Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
The DPRK National Defense Commission [NDC] and the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Central Military Commission [CMC] hosted a banquet at the Party Central Committee’s banquet hall Moknan House in Pyongyang’s city centre on 27 July (Saturday). Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended the banquet along with VMar Choe Ryong Hae (Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department), Jang Song Taek (Vice Chairman of the NDC) and his wife Kim Kyong Hui (KWP Secretary and department director), Kim Ki Nam (KWP Secretary and Director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department), VMar Kim Yong Chun (Vice Chairman of the NDC), Kang Sok Ju (DPRK Vice Premier), Gen. Kim Won Hong (Minister of State Security), Kim Yang Gon (KWP Secretary and Director of the United Front Department), Gen. Choe Pu Il (Minister of People’s Security) along with “other senior party, state and army officials, KPA commanding officers, chief secretaries of the provincial party committees, war veterans, those of meritorious services during the war and labor innovators.”
Prior to the banquet the Moranbong Band gave a concert to “congratulate the anniversary of the war victory.” The concert began with the national anthem and included “Go All Out for Victory in War” “Song of Best Wishes,” “Mungyong Pass,” “Tell, Fireworks of War Victory,” “Long Live Generalissimo Kim Il Sung,” “Tribute to Victors in Great Annals” and “July 27 March.” VMar Choe Ryong Hae delivered a speech at the banquet. According to KCNA, VMar Choe said:
The great Generalissimo Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) wrought unprecedented military miracles in the world history of wars by wisely leading the army and people of the DPRK with his Chuch’e-based military idea, superb strategy and tactics and extraordinary commanding art. These undying feats will always go down in the history of the country.
The proud history of the July 27 victory is being firmly carried forward down through generations.
The DPRK won victory after victory in the gun-fireless fierce confrontation with the U.S. imperialists and fully demonstrated the dignity and might of Military-First (So’ngun) Korea as it was led by the great Generalissimo Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il), an illustrious commander of Mt. Paektu.
The army and people of the DPRK have firmly protected the sovereignty of the country and given a steady continuity to the history of war victory which was started in Mt. Paektu thanks to the brilliant wisdom, matchless grit and outstanding leadership of Kim Jong Un.
During the banquet Kim Jong Un, according to KCNA, “invited war veterans and those of meritorious services during the war to come close to him and had a photo taken with them.”