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Choe Ryong Hae Tours War Museum and Soldiers’ Cemetery Construction

VMar Choe Ryong Hae (foreground, C) tours the construction of the renovated Victorious Fatherland Liberation Museum in Pyongyang (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

VMar Choe Ryong Hae (foreground, C) tours the construction of the renovated Victorious Fatherland Liberation Museum in Pyongyang (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

DPRK state media reported on 16 April (Tuesday) that VMar Choe Ryong Hae, Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department, toured the ongoing construction of the renovated Victorious Fatherland Liberation War (Korean War) Museum and a cemetery for deceased KPA service members and officers.  The renovation of the war museum and the establishment of a KPA personnel cemetery are, according to KCNA, “key projects for the celebration of the 60th anniversary for the Korean people’s victory in the Fatherland Liberation War.”  The DPRK will commemorate the 60th anniversary of what it calls its “victory” on or around the day of the signing of the armistice agreement which terminated active hostilities on 27 July 2013.

VMar Choe first toured the renovation and expansion of the Pyongyang-based war museum where “servicepersons, officials in the field of the construction in the capital and members of shock brigades have made innovations at construction sites in the spirit of frustrating the U.S. imperialists and their followers’ moves for stifling the DPRK in hearty response to the March, 2013 plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea.”  Choe toured several areas under construction where are, according to KCNA, “replete with the revolutionary army’s offensive spirit of  ‘at a go’.”  KCNA reported that Choe Ryong Hae “stressed the need to finish the construction in a brief span of time and green the areas around the construction sites in the spirit of successfully implementing the instructions of Supreme Commander Kim Jong Un” and “called on all the soldier-builders to perform feats in carrying out their duty and become victors in the do-or-die battle with the U.S. imperialists by keeping pace with the Supreme Commander’s patriotic footsteps.”

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