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KJU Attends Photo-op with Samjiyo’n Orchestra

Kim Jong Un poses for a commemorative photograph with members of the Samjiyo’n Orchestra in Pyongyang on February 12, 2018. Also in attendance are Hyon Hak Bong (2nd L) and Hyon Song Wol (2nd R) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

KJU’s last observed appearance was his meeting with the high level delegation that attended the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a commemorative photo-op on February 12 (Monday) with the Samjiyo’n Orchestra.  Also in attendance were the manager of the Samjiyo’n Orchestra Hyon Song Wol [Hyo’n So’ng-wol] and Ministry of Culture Department Director Kwon Hyok Bong [Kwon Hyok-pong].

Kim Jong Un shakes hands with Kwon Hyok Bong before a commemorative photo op on February 12, 2018 (Photo: KCNA).

Jong Un congratulated the “orchestra upon its successes by conveying the warm mind of the people in the north who are hoping for the successful Winter Olympics and national reconciliation and giving great joys to their fellow countrymen in the south through its performances.”  He listened to a “report on the atmosphere of the venues of the performances and echoes from the members of the orchestra” and expressed “great satisfaction over it.”  He said he was “pleased that the fellow countrymen in the south including President Moon Jae In [Mun Chae-in] and his wife expressed satisfaction over the performances while warmly responding and cheering them.

Kim Jong Un responds to the applause of the Samjiyo’n Orchestra members prior to a commemorative photo session with them. Visible in the background, right, is is Kim Yo Jong (Photo: KCNA).

Kim Jong Un “gave thanks to the members of the Samjiyo’n Orchestra for successful performances at the highest level by preparing them in a brief span of time with their high artistic ability and sincere attitude.”

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