Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported that a “grand banquet” was held at Mokran House in central Pyongyang to celebrate the official 80th anniversary of the Korean People’s Army [KPA]. Based on reported attendance lists, this event gathered elder members of the central leadership, as well as those who did not attend live fire exercises of KPA Unit #655. KCNA reports:
Present there were Kim Yong Nam, Choe Yong Rim and other senior officials of the party and the state, the chairperson of a friendly party, officials of the party and armed forces organs, working people’s organizations, ministries and national institutions, servicepersons of the KPA and Korean People’s Internal Security Forces, officials in the fields of science, education, literature and arts, public health and media, those related to the revolutionary activities of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il and persons of merit.
Choe Thae Bok, member of the Political Bureau and secretary of the C.C., the WPK, made a speech at the banquet.
The 80 year-long history of the KPA is the one of Generalissimo Kim Il Sung, the invincible and iron-willed commander, and Generalissimo Kim Jong Il, the peerlessly Songun brilliant commander.
The 80 year-long history shining with victory and glory is being inherited as it is illustrated by the generals and supreme commanders down through generations, he said, stressing the need to more dynamically advance to the road of Songun and the road of socialism, keeping pace with the calls “Forward toward the Final Victory!” made to all service personnel and people made by the dear respected Kim Jong Un at the military parade for celebrating the centenary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung, the Say of the Day.
A performance was given by the artistes of the Wangjaesan Art Troupe at the banquet.