Top North Korean Official Spreads Song of Loyalty for Kim Jong Un

David Lee, Nov. 26, 2015, 1:11 p.m.

Top North Korean official Hwang Pyong-so has campaigned to spread a song expressing strong allegiance to the country's young leader throughout the military, a South Korean think tank said Thursday. Hwang, the 75-year-old director of the general political department of the Korean People's Army (KPA), has introduced the song, tentatively named "Yes, Sir," to his troops, which stresses the need to follow every instruction from leader Kim Jong-un, according to the Institute for National Security Strategy. Kim is known to be in his early 30s.

The lyrics of the song, obtained by the institute, emphasize the importance of showing strong loyalty to Kim and the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK). "With the song, Hwang is seeking to induce the military into swearing allegiance to the leader," said an official at the institute. "Kim may be able to elicit loyalty from the North's elites through his reign of terror, but his brutal rule would not be sustained."

Hwang's status in the North is widely seen as relatively stable as he was recently granted the title of the country's "hero" in recognition of his role in ending South Korea's resumption of an anti-Pyongyang loudspeaker campaign. Hwang's rise is in stark contrast with the disgrace of Choe Ryong-hae, a senior secretary of the WPK.

The North's leader sent Choe to a rural cooperative farm in early November to punish him for mishandling a newly built hydroelectric power plant project, according to lawmakers briefed by Seoul's spy agency. Choe was also known to have had a disagreement with Kim over the country's youth policy, it added.

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