Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 23 August (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) conducted a field inspection of the Persimmon (kanmanu) Company of Korean People’s Army [KPA] Unit #4302, an all-women artillery unit deployed on the East Sea (Sea of Japan). KJU’s last reported public appearance was his field inspection of “island defense attachments” of the KPA Western Zone Command and IV Army Corps in South Hwanghae Province. KJU’s visit to the Persimmon Company was his second reported field inspection this week. KCNA reports:
Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, inspected the Thrice Three-Revolution Red Flag Kamnamu Company (a company under persimmon trees) under KPA Unit 4302.
He was greeted by commanding officers of the unit and the company.
He presented a pair of binoculars and an automatic rifle to the company and had a photo taken with its soldiers, expressing his expectation and belief that they would defend the socialist country as firm as an iron wall.
Conducted by the commanding officers, Kim Jong Un looked round the monument to the field guidance of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il.
Then he went round an education room, soldiers’ bed rooms and mess hall.
The mere name of the company touches everybody, Kim Jong Un said, adding the company has been recorded in the history of the Songun revolutionary leadership as the one which shows Kim Jong Il’s love for soldiers and is well-known at home and abroad for it.
Kim Jong Un said there are in the company at present not many soldiers who were received by Kim Jong Il, underscoring the need to invariably carry forward the spirit and tradition of the company and glorify the immortal exploits of Kim Jong Il recorded in the history of the company though an old generation is replaced by a new one.
Kim Jong Un was satisfied to learn that the company has preserved the desks in the education room as they were since the field guidance of Kim Il Sung several decades ago.
He dropped in at the bedroom visited by Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and saw the places where they were seated and even touched a blanket to guess its quality.
At the wash-cum-bath room, Kim Jong Un was briefed on the steam bath using hemp.
At the mess hall, he saw a list of daily food supply norm, asking if the company supplies food to the soldiers according to it and if there is anything insufficient. He called for supplying food to them as prescribed.
Seeing crabs among varieties of food under preparation at the kitchen, Kim Jong Un asked where they were caught, how they were cooked and what soldiers liked best.
Kim Jong Un visited a salt farm operated by the company itself.
He looked round the fire position of the company to acquaint himself with the performance of its combat duty.
He watched the fire position, combat and technical equipment and defence fortification associated with the footprints of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, giving precious instructions.
He warmly encouraged the company’s service personnel, telling them that they should join hands with their supreme commander, reunify the country without fail and eternally glorify the exploits performed by the generalissimos. He added he believed in the service personnel on the eastern front and reposed deep trust in the women revolutionaries defending a post on the front.
He walked the road leading to the post and asked how many persimmons the company gathered last year. Saying persimmons still look unripe, he said he would come again in a season when persimmons get ripe.
He spared time to watch a performance given by the company’s art group.
Put on the stage were such colorful numbers as chorus “March of the Korean Youth”, narration and song “General and Our Kamnamu Company”, solo and pangchang “Boundless Is Our Yearning”, sextet “Our Leader Loved by People” and group poem recital and chorus “Let’s Protect General Kim Jong Un with Our Lives”.
He gave his big hands to congratulate them on their successful performance.
Kim Jong Un had a talk with the company’s soldiers.
He told them to set an example to be followed by the whole army by successfully making preparations for combat and conducting good art group activities. He called on them to keep themselves highly alerted in view of enemies’ reckless maneuvers for a war of aggression and watch with high vigilance the enemies’ moves. He ordered them to send the enemies to the bottom of the sea even if one of them intrudes into the territorial waters of the DPRK.
Reading the minds of the soldiers reluctant to part from him, he told them to stand by him one by one and had a photo taken with them.
At the end of the photo session, he promised them to visit the company again and have a photo taken with its commander and political commissar who were absent in the photo session.