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National Meeting Marks Anniversary of KPA Founding

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 on Wednesday to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army.

Present there were Kim Yong Nam, Pak Pong Ju, Choe Ryong Hae and other senior party, state and army officials, officials of the party and armed forces organs, ministries and national institutions, service personnel of the KPA and the Korean People's Internal Security Forces, officials of institutions, factories and enterprises, those of merits in aiding the army, families of service personnel and people in Pyongyang, the chief of the Pyongyang mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front and overseas Koreans.

Present there on invitation were foreign diplomatic envoys and representatives of international bodies and members of the military attaches corps here and foreign guests.

KPA General Hyon Yong Chol, alternate member of the Political Bureau of the C.C., the Workers' Party of Korea and chief of the KPA General Staff, made a report. He said:

President Kim Il Sung founded the Korean People's Revolutionary Army, the first revolutionary armed forces of Juche type on April 25, Juche 21 (1932). This made it possible for the Korean people to have their genuine army for the first time in history and since then there started a new history of the Korean revolution which was hewed out with arms and has won victory and advanced with arms.

He trained the KPRA into the powerful main force of the anti-Japanese national liberation struggle in the flames of the anti-Japanese revolution, defeated Japanese imperialism and liberated Korea. In the complicated situation of building a new country he realized the cause of building the regular armed forces without delay, led the Fatherland Liberation War to victory and developed the KPA into a heroic army which shattered to smithereens the myth of the U.S. imperialists' 'mightiness'.

The Juche-based cause of army-building developed in depth onto a new higher stage thanks to the outstanding Songun revolutionary leadership and Songun politics of general secretary Kim Jong Il.

He established the Songun politics as the basic political mode under socialism as required by the changed reality and developing revolution in the 1990s. He put forward the KPA as the main force for accomplishing the revolutionary cause of Juche on the principle of giving priority to the army over the working class for the first time in history, and put its position and role on the highest level.

The Korean revolutionary armed forces have grown to be the army of the leader, the party and the people under the care of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, demonstrating its invincible might. They are the greatest patriotic legacy left by Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.

Today the KPA is ushering in greatest heyday of its development as it is led by Supreme Commander Kim Jong Un.

He set forth the line on simultaneously pushing forward economic construction and building of nuclear force at the historic March, 2013 plenary meeting of the C.C., the Workers' Party of Korea. This is a special great event which provided the immortal banner for final victory of the Songun revolution.

The reporter called for concluding the nuclear showdown with the U.S. with the arms of Paektusan, reunifying the country and winning a final victory in building a thriving socialist nation and accomplishing the revolutionary cause of Juche.

The U.S. and the puppet south Korea are bringing the dark clouds of a nuclear war to hang over the Korean Peninsula despite the repeated warnings of the DPRK, he said, stressing that if another undesired war breaks out due to the unpardonable behaviors of the U.S. imperialists and their followers, the army and people of the DPRK will put an end to the long-standing history of confrontation with the U.S. and bring a bright day of national reunification without fail.

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