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3rd Anniversary of Yo’np’yo’ng Island Artillery Incident

Lt. Gen. Ri Song Guk, commanding officer of the IV Army Corps, speaks at a 23 November 2013 meeting marking the 3rd anniversary of the artillery incident on Yo'np'yo'ng Island (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

Lt. Gen. Ri Song Guk, commanding officer of the IV Army Corps, speaks at a 23 November 2013 meeting marking the 3rd anniversary of the artillery incident on Yo’np’yo’ng Island (Photo: KCTV screen grab).

A 23 November 2013 meeting in Kangryo'ng County, South Hwanghae Province, marking the 3rd anniversary of the Yo'np'yo'ng Island incident (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

A 23 November 2013 meeting in Kangryo’ng County, South Hwanghae Province, marking the 3rd anniversary of the Yo’np’yo’ng Island incident (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

A meeting marking the third anniversary of the 2010 battle of Yo’np’yo’ng Island was held in Kangryo’ng County, South Hwanghae, on 23 November (Saturday).  The meeting was attended by officers and service members of the Korean People’s Army [KPA], Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] and local government officials and Kangryo’ng County citizens.  The meeting began with DPRK citizens and students presenting floral bouquets and placing garlands around KPA personnel who “displayed their valor in the Yo’np’yo’ng Island shelling.”

Lt. Gen. Ri Song Guk, commanding officer of the IV Army Corps, delivered a speech in which he said that “the KPA, which is taking hold on the arms of Mt. Paektu given by the Workers’ Party of Korea and the leader, won the victory in the shelling battle” and noted that “the news that Yo’np’yo’ng Island was engulfed in flames for two days after targets were hit by the shells fired by artillerymen of the KPA created a great sensation in the whole world. This instilled conviction of victory and courage into the people but threw the enemy into horror and uneasiness.”  According to KCNA, Lt. Gen. Ri also said that “through the shelling battle the service personnel of the unit hardened the conviction that they were capable of wiping out any enemy as they were led by the peerlessly illustrious commanders and there were the single-minded unity of the army and people.”

Views of a 23 November 2013 meeting in Kangryo'ng County, South Hwanghae Province marking the 3rd anniversary of the Yo'np'yo'ng Island artillery incident (Photos: KCTV screen grab).

Views of a 23 November 2013 meeting in Kangryo’ng County, South Hwanghae Province marking the 3rd anniversary of the Yo’np’yo’ng Island artillery incident (Photos: KCTV screen grab).

View of participants at the 23 November 2013 anniversary meeting (1) and senior commander of the IV Army Corps (2) and provincial and country officials (3) attending the meeting (Photos: KCTV screengrabs).

View of participants at the 23 November 2013 anniversary meeting (1) and senior commander of the IV Army Corps (2) and provincial and country officials (3) attending the meeting (Photos: KCTV screengrabs).

Speakers at a 23 November 2013 meeting marking the 3rd anniversary of the Yo'np'yo'ng Island incident: Chief Secretary of the South Hwanghae KWP Provincial Committee Pak Yong Ho (1), Kangryo'ng County GFTUK Chairman Ri Jong Ok (2), KPA officer Kim Kyong Su (3) and artillery officer Choe Yong Jin (4) (Photos: KCTV screengrab).

Speakers at a 23 November 2013 meeting marking the 3rd anniversary of the Yo’np’yo’ng Island incident: Chief Secretary of the South Hwanghae KWP Provincial Committee Pak Yong Ho (1), Kangryo’ng County GFTUK Chairman Ri Jong Ok (2), KPA officer Kim Kyong Su (3) and artillery officer Choe Yong Jin (4) (Photos: KCTV screengrab).

Chief Secretary of the South Hwanghae KWP Provincial Committee Pak Yong Ho, said that he “extended warm congratulations and greetings to the service personnel who gave full play to the dignity of the powerful revolutionary Mt. Paektu (Paektusan) army and instilled great conviction into the people” and that “if the enemy fires a shell to the DPRK, all the people will fight with the service personnel as they did that day three years ago and will win victory.”  Ri Jong Ok, Chairman of the Kangryo’ng County Committee of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea, said that “day when there occurred the Yo’np’yo’ng Island shelling officials, inhabitants and farmers in the county visited service personnel with aid materials they provided with sincerity and inspired them.”  KPA officers Kim Kyong Su and artillery officers Choe Yong Jin said that “all service personnel would firmly prepare themselves to be a-match-for-a hundred artillerymen capable of hitting any target under any circumstances and make a prompt deadly counterattack against any slightest provocation of the enemy,” according to KCNA.  A performance by the IV Army Corps art propaganda squad ended the anniversary meeting.

Members of the IV Army Corps art propaganda squad perform at the anniversary meeting (1) and a Korean Workers' Party flag is unfurled during the performance (2) (Photos: KCTV screen grab).

Members of the IV Army Corps art propaganda squad perform at the anniversary meeting (1) and a Korean Workers’ Party flag is unfurled during the performance (2) (Photos: KCTV screen grab).

On 22 November (Friday) the command of the KPA’s southwestern front (a.k.a. Southwestern Command) released a statement to mark the third anniversary of the YP-do incident:

Thunderous shelling rocked the earth, pounding the enemies who mounted preemptive attacks with just showering of shells in the hotspot area in the southwestern sector of the front on November 23 three years ago.

The prompt counterattack made by the service personnel in the southwestern sector of the front turned Yo’np’yo’ng Island into the sea of fire. This praiseworthy event proved that the DPRK will never tolerate anyone who provokes it and that the provokers will be made to pay a very dear price.

The Yo’np’yo’ng island shelling was a result of the puppet forces’ reckless provocation against the DPRK in all aspects.

The puppet forces were staging Hoguk war drill against the DPRK at that time. On November 23 they declared that they would hold adventurous artillery shelling drill, threatening the security of the territorial waters of the DPRK.

The Korean People’s Army immediately sent an advance notice, denouncing the puppet forces for their sinister plot to maintain the brigandish “northern limit line” and warning them to behave with discretion.

But the puppet forces, buoyed with extreme provocative hysteria, opened fire at the sacred territorial waters of the DPRK, defying its repeated advance warnings.

There is limit to patience.

The heroic service personnel in the southwestern sector of the front launched strong counterattack all at once.

They shelled Yo’np’yo’ng Island, the headquarters of the provokers, engulfing the island in the sea of fire.

This left puppet soldiers dead and wounded, and others went into hiding into shelters and dugout to find a way out.

Puppet army barracks, commanding posts, police stations and other army and police buildings turned into ashes and K-9 howitzers, radars and firepower strike means with various missions turned into scrap iron.

Much embarrassed by the powerful retaliatory blows of the KPA, the puppet military sent a notice to the KPA, begging it to stop shelling.

This was tantamount to a surrender document unprecedented in the history of the north-south relations.

No sooner had he received a report about the Yo’np’yo’ng Island shelling than traitor Lee Myung Bak (Yi Myo’ng-pak) rushed into the underground cellar of Chongwadae where he cried out to stop it from “developing into a war”. Later puppet Defense Minister Kim Kwan Jin (Kim Kwan-chin) made an official appearance at which he said that the shelling was an “indelible and painful wound” and a “case that gave great disappointment”.

The Yo’np’yo’ng island shelling was a just strike of the army and people of the DPRK who do not tolerate even a bit those who infringe upon the inviolable sovereignty and the dignity of the DPRK.

It is quite natural that the service personnel in the southwestern sector of the front mercilessly countered the provokers who dared opened fire into the territorial waters of the DPRK.

The shelling was a retaliatory war waged by the defenders of sovereignty. It taught the puppet military warmongers how much price they would have to pay for their reckless provocation.

This was also an eruption of the pent-up grudge of the army and people of the DPRK in the face of the reckless provocation of the maniacs keen on escalating confrontation with fellow countrymen.

The deep-running hatred toward the enemies resulted in the shower of shells and the mounting resentment turned the island into the heap of ashes.

The KPA side did not suffer a single casualty or the loss of single piece of weapons from the shelling. It was a proud and victorious battle that demonstrated the might of the powerful Mt. Paektu (Paektusan) revolutionary army.

Throughout the shelling the service personnel in the southwestern sector of the front and the people fought in the same trench and after the battle they climbed to nearby hills and even on rooftops of dwelling houses, shouting hurrah and sharing strength and courage.

The scene on the Island, on the other hand, was quite spectacular.

Not only inhabitants but service personnel of the puppet army tried to escape from the island to get rid of horror. The sea route leading to Inch’o’n was blocked as they fled in disarray.

But far from drawing a due lesson from the shelling the puppet forces tried to convince the public that the shelling incident was a result of “provocation” by the DPRK. They even described their defeat as “victory” and held the farce of anti-communist “commemorative event”.

There are countries and nations which commemorate and celebrate war victories but it is only the south Korean puppet forces who describe defeat as “victory”. How pitiful they are.

Last year traitor Lee Myung Bak with just “2MB” of IQ held the farce. This year Park Geun Hye (Pak Ku’n-hye) and her group is behaving just as same as Lee.

Park and her group should draw a bitter lesson from the shameful defeat they sustained from the Yo’np’yo’ng island shelling.

It is the fixed will and determination of the army and people of the DPRK including the service personnel in the southwestern sector of the front not to miss an opportunity should the puppet forces make provocation again.

Three years ago the retaliatory blow was confined to the Yo’np’yo’ng island only but this time Chongwadae and other bases of the puppet forces will be put within the striking range.

The puppet forces are blustering that they reinforced MLRS, Cobra choppers and Spike missiles and other strike means in their bid to retrieve their defeat. They are even spreading the news that they finished the first-phase “fortification” project on the five islands in the West Sea of Korea.

This is as foolish an act as trying to evade the shower of shelling with an ordinary umbrella.

They should clearly bear in mind that everything will turn into stick of taffy by the unprecedentedly powerful military strike of the KPA.

They should never forget that the recurrence of the reckless provocation will reduce Chongwadae into the sea of fire leading it to the reunification.

If they run reckless, oblivious of the bitter lesson of the defeat, they will never be able to escape miserable fate.

Victory is always in store for the powerful Mt. Paektu (Paektusan) revolutionary army, defenders of justice.

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