Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defense Commission of the DPRK, guided the live-shell firing exercise of KPA Unit 171.
He mounted an observation post to learn about the plan for the exercise and the deployment of multiple launch rocket systems before issuing an order to rapidly take up the designated fire positions.
After closely watching the combat movement of service personnel through binoculars, he set the order, method and targets of firepower strikes and issued an order to open fire.
The moment the rocket systems roared, shaking the mountain ranges on the forefront, reflecting the will of the KPA service personnel to annihilate the enemy and Hero Height 351 was enveloped in powder smoke reminiscent of a battlefield.
Shells dropped in the sea like hail, making huge columns of water soar.
Watching the columns of water rising in succession, he said with great satisfaction that the artillerymen are very good at firing and all of them are crack shots.
He highly appreciated the successful exercise, noting that all the targets hit by the artillery pieces in the fire positions on the forefront represented the eruption of the KPA service personnel’s burning hatred and their expression of the strong resolution to retaliate against the enemy.
He stressed that he came to be convinced once again that all service personnel were only waiting for an offensive order from the supreme commander while keeping themselves highly alerted.
He said that the hostile forces are now getting more undisguised in their moves to isolate and stifle the socialist country but the Korean people can dynamically push forward the building of a thriving nation as the service personnel are defending the posts of the country as firm as an iron wall with ardent patriotism.
He indicated the important tasks to be fulfilled by the units on the front to make more thorough-going combat preparations.
He was accompanied by KPA Vice Marshal Hwang Pyong So, director of the General Political Bureau of the KPA, and Army General Ri Yong Gil, chief of the KPA General Staff, Army Col. General So Hong Chan, first vice-minister of the People’s Armed Forces, and Army Col. General Pak Jong Chon, vice-chief of the KPA General Staff and director of its Fire-Command Department.