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Kim Jong Il Watches Combined Exercise of KPA Unit 567

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

Pyongyang, April 13 (KCNA) -- General Secreatry Kim Jong Il watched a combined exercise of Large Combined Unit 567 of the KPA staged on the occasion of the Day of the Sun.

After receiving a salute, he mounted an observation platform to be briefed on the plan of the exercise and watch it.

After watching the exercise the unit conducted at a high level by fully embodying the Juche-oriented war method, he expressed great satisfaction over the fact that all the servicepersons of the unit are fully prepared politically and ideologically and in military technique to beat back any surprise attack of the enemy in time and defend the socialist country as firm as a rock.

He highly appreciated the success made in the exercise and set forth highly important tasks which would serve as guidelines for further bolstering up the KPA into ever-victorious revolutionary armed forces.

The servicepersons of the heroic KPA have grown not only to be a death-defying corps of human bombs and vanguard fighters of Songun revolution ready to dedicate their youth and life to the Party and the leader, the country and people but to be powerful revolutionary armed forces equipped with modern offensive and defensive means, he said, adding that the socialist system centered on the popular masses will always remain shining in the DPRK as an invulnerable fortress as it has this matchless great army, a heir to the tradition of the anti-Japanese armed struggle.

He expressed expectation and belief that the servicepersons of the KPA would firmly protect the security of the country and the people's happiness with arms.

He was accompanied by KPA Vice-Marshal Kim Yong Chun, vice-chairman of the NDC of the DPRK and minister of the People's Armed Forces, Ri Yong Mu and O Kuk Ryol, vice-chairmen of the NDC, KPA General Ri Yong Ho, chief of the General Staff of the KPA, KPA General Kim Jong Gak, member of the NDC and first vice-director of the KPA General Political Department, KPA Vice-Marshal Kim Il Chol, member of the NDC, and other commanding officers of the KPA and Secretaries of the C.C., the WPK Jon Pyong Ho, Choe Thae Bok and Kim Ki Nam and other senior officials of the C.C., the WPK.

The exercise was watched by deputies to the Supreme People's Assembly, officials of party, armed forces and power organs, social organizations, ministries and national institutions, those in the fields of science, education, culture and arts, pubic heath and media here and commanding officers of various units of the KPA.

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