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KPA Holds New Year’s Address Meeting

View of the 25 April House of Culture on 4 January 2013 when a meeting of KPA personnel pledged to implement tasks outlined in Kim Jong Un's New Year's Address (Photos: KCNA)

View of the 25 April House of Culture on 4 January 2013 when a meeting of KPA personnel pledged to implement tasks outlined in Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s Address (Photos: KCNA)

DPRK state media on 4 January (Friday) that Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces hosted a meeting of Korean People’s Army [KPA] officers and service members “to vow to thoroughly implement the important tasks set forth in the historic New Year Address.”  Attending the meeting were Gen. Choe Ryong Hae, Director of the KPA General Political Department, Gen. Hyon Yong Chol, Chief of the KPA General Staff, Gen. Kim Kyok Sik, Minister of the People’s Armed Forces, VMar Hyon Chol Hae, 1st Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces and Director of the KPA General Logistics Department and ” officials of the ministry and soldiers of the KPA.”

View of a 4 January 2013 meeting of KPA personnel hosted by the Ministry of People's Armed Forces (Photos: KCNA)

View of a 4 January 2013 meeting of KPA personnel hosted by the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces (Photos: KCNA)

Choe Ryong Hae delivered the meeting’s report, which was followed by speakers representing various branches and units of the KPA.  According to KCNA, Choe and the other speakers said that “the New Year Address of Kim Jong Un reflects the firm will of the great Songun commander to bring earlier the final victory of the revolutionary cause of Juche, firmly holding the arms of Military-First (so’ngun)” and “comprehensively indicates the tasks and ways for further strengthening the KPA.”  Choe and the speakers “pledged to carry out their honorable mission and task as the revolutionary army of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un in the struggle for building a thriving nation and accomplishing the cause of national reunification, faithfully upholding the Military-First (So’ngun) revolutionary leadership of Kim Jong Un this year in which fall the 65th anniversary of the DPRK and the 60th anniversary of the Korean people’s victory in the great Fatherland Liberation War” and “stressed the need to keep an alert posture to mercilessly wipe out the aggressors and win a victory in the great war for national reunification if they dare preempt a fire.”

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