The Fourth Enlarged Meeting of the Seventh Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea was held at a stirring time when the entire Party and the whole society are pushing ahead with the grand revolutionary advance for glorifying this year marking the 75th founding anniversary of the WPK as a year of opening an epoch-making phase in the course of development of the Korean-style socialism, true to the line and policy for achieving prosperity by dint of self-reliance set forth by the great Party Central Committee.
Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea and Chairman of the WPK Central Military Commission, presided over the meeting.
Present at the meeting were the members of the WPK Central Military Commission, the members of the Executive Committee of the Korean People’s Army Committee of the WPK, commanders and political commissars of the KPA services and corps, commanding officers of the Ministry of State Security, the Ministry of People’s Security, the Guard Headquarters and other armed forces organs at all levels and deputy directors of major departments of the WPK Central Committee.
The meeting discussed important military measures and organizational and political measures to further bolster up the overall armed forces of the DPRK politically and ideologically and in military technique to be able to firmly defend the political stability and sovereignty of the country and reliably contain the persistent military threats, big and small, from the hostile forces in view of the essential requirements to bring about further progress in developing the national defence capabilities and war deterrent under the internal and external situation created in the vital period for the development of the Korean revolution, and dealt with an organizational matter.
The meeting reviewed and analyzed a series of drawbacks in the military and political activities of the overall armed forces of the DPRK, including the People’s Army, and discussed for the ways of overcoming them and bringing about drastic improvement, the issue of examining and setting right the unreasonable machinery and organizational defects in the formation of the armed forces and the core issues of further building up the military strength for containing the threatening alien forces by rapidly increasing the self-reliant defence capabilities and forming new units.
The meeting stressed once again the tasks facing different sectors to thoroughly carry out the revolutionary military lines and policies of the Party.
It set forth new policies for further building up the nuclear war deterrent of the country and putting the strategic armed forces on a high alert in line with the general requirements for the building and development of the armed forces of the country.
It also took crucial measures for decisively increasing the firepower strike ability of the artillery of the KPA.
The meeting elected a vice-chairman of the WPK Central Military Commission and recalled or by-elected some of its members.
Ri Pyong Chol was elected a vice-chairman of the WPK Central Military Commission.
An organizational matter was tabled at the meeting on dismissing or transferring or newly appointing commanding officers in major posts of the armed forces institutions.
The WPK Central Military Commission decided to promote the military ranks of major commanding officers of the People’s Army in high recognition of their devotion and efforts to glorify this significant year marking the 75th birthday of the glorious WPK as the first year of great victory in the offensive to make a frontal breakthrough.
Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un put the main emphasis on thoroughly realizing the Party’s unified leadership over the People’s Army by consolidating the Party organizations and political institutions at all levels within the army and enhancing their functions and role, and on intensifying Party guidance over the work to conduct military, political, logistic, security and all other affairs in strict accordance with the ideology and intention of the Party. He specified key issues to be consistently maintained in the military and political activities of the armed forces of the DPRK, and tasks and ways to this end.
He signed seven orders, including the orders on new military measures taken and decided at the Party Central Military Commission, an order on draft reorganization of machinery for enhancing the responsibility and role of a major military educational institution, an order on reorganizing the military commanding system to meet the mission and duty of security institutions, and an order on promoting the military ranks of commanding officers.
The meeting served as a historic turning point of great significance in building up the capabilities of the revolutionary armed forces in every way and laying a solid foundation for further powerfully propelling the victorious advance of the revolutionary cause of Juche by dint of the invincible military force in line with the outstanding army-building idea and strategic plan of the WPK.