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Kim Jong Un Attends Photo-op with Schoolteachers

Kim Jong Un greets teachers working during a photo-op at Ku’msusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

KJU’s last observed appearance was his attendance at a September 9 concert with personnel involved in the DPRK’s sixth nuclear test

DPRK state media reported on September 12 (Tuesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a meeting and photo-op with school teachers working in geographically remote locales and near forward-deployed military units.  Also in attendance were Workers’ Party of Korea Vice Chairman for Science and Education and Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Chairman Choe Thae Bok [Ch’oe T’ae-pok] and Education Commission Chairman Kim Sung Du [Kim Su’ng-du], among other senior party and state education officials.

Photo: Korean Central News Agency

After Jong Un arrived the teachers “enthusiastically welcomed him.”  He spoke “highly of pure patriotism responsible for the future of the country” and said “with the transparent faith and white gem-like loyalty with which they unsparingly devote themselves to settling the issues worried by the Party and to carrying out the work which is wished by the Party, whether they are known or not and appreciated or not. He called on the “whole society to put them forward and learn from their outlook on the revolutionary life and the future.”

Commemorative photograph of Kim Jong Un with teachers working in geographically remote locales and near 1st echelon military units (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

After his remarks, Kim Jong Un posed for commemorative photos.

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