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Forestry Workers Meeting Convened

Participants at a meeting of active forestry workers bow in memory to Kim Jong Il. The meeting was held on 7 November 2012 at the People’s Palace of Culture in central Pyongyang (Photo: KCNA/KCTV still)

DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim (L), KWP Secretary Kim Ki Nam (2nd L), Gen Ri Myong Su (2nd R) and Ju Kyu Chang (R) attend a forestry workers’ meeting on 7 November 2012 (Photo: KCNA/KCTV still)

DPRK state media reported on 7 November (Wednesday) that forestry workers convened in a meeting at the People’s Palace of Culture in central Pyongyang.  Attending the meeting were DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim, Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Secretary and Director of Propaganda and Agitation Kim Ki Nam, Minister of People’s Security Gen. Ri Myong Su, Chief Secretary of the Pyongyang City (municipal) KWP Committee Mun Kyong Dok along with “officials of party, working people’s organizations, ministries, national institutions, local party, power organs and relevant units and active officials and workers in the forestry field.”  Also in attendance were Director of KWP Machine-Building Industry Department Ju Kyu Chang and Chief Secretary of the South Hamgyo’ng KWP Provincial Committee Tae Jong Su.  After reading Kim Jong Il’s 1992 communique “On Further Developing Forestry,”  KCNA reported that the “meeting reviewed the achievements made in the drive for carrying out the tasks set forth in the letter and experience gained in the course. Discussed at the meeting were measures for bringing about a fresh turn in developing forestry.”

A view of the platform (rostrum) at the People’s Palace of Culture, the venue of a meeting of forestry workers held on 7 November 2012 in Pyongyang (Photo: KCNA/KCTV still)

DPRK Cabinet Vice Premier Jon Sung Hun (L) delivers a report at a 7 November 2012 meeting of forestry workers at the People’s Palace of Culture in Pyongyang (Photo: KCNA/KCTV still)

DPRK Cabinet Vice Premier Jon Sung Hun delivered a report, after which a series of speakers “said the DPRK forestry could have an important guiding principle, its landmark, as Kim Jong Il in his letter clarified the importance of forestry in building an economic power and improving the people’s living standard and set forth tasks and ways for carrying them out.”  The meeting’s speakers also said, “prospecting for the overall forestry resources of the country has been conducted and, on its basis, the general planning for cyclic timber-felling pushed forward in the past under the wise leadership of the peerlessly great persons, adding that this provided a sure guarantee for timber production and forestry creation on a long-term basis” and the speakers “called for making miracles and innovations in the timber production and forestry creation by fully embodying Kim Jong Il’s patriotism and thus making tangible contributions to building a thriving nation and improving the standard of people’s living.”

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