Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 28 January (Monday) that Fourth Meeting of [Korean Workers’] Party Cell Secretaries opened with a major presence of the DPRK central leadership. Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) delivered opening remarks. KJU’s last reported public appearance was his attendance and participation at a meeting of foreign affairs and security officials. Attending the opening of the party cell secretaries’ meeting were Kim Yong Nam, Choe Yong Rim, Gen. Choe Ryong Hae, Jang Song Taek, Kim Kyong Hui, Pak To Chun, VMar Kim Yong Chun, Kim Ki Nam and Choe Tae Bok along with other “leading cadres of the party, the state and the army, secretaries of party cells and party cadres here and local areas.”
According to KCNA the meeting “will discuss the issues of enhancing the function and role of the party cells, the grass-roots organizations of the party and scouts in implementing the party’s policies, to strengthen the whole party, increase the national power of the great Mt. Paektu (Paektusan) nation in every way and powerfully mobilize all service personnel and people to building a thriving country as required by the new era of the Juche revolution and the prevailing situation.” Before the meeting began, participants had a moment of silence for late DPRK President and founder Kim Il Sung and late supreme leader Kim Jong Il. KJU then delivered an opening speech. KCNA provided a translated gist of KJU’s speech:
The meeting of secretaries of cells, the fourth in the glorious history of the WPK, is a significant meeting which was convened at the behest of leader Kim Jong Il, eternal general secretary of the WPK.
Kim Jong Il considered the development of the party cells as a main link and master key to strengthening the whole party, successfully carrying forward President Kim Il Sung’s cause of building a revolutionary party, Kim Jong Il lucidly penetrated into the requirements of the period of historic turn in accomplishing the revolutionary cause of Juche with his brilliant wisdom and rare far-sightedness and gave important teachings on organizing a meeting of secretaries of party cells with an attendance of 10 000 persons in the future so that the secretaries of the cells might contribute large shares to strengthening the party cells.
The current meeting will be an epochal turning point in increasing the party’s capability in every way as required by the new era of the Juche revolution by decisively enhancing the function and role of the party cells.
We are facing tasks to further glorify the eternal revolutionary feats the great Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il performed in their lifetime, holding high the immortal banner of Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism, and give steady continuity to building a thriving country and achieving the cause of national reunification.
In order to successfully carry out the important tasks of the party, it is necessary to change the appearance of the party as a political staff leading the revolution and construction and a mother party sharing life and death with the working popular masses.
The party cells, the grass-roots organizations of the party in strengthening it organizationally and ideologically, consolidating the ties of blood between the party and the people and powerfully mobilizing all service personnel and people to the building of a thriving country and scouts in implementing the party’s policies, have very important duties to perform.
If hundreds of thousands of party cells active in all regions, fields and posts of the country are fully prepared, it will be possible to put fresh spurs to the party work and overall affairs of the state and encourage all service personnel and people to perform world-startling miracles.
When all party cell secretaries unite close around the Central Committee of the WPK and hundreds of thousands of party cells become unshakable cornerstones supporting it and fortresses, the prestige and capability of the party as a leader will remarkably increase and the red flag of the WPK will flutter on the eminence of a thriving nation
The Central Committee of the WPK is determined to make this meeting a decisive occasion of bringing about a great turn in the overall party work by reviewing the successes, experience and defects in the past period and radically improving and strengthening the work of the party cells.
The meeting will satisfactorily carry out its work thanks to great enthusiasm and active participation of the comrades present and thus provide a historic landmark in strengthening and developing the party and building a thriving socialist nation.
After his speech KJU “declared the meeting open.” Following KJU’s speech, Korean Workers’ Party Secretary of Propaganda and Agitation [publicity and information] Kim Ki Nam delivered the meeting report. According to KCNA, “the floor was taken by Sin Chol Min, secretary of the party cell of the Hero Group for Defusing Explosives of the Kangwon Provincial People’s Security Bureau, Kwon Ryong Un, secretary of the Primary Party Committee of the research center under the Korean Committee of Space Technology, Hyon Kun Sik, secretary of the party cell of the transport workshop of the Chonggang Mechanization Office of the Tideland Reclamation Complex in North Phyongan Province, Kim Chol Hae, secretary of the party cell of the Migok Cooperative Farm in Sariwon City, Kim Ok Bun, secretary of the party cell of Han Hyon Gyong Secondary School in Sinhung County, Kim Hun, secretary of the party cell of the College of Computer Science of Kim Il Sung University, and others.” The meeting speakers “renewed their resolution to bring about a radical turn in the work for turning the party cells into unshakable cornerstones propping the WPK and death-defying corps for implementing the party’s line as required by the developing situation.”