A national meeting took place at the May Day Stadium in Pyongyang on Sunday to celebrate the 70th founding anniversary of the DPRK.
The meeting was presided over by Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, chairman of the DPRK State Affairs Commission and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army.
Seen on the platform were Kim Yong Nam, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK and president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly; Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK, vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and vice-chairman of the C.C., WPK; Premier Pak Pong Ju, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK and vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK.
Also present at the meeting were senior Party and government officials, the chairman of a friendly party, leading officials of armed forces organs, chairmen of the provincial Party committees, army and social officials, delegates to the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the DPRK, officials of the Party Central Committee, armed forces organs, ministries and national institutions, service personnel of the Korean People’s Army and the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces, officials of institutions and industrial establishments, labor innovators and working people in Pyongyang, members of congratulatory groups and delegations of overseas Koreans, compatriots and the chief of the Pyongyang mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front.
Invited to the meeting were foreign diplomatic envoys and representatives of international organizations and military attaches here.
Kim Yong Nam made a report.
Upon authorization by Kim Jong Un, he warmly congratulated all the service personnel and people in the country on the occasion of the 70th birthday of the DPRK, paying tribute to the anti-Japanese revolutionary forerunners, KPA soldiers and other patriotic martyrs who laid down their precious lives for the cause for achieving the freedom and independence of the country and the well-being of the people.
He extended his greetings to the fellow countrymen in the south and overseas compatriots, welcoming the foreign friends attending the meeting.
He said that the foundation of the DPRK by President
Kim Il Sung on Sept. 9, Juche 37 (1948) was a great historic event as he successfully realized the Korean people’s long-cherished desire for a genuine government of working people.
He continued that with the founding of the DPRK, the Korean nation was born again as a dignified and powerful people capable of shaping its destiny by itself and that the country, once eclipsed on the world map, emerged as a fully-fledged independent and sovereign state on the international arena.
He noted that over the past seven decades the DPRK has advanced dynamically towards the goal of building itself into a powerful socialist country.
He underscored the fact that, by dint of their outstanding wisdom and through indefatigable guidance, President Kim Il Sungand Chairman Kim Jong Il formulated the Juche idea as the guiding ideology for the state and developed it into an advantageous and powerful socialist country, while finding perfect solutions to all the problems arising in the construction of the state and its activities.
He underlined that the DPRK boasts its history resplendent with victory as it has advanced straight ahead without making any slight mistake in formulating its lines and without experiencing any political upheaval, that it is a history of dramatic change as the country has achieved the greatest transformation under the worst-ever conditions on the strength of self-reliance and self-development, and that it can be defined as a history of creation since it has set an example in the present era for other nations to follow in building a people-centred government.
Herein lies the greatness of the DPRK’s 70 year-long history, he emphasized.
He went on to say that in the 70-year-long course full of ups and downs, the country has consistently adhered to the principle of national independence and the idea of state-building based on love for the people, just as reflected in its national flag, adding that this is the source of pride for the state and the people.
He emphasized that the DPRK has dynamically struggled for the reunification of the country under the banner of national independence and great national unity, and it has also made a positive contribution to implementing the cause of global independence, maintaining its foreign policy principles — independence, peace and friendship.
He stated that as the land of eternal Sun, the DPRK is the greatest patriotic legacy bequeathed to the coming generations by the President and the Chairman, father of the nation and peerless patriot, who had devoted all their lives to building up the country.
Noting that the DPRK has greeted a golden age in building a powerful socialist country under the guidance of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, he said, the Supreme Leader has wisely led the Korean people to preserve the revolutionary nature of their country as a Juche-oriented socialist state and successfully realize the great leaders’ patriotic desire for building a powerful country.
He appealed to all the service personnel and people to death-defyingly defend the Central Committee of the Party headed by Kim Jong Un and strengthen the country’s most powerful weapon — single-minded unity and politico-ideological might.
He stated that the DPRK government will as ever strive hard for improvement of north-south relations and national reunification, eternal peace and stability in the Korean peninsula and building of a new just world.
Similar meetings took place in all the provinces, cities and counties of the country.