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Kim Jong Un Visits East Sea KPA Unit

Kim Jong Un (2nd row, C) poses for a commemorative photograph with personnel of a coastal artillery on Ryo Islet (Photo: KCNA-Yonhap)

Ryo Island in relation to Wo'nsan, Kangwo'n Province (Photo: Google image)

DPRK state media reported on 4 April (Wednesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) inspected Ryo Island, located in the East Sea (Sea of Japan), approximately 11 miles (18 km) off the coast from Wo’nsan.  It was his first public appearance since he attended a national memorial rally in Kim Il Sung Square on 25 March which ended the 100-day mourning period for Kim Jong Il.  During the inspection he was accompanied by Gen. Kim Won Hong, Gen. Hyon Chol hae, Lt. Gen. Ri Tu Song and Lt. Gen. Ri Jong Mu.  During the 3rd Party Conference in September 2010, KJU sat between Gen. Kim and Gen. Hyon and one of the early key events of Kim Jong Un’s succession was his father’s guidance tour of Wo’nsan University of Agriculture.

Kim Jong Un (3rd R) is briefed on what appears to be an anti-aircraft artillery piece during his visit to Ryo Island. Also in attendance is Gen. Kim Wo'n-hong, a member of the Party Central Military Commission (Photo: KCNA-Yonhap)

KCNA reports:

He gave the 4th Company and the 3rd Company of the Coastal Artillery Battalion under the unit binoculars and automatic rifles as souvenirs and had a photo session with service personnel of the defence unit and their families.

He went round firepower apparatuses watched by leader Kim Jong Il before visiting the room devoted to the education in the revolutionary history.

Seeing one by one the precious historic data on the undying leadership feats of President Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, he looked back with deep emotion on the proud course covered by the defence unit.

At a military lecture room, he praised the defence unit for preparing the commanding and staff officers as able ones by successfully building the military lecture room and organizing an effective training for them.

Going round the service personnel’s hall and library, he learned about the political and ideological education of them.

He climbed a command and watch post on top of a mountain along a hillside road which was so steep that the car had to be pushed to reach there due to thaw.

He expressed great satisfaction over the fact that the commanding officers and soldiers of the defence unit have consolidated Ryo Islet to be a fortress standing invulnerable even in face of any enemy’s surprise invasion and fire strike.

Feasting his eyes on a vast defence theatre of which the defence unit is in charge, he stressed the need to consolidate Ryo Islet, the gateway in the East Sea, as firm as an iron wall in order not to allow the enemy to invade the socialist country under any circumstances. He, at the same time, ordered the unit to send all the intruders into the bottom of the sea.

He went round the service personnel’s health complex, non-staple foodstuff store, vegetable greenhouse and other supply service facilities run by the defence unit itself. He underlined the need to continue directing big efforts to supply service so that the service personnel there may not be nostalgic for the life on the land.

Making the rounds of the company and the coastal battery under the unit, he paid deep attention to the living of the service personnel.

He guided the training in firearms at the coast artillery emplacement visited by Kim Jong Il and had a photo session with soldiers, holding their shoulders in his arms.

He highly appreciated the achievements performed by the unit in the past period, noting that the unit honored with the title of O Jung Hup-led Seventh Regiment is a model in all aspects including combat and political training, supply service and unit command and management.

He highly appreciated the efforts made by Hero of the Republic Chon Jae Gwon while serving as commander of the unit for 25 years and reposed deepest trust in Chon by saying that there should be by his side such officers as Chon.

He got aboard the warship to sail despite rough waves, telling the commanding officers that he entrusted the defence of Ryo Islet to them and wishing them good health and greater success in rounding off the combat preparations.

Kim Jong Un inspects a fence during his visit to Ryo Island (Photo: KCNA-Yonhap)

Kim Jong Un points at a map of what appears to be the east coast of Kangwo'n Province. Also seen in attendance (3rd L) is Gen. Hyon Chol Hae (Photo: KCNA-Yonhap)

Kim Jong Un poses (front row, C) for a commemorative photo with the personnel and families on Ryo Island (Photo: KCNA-Yonhap)

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