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KJU Attends and Guides Fire Assault Drill

Kim Jong Un and Kim Ju Ae (right) inspect an artillery company in South P’yo’ngan Province on 10 March 2023 (Photo: KCNA).

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Kim Jong Un, general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and president of the State Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, gave field guidance to the Hwasong artillery unit charged with important operational task of the Korean People’s Army on the western front on March 9 and watched a fire assault drill.

The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un was greeted by commanding officers of the unit on the spot.

He acquainted himself with the combat and political training of the service personnel and the order of action of the unit for the important operational task and its capability to operate weapons systems.

He highly appreciated that all the service personnel are intensifying their combat and political training in a stand-by posture at all times with high class consciousness, transparent will to deal with the enemy and resolute viewpoint on struggle and steadily perfecting their operational capability to successfully carry out their important military task.

Going round important elements of the unit and various places of the sub-unit directly attached to it, he learned in detail about the war preparations and military service of the service personnel.

That day Kim Jong Un examined the actual war response posture of the 8th fire assault company under the unit charged with striking the enemy’s operation airport in the direction of the western front.

Leading officials of the Central Committee of the WPK and commanding officers of large combined units of the Korean People’s Army watched the drill.

The fire assault company, which has trained its capability to carry out strike missions in the definite and minute war posture of containing any military moves of the enemy at a time, fired a powerful volley at the targeted waters in the West Sea of Korea set under the simulated conditions of the major elements of the enemy operation airport, thus confidently demonstrating its capability to counter an actual war.

Expressing great satisfaction over the results of the drill, Kim Jong Un highly appreciated that the Hwasong artillerymen have been powerfully and strictly ready to respond to actual war.

He said that the results of the censorship training clearly showed the important sense of mission that the army should be ready to fight any time and be responsible for real action rather than words, and our evident, practical and unshakable will to take military action.

He stressed the need to always stay alert for all sorts of more frantic war preparation moves being staged by the enemy recently and maintain and steadily train the powerful capability to overwhelmingly respond to and contain them all the time so as to thoroughly deter the danger of a military clash on the Korean Peninsula.

Referring to the importance of the operational task of the unit once again, he stressed that its fire assault sub-units should be strictly prepared for the greatest perfection in carrying out the two strategic missions, that is, first to deter war and second to take the initiative in war, by steadily intensifying various simulated drills for real war in a diverse way under different situations.

All the combatants of the unit are full of their will to fulfill their weighty mission at the very time when the enemy’s moves for violating the sovereignty of our state and threatening its security cross the red-line set by the DPRK, by further accelerating the building of powerful war readiness.

An affiliate of 38 North