Banquet Given to Celebrate KPA Birthday
Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)
Pyongyang, April 25 (KCNA) -- The National Defence Commission of the DPRK gave a banquet at the Mokran House on Thursday, the 81st anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army.
Present there was Marshal Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the KPA.
Also present there were Kim Yong Nam, Pak Pong Ju, Choe Ryong Hae and other senior party, army and state officials, members of the WPK Central Military Commission and the NDC of the DPRK, commanding officers of the KPA, officials of the party and armed forces organs, ministries and national institutions and service personnel of the KPA and the Korean People's Internal Security Forces.
Present there on invitation were diplomatic envoys of foreign countries and military attaches of foreign embassies here and their spouses.
Prior to the banquet, a performance was given by the Moranbong Band.
Jang Song Thaek, vice-chairman of the NDC of the DPRK, made a toast at the banquet.
At the significant place where he looked back upon the 80 odd year-long history of the KPA, he paid highest tribute to the great Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il who strengthened the KPA into the matchless revolutionary army and led it to the road of victory and glory, breathing with arms all their lives.
Upon the authorization of Marshal Kim Jong Un, supreme leader of our party and people and supreme commander of the KPA, he warmly congratulated the service personnel defending the sky, land and seas of the country as firm as a rock and all the people dynamically struggling to build a thriving nation.
He noted that the revolutionary armed forces are ushering in the greatest heyday of their development as they are holding Kim Jong Un, who is identical to the Generalissimos, as supreme commander.
He stressed the need to steadily bolster nuclear force for self-defence both in quality and quantity and perform new miracles and feats in building a thriving socialist nation in the spirit of the historic March, 2013 Plenary Meeting of the Central Committee of the WPK.
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