Attending the meeting were members of the Presidium of the Political Bureau and members and alternate members of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK.

Also present as observers were vice premiers of the Cabinet.

Upon the authorization by the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK, the respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un chaired the meeting.

The meeting discussed "On the execution of the state budget for Juche 106 (2017) and the state budget for Juche 107 (2018)" to be presented to the Sixth Session of the 13th Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK.

A report was made by Premier Pak Pong Ju, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK.

The Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK examined and ratified the state budget compilation for next year and unanimously adopted a decision for presenting it to the Sixth Session of the 13th Supreme People's Assembly.

Then, at the meeting Kim Jong Un made a report on the recent development of the situation on the Korean peninsula.

In his report the Supreme Leader referred to the north-south summit meeting and talks to be held at the "House of Peace" in the south side portion of Panmunjom on April 27. He made a profound analysis and appraisal of the orientation of the development of the north-south relations at present and the prospect of the DPRK-U.S. dialogue and clarified the strategic and tactical issues to be maintained by the WPK including the future policy of international relations and the orientation corresponding to them.

Then, he pointed out in detail the recent work of the members of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK and stressed the need for them to give fuller play to their responsibility and role as the commanding members of revolution.

He called upon all the sectors and units of the state to constantly hold fast to the revolutionary banner of self-reliance and carry out without fail the tasks for this year, the third year of implementing the five-year strategy for national economic development by enlisting their technological forces and economic potentials to the full and thus make a breakthrough in revitalizing the overall economy.










Among the audience were Kim Yong Chol, vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, Pak Chun Nam, minister of Culture, An Tong Chun, chairman of the Central Committee of the General Federation of the Unions of Art and Literature of Korea, Hyon Song Wol, head of the Samjiyon Orchestra, and Pyongyangites.

To Jong Hwan, minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and Yun Sang, music supervisor, and other leading members of the south side art troupe and members of the south side Taekwon-do demonstration group enjoyed the performance.

Also among the audience were foreign diplomatic envoys and representatives of international organizations here and foreign guests staying here.

The performance was given by artistes of the Samjiyon Orchestra who deeply impressed south Koreans with their performing activities during the 23rd Winter Olympics and popular stars of the south side on a visit to Pyongyang.

Put on the stage of performance whose title "We Are One" was projected against the backdrop were colorful pieces such as vocal solos, choruses, serial songs, songs and dances.

Artistes of the south side expressed thanks to the fellow countrymen in the north for warm welcome and cordial hospitality with ardent feelings of kinship and talked about their impressions of Pyongyang visit and delighted the audience with favorite songs prepared by them with sincerity.

The performers sang of the ardent desire of the fellow countrymen for national reunification hands in hands on the stage where the north and south became as one, making all the participants seethe with national concord.

The performance reached the climax with songs "Mt Paektu and Mt Halla Are Our Motherland", "Our Wish Is Reunification" and "See You Again" sung by artistes of the north and the south with the will to loudly sing the large symphony of reunification on the whole land of Korea by Our Nation Itself.

The joint performance was acclaimed by the audience as it overflowed with compatriotic and warm feelings and enthusiasm with minds and intention of the north and the south pooling as one.

The artistes of the north and the south had a picture taken in token of the significant joint performance.



Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un met the IOC president and had a souvenir photo taken with him.

He warmly welcomed the IOC president's visit to the DPRK and had a talk with him in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

The IOC president said the purpose of their visit to Pyongyang is to express the most heartfelt thanks to respected Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission for his contribution to making the 23rd Winter Olympics successful ones symbolic of peace.

At the Olympics the teams of the north and the south jointly entered the venue of the opening ceremony in the Olympic ideal, competed in games as a single team for the first time in the history of Olympics and thus showed the whole world their will to achieve peace and reconciliation and made the Olympics the ones which evoked the greatest emotion, the president said.

He expressed his will to make sure that the IOC would cooperate with the DPRK in the long-term preparation for its participation in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and greatly contribute to the development of sports in the DPRK by proactively using the international sports arena including the Olympic forum with his Pyongyang visit as a momentum.

The Supreme Leader thanked him for it and said that he was very thankful that the IOC paid special attention to the DPRK players' participation in the 23rd Winter Olympics and made active cooperation while taking special measures beyond rules and precedents.

Noting the Winter Olympics were not only successful ones as Olympics but also ones of special significance which opened a new chapter of concord between the north and the south, he said that the once frozen north-south relations greeted a dramatic thawing season with the Olympics as a momentum and it was totally attributable to the efforts of the IOC which offered an opportunity and paved a path for it.

Expressing deep thanks to the IOC for having sincerely cooperated with the DPRK, regardless of any political climate and conditions, he hoped that the positive and proactive cooperative relations between the DPRK Olympic Committee and the IOC would as ever favorably develop.

Explaining the IOC president about the sports policy of the DPRK and its prospect, he said he expects close contact and excellent cooperation with the IOC in further developing and improving various sports events including winter sports events in line with the world trend.

He warmly invited the IOC president to frequently visit the DPRK as a friend.

Present there were Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the C.C., Workers' Party of Korea, vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and vice-chairman of the C.C., WPK, Choe Hwi, chairman of the National Sports Guidance Committee and vice-chairman of the C.C., WPK, Kim Il Guk, chairman of the DPRK Olympic Committee and minister of Physical Culture and Sports, and other cadres.

That day the Supreme Leader, together with the IOC president and his party, enjoyed a football match between the State Women's Football Team and the Women's Football Team of the Pyongyang Sports Team.


Lyrics: Kim Hyok (김혁)
Written in October 1928
Revolutionary Poet Kim Hyok
Kim Hyok (1907–1930) was one of the young communists of a new generation who set out on the road of revolution to win back the country from the military grip of the Japanese imperialists (1905–1945). President Kim Il Sung, in Vol. 2 of his reminiscences With the Century, wrote as follows:
“When young, I had many comrades... Each of them was worth his weight in gold. Kim Hyok, who nowadays is known as a revolutionary poet, was a comrade of mine. He made a lasting impression on me in my youth. It is more than half a century since his death, but I still remember him.”
It was in the summer of 1927 in Jilin that Kim Hyok met the President first. He stayed with the President in his room for three days, and they talked every night through. Since then Kim Hyok formed comradely relations with the President on the road of revolution. His fascination to and worship for the President were extraordinary. He put forward the President as the centre of unity and cohesion of the Korean revolution and as its leader, and upheld him with all his heart.
He was a man of passion. He displayed his passion in the revolutionary practice. Though he was five years older and better educated than the President, Kim Hyok never showed off, but made sincere efforts to carry out the tasks given by the President. He was well-informed and excellent in theory. He was deeply versed in literature and the arts. He was good at poetry. He wrote both the words and music for the revolutionary hymn The Star of Korea, the first of its kind, in 1928, and widely spread it. The song contains the unanimous desire of Kim Hyok himself and all other young communists and the rest of the Korean people to be single-mindedly loyal to the President, who set out on the road of revolution in his early years and devoted his all to the national liberation, revering him as the centre of unity and cohesion and the leader of the nation. Kim Hyok conducted vigorous activities hand in hand with the President, and went to Haerbin in early August 1930. His mission there was to establish contact with the Comintern while enlarging the revolutionary organization in and around that city.
On the strength of his remarkable organizational skill and audacity, he made preparations for the formation at grass roots of the party and pressed on with the procurement of weapons while educating the young people and enlarging the organizations. Meanwhile he established contact with the liaison office of the Comintern. One day at a secret rendezvous in Haerbin daoli, he encountered the enemy who surprised him and fell upon him. Having exchanged fire with the enemy, he jumped from the third floor of the building he was in, resolved to die. Having failed in his suicide attempt, he was captured by the enemy and taken to Lushun prison. After suffering cruel torture and persecution he died in prison.
Eighty years have passed since his death, but he is still remembered by the Korean people. This is because he is one of the forerunners who ushered in an era of true unity, the pride and glory of the Korean people and the genuine source of their unfathomable strength, and who, at the cost of their blood, created a new history of unity and cohesion in which the leader and the masses were fused into a harmonious whole in the communist movement of Korea. His bust is set up at the Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetery on Mt. Taesong. (Voice of Korea)

"Because of the life he had led, he composed the Star of Korea and disseminated it among the revolutionary organizations. At first I knew nothing about it. On my visit to Xinantun I found some young people there singing the song. Kim Hyok had discussed the matter with Cha Kwang Su and Choe Chang Gol without my knowledge and spread the song in Jilin and in the surrounding area. At first I rebuked them severely for singing a song which compared me to a star.
Around the time the song Star of Korea was being spread, my comrades changed my name and began to call me Han Byol. They changed my name despite my protests and called me Han Byol, meaning “One Star.” It was Pyon Tae U and other public-minded people in Wujiazi and such young communists as Choe Il Chon who proposed to change my name into Kim Il Sung. Thus I was called by three names, Song Ju, Han Byol and Il Sung.
... As I was very fond of the name my father gave me, I did not like to be called by another name. Still less did I tolerate the people extolling me by comparing me to a star or the sun; it did not befit me, young man. But my comrades would not listen to me, no matter how sternly I rebuked them for it or argued against it. They were fond of calling me Kim Il Sung, although they knew that I did not like it. " - Kim Il Sung, With the Century