Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended the opening ceremony for the renovation of the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War (Korean War) Museum in Pyongyang on 27 July (Saturday). Joining Kim Jong Un on the platform of honor were Kim Yong Nam (President of the Supreme People’s Assembly Presidium), Pak Pong Ju (DPRK Premier), VMar Choe Ryong Hae (Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department), members of the DPRK National Defense Commission and Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Military Commission, members and alternates of the KWP Political Bureau, other senior officials and chief functionaries of the party, government and KPA, Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao and former commander of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army [PLA] Air Force Yu Zhenwu. Attending the ceremony were”war veteran delegates, officials of the party, armed forces and power organs, public organizations, ministries and national institutions, those who were received by Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il), heroes, service personnel of the KPA and the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces, officials in the fields of science, education, literature and art, public health and media, merited persons and other people in the city” and “the congratulatory group of Koreans in Japan and overseas Koreans’ delegations and other overseas Koreans, the chief of the Pyongyang mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front, foreign delegations and delegates, diplomatic envoys of various countries and members of the military attaches corps here and other foreign guests.” Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a military parade and mass demonstration in Kim Il Sung Square in central Pyongyang earlier on 27 July.
According to KCNA, “the area centering around the Monument to Victorious War has turned into a large open-air museum as it has an open-air exhibition including an exhibition of merited weapons.” Kim Jong Un arrived at the ceremony venue where he was saluted by the head of the honor guard representing the KPA’s three service branches (ground, navy, air and anti-air command) and the Worker Peasant Red Guards, followed by a 21-gun salute. VMar Choe Ryong Hae delivered the ceremony’s opening speech. According to KCNA, VMar Choe said “that the museum is an eternal treasure house for glorifying long the undying exploits Kim Il Sung performed by leading the war to victory and the (So’ngun) revolutionary feats of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and a hall of victory conveying to the whole world the heroic fighting spirit and feats of the service personnel and people of the DPRK who became first in defeating U.S. imperialism” and that “is also a centre for education in victorious tradition and an important base for anti-U.S. class education, which makes the service personnel and people of the DPRK renew their steadfast will to invariably carry forward the history of invincibility.”
After the speech, the KPA honor guard marched past Kim Jong Un, who then cut a ceremonial tape in front of the Victory Sculpture which formally opened the museum and monument park. Kim Jong Un then toured the museum with senior DPRK officials, ceremony participants and the invited guests. According to KCNA, Kim Jong Un “expressed his satisfaction over the fact that the museum has been successfully built as a treasure house of the country, a center inspiring visitors in the confrontation with the U.S. and an important base for anti-U.S education.”