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National Meeting Marks Birth Anniversary of Kim Il Sung

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

Pyongyang, April 14 (KCNA) -- A national meeting to commemorate the 98th birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung was held at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on Wednesday.

Present there were senior Party, army and state officials, the chairpersons of the friendly parties, leading officials of the Party, armed forces and power organs, social organizations, ministries and national institutions, servicepersons of the Korean People's Army, officials in the fields of science, education, culture and arts, public health and media, bereaved families of revolutionary martyrs, labor innovators and working people in Pyongyang.

Also present were delegations of overseas compatriots, overseas Korean figures and the chief of the Pyongyang Mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front.

Diplomatic envoys of different countries, members of the military attaches corps and representatives of international organizations here were present there on invitation.

Kim Yong Nam, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK and president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, delivered a report.

The reporter said that April 15 when President Kim Il Sung was born was the day of great fortune of the nation as the national resurrection dawned on the whole of Korea over which the dark clouds of national ruin had hung heavily and a significant historic day when a bright future was provided for the Korean people and progressive humankind.

The President was an outstanding thinker and theoretician who founded the immortal Juche idea, a peerless patriot and an ever-victorious iron-willed commander who gave origin to the Songun revolution and led the cause of independence against imperialism to victory under the banner of the Juche idea, saving and glorifying the destiny of the country and the nation with arms and, at the same time, a peerless statesman who built the Juche-oriented party and state and achieved the unity and cohesion of the revolutionary ranks, thereby securing a powerful driving force for the revolution, the reporter noted, and went on:

Kim Il Sung was a genius of creation and construction and father of socialist Korea who glorified the Korean people's history of struggle for socialist construction as a history of the drive for effecting a great revolutionary surge and built most advantageous socialism centered on the popular masses on this land, bringing about epoch-making changes in accomplishing the cause of building a rich and powerful country.

The reporter referred to the fact that the President paved a wide avenue for achieving national reunification and made an undying contribution to the cause of global independence.

Thanks to General Secretary Kim Jong Il, the revolutionary ideas and exploits of Kim Il Sung have been successfully upheld and developed and his glorious revolutionary history is given steady continuity along with the ever-victorious history of the revolutionary leadership of the WPK, the reporter said.

Noting that the revolutionary ideas and exploits of Kim Il Sung serve as eternal treasures for the WPK and the people of Korea and a fundamental cornerstone for accomplishing the cause of Juche, the reporter called for firmly upholding, preserving and glorifying them and holding him in high esteem as the eternal sun of Juche.

He underscored the need to intensify the all-party and all-state general offensive for improving the people's standard of living this year.

The reporter declared that the Korean people would resolutely smash the anti-reunification moves of the separatist forces at home and abroad, achieve national reconciliation and unity and accomplish the cause of national reunification through the great unity of the nation without fail under the uplifted banner of "By our nation itself."

The DPRK will make positive endeavors to ensure regional peace and security, develop the good-neighborly friendly relations with all the countries and progressive people aspiring after independence and make the world independent, holding high the banner of independence, peace and friendship, he concluded.

Similar meetings also took place in various provinces, cities and counties that day.

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