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3rd Meeting of KPA Battalion Commanders and Political Instructors Held under Guidance of Kim Jong Un

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

Pyongyang, November 5 (KCNA) -- There took place in Pyongyang with splendor the 3rd meeting of battalion commanders and political instructors of the Korean People's Army (KPA) on Oct. 3 and 4.

The meeting marked a new landmark in preserving and glorifying forever the idea of the peerless great men of Mt. Paektu on attaching importance to battalions and their exploits performed in army-building and reinforcing the battalions as required by the modeling of the whole army on Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism. It was of weighty importance in ushering in a heyday of bolstering up the military power by arousing all service personnel to the struggle to train the battalions as elite guards units of devotedly defending the leader.

Present at the meeting were Hwang Pyong So, Hyon Yong Chol, Ri Yong Gil, Kim Won Hong and other KPA commanding officers, battalion commanders and political instructors, etc.

Kim Jong Un entered the venue of the meeting.

He acknowledged the enthusiastic cheers of the participants and sent a warm salute to them.

The report was made by KPA Vice Marshal Hwang Pyong So, director of the KPA General Political Bureau.

The reporter said the annals of the Songun revolution which was started and triumphed by dint of arms under the banner of the Juche idea are associated with the tireless efforts made by the peerless great men of Mt. Paektu and the loving care shown by them for consolidating the battalions of the KPA.

President Kim Il Sung, who provided a precious tradition of reinforcing the battalions in the crucible of the bloody anti-Japanese war, directed primary efforts to reinforcing the battalions politically and militarily from the early period of building a revolutionary regular armed forces, the reporter noted, and went on:

During the past Fatherland Liberation War he appointed many anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters as commanding officers of the battalions and wisely led the battalions to fulfill their roles in achieving the victory in the war.

Leader Kim Jong Il gave a unique definition that a battalion is the lowest commanding unit of the KPA and its basic combat unit and independent unit for service. He enunciated the idea of giving importance to battalions that the overall combat capability of the KPA will be bolstered up in every way only when the battalions are reinforced.

At the second meeting of battalion commanders and political instructors, he set it as the basic duty of the battalion commanders and political instructors to make battalions elite and invincible combat ranks and led them with loving care to play the roles of central figures in reinforcing the battalions and twin pillars supporting them so that all of them might become a-match-for-hundred ones.

Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il's idea of attaching importance to battalions and their cause of army-building are being successfully carried forward and developed on a new higher stage under the wise leadership of Kim Jong Un.

The future of the DPRK is immensely rosy and it is sure to win its final victory as it has Kim Jong Un at the helm of the Songun revolution.

Then followed speeches by KPA general and officers.

Kim Jong Un made a speech at the meeting.

He said that the third meeting of KPA battalion commanders and political instructors marked an epochal occasion as it provided an important landmark in fully applying Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il's idea of attaching importance to battalions and their idea of reinforcing them to army building and military activities and ushering in a heyday of bolstering up the military muscle.

He referred to the importance of the position and duties of the battalions in increasing the military capability.

He set forth important tasks to be fulfilled to turn all battalions into invincible elite combat ranks capable of beating back any formidable enemy at one blow and dear old homes of service personnel linked with the yard of the Party Central Committee.

He underlined the need to steadily improve the contents and modes of training as required by Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il's military idea of strategy and tactics, Juche-based war methods, combat duties of units and sub-units and modern war.

He instructed commanding officers to embody Kim Jong Il-style outlook on service personnel, take warm care of their living and lead them as their real parents would do.

In order to reinforce the battalions it is necessary to decisively increase the responsibility and role of the battalion commanders and political instructors, he noted.

Battalion commanders and political instructors should work on the basis of strengthening companies from A to Z, he said, adding battalions and companies are like one organic body and it can be said that reinforcing companies precisely means strengthening battalions.

He set it as an important way for bringing about a fresh change in strengthening battalions to raise a hot wind of mass movement and competition.

Stressing the need for the entire army to attach importance to battalions and sincerely help them, he called for building well the ranks of battalion commanders and political instructors and putting forward them and settling knotty problems arising in the battalion work in a responsible manner.

He ardently appealed to them to dynamically struggle with indomitable faith to bring earlier the day of successfully completing the Korean revolution made under the leadership Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, bearing deep in mind the slogan of faith 'Do not abandon the revolutionary faith though one dies' which made the hearts of the anti-Japanese revolutionary forerunners burn, the slogan in which their spirit still lives on in the hearts of the service personnel.

He concluded his speech.

He said through the meeting he learned the commanding officers of the battalions who have devoted themselves to strengthening battalions are, indeed, patriots and unknown heroes, adding that the Party Central Committee is most highly proud of having these comrades.

He said that the Party Central Committed decided to highly praise them.

Then a decree of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK was read out by Ri Yong Gil, chief of the KPA General Staff.

Kim Jong Un personally awarded the title of DPRK labor hero and gold medal (hammer and sickle) and Order of National Flag First Class to KPA officers Pang Kyong Chol, Choe Tong Yun, Han Chol Su, Kim Chol Ho and Sin Ye Gun, commanding officers of battalions, who performed distinguished feats.

He expressed the conviction that all battalion commanders and political instructors would creditably live up to the expectation of the party by further reinforcing the battalions, the basic combat units of the KPA.

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