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Kim Jong Il Inspects KPA Unit Command
Pyongyang, July 13 (KCNA) -- Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission, inspected the command of KPA Unit 963.

After receiving a salute, he looked back on the glorious path covered by the unit, going round the revolutionary history museum and a room devoted to the unit's history.

Watching revolutionary relics and data with deep emotion, he said the unit creditably discharged its noble mission and duty at all the fierce battles fought during the Fatherland Liberation War against the U.S.-led imperialist allied forces and has displayed tremendous mentality and stamina of the heroic KPA for a long period till now.

He called on the officers and men of the unit to carry forward this admirable tradition and keep demonstrating the invincible might in defending the motherland.

Learning that Paek Ro Ok, who was honored to brief President Kim Il Sung on the unit's history during his inspection of it in January 1975, has devoted her enthusiasm to the education of soldiers, working as the curator of the Revolutionary History Museum, he praised her merits.

After learning about the unit's performance of duty, he went round military research rooms to acquaint himself with the training of commanding officers and members of the staff.

The unit has worked hard to push back the frontiers of latest technology in the combat and political training with the earnest willingness to bring about a drastic turn in the combat preparations of the unit this year marking the 20th anniversary since Kim Jong Il's assumption of office as supreme commander of the KPA.

He expressed great satisfaction with the fact that the unit is preparing all the commanding officers to be competent officers possessed of high operational combat organization and commanding ability of skillfully carrying out any combat duty of modern warfare.

He praised the unit for training soldiers to be a match for a hundred stalwart fighters capable of successfully carrying out combat duty in whatever situation through intensive training simulating an actual war. He highly appreciated their militant training traits.

He set forth tasks that would serve as important guidelines in increasing the combat ability of the unit in every way.

Today's training is like a furnace of bringing up heroes in tomorrow's battlefields, he said, calling for waging intensive training like an actual battle to prepare all commanding officers and soldiers to be versatile officers and fighters who uphold the WPK's Songun policy with arms.

He called for improving the control and management of the unit and establishing iron military discipline to strikingly demonstrate the militant spirit and appearance of the elite revolutionary army. He stressed the need to establish officer-men unity and cooperation between military commanders and political officers under the slogan of "Let all the soldiers become comrades" and strengthen the army-people unity in every way.

He toured a soldiers' hall, a library and other cultural and educational facilities to learn about the political education of soldiers.

He was very pleased to learn that all the soldiers of the unit grew to be avid readers in the course of reading must books, adding this rare revolutionary reading spirit can be seen in the KPA only.

He then walked round the compound of the command to learn about the unit's management.

The unit set an example not only in training but in political and ideological work, supply service and the control and management of the unit, he said, praising the unit as a model unit in the Songun era which applied the Party's slogan "Let us train, study and live like the anti-Japanese guerrillas!" to the service and life.

The KPA has grown to be a regular army ranging from companies to large combined units, he said, adding that invincible is the revolutionary cause of Juche in the DPRK as the elite revolutionary army of Mt. Paektu stands guard over the defence line of the country as firm as an iron wall.

He had a photo taken with servicepersons of the unit.

He was accompanied by Kim Jong Un, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the WPK, Jang Song Thaek, alternate member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK and vice-chairman of the National Defence Commission, and Kim Kyong Ok, member of the Central Military Commission of the WPK.

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