North Korea Leadership Watch

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Reconnaissance Bureau Chief Joins KJI at Field Inspection

Kim Jong Il reacting to the applause of members of KPA Unit #322 at a commemorative photo session. Seen in attendance are his son and successor, Kim Jong Un (C), and Col. Gen. Kim Yong Chol (R) (Photo: KCNA-Yonhap)

On 3 November DPRK media reported that Kim Jong Il conducted a field inspection of KPA Unit #322 which contains, among other things, an intelligence training school.  KJI’s visit to Unit 322 was his fifth visit to a KPA unit during a two-week period which began with an 18 October account of a field inspection of KPA Unit #4304.  KCNA reports:

He praised the commanding officers of the unit for rounding off combat preparations in their field as required by the trend of the latest military science and technology and the mode of combat action.

Only when soldiers prepare themselves well to go into action, can they wipe out enemies at a single blow no matter when they come in attack, he noted, adding that all the servicepersons of the KPA should think of combat preparations only awake or asleep, always use their brains, meditate and practice like the servicepersons of the unit.

The socialist country is always invulnerable as it is guarded by such reliable soldiers as servicepersons of the unit who are fully ready to promptly carry out the combat order issued by the party and the country any time, he said.

He met with the heroes of the DPRK who successfully performed their duties during the training. He had a photo session with them.

He visited a sub-unit of the unit.

Pleased to see persimmons trees around the barracks heavily laden with fruits, he said the trees have good tenders and appreciated the servicepersons’ sincerity.

Col. Gen. Kim Yong Chol (R) accompanying KJI to a commemorative photo session during KJI's inspection of KPA Unit #322 (Photo: KCNA)

After his visit to the sub-unit KJI posed for the customary commemorative photograph.  Prominently seen at KJI’s side was Col. Gen. Kim Yong Chol (Kim Yo’ng-ch’o’l), director of the National Defense Commission’s [NDC] Reconnaissance General Bureau [RGB].  One of the key managers of military intelligence collection and operations targeting ROK and member of the Party Central Military Commission [CMC], Col. Gen. Kim was not reported as being in attendance by DPRK media.  KYC has attended other Kim Jong Il visits in 2011 (see below), but on those occasions his presence was reported by name along with other CMC members.

Kim Yo'ng-ch'o'l attends KJI's visit to Taedonggang Fruit Farm and Factory in July 2011 (Photo: KCNA)

[Note to readers: A longer piece/posting on KJI’s recent visits to KPA units will be available on this site on Wednesday, 9 November]

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