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Kim Jong Un Attends KPISF Concert

Kim Jong Un applauds after a performance by the Korean People's Internal Security Forces' Song and Dance Ensemble for the 65th anniversary of the DPRK's foundation, held at Ponghwa Art Theater in Pyongyang.  Also in attendance is his wife Ri Sol Ju (L) (Photo: KCTV screengrab).

Kim Jong Un applauds after a performance by the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces’ Song and Dance Ensemble for the 65th anniversary of the DPRK’s foundation, held at Ponghwa Art Theater in Pyongyang. Also in attendance is his wife Ri Sol Ju (L) (Photo: KCTV screengrab).

DPRK state media reported Tuesday (10 September) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a concert for the 65th anniversary of the country’s founding given by the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces’ Song and Dance Ensemble.  Attending the concert were Ri Sol Ju (Kim Jong Un’s wife), 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 National Defense Commission), Gen. Ri Yong Gil (Chief of the KPA General Staff), Kim Kyong Hui (Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Secretary and Kim Jong Un’s aunt), Kim Ki Nam (KWP Secretary), Gen. Choe Pu Il (Minister of People’s Security) along with ” members of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, chief secretaries of the Provincial Party Committees, members of the central guidance organ of the Party in Pyongyang, deputies to the Supreme People’s Assembly, ministers of the Cabinet, service personnel of the KPA and the KPISF, scientists and technicians in the field of scientific research, teachers and researchers of universities in the city, overseas Koreans, diplomatic envoys of different countries and representatives of international organizations and military attaches of foreign embassies here and their wives and other foreign guests.”  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a Worker-Peasant Red Guards military parade and Pyongyangites’ demonstration in Kim Il Sung Square on 9 September.

The concert began “Song of the Proclamation of the People’s Republic” and included “male and solo chorus ‘Oh My Motherland of So’ngun,” “male guitar quartet ‘We Will Live Like in Those Days,” and “dance ‘The Post I Am Defending.'”  According to KCNA members of the KPISF Song and Dance Ensemble “highly praised the immortal exploits the great Generalissimos Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) performed by building a socialist power centred on the popular masses,the first of its kind in the history of the nation spanning five thousand years, and providing solid foundations for the eternal prosperity of the country” and they “sang the praises of the advantages of the socialist system in the DPRK and represented the pledge of all the service personnel and people to creditably defend the country.”  After the concert Kim Jong Un “congratulated the performers on their successful performance, waving to enthusiastically cheering performers and audience” and “appreciated the creators and artistes of the ensemble for greatly contributing to celebrating the 65th anniversary of the DPRK with splendor by devoting their creative wisdom and enthusiasm to make good preparations of the performance in a short span of time.”

Scenes from a performance by the Korean People's Internal Security Forces' Song and Dance Ensemble, given to mark the 65th anniversary of the DPRK's foundation (Photos: KCTV screengrabs).

Scenes from a performance by the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces’ Song and Dance Ensemble, given to mark the 65th anniversary of the DPRK’s foundation (Photos: KCTV screengrabs).

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