Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 18 November (Sunday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a commemorative photo session with participants of the 4th National Meeting of Mothers. KJU’s last reported public appearance was his attendance at a shooting competition and a women’s volleyball match. At the photo-op Kim Jong Un “sent warm congratulations to the delegates who fully demonstrated the revolutionary traits of Korean women in the meeting.” According to KCNA, KJU said, “4th National Meeting of Mothers marked a significant occasion in glorifying the proud history and tradition created by Korean mothers and opening up brighter and rosier future of the country and nation together with the mothers.”
Attending the commemorative photo session with Kim Jong Un were Kim Kyong Hui (Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Secretary and KJU’s aunt), Jang Song Taek (National Defense Commission Vice Chairman, KWP Administration Department Director and KJU’s uncle), Kim Ki Nam (KWP Secretary and Director of the Propaganda and Agitation [publicity and information] Department), Pak To Chun (KWP Secretary of Machine-Building and Military Industries), Kim Yang Gon (KWP Secretary and Director of the United Front Department), Kim Yong Il (KWP Secretary and Director of the International Affairs Department), Kim P’yo’ng Hae (KWP Secretary and Director of Cadres’ Affairs), Kwak Pom Gi (KWP Secretary and Director of Finance and Planning), Mun Kyong Dok (Chief Secretary of the Pyongyang City [municipal] KWP Committee), Ro Tu Chol (DPRK Cabinet Vice Premier and Chairman of the State Planning Commission), Jo Yon Jun (Senior Deputy [1st Vice] Director of the KWP Organization Guidance Department), Ri Yong Su (KWP Workers’ Organizations Department Director) and Ro Song Sil (Chairwoman of the Democratic Women’s Union of Korea [Korean Democratic Women’s Union]). Also in attendance were Jong Hui Ja (leading a delegation of the Korean Democratic Women’s Union in Japan), Chon Jae Ryon (leading a delegation of Korean women residing in China) and Jong Il Sim (leading a delegation of Korean women residing in Russia).
During the photo session, according to KCNA, Kim Jong Un said that “It is the greatest pride of the Workers’ Party of Korea and Korean people that they have fine mothers discharging their mission before the times, country and nation with lofty loyalty and ardent patriotism, adding they registered the most valuable life in every annals of the revolution under the care of Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il” and he “expressed expectation and belief that all the mothers and women in the DPRK would display their honor as women revolutionaries and flowers of the era in the advance of a new century of Juche as they did in the past.”