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Kim Jong Un Guides Combined Joint Drill of KPA Large Units

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

Pyongyang, November 23 (KCNA) -- Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, organized and guided combined joint drill of the units under KPA Combined Units 572 and 630.

He mounted the observation post to learn about the plan of the drill before issuing an order to start it.

Watching the course of the maritime transport group and landing formation, he advanced plans and tasks for containing the enemies' counteraction at the time of maneuvering in the waters and approaching the coast for landing.

Watching the fighters of special operation units landing on the coast and charging at a lightning speed to hit the 'enemy's' targets, he expressed great satisfaction, saying 'they are fighting well and no enemy troops would come to their senses when they are exposed to such attack.'

He watched the whole course of the drill with keen attention and estimated its results before pointing out the shortcomings to overcome and indicating tasks and ways to do so.

'I used to create circumstances all of a sudden any moment to personally organize and guide drills of units because the present drill is directly linked with the future fight and destiny of our country', he said.

He instructed all units of the KPA not to conduct drills, wedded to such ready-made norms as scenarios but stage a lot of rehearsals under the simulated conditions of an actual battle by creating various circumstances which they may encounter in a modern warfare and get prepared at all times to perform their duties after launching a battle the moment the supreme commander issues an order for mobilization after creating any conditions any time.

Noting that it is important to properly set the purpose of all drills and their tactical background, he underlined the need to frequently stage such combined joint rehearsals as the one conducted today to suit the nature of a modern warfare and meet the requirements of Juche-based war methods in order to bolster up the capability of units at various levels to conduct operations and improve the operation commanding ability of commanding officers by focusing main efforts on rounding off the close coordination among units of services and arms of the army and ensuring promptness, rapidity, unity and accuracy in combat actions.

He also stressed the need for all commanding officers and training officers of the KPA to study hard to cope with the enemies' ever-changing war modes, steadily improve the styles and methods of training and thus let all units conduct drills under the simulated conditions of an actual battle so that they may be staged with main emphasis on helping the servicemen acquire methods of combat actions useful in actual battles.

Recalling that there are still leftovers of formalism, expediency and stylish manner, he called for taking strong measures to root out them.

He underscored the need for the whole army to more thoroughly arm itself with the revolutionary idea of the party and make a hot wind of undergoing intensive training just as the anti-Japanese guerrillas did in Mt. Paektu prevail at all units so that all service personnel may be prepared as Mt. Paektu tigers possessed of Kim Il Sung-Kim Jong Il military strategy and tactics, perfect capability to fight an actual war, marksmanship of never missing targets and strong physical bodies, and thus turn all units into steel-strong guards units.

He was accompanied by KPA Vice Marshal Hwang Pyong So, director of the General Political Bureau of the KPA, Army General Ri Yong Gil, chief of the KPA General Staff, and other commanding officers of the KPA and O Il Jong and Han Kwang Sang, department directors of the Central Committee of the WPK.

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