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Kim Jong Un Visits Ku’msusan Palace of the Sun for the New Year

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Kim Jong Un visits the Ku’msusan Memorial Palace of the Sun on January 1, 2017. Also in attendance are: DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho [a]; WPK Central Committee Department Director An Jong Su [b]; DPRK Premier and State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman Pak Pong Ju [c]; State Planning Commission Chairman and DPRK Vice Premier Ro Tu Chol [d]; Supreme People’s Assembly Presidium President Kim Yong Nam [e]; WPK Central Committee Department Senior Deputy Director Ri Pyong Chol [f]; Jong Un’s wife, Ri Sol Ju [g]; WPK Vice Chairman and WPK Central Committee Department Director Ri Man Gon [h]; Pyongyang City WPK Committee Chairman Kim Su Gil [i]; WPK Vice Chairman and WPK Central Committee Department Director Ri Su Yong [j]; KPA General Political Department Director and State Affairs Vice Chairman VMar Hwang Pyong So [k]; WPK Vice Chairman and WPK Central Committee Department Director Kim Phyong Hae [l]; WPK Vice Chairman and State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman Choe Ryong Hae [m]; WPK Vice Chairman and WPK Central Committee Department Director Kim Yong Chol [n]; Chief of the KPA General Staff VMar Ri Myong Su [o]; Minister of State Security Gen. Kim Won Hong [p]; Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Gen. Pak Yong Sik [q]; Minister of People’s Security Gen. Choe Pu Il [r] (Photo: KCNA/NKLW).

KJU’s last observed media appearance was his delivery of the New Year’s address. KJU’s last observed physical appearance was joint concert by the Moran Bong Band and the Merited State Choir.

DPRK state media reported on January 1, 2017 (Sunday) that chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), chairman of the State Affairs Commission (SAC), and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju visited the Ku’msusan Palace of the Sun “on the occasion of the New Year.” Among those in attendance were:  Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) Presidium President Kim Yong Nam, KPA General Political Department Director and SAC Vice Chairman VMAR Hwang Pyong So, DPRK Premier and State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman Pak Pong Ju, WPK Vice Chairman and SAC Vice Chairman Choe Ryong Hae, Chief of the KPA General Staff VMAR Ri Myong Su, Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Gen. Pak Yong Sik, WPK Vice Chairman and WPK Central Committee Department Director Kim Ki Nam, WPK Vice Chairman and SPA Speaker Choe Thae Bok, DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, WPK Central Committee (CC) Department Director An Jong Su, State Planning Commission (SPC) Chairman and DPRK Vice Premier Ro Tu Chol, , WPK CC Department Senior Deputy Director Ri Pyong Chol, WPK Vice Chairman and WPK CC Department Director Ri Man Gon, Pyongyang City WPK CC Kim Su Gil, WPK Vice Chairman and WPK CC Department Director Ri Su Yong, WPK Vice Chairman and WPK CC Department Director Kim Phyong Hae, WPK Vice Chairman and WPK CC Department Director Kwak Pom Gi, WPK Vice Chairman and WPK CC Department Director O Su Yong, 1st Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Col. Gen. So Hong Chan, Vice Chief of the KPA General Staff Col. Gen. Pak Jong Chon, former WPK Secretary for Munitions Industry Pak To Chun, immediate past WPK CC Director Ju Kyu Chang, DPRK Vice Premier Im Chol Ung, WPK CC Department Director Kim Yong Su, WPK CC Department Director Ri Yong Rae, WPK Vice Chairman and WPK CC Department Director Kim Yong Chol, Minister of State Security Gen. Kim Won Hong, and finally Minister of People’s Security Gen. Choe Pu Il.

In the hall where the statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, a floral basket was placed at the statues in the name of Kim Jong Un. Separate floral baskets were also placed “in the joint name of the Central Committee and the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the SAC, the Presidium of the SPA, and the Cabinet. Kim Jong Un and other officials “paid high tribute to the great leaders before their statues.”

In the “hall of immortality where Kim Il Sung lies in state”, Kim Jong Un and the other officials “made New Year greetings to Kim Il Sung in humblest reverence.” He then “went round the room where orders Kim Il Sung received are on display.”

In the “hall of immortality where Kim Jong Il lies in state”, Kim Jong Un and the other officials “made New Year greetings to Kim Jong Il in the humblest reverence.” He then “went round the room where orders Kim Jong Il received are on display.”

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