Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 24 July (Wednesday) that a meeting of Korean People’s Army [KPA] officers and service members took place in the plaza of the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces [MPAF] in Pyongyang to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the victory/armistice which terminated active hostilities of the Fatherland Liberation War (Korean War). According to KCNA, KPA service members and officers who participated in the meeting “vowed to eternally glorify the undying feats the Generalissimos performed by leading confrontation with imperialism and the U.S. to a victory and reunify the country without fail under the leadership of Supreme Commander Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n).” Attending the meeting were VMar Choe Ryong Hae (Director of the KPA General Political Department and Vice Chairman of the Party Central Military Commission), Gen. Kim Kyok Sik (Chief of the KPA General Staff), Col. Gen. Jang Jong Nam (Minister of the People’s Armed Forces), along with MPAF officials, officers and service members of the KPA’s three conventional service branches (ground ,naval and air/anti-air), cadets of the DPRK’s military academies and students of the revolutionary schools.
VMar Choe Ryong Hae delivered the meeting’s report in which he said that “the brilliant victory in the Fatherland Liberation War was a victory of the outstanding military idea of Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and his original strategies, tactics and war methods and a victory of the indomitable mental power displayed by the army and people of the DPRK rallied close around him. The feats Kim Il Sung performed by winning a victory in the war could shed their bright rays century after century thanks to Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il), a peerlessly brilliant Military-First (So’ngun) commander. The history and tradition of victory provided by the Generalissimos are being firmly defended thanks to the outstanding and tested leadership of Marshal Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n), another greatest-ever commander.” VMar Choe “called for defending the undying feats the Generalissimos performed in the war and Military-First (So’ngun) revolution and glorifying July 27, the day of war victory, as the day of a victory in national reunification under the leadership of Kim Jong Un.” After Choe Ryong Hae delivered his report speeches were delivered by Gen. No Kwang Chol (Deputy Chief of the KPA General Staff), VAdm Kim Myong Sik (Commander of the KPA Navy) and Gen. Ri Pyong Chol (Commander of the KPA Air and anti-Air Command) who “vowed to inherit the spirit of matchless offensive displayed by the heroic soldiers in the 1950s to successfully conclude the fight for national reunification, and thus display fireworks of victory in the sky above the powerful Mt. Paektu (Paektusan) nation.”