Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 1 March (Friday) that Korean Workers’ Party [KWP], Korean People’s Army [KPA], the DPRK Government and various social organizations participated in the planting of tree in observance of “tree-planting day.” KCNA reported that “with this day as an occasion, many trees of good species have been planted in different parts of the country, including the Arboretum of the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun and Moran Hill in Pyongyang” and that the “Ministry of Land and Environmental Conservation and other forestry fields channeled big efforts to providing saplings of species suitable to different zones and plots, paying attention to increasing the rate of rooting.”
On 1 March KPA service members and officers held a meeting in the park and arboretum near the Ku’msusan Memorial Palace of the Sun. Attending the meeting were members of the KPA’s high command including Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Gen. Kim Kyok Sik and 1st Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces and Director of the KPA General Logistics Department VMar Hyon Chol Hae, along with KPA service members along with cadets and students of military schools “at all levels.” Gen. Kim delivered the meeting’s report which was followed by a speaking program where it was said “Generalissimo Kim Jong Il put forward the KPA in the mass tree-planting movement, true to Generalissimo Kim Il Sung’s intention of building a prosperous country. Mapping out a grand plan of the land development, Kim Jong Un made sure that modern tree nurseries were built, and energetically led the work for spreading new species of lawn to the whole country.” According to KCNA “they called on all the service personnel to turn out in the tree planting, true to the intention of Kim Jong Un and fully display their patriotic enthusiasm.” After the speeches, the meeting participants planted trees around Ku’msusan.
On 1 March DPRK state media reported that “working people and school youth and children across the country turned out in the patriotic work with a single mind to successfully embody Kim Jong Il’s patriotism for turning the country into the people’s paradise and a socialist fairyland in thick verdure on the occasion of March 2, the Tree-Planting Day.” Members of the DPRK’s central leadership attended various tree planting events in and around Pyongyang, and tree planting events were held in North P’yo’ngan Province, South Hamgyo’ng Province, North Hamgyo’ng Province and the city of Wo’nsan, Kangwo’n Province. Attending events in and around Pyongyang were Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium President Kim Yong Nam, DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim, KWP Secretary and SPA Chairman Choe Tae Bok, SPA Presidium Vice President Yang Hyong Sop, DPRK Vice Premier and State Planning Commission Chairman Ro Tu Chol and Chief Secretary of the Pyongyang City (municipal) KWP Committee Mun Kyong Dok. Speaking programs were held prior to the tree planting activities.
According to the speeches noted “President Kim Il Sung, together with general secretary Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Suk, an anti-Japanese war hero, climbed Moran Hill in Pyongyang on March 2, Juche 35 (1946) and called for planting many trees on mountains” and “called upon all people to turn out in the spring tree-planting campaign with one mind of ardent patriotism to plant and grow many trees in the country.” The speeches also noted that in March 2012 Kim Jong Un “personally planted a tree he took there, they said, underscoring the need to turn the mountains and fields into thick and green socialist fairyland” when he visited the KPA Strategic Rocket Force Command (identified by KCNA as “a unit of the People’s Army”).