Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
A central report meeting marking the 104th birth anniversary (Sun’s Day) of late DPRK President and founder Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) was held at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium during the afternoon on April 14 (Thursday). Report meetings were also held in the provinces and at DPRK factories and worksites.
Attending the meeting from the platform were Kim Yong Nam (President of the Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium), Vice Marshal Hwang Pyong So (Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department), Pak Pong Ju (DPRK Premier), Choe Ryong Hae (Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Secretary for Workers’ and Social Organizations), Vice Marshal Ri Myong Su (Chief of the KPA General Staff), General Pak Yong Sik (Minister of the People’s Armed Forces), Choe T’ae Bok (WPK Secretary for Science and Education and SPA Chairman), Kim Ki Nam (WPK Secretary for and Director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department), General Kim Won Hong (Minister of State Security), Yang Hyong Sop (SPA Presidium Vice President), Vice Marshal Ri Yong Mu (National Defense Commission Vice Chairman), General O Kuk Ryol (National Defense Commission Vice Chairman), Kwak Pom Gi (WPK Secretary for and Director of Planning and Finance), Kim Yong Chol (WPK Secretary for and Director of the United Front Department), General Choe Pu Il (Minister of People’s Security), Kim P’yo’ng-hae (WPK Secretary for 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), Colonel-General So Hong Chan (Vice Chief of the KPA General Staff), Lieutenant-General Ryom Chol Song (head of the KPA General Propaganda Department and deputy director of the KPA General Political Department), Jang Chol (President of the State Academy of Sciences), General Yun Jong Rin (Director of the Guard Command), Colonel-General Yun Tong Hyon (Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces), Kim Jong Sun (Chairwoman of the Korean Democratic Women’s Union Central Committee), Jon Yong Nam (Chairman of the Kim Il Sung Youth League Central Committee), Kim Su Gil (Chief Secretary of the Pyongyang WPK Committee) and many others.
Also in attendance were cadres and functionaries of the WPK, KPA and DPRK Government, various institutions and workers’ and social organizations, service members and officers of the KPA and Korean People’s Internal Security Forces [KPISF], managers and functionaries of Pyongyang factories, family members of revolutionary heroes, people who met and interacted with Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, DPRK citizens, visiting Korean delegations, foreign diplomats and defense attaches stationed in the DPRK and representatives of international nongovernmental organizations.
Choe T’ae Bok presided over the meeting and Kim Yong Nam delivered the report. According to KCNA, Kim said:
April 15 when President Kim Il Sung was born is the most significant and greatest auspicious day for the party, the country and the people and a revolutionary holiday common to mankind which will shine forever with the century.
Kim Il Sung was the most prominent leader and peerlessly great man who is always alive in the hearts of the Korean people and other progressive people of the world, the reporter noted, referring to the exploits performed by him on behalf of the country and its people, times and history.
From the very day he started the revolution he clarified the revolutionary principle that a revolution should be made independently and creatively by believing in the strength of the people and relying on them and the independence and sovereignty of the nation and the victory of the revolutionary cause are guaranteed by arms of revolution, thereby founding the immortal Chuch’e idea, So’ngun (military-first) idea.
He made an overall clarification of the theoretical and practical issues arising at every stage of revolution and construction and in all their fields, exploring new areas in the development of revolutionary idea and enriching the ideological and moral treasure house of mankind.
After the liberation of Korea he founded the party, state and army on the basis of the experience and traditions established during the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle.
It was thanks to his So’ngun (military-first) leadership that the servicepersons and people of the DPRK defeated the most ferocious enemies, US and Japanese imperialists, and emerged the permanent masters of their destiny and won successive victories in the protracted fierce confrontation with the US imperialists.
He laid down an original line of socialist construction and led the two-stage social revolution and socialist construction to victory, freeing the Korean people from exploitation and oppression for good and building a socialist power independent in politics, self-supporting in economy and self-reliant in national defense.
He perfectly settled the issue of succession to the revolution fundamental to carrying forward the revolutionary cause.
Thanks to his advancement of the three charters for national reunification, a firm foundation was laid for the Korean people in the north, the south and abroad to form a powerful driving force for the national reunification and terminate foreign interference by the concerted efforts of the nation and bring earlier the independent reunification of the country.
He conducted energetic external activities, making an immortal contribution to the development of the world socialist movement, victory in the cause of independence against imperialism, the establishment of independent and fair international relations and global peace and security.
Let us hold the great leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in high esteem as the sun of Chuch’e for all ages and successfully carry forward and accomplish the revolutionary cause of Chuch’e generation after generation under the leadership of Marshal Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n).
The service personnel and people of the DPRK will frustrate all sorts of challenges and moves of the anti-reunification forces inside and outside Korea and build a highly dignified prosperous reunified powerful country on this land under the banner of By Our Nation Itself, true to the noble patriotic will and behests of the great leaders.
The DPRK will boost its foreign relations in the idea of independence, peace and friendship, protect the peace and stability in Asia and other parts of the world as a responsible nuclear weapons state and positively promote the cause of global independence.