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National Meeting Marks 1 Year Anniversary of KJU as KPA Supreme Commander

Chief of the KPA General Staff Hyon Yong Chol (L) delivers a report at a national meeting marking the one year anniversary of Kim Jong Un's assumption of office as KPA Supreme Commander (Photos: Rodong Sinmun)

Chief of the KPA General Staff Hyon Yong Chol (L) delivers a report at a national meeting marking the one year anniversary of Kim Jong Un’s assumption of office as KPA Supreme Commander (Photos: Rodong Sinmun)

DPRK state media reported on 29 December (Saturday) that a national meeting was held at the 25 April House of Culture to mark the one year anniversary since Kim Jong Un’s (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) appointment and assumption of the office of Korean People’s Army [KPA] Supreme Commander.  Attending the meeting were Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium President Kim Yong Nam, DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim, Director of the KPA General Political Department Gen. Choe Ryong Hae, Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Secretaries Kim Ki Nam and Choe Tae Bok, Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Gen. Kim Kyok Sik, KWP Control Commission Chairman Kim Kuk Tae,  personnel who participated in the 12 December 2012 launch of the U’nha-3 rocket and “senior party, state and army officials, the chairpersons of the friendly parties, officials of party, armed forces and power organs, social organizations, ministries and national institutions, service personnel of the KPA and the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces, officials in the fields of science, education, literature and arts, public health and media, labor innovators and other people.”

Chief of the KPA General Staff, Gen. Hyon Yong Chol, delivered the report.  According to KCNA Hyon said in part:

Kim Jong Un’s assumption of the KPA supreme commandership was a historic event of great significance in developing the revolutionary armed forces in the DPRK and carrying out the revolutionary cause of Juche.

This gave a steady continuity to the tradition of arms of Mt. Paektu left by Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il as the greatest legacy of patriotism and provided a sure guarantee for the ever-victorious future of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il’s Korea.

Marshal Kim Jong Un displayed distinguished military wisdom and qualifications as a brilliant commander, getting closely associated with arms in his teens. He made an immortal contribution to the development of the revolutionary armed forces as the closest Songun revolutionary comrade and military aide to leader Kim Jong Il, enjoying boundless reverence and trust from service personnel and people.

It is the greatest fortune and honor for the WPK, the army and people to hold Kim Jong Un, another great man of Mt. Paektu type, at the top post of the revolutionary armed forces and glorify the history and tradition of ever-victorious Songun revolution down through generations.

Kim Jong Un is a genius of military affairs who is further developing Juche-based military idea and theory with his brilliant wisdom and rare commanding art and ushering in a heyday of army-building.

He has successfully carried forward the Juche-oriented idea and theories of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on army building, clearly indicating the path of eternal victory for the powerful revolutionary army of Mt. Paektu.

He is an iron-willed brilliant commander as he firmly defends the country, revolution and socialism with his matchless pluck and grit.

He truly represents the might of the great Paektusan power and the banner of its eternal victory as he resolutely safeguards the country, revolution and socialism with his matchless pluck and toughest counter-measure at the supreme headquarters on the forefront of revolution and draws an arrow for the victory in the great battle for national reunification.

He is a great master of creation and construction as he let the revolutionary army play a vanguard role in working miracles in the drive for prosperity.

He is not only a peerlessly illustrious commander demonstrating the might of the powerful revolutionary army of Mt. Paektu, the military power of Juche, with his outstanding idea and experienced and tested leadership ability and noble virtues but the great sun in the new century as he carves out a bright future for the Korean nation and mankind.

According to KCNA, Hyon also “called for building a thriving socialist nation at an early date, achieving national reunification and accomplishing the revolutionary cause of Juche, true to the idea and leadership of Kim Jong Un, adding that the country’s reunification was the life-long desire of the great Generalissimos and the greatest historic task of the nation the fulfillment of which is desired by the Korean people so much.”  The report concluded:The army and people of the DPRK who are always keeping sharp eyes on the anti-DPRK war maneuvers of the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean warmongers will firmly guarantee the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula with an invincible military capacity and surely achieve the historic cause of national reunification by the concerted efforts of all Koreans, the reporter declared, stressing that only victory and glory are in store for the DPRK advancing under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, holding high the flag of the WPK as the supreme colors of revolution.”

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