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Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) conducted three public activities on July 27 (Thursday) to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the end of active hostilities of the Fatherland Liberation War (Korean War).
He visited the Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs’ Cemetery in Pyongyang and “paid homage to the martyrs of the People’s Army.” Visiting the cemetery with him were Korean People’s Army (KPA) General Political Bureau Director Gen. Kim Su Gil (Kim Su-kil), Chief of the KPA General Staff Department Gen. Ri Yong Gil (Ri Yo’ng-kil), Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Gen. No Kwang Chol (No Kwang-ch’o’l), Supreme People’s Assembly Presidium Vice President and war veteran Yang Hyong Sop (Yang Hyo’ng-sop), Personal Secretariat adviser and war veteran VMar Ri Myong Su (Ri Myo’ng-su) and Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) Vice Chairman and WPK Munitions Industry Department Director Thae Jong Su (T’ae Cho’ng-su).
The Patriotic Song played along with solemn music marking a wreath-laying ceremony as Kim Jong Un’s floral wreath was placed at the monument. Kim Jong Un “observed a moment’s silence in memory of the martyrs who laid down their precious lives for the sacred war for the Party, the revolution, the country and the people.”
He said that the “indomitable fighting spirit and the heroic feats of the Fatherland Liberation War martyrs who devotedly defended the Party, the revolution, the county and the people will shine long in the history of the country” and he expressed “the conviction that all the service personnel of the KPA, party members and working people and the new generations would creditably carry forward the history and traditions of sure victory of powerful and dignified socialist Korea.”
After the wreath laying, Jong Un met and had a commemorative photo session with participants in the 5th National Conference of War Veterans near the war cemetery. He came out to the venue and “warmly waved back to the war veterans.” He made a “deep bow to all the war veterans” and said that “there were the undying feats of the defenders of the county in the 1950s who bravely fought with the burning loyalty and ardent patriotism for the Party and the country to bring about the victory day of July 27, our Republic is now dynamically advancing toward the high eminence of a powerful socialist country while demonstrating its might as a dignified people’s country.”
He posed for commemorative photos with the war veterans and voiced his “expectation that the war veterans, benefactors who defended the country at the cost of their blood would remain full of energy despite advanced age and glorify their lives as admirable teachers and educators and instilling the same spirit of defending the country and the revolution as the heroic soldiers of the 1950s had into the hearts of the future generations.”
Kim Jong Un also visited the Martyrs’ Cemetery of the Chinese People’s Volunteers (CPV) in Hoech’ang, South P’yo’ngan. Attending the wreath-laying ceremony with him were WPK Vice Chairman and WPK International Affairs Department Director Ri Su Yong (Ri Su-yo’ng), WPK Vice Chairman and United Front Department Director Kim Yong Chol (Kim Yo’ng-ch’o’l), Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho (Ri Yo’ng-ho) and Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Gen. No Kwang Chol (No Kwang-ch’o’l).
He “paid a silent tribute to the martyrs of the CPV in memory of them.” Wreaths from Kim Jong Un and one sent jointly by the WPK Central Committee, the WPK Central Military Commission and the DPRK State Affairs Commission were placed in front of the grave of Mao Anying, son of Chairman Mao Zedong. Jong Un “paid silent tribute to Mao Anying in memory of him.”
Kim Jong Un and the visitors walked around the cemetery and looked at the graves of the CPV martyrs. He said “with deep emotion” that “during the Fatherland Liberation War, the party, government and people of China dispatched their fine sons and daughters to the Korean front without hesitation despite many difficulties in the early period of building a country to help the Korean people in their cause of justice at the cost of blood and made an immortal contribution to the victory in the war.”
He said that “the blood of the Chinese comrade permeated the mountains and streams, trees and plants, on this land and the soul of the Korean revolutionaries settled on the vast land of China. The DPRK-China relations are developing into special and durable friendly relations unprecedented in history as they were forged in firm militant friendship and genuine trust deepened at the cost of blood and life, not merely for the reason that the two countries are geographically close with each other.”
Jong Un noted that “the feats the Chinese comrade performed by defending the just cause at the risk of their lives and achieving peace at the cost of their blood when the Korean people faced the hardest, dead-or-alive situation will always remain in the hearts of the Korean people.” He said that the “Korean people would as ever take pride in having the creditable fraternal country and the great friend like the People’s Republic of China.”
He said that “it is the due responsibility, moral sense of obligation and noble mission of the Korean people to add eternal luster to the exploits performed by the service personnel of the Chinese People’s Volunteers who found themselves on the Korean front and displayed loyal matchless bravery and self-sacrificing spirit.” Kim Jong Un “underlined the need to spruce up and keep better the cemeteries of the martyrs of the CPV across the country in a sincere manner as their own flesh and blood would do.”View Original Article