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Funeral Service for Yon Hyong Muk Held

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

   Pyongyang, October 24 (KCNA) -- A state funeral service for Yon Hyong Muk, alternate member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea and vice-chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, was solemnly held in Pyongyang on Monday. The funeral service was attended by Jo Myong Rok, Kim Yong Nam, Pak Pong Ju and other members of the state funeral committee, officials concerned, generals and officers of the Korean People's Army and bereaved family members and relatives.
    At 8 a.m. the coffin was carried out amidst the playing of a dirge.
    Streets of the capital the hearse went past were in deep grief at the loss of Yon Hyong Muk.
    A funeral ceremony took place at the Patriotic Martyrs' Cemetery in Sinmi-ri in the suburbs of the capital.
    National anthem was played and Vice Marshal of the Korean People's Army Kim Il Chol, member of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and minister of the People's Armed Forces, made a funeral oration.
    Yon Hyong Muk, born into a revolutionary family during the Japanese imperialists' colonial rule, had lived under oppression and humiliation by enemies in an alien land, the oration said, and went on: After the country's liberation he grew up to be a competent official under the warm loving care of President Kim Il Sung. He devotedly worked for the strengthening of the party and socialist construction at important posts of party and state organs to the last moments of his life.
    He did much work by dedicating all his energy and wisdom to the struggle to implement the party's economic policy and step up the socialist construction, assuming the heavy responsibility of a secretary of the Party Central Committee and the premier of the Administration Council for years with the deep trust of the party and the leader in the period of modeling the whole society on the Juche idea.
    In the whole course of his life he firmly established a revolutionary outlook on the leader and remained single-heartedly loyal to the leader sunny or rainy and showed with his practical example how a true revolutionary soldier should live and struggle.
    The coffin was buried amidst the playing of a dirge and firing of a volley for the dead.
    Wreaths were laid before the burial ground amid the playing of the wreath-laying music.
    The attendants observed a moment's silence in memory of the late.

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