Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK media reports that Kim Jong Il supervised the “combined tactical exercises” of Korean People’s Army [KPA] large combined unit 630. The accounts of the military exercises came amid the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs [MOFA] saying the development of a light water reactor and low enriched uranium is “progressing apace” and also as an international aid conference began in the south. KCNA reports:
After receiving a salute Kim Jong Il mounted the commanding post where he was briefed on the exercises and commanded the combined tactical exercises of the unit.
When the exercises started, a-match-for-a-hundred stalwart fighters stormed the enemy positions and carried out their duties under various situations, attacking and obliterating targets at a stroke.
The exercises strikingly demonstrated the firm determination of the servicepersons to mercilessly destroy provocateurs if they fire even a single bullet into the inviolable territory of the DPRK, and accomplish the historic cause of national reunification at any cost. They also showed that not a single enemy can survive the unpredictable counterattack of the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK which are carrying forward the shining traditions of the anti-Japanese struggle.
Watching the high-level exercises to which the Juche-oriented war tactics are applied, Kim Jong Il expressed great satisfaction with the fact that soldiers have been fully prepared to timely foil any surprise invasion by enemies and defend the socialist homeland as firm as a rock.
He highly estimated their successful exercises.
He repeatedly expressed satisfaction with the fact that the commanding officers of the large combined unit are rounding off their combat preparations with high innovative insight to handle manifold situations while keeping themselves abreast of modern military science and technologies and modes of combat actions.
He praised the soldiers for stirring up the hot wind for intensive exercises, saying they are acquiring combat rules applicable to an actual war by conducting effective exercises away from formalism with the revolutionary determination and enthusiasm to unconditionally attain the remarkably high goal of the exercises.
The army is under obligation to defend the destiny of the country and the nation with arms, he said, calling for intensifying combat exercises and perfecting combat preparations, cherishing that nothing is more important than combat preparations for the army.
The socialist homeland is impregnable as dependable soldiers as those of the large combined unit stand guard over it, ready to creditably carry out any combat order given by the party and the country at a moment’s notice, he added.
It is essential to continue channeling big efforts into strengthening the KPA in order to accomplish generation after generation the revolutionary cause of Juche, the Songun revolutionary cause that was started in the thick forests of Mt. Paektu, he said. He urged soldiers to put spurs to increasing the military capabilities which represent the sovereignty of the country and the nation and state power, and thus increase the combat capabilities in every way so that a soldier can match a hundred enemies.
He then went round a company under KPA Unit 169 honored with the title of the O Jung Hup-led 7th Regiment.
Going round a bedroom, education room, mess hall and other places, he learned about the military service of the soldiers.
Very pleased with the excellent conditions for military service provided to the soldiers by the unit, he called on the commanding officers to consider it as their noble moral obligation to take care of soldiers’ life so that they can glorify their military service with feats without feeling any inconvenience.
On Tuesday (29 November), Korean Central Television [KCTV] aired a film of Kim Jong Il watching joint, live fire military exercises with other members of the central leadership during September, which was followed by a radio editorial reiterating the DPRK’s earlier trope of turning the south into “a sea of fire.” Yonhap reports:
North Korea on Wednesday renewed its threat to turn South Korea’s presidential office into a “sea of fire,” once again stepping up its offensive against the Seoul government.
North Korea’s military first issued the warning last week in response to military exercises by the South near the inter-Korean maritime border. The drills were conducted to mark the first anniversary of the North’s Nov. 23 shelling of Yeonpyeong Island, in which four South Koreans were killed, but Pyongyang viewed them as a rehearsal for war against it.
“(South Korea) should understand clearly that our warning is not empty talk, and refrain from rash acts,” said the official Radio Pyongyang.
The report also repeated North Korean claims that the attack on Yeonpyeong was a justified response of self-defense to South Korea’s military exercises at that time.