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National Meeting Held to Celebrate Anniversary of KPA

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

    Pyongyang, April 24 (KCNA) -- A national meeting was held at the April 25 House of Culture here Monday to celebrate the 74th anniversary of the heroic Korean People's Army. Present there were senior party, army and state officials, including Kim Yong Nam, Pak Pong Ju, Kim Yong Chun, Ri Yong Mu, Choe Thae Bok and Yang Hyong Sop, Kim Yong Dae, chairman of the Central Committee of the Korean Social Democratic Party, Ryu Mi Yong, chairperson of the Central Committee of the Chondoist Chongu Party, and leading officials of military organs, working people's organizations, ministries and national institutions.
    Kim Yong Chun, member of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and chief of the General Staff of the KPA, in a report at the meeting said that the KPA has provided a firm military guarantee for the triumphant advance of the revolutionary cause of Juche under the leadership of President Kim Il Sung and the great Party since its founding.
    The whole course of the Korean revolution is a history of the victory of the Songun revolution which was started and has advanced by dint of arms according to the unique idea and line of attaching importance to arms and military affairs laid down by Kim Il Sung, the reporter said, and went on:
    Kim Jong Il, who has led the Korean revolution to victory, taking hold on army building as well as party building from long ago, set out the original idea of building the revolutionary armed forces centering on the leader and has successfully embodied it, thus achieving the greatest success in the Juche-based cause of army building. The revolutionary trait and the conviction of sure victory of the KPA which has grown to be a core unit, the main force of the Korean revolution thanks to the outstanding Songun idea and Songun leadership of Supreme Commander Kim Jong Il have been fully demonstrated in the fight to defend socialism decisive of the destiny of the country and revolution.
    Referring to the tasks to be tackled to make a new leap forward in building a great prosperous powerful socialist nation with the might of Songun and hasten the independent reunification of the country and the accomplishment of the revolutionary cause of Juche, the reporter continued:
    We should firmly defend the feats performed by Kim Il Sung in army building and remain loyal to the Songun revolutionary cause led by Kim Jong Il. All the servicepersons should consolidate the unity between officers and men based on revolutionary comradeship and successfully combine military and political affairs and become fighters of Ri Su Bok and Kang Ho Yong types in the Songun era who unhesitatingly dedicate their lives to the country, cherishing the staunch spirit of defending socialism and ardent patriotism.
    It is necessary to organize all the work on the principle of giving priority to military affairs and direct primary efforts to developing the defence industry as required by the line of economic construction in the Songun era and, at the same time, bolster up the civilian armed forces and consolidate the whole country as an impregnable fortress. The reporter declared that the army and people of the DPRK would consistently react to the U.S. imperialists' hard-line policy with the toughest stance and never allow them to dare provoke the dignified DPRK.
    If the U.S. imperialists ignite a new war, the army and people of the DPRK will mobilize all potentials to wipe out them to the last one so that they may not be able to go back home safe, he warned, demanding the U.S. face up to the trend of the development of the times towards independence and properly understand the revolutionary will of the army and people of the DPRK, stop acting rashly, immediately discontinue its criminal moves for aggression and war and withdraw its aggressor forces and all means of war from south Korea without delay.

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