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Kim Jong Un and Ri Sol Ju Attend Moranbong Band Concert and Soccer Finals (Updated)

Kim Jong Un (5th L) attends a concert by the Moranbong Band, given for the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the KIS Military University (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

DPRK state media reported on 29 October (Monday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a concert given by the Moranbong Band in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the foundation of Kim Il Sung Military University and  the soccer (football) finals of the 12th annual People’s Sports Contest.  KJU’s last reported public appearance was attending a commemorative photo-op with the faculty and staff of KIS Military University.  This was the first reported public appearance of KJU’s wife Ri Sol Ju (Ri So’l-chu) since her husband’s visit to construction work at Pyongyang Folk Park in early September.

Kim Jong Un and Ri Sol Ju first attended a concert given by the Moranbong Band in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Kim Il Sung Military University.  Attending the concert with them were VMar Choe Ryong Hae, VMar Hyon Yong Chol, Jang Song Taek, VMar Hyon Chol Hae, Gen. Kim Won Hong, Gen. Ri Myong Su, KIS Military University President Gen. Ryo Chun Sok, along with “teachers, cadets and graduates of the university, officials of various military schools and military families” and “diplomatic envoys and representatives of international bodies and officials of foreign embassies here and foreign guests staying in the DPRK.”

Kim Jong Un applauds during a performance by the Moranbong Band, given to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the foundation of Kim Il Sung Military University (Photo: KCNA)

Kim Jong Un waves at the end of a performance by the Moranbong Band on 29 October 2012. Also in attendance is his wife Ri Sol Ju (Photo: KCNA)

Concert by the Moranbong Band in the People’s Theater in central Pyongyang on 29 October 2012, given to mark the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Kim Il Sung Military Academy (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

The performance began with a playing of the DPRK’s national anthem.  KCNA reported that the Moranbong Band “sang high praises of the peerless military-first (so’ngun)  brilliant commanders who brought up the officers and men of the KPA to be loyal fighters defending the country, the revolution, socialism and the people’s happiness with arms by carrying forward the traditions of arms of Mt. Paektu, and pace-setters in thoroughly carrying out the instructions of the leaders, true to the party’s cause.” According to KCNA “audience was moved by the refined artistic representation, good ensemble, rich voice and solemn sound of musical instruments, brilliant stage decor and peculiar lighting” and that the audience “presented bouquets to the performers who showed the new phase of development of Juche (chuch’e) arts.”

Kim Jong Un (4th L) watches the soccer finals of the 12th People’s Sports Contest at Kim Il Sung Stadium. Also in attendance are Jang Song Taek (L), KJU’s wife Ri Sol Ju (3rd L) and Kim Kyong Hui (6th L) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

Kim Jong Un and Ri Sol Ju then attended the soccer finals of the 12th People’s Sports Contest at Kim Il Sung Stadium.  Attending the game with them were VMar Choe Ryong Hae, VMar Hyon Yong Chol, Kim Kyong Hui, Jang Song Taek, Kim Yang Gon, Kim P’yo’ng-hae, Ju Kyu Chang and Mun Kyong Dok along with “officials of party and armed forces organs, ministries and national institutions and in the field of sports, sports persons, sports fans and people from all walks of life in Pyongyang.  They watched the 25 April Team play the So’nbong Team.  KCNA reported that the 25 April Team defeated the Ri Myong Su Team, and the So’nbong Team defeated the Maebong Team during semi-final matches.

(Photo: KCNA)

(Photo: KCNA)

During halftime, KJU met with and congratulated DPRK athletes and coaches who participated in the London 2012 Summer Olympics.  According to KCNA, “he met sports persons and coaches who exalted the honor of the country by proving successful at the 30th Olympic Games and heard with satisfaction their pledge to bag more gold medals at future international games. He had a photo taken with them.”  The soccer game resumed and the 25 April Team defeated the So’nbong Team 2-1.

Kim Jong Un (R) smiles and smokes a cigarette, while watching the soccer (football) finals of the 12th People’s Sports Contest. Also in attendance is his wife Ri Sol Ju (L) (Photo: KCNA)

Kim Jong Un shakes hands with DPRK gold medalists who participated in the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games (Photo: KCNA)

Kim Jong Un (C), Jang Song Taek (L), Choe Ryong Hae (2nd R) and DPRK sports officials pose with gold medalists from the DPRK Olympics Team who participated in the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games (Photo: KCNA)

After the game, Kim Jong Un “he called footballers and coaches of the two teams and referees and shook their hands one by one. He praised them for playing the match very well and expressed expectation that they would take the lead in building a sports power.”  KCNA reported that KJU made sure that a prize-awarding ceremony was held with splendor.  KJU also “set forth highly important tasks which would serve as a guiding principle for rapidly developing the nation’s sports,” called  “for raising public awareness of sports and boosting state assistance, he urged the officials, in particular, to pay deep attention to sports and render substantial help in this field.”

KJU said that “sports play a role which nothing can substitute for in exalting the country’s dignity and infusing national pride and self-esteem into the people” and  “underlining the need to give rise to a hot sports wind throughout the country and thus demonstrate the honor of Juche (chuch’e) Korea with spectacular successes in matches.”

Members of the 25 April and So’nbong soccer (football) teams applaud as Kim Jong Un leaves Kim Il Sung Stadium, after attending the soccer (football) finals of the 12th People’s Sports Contest (Photo: KCNA)

Kim Jong Un waves to a crowd attending the soccer (football) finals of the 12th People’s Sports Contest at Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang (Photo: KCNA)

A view of the soccer finals at the 12th People’s Sports Contest at Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

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This entry was posted on 10/30/2012 by in Administration Department, Cadre Affairs, Central Committee, Central Military Committee, Choe Ryong Hae, DPRK External Relations, DPRK Sports, DPRK-International Olympic Committee Relations, Financial Planning Department, Gen. Hyon Yong Chol, Gen. Ri Myong Su, gsd, gsob, Guard Command, Jang Song-thaek, Kim Chong-un inspections, Kim Family, Kim Il Sung Youth League, Kim Jong Un Visits, Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un, Kim Kyong Ok (OGD), Kim Yang Gon, KKH, Korean People's Army (KPA), Korean People's Air Force, Korean People's Air Force [KPAF], Korean People's Army Air Force, Korean People's Army Supreme Command, Korean People's Internal Security Forces, Korean Workers' Party (KWP), KPA General Political Bureau, KPA General Political Department, KPA General Staff, KPA supernumerary organizations, kpif, Light Industry Department, Machine Building Industry Department, military security command [msc], ministry of people's security, Ministry of State Security, Ministry of the People's Armed Forces (MPAF), MPAF GPB, National Defense Commission (NDC), North Korean press, O Kuk Ryol, O Kuk-yol, Organization and Guidance Department, Pak Pong Ju, Party elders, party life, Political Bureau, Provincial Party Committees, Pyongyang Defense Command, Second Economic Committee, Second Economy Commission, Secretariat, Uncategorized, United Front Department, VMar Hyon Chol Hae, VMar Kim Jong Gak, VMar Kim Yong Chun, Workers' and Social Organizations, Young Red Guard.

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