Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 30 November (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited Korean People’s Army [KPA] Air and Anti-Air Force Unit #991 and made on-site visits around Samjiyo’n County. His last observed appearance was a visit to the Pyongyang University of Architecture.
Kim Jong Un visited the air unit to mark the Day of Airmen (30 November). In attendance were VMar Choe Ryong Hae (Director of the KPA General Political Department), Gen. Kim Yong Chol (Vice Chief of the KPA General Staff and Director of the Reconnaissance General Bureau) and Hwang Pyong So (Deputy Director of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Organization Guidance Department). After meeting the unit’s commander, he “extended warm congratulations to the service personnel of the unit on the Day of Airmen, shaking hands with all commanding officers one by one.” According to KCNA, Kim Jong Un said that “Generalissimos Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) worked heart and soul to bolster up the air force of the DPRK into elite combat ranks, valuing and loving them more than any others and bestowing all sorts of benevolence upon them” and that “the air force is the precious heritage of the revolution left by the Generalissimos and their exploits performed for building the air and anti-air force will always go down in the history of the Chuch’e-oriented army building.” He also said that “the KPA is invincible and the socialist homeland is an impregnable fortress thanks to the air and anti-air force trained under the care of the Generalissimos.” During the commemorative photo-op he expressed “expectation and belief that they would firmly stand guard over the socialist country advancing towards a final victory, keeping themselves fully ready to go into action.”
Kim Jong Un also visited areas of Samjiyo’n County, Ryanggang Province. Attending the visit were Gen. Kim Won Hong (Minister of State Security), Kim Yang Gon (Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Secretary and Director of the United Front Department), Han Kwang Sang (Director of the KWP Finance and Accounting Department), Pak T’ae Song (Deputy Director of the KWP Organization Guidance Department), Hwang Pyong So (Deputy Director of the KWP Organization Guidance Department), Kim Pyong Ho (Deputy Director of the KWP Propaganda and Agitation Department), Hong Yong Chil (Deputy Director of the KWP Machine-Building Industry Department) and Ma Won Chun (Deputy Director of the KWP Finance and Accounting Department). His first visit was to the Samjiyo’n Revolutionary Battle Site where he toured the Samjiyo’n Grand Monument and a statue of late DPRK President and founder Kim Il Sung.
According to KCNA, Kim Jong Un said that “the Samjiyon Grand Monument whose erection was initiated and guided by leader Kim Jong Il is a heroic epic masterpiece as it makes a profound ideological and artistic representation of the exploits the President performed by leading the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle to victory and the validity of the revolutionary cause of Chuch’e, adding that it is marvelous and spectacular to see the big open-air museum” and that his visit to the monument “a treasure of eternal value of the Korean revolution and a base for education in the revolutionary traditions, offers an opportunity to harden the determination and will to accomplish the revolutionary cause of Chuch’e started in Mt. Paektu.” He “highly praised the officials and employees in the Samjiyon Revolutionary Battle Site for displaying their intense loyalty in taking care of the monument.”
He also visited a guest house for participants in revolutionary study tours. According to KCNA he “took benevolent steps to better furnish the interior of the lodging quarters as befitting the base for the participants in the study tour as required by the new century” and “instructed the party and working people’s organizations to intensify the education through the study tours of revolutionary battle sites and revolutionary sites so that the participants might deeply grasp the revolutionary ideas and undying exploits of the Generalissimos.” He “stressed the need to scrupulously organize the study tours of the revolutionary battle sites and revolutionary sites and successfully arrange periodic tours and other tours,” noted that “study tours of the revolutionary battle sites and revolutionary sites are an important work to be consistently conducted till the final victory in the revolution” and “expressed his expectation and belief that the officials in the relevant field would creditably perform their honorable missions and duties.”
Kim Jong Un visited other sites in Samjiyo’n County. He toured the schoolchildren’s palace and said that it is “the palace for children whom Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il loved so much” and gave “valuable instructions to display the portraits of smiling Generalissimos more brightly and with greater care.” He said that “winter comes earlier and lasts long in Samijyo’n and it is, therefore, necessary to keep the palace warm so that schoolchildren may conduct after-school activities without inconvenience in winter” and gave “instructions to successfully ensure heating by introducing a geothermal heating system.” He also “stressed the need to ensure satisfactory lighting for night exercises and install better equipment for sports including basketball.” Kim Jong Un toured the Pegaebong Noodle House which he said “is associated with the leadership exploits of Kim Jong Il” and “that if it is to operate better, it is important to preserve its own local character and face, not copying other’s, and take thorough measures for the supply of foodstuff like starch and meat.” He visited the Samjiyo’n Hall of Culture where he “learned in detail about the hall management and cultural and emotional life of the people in the county and gave an instruction to steadily improve the management and operation of the hall.” He also toured he Mt. Paektu Area Sports Village and met members of the Sajabong Sports Team’s ski team and watched their training.
According to KCNA, Kim Jong Un said that “it is the firm determination of the party to make cheers for socialism and the Workers’ Party of Korea heard from Samjiyo’n as it is the first township at the foot of Mt. Paektu, the holy mountain of the revolution where the Korean revolution started” and “underscored the need for the national institutions and the province to sincerely assist the county and for the whole country to help it so that all its party members and other working people may firmly equip themselves with the revolutionary spirit of Paektu and glorify the revolutionary traditions of the party.” He also “promised to come to the county again, saying the people of the county are always in his mind.”