Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to Mindulle Notebook Factory
DPRK state media reported on April 23 (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station #3, described as “successfully completed as a gift of loyalty which young people, masters of the youth power, presented to the 7th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK].” Also in attendance were Choe Ryong Hae (WPK Secretary for Workers’ and Social Organizations), Ri Il Hwan (Director of the WPK Workers’ and Social Organizations Department) and Jo Yong Won (deputy director of the WPK Organization Guidance Department).
After arriving, Kim Jong Un greeted the personnel who supervised the power stations construction and said that “our reliable young people of Mt. Paektu have completed the project in the run-up to the congress of the party, thus carrying out the order given by me four months ahead of schedule…another fresh legendary tale about youth was created in the wake of last year in the land of Mt. Paektu where the Chuch’e revolution started.”
He looked at an exhibition of the Paektusan Hero Young People’s Feats and said “merely watching the Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station brings the image of Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) to my mind. The completion of the power station #3 made it possible to implement his behests.” Jong Un also said what “pleased” him was “the appearance of young people as heroes of the times and giants who performed heroic feats as desired by Kim Jong Il rather than the creation of the capability to solve the problem of electricity in Samjiyo’n County. In order to know how great the WPK’s idea of attaching importance to the youth is and how rosy the future of the youth power is, everybody should visit the Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station…the power station is not only an electricity-generating base but also a center for education eloquently proving the validity and vitality of the party’s idea of attaching importance to youth and in what perseverance our young people created the fresh spirit of the times.”
Jong Un named the artificial lake that resulted from the power station’s construction Paektu Hero Youth Lake, then he toured the power station. He said that “by completing the Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station’s #1, 2 and 3 in a matter of a year, the iron fists of the heroic youth which have grown strong under the loving care of the party hit hard the heads of the US imperialists and their followers hell-bent on their moves to ratchet up sanctions against the DPRK and stifle it on the principle of self-reliance and self-development. He noted that the “revolutionary soldier spirit and Kanggye spiring were created in the period of the Arduous March, the forced march and the Paektusan Hero Youth Spirit was done in the present difficult period, a clear proof of the just leadership of the great leaders of the WPK that trained young people as resrves, advancing group and wing of the party as required by the developing revolution assuming protracted nature from the very day the party was founded. The completion of the power station proved once again the party’s determination precisely means a reality and practice, young Koreans are creditably playing a vanguard role in translating the party’s determination into reality and their strength is inexhaustible, indeed.”
Jong Un added that he felt an “irrepressible urge to meet all of them and they did a lot of work” and he requested “the commanding officers to convey his wish for their good health to them.” Kim Jong Un issued an instruction “to hold with splendor a ceremony of commissioning the power station to strikingly demonstrate the indomitable mental power and spirit of young Koreans” and issued “an on-the-spot instruction related to the ceremony and personally assigned a new militant duty to be fulfilled by the Paektusan Hero Youth Shock Brigade.”