Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 12 March (Tuesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) watches a performance by the art propaganda squad of Korean People’s Army [KPA] Unit #531. KJU’s last reported public appearance was his field inspection of the island defense detachment on Wolnae Islet. Attending the performance with KJU were VMar Choe Ryong Hae (Director of the KPA General Political Department), Gen. Hyon Yong Chol (Chief of the KPA General Staff), VMar Hyon Chol Hae (1st Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces and Director of the KPA General Logistics Department) and Lt. Gen. Pak Jong Chon (Staff member of the KPA Supreme Command).
KCNA reported that “put on the stage were such colorful numbers as narration and chorus ‘Strength of Korea’, agitation drama ‘Let Us Reap Richer Bean Harvest ‘, dramatic witticism “Let Us Glorify the Name of the People’s Army’, poem and story-telling ‘There Is South Sea before Us’ and chorus ‘All Servicepersons and People Will Become Human Bullets and Bombs'” and that “the artistes sang high praises of the unchangeable mode of the KPA counteraction to counter the enemies coming in attack with a dagger with a sword, a rifle with an artillery piece and nukes with precision nuclear strike means of Korean style more powerful than them.” KPA officers and service members watching the concert “pledged themselves to deal deadly blows at the enemies and victoriously conclude the great war for national reunification once an order is issued by the Supreme Commander.”
According to KCNA, Kim Jong Un “was greatly satisfied with the fact that the artistes of the art squad of KPA Unit 531 staged a splendid performance reflecting the noble ideological and moral traits and militant mettle of the KPA to always emerge victorious in confrontation with the enemies, thinking of a battle only awake or asleep” and “highly estimated the performance as a perfect one firm in the ideological stand as it fully represented the prevailing grave situation.”