Who is Thae Yong-ho, the latest North Korean defector?

Thae Yong-ho, a NK diplomat based in London, defected from his workplace around two weeks ago. His defection may come as a surprise as he led a comfortable life in UK. Therefore I do presume that his life was in danger in UK.

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Qu’attendre du congrès du PTC?

A partir du 6 mai 2016 débutera le 7ème congrès du PTC (Parti du Travail Coréen). Que pouvons-nous en attendre ? Quels en sont les objectifs ? Pourquoi va-t-il se dérouler ?Que peut espérer la population nord-coréenne de congrès du PTC prévu initialement pour fin mai 2016 ? Ce congrès concernera les institutions nord-coréennes ou la population nord-coréenne ?

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Kim Jong Un Guides Rocket Firing Drill of Strategic Force of KPA

According to KCNA,  the North Korean news agency, Kim Jong-eun the 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, guided a rocket firing drill of the strategic force of the KPA on the spot.

The drill was staged on July 26, a day before the anniversary of the victory in the Fatherland Liberation War. It was conducted by a firepower strike unit of the strategic force of the KPA tasked to strike bases of the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces in south Korea.

He examined a firing plan mapped out in consideration of the present location of the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces’ bases in south Korea and under the simulated conditions of the battle to strike and destroy them before guiding the drill.

The drill proved the high combat capability of the firepower strike unit and the perfect performance of its tactical rockets.

Kim Jong Un expressed his great satisfaction over a series of successful drills of the strategic force, saying: “Rocket test-fire drills were conducted many times recently to develop the Juche-based rocket science and technology and firing methods. As a result, the strategic force is fully ready to successfully carry out any firepower strike mission in modern warfare. The roar heard from today’s firepower drill conducted to mark the war victory day is just like a thrilling gun report heralding the completion of the strategic force’s combat preparations.”

Stressing history can never be altered, concealed and cooked up, he recalled that the U.S. and the south Korean regime are staging a ridiculous charade of describing their past defeat in the war as “victorious one” through Obama’s unjustifiable “speech” and Park Geun Hye’s “presidential memorial address” made on the occasion of July 27, instead of drawing a lesson from their ignominious defeat in the past war.

He declared:

“Masters of the White House have been replaced by others since the 1950s. However, the U.S. harsh hostile policy toward the DPRK has not changed at all. It was the shameful tradition of the U.S. imperialists that they have sustained setbacks, hit hard in history, and it is the proud tradition of the DPRK that it has successfully foiled every reckless move pursued by the U.S., counting on its growing muscle. These law-governed two traditions will last forever in the future, too.”

Whoever dares challenge the just cause of the service personnel and people of the DPRK is bound to meet a final ruin, he stressed, calling for wiping out the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces in south Korea and other forces following them on this land at an early date and accomplishing the historic cause of national reunification without fail.

Kim Jong Un was accompanied by Hwang Pyong So, Ri Yong Gil, Yun Tong Hyon, Ri Pyong Chol, O Kum Chol and Pak Jong Chon. All of them are officials in the DPRK army. Some of them (such as Hwang Pyong So) are officials who are coming from the North Korean communist party. 

Jon Pyong Ho (1928-2014) passed away

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.