Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 16 December (Sunday) that Kim Jong Un attended a national memorial service was held at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium commemorating the first anniversary of the death of his father, Kim Jong Il. KJU’s last reported public appearance was his visit to the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (Sohae Space Center). Also attending the 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 Choe Ryong Hae, National Defense Commission Vice Chairman Jang Song Taek, Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Secretary Kim Kyong Hui (KJI’s sister), KWP Choe Tae Bok, KWP Secretary Kim Ki Nam and other “leading officials of the party, state and army.”
After moment of silence, Kim Yong Nam delivered a memorial speech. According to KCNA, Kim said in part:
The whole life of Kim Jong Il was the most brilliant life of a great revolutionary who took an untrodden path with his iron will and superhuman energy holding high the red flag, and the one of the peerless patriot who devoted his all to the country and its people only.
He, with his extraordinary wisdom and energetic pursuit, formulated the revolutionary idea of President Kim Il Sung as Kimilsungism and made it shed its rays as the great guiding idea in the era of independence and brightly indicated the way for accomplishing the popular masses’ cause of independence.
He developed in depth the President’s idea of attaching importance to the arms into the Songun revolutionary idea and Songun political theory and put forward the theory of building a thriving socialist nation. This is the special ideological and theoretical feat which significantly increased the attraction and vitality of Kimilsungism and powerfully proved its validity.
He strengthened the KPA into the matchless revolutionary army of Mt. Paektu, led the unprecedented standoff with imperialism and the U.S. to one victory after another and made the DPRK a world-level military power and legitimate nuclear weapons state.
He warmly loved the country and its people more than anyone else and made ceaseless and hard long journey of Songun to defend the socialist country and bring about the prosperous future of the country and the happiness of the people.
Kim’s remarks were followed by speeches from Choe Tae Bok (speaking for the Korean Workers’ Party), VMar Choe Ryong Hae (speaking for the Korean People’s Army) and Kim Il Sung Youth League (KIS Socialist Youth League) Central Committee Chairman Jon Yong Nam (speaking for DPRK students and children). According to the Associated Press, Choe “warned that the army was prepared to defend the country’s sovereignty,” according to Xinhua English Choe said “that the Korean armed forces will fully discharge their mission and role as the army of the leader, and the army of the party” and according the AFP Choe said, “Our whole army stands ready for battle under the teachings of Kim Jong-Un while the US and South’s enemy forces are going amok to destroy our system. It is our firm determination to hit back immediately at provocations…and we solemnly pledge again to faithfully serve our dear supreme commander.” Jon Yong Nam “pledged to follow (Kim Jong Un) to carry forward the revolutionary cause of Juche (self-reliance) and Songun (military-first).”