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Kim Jong Un Inspects KPA Unit 1501 and Attends Photo Op

Kim Jong Un (seated, C) poses for a commemorative photograph with officers and service members of the KPA Unit #6556. Also seen in attendance is Col. Gen. Jo Kyong Chol (seated, L) (Photo: KCNA-Yonhap)

DPRK state media reported on 24 May (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) inspected Korean People’s Army Unit #1501 and attended a photo-op with KPA Unit #6556.  Kim Jong Un’s last reported public appearance was his attendance of a performance by the art squads of two KPA large combined units.  At the photo-op with KPA Unit #6556 KJU was reported to have been accompanied by Col. Gen. Jo Kyong Chol (chief of the Military Security Command), VMar Choe Ryong Hae, Jang Song Taek, Kim Kyong Ok, Hwang Pyong So.  KCNA reports:

Leader Kim Jong Il inspected the unit and had a photo taken with its commanding officers in February last year.

Learning that some officers were not able to attend the honorable photo session that day due to their duties, Kim Jong Il promised to have a photo taken with them in the future.

Kim Jong Un did not forget the promise made by Kim Jong Il that day and called all the commanding officers of the unit and the service personnel of the sub-unit under its direct control to have a photo session with them.

He expressed expectation and belief that the service personnel of the unit would creditably fulfill their honorable mission and duty in the efforts to preserve and glorify forever the undying ideas of President Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and feats performed by them in the army building in the future, too.

Kim Jong Un was also reported to have inspected KPA Unit #1501.  At this visit he was accompanied by VMar Choe Ryong Hae, Jang Song Taek, Ju Kyu Chang, Hwang Pyong So, Kim Kyong Ok and Gen. Kim Yong Chol.  KCNA reports:

After receiving a salute, he, conducted by commanding officers, went round the room for the education in the revolutionary history and the monument to the on-the-spot guidance of leader Kim Jong Il.

After being briefed in detail on the organization of the unit and the course of its development, he recollected with deep emotion the history of its development while viewing historic relics and materials.

He said that under the wise guidance and meticulous care of President Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il the unit has greatly contributed to defending the country and accomplishing the cause of army building by displaying popular heroism on the forefront for defending the socialist country in the past.

He highly praised all the service personnel of the unit for their military merits, expressing great satisfaction over the fact that they have made many achievements through the dynamic struggle to carry through the on-the-spot instructions given by the President and Kim Jong Il in the past.

He viewed the combat and technical apparatuses contrived and manufactured by the unit itself.

After being briefed in detail on their performance and introduction, he was greatly pleased that service personnel made modern apparatuses urgently needed for combat preparations by using their brain and devoting enthusiasm to rounding off the combat preparations.

After expressing satisfaction over the fact that the service personnel of the unit are discharging their combat duty in a responsible manner while following with vigilance the moves of the enemy for aggression, he set forth the tasks to be fulfilled to step up its combat preparations and bolster up its combat capability.

Going round the soldiers’ hall and other cultural and educational facilities, he learned in detail about the ideological education of the service personnel.

He praised the unit for sprucing up the soldiers’ hall as befitting a center for cultural and emotional education and effectively conducting the revolutionary education and class education by use of a variety of vivid visual aid.

Pleased with all the service personnel’s sufficient cultural and emotional life, he instructed the commanding officers to always pay primary attention to the ideological work and train them as ones strong in ideology and faith.

Walking the compound of the barracks kept neat and tidy like a park, he learned about the command and management of the unit.

He had a photo session with the service personnel of the unit, expressing expectation and conviction that they would successfully discharge their mission and role as the standard-bearers and shock brigade in upholding the Songun politics of the WPK.

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