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KIS Military University Institute Renamed after KJI

View of the rostrum at a meeting renaming Kim Il Sung University Military Academy’s post-graduate institute after Kim Jong Il (Photo: KCNA/KCTV screengrab)

DPRK state media reported on 29 October (Monday) that Kim Il Sung Military University’s post-graduate research institute has been named after Kim Jong Il.  An  order to rename the institute was issued by the Korean Workers’ Party Central Military Commission [CMC] was read during a meeting held on 28 October (Sunday).  The meeting was intended by VMar Choe Ryong Hae (Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department [bureau]), Hyong Yong Chol (Chief of the KPA General Staff), VMar Kim Jong Gak (Minister of the People’s Armed Forces), VMar Hyon Chol Hae (1st Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces & Director of the KPA General Logistics Department) and “officials of party and armed forces organs, teachers, postgraduates and students of the university and officials of various military schools.”

An overview of the venue of a 28 October 2012 meeting renaming KIS Military University’s post-graduate institute after Kim Jong Il (Photo: KCNA/KCTV)

View of participants at a 28 October 2012 meeting renaming the KIS Military University’s post-graduate research institute after Kim Jong Il (Photo: KCNA/KCTV screengrab)

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According to KCNA, Hyon Yong Chol read the CMC’s order “to rename the postgraduate research institute after Kim Jong Il in order to glorify forever the exploits performed by the great Generalissimos in founding and developing the revolutionary armed forces and train more able military commanding officers flying the immortal flags bearing the portraits of smiling Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and giving steady continuity to bloodline of Mt. Paektu.”  After Hyon, a speaking program was held which “referred to the highest honor and privilege of renaming the institute after Kim Jong Il bestowed by Supreme Commander Kim Jong Un upon the university.”  KCNA reported that “naming the postgraduate research institute after leader Kim Jong Il made it possible to glorify the immortal exploits performed by illustrious commander of Mt. Paektu in the army-building and develop the university into that of the great Generalissimos training all-round military commanding officers firmly armed with Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il strategic and tactics and intensely loyal to the dear respected Marshal Kim Jong Un, feelers of military-first (So’ngun) revolution.”

The People’s Palace of Culture in central Pyongyang where a banquet was held to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Kim Il Sung Military University (Photos: Google image and KCNA)

DPRK state media reported on 28 October (Sunday) that an anniversary banquet was held for KIS Military University’s student body and faculty at the People’s Palace of Culture in central Pyongyang.  Attending the banquet from the central leadership were VMar Kim Jong Gak, VMar Kim Yong Chun, VMar Ri Yong Mu, VMar Hyon Chol Hae and Gen. O Kuk Ryol, who were joined by “officials of party and armed forces organs, teachers and students of the university and officials of military education institutions.”

VMar Kim Jong Gak delivered the anniversary speech at the banquet.  According to KCNA, VMar Kim said “that Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il built a general center for training cadres of the revolutionary armed forces and developed it into the highest seat for the Juche- oriented military education and world-class university” and that the “honor of the university associated with loving care of the great Generalissimos is being exalted under the wise leadership of Supreme Commander Marshal Kim Jong Un, peerlessly military-first (so’ngun) brilliant commander.”  KCNA reported that VMar Kim “called on [the university’s] officials and teachers to improve education and scientific research and thus train more competent military officials, true to the noble intention of Kim Jong Un.”

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