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National Meeting Marks 53rd Anniversary of So’ngun Leadership

Views of the rostrum at the central report meeting marking the 53rd anniversary of Songun leadership, held at the 25 April House of Culture in Pyongyang on 24 August 2013 (Photos: KCNA).

Views of the rostrum at the central report meeting marking the 53rd anniversary of Songun leadership, held at the 25 April House of Culture in Pyongyang on 24 August 2013 (Photos: KCNA).

A national meeting was held at the 25 April House of Culture in Pyongyang on 24 August (Saturday) to mark the 53rd anniversary of Military-First (So’ngun) Revolutionary Leadership.  Attending the meeting were Supreme People’s Assembly Presidium President Kim Yong Nam, DPRK Premier Pak Pong Ju, Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department VMar Choe Ryong Hae, senior officials and chief functionaries of the Korean Workers’ Party, the DPRK Government, the KPA along with “the chairperson of a friendly party, officials of the party, armed forces and power organs, public organizations, ministries and national institutions, service personnel of the Korean People’s Army and the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces, officials in the fields of science, education, literature and art, public health and media, labor innovators and other people in the city.”

VMar Choe Ryong Hae delivers the report at a national meeting marking the 53rd anniversary of Military-First revolutionary leadership on 24 August 2013 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

VMar Choe Ryong Hae delivers the report at a national meeting marking the 53rd anniversary of Military-First revolutionary leadership on 24 August 2013 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Views of the central report meeting marking the 53rd anniversary of So'ngun Revolutionary leadership, held in Pyongyang on 24 August 2013 (Photos: KCNA).

Views of the central report meeting marking the 53rd anniversary of So’ngun Revolutionary leadership, held in Pyongyang on 24 August 2013 (Photos: KCNA).

VMar Choe Ryong Hae, who is also a member of the KWP Political Bureau, Vice Chairman of the Party Central Military Commission and a member of the DPRK National Defense Commission delivered the official report.  According to KCNA, in his report Choe said that ” Kim Jong Il’s (Kim Cho’ng-il) Military-First (So’ngun) revolutionary leadership and Military-First (So’ngun) politics reflected the iron faith, matchless grit and pluck and ardent patriotism of the peerlessly Military-First (So’ngun) brilliant commander and peerless patriot and they serve as an all-powerful treasured sword for triumphantly ushering in a new era of the Chuch’e revolution” and that “Kim Jong Il’s Military-First (So’ngun) revolutionary leadership brought about an epochal turn in the destiny of the country and the people, and its attraction and vitality were fully demonstrated in the revolution and construction.”  Choe remarked that “the Military-First (So’ngun) revolutionary cause of Chuch’e is now greetings a new historic turning point as it is led by Marshal Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n)” and he underlined “the need to remain single-mindedly loyal to his Military-First (So’ngun) leadership.”  He called ” for training all service personnel to be ones strong in idea and faith remaining intensely loyal to the party and the leader and stalwart fighters equipped with Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and Kim Jong Il’s strategy and tactics and full capacity to fight a real war” and “for helping the KPA take on perfect appearance as a regular revolutionary army.”  He said that ” all the service personnel and people should intensify the drive for displaying the “speed on Masik Pass” and making uninterrupted great leap forward and innovations on all fronts for socialist construction” and that “peace is dearer to us than anything else as our general goal is to build an economic power and improve the standard of people’s living.”  Choe also said:

The Korean people do not want a war but hope for averting a fratricidal war and reunifying the country independently and peacefully at any cost.

We will make every possible effort to prevent a new war on the Korean Peninsula and achieve the independent and peaceful reunification of the country by concerted efforts of the nation, holding high the June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration, the great programmes for reunification common to the nation in the new century and the landmarks for peace and prosperity.

We will boost the friendly and cooperative relations with different countries which respect the DPRK’s sovereignty and are friendly toward it in the idea of independence, peace and friendship and positively contribute to defending peace and stability in Northeast Asia and the rest of the world and achieving global independence.

On Saturday, a dancing party was held at the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces in Pyongyang to celebrate the 53rd anniversary of Military-First leadership.  Participants listened and danced to tunes such as “Our Comrade Kim Jong Il,” “Twelve Months for Victory of Songun,” “Soldiers Offer Glory,” “Ardent Desire,” “We Will Win Victory Flying the Colors of the Supreme Commander,” “Our Leader Loved by People” and “We Will Defend General Kim Jong Un at the Cost of Our Lives.”  According to KCNA the dance party participants “recollected the Military-First (Songun) leadership feats of leader Kim Jong Il, who provided the invincible military capacity and the great army-people unity with his outstanding idea and leadership for over half a century since he began his Military-First (So’ngun) revolutionary leadership and led to victory the struggle for defending socialism and building a thriving nation” and that participants “presented dynamic movements. . .out of the desire to discharge their mission and duty as the army of the leader and the party, fluttering the flags bearing the beaming images of the great Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.”

A floral basket to Kim Jong Un from foreign military and defense attaches stationed in the DPRK (Photo: KCNA).

A floral basket to Kim Jong Un from foreign military and defense attaches stationed in the DPRK (Photo: KCNA).

On 23 August (Friday) a floral basket and letter for Kim Jong Un were delivered to Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Col. Gen. Jang Jong Nam from foreign defense and military attaches stationed in the DPRK.  The floral basket and letter were delivered to Col. Gen. Jang by Iranian military attache Hassan Reza Husseini.

On 23 August, agricultural workers held a meeting at Migok Cooperative Farm in Sariwo’n, North Hwanghae Province to mark the 53rd anniversary of Military-First Revolutionary Leadership.  Attending the event was Ri Myong Gil, Chairman of the Union of Agricultural Workers of Korea Central Committee, other UAWK officials, KWP functionaries, and agricultural managers from North Hwanghae Province and Sariwo’n.  Ri Myong Gil delivered the meeting’s report, which was followed by speeches.  According to KCNA the report and speeches said that “Kim Jong Il inspected Seoul Ryu Kyong Su Guards 105th Tank Division of the Korean People’s Army on August 25, Juche 49 (1960), adding: This was a significant event which heralded the brilliant succession to the Military-First (Songun) revolutionary cause” and noted “that great achievements were made in agricultural production and the countryside turned into a socialist land of bliss under his wise leadership.”  The report and speeches also said “the Military-First (So’ngun) revolutionary cause of Chuch’e led by him along the road of victory and glory has been successfully carried forward by supreme leader Kim Jong Un” and they called “forstepping up agricultural production and socialist rural construction and greeting the 65th anniversary of the DPRK with shining labor achievements, remaining loyal to the Songun revolutionary leadership of Kim Jong Un.”

A dancing party hosted by the Korean Democratic Women's Union at the Arch of Triumph in central Pyongyang on 22 August 2013 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

A dancing party hosted by the Korean Democratic Women’s Union at the Arch of Triumph in central Pyongyang on 22 August 2013 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

On 22 August (Thursday), the Korean Democratic Women’s Union hosted a dancing at the Arch of Triumph in central Pyongyang.  According to DPRK state media “participants presented beautiful dances to the tune of songs including ‘Our General Is the Best’, representing the boundless reverence for the great Generalissimo Kim Jong Il” and that the “venue of the dancing party turned more cheerful when the band played ‘Cuckoo on the Road to the Front’ and ‘Song in Praise of Women in Military-First (So’ngun) Era’ reflecting the pride of the women who have become flowers and revolutionaries in the Military-First (So’ngun) era.”  The dance party “reached its climax when the song ‘Our Leader Loved by the People’ resounded forth at the plaza as it fully reflects the great honor and happiness of the people ushering in a great heyday in socialist construction, holding supreme leader Kim Jong Un in high esteem.”

On 21 August (Wednesday) the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea [GFTUK] held a rhetoric and oratory meeting in Pyongyang.  Attending the meeting Hyon Sang Ju, Chairman of the GFTUK Central Committee and GFTUK officials and members.  According to Rodong Sinmun, the speakers and performers “praised Kim Jong Il for providing the invincible military muscle and bringing about history-making miracles and change in the confrontation with the imperialists and the U.S. and the building of a thriving nation through his Military-First (So’ngun) revolutionary leadership” and said “the Military-First (So’ngun) revolutionary records of Kim Jong Il, who visited every nook and corner of the country despite cold wind, rain and snow, kindled the torch of great surge and aroused all the service personnel and people to perform miracles and feats.”  The speakers and performers “vowed to devote their patriotic mind to building a thriving nation as required by the stirring era in the spirit of the historic 2013 March plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea” and “called for eternally glorifying the invincible history and tradition of Military-First (Songun) Korea and performing bigger miracles and feats in the general offensive for economic construction and the improvement of standard of people’s living at the ‘speed on Masik Pass’ under the Military-First (So’ngun) leadership of Marshal Kim Jong Un.”

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