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KPA Holds Military Exercises to Commemorate Anniversary

Kim Jong Un waves to participants and attendees at military exercises by KPA Unit #655. In attendance in this image are: VMar Kim Yong Chun (L); VMar Choe Ryong Hae (3rd L); VMar Kim Jong Gak (4th L) Gen. Kim Kyong Ok (3rd R) and VMar Ri Yong Ho (R) (Photo: KCNA)

Kim Jong Un attends a photo-op with KPA commanders and senior officials (Photo: KCNA-Yonhap)

DPRK state media reported on 27 April (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) and other members of the central leadership observed live fire exercises of Korean People’s Army [KPA] Unit #655.  KJU was reported as having commanded the exercises which were held to commemorate the KPA’s official anniversary.  Kim Jong Il was reported to have conducted a field inspection of KPA Unit #655 on 8 February 2001, the date commemorated as the KPA’s anniversary until 1978.

KCNA reports:

He was greeted by KPA Vice Marshal Choe Ryong Hae, director of the KPA General Political Bureau, KPA Vice Marshal Ri Yong Ho, chief of the KPA General Staff, KPA Vice Marshal Kim Jong Gak, minister of the People’s Armed Forces, KPA General Choe Pu Il and KPA Col. Gen. Son Chol Ju before the observation post of the training field.

Waiting for him in the field were Hyon Chol Hae, Kim Won Hong, Ri Myong Su, Pak Jae Gyong, Ri Pyong Chol, Kim Yong Chol, Yun Jong Rin, Jo Kyong Chol, Pak Jong Chon and members of the NDC, staff members of the KPA Supreme Command and commanding officers of the KPA large combined units.

Watching the exercises were Kim Kyong Hui, Jang Song Thaek, Kim Yong Chun, Kim Ki Nam, Yang Hyong Sop, Pak To Chun, Kang Sok Ju, Kim Yong Il, Kim Yang Gon, Kim Phyong Hae, Mun Kyong Dok, Kim Chang Sop, Ri Pyong Sam, Kwak Pom Gi, O Il Jong, Kim Kyong Ok, Ri Jae Il, Han Kwang Sang, Kim Myong Guk, and leading officials of the party, state and armed forces organs, members of the party central guidance bodies in Pyongyang, officials of ministries and national institutions and those in the fields of science, education, culture and arts, public health, media and defence industry and KPA officers and men.

After receiving a salute from the chief of the KPA General Staff, Kim Jong Un mounted an observation post before being briefed on the plan and distribution of units for the exercises.

He issued an order to start the exercises.

The moment stormy roars of powerful firepower strike means rocked heaven and earth with ceaseless shower of shells and bombs. Brave flying corps struck targets one after another leaving trails in the sky. Tanks and armored cars made a dash at the “enemy’s positions” and a-match-for-a hundred fighters occupied the “enemy’s posts” in a moment.

Volley firing roared, rending the air, and the “enemy’s positions” clouded with powder smoke turned to the sea of fire in no time.

Expressing satisfaction over the successful exercises to which the Juche war methods were applied, he set forth important tasks for further rounding off the combat preparations of the KPA.

In order to accomplish generation after generation the revolutionary cause of Juche, the Songun revolutionary cause which was pioneered in the thick forest of Mt. Paektu, it is necessary to continue paying big efforts to strengthening the KPA, he said.

All the officers and men should firmly prepare themselves to be stalwart fighters possessed of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il’s invincible strategies and tactics, brave attack mode and perfect capacity for fighting an actual war, he noted.

He called for mercilessly wiping out the enemies with the arms of justice and revenge if they dare provoke.

The Korean-style socialist system centered on the popular masses will shine forever as an indestructible fortress as it is being defended by the heroic KPA that has grown to be iron-willed and matchless elite army under the care of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il over the past 80 years, he stressed.

He had a photo session with major commanding officers of the KPA, staff members of the KPA Supreme Command, commanding officers of the KPA large combined units and officials who accompanied him.

Kim Jong Un watches military exercises of KPA Unit #655. In attendance and visible in this image are: Gen. Kim Myo'ng-kuk (background, L), Gen. Kim Wo'n-hong (2nd L), Gen. Pak Chae-kyo'ng (3rd L), Gen. Kim Kyong-ok (4th L), VMar Choe Ryo'ng-hae (3rd R), Gen. Kim Yong Chol (2nd R) and VMar Kim Jong Gak (R) (Photo: KCNA)

Kim Jong Un waves to the audience at the U'nhasu Orchestra concert held to commemorate the KPA's 80th anniversary (Photo: KCNA)

DPRK state media also reported on 27 April that Kim Jong Un and members of the core leadership attended a performance of the U’nhasu Orchestra, programmed for the KPA’s anniversary.  KCNA reports:

The performance began with the playing of the national anthem. Put on the stage were prelude “Let Us Not Forget the Pledge Made to the Revolution”, male duet and chorus “We Will Defend Han Byol”, orchestral music and chorus of the immortal classic “Song of Anti-Japanese War”, mixed quartet and chorus “Song Devoted to Marshal Kim Il Sung”, female quintet “We Sing of Our Country Holding the Leader in High Esteem”, chorus “Ballad of Mt. Singo”, female solo and pangchang “Song of Love for People”, children’s quartet “We Are Happy”, chorus “Leader, Just Give Us Your Order”, female solo “Under the Banner of the Party”, narration and orchestral music “Our Arms Say” and chorus “Korea, Advance” and other colorful numbers.

The performers vividly depicted the glorious 100-year history of Juche Korea that is eternally glorified thanks to the undying feats of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il and the rosy future that is in store for Korea as it has Kim Jong Un at the top post of the WPK, state and army.

The concert ended with the immortal revolutionary paean “Song of General Kim Il Sung”.

Kim Jong Un expressed great satisfaction over the successful performance.

He gave the highest appreciation to the orchestra, saying it is an art troupe to which Kim Jong Il had shown particular care.

He expressed expectation and conviction that the artistes of the orchestra will arouse more dynamically the service personnel and people to the general advance of the Songun revolution through their performing activities.

Among the audience were Choe Ryong Hae, Ri Yong Ho, Kim Kyong Hui, Kim Jong Gak, Jang Song Thaek, Kim Yong Chun, Kim Ki Nam, Pak To Chun, Hyon Chol Hae, Kim Yang Gon, Kim Kyong Ok and Kim Myong Guk.

Members of the central leadership in attendance at the U'nhasu Orchestra concert (L-R): Pak To Chun; Jang Song Taek; Kim Ki Nam; Choe Ryong Hae; Kim Jong Un; Ri Yong Ho; Kim Jong Gak; Kim Yong Chun; Kim Kyong Hui; and, Hyon Chol Hae (Photo: KCNA)

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