Dear Leader and Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army Kim Jong-Il has won a landslide victory in military constituency 333, securing a seat in the Supreme People’s Assembly.
May the Ever-Victorious Banner of Our Revolution led by KPA Supreme Commander KIM JONG IL and the Pyongyang Mission of the AINDF (Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front) fly forever in our hearts!
NKorea’s Kim wins parliamentary seat: official media
SEOUL (AFP) — Leader Kim Jong-Il has been unanimously elected to a seat in North Korea’s parliament, following a 100 percent turnout in his constituency, state media said Monday.
Sunday’s elections for the rubber-stamp Supreme People’s Assembly featured only one pre-approved candidate in each constituency. But analysts say they could pave the way for an eventual transition of power in the impoverished communist nation.
Kim, 67, was standing in military constituency 333, a lucky number in Korean. The new assembly will vote later to confirm him as chairman of the National Defence Commission, the country’s most powerful body.
The central election committee said “all the voters of Constituency No. 333 participated in the election and voted for Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army Kim Jong-Il,” the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.
“This is the expression of all service persons’ and people’s absolute support and profound trust in Kim Jong-Il,” it added.
Voting for the parliament did not take place in 2008 when its five-year term expired, amid speculation over Kim’s health. He is widely believed to have suffered a stroke last August.
Seoul officials say he has recovered well and is in control, but his health and age have inevitably led to talk abroad about who will succeed him.
The election committee announced later that 99.98 percent of all registered voters took part in the nationwide balloting and 100 percent voted for the candidate in their district.
It has announced the list of the 686 deputies elected, KCNA said without giving details.
Kim Yong-Hyun, a North Korea expert at Seoul’s Dongguk University, said Sunday the election could see “a generation change” in the top ranks.
“The North will likely bring in the young to replace the elderly with a future possible power transition in mind,” he said, adding Pyongyang’s elite was overhauled after the 1998 and 2003 polls.
Dear Leader is obviously kept very busy with affairs of state, but just as Leon Trotsky was able to combine his role as People’s Commissar of Army and Navy Affairs and Chairman of the Supreme Military Council with a deep and abiding appreciation of Art, so Kim Jong-Il also savours Culture. On March 8:
Kim Jong Il Enjoys Art Performance
Pyongyang, March 8 (KCNA) — General Secretary Kim Jong Il enjoyed an art performance given by the State Merited Chorus together with servicepersons in connection with the opening of the Pulgunbyol Theatre…
Through the performance the artistes sang high praises of the proud course of the Songun revolution shining with victory and glory and truthfully represented the unshakable faith and will of the army and people of the DPRK to accomplish the revolutionary cause of Juche and the cause of building a great prosperous and powerful nation without fail under the uplifted banner of the great Songun.
The revolutionary and militant performance deeply impressed the audience as it powerfully demonstrated the great vitality of the WPK’s policy on Songun music.
Kim Jong Il expressed great satisfaction over the fact that the artistes of the State Merited Chorus gave a splendid performance fully reflecting the faith and will of the DPRK and the revolutionary soldier spirit.
He expressed great expectation and conviction that all the artistes of the chorus would conduct dynamic revolutionary performing activities in the future, too, and thus greatly encourage the army and people to wage fresh struggles and perform feats and give full play to the might of the buglers for the Songun revolution and a militant art unit…
The need of the hour is for a man who will incarnate the call to struggle, a man who, subordinating himself completely to the requirements of the struggle, becomes the ringing summons to arms, the will which exacts from all unconditional submission to a great, sacrificial necessity. Only a man with Kim Jong-Il’s capacity for work, only a man so unsparing of himself as Kim Jong-Il, only a man who knows how to speak to the soldiers as Kim Jong-Il does — only such a man could have become the standard bearer of the armed toilers. He is all things rolled into one.
Long live KIM JONG IL! Long live the immortal JUCHE IDEA and SONGUN POLITICS!
A space launch vehicle by any other name…
The Space Review
March 9, 2009
For the past few weeks the world media has been buzzing about preparations by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for a test of what could be either a long range missile or a space launch vehicle, perhaps as early as mid-March. As with their previous long range missile tests in August 1998 and July 2006, there is an extensive ongoing debate over what is in fact being fired from the launch pad and whether or not the test is a threat to other nations, including Japan and the United States…
[In 1998] North Korean State media
claimed that they hadplaced a small satellite into orbit which was broadcasting the Song of General Kim Jong-il and his departed father, along with various status of health signals. No satellite tracking facilities ever tracked any object in orbit from this launch and ham radio operators failed to find any radio signals…