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Kim sends congratulatory message to meeting marking 70 anniv. of Korean women's union in Japan

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Monday sent a congratulatory message to a meeting marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of a Korean women's group in Japan, official media reported.

According to the Korean Central News Agency, Kim said the 70 years covered by the Korean Democratic Union, an organ under the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, known as Chongryon, is history recorded with the leadership and love of the North's founder, Kim Il-sung, and former leader Kim Jong-il and the course of victory reflective of patriotic loyalty and devotion of Korean women in Japan. 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Yonhap)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Yonhap)

In the KCNA report, Kim also said, "Though they are in alien land, the Korean women in Japan should bear in mind Kim Jong-il's patriotism, make tangible contributions to achieving the independent reunification of the country and building a socialist powerful nation."

The dispatch of the message prompts speculation that it could be related to his mother Ko Yong-hui, a Japanese-born dancer who died of breast cancer in 2004. On Sept. 11, Kim threw a party for a delegation of women living in Japan who made a trip to Pyongyang. (Yonhap)