Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
KJU’s last observed appearance was his visit to a KPA fishery station
Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited Ku’msusan Palace of the Sun on the morning of December 17 (Saturday) and, later the same day, attended a national memorial service to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of his father Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il)
Among those in attendance at these events were: Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium President Kim Yong Nam [Kim Yo’ng-nam], Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department Director and State Affairs Commission [SAC] VMar Hwang Pyong So [Hwang Pyo’ng-so], DPRK Premier and SAC Vice Chairman Pak Pong Ju [Pak Pong-chu], Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman for Workers’ and Social Organizations and SAC Vice Chairman Choe Ryong Hae [Ch’oe Ryong-hae], Chief of the KPA General Staff VMar Ri Myong Su [Ri Myo’ng-su], Minister of the People’s Armed Forces General Pak Yong Sik [Pak Yo’ng-sik], WPK Vice Chairman for Propaganda and Agitation Kim Ki Nam [Kim Ki-nam], WPK Vice Chairman for Science and Education and SPA Speakers (chairman) Choe Thae Bok [Ch’oe T’ae-pok], 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], 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], SPA Presidium Vice President Yang Hyong Sop [Yang Hyo’ng-sop], WPK Vice Chairman for Cadres’ Affairs Kim Phyong Hae [Kim P’yo’ng-hae], WPK Vice Chairman for Planning and Finance Kwak Pom Gi [Kwak Pom-ki], 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], DPRK Vice Premier and State Planning Commission Ro Tu Chol [Ro Tu-ch’o’l], Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho [Ri Yo’ng-ho], 1st Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Colonel-General So Hong Chan [So Hong-ch’an], WPK Central Committee Department Senior Deputy Director Ri Pyong Chol [Ri Pyo’ng-ch’o’l], 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], WPK Organization Guidance Department Senior Deputy Director Kim Kyong Ok [Kim Kyo’ng-ok], WPK Finance and Accounting Department Director Kim Yong Su [Kim Yo’ng-su], WPK Military Affairs Department Director Ri Yong Rae [Ri Yo’ng-rae], Party History Institute Director Kim Jong Im [Kim Cho’ng-im], Guard Command Director General Yun Jong Rin [Yun Cho’ng-rin], Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League Central Committee 1st Secretary Jon Yong Nam, DPRK Vice Premier Ko In Ho [Ko In-ho] and DPRK Vice Premier Ri Ryong Nam [Ri Ryo’ng-nam].
Jong Un and the other visitors entered the statue hall at Ku’msusan and the head of the KPA honor guard saluted the statues after which floral baskets from Kim Jong Un and a jointly-sent basket from the WPK Central Committee and WPK Central Military Commission, the State Affairs Commission, the SPA Presidium and the DPRK Cabinet were placed in front of the Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and KJI statues. Jong Un and the other visitors “paid high tribute to the statues.”
After this, Kim Jong Un and the senior DPRK officials went to the hall where KJI’s preserved remains lie in state. They “paid deep homage and made bow to Kim Jong Il.” Jong Un and the other visitors then visited an exhibition hall displaying the state orders, awards and titles accumulated by KJI.
A national memorial service was held in the plaza in front of Ku’msusan on December 17 (Saturday). In addition to Kim Jong Un, also attending the service were
Also in attendance were senior officials, cadres and staff of the WPK, the DPRK Government, the KPA, the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces, various national institutions, manufacturing and agricultural units, family members of those linked to KJI’s revolutionary activities, DPRK citizens and foreigners who met with KJI, family members of revolutionary martyrs, foreign delegations, foreign diplomatic personnel and defense attaches stationed in the DRPK and the head of the Pyongyang mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front.
The memorial service began with participants paying “silent tribute in humblest reverence to Kim Jong Il, image and eternal leader of the great Paektusan (Mt. Paektu) nation.
Choe Ryong Hae delivered a memorial speech in which he said:
The revolutionary life of leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) was the most patriotic life of total dedication as he devoted his all to the work to carry forward to completion the Chuch’e revolution and achieve the prosperity of the great Paektusan (Mt. Paektu) nation, hewing the untrodden arduous path under the uplifted red flag of the revolution, true to the noble intention of President Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng).
With intense loyalty to the President, Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) had worked heart and soul to realize the President’s idea and cause in all fields.
He formulated the revolutionary idea of the President as Kimilsungism and established his monolithic ideological and leadership system in the whole party and society and firmly protected the revolutionary traditions of Chuch’e and glorified the party, the state and the army as the party, state and army of the President.
He implanted into the hearts of the servicepersons and people of the whole country the mainstay of faith that the President is always with us and saw to it that the Ku’msusan Memorial Palace was consecrated to the sacred temple of Juche (Chuch’e) and the history of the President is given steady continuity on this land.
He developed the People’s Army into the matchless powerful revolutionary Paektusan (Mt. Paektu) army capable of beating back any formidable enemy at one blow and put the national defense industry on a self-reliant and ultra-modern basis, making the country shine as a world military power and full-fledged nuclear weapons state.
Thanks to him, the June 15 era of reunification advancing in the idea of By Our Nation Itself was ushered in and a rosy prospect was opened for the Korean nation’s independent reunification and peace and prosperity.
He energetically conducted external activities with his distinguished diplomatic strategy, remarkably enhancing the international position of the DPRK and its influence and expanding its foreign relations, and made undying contributions to protecting the world peace and security and accomplishing the human cause of independence.
With his far-sighted wisdom, he perfectly solved the issue of succession to the revolutionary cause in keeping with the requirement of the times and the aspiration of the people.
The revolutionary career and great exploits of Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il), who laid the firm foundation for the eternal victory of the great Paektusan nation and the prosperity of the country in which the Korean people can enjoy wellbeing generation after generation, will shine for all ages along with Kim Jong Un’s (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) era.
After Choe’s speech, loyalty speeches were delivered by Kim Ki Nam (on behalf of the party), VMar Hwang Pyong So (on behalf of the army) and Jon Yong Nam (on behalf of DPRK youth). The speakers said that “all the servicepersons and people of the DPRK pay the highest tribute and extend the best wishes for immortality to Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il), with their ardent yearning for him” and recalled that “Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) had worked heart and soul till the last moments of his life to provide a solid foundation for the strengthening of the Party, the prosperity of the country and the happiness of its people and bring rosy future of the Chuch’e revolution.” The speakers “stressed that his exploits for the Party and the revolution, the country and its people would remain for all ages as the bloodline of our Party and the banner of struggle promoting the cause of the Chuch’e revolution” and they called for “holding Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) in high esteem as the eternal sun of Chuch’e and remaining intensely loyal to the leadership of Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n).
After the speaking program, KJI’s memory was honored with a one minute gun salute.