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5th Conference of Party Cell Chairs Closes

Kim Jong Un speaks during the last day of the 5th Conference of Party Cell Chairpersons at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on December 23, 2017 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

View of party cell conference participants taking notes on December 23, 2017 (Photo: KCNA).

KJU’s last observed appearance was his attendance at the second day of the Party Cell Chairs’ conference on December 22

The concluding sessions of the 5th Conference of Party Cell Chairpersons were held at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on December 23 (Saturday).  Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) came out to the conference platform to preside over the meeting and delivered two speeches.  Among those sitting on the platform with Jong Un were Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman for Organization and Administration and State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman Choe Ryong Hae (Ch’oe Ryong-hae), WPK Vice Chairman for Propaganda and Agitation Pak Kwang Ho [Pak Kwang-ho], WPK Vice Chairman for Cadres’ Affairs Kim Phyong Hae [Kim P’yo’ng-hae], WPK Vice Chairman for Munitions Industries Thae Jong Su [T’ae Cho’ng-su], WPK Vice Chairman for Economic Affairs O Su Yong [O Su-yo’ng], WPK Vice Chairman for Light Industry An Jong Su [An Cho’ng-su], WPK Vice Chairman for Heavy Industry Pak Thae Song [Pak T’ae-so’ng], WPK Vice Chairman for Workers’ and Social Organizations Choe Hwi [Ch’oe Hwi], WPK Vice Chairman for Agriculture Pak Thae Dok [Pak T’ae-tok], Personal Secretariat Deputy Director and KJU’s sister Kim Yo Jong [Kim Yo-cho’ng], North P’yo’ngan WPK Committee Chairman Kim Nung O [Kim Nu’ng-o], Control [Inspection] Commission Chairman Jo Yon Jun [Cho Yo’n-ch’un], Pyongyang WPK Committee Chairman Kim Su Gil [Kim Su-kil], WPK Organization Guidance Senior Deputy Director Kim Kyong Ok [Kim Kyo’ng-ok], WPK Agriculture Department Director Ri Chol Ma [Ri Ch’o’l-man].  WPK Organization Guidance Department Senior Deputy Director Min Pyong Chol [Min Pyo’ng-ch’o’l], immediate past WPK Vice Chairman for Munitions Industries (and former OGD deputy director) Ri Man Gon [Ri Man-ko’n], WPK Organization Guidance Department Deputy Director Jo Yong Won [Cho Yo’ng-wo’n] and the other chairmen of the WPK Provincial Committees.


Kim Jong Un speaks during the third and final day of the conference (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Photo: Rodong Sinmun/Korean Central News Agency

Speakers on the final day of the conference “referred to the achievements, experience and lessons drawn in the course of preparing party members and other working people to be true Kimilsungists-Kimjongilists and enhancing the function and role of party cells.”    Conference speakers also discussed the “defects and shortcomings that occurred in the work of enhancing the function and role of the party cells” which were “criticized and substantial measures were pressed for to raise the role of party cell chairpersons in building all the party cells into faithful ranks upholding the ideology and leadership of the Party Central Committee in the van.”  According to DPRK state media, “evinced at the conference were resolutions to cherish the intention of the Party Central Committee which convened the 5th Conference of Cell Chairpersons of the WPK, raise the role of party cell chairpersons and thus make active contributions to realizing the cause of modeling the entire party and the whole society on Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism and give a powerful impetus to the building of a powerful socialist country.”

View of the platform at the 5th Conference of Party Cell Chairperson during its final day on December 23, 2107 (Photo: KCNA/Rodong Sinmun).

View from the platform of Kim Jong Un speaking during the last day of the 5th Conference of Party Cell Chairpersons at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on December 23, 2017 (Photo: KCNA).

View of the conference venue as Kim Jong Un delivers a speech on December 23, 2017 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un delivered a speech titled “Let Us Strengthen Out Party Cells Into Loyal Cell, Into the Vanguard Ranks Implementing the Party’s policies.”  Jong Un said in his speech:


The successes and experience gained in the work of the Party cells after the Forth Conference of the WPK Cell Secretaries and defects existing or betrayed in their work were correctly analyzed and reviewed at the current conference. This conference offered an important occasion in fixing a right orientation in the future efforts for further strengthening the Party cells.

The WPK is now faced with the tasks to attain the higher goal for building a powerful socialist nation advanced at the 7th WPK Congress by enhancing its guiding ability and working efficiency under the unfurled banner of modeling the entire Party on Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism, lower-echelon Party organizations, notably the Party cells, should further their function and role and launch positive activities in order to successfully carry out the important tasks facing the Party.

To strengthen the Party cells is a main link in the chain efforts for consolidating the mass foundation of the Party and enhancing the guiding role and working efficiency of the Party.

To strengthen the Party cells at present is an urgent requirement for accelerating the victorious advance of the cause of building a powerful socialist country despite all trials and challenges.

All Party cells should hold high the slogan “Let Us Strengthen Party Cells into Loyal Cells, into Vanguard Ranks for the Implementation of the Party’s Policies!”

Whether to strengthen the Party cells as planned and intended by the Party Central Committee or not entirely hinges on the role of the cell chairpersons.

The working efficiency of the Party cells has been further strengthened and lots of improvements have been witnessed in the traits and working style of the cell chairpersons since the Fourth Conference of the WPK Cell Secretaries but the working style, power of execution and activities of the party cells have not yet reached the level wanted by the Party Central Committee.

The Party cell chairpersons should strengthen the organization and guidance over the party life with main emphasis on the work to firmly prepare all party members of the cells to be steadfast revolutionaries, true Kimilsungists-Kimjongilists.

They should direct their primary attention to strengthening the ideological life of the party members and deepen the five-point education.

They should meticulously guide and control the organizational life of the party members with main emphasis on the work to thoroughly establish the Party’s unified leadership system and enhance the spirit of the party members.

They should strengthen self-criticism and criticism among the party members so as to actively combat all unsound practices.

There can not be a special person in the party life and the double standards of discipline should never be allowed in the party cells. The party cells to which officials belong to need to make a strict demand for the party life of officials so that they may take a sincere part in the party life with the attitude of ordinary party members and work in high-tension atmosphere under the education and control by party organizations.

Party cell chairpersons need to concentrate efforts of the party cell work on strengthening party cells into the vanguard ranks for the implementation of the Party’s policies.

Party cell chairpersons need to put the main emphasis of the party cell work at present on implementing the decisions of the Second Plenary Meeting of the 7th Party Central Committee and attaining the goals of the five-year strategy for national economic development and to arouse all the party members and other working people to the drive for carrying out them.

We need to encourage all the party members and other working people to overcome difficulties and ordeals and bring about an upswing in production in the fighting spirit of self-reliance and fortitude with a firm conviction of sure victory and confidence in their own strength as required by the prevailing situation.

We need to make the work with people the one with their minds and feelings in order to give full play to the collective innovations and popular heroism in carrying out the Party’s policies and the revolutionary tasks. The party cell chairpersons should make positive efforts to grasp the traits of primary political officials of the Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist party and the revolutionary mass work method.

There are non-socialist practices harmful to defending our-style socialism at present, and they occurred because the party organizations, working people’s organizations and officials failed to persistently conduct education among the party members and other working people and intensify ideological struggle.

We need to conduct a revolutionary offensive to uproot non-socialist practices and this offensive should be launched in the party cells, the bases educating the party members and other working people and training them into revolutionaries and the lowest revolutionary posts defending Korean-style socialism.

We should make genuine moral principles and our style advantageous socialist morality in which all people respect each other, repose trust, cooperate with each other and help ailing and disabled persons and those with difficulties, sharing pleasure and sorrow, enjoying happy and affluent life and advancing altogether, prevail in the whole society.

When our socialist culture and art prevails over the corrupt bourgeois reactionary culture, it is possible for people not to harbor illusions about the enemies’ culture but to prevent ideological and cultural poisoning by the imperialists.

The entire party should prioritize the party cells and direct main efforts to improving their work.

The party committees at all levels should build well the ranks of party cell chairpersons and exert efforts to improve their political and practical qualifications.

The issues arising in enhancing the militant function and role of the party cells should be reflected in the working plans of the party committees, and party officials should personally go into the party cells to help them.

The work to make loyal party cells should be dynamically pushed ahead and the party leadership should be deepened so that the loyal party cells can hold fast to and continuously glorify their honor.

To strengthen party cells means to strengthen our party and the role of party cells leads to the guiding ability and working efficiency of our party.

Let all of us work hard to strengthen the WPK and achieve the victory of the revolutionary cause of Chuch’e, being conscious of the mission we assume before the party and the revolution.

View of participants during the final day of the party cell chairpersons’ conference on Dece,ber 23, 2017 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun/KCNA).

Kim Jong Un delivers one of two speeches during the third and last day of the 5th Conference of Party Cell Chairpersons in Pyongyang on December 23, 2017 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun/KCNA).

The conference participants reacted to Jong Un’s speech with “warm cheers.”  Kim Jong Un then delivered a close speech in which he said:

This conference was successfully held thanks to the high enthusiasm of all the participants, adding that the Conference set forth proper orientation of struggle for the subsequent period before coming to a closure.

This conference recalled the position held by party cells in strengthening the party and putting into practice the party’s idea and intention, and the importance of duties assumed by party cell chairpersons, and it clarified tasks and ways for strengthening the party cells at present.

The conference would offer an important occasion in further enhancing the function and role of the party cells as required by the prevailing situation and the developing revolution and in strengthening the leadership and militant ability of the party.

The basic spirit of the conference is to turn all party cells into loyal cells, vanguard ranks implementing the party policies and bring about a fresh turn in the drive for strengthening the party and building a socialist power.

It is heavy yet responsible work to strengthen the party cells into loyal cells and vanguard ranks of implementing party policies. When all party chairpersons turn out with redoubled efforts, being conscious of the mission and duties assumed by them as primary political officials of the Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist party, the party cells would be strengthened, the militant power of our party would grow stronger and our revolution would make faster advance.

All the cell chairpersons of the whole party need to refresh determination and harden fighting spirit with the conference as momentum, to devote strength, wisdom and enthusiasm to rallying the party members and other working people close around the party, to become vanguard fighters and true educators of the popular masses who are making the breakthrough in the van whenever they are faced with difficulties and hardships and to arouse the masses into implementing the party policies.

It is the traditional fighting mode of the WPK to strengthen the party cells, militant units directly in charge of carrying out the party policies, enhance the leadership role of the party and effect a surge in the revolution and construction. Our party will invariably carry forward this tradition in the future, too, and keep putting big efforts into prioritizing party cells and strengthening them.

Party organizations at all levels and party officials need to cherish the party’s idea and policies on prioritizing party cells and devote all efforts into strengthening all party cells into faithful cells and vanguard ranks implementing the party policies.

Even though we may face manifold difficulties and hardships in the ways ahead, the Party Central Committee feels reassured as there are hundreds of thousands of cell chairpersons, core members loyal to the party and vanguard fighters for carrying out the party policies, and millions of party members.

What we have done is just the beginning and the Party Central Committee plans to conduct more new projects for the people, he said, noting it will to courageously carry out operations in a big and bold way for building a socialist power with trust put in party cell chairpersons.

Participants in the conference should cherish deep once again what heavy responsibility they have assumed before the party and the revolution and at what an important post they are working.

All the party cell chairpersons will cherish the spirit of the conference and put it into their practical work to surely repay the trust and expectation of the Party Central Committee

I declare the 5th Conference of Cell Chairpersons of the WPK closed.


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