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Kim Jong Un Attends Kang Ki Sop’s Viewing

Kim Jong Un touches the face of the remains of Kang Ki Sop, head of North Korea's civil aviation administration and alternate member of the WPK Central Committee, at Kang's wake in Pyongyang January 22, 2017 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun/KCNA).

Kim Jong Un touches the face of the remains of Kang Ki Sop, head of North Korea’s civil aviation administration and alternate member of the WPK Central Committee, at Kang’s wake in Pyongyang January 22, 2017 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun/KCNA).

KJU’s last observed appearance was his field inspection of KPA Unit #1314

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the funeral parlor for General Administration of Civil Aviation Director Kang Ki Sop (Kang Ki-sop) on January 22 (Sunday).  Also attending the wake with Jong Un were Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department Director and State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman VMAR Hwang Pyong So (Hwang Pyo’ng-so), State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman and Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman for Workers’ and Social Organizations 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 Gen. Pak Yong Sik (Pak Yo’ng-sik) and WPK Organization Guidance Department Deputy Director Jo Yong Won (Cho Yo’ng-wo’n).

Kim Jong Un and senior officials bow at the casket of former civil aviation boss Kang Ki Sop (Photo: Rodong Sinmun/KCNA).

Kim Jong Un and senior officials bow at the casket of former civil aviation boss Kang Ki Sop (Photo: Rodong Sinmun/KCNA).

Jong Un paid “silent tribute to Kang Ki Sop, revolutionary solider who not only fulfilled an important flight duty in a responsibile manner after growing up to be a competent flight guiding official thanks to the particular trust and loving care of President Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il), but also successfully ensured the operation of the international and domestic regular air service and thus raised the international prestige of the Party and state and made a great contribution to develop the nation’s air transport.”  After paying his respects, Kim Jong Un and the other visitors expressed met with Kang’s family to express their condolences.

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