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Respected Comrade Kim Jong Un Guides Training of KPA Paratroopers

Pyongyang, March 16 (KCNA) — 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, guided training of air-borne units of the Korean People’s Army on March 15.

He was accompanied by Pak Jong Chon, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea and vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the WPK.

The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un was greeted on the spot by Kang Sun Nam, minister of National Defence of the DPRK, Ri Yong Gil, chief of the General Staff of the KPA, a deputy chief of the General Staff of the KPA, the commander of the Air Force of the KPA, the commander of the Eleventh Corps and other leading commanding officers.

The training was aimed at inspecting the paratroopers’ readiness to be mobilized for any operational plan in surprise wartime circumstances and judging their real war capabilities adapted to different combat action procedures.

The combatants, who came to see again during their training the great iron-willed brilliant commander directing the struggle for bolstering up the KPA’s combat capabilities through his ceaseless undying journey for developing it into the most powerful, elite combat forces in the world, were filled with high confidence and enthusiasm to fully demonstrate the extraordinary ability and heroic fighting spirit they have cultivated to prepare themselves to be brave fighters.

Kim Jong Un received a report on the plan for training and guided the drill at an observation post.

Transport aircraft carrying the airborne troops appeared in the sky above the training ground and the paratroopers showered down on a simulated enemy position.

The airborne soldiers, who have steadily developed their indomitable combat capability with loyalty and patriotism through their arduous and demanding training, true to the training-first policy of the WPK, put the simulated operation zone under control at once with matchless courage and mettle, fully demonstrating their perfect combat capability to occupy the enemy region at a stroke once an order is issued.

Watching with great satisfaction the combat training of the skillful air-borne soldiers, he said that their bravery vividly represents the invincible fighting spirit and valor of the KPA.

Appreciating their efforts for having firmly cemented their a-match-for-a-hundred combat capability through intensive training for real war out of patriotism and loyalty, he highly praised them for being not only strong in their political and ideological readiness but also well prepared in terms of military technique and physical strength.

Noting that he personally confirmed through the recent major drills that the KPA, the main force for national defense in direct charge of fighting a war, is fully prepared for war in all aspects and firmly maintains perfect combat readiness with a clear outlook on the arch enemy, he said that he was very satisfied with this.

He set forth important tasks for the entire army to enhance its militant might in every way by conducting training more intensively with the main emphasis placed on steadily studying and applying realistic and scientific training methods for achieving maximum fighting efficiency on actual battlefields as required by modern warfare.

Underlining the need for the KPA to conduct every round of training under the simulated conditions of real war in order to prepare the soldiers to be stalwart fighters capable of fighting and surely winning the life-and-death decisive battles in contingency, he called for organizing in a methodological way scientific combat training to proactively cope with various topographical, meteorological and round-the-clock conditions and intensive exercises to make them get familiar with the action procedures under the most extreme conditions and unexpected combat circumstances in order to train brave and able future combat heroes on every training ground.

Emphasizing that officers in direct charge of training should fulfill their duty, he said that as their high ability is just a basic factor of guaranteeing the results of effective training, they should steadily enhance their qualifications amid a fierce competition for improving practical ability, continuously explore new and valuable training forms and methods, remain strict in making demands on trainees, and thus contribute to increasing the combat capability of their units and sub-units by attaining marked results in training.

Stressing once again that it is the primary duty of the KPA to make full preparations for war, he underlined the need for all the service personnel to firmly arm themselves with the strong will to fight the enemy and thoroughgoing outlook on war that they will change the course of history without fail if a war breaks out, and continue to spur war preparations by adding to their current fervent training enthusiasm.

Encouraging the KPA, strong in idea and faith, invincible for self-defense and ambitious for eternal victory, he had a photo taken with the airborne combatants who successfully carried out their combat training.

Paying the highest tribute to Kim Jong Un who added to their enthusiasm for training and struggle in the entire army with confidence in and optimism for sure victory and clearly indicated the ever-victorious fighting strategy, the commanding officers and participants in the training vowed to successfully fulfill their mission and duty as soldiers of the heroic KPA in the sacred struggle to glorify this significant year as a new heyday of intensified war preparations.

An affiliate of 38 North