Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a mass rally and parade in Kim Il-so’ng Square on May 10
DPRK state media reported on May 13 (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a commemorative photo-op in front of the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang with participants of the Seventh Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK]. Also in attendance were WPK Political Bureau Presidium Members Kim Yong Nam (Supreme People’s Assembly Presidium President), Vice Marshal Hwang Pyong So (Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department), Pak Pong Ju (DPRK Premier) and Choe Ryong Hae (WPK Vice Chairman for Workers’ and Social Organizations), along with other WPK Vice Chairman and anti-Japanese revolutionary heroes.
The 7th Party Congress participants greeted Jong Un upon his arrival. He acknowledged their greeting and “warmly congratulated once again the participants on greatly contributing to glorifying the Seventh Congress of the WPK as a great revolutionary auspicious event.” After the commemorative photos were snapped, Jong Un “warmly waved his hand to the enthusiastically cheering participants with a broad smile on his face.” Kim Jong Un expressed his “belief that the participants in the congress would creditably discharge their revolutionary duties as the core members of the party and pacemakers of the times in the struggle to thoroughly implement the highly important tasks set forth at the Seventh Congress of the WPK while courageously overcoming all challenges and obstacles in the way of advance in the revolutionary spirit of Paektu, the spirit of the blizzards of Paektu and on the principle of giving priority to self-development, holding high the red flag of the WPK.
On May 11 (Wednesday), 7th Party Congress participants attended a loyalty meeting and workshop. The loyalty meeting adopted a letter pledging fealty to Kim Jong Un. Attending the meeting were Kim Yong Nam, Hwang Pyong So, Pak Pong Ju, Choe Ryong Hae and other members of the WPK Political Bureau.
Kim Yong Hun, Chairman of the Pukchang Coal Mining Complex WPK Committee, read the letter which that “all participants in the Party Congress are filled with the steadfast will to certainly achieve the final victory of the cause of the Chuch’e revolution true to the leadership of Kim Jong Un” and vowed “to cherish deep in mind today’s pledge and keep it to the end and thus glorify the Seventh Congress of the WPK as the glorious one of victors that brought about a turning point in developing the Party and building a thriving socialist nation in the history of the WPK forever. According to KCNA the loyalty letter also said:
We will hold President Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) in high esteem as the eternal sun of Chuch’e and So’ngun (military-first) and become the first comrades-in-arms and first comrades of the WPK sharing the idea, intention and destiny with Kim Jong Un in any storm and stress.
We will always think of Kim Jong Un only, breathe with him and go straight to the end, following the Party in rain and snow.
We will become a flame arousing all the service personnel and other people to implementing the decision of the Seventh Congress of the Party.
We will lead the victorious 70 days to 700 days and 7 000 days true to the noble intention of Kim Jong Un to turn the socialist motherland into the most powerful country and paradise of the people to be envied by the world as early as possible.
Cherishing deep in mind the noble expectation of Kim Jong Un that we would breathe and keep pace with him at all times on the road for the people, we will become the true servants who are the most modest to the people and do more things desired by them and beneficial to them.
We will firmly prepare ourselves to be Kim Il Sung– and Kim Jong Il-style political activists and discharge our mission and duty as vanguard fighters of the So’ngun (military-first) revolution in the drive for implementing the behests of the leaders and the Party’s idea and upholding the Party’s policies.
Also, on May 11, 7th Party Congress participants attended a workshop which “dealt with the tasks and ways for thoroughly implementing the important tasks set forth at the 7th Congress of the WPK.” Choe Ryong Hae and Choe T’ae Bok delivered speeches titled “On discharging responsibility and duty in the drive for implementing the decision of the party congress by keeping the pledge made at the venue of the glorious congress.”
According to KCNA, Choe Ryong Hae and Choe T’ae Bok said in their speeches that the “Seventh Congress of the WPK held in the presence of the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un was the most splendid, great political festival and the most proud and glorious one of victors which will be brilliantly recorded in the history of the great Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist party. The historic report made by Kim Jong Un at the party congress serves as the immortal banner which indicated the bright path of the party and the developing revolution and the great programme which opened up the eternal path of the Juche revolution.”
The speeches “underlined the need for all the participants in the congress to study the report made at the congress as the first step forward to do the work for implementing the decision of the congress” and “called upon the participants to arouse all the service personnel and other people to carrying out the decision made at the party congress.” The speeches also “stressed the need to effect a fundamental turn in the ideological viewpoint and work style of officials.”
The 7th Party Congress also watched a video lecture called “Proud fruition brought about by our party’s spirit of giving priority to self-development.” According to KCNA whilst watching the video the party congress participants “deeply grasped the fighting spirit of the heroic Kim Il Sung–Kim Jong Il working class, scientists and technicians who presented gifts of loyalty to the 7th Congress of the WPK by developing and manufacturing many machines with their own efforts and indigenous technique and resources under the uplifted banner of self-development during the 70-day campaign of loyalty in hearty response to the militant call of the party” and they “deeply understood once again that when they uphold the self-development-first principle as intended by the Party Central Committee, they can foil the harsh sanctions of the hostile forces for stifling the DPRK, and create one miracle and feat after another startling the world in the movement for creating the Mallima speed for implementing the decision of the Seventh Congress of the WPK.”