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PYONGYANG, September 10 (Itar-Tass) — Kim Jong-Il expressed gratitude to residents of the North Korean capital for successful organisation of the parade on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of the country, which was staged here last Friday.
The KCNA news agency reports on Saturday that according to the secretary-general of the Korean Workers Party and chairman of the State Defence Committee, the parade “showed the invincible might of the Kim Il-Sung Korea where people and the army closely rallied behind their revolutionary staff”.
Streamlined ranks of fighters, including teenage girls from the Workers and Peasants as well as Youth Red Guards marched by the honorary stand in the Pyongyang central square on Friday where there were the North Korean leader, his junior son Kim Jong-Un, military leaders, statesmen and party functionaries. Units of the Korean People’s Army did not participate in the parade.
Many hundred thousands of military servicemen and demonstrators enthusiastically chanted “Long Live Kin Jong-Il!” and greeted their leader, waving artificial flowers. The square was decorated with flags of North Korea and the Korean Workers Party (KWP), posters and streamers with inscriptions “Long live revolutionary ideas of Kim Il-Sung!” and “Be ready to defend the country at the expense of your own life!”.
A state reception was held on the occasion of he national holiday in Pyongyang where chairman of the presidium of the North Korean Supreme People’s Assembly Kim Yong Nam delivered a speech. The parliament speaker noted that the people and the army “make a big leap forward in all the fronts of social construction on the eve of the 100th birth date of North Korea founder Kim Il-Sung, which will be marked next year”.
Performances by the best show biz companies were staged in Pyongyang and other cities in connection with the holiday. The orchestra and chorus of the famous Mansudae troupe staged a concert at the Pyongyang Bolshoi Theatre. They rendered such works as “Great Homeland”, “Long live Generalissimo Kim Il-Sung!” and “We shall score victory under your guidance”.
KCNA notes that actors paid their due to “immortal services” of North Korea founder Kim Il-Sung who created a rock-firm foundation for well-being of future Korean generations, by building the socialist state, based on principles of independence, self-sufficient economy and powerful self-defence”.
Circus acrobats in Pyongyang showed an interesting programme, “charging viewers with revolutionary optimism and joy”. Many foreigners attended the bright performance “Arian” which is regarded the world’s most massive sport-artistic show.