N Korea commends workers, soldiers loyal to Kim Jong Un regime

22-Dec-2016 Intellasia | UPI | 6:00 AM Print This Post

North Korea held a national commendation ceremony to recognise citizens who played a part in supporting the regime, according to state media.

Pyongyang’s Workers’ Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun reported Tuesday a ceremony that honored “the workers and soldiers who contributed to the spread of socialist Korea’s sanctity and dignity under the whole sky” was held Monday in Mansudae Assembly Hall.

The newspaper did not mention whether Kim Jong Un was in attendance.

A medal named after North Korea founder Kim Il Sung went to Cho Byung Sik, and the Kim Jong Il medal was awarded to Ri Taek Ho, according to the report.

Merits for “effort” went to eight people including Kang Yong Sok. Others were recognised with the Kim Il Sung-Kim Jong Il commendation watch or the Kim Il Sung-Kim Jong Il youth spirit award.

A citation named after current leader Kim Jong Un was also included in the ceremony.

“Award panelists commented even the tiniest result was given the highest honor, and [awardees] were given the greatest glory to cherish for the rest of their lives.”

State media also noted 2017 is the year marking the 105th birthday of “Comrade Kim Il Sung” and the 75th birthday of “Comrade Kim Jong Il.”

“A resolution was adopted to mark the [upcoming] year of proud victory,” the newspaper stated.

North Korea recently observed the fifth anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death.

According to South Korean newspaper Hankyoreh, residents of Pyongyang observed a three-minute silence and traffic was stopped near Kim Il Sung Square on Saturday.

Kim Jong Un attended a ceremony at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun as top official Choe Ryong Hae called on North Koreans to “defend Comrade [Kim] to the death.”



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