calendar>>February 22. 2013 Juch 102
Kim Jong Un Guides Military Exercise
Pyongyang, February 22 (KCNA) -- Marshal Kim Jong Un, supreme commander of the Korean People's Army (KPA), guided a flight exercise and a paratrooping drill of the Air and Anti-Air Force and Large Combined Unit 630 of the KPA.

He was accompanied by Choe Ryong Hae, Hyon Yong Chol, Kim Kyok Sik, Kim Yong Chun, Ri Yong Gil, Son Chol Ju, Jo Kyong Chol, Yun Tong Hyon, Ri Pyong Chol, Choe Kyong Song, Rim Kwang Il, Kang Ki Sop, Son Chong Nam, Ro Hung Se, Yun Jong Rin, Choe Pu Il, Hwang Pyong So, Ra Chong Il and Hong Yong Chil.

He gave an order to stage the exercise to the KPA's Air and Anti-Air Force and Large Combined Unit 630 to inspect their combat readiness.

He mounted an observation deck where he was briefed on the program of the exercise by its commanding officer and learned in detail about the preparedness and the influence of the bad weather on the exercise.

Under the circumstances created by Kim Jong Un, pilots promptly and accurately conducted the taking off and landing drills by using a motorway as an airfield.

Then followed a paratrooping drill.

Despite strong wind, paratroopers landed on the fixed points by applying the combat methods and actions they cultivated in their day-to-day trainings.

Kim Jong Un said their drills were carried out very well, adding that the pilots and the paratroopers successfully performed difficult missions despite very adverse weather conditions. This was the result of their good day-to-day trainings, he stressed.

"Battles are not fought depending on weather conditions and an engagement with the enemy takes place under the worst conditions", he noted.

He said that in order for soldiers to creditably discharge their missions any time and under any circumstances and conditions, they should conduct drills under the simulated conditions of an actual battle with high ideological awareness.

Underlining the need for the KPA to embody the spirit of the Enlarged Meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea in the military and political work, he called on all KPA units to raise the hot wind of training just as the anti-Japanese guerrillas did in Mt. Paektu.

The drills conducted by them this time show that it is necessary to put exercises on a scientific basis as required by a modern war, he noted, specifying ways to do so.

"As I emphasized while watching the exercise of KPA's Large Combined Unit 526, it is necessary to steadily study and round off the Korean style combat methods suited to the modern war and modernize the weaponry in order to defeat the enemy", he said.

He called on the KPA service personnel to put spurs to making preparations for going into action, keeping themselves at maximum alert at all times.

"Once the enemies make a provocation, you should give full play to the inexhaustible combat capability to deal deadly blows at them, giving them no time to come to their senses, and blow up their strongholds of aggression," he stressed.

Kim Jong Un invited the service personnel who took part in the drills to Pyongyang that evening to have a photo taken with them.

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