Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported that National Tree Planting Day was observed by DPRK central leadership, workers’ and social organizations and the DPRK Government on March 2 (Wednesday). This marked the 70th anniversary of Tree Planting Day, which according to DPRK’s official history, goes back to March 2, 1946 when late DPRK founder and president Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) along with his wife Kim Jong Suk (Kim Cho’ng-suk) and Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) planted a tree on Moran Hill in Pyongyang and called for a national reforestation effort on the country’s mountains. This year, state media and ideological indoctrination linked Tree Planting Day with the 70-day Speed Battle and other labor efforts ahead of the 7th Party Congress which convenes this May.
At meetings held at a variety of locales in Pyongyang and in provincial cities, participants pledged “to launch a vigorous forest restoration campaign truth to the plan of supreme leader Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) for land development.” According to KCNA, meeting reporters and speakers said that “President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il devoted all their lives to turning the mountains of the country in the thickly wooded people’s paradise and flower gardens…their patriotic devotion and exploits would remain shining forever.” The speakers at the meetings called for “bringing about an epochal turn in the forest restoration campaign this year when the Seventh Congress of the WPK is to be held by making patriotic dedication to the work for handing down the assets of lasting value to the generations to come under the leadership of Marshal Kim Jong Un.”
After the reports and speeches, senior party and government officials, provincial party and government officials, national and provincial functionaries of workers’ and social organizations and heads of local Ministry of People’s Security offices planted trees and shrubberies with students and other DPRK citizens. Meanwhile, Korean People’s Army [KPA] service members and officers planted 7.1 million trees according to a KCNA news item released on March 3 (Thursday) including maple and fruit and trees.