Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
A national joint meeting of the Korean Children’s Union was held on June 6 (Monday) at the plaza in front of Ku’msusan Palace of the Sun. Attending the meeting was Choe Ryong Hae (Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman for Workers’ and Social Organizations, Member of the WPK Political Bureau Presidium and Chairman of the State Physical Culture and Sports Commission), other WPK cadres, Kim Il Sung Youth League officials and delegates to the KCU’s 70th anniversary events. The participants paid their respects to portraits of Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il), then KISYL Central Committee 1st Secretary Jon Yong Nam led the KCU members in a pledge which said:
We will hold the Generalissimos who dedicated themselves to the happiness and rosy future of the rising generation all their lives in high esteem as the eternal sun of Chuch’e for all ages and firmly defend and glorify for all ages the undying revolutionary feats they performed for the history of the Korean children’s movement.
We, bearing deep in mind that there are a worthy life and happiness and beautiful hope will be in bloom thanks to Marshal Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n), will become the genuine children’s guards in the era of So’ngun [military-first] who are devotedly defending the safety and authority of the Marshal just as heroes Kim Ki Song and Kim Kum Sun of the anti-Japanese Children’s Corps and juvenile guerrillas during the Fatherland Liberation War [Korean War] did.
We will bear deep in mind that there is the way of developing the KCU into the glorious one of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il forever and glorifying the honor of being members of the KCU on the road of faithfully upholding the leadership of the greatest Marshal, think and act as taught by the Marshal, when doing even a single work of the KCU and taking a step, and always advance straight, following the party.
All the participants took a pledge to become genuine sons and daughters and ardent juvenile revolutionaries of the Marshal who are always getting ready for the socialist homeland.
The 70th anniversary of the KCU was commemorated throughout the DPRK with KCU members and school children delivering floral bouquets and baskets to KIS and KJI statues and icon mosaics, KCU meetings in provincial cities, cultural activities, sports and recreation games at schools and visits to amusement and water parks.
On June 5 (Sunday) a national meeting marking the KCU’s anniversary was held at the People’s Palace of Culture. Attending the meeting were Choe Ryong Hae (WPK Vice Chairman, Member of the WPK Political Bureau and Chairman of the State Physical Culture and Sports Commission), Yang Hyong Sop (Supreme People’s Assembly Presidium Vice President and Member of the WPK Political Bureau), Kim Su Gil (Chairman of the Pyongyang WPK City Committee and Alternate [candidate] Member of the WPK Political Bureau), delegates from KCU chapters from throughout the DPRK, KCU and KISYL instructors, cadres and officials of Workers’ and Social Organizations and the KISYL.
Choe Ryong Hae read a message from the WPK Central Committee to the KCU which that the “70 year-long history covered by the KCU is the revolutionary history of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il who ushered in a shining heyday of building the revolutionary children’s organization and the children’s movement with their noble love for younger generations and wise leadership, and the proud history of the revolutionary children’s organization which brought up the members of the KCU as reliable successors who would shoulder the future of Korea and future members of the youth league” and that the KCU “has fully carried out honorable mission and duty of preparing the members of the KCU to be successors who would shoulder the future of Korea while setting an example in the building of the revolutionary children’s organization and the children’s movement during the past seven decades.”
The WPK Central Committee message also said that “it is a joy and pride of the WPK and people that the members of the KCU are growing up to be pillars who would shoulder the future of Korea. Thanks to three million child revolutionaries, the bright future of the youth power is guaranteed and the DPRK is winning victories as a thriving socialist nation.” Jon Yong Nam delivered a report which called “upon all the members of the KCU to hold in high esteem Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il as the eternal sun and defend and glorify the feats the Generalissimo performed in the history of the Korean children’s movement” and “all the members of the KCU to prepare themselves to be young revolutionaries, boundlessly loyal to Marshal Kim Jong Un.”
On June 3 (Saturday), Choe Ryong Hae, Kim Yong Jin (DPRK Vice Premier), Ri Il Hwan (Director of the WPK Workers’ and Social Organizations Department), Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces [MPAF] and KISYL officials visited the accommodation of KCU delegates. They “warmly congratulated the delegates” and “called upon the school children to firmly prepare themselves to be the successors who would should upon the future of the DPRK.”
The DPRK State Stamp Bureau issued a stamp commemorating the 70th anniversary of the KCU’s foundation on June 5 (Sunday).