Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
A central report meeting commemorating the 23rd anniversary of late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il’s (Kim Cho’ng-il) election as chairman of the National Defense Commission [NDC] was held at the People’s Palace of Culture in central Pyongyang on April 8 (Friday).
Attending the meeting on the platform were Kim Yong Nam (President of the Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium and nominal head of state), Vice Marshal Hwang Pyong So (Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department), Pak Pong Ju (DPRK Premier), Kim Ki Nam (Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Secretary and Director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department), General Pak Yong Sik (Minister of the People’s Armed Forces), Choe T’ae Bok (WPK Secretary for Science and Education and SPA Chairman), Choe Ryong Hae (WPK Secretary for Workers’ and Social Organizations), General Kim Won Hong (Minister of State Security), Yang Hyong Sop (Vice President of the SPA Presidium), Vice Marshal Ri Yong Mu (Vice Chairman of the National Defense Commission), General O Kuk Ryol (Vice Chairman of the National Defense Commission), General Choe Pu Il (Minister of People’s Security), Kwak Pom Gi (WPK Secretary and Director of the Planning and Finance Department), General Kim Yong Chol (WPK Secretary and Director of the United Front Department) Kim P’yo’ng-hae (WPK Secretary and Director of Cadres’ Affairs) O Su Yong (WPK Secretary for Light Industry), Jo Yon Jun (senior deputy director of the WPK Organization Guidance Department), Kim Yong Dae (Korea Social Democratic Party Central Committee Chairman), General Yun Jong Rin (Director of the Guard Command), General Choe Yong Ho (Commander of the KPA Air and Anti-Air Forces), Vice Admiral Ri Yong Ju (Commander of the KPA Navy), Colonel-General So Hong Chan (1st Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces and Director of the KPA General Logistics Department), Colonel-General Yun Tong Hyon (Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces), Lieutenant-General Ryom Chol Song (deputy director of the KPA General Political Department and head of the KPA General Propaganda Bureau), Colonel-General No Kwang Chol (Vice Chief of the KPA General Staff), various officials of the WPK, KPA and DPRK Government, cadres and functionaries of workers’ and social organizations, cadres and functionaries of various national institutions, factories and merited people in Pyongyang.
Choe T’ae Bok presided over the meeting and Pak Pong Ju delivered the report.
According to KCNA, Pak said in his report:
The sacred title as chairman of the NDC of the DPRK is deeply cherished not only by the army and people of the DPRK but also by the progressives as his noble image and banner of all victories and glory as it comprehensively represents the personality of Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) as a matchlessly great man and the great exploits he performed on behalf of the country, revolution, times and history.
He explored a new way of building the socialist state in the So’ngun (military-first) era guided by the original So’ngun (military-first) revolutionary idea and established the state machinery with the NDC as a pivot of national defense, thus providing a powerful weapon for implementing the So’ngun (military-first) politics.
He consolidated in every way the single-minded unity of the leader, party, army and people, the mainstay of the revolution, building a powerful driving force for the Korean revolution and glorifying the DPRK as an invincible political and ideological power for the first time in the world.
He steadily bolstered up the country’s military capabilities with the Korean People’s Army as the core, turning the DPRK into a world’s military power and firmly defending the socialist country.
He laid a solid material and technological foundation for enabling the DPRK to rapidly develop into a prosperous socialist economic power.
His idea and cause of nation-building in the So’ngun (military-first) era are being successfully carried forward by Marshal Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n).
Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) held in high esteem Kim Jong Il as eternal chairman of the NDC of the DPRK reflecting the unanimous will of the army and people of the DPRK and the best wishes of all Koreans and put forward Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism as the ever-lasting guiding idea of our party and revolution and developed the DPRK government into a powerful political weapon to model the whole society on Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism.
He has bolstered up the country’s defense capability with nuclear force as its pivot as firm as a rock under the uplifted banner of So’ngun (military-first), thus putting the country’s dignity and national power on the highest level and demonstrating its might before the whole world.
Let us steadily augment the overall national power of the DPRK under the uplifted banner of the great Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism and ushering in the greatest heyday of building a thriving nation this year when the Seventh Congress of the WPK is to be held.
Let us hold in high esteem Kim Jong Il as eternal chairman of the NDC of the DPRK for all ages, adhere to the principle of independence, So’ngun (military-first) and socialism which he regarded as his maxim and embodied all his life in the nation-building and activities and thus steadily demonstrate the dignity and might as Kim Il Sung‘s (Kim Il-so’ng) and Kim Jong Il‘s (Kim Cho’ng-il) state which stands unshakable despite complicated world-wide political upheavals.
Let us sharpen the treasured sword of nuclear weapons for self-defense in order to contain and frustrate the last-ditch desperate war hysteria for aggression kicked off by the US imperialists and their followers, firmly defend the country’s sovereignty and dignity and certainly achieve the country’s reunification, the greatest desire of the nation.
The DPRK government will as ever boost the solidarity with the world people opposing aggression and war, domination and subjugation and expand and develop the friendly and cooperative relations with all countries that respect the sovereignty of the DPRK and are friendly towards it.