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Kim Jong Un and DPRK Central Leadership Visit Cuban Embassy

Kim Jong Un pays his respects to late Cuban leader Fidel Castro at the Cuban Embassy in east Pyongyang on November 28, 2016 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un pays his respects to late Cuban leader Fidel Castro at the Cuban Embassy in east Pyongyang on November 28, 2016 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

KJU’s last observed appearance was his visit to Samjiyo’n

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Cuban Embassy in the DPRK on November 28 (Monday) to pay a condolence call for the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.  Also in attendance were Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department and State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman VMar Hwang Pyong So [Hwang Pyo’ng-so] and 1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan [Kim Kye-kwan].

Jong Un paid “silent tribute to Fidel Castro Ruz in memory of him together with officials accompanying him.  He wrote in the memorial book “though the outstanding leader passed away his name and feats will always be remembered by all of us.  We fell pain of the loss of the great Comrade, the great comrade-in-arms.”  He then expressed “deep condolences to Cuban Ambassador to the DPRK Jesus de Los Angeles Aise Sotolongo” and offered condolences to the embassy staff. He said that “upon hearing the news of the unexpected demise of Fidel Castro Ruz, the Korean people are overwhelmed with profound sorrow…the demise of Fidel Castro Ruz is a great loss for the parties, government and peoples of the two countries.”

Jong Un said that even though Fidel “passed away, his noble feats will shine forever in the hearts of the people’s of the two countries and progressive mankind” and expressed his belief that “the revolutionary Cuban people would overcome the grief over the loss of their distinguished leader and certainly build a prospering ideal society of the people and win the victory of the socialist cause under the wise guidance Raul Castro Ruz, true to the lifetime intention of Fidel Castro Ruz.”  The ambassador thanked Kim Jong Un for visiting the Cuban Embassy in the DPRK to “share the sorrow of the demise of Fidel Castro Ruz with the Cuban embassy staff member.”

Earlier in the same day senior cadres of the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK], the Korean People’s Army [KPA], national security apparatus and the DPRK Government visited the embassy to convey their condolences.  Callers included Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium President Kim Yong Nam [Kim Yo’ng-nam], State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman and DPRK Premier Pak Pong Ju [Pak Pong-chu], WPK Vice Chairman for Propaganda and Agitation Kim Ki Nam [Kim Ki-nam], WPK Vice Chairman for Science and Education and SPA Speaker (chairman) Choe Thae Bok [Ch’oe T’ae-pok], Minister of the People’s Armed Forces General Pak Yong Sik [Pak Yo’ng-sik], WPK Vice Chairman for International Affairs Ru Su Yong [Ri Su-yo’ng], WPK Vice Chairman for Cadres’ Affairs Kim Phyong Hae [Kim P’yo’ng-hae], WPK Vice Chairman for Munitions Industry Ri Man Gon [Ri Man-ko’n], WPK Vice Chairman for Economic Affairs O Su Yong [O Su-yo’ng], WPK Vice Chairman for Planning and Finance Kwak Pom Gi [Kwak Pom-ki], WPK Vice Chairman for Intelligence and South Korean Affairs Kim Yong Chol [Kim Yo’ng-ch’o’l], Minister of Foreign Affairs Ri Yong Ho [Ri Yo’ng-ho], WPK Workers’ and Social Organizations Department Director Ri Il Hwan [Ri Il-hwan], WPK Light Industry Department Director An Jong Su [An Cho’ng-su], Minister of External Economic Relations Kim Yong Jae [Kim Yo’ng-chae], Chairman of the Education Commission Kim Sung Du [Kim Su’ng-du], Chairwoman of the Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries Kim Jong Suk [Kim Cho’ng-suk],

Floral wreaths from the WPK Central Committee, SPA Presidium, DPRK Cabinet, Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces, the WPK International Department, the DPRK Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of External Economic Relations, the Education Commission, the Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, the Korean Committee for Solidarity with Cuba were sent to the Cuban Embassy in the DPRK.  Members of the DPRK central leadership “paid silent tribute” to Fidel’s memory and wrote messages in the memorial book.

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