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KJU Inspects KPA Sub-unit

Kim Jong Un smiles whilst greeting KPA service members and officers of a sub-unit subordinate to KPA Unit #1344 in a photo which appeared top-center of the November 9, 2016 edition of the WPK daily newspaper Rodong Sinmun (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un smiles whilst greeting KPA service members and officers of a sub-unit subordinate to KPA Unit #1344 in a photo which appeared top-center of the November 9, 2016 edition of the WPK daily newspaper Rodong Sinmun (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his field inspection of a SOF battalion under KPA Unit #525

DPRK state media reported on November 9 (Wednesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) inspected a sub-unit of Korean People’s Army [KPA] Unit #1344.  Also in attendance were KPA General Political Department Director and State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman VMar Hwang Pyong So [Hwang Pyo’ng-so] and KPA Fire Command Department Director and Vice Chief of the KPA General Staff Colonel-General Pak Jong Chon [Pak Cho’ng-cho’n].

His inspection began with a briefing about the sub-units training, duties and operations.  Jong Un was “satisfied with the fact the sub-unit is preparing soldiers into stalwart ones capable of successfully carrying out any difficult combat duty by conducting intensive training under the simulated conditions of hard combat situations and conditions like an actual war on the basis of its deep research into the Party’s Chuch’e-based military tactics and combat action mode and methods.”  Jong Un underlined “the need for commanding and staff officers to develop their ability for promptly analyzing and judging a combat situation and providing favorable combat circumstances, and find out all unfinished issues in combat operations and take strict measures for them” and stress was placed upon the “need for the sub-unit to conduct effective training, always thinking about combat preparations awake and asleep in high alert.”  Jong Un called “for putting training on the Chuch’e, practical and scientific basis while steadily improving its contents and methods to suit the requirement and aspect of modern warfare and characteristics of the sub-unit’s combat duty.”

Commemorative photograph of Kim Jong Un and members of the sub-unit subordinate to KPA Unit #1344 which appeared on the front page of the November 9, 2016 edition of the WPK daily organ Rodong Sinmun (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Commemorative photograph of Kim Jong Un and members of the sub-unit subordinate to KPA Unit #1344 which appeared on the front page of the November 9, 2016 edition of the WPK daily organ Rodong Sinmun (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Jong Un said that the “sub-unit has a very important duty to perform so that it should set an example for the entire army in combat and political training and unit commanding and management” and he issued “important tasks which would serve as the guideline in rounding off combat preparations including the issue of preparing all soldiers as a-match-for-a-hundred fighters through intensive training and the issue of consolidating all combat positions of an impregnable fortress with good camouflage.”

Prior to a presentation of a ceremonial automatic rifle and binoculars and  commemorative photo-op with the sub-units service members and officers, Jong Un expressed his “expectation and conviction that the service personnel of the sub-unit would firmly defend the socialist country by making thorough combat preparations, bearing deep in mind the honorable mission they assumed before the Party and the revolution, the country and its people.”

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