Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 27 October (Saturday) that the title of DPRK Hero was posthumously awarded to Kim Kum Su and Han P’yo’ng-nam, of the Kangwo’n Provincial People’s Security Bureau, the provincial branch of the Ministry of People’s Security [MPS]. According to KCNA, Kim and Han were members of a team clearing explosives and unexploded ordnance in Kangwo’n Province on 20 October “when they were working to defuse a time-bomb dropped by the U.S. imperialist aggressors during the Korean War, it went off all of a sudden. They died heroic deaths after saving their comrades at that critical moment.” KCNA reported that the were nominated for the award by Kim Jong Un who “put them forward as the most laudable men trained by the Workers’ Party of Korea and models of the security officers in the era of Songun. He made sure that the shining end of the heroes and their worthwhile lives were always remembered by the people and showed the bereaved families profound loving care and solicitude to be conveyed down through generations.”
A ceremony was held in Wo’nsan on 27 October at which Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium Vice President Yang Hyong Sop and MPS/Korean People’s Internal Security Forces’ Political Bureau Director Col. Gen. Ri Pyong Sam, presented Kim’s and Han’s family members with the award.