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Kim Jong Un Watches Firing Contest of KPA Artillery Units
Pyongyang, January 5 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, watched a firing contest of KPA artillery units.

Taking part in the contest were artillery sub-units under KPA Large Combined Units 966, 313, 567, 526, 233, 549, 324, 593 and 287.

After hearing a report on the procedure and way of a single-gun firing contest, the Supreme Commander watched the contest at an observation post.

All the contestants hit every target with the perfect marksmanship they acquired in routine drills and thus displayed the will of the powerful revolutionary Paektusan army to mercilessly wipe out any provokers against the DPRK, a socialist country.

With a broad smile on his face, Kim Jong Un said that the dependable KPA artillerymen are very good at firing and they seem to be well-trained snipers.

Noting that the single-gun firing method, applied at the contest, is a very good training method for single-shot hit without trial firing, he underlined the need to positively study new ways, contents and methods of training, as required by modern warfare, and thus improve the effectiveness of drills so as to make a fresh progress in staging drills.

At the contest the first place was taken by KPA Large Combined Unit 966, the second by Unit 549 and the third by Unit 593. They were followed by Units 287, 313, 324, 567, 233 and 526 in standings.

Successful units and soldiers were awarded crackshots certificates, medals and badges.

Then Kim Jong Un advanced important tasks for building up the Juche-based artillery force before KPA commanding officers, executive members of the KPA Party Committee and artillery commanders of the large combined units.

What is essential in strengthening the artillery force is to raise the firing hit-rate above anything else, he said, urging the KPA to stage a brisk drive for learning from the heroic artillerymen on Mu Islet as part of the crackshots movement.

He expressed great expectation and belief that the officers and soldiers of all artillery units and sub-units would intensify their drills, as the anti-Japanese guerillas did in Mt. Paektu, under the Party's slogan of training-first to improve the artillery force in a qualitative way and thus contribute to reliably defending the Party and the revolution, the country and its people.

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