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National Meeting Commemorates 48th Anniversary of KJI Beginning Work at Party Central Committee

View of the platform (rostrum) of a national meeting commemorating the 49th anniversary of the start of late leader Kim Jong Il's work at the Korean Workers' Party Central Committee, held at 25 April House of Culture in Pyongyang on 18 June 2013 (Photo: KCNA-Yonhap).

View of the platform (rostrum) of a national meeting commemorating the 49th anniversary of the start of late leader Kim Jong Il’s work at the Korean Workers’ Party Central Committee, held at 25 April House of Culture in Pyongyang on 18 June 2013 (Photo: KCNA-Yonhap).

DPRK state media reported that national meeting commemorating the 48th anniversary of the start of late leader Kim Jong Il’s work at the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Committee was held at the 25 April House of Culture on 18 June (Tuesday).  The meeting was attended by Supreme People’s Assembly Presidium President Kim Yong Nam, DPRK Cabinet Premier Pak Pong Ju, Chief Secretary of the Pyongyang City KWP Committee Mun Kyong Dok (who presided over the meeting), along with “other senior officials of the party, the state and the army, officials in various fields, persons of merit and Pyongyangites.”

A view of the participants at a national meeting commemorating the 49th anniversary of the start of Kim Jong Il's work at the Party Central Committee.  The meeting was held at 25 April House of Culture on 18 June 2013 (Photo: KCNA-Yonhap).

A view of the participants at a national meeting commemorating the 49th anniversary of the start of Kim Jong Il’s work at the Party Central Committee. The meeting was held at 25 April House of Culture on 18 June 2013 (Photo: KCNA-Yonhap).

Participants at a national meeting commemorating the 49th anniversary of the start of Kim Jong Il's work at the Party Central Committee, held at 25 April House of Culture on 18 June 2013 (Photo: KCNA-Yonhap).

Participants at a national meeting commemorating the 49th anniversary of the start of Kim Jong Il’s work at the Party Central Committee, held at 25 April House of Culture on 18 June 2013 (Photo: KCNA-Yonhap).

According to KCNA’s report on the meeting, Kim Jong Il “started his work at the Central Committee on June 19, Chuch’e 53 (1964), reflecting the noble intention of President Kim Il Sung and the desire of all the service personnel and the people” and he “led the WPK along the road of victory with his extraordinary ideological and theoretical wisdom, outstanding leadership ability and noble popular personality, performing immortal feats before the era and the revolution, the country and its people.”  As part of his work at the Party Central Committee, Kim Jong Il formulated “the President’s revolutionary idea as Kimilsungism and proclaimed the modeling the whole of society on the Juche idea as the supreme programme of the WPK. Then he set forth the line of building the party which called for modeling the entire party on Kimilsungism” and the “the Military-First (So’ngun) politics as the revolutionary leadership mode of the party and developed the WPK into staff of the Military-First (So’ngun) revolution.”  KCNA said that “thanks to his energetic leadership the DPRK could demonstrate its might as a satellite manufacturer and launcher and usher in a new heyday in building socialist culture” and that a “new turning phase of the movement for the country’s reunification was opened and its international prestige and influence further increased and the international solidarity with the Korean revolution grew stronger remarkably.”

KWP Secretary and Supreme People’s Assembly Chairman Choe Tae Bok delivered the meeting’s official report.  Choe praised Kim Jong Il’s accomplishments and Kim Jong Un’s “wise leadership.”  According to KCNA, Choe said in his report that “the portrait of smiling Kim Jong Il and his immortal feats will always be remembered by our party members and other people and world progressives to shine forever. . .Kim Jong Il’s Chuch’e-oriented idea and cause of party building are being successfully carried forward and developed by the dear respected Kim Jong Un.  Victory and glory are always set in store for the Korean revolution which is dynamically advancing, flying high the party flag of Juche under the leadership of Kim Jong Un.”  In his report Choe also “stressed the the need for the party to focus its work on simultaneously pushing forward economic construction and the building of nuclear armed forces, which is the party’s new strategic line, and advance the final victory of “anti-US war of confrontation” and “construction of socialist powerful state.”  Choe also said there was a “need to realize modernization and scientification of national defense industry into a higher level and defend the country so that aggressors will not be able to infiltrate into the DPRK’s territorial airspace, territorial waters, and territory.”  Choe also said there was a need for “the entire nation to bring a new turnabout in economic construction and improving people’s lives” and that there was a need to “to build nuclear armed forces, expand the achievement of conquering space, and accelerate the construction of a powerful state of knowledge-based economy and a socialist civilized country with the country’s own strength.”

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