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Yon Hyong Muk Dies

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

    Pyongyang, October 23 (KCNA) -- Yon Hyong Muk, alternate member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea and vice-chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission, died of an incurable disease to our sorrow at the age of 73 on Oct. 22. Yon Hyong Muk was born in the family of a revolutionary in Kyongwon County, North Hamgyong Province on November 3, Juche 20 (1931). After the liberation of Korea he grew up to be an able official under the benevolent care of the Party and the leader and held important posts of the Party and the state for years.
    He worked for years as vice department director, department director and secretary of the Central Committee of the WPK from Juche 57 (1968) and vice-premier, first vice-premier and premier of the Administration Council from Juche 64 (1975) and chief secretary of the Jagang Provincial Committee of the WPK from Juche 81 (1992).
    He worked as a deputy to the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly from Juche 56 (1967) and was elected member of the DPRK National Defence Commission at the first session of the 10th SPA in September of Juche 87 (1998). Then he worked as vice-chairman of the NDC of the DPRK from September of Juche 92 (2003).
    At the fifth Congress of the WPK he was elected member of the Central Committee of the WPK and after that, worked as member of the Political Committee of the Central Committee of the WPK and member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK.
    He was awarded the title of Labor Hero and "Kim Il Sung Order", the highest order of the DPRK, and many other state citations for the feats he performed in the efforts for the strengthening of the Party and socialist construction.
    The Central Committee of the WPK and the DPRK National Defence Commission released an obituary of Yon Hyong Muk on Oct. 22. According to it, Yon Hyong Muk, firmly armed with the WPK's Juche idea, the Songun idea, remained intensely loyal to the Party and devoted his all to the struggle for the victory of the revolutionary cause of Juche to the last moments of his life.
    The feats he performed for the Party, the country and the people will always be remembered, it added.
    On the same day the Central Committee of the WPK and the DPRK National Defence Commission formed a state funeral committee with Jo Myong Rok as its chairman and Kim Yong Nam, Pak Pong Ju, Kim Yong Chun, Kim Il Chol, Jon Pyong Ho and 43 others as its members.



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