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KJU Visits CPV Martyrs’ Cemetery in Hoech’ang

Kim Jong Un arranges a memorial ribbon on a floral basket in Hoech’ang County, South P’yo’ngan on 21 October 2020 (Photo: KCNA/Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) and senior DPRK officials visited the Chinese People’s Volunteers [CPV] Cemetery in Hoech’ang County to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the CPV’s entry and participation in the Fatherland Liberation War (Korean War).  Also in attendance were SPA Presidium President Choe Ryong Hae (Ch’oe Ryong-hae), Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Vice Chairman and Party Central Military Commission [CMC] Vice Chairman MAR Ri Pyong Chol (Ri Pyo’ng-ch’o’l), DPRK Premier Kim Tok Hun (Kim Tok-hun), Chief of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff MAR Pak Jong Chon (Pak Cho’ng-chon), KWP Vice Chairman and KWP Organization Guidance Department Director Kim Jae Ryong (Kim Ch’ae-ryong), KWP Vice Chairman and KWP Propaganda and Agitation Department Director Ri Il Hwan (Ri Il-hwan), KWP Vice Chairman and KWP International Affairs Department Director Kim Hyong Jun (Kim Hyo’ng-chun), Foreign Minister Ri Son Gwon (Ri So’n-gwon), KPA Navy Commander ADM Kim Myong Sik (Kim Myo’ng-sik), KPA Air Force Commander Kim Kwang Hyok (Kim Kwang-hyok), Hoech’ang County KWP Committee Chairman Ri Yong Chol (Ri Yo’ng-ch’o’l) and Hoech’ang County People’s Committee Chairman Kim In Chol (Kim In-ch’o’l).

When KJU arrived the DPRK and Chinese national anthems were played.  Floral baskets from Kim Jong Un, the Party Central Committee, the CMC, the State Affairs Commission, the SPA Presidium, the DPRK Cabinet and the KPA were laid before the CPV monument while solemn music played by musicians of the KPA honor guard.

Kim Jong Un “paid silent tribute in memory of the CPV martyrs.”  He then visited the gravestone of Mao Anying, the son of Chairman Mao Zedong killed in action during the Korean War.  A floral basket sent in KJU’s name was placed before the grave with a decorative ribbon reading “To Martyr Mao Anying!”  The Suryo’ng “paid tribute” to May Anying.”

Kim Jong Un and members of the North Korean leadership visit and pay their respects at the CPV Martyrs’ Cemetery in Hoech’ang County on 21 October 2020 (Photos: KCNA-Rodong Sinmun).

Along with the other DPRK leadership visitors, Kim Jong Un walked around the cemetery and viewed the memorials.  He remarked “with deep emotion that even though 70 years have passed since the excellent sons and daughters of the fraternal Chinese people made an entry into the sacred Fatherland Liberation War fought by the Korean people, the immortal exploits and heroic feats made by the CPV by sacrificially supporting us under the banner of resisting America and aiding Korea, safeguarding the home and defending the motherland despite the very difficult situation remain vividly in the memory of our people.”

Kim Jong Un said that the “entry of the CPV into the Korean front was a historic contribution to the great victory in the Fatherland Liberation War” and noted that “the great victory won by the armies and peoples of the DPRK and Chine while linking their destiny as one and sharing weal and woe with each other is, indeed, of great significance no matter how much water flows under the bridge.”

Photos: KCNA

The Suryo’ng said that “every part of our country is closely associated with the red blood shed by the service personnel of the Chinese People’s Volunteers who bravely fought in the sacred war against the imperialist aggressors, not being afraid of death and dedicating their invaluable youth and lives to it.”  Kim Jong Un stressed that “our Party, government and people would never forget their noble sole and lofty self-sacrificing spirit forever.”

Chinese Ambassador to the DPRK Li Jinjun and other PRC officials attend a floral ceremony at the Friendship Tower in Pyongyang on 21 October 2020 to mark the CPV’s entry in the Korean War (Photo: KCNA).

During a separate event on 21 October (Wednesday), Kim Jong Un had a floral basket delivered to the Friendship Tower in Pyongyang.

Pak Pong Ju, Gen. Kim Su Gil and other members of the DPRK leadership attend a 21 October 2020 ceremony at the Friendship Tower in Pyongyang marking the anniversary of China’s entry in the Korean War (Photo: KCNA).

The flower-laying ceremony was attended by State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman and KWP Vice Chairman Pak Pong Ju (Pak Pong-chu), KPA General Political Bureau Director Gen. Kim Su Gil (Kim Su-gil), SPA Presidium Vice President Thae Hyong Chol (T’ae Hyo’ng-ch’o’l), DPRK Vice Premier Ri Ryong Nam (Ri Ryong-nam), Pyongyang City KWP Committee Chairman Kim Yong Hwan (Kim Yo’ng-hwan), KWP International Affairs Department Deputy Director Ri Chang Gun (Ri Ch’ang-gun), Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong Ho (Pak Myo’ng-ho) and Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries Vice Chairman and DPRK-China Friendship Association Chairman Pak Kyong Il (Pak Kyo’ng-il).

The DPRK leadership attending the event “paid a silent tribute to the martyrs of the Chinese People’s Volunteers, who became true role models in displaying noble internationalism and fraternal friendship by dedicating their invaluable lives” and then walked around and viewed the Friendship Tower.

A docent briefs members of the DPRK leadership about the Friendship Tower on 10 October 2020 (Photo: KCNA).

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