Celebrations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea commemorating the 60th anniversary of the armstice agreement. Millions gathered in Pyongyang under the leadership of the Workers Party., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
National Meeting Marks 60th Anniversary of Victory in Fatherland Liberation War
Pyongyang, July 26 (KCNA) -- A grand national meeting was held at May Day Stadium Friday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the victory in the great Fatherland Liberation War.
Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, first chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, appeared at the tribune of honor of the meeting place.
Taking the tribune of honor were senior officials of the party, the state and the army including Kim Yong Nam, Pak Pong Ju and Choe Ryong Hae, Kim Yong Dae, chairman of the Central Committee of the Korean Social Democratic Party, and officials of the party and armed forces organs.
Seen there were Li Yuanchao, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and vice-president of the People's Republic of China, Abdullah al-Ahmar, deputy general secretary of the Syria's Baath Arab Socialist Party, Guy Scott, vice-president of the Republic of Zambia, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekand, vice-president of the Republic of Uganda, and heads of foreign delegations.
Also seen there were Hong In Hum, chairman of the Central Audit Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, Choe Un Bok, chairperson of the General Association of Koreans in China, and Kim Kang Hui, head of the lecturers group of veterans of the Chinese People's Volunteers.
Present at the meeting were delegates of war veterans, officials of the party, armed forces and power organs, social organizations, ministries and national institutions, bereaved families of fallen fighters, service personnel of the KPA and the Korean People's Internal Security Forces, officials in the fields of science, education, art and literature, public health and media, merited persons, Pyongyangites, delegations of overseas compatriots, compatriots abroad and chief of the Pyongyang mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front.
Present on invitation there were diplomatic envoys of various countries, representatives of international organizations and members of the military attaches corps here, delegations and delegates of various countries staying here to participate in events to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the victory in the war and other foreign guests.
KPA Vice Marshal Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK and director of the General Political Bureau of the KPA, declared the meeting open.
Kim Yong Nam, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the C.C., the WPK and president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, made a report at the meeting.
The U.S. imperialists ignited the Korean war on June 25, 1950 to realize their wild ambition to dominate Asia and the rest of the world with the Korean Peninsula as its springboard. They hurled into the war even troops of its satellite countries by abusing the UN flag, and applied all sorts of the most brutal war methods and means including the threat of A-bombs.
The army and people of the DPRK defeated the invaders of 16 countries including the U.S. and the south Korean puppet forces in the war.
The historic victory in the war was the victory of the Juche-oriented military idea and outstanding strategy and tactics of President Kim Il Sung and one of the indomitable mental power of the army and people of the DPRK as they heroically fought, united close around the party and the leader.
The U.S. imperialists sustained a heavy defeat for the first time in their more than 100-year-long history of wars of aggression in the three-year-long Korean war and signed an instrument of surrender.
The DPRK, which beat back U.S. imperialism, was widely known as a country of heroes and its army and people earned worldwide fame as a heroic army and people.
During the war the party and government of China sent volunteers organized by its fine sons and daughters under the banner of resisting America and aiding Korea, safeguarding the home and defending the motherland even under the difficult situation where they just won victory in the people's revolution. They helped the Korean people in their just struggle at the cost of blood.
The internationalist example set by the Chinese People's Volunteers in the war recorded a shining page in the history of the DPRK-China friendship and the Korean party and people will always remember this.
The army and people of the DPRK greeted a new era of history in which they are successfully carrying forward the history and tradition of sure victory which started in Mt. Paektu and reliably steering the human cause of independence, thanks to Kim Jong Un, the reporter noted, and went on:
We should hold the great Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in high esteem as the eternal leaders of our party and people and the sun of Juche for all ages and firmly uphold and eternally glorify the undying feats Kim Il Sung performed by winning a victory in the war and the Songun revolutionary feats of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
The army and people of the DPRK will continue dynamically advancing for peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula, Northeast Asia and the rest of the world together with the progressive people who aspire after justice and value conscience.
Only July 27 of victory will be in store for the DPRK as the undying feats Kim Il Sung performed by winning the victory in the war and the Songun revolutionary exploits of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are shedding their rays and there are the invincible Paektusan army and the great unity of the army and people wisely led by Marshal Kim Jong Un.
Similar meetings took place in provinces, cities (districts), counties and industrial complexes to mark the anniversary.
Kim Jong Un Meets Heads of Foreign Delegations
Pyongyang, July 26 (KCNA) -- Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, met heads of delegations of different countries staying in the DPRK to take part in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the victory in the great Fatherland Liberation War on Friday.
Among them were Li Yuanchao, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and vice-president of the People's Republic of China;Abdullah al-Ahmar, deputy general secretary of the Syria's Baath Arab Socialist Party; Edward Kiwanuka Ssekand, vice-president of the Republic of Uganda; Guy Scott, vice-president of the Republic of Zambia; Marie-Madeleine Mienze, deputy general secretary the People's Party for the Reconstruction and Democracy of Democratic Congo; Manuel Francisco Tuta, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Popular Liberation Movement of Angola; Paolo Romani, vice-president of the Senate Group from the Popular Liberty of Italy; Jose Ramon Balaguer, head of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba; Tran Quoc Vuong, secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam; Cheuang Sombounkhan, secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party; Yu Zhenwu, former commander of the Air Force of the Chinese People's Liberation Army; Sayed Hamidreza Tabatabaei, deputy commander-in-chief of the Army of Iran; Luong Cong, deputy head of the General Political Department of the Vietnam People's Army; Ya. V. Kanov, vice-chairman of the Korean War Veterans' Council of Russia; Li Xiubao, deputy head of the Publicity Department of the General Political Department of the Chinese People's Liberation Army; Avirmed Battor, vice-minister of Defence of Mongolia; Agostinho Salvador Mondlane, vice-minister of Defense of Mozambique; Odongo Jeje, minister of state for the Ministry of Defense of Uganda. Present there were Kim Yong Nam, Pak Pong Ju, Choe Ryong Hae, Jang Song Thaek, Kim Kyok Sik, Jang Jong Nam, Kim Kyong Hui and Kim Ki Nam.
The guests warmly congratulated Kim Jong Un on the 60th anniversary of the victory in the war and wished him good health and greater successes in his work.
Kim Jong Un expressed thanks for this.
He welcomed the foreign guests on a visit to the DPRK to take part in the celebrations of the anniversary and hoped that they would spend comfortable and joyful days here.
WPK Secretaries Meet Foreign Party Delegations, Delegates
Pyongyang, July 26 (KCNA) -- Kim Ki Nam and Choe Thae Bok, members of the Political Bureau and secretaries of the C.C., the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), on Friday met and had conversations with visiting delegations and delegates of political parties of different countries.
Kim Ki Nam met with the delegation of the Communist Party of Chile (Proletarian Action), delegation of the Workers' World Party of the United States of America, delegation of the National Democratic Party of Mongolia and the general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Peru (Red Motherland).
Choe Thae Bok met with the delegation of the Workers' Party of Bangladesh, delegation of the Union Solidarity and Development Party of Myanmar, delegation of the Islamic Coalition Party of Iran, delegation of the Mongolian People's Party and the chairman of the Standing Committee of the Central Executive Committee of the Bangladesh National Socialist Party.
Korean People's Victory in War Celebrated Abroad
Pyongyang, July 26 (KCNA) -- Meetings were held in Bangladesh, Romania and Iceland from July 19 to 21 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Korean people's victory in the Fatherland Liberation War.
Present there were figures of all social strata and other people.
Speakers including Garib Newaz, president of the Bangladesh People's League, praised the Korean army and people's victory in the war as an event that instilled the great faith into the world independent forces and encouraged them to the struggle against imperialism, adding that the Koreans thwarted the aggression by the U.S., which boasted of being "the strongest" in the world, and achieved the brilliant victory under the wise leadership of President Kim Il Sung.
They emphasized that the myth of the U.S. "mightiness" was shattered by the outstanding strategy, tactics and military methods of the President, adding the DPRK created a new myth.
Daniel Dediu, chairman of the Romanian Workers' Association, praised the President as a brilliant strategist and invincible and iron-willed commander who brought about the beginning of a downhill turn for the U.S. imperialists.
Jon Arni Halldorsson, general secretary of the Iceland-DPRK Friendship and Cultural Society, disclosed that the U.S. imperialists mobilized huge military troops and war hardware and committed the whole gamut of brutal crimes.
He urged the U.S. to promptly respond to the DPRK's proposal for replacing the Armistice Agreement by a peace treaty.
Adopted at the meeting held in Romania was a congratulatory message to the dear respected Kim Jong Un.