Wednesday, October 13, 2021
The ceremony started outside the exhibition house when Kim Jong Un arrived. Attendees, mainly military officers, party officials and defence industry personnel greeted Kim with cries of “” (Long Live!). High-ranking party officials , and , , Marshal and Kim Jong Un’s sister were also present.
The military band of the(KPA) and the Orchestra of the State Affairs Commission of the performed, playing songs about the party. Then a KPA unit demonstrated martial arts skills, such as breaking bricks and tiles with bare fists, bending steel bars with the sternum and jumping over cars. A jet squadron then over the grounds, rendering the with on the sky.
After the ceremony, Kim Jong Un said a speech inside, remarking that “the US tacit sponsorship continue to damage the inter-Korean feelings and emotions” and that “South Korea has been unhesitant on several occasions in disclosing its ambition for securing military supremacy over us under the preposterous excuse of deterring threat from us”. He called for the country to be “powerful also for our coming generations”, the nation’s “first and foremost task”, and called upon the people to devote themselves to the defence capabilities of the country.
An award ceremony for servicepersons and others followed with high decorations handed over, including theand Orders, the and Kim Jong Il Prizes, the title of , the and watches signed with the named of and Kim Jong Il.
The exhibition featured missiles, including editions, and of the Hwasong ICBM series.
After touring the exhibition, Kim Jong Un met with the jet pilots who performed earlier, then left in a limousine.
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- (in English) Kim Jong Il Biography 2, Pyongyang: Foreign Languages Publishing House, http://www.korean-books.com.kp/KBMbooks/en/book/politics/4023.pdf, retrieved on October 12, 2021