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National Meeting Held to Mark Kim Jong Il's Start of Songun Revolutionary Leadership

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

   Pyongyang, August 24 (KCNA) -- A national meeting to celebrate the 46th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's start of Songun revolutionary leadership was held at the April 25 House of Culture on Thursday. The meeting was attended by Kim Yong Nam, Kim Yong Chun, Kim Il Chol, Choe Thae Bok, Yang Hyong Sop, Choe Yong Rim, Kim Ki Nam and others.
    Vice Marshal of the Korean People's Army Kim Yong Chun, member of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and chief of the KPA General Staff, made a report.
    The Korean army and people have held fast to the arms of revolution generation after generation under the Songun leadership of President Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, illustrious commanders, so that they could win a brilliant victory in the sacred war for independence against imperialism, achieve the independence of the country and the sovereignty of the nation, defend and advance the cause of socialism despite the manifold difficulties and the complicated situation and create the great reality where the independent idea of the popular masses is in full bloom, the reporter said, and went on:
    Kim Jong Il started his Songun revolutionary leadership with his historic field guidance to Guard Seoul Ryu Kyong Su 105 Tank Division on August 25, Juche 49 (1960), with his firm will to carry forward generation after generation the Juche cause of Songun pioneered by the President. His energetic Songun revolutionary leadership helped perfect the all-people, nationwide defence system and effect fresh renovation and turn in political, economic, cultural and all other fields.
    It was a century-old political and military miracle wrought by the great Songun politics that the Korean army and people have defended the banner of independence, the banner of socialism, while countering the ever-more undisguised moves of the U.S. imperialists and the imperialist reactionary forces to stifle the DPRK with a super hard line in the recent ten odd years.
    Referring to the tasks facing them, the reporter called on the whole Party and the entire army and all the people to form Songun revolutionary ranks of a harmonious whole sharing idea and intention with Kim Jong Il and consolidate the single-minded unity of the Party, the army and the people rallied close around the headquarters of the revolution in every way.
    He also underlined the need to develop national defence industry, thoroughly establish the trait of attaching importance to military affairs in the whole society and steadily carry through the Party's policies of putting all the people under arms and turning the whole country into a fortress.
    The situation of the Korean Peninsula, which is growing tense due to the U.S. base and vicious hostile policy toward the DPRK, clearly proves how just it was that we have maintained our firm stand that the sovereignty of the country and the dignity of the nation can be defended only by our own powerful strength and carried through the principles of Songun to bolster up the war deterrent for self-defence, the reporter said, stressing:
    All the Korean people will keep a close watchful eyes on the moves of the U.S. and Japan and their satellites to stifle the DPRK, do their utmost to bolster up the war deterrent for self-defence under the revolutionary banner of Songun, unhindered by anything, so as to glorify the ever-victorious history of the Korean revolution that has been carried forward century after century.

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