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Women’s Union Presents Airplanes to KPA General Staff

Nyomaeng (women’s union) light aircraft presented by members of the Socialist Women’s Union of Korea to the KPA on April 23, 2017 (Photo: Korean Central Television).

The Socialist Women’s Union of Kore [SWUK]a presented Nyomaeng light aircraft to the Korean People’s Army [KPA] at an airfield in Pyongyang on April 23 (Sunday) to commemorate the KPA’s official 85th anniversary.  Among those attending the ceremony were Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman for Workers’ and Social Organizations and State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman Choe Ryong Hae (Ch’oe Ryong-hae), SWUK Central Committee Chairwoman Jang Chun Sil (Chang Ch’un-sil), DPRK Vice Premier Im Chol Ung (Im Ch’o’l-u’ng), SWUK members, officials of the KPA General Staff and KPA and KPA Air and Anti-Air Force service members and officers.

Socialist Women’s Union of Korea Central Committee Chairwoman Jang Chun Sil delivers a speech during an April 23, 2017 ceremony presenting light aircraft to the KPA to mark the KPA’s official 85th anniversary (Photo: Korean Central Television).

Women’s Union and KPA participants in the ceremony (Photos: Korean Central Television).

Jang Chun Sil said in her speech that “the light aircraft reflects the patriotic mind and will of the women’s union members to contribute to beefing up the country’s defense capability” and Jang called on “the women’s union members to make their children actively join in the military service and give sincere assistance to the army steadily inheriting the tradition of assisting the army displayed on Paektu and the spirit of assisting the army displayed by the women of Namgang Village in the 1950s.”  Other SWUK members delivered speeches supporting Jang’s remarks.

At the end of the speaking program, a presentation document was handed over to a representative of the KPA General Staff.

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