DPRK celebrates centennial of Kim Il-Sung’s birth

PYONGYANG, April 15 (Xinhua) — The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is carrying out a great military parade here on Sunday morning to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of founding leader Kim Il Sung.

In a speech delivered at the grand event, DPRK leader Kim Jong Un lauded the historic contributions to the DPRK’s development by Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong IL, and offered the highest respect and honor to the two late leaders.

Noting that the country is facing a momentous opportunity, Kim Jong Un called upon the whole nation to stick to the path blazed by his predecessors and strive for new victories.

Tens of thousands of people attended the ceremony at Kim Il Sung Square in central Pyongyang. A march-past of more than 30 phalanxes of military forces is under way amid thunderous cheers and clangorous music.

The ongoing military parade is one of the many activities planned to celebrate the centennial of the birth of Kim Il Sung, who passed away in 1994.

Days ago, Kim Jong Un became first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), chairman of the WPK Central Military Commission and first chairman of the National Defence Commission.

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Kim Jun Un (C), supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), attends a national meeting celebrating the centenary of birth of President Kim Il Sung at the Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, capital of DPRK, on April 14, 2012. (Xinhua/Zhang Li)

DPRK holds national meeting celebrating centenary birthday of Kim Il Sung

PYONGYANG, April 14 (Xinhua) — The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a national meeting at Kim Il Sung Stadium here Saturday to celebrate the centenary birthday of the country’s founder Kim Il Sung.

Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), first chairman of the National Defense Commission of the DPRK, supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) was among those present.

Addressing the meeting, Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) of the DPRK said Kim Il Sung built socialism centered on the popular masses, and put forth fair, aboveboard and reasonable reunification proposals, including the three principles of national reunification, and provided a new program for achieving great national unity.

“Kim Il Jung set forth outstanding ideas, strategies and tactics on global independence and made an undying contribution to the socialist movement,” he said, adding he made a great contribution to accomplishing the cause of independence against imperialism “with his superb diplomatic strategy and energetic external activities.”

Similar meetings took place in all provinces, cities, counties and industrial complexes.

Kim Il Sung was born on April 15, 1912 and died on July 8, 1994.

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Kim Jong Un orders mass of promotions in army

PYONGYANG, April 14 (Xinhua) — Kim Jong Un, supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army (KPA), has ordered promotions for 71 senior military officers, official news agency KCNA reported Saturday.

Kim said the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea armed forces had performed great exploits for the party, revolution, country and its people and were now fully demonstrating their strength in the defense of the country and the building of a thriving nation, the report said.

According to the order, which was issued Friday, Pak Sun Hwan has been promoted to Lieut. General, Kim Yong Hwa, Son Kyong Bok and 68 others to Maj. General.

Kim said they would creditably discharge their duties as vanguard fighters of the Songun (military first) revolution in the sacred struggle to accomplish the revolutionary cause of Juche generation after generation, true to the behests of Kim Jong Il.

Juche is a political thesis of Kim Il-sung, founder of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which says that the Korean masses are the masters of the country’s development.

Kim Jong Un was elected first chairman of the National Defense Commission on Friday. Earlier this week, he was appointed first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and chairman of the party’s Central Military Commission.

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DPRK holds parade to mark founder’s 100th brithday

BEIJING, April 15 (Xinhuanet) — The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has started a military parade to celebrate the 100th birthday of founding leader Kim Il Sung. This parade is the largest since the foundation of DPRK 64 years ago. Now let’s take a look at some live pictures in Pyong-yang.

The parade is organised by DPRK’s 1.1 million-strong military, the Korean People’s Army. The huge parade showcasing Pyongyang’s military hardware was originally scheduled for April 25. It has been brought up 10 days earlier, coinciding with the country’s founder’s birthday.

Meanwhile, North Korea’s new leader underlined the country’s “military first” policy with a budget that allocates a sizable chunk of funding to defence spending. The parade comes two days after a controversial satellite launch, which DPRK insists is for entirely peaceful purposes.

On Friday, 200,000 people rallied to mark the unveiling of huge bronze statues of the two late leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang, the capital. Olive-uniformed soldiers, women in colorful hanbok gowns and men in dark-grey suits packed Kim Il-sung Stadium in Pyongyang, while Pyongyang people seem to be consumed by the festive mood.

Pyongyang is set to host scores of diplomatic and media delegations, invited to a series of celebrations on an “unprecedented” scale to commemorate the reclusive state’s late leaders and rally.

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