kim Yong Il, along with deputy (vice) directors of the IAD, paid a condolence call at the Cambodian Embassy and Kim wrote a condolence message in the memorial book.  Minister of the People’s Armed Forces, VMar Kim Jong Gak, and Vice Minister and Deputy Director of the KPA General Political Department (bureau), Gen. Pak Jae Gyong, visited the embassy on behalf of the KPA.  According to KCNA, “participants observed a moment’s silence in memory of the deceased before making an entry in the mourners’ book.”  On 16 and 17 October, ambassadors, diplomatic personnel and “representatives of international organizations” visited the Cambodian Embassy where KCNA reported that “they made an entry in the mourners’ book.”

A mourning party from the Ministry of People’s Security pays tribute at the Cambodian Embassy in Pyongyang on 17 October 2012 (Photo: KCNA/KCTV screengrab)

Mun Jae Chol (2nd L), deputy director-general in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a delegation of MOFA’s General Bureau of Diplomatic Corps Affairs pay tribute to former King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk at the Cambodian Embassy in Pyongyang on 17 October 2012 (Photo: KCNA/KCTV screengrab)

PRC Ambassador to the DPRK Liu Hongcai (3rd R) pays tribute at a memorial to former King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk at the Cambodian Embassy in Pyongyang (Photo: KCNA)

A foreign diplomat signs the memorial book at the Cambodian Embassy in Pyongyang (Photo: KCNA)

On 18 October floral baskets and condolence callers from Korean Democratic Women’s Union’s [KDWU] Central Committee, the Ministry of Culture, the Korean Taekwon-do Commitee, the Mansudae Art Studio and Korea Film Studios went to the Cambodian Embassy.  Among those visiting the embassy were  Vice Chair of the KDWU Chae Chun Hui, Vice Minister of Culture Han Chol, Vice Chairman of the Korea Taekwon-do Committee Pae Nung Man “and other officials concerned.”  KCNA reported that “they paid silent tribute to the deceased and made entries in the mourner’s book.”

A floral wreath from the Korean Democratic Women’s Union is delivered by KDWU Central Committee members at the Cambodian Embassy in Pyongyang on 18 October 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

Members of the KDWU Central Committee bow at a memorial to former King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk at the Cambodian Embassy on 18 October 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

The national flag of Cambodia (L) flies at half mast (half staff) at the Cambodian Embassy compound in Pyongyang (Photo: KCNA)

Also, on 18 October, KCNA reported that the DPRK Government has declared 23 October 2012 as a day of mourning for with the country’s flag ordered to be hung at half-mast (half staff).  In making the declaration the DPRK Government identified former King of Cambodia Nordom Sihanouk as “a friend of the Korean people and a prominent international statesman who made great contributions to developing the traditional friendly and cooperative relations between the DPRK and Cambodia and the Non-Aligned Movement and accomplishing the cause of global independence.”

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