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National Meeting Marks Anniversary of KPA Founding
Pyongyang, April 24 (KCNA) -- A national meeting was held at the People's Palace of Culture on Thursday to celebrate the 82nd anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army.

Present there were Kim Yong Nam, Pak Pong Ju, Jang Jong Nam and other senior officials of party, state and army, the chairperson of a friendly party, officials of party, armed forces organs, the Cabinet, public organizations, ministries and national institutions, service personnel of the KPA and the Korean People's Internal Security Forces, officials of institutions, factories and enterprises, heroes, those who had the honor of being received by President Kim Il Sung, leader Kim Jong Il and Marshal Kim Jong Un, families of service personnel, those of merits in aiding the army and working people in Pyongyang, the chief of the Pyongyang mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front and overseas Koreans staying in the socialist homeland.

Present there on invitation were foreign diplomatic envoys and members of the military attaches corps here and foreign guests.

KPA Army General Ri Yong Gil, alternate member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea and chief of the KPA General Staff, made a report at the meeting.

He said:

The KPA is a genuine army of the leader and the party as it has grown stronger over the past several decades under the cares of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un.

Kim Il Sung founded the Korean People's Revolutionary Army, the first revolutionary armed forces of Juche type, on April 25, Juche 21 (1932).

This made it possible for the Korean people to have their genuine revolutionary army guided by the Juche idea and led by the peerless Songun commander for the first time in history and marked the beginning of the glorious history of the Korean revolution which has advanced and won victories by dint of arms.

It was the great patriotic exploits performed by Kim Il Sung that he provided the Korean people with a powerful treasured sword for carving out their independent destiny, defeated the most ferocious two imperialisms in one generation, founded a modern defence industry and put all people under arms and turned the whole country into a fortress, thereby converting the country into an invulnerable country capable of defending itself.

The history of the KPA is the one of Kim Il Sung's army-building and, at the same time, the one of Kim Jong Il's Songun leadership.

Kim Jong Il made sure that the revolutionary soldier spirit was created by the KPA in the most arduous period of the Korean revolution and enforced the Songun politics in all spheres with the KPA as a main force, thus leading the struggle for defending socialism to a victory after another and paving a wide avenue for building a thriving nation.

The KPA greeted a glorious era by having as its supreme commander Kim Jong Un, another commander of Mt. Paektu.

Kim Jong Un set forth the modeling of the whole army on Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism as the general task for army-building and made a scientific clarification of all issues arising in the efforts to implement it, providing an immortal guiding principle for bolstering up the revolutionary armed forces.

Kim Jong Un was reelected first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK at the First Session of the 13th Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK. This was an event to be specially recorded in the national history as it provided a sure guarantee for the victory of the Songun revolution.

The reporter recalled that the KPA has performed proud feats unprecedented in the world history of army-building, remaining loyal to the cause of the party and leaders over the past 80 odd years.

The situation remains so tense on the Korean peninsula that a nuclear war may break out any time due to the frantic anti-DPRK rackets of the U.S. imperialists and its puppet forces, he noted.

If the U.S. imperialists and its allied forces intrude into the inviolable territory, air and seas of the DPRK even 0.001mm, its army and people will mercilessly wipe out the aggressors with weaponry of the revolution and the working class and achieve the historic cause of national reunification, he declared.

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