Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
On August 28, 2016 (Sunday), senior party and state officials celebrate youth day along with the youth of the DPRK. In attendance were Supreme People’s Assembly Presidium President Kim Yo’ng-nam [Kim Yong Nam], DPRK Premier and State Affairs Commission [SAC] Pak Pong-chu [Pak Pong Ju], Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman for Cadres Affairs Kim P’yo’ng-hae [Kim Phyong Hae], WPK Vice Chairman for Munitions Industry and SAC Member Ri Man-ko’n [Ri Man Gon], WPK Vice Chairman for Economic Affairs O Su-yong [O Su Yong], WPK Vice Chairman for Planning and Finance Kwak Pom-ki [Kwak Pom Gi], WPK Vice Chairman for Intelligence and ROK Affairs Kim Yo’ng-ch’o’l [Kim Yong Chol], and State Planning Commission Chairman and DPRK Vice Premier Ro Tu-ch’o’l [Ro Tu Chol]. These senior party members toured the Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang Silk Mill, Kim Jong Thae Electric Locomotive Complex, Chongsan Co-op Farm in Kangso’ District, Hwanghae Iron and Steel Complex as well as “other industrial establishments, farms and universities” with a special agenda: “to congratulate the youth and students.”
Members of the DPRK central leadership “paid tribute” to the KIS and KJI statues by “placing floral baskets and bunches of flowers before them.” They toured the “rooms dedicated to the education in the revolutionary activities,” and the “rooms dedicated to the history and various worksites,” they met with the “exemplary youth” and gave them “pep-talks”. They asked the youth to “bring about miracles and innovations in every worksite for the building of a powerful socialist country and become young heroes in the era of Mallima.” The youth “held colorful events” which included “art performances and sports and amusements games.