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KJI Birthday Events Begin

On 7 February the DPRK's State Stamp Bureau issued commemorative stamps to mark Kim Jong Il's birth anniversary.  According to Rodong Sinmun "the stamps show how Kim Jong Il cultivated his qualification and traits as leader to carry forward the revolutionary cause of President Kim Il Sung after his birth as the son of Mt. Paektu." (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

On 7 February the DPRK’s State Stamp Bureau issued commemorative stamps to mark Kim Jong Il’s birth anniversary. According to Rodong Sinmun “the stamps show how Kim Jong Il cultivated his qualification and traits as leader to carry forward the revolutionary cause of President Kim Il Sung after his birth as the son of Mt. Paektu.” (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

DPRK state media reported during 7-9 February (Thursday-Saturday) that events commemorating the official 71st birthday of late leader Kim Jong Il, called the Day of the Shining Star, began in and around Pyongyang.  On 7 February (Thursday), a 10-day nationwide film festival that will screen official documentary and feature films in Pyongyang and in the provinces.  According to KCNA “all of them deal with the glorious revolutionary history of Kim Jong Il and his undying feats” and the films will include Under the Guidance of the Great Brilliant CommanderThe Great Leadership for Pushing Back the Frontiers of Science and TechnologyShining Star Above Mt. PaektuLegacyWhite GemWish and Comrade Kim Goes Flying.  Ceremonies which opened the film festival were held in Pyongyang and provincial capital cities.  The Pyongyang ceremony occurred at the People’s Palace of Culture on 7 February.  It was attended by Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Secretary and Director of the KWP Propaganda and Agitation [publicity and information] Department Kim Ki Nam, along with ” officials concerned, creators and artistes in the field of movie art and Pyongyangites.”

8 February 2013 ppening ceremony for a photo exhibition to commemorate Kim Jong Il's birthday at the Grand People's Study  House in Pyongyang (Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

8 February 2013 ppening ceremony for a photo exhibition to commemorate Kim Jong Il’s birthday at the Grand People’s Study House in Pyongyang (Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

Photographs which form an exhibition about Kim family leadership at the Grand People's Study House, which opened on 8 February 2013, to commemorate late leader Kim Jong Il's official 71st birthday (Photos: KCNA)

Photographs which form an exhibition about Kim family leadership at the Grand People’s Study House, which opened on 8 February 2013, to commemorate late leader Kim Jong Il’s official 71st birthday (Photos: KCNA)

On 8 February (Friday) a photo exhibition titled “They Were Always Together to Bring about the People’s Well-being” showing photographs of the country’s later founder and president, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un and “dealing with the feats the great Generalissimos who led all the Koreans to the road of independence and the great national unity and energetically worked for global peace and stability, friendship and solidarity among the peoples under the uplifted banner of independence against imperialism.”  KWP Secretary Kim Ki Nam and Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium Vice President Yang Hyong Sop along with “officials concerned and people in the city” attended the opening ceremony.

Also, on 8 February (Friday) recipients of the Kim Jong Il Prize and Order of Kim Jong Il, based on 6 February 2013 decrees of the SPA Presidium, were publicized. The KJI Prize was presented to  Kim Sang Ok for “a great contribution to the development of the nation’s science and technology by displaying intense loyalty to the party and the leader and devoting creative wisdom and enthusiasm” and the Kwangmyo’ng Encyclopedia because it “helps officials and people raise the levels of political theories and cultural knowledge as required by the building of a thriving socialist nation and the age of knowledge-based economy.”

The Order of Kim Jong Il was given to “units and officials, service persons and people made great contributions to bolstering up the national defense capabilities and building an economic giant through a dynamic drive for consolidating the political and ideological position of the Korean revolution as firm as a rock and devotedly carrying out the lines and policies of the Workers’ Party of Korea by rallying the broad masses close around the Party, true to the Military-First (So’ngun) revolutionary leadership of the Party.”  Institutions receiving the Order of KJI were the Rakwo’n Machine Complex, the 5 March Youth Mine in Chagang Province, Kanggye U’nha Garment Factory and Migok Cooperative Farm.  Among the individuals receiving the Order of KJI were Paek Kye Ryong (Chief Secretary of the Kangwo’n Provincial KWP Committee) and O Su Yong (Chief Secretary of the North Hamgyo’ng Provincial KWP Committee) along with several third-generation officials from the KWP, DPRK Government and KPA: Kim Chang Myong; Ro Kyong Jun; Choe Tae Il; Pak Cho Yong; Ryom Chi Gwon; Kang Kil Yong; Mi Chang Guk; Yun Ho Nam; U Tok Su; and. Ryom U Jun.

On 8 February (Friday) DPRK state media reported on the end of cooking contest held during 6-8 February.  According to KCNA “competition was divided into the fields of public service and service of ministries and national institutions, hotels and provincial public catering and service. Present there were cooks and waitresses of 32 organizations” and “held by such methods of experts and masses’ judgment of preparations for cooking, sanitation, dressing processes and taste.” On 9 February (Saturday) DPRK state media announced that the 22nd Paektusan (Mt. Paektu) Prize International Figure Skating Festival will be held during 15-17 February in Pyongyang to commemorate KJI’s birthday.  According to KCNA the “is an annual event reflecting the unanimous desire and aspiration of the Korean people, world progressives and athletes to celebrate the birth anniversary of Kim Jong Il as the greatest holiday of the nation and holiday common to humankind” and “will bring together foreign and Korean skaters who proved successful in international and national contests. It will involve exhibition ice dances and pair and individual events.”

The events commemorating KJI’s birthday ceased what had been a slow news week in the state media.  Much of the content targeting an external audience consisted on various essays and editorials focused on the country’s response to the passage of United Nations Security Resolution #2087 (2013), such as the possibility of a third nuclear test and what were described as “the firm resolution to take substantial and high-profile important state measures in view of the prevailing situation.”  Content targeting an internal audience focused ongoing development efforts throughout the country, including the renovation of the Victorious Fatherland Liberation (Korean War) War Museum, and study tours of revolutionary historical battle sites by members of the Korean Children’s Union and the Kim Il Sung (Socialist) Youth League.  For a few days, members of the central leadership appeared to have gone to ground, or at least to senior level meetings that were not reported in state media.  On 8 February (Friday) a DPRK media outlet said the a third nuclear test was a matter of “the U.S. and hostile forces jumped to conclusions that the republic is planning the third nuclear test, citing their hypothesis and argument,” that any upcoming activities “are aimed at safeguarding its national interest, not at threatening anyone” and  “it remains to be seen what the important state measures are, though it is clear that any U.S. reactions to them may prove to be only irrevocable losses.”

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This entry was posted on 02/10/2013 by in 2013 Day of the Shining Star (KJI Birthday), 2013 Strategic Rhetoric, 2013 tactical rhetoric, 2nd Academy of Natural Science, Central Committee, Central Military Committee, central party life, corps command, critical infrastructure, Culture Section (bureau), DPRK Cabinet, DPRK External Relations, DPRK films, DPRK General Department of Atomic Energy, DPRK Sports, Events Management Section, Film Bureau, food production, Gen. Kim Kyok Sik, General Affairs, Guard Command, KCNA, KCTV, Kilchu County, Kim Family, Kim Il Sung Youth League, Kim Jong Un Visits, Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un, Kim Ki Nam, kisyl, KJI Personal Secretariat, Korean Children's Union, Korean People's Army (KPA), Korean Workers' Party (KWP), KPA General Staff, KPA General Staff Nuclear Chemical Bureau, KPA supernumerary organizations, KWP Science and Education Department, Light Industry Department, Machine Building Industry Department, military security command [msc], mines, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Extractive Industries, Ministry of Food and Procurement, Ministry of Light Industry, Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports, Ministry of the People's Armed Forces (MPAF), National Defense Commission (NDC), NDC Administration Department, NDC Policy Department, North Hamgyo'ng Province, North Hwanghae Provincial KWP Committee, North Korean press, nuclear weapons, O Su Yong, Organization and Guidance Department, Paek Kye Ryong, Party elders, Party History Institute, party life, Political Bureau, Propaganda and Agitation Department, Provincial Party Committees, Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, Pyongyang Defense Command, Second Economic Committee, Secretariat, State Academy of Sciences, Supreme People's Assembly, Workers' and Social Organizations, Yang Hyong Sop.

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