Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 14 December (Friday) that an Army-People mass rally was held to celebrate the successful launch of the Kwangmyo’ngso’ng-3 satellite using the U’nha-3 carrier rocket. Attending the mass rally were Supreme People’s Assembly Presidium President Kim Yong Nam, DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim, Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department (bureau) VMar Choe Ryong Hae, Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Secretary Kim Ki Nam, National Defense Commission [NDC] Vice Chairman VMar Kim Yong Chun, Chief of the KPA General Staff Hyon Yong Chol, Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Gen. Kim Kyok Sik, Minister of People’s Security Gen. Ri Myong Su, Chief Secretary of the Pyongyang City (municipal) KWP Committee Mun Kyong Dok, Director of the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces Political Bureau Col. Gen. Ri Pyong Sam, DPRK Vice Premier and State Planning Commission Chairman Ro Tu Chol, Director of the KWP Machine-building Industry Department Ju Kyu Chang, Commander of the KPA Navy Col. Gen. Kim Myong Sik and Commander of the KPA Air and anti-Air Forces Gen. Ri Pyong Chol. Also in attendance were “officials and working people of institutions, factories and enterprises at all levels and co-operative farms and teachers and students of universities and colleges in Pyongyang, overseas Koreans’ delegations and other overseas Koreans and the chief of the Pyongyang Mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front were also present” along with “diplomatic envoys of foreign countries here, members of the military attache corps here and other foreign guests.”
KWP Secretary Kim Ki Nam delivered the official rally report, the gist of which was:
The scientific and technological satellite, belonging to Military-first (so’ngun) Korea both in name and reality, was accurately put into its orbit by carrier rocket U’nha-3 which was manufactured by the DPRK with its own technology and by its own efforts in line with the government’s policy for space development and its peaceful use. This is a gift presented to leader Kim Jong Il by the WPK and the army and people of the DPRK out of their loyalty and a great jubilee of national significance in realizing the greatest desire at the behest of Kim Jong Il.
Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, blazing a trail of history, laid a firm foundation of eternal value for the independent national economy and helped fully tap the potentials of Chuch’e-based industry with the might of Military-First (so’ngun) politics. Therefore, the DPRK has become possible to demonstrate its might as a country that produces and launches satellites.
A working satellite was successfully launched thanks to the undying feats of the Generalissimos, and Military-First (so’ngun) Korea ranked itself with dignity among those countries which launched satellites. The credit for this goes to the lofty loyalty, strong sense of moral obligation, matchless grit and superb stratagem of the dear respected Kim Jong Un.
With the successful launch of the satellite as a momentum the might of Chuch’e-based industry and the scientific and technological potentials of the country have been fully displayed and the might of the DPRK heading toward the world with pride have been fully proved.
To develop and use satellites essential for economic development is the lawful requirement of the present times in which one develops and lives with the help of science and technology. It is also the worldwide trend and the just sovereign right of the Korean people no one can deny.
The official report was followed by a series of speakers representing different sectors of DPRK society. Speaking on behalf of DPRK scientists was Jang Chol, President of the State Academy of Sciences who “vowed to glorify the country as a world space power by launching a geostationary satellite in the future, and build a knowledge-based economic power of Korean style with the same spirit and creating trait displayed by the workers at the Hu’ich’o’n Ryo’nha General Machine Plant.” No Kwang Chol, speaking on behalf of the KPA “declared that if the U.S. imperialists and their followers encroach upon the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK even a bit while taking issue with the independent satellite launch, the KPA will regard it as the declaration of a war and resolutely shatter it with powerful physical strike.”
Representatives of the DPRK’s Workers’ Organizations also spoke. Chairman of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea’s Central Committee Hyon Sang Ju “pledged to lead the thunder of the launch of the second version of satellite Kwangmyo’ngso’ng-3 to the fireworks for the final victory in building a thriving socialist nation by stirring up the hot wind of Kim Jong Il’s patriotism in each worksite of the general offensive for implementing the WPK’s strategy for prosperity.” Chairman of the Union of Agricultural Workers of Korea’s Central Committee Ri Myong Gil “expressed the will to drastically increase the agricultural production by learning from the patriotic devotion and tremendous fighting traits of scientists and technicians who gave full play to the dignity and stamina of the nation by successfully launching the satellite.” Chairman of the Kim Il Sung Youth League’s Central Committee Jon Yong Nam “called upon young people to bring about leaping progress in most difficult and toilsome worksites of socialist construction and become heroes and scientists who push back the frontiers of the latest science and technology and thus further glorify today’s jubilee.”