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Kim Jong Un Attends Live Fire Artillery Exercises in West Sea

Kim Jong Un (foreground, 4th R) observes live fire artillery exercises in the West (Yellow Sea).  Also seen in attendance is Gen. Kim Yong Chol (L), Gen. Hyon Yong Chol (2nd R) and Gen. Kim Kyok Sik (3rd R) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

Kim Jong Un (foreground, 4th R) observes live fire artillery exercises in the West (Yellow Sea). Also seen in attendance is Gen. Kim Yong Chol (L), Gen. Hyon Yong Chol (2nd R) and Gen. Kim Kyok Sik (3rd R) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

DPRK state media reported on 13 March (Wednesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) supervised and observed live fire artillery exercises by Korean People’s Army [KPA] island defense units.  The exercises occurred in the West (Yellow) Sea.  KJU’s last reported public appearance was his attendance of a concert by the art propaganda squad of KPA Unit #531.  Attending the live fire exercises with KJU were VMar Choe Ryong Hae, Gen. Hyon Yong Chol, Gen. Kim Kyok Sik, Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Secretary Pak To Chun, Lt. Gen. Ri Yong Gil, Col. Gen. Son Chol Ju, Gen. Kim Yong Chol and other members of the KPA command.

After arriving at the observation site, KJU was briefed about the deployment of the artillery units and the planning for the live exercises.  KCNA reported that “shells intensively hit the imaginary targets of the enemy while the roar of the artillery pieces rocked heaven and earth” and that “whenever artillerymen hit the targets, he [KJU] was greatly satisfied to watch them.”  As he observed the exercises conducted by the Mu Islet Hero Defense Detachment and Jangjae Islet Defense Attachment, Kim Jong Un said “The Jangjae Islet Defence Detachment and the Mu Islet Hero Defence Detachment are the best and the hero artillery pieces of the Mu Islet Defence Detachment are matchless. The artillerymen could hit the targets as they have undergone highly intense trainings while thinking of the day to fight,” according to KCNA which described KJU’s remarks as “the highest appraisal from the Supreme Commander for their success in the drill.”

View of live fire exercises in the West (Yellow) Sea conducted by two KPa island defense units (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

View of live fire exercises in the West (Yellow) Sea conducted by two KPa island defense units (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

(Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

(Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

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Kim Jong Un (C, seated) poses for a commemorative photograph with KPA service members and officers from island defense units who participated in live fire exercises in the West (Yellow) Sea on 13 March 2013 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

Kim Jong Un (C, seated) poses for a commemorative photograph with KPA service members and officers from island defense units who participated in live fire exercises in the West (Yellow) Sea on 13 March 2013 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

KCNA reported that KJU “recalled that he specified the order of precision strike and density of fire on targets while inspecting forefront posts in the southwestern sector and western sector of the front, adding that through the live shell firing drill the artillerymen of the Fourth Army Corps proved themselves that they are ready to throw the enemies on Taeyonphyong and Paekryong Islands into flames” and said “As I always stressed, a modern war is an artillery war and preparations for an artillery battle mean the preparations of the KPA and they are an important factor of deciding a victory in the great war for national reunification.”  After the exercises Kim Jong Un poses for commemorative photographs with service members and officers of the Mu Islet and Jangjae Islet defense units, who “were highly praised for their successes in the live shell firing drill.”

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This entry was posted on 03/14/2013 by in 2007-2010 kpa management, 2012-2013 KPA Winter Training Cycle, 2013 Strategic Rhetoric, 2013 tactical rhetoric, 2nd Academy of Natural Science, Artillery Corps, Central Committee, Central Military Committee, Choe Ryong Hae, coastal defense units, Col. Gen. Pak Jong Chon, Col. Gen. Son Chol Ju, corps command, DPRK External Relations, Events Management Section, Gen. Hyon Yong Chol, Gen. Kim Kyok Sik, Gen. Kim Yong Chol, Gen. Ri Yong Gil, gsd, gsob, Guard Command, Kim Chong-un inspections, Kim Family, Kim Jong Un Visits, Kim Jong-un, KJI Personal Secretariat, Korean People's Army (KPA), Korean People's Army Supreme Command, Korean People's Internal Security Forces, Korean Workers' Party (KWP), KPA External Relations, KPA General Political Bureau, KPA General Political Department, KPA General Staff, kpa IV army corps, KPA Large Combined Units, KPA V Army Corps, kpif, Machine Building Industry Department, Mangyo'ngdae Revolutionary School Alumni, military security command [msc], ministry of people's security, Ministry of State Security, Ministry of the People's Armed Forces (MPAF), National Academy of Defense Sciences, National Defense Commission (NDC), Navy Command, NDC Administration Department, NLL, North Korean press, Operations Department, Organization and Guidance Department, Pak To Chun, Political Bureau, Reconnaissance Bureau, Second Economic Committee, Second Economy Commission, Secretariat, State Security Department, West Sea KPN District.