Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported that a series of Workers’ Organizations meetings were held during 12-13 December to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death. On 12 December (Wednesday) the Union of Agricultural Workers of Korea [UAWK] held a meeting at Migok Cooperative Farm in Sariwo’n, North Hwanghae Province. Participants at the meeting took loyalty oaths. Attending the meeting were Ri Yong Su, Director of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Workers’ Organizations Department, Ri Myong Gil, Chairman of the UAWK Central Committee, Ko In Uk, Secretary of the North Hwanghae KWP Provincial Committee, and UAWK officials and agricultural employees.
After a moment of silence, Ri Myong Gil delivered the meeting’s report which was followed by a series of speeches by agricultural workers. According to KCNA Ri and the other speakers at the meeting said “the whole life of Kim Jong Il was the great one of a peerless patriot who devoted his all to successfully carrying out the cause of President Kim Il Sung under the uplifted red flag of revolution” and that “Kim Jong Il put forward the union as the devoted defender and active helper of the party and wisely led it so that it could successfully fulfill its mission and duty in each period and at each stage of the developing revolution.” The meeting’s speakers also “called upon all the agricultural workers to bring about a decisive turn in the agricultural production by applying Kim Jong Il’s patriotism with great national pride of successfully launching the satellite with our own efforts and technology.”
The Korean Democratic Women’s Union [KDWU] held a loyalty meeting at the Chuch’e Tower (Tower of the Chuch’e Idea) in east Pyongyang on 13 December (Thursday) at which participants pledged “to faithfully uphold the idea and leadership of the dear respected Kim Jong Un, true to the behests of leader Kim Jong Il.” The meeting was attended by Ri Yong Su, Director of the KWP Workers’ Organizations Department, Ro Song Sil, Chair of the KDWU Central Committee, Kim Jin Ha, Secretary of the Pyongyang City (municipal) KWP Committee, KDWU Central Committee officials, and members of the KDWU’s Pyongyang chapters.
Following a moment of silence, KDWU members took a loyalty oath. Ro Song Sil delivered the meeting’s report. According to KCNA, Ro’s report “noted all the women across the country are recollecting with deep emotion the noble revolutionary career of Kim Jong Il who dedicated his whole life to the prosperity of the country and the people’s happiness.” Ro said that “the world knows no such peerless patriot and great saint of revolution as Kim Jong Il who passed away on a running train while making tireless forced march until the last moments of his life in his padded dress. As Marshal Kim Jong Un is held in high esteem, the desire of Kim Jong Il for building a thriving nation is becoming a shining reality and the socialist country is demonstrating its dignity as political and military power, nuclear weapons state and satellite launcher.” According to KCNA Ro “called upon all the women’s union members to make a tangible contribution to building a thriving nation in the country and accomplishing the Chuch’e cause of revolution under the leadership of Kim Jong Un.”
On 13 December (Thursday), the Kim Il Sung Youth League [KISYL] (a.k.a. Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League) held a memorial meeting at the Central Youth Hall in east Pyongyang. Attending the meeting was Ri Yong Su, Director of the KWP Workers’ Organizations Department, Jon Yong Nam, Chairman of the KISYL Central Committee, KWP and KISYL officials, Pyongyang students and teenagers and “those who had the honor of being received by Kim Jong Il, those related to his revolutionary activities.”
Jon Yong Nam told meeting participants “that in the whole period of his leadership over the revolution Kim Jong Il pursued the unique politics of attaching importance to the youth and showing warm love for the young people, performing undying feats in giving a perfect solution to the youth issue for the first time in history.” KCNA reported that “the floor was taken by Kim Kyong Hui, chairwoman of the Management Board of the Chonsu Co-op Farm of Hyangsan County, North Phyongan Province, who had the honor of attending the conference of the League of Socialist Working Youth of Korea at which the birth of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League was proclaimed” and she “recollected that Kim Jong Il congratulated the youth on greeting its founding anniversary and bestowed the highest honor and happiness upon them.” KCNA also reported that “Mother of student Han Hyon Gyong, Rim Myong Chol, chief instructor of the youth league and the children’s union of Han Hyon Gyong Secondary School, Ri Un Byol, a farmer of the Sodu Branch Farm of the Taehongdan County Combined Farm, in their speeches said that Kim Jong Il’s love for and trust in the youth have been carried forward by the dear respected Marshal Kim Jong Un.”