Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 10 February (Monday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a commemorative photo-op with participants in the conference of agricultural subteam workers. Also in attendance were Kim Ki Nam (Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Secretary and Director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department), Kim P’yo’ng Have (KWP Secretary and Director of the Cadres’ Affairs Department), Kwak Pom Gi (KWP Secretary and Director of the Finance and Planning Department), Jo Yon Jun (Senior Deputy [1st vice] Director of the KWP Organization Guidance Department), Ri Jae Il (Senior Deputy [1st vice] Director of the KWP Propaganda and Agitation Department), Ri Chol Man (DPRK Vice Premier and Minister of Agriculture) and the chief secretaries of KWP Provincial Committees. Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to a baby home and orphanage in Pyongyang.
Participants at the photo-op greeted Kim Jong Un’s arrival at the Mirim Airbase in east Pyongyang with cheers. The participants “extended highest glory and warmest thanks to Kim Jong Un, who made sure that a grand conference of subworkteam leaders in the agricultural sector was held for the first time in the country’s history and sent them a historic letter on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the publication of President Kim Il Sung’s (Kim Il-so’ng) work ‘Theses on Socialist Rural Question in Our Country’ and bestowed upon them the honor of having a photo taken with him.” According to KCNA, Kim Jong Un ” warmly encouraged them who have made patriotic dedication to reliably defending the socialist agricultural front, an outpost for defending socialism, rain or shine in all seasons.” He said that “the national conference of subworkteam leaders in the agricultural sector marked an important occasion in defending and glorifying the undying exploits President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) performed for the socialist rural construction and the development of the nation’s agriculture and in bringing about a new leap forward in the agricultural sector under the leadership of the party.” Kim Jong Un “congratulated the participants upon making the conference successful by showing high enthusiasm.” He noted that “the party reposes very deep trust in the subworkteam leaders in the agricultural sector” and “expressed expectation and belief that all the subworkteam leaders would be well aware of their duties and perform them in practice without fail and thus become pace-setters and standard-bearers in the rural villages who bring about signal innovations in agricultural production.”