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KPA Servicepersons' Solemn Oath-Taking Ceremony Held

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

    Pyongyang, April 13 (KCNA) -- A solemn ceremony of servicepersons of the three services of the Korean People's Army took place at the square of the Kumsusan Memorial Palace on April 13 to pay high tribute to President Kim Il Sung and vow loyalty to Supreme Commander Kim Jong Il on the occasion of the Day of the Sun. All the participants respectfully made a salute towards the portrait of the President. KPA Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok, director of the General Political Department of the KPA, said in a speech that all the servicepersons of the three services of the KPA pay highest tribute and offer eternal glory to the President on the significant occasion of the Day of the Sun.
    He noted that they would always uphold and follow with loyalty Kim Jong Il who is the great defender of the country and the nation and serves as a banner of all victories and glory and devotedly defend the headquarters of the revolution led by him just as the O Jung Hup-led 7th Regiment did.
    The KPA will firmly equip itself with a Juche-oriented view on war and round off the preparations to go into action as required by the situation of the revolution where the U.S. imperialists have become evermore undisguised in their moves to stifle the DPRK so as to implement the last instructions of the President for national reunification without fail, he noted.
    All the participants made a firm pledge to fully ensure the victory in the revolutionary cause of Juche with the invincible military force under the Songun revolutionary leadership of Kim Jong Il, firmly convinced that they would always emerge victorious as long as they are led by him.
    They loudly shouted revolutionary and militant slogans including "Kim Jong Il" and "devoted defence" and sang in chorus song "We Will Defend the Headquarters of the Revolution with Our Lives".
    Then followed a march past of the servicepersons.
    Among those present there were KPA Vice Marshal Kim Yong Chun, chief of the KPA General Staff, KPA Marshal Ri Ul Sol, KPA Vice Marshals Kim Ik Hyon, Ri Jong San, Pak Ki So, Kim Ryong Yon and Ri Ha Il and leading officials the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces.

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