Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
A central report meeting was held at the People’s Palace of Culture in Pyongyang on October 7 (Friday) to commemorate the 19th anniversary of late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il’s (Kim Cho’ng-il) election to the position of Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] General-Secretary by the WPK Central Committee and WPK Central Military Commission on October 8, 1997.
Among those attending the meeting from the platform were Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium President Kim Yong Nam [Kim Yo’ng-nam], Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department Director VMar Hwang Pyong So [Hwang Pyo’ng-so’], DPRK Premier Pak Pong Ju [Pak Pong-chu], WPK Vice Chairman for Workers and Social Organizations Choe Ryong Hae [Ch’oe Ryong-hae] WPK Vice Chairman for Propaganda and Agitation Kim Ki Nam [Kim Ki-nam], SPA Presidium Vice President Yang Hyong Sop [Yang Hyo’ng-sop], Minister of State Security General Kim Won Hong [Kim Wo’n-hong], Minister of People’s Security General Choe Pu Il [Ch’oe Pu-il] WPK Vice Chairman for International Affairs Ri Su Yong [Ri Su-yo’ng], WPK Vice Chairman for Munitions Industry Ri Man Gon [Ri Man-ko’n], WPK Vice Chairman and Director of Planning and Finance Kwak Pom Gi [Kwak Pom-ki], WPK Vice Chairman for Cadres’ Affairs Kim Phyong Hae [Kim P’yo’ng-hae], WPK Vice Chairman for Economic Affairs O Su Yong [O Su-yo’ng], WPK Vice Chairman for Intelligence and South Korean Affairs Kim Yong Chol [Kim Yo’ng-ch’o’l], State Planning Commission Chairman and DPRK Vice Premier Ro Tu Chol [Ro Tu-ch’o’l], WPK Central Committee Department Senior Deputy Director Ri Pyong Chol [Ri Pyo’ng-ch’o’l], Minister of Foreign Affairs Ri Yong Ho [Ri Yo’ng-ho], Pyongyang WPK City Committee Chairman Kim Su Gil [Kim Su-kil], WPK Organization Guidance Department Senior Deputy Director Jo Yon Jun [Cho Yo’n-chun], SPA Presidium Vice President and Chairman of the Korea Social Democratic Party Central Committee Kim Yong Dae [Kim Yo’ng-tae], DPRK Vice Premier and Minister of Chemical Industry Ri Mu Yong [Ri Mu-yo’ng], DPRK Vice Premier Kim Tok Hun, DPRK Vice Premier and Minister of Agriculture Ko In Ho [Ko In-ho], DPRK Vice Premier and Minister of External Economic Affairs Ri Ryong Nam [Ri Ryo’ng-nam], KPA Navy Commander VAdm Ri Yong Chu [Ri Yo’ng-chu], KPA Air and Anti-Air Force Commander General Choe Yong Ho [Ch’oe Yo’ng-ho], KPA General Political Department Deputy Director and head of the KPA General Propaganda Department Lieutenant-General Ryom Chol Song [Ryo’m Ch’o’l-so’ng], Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Colonel-General Yun Tong Hyon [Yun Tong-hyo’n], Korean Democratic Women’s Union Central Committee 1st Secretary Kim Jong Sun [Kim Cho’ng-son], Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League Central Committee 1st Secretary Jon Yong Nam [Chon Yo’ng-nam], Union of Agricultural Workers of Korea Central Committee 1st Secretary Ri Myong Gil [Ri Myo’ng-kil] and General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea Central Committee 1st Secretary Ju Yong Gil [Chu Yo’ng-kil]. Also in attendance were various senior WPK, DPRK Government and KPA cadres and functionaries, the heads of various state ministries and institutions, managers of state and security organizations and industrial production units in Pyongyang, visiting Koreans from other countries, the head of the Pyongyang Mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front.
Kim Ki Nam presided over the meeting and the report as delivered Choe Ryong Hae. According to KCNA, Choe said in his report that:
Kim Jong Il’s election to the top post of the WPK provided a sure guarantee for developing the party into the one of President Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and revolutionary party of Chuch’e type and accomplishing the revolutionary cause of Chuch’e started in Mt. Paektu.
Comrade Kim Jong Il led the WPK for over half a century, creating a shining model in building the revolutionary party in the era of independence and bringing about a great victory and gigantic change in the struggle for building a socialist power.
Thanks to his outstanding idea and extraordinary leadership the outdated patterns in party work were broken, a radical change was brought about in building organization, idea and art of leadership of the party, the appearance of the society changed and an eternal foundation was firmly consolidated to accomplish the cause of socialism.
With his extraordinary wisdom and through his energetic ideological and theoretical activities, he formulated the revolutionary idea of the great leader as Kimilsungism, laid down a program for modeling the whole society on Kimilsungism and gave perfect answers to theoretical and practical problems in all fields including the building of the party, armed forces, state and economy and culture.
He developed in depth the great leader’s idea of prioritizing arms as a revolutionary idea of So’ngun (military-first) and theory of So’ngun (military-first) politics and enunciated an original theory of building a socialist power. This is an outstanding feat that made it possible for the WPK to invariably preserve its own revolutionary nature even in the worst adversity and bring about a new radical turn in carrying out the cause of socialism.
He set it as the general task of the party building to develop the WPK into the party of the great leader. He made sure that the party firmly adhered to the principle of the Chuch’e-oriented party building based on the revolutionary outlook on the leader and organized and conducted the party building and activities as required by Kimilsungism.
He bolstered up as firm as an iron wall the nation’s defense capability with the Korean People’s Army as the core under the banner of So’ngun (military-first) and thus laid a strong military foundation for firmly protecting the dignity and sovereignty of the country and the gains of revolution.
He aroused all the people to the drive to implement the strategic line of building socialist economy, consolidating the material and technical foundation of the self-supporting national economy and laying a springboard for building an economic power.
He led the sacred cause of national reunification to usher in the June 15 era of reunification so that the Koreans advanced in line with the idea of By Our Nation Itself, remarkably raised the DPRK’s international position through his energetic external activities and made a historic contribution to accomplishing the cause of global independence.
The great exploits Kim Jong Il performed by leading the WPK for years are shedding rays as a militant banner for victorious advance of revolution and its completion, adding that he will always be alive as the eternal leader of the WPK and the sun of Chuch’e along with his immortal exploits.
The cause of the party building of Chuch’e led by Kim Jong Il is being successfully carried forward by Marshal Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n), the reporter called for flying higher the red party flag of Chuch’e associated with the sacred life of Kim Jong Il and waging a dynamic struggle for the final victory of the revolutionary cause of Chuch’e.