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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 266 (June 13, 2013)

2013/06/13 10:42

*** TOPIC OF THE WEEK (Part 2)

North Korea Holds Seventh Congress of Children's Union with Splendor

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- North Korea held the seventh Congress of (North) Korean Children's Union (KCU) "with splendor" as North Korean media described on June 6 the 67th anniversary of the union's founding, at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang with the attendance of its top leader Kim Jong-un.

The seventh congress held seven years after the sixth meeting in 2006 seemed to induce North Korean children's loyalty to the young leader who is believed to be in his late twenties or early thirties. It followed a massive juvenile event held a year ago in which tens of thousands of children pledge allegiance to Kim, who was also at the meeting.

"Kim Jong-un made sure that the event of celebrating the 66th anniversary of the KCU was held with splendor last year and had pictures taken with children," the (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said. He also took part in the joint national meeting of the KCU organizations.

"Marshal Kim Jong-un, the benevolent father of the Korean schoolchildren, appeared on the tribune of honor of the congress hall...He congratulated the delegates on their enthusiastic cheers and warmly acknowledged all the participants in the congress," the KCNA said.

Kim Jong-un expressed expectation and belief that the delegates to the 7th Congress of the KCU would always take the lead in consolidating the KCU organizations to be stronger ranks of the pillars responsible for the future of the great Paektusan nation, the North's official news agency said. Paektusan or Mt. Paektu is the highest mountain in the Korean Peninsula and Paektusan nation is a rhetorical term used by North Korea to refer to the country.

Jon Yong-nam, chairman of the Central Committee of the Kim Il-sung Socialist Youth League, said in a report that the glorious course of the KCU has been associated with the deep loving care of the Generalissimos (Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il) who provided deep and firm roots for the Juche-oriented children's movement and led the KCU step by step in line with the requirements of the developing revolution, the KCNA monitored in Seoul said.

Jon referred to the great successes of the KCU after the sixth congress under the wise leadership and meticulous care of Generalissimo Kim Jong-il and Marshal Kim Jong-un.

He called upon the KCU members "to cherish honor and pride of being members of glorious Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il's KCU and firmly prepare themselves to be reliable successors of the Songun revolution faithful to Kim Jong-un, true to their pledges before the KCU flags."

   The delegates adopted a letter of pledge addressed to Kim.

Also in attendance were (North) Korean People's Army (KPA) Vice Marshal Choe Ryong-hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers Party of Korea (WPK) and director of the General Political Bureau of the KPA; Ri Yong-su, department director of the C.C., the WPK; Kim Sung-du, chairman of the Education Commission; officials of the youth league and other officials concerned.

In an apparent move to publicize the event and Kim Jong-un's image as a benevolent leader for young people, North Korean media have given massive coverage to the congress from late April.

Rodong Sinmun, the organ of the WPK, gave wide coverage of the KCU Congress in its June 7 issue. The paper gave detailed coverage of the congress and of the KCU with lengthy stories and photos in four pages, including the front page. The top of the front page was occupied by a photo of Kim applauding to underscore the top leader's attendance in the meeting, while photos Kim took with young delegates were placed at the top of the third and fourth pages.

Rodong Sinmun and the KCNA reported on April 30 that the Central Committee of the Kim Ii-sung Socialist Youth League decided to convene the 7th Congress of the Korean Children's Union (KCU) early in June. "The congress will discuss the tasks to be carried out by the KCU to remain true to the idea and leadership of the dear respected Marshal Kim Jong-un as required by the new historic era of accomplishing the revolutionary cause of Juche," the KCNA said.

The Korea Central TV Broadcasting Station also reported on the same day that preparations for the KCU Congress were in full-swing.

Rodong Sinmun said in an editorial on June 6 that, "All the members of the Korean Children's Union (KCU) should grow up to be sons and daughters loyal to the dear respected Marshal Kim Jong-un and a leading force of thriving Korea."

   "The 7th congress will help consolidate the revolutionary nature of the KCU as a juvenile organization of the leader and strikingly demonstrate the infinite loyalty of the KCU members, who are determined to uphold the Generalissimos in high esteem just like sunflowers," the paper said.

The KCNA said on June 6 that the delegates to the 7th Congress of the Korean Children's Union "were very happy to see the dear respected Marshal Kim Jong-un appearing in the hall of the congress" and noted that Kim made a congratulatory speech at the joint national meeting of the KCU organizations for celebrating its 66th birthday a year ago.

"With a beaming smile on his face, he acknowledged the enthusiastically cheering delegates and carefully attended to the speeches made by schoolchildren and KCU instructors at the congress...The congress hall was seized by his intense feelings of affection for schoolchildren."

   Prof. Kim Yong-hyun of Dongguk University in Seoul said the KCU Congress is a move to expand the friendly image of Kim Jong-un as a leader who tries to communicate with children.

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