Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 29 August (Wednesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) and his wife Ri Sol Ju (Ri So’l-chu), visited the campus of the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces [MPAF], to pay tribute to the recently-dedicated statues of his father, Kim Jong Il, and grandfather, Kim Il Sung. The visit to MPAF occurred as KJU returned to Pyongyang from his field inspection activities on the DPRK’s east coast, “eastern sector of the front.” He was greeted and accompanied by VMar Choe Ryong Hae, director of the Korean People’s Army General Political Department (bureau), VMar Hyon Yong Chol, chief of the KPA General Staff, VMar Kim Jong Gak, Minister of the People’s Armed Forces, and Hwang Pyong So, deputy (vice) director of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Organization Guidance Department.
Kim Jong Un and Ri Sol Ju brought floral bouquets to place at the foot of the statues and according to KCNA KJU “said with deep emotion he felt as if he had met the Generalissimos and they asked him how his long journey was.” KJU also claimed the statues “were the best of the statues of the Generalissimos created so far.” Based on remarks attributed to KJU in KCNA, the KIS-KJI statues were constructed by the Mansudae Art Studio with assistance from KPA Unit #583. KCNA reports:
He, together with his wife Ri Sol Ju, laid bouquets before the statues of the Generalissimos and made a bow to them.
He was greeted on the spot by Choe Ryong Hae, director of the General Political Bureau of the KPA, Hyon Yong Chol, chief of the KPA General Staff, Kim Jong Gak, minister of the People’s Armed Forces, and Hwang Pyong So, vice department director of the WPK Central Committee.
After watching the statues for a long while, he said with deep emotion he felt as if he had met the Generalissimos and they asked him how his long journey was.
He noted that the erection of the statues at the ministry meant a striking demonstration of the unshakable will of all service personnel and people to hold in high esteem the commanders of Mt. Paektu forever and accomplish the cause of the sun generation after generation.
It is of greater significance that the statues were erected at the ministry on the occasion of August 25, the meaningful day of Songun, he added.
He watched the statues depicting the Generalissimos with their hands on their waists and their faces beaming with a broad smile from a place near and distant from them. He watched them again before his departure, saying they were the best of the statues of the Generalissimos created so far.
He noted that the statues of the great Generalissimos who are always alive in the hearts of the army and people of the DPRK look most respectful and tender-hearted.
He highly appreciated the creators for depicting well the coat of the President and padded clothes of Kim Jong Il always fresh in the memory of the army and people of the DPRK.
He extended in the name of KPA Supreme Commander thanks to the officials and creators of the Mansudae Art Studio, soldier-builders of KPA Unit 583, employees and helpers for showing all their sincerity for the erection of the statues on the highest level.
He said the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces should successfully implement the behests of the Generalissimos by further strengthening the People’s Army to be an ever-victorious powerful revolutionary army of Mt. Paektu and accomplishing the historic cause of national reunification, cherishing the honor and pride of having the statues of the great Generalissimos standing high there.
He underscored the need for the ministry to take good care of the statues and conduct effective education in the greatness of the great Generalissimos through them.
Prior to his visit to the MPAF, Kim Jong Un inspected KPA Unit #318. He conducted his inspection of KPA Unit #318, “despite the torrential rain,” presumably from a typhoon. According to KCNA, the unit commanders who greeted him did so “in tearful voices the Supreme Commander on an inspection tour of the front despite such downpour.” At this field inspection, he was accompanied by Gen. Kim Myong Guk (Kim Myo’ng-kuk), chief of the KPA General Staff Operations Bureau and a member of the KWP Central Military Commission, and Hwang Pyong So (Hwang P’yo’ng-so), deputy (vice) director of the KWP Organization Guidance Department.
Kim Jong Un visited the unit’s historical exhibition and looked at sketches prepared by the unit’s service members. He also toured what KCNA identified as a “military research room” as well as an assembly hall and KPA Unit #318’s command element. According to KCNA, KJU said, “If there comes an opportunity of clash with the enemies, you should mercilessly wipe out them with the unit’s war hardware. You should teach them what the war is like so that they may not raise their heads again.” He posed for commemorative photographs with the unit’s officers and service members. After the photo-op, according to KCNA, Kim Jong Un told the unit commanders, “that the day of a great war for national reunification is not far off, asking them to make sustained efforts for combat preparedness.”
He arrived at the unit despite torrential rain.
When he warmly shook the hands of commanding officers of the unit, his face beaming with a broad smile, they greeted in tearful voices the Supreme Commander on an inspection tour of the front despite such downpour.
He first looked round the room for the education of the revolutionary history and the room devoted to the history of the unit.
He heard with satisfaction the report that the unit successfully carried out on-the-spot instructions given by leader Kim Jong Il who called on servicepersons to fully prepare themselves to go into action when an order is issued.
Watching the pencil drawings done by servicepersons of the unit reflecting their worthwhile military service, he said there are many prodigies at the unit.
Then he went round the military research room.
He learned about the achievements gained in the days when the unit spruced up the room as a base for studying and rounding off the plans for operations and battles and methods of battles to meet the requirements of the Juche-oriented military idea of the Party and war methods and cope with a modern warfare and conducted effective drills of commanding officers and the staff.
He asked about the plans the staff has to deal with different situations and underscored the need to work out operation plans in a practical and concrete manner in anticipation of diverse circumstances that may be created in actual battles. What is important in doing so is to steadily study and round off Korean-style operation and tactical plans based on the experiences gained in the anti-Japanese revolutionary war and the Fatherland Liberation War, he added.
He instructed the commanding officers and officers of the staff to know well about war methods of the enemy so as to make a timely correct decision of the unit when battles start.
He looked round the soldiers’ hall.
He received a report on the unit’s performance of duty from its commanding officers at the building of the command and examined its operation plan.
Saying that through the inspection of the units in the eastern sector of the front, he is confirming whether their operation plans are in line with the strategic intention of the Supreme Command, he examined the map showing the deployment of the forces and combat technical equipment of the unit and its combat documents one by one.
While examining the operation plan, he gave instructions on the issues arising in combat preparedness.
The atmosphere prevailing in the forefront area of the country is not good due to the on-going war hysteria of the south Korean puppet forces, he noted, and went on: “If there comes an opportunity of clash with the enemies, you should mercilessly wipe out them with the unit’s war hardware. You should teach them what the war is like so that they may not raise their heads again.”
He instructed its commanding officers that the officers and men of the unit should wait for his final order for charge, keeping themselves highly alerted.
Upon receiving the militant task reflecting his will to annihilate the enemies, the commanding officers renewed their resolution to advance if an order is issued even right now and reduce Seoul, to begin with, to ashes and, furthermore, blow up all their strongholds and thus give vent to the long-pent up grudge without fail.
He had a photo session with servicepersons of the unit, expressing expectation that they would demonstrate the mettle of the heroic KPA in the decisive battles against the enemies to staunchly protect the dear socialist country.
Before his departure he firmly shook hands of the commanding officers of the unit and told them that the day of a great war for national reunification is not far off, asking them to make sustained efforts for combat preparedness.
He was accompanied by KPA General Kim Myong Guk and Hwang Pyong So, vice department director of the WPK Central Committee.