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National Memorial Service Held to Commemorate the 1st Anniversary of KJI’s Death

View of the platform (rostrum) at the national memorial service commemorating the 1st anniversary of the death of supreme leader Kim Jong Il at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on 16 December 2012 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

View of the platform (rostrum) at the national memorial service commemorating the 1st anniversary of the death of supreme leader Kim Jong Il at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on 16 December 2012 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

National memorial service held at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on 16 December 2012 to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il (Photos: KCNA)

National memorial service held at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on 16 December 2012 to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il (Photos: KCNA)

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.”

Kim Jong Un attends a national memorial service commemorating the first year anniversary of the death of his father, leader Kim Jong Il, at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in central Pyongyang on 16 December 2012 (Photo: KCNA-KCTV-Yonhap)

Kim Jong Un attends a national memorial service commemorating the first year anniversary of the death of his father, leader Kim Jong Il, at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in central Pyongyang on 16 December 2012 (Photo: KCNA-KCTV-Yonhap)

Kim Yong Nam delivers the keynote memorial speech during a national memorial service commemorating the first anniversary of the death of DPRK leader Kim Jong Il (Photo: KCNA)

Kim Yong Nam delivers the keynote memorial speech during a national memorial service commemorating the first anniversary of the death of DPRK leader Kim Jong Il (Photo: KCNA)

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.

View of participants at a national memorial service held to commemorate the one year anniversary since the death of Kim Jong Il (Photos: KCNA)

View of participants at a national memorial service held to commemorate the one year anniversary since the death of Kim Jong Il (Photos: KCNA)

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).”

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This entry was posted on 12/16/2012 by in Administration Department, Cadre Affairs, Central Committee, Central Military Committee, Choe Ryong Hae, Choe Tae Bok, Choe Yong Rim, Chongryon, Chosen Soren, Col. Gen. Kim Chang Sop, Col. Gen. Ri Pyong Sam, colonel general, DPRK Cabinet, DPRK Premier, Events Management Section, Gen. Choe Pu Il, Gen. Hyon Yong Chol, Gen. Kim Kyok Sik, Gen. Pak Jae Gyong, Gen. Ri Myong Su, Gen. Ri Pyong Chol, Gen. Yun Jong Rin, General Affairs, gsd, Guard Command, International Department, Jang Song-thaek, Kang Sok Ju, Kim Chong-un inspections, Kim Family, Kim Jong Un Visits, Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un, Kim Ki Nam, Kim Phyong Hae (Cadres/NPYPPC), Kim Yang Gon, Kim Yong Il (IAD), Kim Yong Nam, KJI Memorial Events 2012, KJI Personal Secretariat, KKH, Korean People's Army (KPA), Korean People's Internal Security Forces, Korean Workers' Party (KWP), KPA General Political Bureau, KPA General Political Department, KPA General Staff, kpif, Machine Building Industry Department, Mangyo'ngdae Revolutionary School Alumni, military security command [msc], ministry of people's security, Ministry of State Security, Ministry of the People's Armed Forces (MPAF), MPAF GPB, Mun Kyong Dok, National Defense Commission (NDC), North Korean press, O Kuk Ryol, O Kuk-yol, Organization and Guidance Department, Pak To Chun, Pak Ui Chun, Party elders, Party History Institute, Political Bureau, Propaganda and Agitation Department, Provincial Party Committees, Provinicial People's Committee, Pyongyang Defense Command, Ri Yong Su (Workers Orgs/AD), Ro Song Sil (KDWU), Ro Tu Chol, Secretariat, State Planning Commission (SPC), State Security Department, Supreme People's Assembly, VMar Hyon Chol Hae, VMar Kim Yong Chun, Yang Hyong Sop.

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