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KJU Attends War Event Photo Sessions

Commemorative photo of Kim Jong Un with war veterans in front of the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Monument on 28 July 2022 (Photo: KCNA).

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended two commemorative photo-ops on 28 July (Thursday) as part of events marking the 69th anniversary of the armistice of the Fatherland Liberation (Korean) War.

He posed for a commemorative photo with the war veteran participants of the 8th Conference of War Veterans.  The Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Monument, the venue for the photo session, was “overflowing with boundless reverence for” KJU who “holds up the war veterans as the most heroic generation and model of the indomitable and great Korean people who laid the cornerstone of the DPRK remaining stable and unchanged despite the trials of history and repeatedly bestows warm benevolence on them so that they can gain in vigor despite their advanced years and continue to add luster to their lives with pride.”

KJU again “paid his deep respects to the participants in the Fatherland Liberation War who defied death to repel the gangster-like US imperialists’ aggression in the hard-fought revolutionary war unprecedented in history through their bloody distinguished service and set a good example to be followed by the rising generations in defending the country and the revolution and fighting a sacred class war and are still now serving as the inexhaustible strength and mental mainstay of our Party and people that can never be substituted by anyone, though their hair has turned grey.”

Kim Jong Un is briefed by WPK Secretary Ri Il Hwan prior to participating in a commemorative photo-op with war veterans on 28 July 2022 (Photo: KCTV).

He said said that “everything dear to dignified socialist Korea is associated with the immortal feats of the defenders of the country in the 1950s…the precious ideological and moral wealth of the generation who won the victory in the war service as the blood and flesh of the descendants and as a nutrient for their true life and struggle and therein lies the source of invincibility of our country.”  After taking some pictures, KJU “warmly grasped the hands of war veterans coming near to him with tears of emotion and extended warm greetings to them for a long time as a token of his wish for their longevity and good health.”

Commemorative photo of Kim Jong Un with revolutionary history war lecturers and site docents in the foyer of the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum on 28 July 2022 (Photo: KCNA).

Kim Jong Un also attended a photo-op with lecturers and docents on revolutionary history related to the war at the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum.  He was accompanied by Jo Yong Won (Cho Yo’ng-wo’n), Pak Jong Chon (Pak Cho’ng-ch’o’n), Ri Il Hwan (Ri Il-hwan), Ri Yong Gil (Ri Yo’ng-kil) and Jong Kyong Thaek (Cho’ng Kyo’ng-t’aek).

KJU “extended warm greetings of encouragement to the lecturers who have sincerely performed their duties as the frontline soldiers and guardsmen in the field of ideological education with the high pride of defending the sacred sites associated with the glorious and revolutionary exploits of President Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) who won the brilliant victory in the Fatherland Liberation War.”

He said that the “lecturers engaged in the administration of revolutionary relics associated with victorious war are the direct performers and core who provide the masses with full understanding of the Party’s leadership history for war victory” and he “called upon them to give popular, vivid, honest and impressive lectures with their high politico-theoretical level, skillful art of lecturing and exhaustive knowledge and thus to firmly prepare the people, service personnel, youth and students as resolute revolutionaries who devote themselves to the Party and the country like the first and second generations of the revolution.”

He expressed his conviction that the “lecturers and officials engaged in the administration of revolutionary relics associated with victorious war who take an important share in glorifying the traditions of the great victory through generations would make bigger achievements in the preservation of revolutionary sites and education, not forgetting the Party’s expectation for them even a moment.”  The lecturers and docents “made a firm resolution to fulfill their responsibility and duty as powerful explainers and and educators who deeply implant the heroic fighting spirit and traits of the great years in the minds of the people, service personnel and new generations as the eternal soul and weapon of struggle and advance, keeping his deep trust as the biggest asset of their lives.”

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