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DPRK Celebrates Foundation Day


View of the venue for the central report meeting marking the 68th anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK as seen in a photo in the top center of page 3 of the September 9, 2016 edition of Rodong Sinmun, the WPK’s daily newspaper. Photo: Rodong Sinmun


On September 8th, 2016 (Thursday), a central report meeting was held at the People’s Palace of Culture to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the founding of the DPRK. Also in attendance were: Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium President Kim Y’ong Nam (Kim Yong Nam), Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department Director and State Affairs Commission [SAC] Vice Chairman VMAR Hwang Pyo’ng-so’ [Hwang Pyong So],  DPRK Premier and SAC Vice Chairman Pak Pong Ju, Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman for Workers’ and Social Organizations and SAC Vice Chairman Ch’oe Ryong-hae [Choe Ryong Hae], Chief of the KPA General Staff General Ri Myo’ng-su [Ri Myong Su], Minister of the People’s Armed Forces General Pak Yo’ng-sik [Pak Yong Sik], WPK Vice Chairman for Propaganda and Agitation Kim Ki-nam [Kim Ki Nam], WPK Vice Chairman for Science and Education and SPA Speaker Choe T’ae-pok (Choe Thae Bok), SPA Presidium Vice President Yang Hyo’ng-sop [Yang Hyong Sop], WPK Vice Chairman for International Affairs Ri Su-yo’ng [Ri Su Yong],  WPK Vice Chairman for Munitions Industry Ri Man-ko’n [Ri Man Gon], Minister of State Security General Kim Wo’n-hong [Kim Won Hong], Minister of People’s Security General Choe Pu-il [Choe Pu Il], WPK Vice Chairman for Intelligence and ROK Affairs Kim Yo’ng-ch’o’l [Kim Yong Chol], WPK Vice Chairman for Cadres Affairs Kim P’yo’ng-hae [Kim Phyong Hae], WPK Vice Chairman for Economic Affairs O Su-yo’ng [O Su Yong], WPK Vice Chairman for Planning and Finance Kwak Pom-ki [Kwak Pom Gi], State Planning Commission Chairman and DPRK Vice Premier Ru Tu-ch’o’l [Ro Tu Chol], Minister of Foreign Affairs Ri Yo’ng-ho [Ri Yong Ho], WPK Central Committee Department Senior Deputy Directors Ri Pyo’ng-ch’o’l [Ri Pyong Chol] and Cho Yo’n-jun [Jo Yon Jun], Pyongyang WPK City Committee Chairman Kim Su-kil [Kim Su Gil], SPA Presidium Vice President Kim Yo’ng-tae [Kim Yong Dae], Vice Chief of the KPA General Staff Colonel-General So Hong Chan, Guard Command Director General Yun Cho’ng-rin [Yun Jong Rin], Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League 1st Secretary Chon Yo’ng-nam [Jon Yong Nam], Korean Democratic Women’s Union 1st Secretary Kim Cho’ng-sun [Kim Jong Sun]  along with other senior officials.


DPRK Premier Pak Pong Ju delivers the report at a September 8, 2016 meeting marking the DPRK’s foundation Photo: Rodong Sinmun


According to KCNA, Pak Pong Ju said “The founding of the DPRK meant the birth of the new type people’s power, the first of its kind in history, and an event of national historic significance as it brought about a dramatic turn in carving out the destiny of the Korean people and building a rich and powerful country.”


View of participants at a September 8, 2016 central report meeting at the People’s Palace of Culture in Pyongyang marking the DPRK’s foundation. Photo: Rodong Sinmun


On September 9, 1948 Kim Il Sung declared the founding of the DPRK “on the basis of the experience of building the people’s power gained in the flames of the anti-Japanese revolution and on the basis of the firm foundation laid in the building of the independent and sovereign state after Korea’s liberation.”

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