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National Meeting Held to Commemorate Korean War

Kim Jong Un, senior DPRK officials and heads of foreign government delegations applaud during a national report meeting commemorating the 60th anniversary of the termination of active hostilities of the Korean (Fatherland Liberation) War at May Day Stadium in Pyongyang on 26 July 2013.  Among those seen in attendance is Kim Kyong Hui (R), eldest daughter of the late DPRK President and founder Kim Il Sung (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un, senior DPRK officials and heads of foreign government delegations applaud during a national report meeting commemorating the 60th anniversary of the termination of active hostilities of the Korean (Fatherland Liberation) War at May Day Stadium in Pyongyang on 26 July 2013. Among those seen in attendance is Kim Kyong Hui (R), eldest daughter of the late DPRK President and founder Kim Il Sung (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un and senior DPRK officials attended a national report meeting at May Day Stadium in Pyongyang on 26 July (Friday) to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the termination of active hostilities in the Fatherland Liberation War (Korean War).  Also in attendance 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), Jang Song Taek (Vice Chairman of the DPRK National Defense Commission and Kim Jong Un’s uncle), Gen. Kim Kyok Sik (Chief of the KPA General Staff), Col. Gen. Jang Jong Nam (Minister of the People’s Armed Forces), Kim Kyong Hui (Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Secretary and Kim Jong Un’s aunt), Kim Ki Nam (KWP Secretary and Director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department) Kim Yong Dae (Chairman of the Korean Social Democratic Party’s Central Committee) along with “war veterans, officials of the party, armed forces and power organs, social organizations, ministries and national institutions, bereaved families of fallen fighters, service personnel of the KPA and the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces, officials in the fields of science, education, art and literature, public health and media, merited persons, Pyongyangites, delegations of overseas compatriots, compatriots abroad and chief of the Pyongyang mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front” and “diplomatic envoys of various countries, representatives of international organizations and members of the military attaches corps here, delegations and delegates of various countries staying here to participate in events to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the victory in the war and other foreign guests.”

Among the foreign attendees were “Li Yuanchao, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and vice-president of the People’s Republic of China, Abdullah al-Ahmar, deputy general secretary of the Syria’s Baath Arab Socialist Party, Guy Scott, vice-president of the Republic of Zambia, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekand, vice-president of the Republic of Uganda” and  “Hong In Hum, chairman of the Central Audit Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon; Chosen Soren), Choe Un Bok, chairperson of the General Association of Koreans in China, and Kim Kang Hui, head of the lecturers group of veterans of the Chinese People’s Volunteers.”

A view of the national meeting commemorating the 60th anniversary of the termination of the Korean War's active hostilities at May Day Stadium in Pyongyang on 26 July 2013 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

A view of the national meeting commemorating the 60th anniversary of the termination of the Korean War’s active hostilities at May Day Stadium in Pyongyang on 26 July 2013 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

VMar Choe Ryong Hae opened the meeting.  Kim Yong Nam delivered the meeting’s report.  The official report acknowledged the contributions China made during the Korean War.  According to KCNA, Kim said in his report:

The U.S. imperialists ignited the Korean war on June 25, 1950 to realize their wild ambition to dominate Asia and the rest of the world with the Korean Peninsula as its springboard. They hurled into the war even troops of its satellite countries by abusing the UN flag, and applied all sorts of the most brutal war methods and means including the threat of A-bombs.

The army and people of the DPRK defeated the invaders of 16 countries including the U.S. and the south Korean [ROK] puppet forces in the war.

The historic victory in the war was the victory of the Juche-oriented military idea and outstanding strategy and tactics of President Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng)  and one of the indomitable mental power of the army and people of the DPRK as they heroically fought, united close around the party and the leader.

The U.S. imperialists sustained a heavy defeat for the first time in their more than 100-year-long history of wars of aggression in the three-year-long Korean war and signed an instrument of surrender.

The DPRK, which beat back U.S. imperialism, was widely known as a country of heroes and its army and people earned worldwide fame as a heroic army and people.

During the war the party and government of China sent volunteers organized by its fine sons and daughters under the banner of resisting America and aiding Korea, safeguarding the home and defending the motherland even under the difficult situation where they just won victory in the people’s revolution. They helped the Korean people in their just struggle at the cost of blood.

The internationalist example set by the Chinese People’s Volunteers [CPV] in the war recorded a shining page in the history of the DPRK-China friendship and the Korean party and people will always remember this.

The army and people of the DPRK greeted a new era of history in which they are successfully carrying forward the history and tradition of sure victory which started in Mt. Paektu and reliably steering the human cause of independence, thanks to Kim Jong Un.

We should hold the great Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) in high esteem as the eternal leaders of our party and people and the sun of Juche for all ages and firmly uphold and eternally glorify the undying feats Kim Il Sung performed by winning a victory in the war and the Military-First (So’ngun) revolutionary feats of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.

The army and people of the DPRK will continue dynamically advancing for peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula, Northeast Asia and the rest of the world together with the progressive people who aspire after justice and value conscience.

Only July 27 of victory will be in store for the DPRK as the undying feats Kim Il Sung performed by winning the victory in the war and the Military-First (So’ngun) revolutionary exploits of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are shedding their rays and there are the invincible Mount Paektu (Paektusan) army and the great unity of the army and people wisely led by Marshal Kim Jong Un.

A portrait released by DPRK state media on 27 July 2013 of DPRK founder and president Kim Il Sung (1912-1994).  27 July was the day an armistice agreement was executed which terminated active hostilities of the Korean War (Fatherland Liberation War) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

A portrait released by DPRK state media on 27 July 2013 of DPRK founder and president Kim Il Sung (1912-1994). 27 July was the day an armistice agreement was executed which terminated active hostilities of the Korean War (Fatherland Liberation War) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

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5 comments on “National Meeting Held to Commemorate Korean War

  1. Michael, they aren’t commemorating, they are CELEBRATING. That’s their word, used throughout by KCNA et al. Surely it’s crucial not to lose that.

    • nkleadershipwatch
      07/27/2013

      Actually they’re doing both. One can commemorate and celebrate a birthday, for example. A commemoration can include a celebration, and vicey versey.

    • nkleadershipwatch
      07/27/2013

      Also will indicate in the dense opening paragraph I quote KCNA “…of the military attaches corps here, delegations and delegates of various countries staying here to participate in events to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the victory in the war and other foreign guests.”

  2. giulio
    07/27/2013

    Hi
    2 info:
    – One of the westerners is the MP Paolo Romani, former minister for Berlusconi. Few days ago an italian group, composed by MPs Razzi (foreign affairs commission), Napoli (vicepresident of parlament members of PDL, berlusconi’s party) and the former minister Paolo Romani. The first is widely ridiculized by italian commedians. The former minister well you can read on wikipedia
    – Berlin NK Embassy showed KJU after the succession (not immediately). It is some months that they back to KJU

  3. Pingback: DPRK stages military parade | Philippine Thoughts

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