National Meeting Observes Birth Anniversary of Kim Jong Il

A national meeting took place at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on Wednesday to celebrate the 75th birth anniversary of leader Kim Jong Il.
Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, was present at the meeting.

Present there were Kim Yong Nam, Hwang Pyong So, Pak Pong Ju and other senior officials of the party, state and army, the chairman of the Central Committee of the Korean Social Democratic Party, officials of the party and armed forces organs, ministries and national institutions, service personnel of the Korean People’s Army and the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces, officials of institutions and industrial establishments in the city, those who had the honor of being received by Kim Jong Il, persons of merit, bereaved families of revolutionary martyrs and working people, congratulatory groups and delegations of overseas compatriots and other overseas Koreans and the chief of the Pyongyang mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front.

Present on invitation were foreign diplomatic envoys, representatives of international organizations and military attaches here and foreign guests.

Kim Yong Nam, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea and president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK, made a report.

The reporter 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.

He went on:

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 Juche 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 Juche 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 army capable of annihilating any imperialist aggressor forces at a single strike, putting the defence industry on a fresh Juche 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 Juche-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.

The reporter called for accomplishing the socialist cause of Juche with Kim Jong Il’s idea and feats as the eternal cornerstone.

He also called for dynamically advancing toward the final victory of the socialist cause of Juche, rallied close around Kim Jong Un.

Similar meetings were held in each province, city and county and at industrial complexes on the same day.