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Tree Planting Day Marked

State Planning Commission Chairman and DPRK Vice Premier Ro Tu Chol ties stakes to a tree at Moran Hill in Pyongyang on March 2, 2016 (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

State Planning Commission Chairman and DPRK Vice Premier Ro Tu Chol ties stakes to a tree at Moran Hill in Pyongyang on March 2, 2016 (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

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.

Members of the Kim Il Sung Youth League plant trees and shrubberies at the Mangyo'ngdae Schoolchildren's Palace in Pyongyang on March 2, 2016 as part of National Tree Planting Day (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

Members of the Kim Il Sung Youth League plant trees and shrubberies at the Mangyo’ngdae Schoolchildren’s Palace in Pyongyang on March 2, 2016 as part of National Tree Planting Day. Attending the tree planting event from the DPRK central leadership were SPA Presidium President Kim Yong Nam, WPK Secretary Kim Ki Nam, Senior Deputy Director of the WPK Organization Guidance Department Jo Yon Jun and KISYL Central Committee Chairman Jon Yong Nam (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

Workers' Party of Korea Secretary and Director of the WPK Propaganda and Agitation Department Kim Ki Nam (a) shovel dirt over a tree planting at Mangyo'ngdae Schoolchildren's Palace in Pyongyang on March 2, 2016 (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

Workers’ Party of Korea Secretary and Director of the WPK Propaganda and Agitation Department Kim Ki Nam (a) shovel dirt over a tree planting at Mangyo’ngdae Schoolchildren’s Palace in Pyongyang on March 2, 2016 (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

DPRK Premier Pak Pong Ju (a) shovels dirt over a tree planting at Moran Hill in Pyongyang on March 2, 2016 (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

DPRK Premier Pak Pong Ju (a) shovels dirt over a tree planting at Moran Hill in Pyongyang on March 2, 2016 (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

WPK Secretary for Light Industry O Su Yong shovels dirt over a tree at Moran Hill in Pyongyang on March 2, 2016 (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

WPK Secretary for Light Industry O Su Yong (a) shovels dirt over a tree at Moran Hill in Pyongyang on March 2, 2016 (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

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.”

Faculty and students plant trees and shrubberies on the campus of Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang on March 2, 2016 (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

Faculty and students plant trees and shrubberies on the campus of Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang on March 2, 2016 (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

Members of the Korean Democratic Women's Union attend a meeting on Tree Planting Day at the Central Tree Nursery in Pyongyang on March 2, 2016 (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

Members of the Korean Democratic Women’s Union attend a meeting on Tree Planting Day at the Central Tree Nursery in Pyongyang on March 2, 2016. In attendance were Choe T’ae Bok (WPK Secretary for Science and Education and SPA Chairman), Kim P’yo’ng-hae (WPK Secretary and Director of Cadres’ Affairs), Kim Yong Dae (Chairman of the Korea Social Democratic Party Central Committee) and Kim Jong Sun (Chairwoman of the Korean Democratic Women’s Union Central Committee (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

WPK Secretary and SPA Chairman Choe T'ae Bok plants a tree at the Central Tree Nursery in Pyongyang on March 2, 2016 (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

WPK Secretary and SPA Chairman Choe T’ae Bok plants a tree at the Central Tree Nursery in Pyongyang on March 2, 2016 (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

A Tree Planting Day meeting held in front of Mangyo'ngdae Revolutionary Museum in Pyongyang on March 2, 2016 (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

A Tree Planting Day meeting held in front of Mangyo’ngdae Revolutionary Museum in Pyongyang on March 2, 2016 (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

WPK Secretary and Director of Planning and Finance Kwak Pom Gi participates in planting a tree at Mangyo'ngdae Revolutionary Museum in Pyongyang on March 2, 2016 (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

WPK Secretary and Director of Planning and Finance Kwak Pom Gi participates in planting a tree at Mangyo’ngdae Revolutionary Museum in Pyongyang on March 2, 2016 (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

SPA Presidium Vice President Yang Hyong Sop helps stabilize a tree being planted on the premises of the Mangyo'ngdae Revolutionary Museum in Pyongyang on March 2, 2016 (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

SPA Presidium Vice President Yang Hyong Sop helps stabilize a tree being planted on the premises of the Mangyo’ngdae Revolutionary Museum in Pyongyang on March 2, 2016 (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

WPK Secretary and Director of the United Front Department, Gen. Kim Yong Chol shovels dirt during a tree planting in Mangyo'ngdae in Pyyongyang on March 2, 2016 (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

WPK Secretary and Director of the United Front Department, Gen. Kim Yong Chol shovels dirt during a tree planting in Mangyo’ngdae in Pyyongyang on March 2, 2016 (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

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.

 

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