Jon Pyong Ho, a former director in the Second Economic Committee passed away on the 7th July 2014. He left his wife and 2 daughters. Jon Pyong Ho was responsible for the initialization of the DPRK nuclear program in the 60’s.

According to the KCNA (the North Korean press agency), Jon Pyong Ho was a “general of the Korean People’s Army, honorary curator of the KPA Museum of Weapons and Equipment, died of acute myocardial infarction at 19:00 on July 7, Juche 103 (2014) at the age of 88.

Jon was a veteran revolutionary who devoted his all to the victory of the revolutionary cause of Juche true to the Songun leadership of the party and the leader.

Born into a poor peasant’s family in Jonchon County of Jagang Province on March 20, 1926, he grew up to be an able official under the loving care of the party and the leader after the liberation of the country and devoted all his life to the defence industry.

From October 1945 he served in the guards under the loving care of President Kim Il Sung and anti-Japanese war hero Kim Jong Suk. He bravely fought to protect the headquarters of the revolution at the cost of his life from the desperate moves of the enemies inside and outside the country.

Working as a process engineer, department chief and chief engineer of a munitions factory from September 1952 to July 1970, he made a positive contribution to ensuring the munitions production in the wartime and hastening the victory in the Fatherland Liberation War.

He devotedly worked to defend the sovereignty of the country and the gains of the revolution by thoroughly implementing the line of simultaneously developing the economic construction and defence capabilities laid down by the President.

Holding the posts of vice department director, department director and secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea from August 1970 and director of the Political Bureau of the Cabinet and chief secretary of its Party Committee from June 2010 to March 2012, he made a special contribution to turning the KPA into the powerful elite revolutionary army equipped with modern offensive and defensive means and converting the DPRK into a satellite producer and launcher and a nuclear weapons state and devoted himself to carrying out the WPK’s line and policies of economic construction.

Working as honorary curator of the KPA Museum of Weapons and Equipment from May 2012, he devoted all his wisdom and enthusiasm to the work for conveying the undying revolutionary exploits the peerless great persons of Mt. Paektu performed in the field of defence industry to the posterity.

He worked as alternate member, member of the C.C., the WPK and as alternate member and member of the Political Bureau of the C.C., the WPK from November 1970 to April 2012.

He was elected a deputy to the 7th Supreme People’s Assembly and worked as a deputy until the 12th SPA. He worked as a member of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK for a long period.

He was awarded high state orders and citations including two Orders of Kim Il Sung and Order of Kim Jong Il, the highest orders of the DPRK, the title of Twice DPRK Hero and the title of Labor Hero for the distinguished feats he performed for the party and revolution, the country and its people.

An obituary of Jon Pyong Ho was released in the joint name of the Central Committee of the WPK and the National Defence Commission of the DPRK on July 7.

It said that though Jon passed away, the exploits he performed on behalf of the party and revolution and the country and its people will shine long.

The Central Committee of the WPK and the NDC of the DPRK announced that the late Jon would be accorded a state funeral, and formed a state funeral committee with supreme leader Kim Jong Un as its chairman and 88 officials including Kim Yong Nam, Pak Pong Ju and Hwang Pyong So as its members.”

The funeral committee

Interestingly on the 8th position, Choe Ryong Hae was nominated. Included are also O Su Yong, a new member of the Political Bureau of the Korean Workers’ Party and O Il Jong (the son of O Jin U, a former marshal of the DPRK army) who is responsible for some economical structures in the army (the Workers Red Peasant Guard). Ri Jae Il (a propaganda officer is nominated on the 32th position). There are also some militaries such as general Ryom Chol Song, Ri Pyong Chol and O Kum Chol. Kim Kyung Hee (the aunt of Kim Jong Eun) is not included in this funeral committee.

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