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Pyongyang Holds Mass Celebration


View of the Grand People’s Study House and the parade review stand during a people-army solidarity rally celebrating the fifth nuclear weapons test on September 13, 2016 (Photo: Korean Central Television)


A people-army mass solidarity rally celebrating the DPRK’s fifth nuclear test was held in Kim Il Sung Square on September 13 (Tuesday).


Partial view of the platform members at an army-people solidarity rally celebrating the fifth nuclear weapons test in Pyongyang September 13, 2016. Visible in this image, L-R, are: Ri Su Yong, General Ri Myong Su, Kim Ki Nam, Pak Pong Ju, VMAR Hwang Pyong So, Choe Ryong Hae and Choe Thae Bok (Photo: Korean Central Television).


Those in attendance on the platform included Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department Director VMar Hwang Pyo’ng-so’ [Hwang Pyong So], DPRK Premier Pak Pong-chu [Pak Pong Ju], Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman for Workers’ and Social Organizations Ch’oe Ryong-hae [Choe Ryong Hae, Chief of the KPA General Staff General Ri Myo’ng-su [Ri Myong Su], 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], WPK Vice Chairman for Propaganda and Agitation Kim Ki-nam [Kim Ki Nam], WPK Vice Chairman for Science and Education and Supreme People’s Assembly Speaker (chairman) Choe T’ae-pok [Choe Thae Bok], Minister of State Security General Kim Wo’n-hong [Kim Won Hong], Minister of People’s Security General Choe Pu-il [Choe Pu Il] SPA Presidium Vice President Yang Hyo’ng-sop [Yang Hyong Sop], 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 Planning and Finance Kwak Pom-ki [Kwak Pom Gi], WPK Vice Chairman for Economic Planning O Su-yong [O Su Yong], State Planning Commission Chairman and DPRK Vice Premier Ro Tu-ch’o’l [Ro Tu Chol], Pyongyang WPK City Committee Chairman Kim Su-kil (Kim Su Gil), WPK Organization Guidance Department Senior Deputy Director Cho Yo’n-chun [Jo Yon Jun], SPA Presidium Vice President and Korea Social Democratic Party Chairman Kim Yo’ng-tae [Kim Yong Dae] Guard Command Director General Yun Cho’ng-rin [Yun Jong Rin], Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Colonel-General Yun Tong-hyo’n [Yun Tong Hyon], KPA General Political Department Deputy Director and head of the KPA Organization Department Lieutenant-General Cho Nam-chin [Jo Nam Jin], 1st Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces So Hong-chang [So Hong Chan], KPA General Political Department Deputy Director and head of the KPA General Propaganda Department Lieutenant Ryo’m Ch’o’l-so’ng [Ryom Chol Song], Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League 1st Secretary Cho’n Yong-nam [Jon Yong Nam], Korean Democratic Women’s Union head Kim Cho’ng-sun [Kim Jong Sun], Director of the DPRK Central Prosecutor’s Office Chang Pyo’ng-kyu [Jang Pyong Gyu], President of the DPRK Central Court Kang Yun-sok [Kang Yun Sok] and DPRK State Academy of Sciences President Chang Ch’o’l [Jang Chol] Also in attendance were “Party and armed forces organs, the Cabinet, working people’s organizations, ministries and national institutions, service personnel of the Korean People’s Army and the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces, officials of the institutions and industrial establishments of different levels, working people and youth and students in the city and overseas compatriots.”


Speakers at the September 13, 2016 army-people solidarity rally celebrating the fifth nuclear weapons test: [a.] Pyongyang WPK City Committee Chairman and WPK Political Bureau Alternate Member Kim Su Gil; [b.] DPRK Premier, State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman and WPK Political Bureau Presidium Member Pak Pong Ju; [c.] WPK Vice Chairman and WPK Political Bureau Member Kim Ki Nam; [d.] Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces and WPK Central Committee Member Colonel-General Yun Tong Hyon; [e.] President of the State Academy of Sciences and WPK Central Committee Member Jang Chol; and, [f.] Youth League Central Committee 1st Secretary and WPK Central Committee Member Jon Yong Nam (Photos: Korean Central Television)

Pyongyang WPK City Committee Chairman Kim Su Gil presided over the meeting. Pak Pong Ju read out the September 10 Nuclear Weapons Institute statement. Speeches were delivered by Kim Ki Nam, Colonel-General Yun Tong Hyon, Jang Chol and Jon Yong Nam.


Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Colonel-General Yun Tong Hyon leads KPA service members in a “manse!” chant at the end of his speech during the rally (Photo: Korean Central Television)


According to KCNA, the meeting speakers said:

The recent successful explosion test of nuclear warhead marked an event of special significance as it guaranteed the eternal prosperity and security of the great Paektusan (Mt. Paektu) power and a historic exciting event of the nation which instilled confidence in the final victory and optimism into all the service personnel and civilians in the vigorous campaign to build a powerful socialist country.

Signal successes being made in the field of national defense industry represent a praiseworthy victory won thanks to the energetic leadership and patriotic devotion of Marshal Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n).

It is the immutable principle the army and people of the DPRK learned in the confrontation with the imperialists and the US for the last several decades that the vicious hostile policy and war moves of the imperialists should be countered only with the toughest counteractions and merciless and prompt strikes.

The US is now talking a torrent of nonsense, persistently resorting to the sanctions and pressure against the DPRK over its justifiable nuclear warhead explosion test, but it is nothing but ridiculous jargons made by those who are fear-stricken by the tremendous nuclear capability of the DPRK, they noted, calling on all service personnel and civilians to devotedly defend the C.C., the WPK headed by Kim Jong Un and the Ku’msusan Palace of the Sun and work unprecedented fresh miracles in the drive for recovering from the flood damage that hit the northern areas of North Hamgyo’ng Province and thus conclude the 200-day campaign of loyalty with shining victory.

All service personnel would make a decisive and strong retaliatory strike at the enemies, should they show a slight sign of moves to impair the independent dignity and prestige of the state.

Young people should make successive charge, uninterrupted advance and innovations, holding high the slogan of “Let us fully demonstrate the resourcefulness and gallantry of the heroic youth in the general offensive for building a powerful socialist country!” and thus make hurrah of the drive for creating new legendary tales about hero youth heard without interruption.

Set scientific and technological problems arising in the building of an economic power on the highest level through a high-pitched drive for breaking through the cutting edge science and technology.

Work hard to build a powerful socialist country of Chuch’e, a paradise for the people, on this land as soon as possible, united close around Kim Jong Un

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