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Kim Jong Un Visits Ku’msusan on the Day of the Shining Star

Kim Jong Un and senior WPK and security officials enter Ku'msusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on February 16, 2016, the Day of the Shining Star, or KJI's birth anniversary. (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un and senior WPK and security officials enter Ku’msusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on February 16, 2016, the Day of the Shining Star, or KJI’s birth anniversary. (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un bows in front of the preserved remains of his father, late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il, on February 16, 2017 (Photo: Korean Central Television).

Kim Jong Un bows in front of the preserved remains of his father, late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il, on February 16, 2017 (Photo: Korean Central Television).

KJU’s last observed appearance was his attendance and guidance of a ballistic missile test on February 12

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Ku’msusan Palace of the Sun [KPS] at midnight on February 16 (Thursday), the birth anniversary of his father, late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il), known domestically as the Day of the Shining Star.

Among the visitors to Ku’msusan 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),  Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman for Propaganda and Agitation [publicity and information] Kim Ki Nam (Kim Ki-nam), WPK Vice Chairman for Science and Education and Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Chairman (speaker) Choe Thae Bok (Ch’oe T’ae-pok), 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), WPK Vice Chairman for International Affairs Ri Su Yong (Ri Su-yo’ng; a.k.a. Ri Chol), WPK Vice Chairman for Cadres’ Affairs Kim Phyong Hae (Kim P’yo’ng-hae), WPK Vice Chairman for the 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 South Korean Affairs and Intelligence Kim Yong Chol (Kim Yo’ng-ch’o’l), Minister of the People’s Security Choe Pu Il (Ch’oe Pu-il), WPK Organization Guidance Department [OGD] Senior Deputy Director Jo Yon Jun (Cho Yo’n-chun), WPK Munitions Industry Department Senior Deputy Director (and ex aequo OGD senior deputy director) Ri Pyong Chol (Ri Pyo’ng-ch’o’l), Military Security Command [MSC] Director Gen. Jo Kyong Chol (Cho Kyo’ng-ch’o’l), immediate past head of the WPK Munitions Industry Department Pak To Chun (Pak To’-ch’un), OGD Senior Deputy Director Kim Kyong Ok (Kim Kyo’ng-ok), WPK Agriculture Department Director Ri Chol Man (Ri Ch’o’l-man), WPK Military Affairs Department Director Ri Yong Rae (Ri Yo’ng-rae), WPK Finance and Accounting Department Director Kim Yong Su (Kim Yo’ng-su), KPA General Political Department Deputy Director Lt. Gen. Ryom Chol Song (Ryo’m Ch’o’l-so’ng), WPK Munitions Industry Department Deputy Director Hong Sung Mu (Hong Su’ng-mu), WPK Finance and Accounting Deputy Director and head of Office #39 Jon Il Chun (Cho’n Il-chun), OGD Senior Deputy Director Min Pyong Chol (Min Pyo’ng-ch’o’l), OGD Deputy Director Jo Yong Won (Cho Yo’ng-wo’n), along with other senior functionaries and chief cadres of the WPK Central Committee and senior command staff of the KPA and internal security services.

Kim Jong Un in the chamber containing the preserved remains of his father on February 16, 2017 (Photo: Korean Central Television).

Kim Jong Un in the chamber containing the preserved remains of his father on February 16, 2017 (Photo: Korean Central Television).

Jong Un and the visitors entered the hall containing statues of KJI and late DPRK President and founder Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng).  A KPA and Worker-Peasant Red Guards’ honor guard delivered a floral basket from  Jong Un to the foot of the statues, followed by a floral basket sent jointly by the WPK Central Committee, the WPK Central Military Commission (committee) [CMC] and the DPRK State Affairs Commission.  After the floral presentations, Jong Un and the visitors “paid high tribute” by bowing in front of the statues of KJI and KIS.

View of a room displaying Kim Jong Il's personal car and his electric mobility cart at Ku'msusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang (Photo: Korean Central Television).

View of a room displaying Kim Jong Il’s personal car and his electric mobility cart at Ku’msusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang (Photo: Korean Central Television).

Senior DPRK officials walk past displays of Kim Jong Il's personal car and electric mobility cart on February 16, 2017 at Ku'msusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang (Photo: Korean Central Television).

Senior DPRK officials walk past displays of Kim Jong Il’s personal car and electric mobility cart on February 16, 2017 at Ku’msusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang (Photo: Korean Central Television).

Kim Jong Un, along with the other visitors, then entered the chamber containing KJI’s preserved remains.  Jong Un bowed in front of KJI’s remains “in the humblest reverence.”  After this, Jong Un and the other visitors walked around rooms containing KJI’s personal Mercedes Benz S-class sedan, KJI’s electric mobility cart that he used during the last few years of his life, KJI’s personal boat and the personal railway coach KJI traveled in for his visits outside the DPRK and his on-site visits in the country.

Senior KPA command staff and WPK cadres file past a display of Kim Jong Il's personal boat on February 16, 2017 at the Ku'msusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang (Photo: Korean Central Television).

Senior KPA command staff and WPK cadres file past a display of Kim Jong Il’s personal boat on February 16, 2017 at the Ku’msusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang (Photo: Korean Central Television).

View of the office in Kim Jong Il's personal railway coach at the Ku'msusan Palace of the Sun (Photo: Korean Central Television).

View of the office in Kim Jong Il’s personal railway coach at the Ku’msusan Palace of the Sun (Photo: Korean Central Television).

Kim Jong Un issues instructions to the director of the Ku'msusan Palace of the Sun on February 16, 2017 (Photo: Korean Central Television).

Kim Jong Un issues instructions to the director of the Ku’msusan Palace of the Sun on February 16, 2017 (Photo: Korean Central Television).

View of the platform and venue for a February 15, 2016 central report meeting marking late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il's birth anniversary (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

View of the platform and venue for a February 15, 2016 central report meeting marking late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il’s birth anniversary (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Prior to the Ku’msusan visit, Jong Un attended a central report meeting at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on February 15 (Wednesday) to mark KJI’s official 75th birthday.  This was Jong Un’s first observed appearance since the February 12 missile test and his first observed appearance since media reports surfaced that his half brother and KJI’s eldest son Kim Jong Nam (Kim Cho’ng-nam) passed away in Kuala Lumpur.  A number of the above-mentioned senior officials attended this meeting along with SPA Presidium President Kim Yong (Kim Yo’ng-nam) and DPRK Premier, State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman Pak Pong Ju (Pak Pong-chu) and SPA Presidium Vice President and Korea Social Democratic Party Central Committee Chairman Kim Yong Dae (Kim Yo’ng-tae).  Also in attendance were DPRK Cabinet Vice Premiers, Ministers and Commission Chairs, the heads of a variety of national institutions, cadres of the WPK Central Committee, chief functionaries and managers of state-owned enterprises, DPRK citizens who personally met or interacted with KJI, the head of the Pyongyang office of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front, Koreans visiting the DPRK for KJI birth anniversary events, various merited DPRK citizens, the descendants of revolutionary martyrs and heroes and foreign diplomats stationed in the DPRK, the heads of NGOs and defense attaches stationed in Pyongyang.

 

Kim Yong Nam delivered the report.  According the KCNA, the report said:

February 16 is shining as the day of great fortune when the Korean people and other progressive peoples in the world greeted a peerlessly great man who would lead the cause of independence along the path of victory for all ages.

The history of Kim Jong Il’s revolutionary leadership is an epic of the most devoted and heroic struggle of an outstanding revolutionary who glorified the history of modern Korea as annals of victory of socialism with his unique ideology and leadership. It is also the history of a prominent leader who left marks in the history of the world socialist movement and powerfully accelerated the cause of human independence.

Kim Jong Il developed in depth the Chuch’e idea by adding new principles and contents to it as required by the times and the developing revolution and comprehensively formulated and systemized the socialist theory on the basis of it.

He strictly adhered to the firm anti-imperialist independent stand and socialist principle in the whole course of revolutionary leadership, foiled the enemy’s offensive against revolution through a revolutionary offensive, advanced the revolution and construction in the Korean style and thus consolidated and developed socialism of Chuch’e and strikingly demonstrated its invincibility.

He, regarding it as his lifetime political faith to believe in the people as in Heaven, put forward the people as the most precious beings in the world, settled all matters on the principle of absolutely prioritizing their interests, let the party, state and army serve them only and made sure that all the wealth of society contributed to promoting their wellbeing.

He developed the WPK into a strong guiding force for carrying out the cause of socialism and consolidated the unity and cohesion of the party and the revolutionary ranks as firm as a rock, opening up a new path of building a socialist ruling party for over half a century.

He developed the Korean People’s Army into a powerful revolutionary Paektusan (Mt. Paektu) army capable of annihilating any imperialist aggressor forces at a single strike, putting the defense industry on a fresh Chuch’e and modern basis and put all the people under arms and turned the whole country into an impregnable fortress.

When the world socialist movement was sustaining serious setbacks, he held higher the banner of Chuch’e-based socialism, set an epochal example in the drive for realizing the independence of the popular masses, instilled confidence in victory into the progressive people and powerfully accelerated the advance of the socialist movement.

The revolutionary career and immortal feats of Kim Jong Il who provided a firm foundation for the victory of the cause of the people for independence and the socialist cause and opened a bright prospect in the glorious era of Kim Jong Un will shine for all ages.

Let us accomplish the socialist cause of Juche with Kim Jong Il’s idea and feats as the eternal cornerstone.

Let us dynamically advance toward the final victory of the socialist cause of Chuch’e, rallied close around Kim Jong Un.

 

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