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KPA Ceremony Marks Founding Anniversary

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

Pyongyang, April 25 (KCNA) -- A ceremony of the Korean People's Army (KPA) took place at the plaza of the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun Thursday, 81st anniversary of the KPA.

Present at the tribune of honor was Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission and Supreme Commander of the KPA.

Also present there were Choe Ryong Hae, Jang Song Thaek, Hyon Yong Chol, Kim Kyok Sik, Pak To Chun, Kim Yong Chun, Ri Yong Mu, O Kuk Ryol, Hyon Chol Hae, Kim Won Hong, Ju Kyu Chang, Kim Chang Sop, Choe Pu Il, Ri Pyong Sam and other members of the Central Military Commission of the WPK, members of the NDC of the DPRK and KPA commanding officers.

The reviewing stand was taken by Kim Yong Nam, Pak Pong Ju, Kim Kyong Hui, Kim Ki Nam, Choe Thae Bok, Yang Hyong Sop, Kang Sok Ju, Kim Yang Gon, Kim Yong Il, Kim Phyong Hae, Kwak Pom Gi, Jo Yon Jun and vice-premiers of the Cabinet, diplomatic envoys of foreign countries and members of the military attaches corps here.

Also watching the ceremony were officials of the party central leadership organ in Pyongyang, officials of the party and armed forces organs, working people's organizations, ministries and national institutions, officers and men of the KPA and the Korean People's Internal Security Forces, people from all walks of life, the chief of the Pyongyang mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front and overseas Koreans.

KPA Vice Marshal Choe Ryong Hae, director of the KPA General Political Bureau, who is also member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the C.C., the WPK, made a report in which he paid respects to President Kim Il Sung and general secretary Kim Jong Il and pledged loyalty for the dear respected Marshal Kim Jong Un, Supreme Commander.

The speaker said that the 80 odd year-long history of the KPA is one of glory in which it has steadily grown stronger as the main force for accomplishing the revolutionary cause of Juche under the care of the peerlessly great men of Mt. Paektu and one of victory and feats in which it met every vicious challenge and shattered war provocation moves of the enemies and reliably defended the party, the leader, country and people.

He expressed the pledge of all the service personnel to carry to completion the revolutionary cause of Juche that was started with arms in the forests of Mt. Paektu, true to the leadership of the Supreme Commander as instructed by the great Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.

Naval Commander Kim Myong Sik said that even though the U.S. imperialist aggressors try to browbeat the DPRK with super-large carriers and nuclear-powered submarines, they will never evade the fate of the U.S. heavy cruiser Baltimore, which was buried at sea in waters off Jumunjin during the last Korean War, by the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK equipped ultra-modern strike means.

Seamen waiting for the time of a dueling battle will send to the bottom of the sea all the pirates' ships of aggressors, once ordered, and turn the South Sea of Korea into the burial sea of the enemies, he said.

Air and Anti-air Force Commander Ri Pyong Chol said that the men of his force is waiting for a final attack order to put an end to the enemies, with firm determination to devotedly safeguard the Party Central Committee headed by Kim Jong Un and the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun.

The flying corps of a-match-for-a hundred stalwart pilots, once given a sortie order, will load nuclear bombs, instead of fuel for return, and storm enemy strongholds to blow them up, he said.

Strategic Rocket Force Commander Kim Rak Gyom said that the DPRK's inter-continental ballistic missiles have already set the dens of the brigandish U.S. imperialists as their first target and officers and men of the Strategic Rocket Force are one click away from pushing the launch button.

If the U.S. imperialists and their followers dare make a preemptive attack, they will be made to keenly realize what a real nuclear war and real retaliatory blows are like and their stooges be made to feel the taste of horrible nuclear holocaust.

After speeches there was a march-past in celebration of the KPA anniversary.

Kim Jong Un saluted the columns marching past the tribune of honor in fine array.

Airplanes made demonstration flights in the sky above the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun.

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