Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
A national meeting was held on August 24 (Wednesday) at the April 25 House of Culture to mark the 56th anniversary of leader Kim Jong Il’s (Kim Cho’ng-il) start of the So’ngun (military-first) revolutionary leadership.
Platform members included: Kim Yo’ng-nam [Kim Yong Nam], Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium President; Pak Pong-chu [Pak Pong Ju], DPRK Premier and Vice Chairman of the State Affairs Commission; VMar Hwang Pyo’ng-so [Hwang Pyong So], Director of the KPA General Political Department and Vice Chairman of the State Affairs Commission; Ch’oe Ryong-hae [Choe Ryong Hae] WPK Vice Chairman for Workers’ and Social Organizations and Vice Chairman of the State Affairs Commission; General Ri Myo’ng-su [Ri Myong Su], Chief of the KPA General Staff and Member of the State Affairs Commission; General Pak Yo’ng-sik [Pak Yong Sik], Minister of the People’s Armed Forces and Member of the State Affairs Commission; Choe T’ae-pok [Choe Thae Bok], WPK Vice Chairman for Science and Education and SPA Chairman; Kim Ki-nam [Kim Ki Nam] WPK Vice Chairman for Propaganda and Agitation; Yang Hyo’ng-sop [Yang Hyong Sop], SPA Presidium Vice President; General Kim Wo’n-hong [Kim Won Hong], Minister of State Security and Member of the State Affairs Commission; General Ch’oe Pu-il [Choe Pu Il], Minister of People’s Security and Member of the State Affairs Commission; Kim Yo’ng-ch’o’l [Kim Yong Chol], WPK Vice Chairman for Intelligence and ROK Affairs and Member of the State Affairs Commission; Ro Tu-ch’o’l [Ro Tu Chol], State Planning Commission Chairman and DPRK Vice Premier; O Su Yo’ng [O Su Yong], WPK Vice Chairman for Economic Affairs; Kwak Pom-ki [Kwak Pom Gi] WPK Vice Chairman for Planning and Finance; Kim P’yo’ng-hae [Kim Phyong Hae], WPK Vice Chairman for Cadres Affairs; Kim Yo’ng-tae (Kim Yong Dae), Chairman of the Korean Social Democratic Party Central Committee; Yun Cho’ng-rin [Yun Jong Rin], Director of the Guard Command, along with senior WPK, KPA and DPRK Government officials, leading functionaries of state institutions and others.
KPA Vice Marshal Hwang Pyong So, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and director of the KPA General Political Department, made a report.
According to KCNA, the report said:
Kim Jong Il’s first field guidance to the Seoul Ryu Kyong Su (Yu Kyo’ng-su) Guards 105th Tank Division of the KPA on August 25, Chuch’e 49 (1960) was a historic event which heralded his successful succession of the cause of the So’ngun revolution and his start of the So’ngun leadership.He recorded the immortal So’ngun revolutionary history till the last moments of his life since the day when he started the So’ngun revolutionary leadership.Comrade Kim Jong Il, who regarded it as his lifelong mission to carry forward and accomplish the cause of the Chuch’e revolution which was pioneered by dint of arms, acquired a deep insight into the requirements of the rapidly changing times and the developing revolution and comprehensively systematized the So’ngun idea through his energetic ideological and theoretical activities.He established the state machinery with the National Defense Commission as a pivot which applied the principles of the So’ngun revolution and made sure that all fields were reformed and adjusted as required by So’ngun, thereby providing a firm political and institutional guarantee for realizing the Songun cause.He put forward the KPA and wisely led all service personnel and people despite the grim ordeals of the revolution, firmly defending Korean-style socialism established by President Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng).He provided the powerful political and military guarantee for the independent development of the nation, laid economic and cultural foundation, effected a great turn in socialist construction and thus clearly proved the truth that if one takes a firm hold on arms, one can build a worldwide powerful country.He strengthened the driving force of the So’ngun revolution, turned the DPRK into the invincible politico-ideological power and laid a strong foundation for it to make a leap forward toward a socialist economic giant and highly civilized power.He ushered in the June 15 era of reunification advancing in the idea of By Our Nation Itself and firmly defended the peace and security in Asia and the rest of the world, making great contributions to realizing the cause of human independence.He most perfectly settled the issue of the succession of leadership and gave steady continuity to the So’ngun revolution and made our army and people be blessed by the illustrious leaders generation after generation. This is the greatest feat he performed for the eternal prosperity of the powerful Paektusan (Mt. Paektu) nation.His So’ngun revolutionary idea and feats are being successfully carried forward and developed by the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n).Let us firmly protect the sovereignty and dignity of the country and bring about earlier the final victory of the cause of building a socialist power, true to the So’ngun revolutionary leadership of the Party.