Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army, Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and first chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission, inspected island defence detachments stationed in the biggest hotspot in the southernmost part of the southwest front.
The first leg of his inspection was the defense detachment on Jangjae Islet near from Yonphyong Island. Having no time to have breakfast, he arrived there by a wooden boat of 27 h.p. despite rough waves without any prior notice.
The service members of the defence detachment who had been busy with combat preparations after starting their routine service welcomed the supreme commander with admiration, joy and great excitement.
The family members of the service personnel ran towards him upon hearing their enthusiastic cheers. They threw themselves into the arms of the supreme commander, tears of excitement rolling down their cheeks.
He kindly patted the children standing by their mothers on their cheeks, asking them what their fathers were doing. He held six-month-old baby Jong Hang Myong in his arms.
He posed for a picture with the family members of the service personnel.
He took deep care of the living of the service members, looking round their bedrooms and education rooms of the detachment.
Jangjae Islet is far from the land but it is a position of the revolution and the lives of the service persons are linked with the blood vessel of the Party, he said, adding he came there to see how they do their service on the islet, a life not easy for everyone.
Noting that the islet in the southernmost part of the southwest front is the one of the spots to which he attaches the greatest importance, he said the everyday spent by the soldiers is a patriotic one contributing to the prosperity of the country.
All of the service members standing guard over the post on the remote islet of the country without being known to others are revolutionaries and patriots, he noted, underscoring the need to provide good living conditions to them so that they may not long for the life on the land.
Then he mounted a watch post, brushing early morning dew.
He learned in detail about the deployment of the firing positions and the targets of the detachment.
He gave detailed instructions to bolster up the military hardware of the detachment and increase the density of fire to cope with the frantic arms build-up by the nearby enemy.
He said that once a war is ignited, the soldiers of the detachment should play a big role, calling on them to keep their firing equipment fully ready for combat actions with the transparent idea of devotedly defending the country and indomitable faith.
He stressed the need for the soldiers to keep themselves fully ready go into action upon the issue of the order to fire and instructed them to deal fatal blows at the enemy forces when they kick off firing, still failing to come to their senses.
Saying he entrusts the islet, the gateway of the southwest front, to the service members of the detachment, he gave them a pair of binoculars, an automatic rifle and machine gun as gifts.
He had a picture taken with the service members and military families.
The next leg of his inspection was the detachment of the KPA defending Mu Islet.
This is a proud detachment as its service members retaliated against the reckless shelling of the south Korean puppet warmongers through merciless counter-action, thus putting Yonphyong Island in flames and demonstrating the spirit of artillerymen of the KPA.
He went round bedrooms and education rooms of the detachment to learn about the supply of water, electricity, etc. He took a benevolent measure for the living of the servicepersons in the hotspot. It is necessary to take care of the living of the service personnel on islets with greater attention than any other units, he noted, calling on the commanding officers of the higher unit to help them at all times so that they may feel at home on the islet.
He walked a steep road which remained slippery because of raining in the previous day to mount the watch post.
On his way to the post he saw traces of shells fired by the enemy from Yonphyong Island and highly appreciated the feats the servicepersons of the detachment performed by demonstrating the might of arms of Mt. Paektu without allowing the enemy side to hurt even a single soldier that day.
The enemy troops on Yonphyong Island recklessly fired shells at the islet without knowing from where the deadly blows were dealt and they were hit hard by the telling shells fired by the service personnel of the detachment here with towering hatred, he noted.
He proposed to award the title of hero to artillery piece No. 1 and the title of heroic defense detachment to the Mu Islet Defense Detachment for demonstrating the mettle of KPA artillerymen before the enemy.
He carefully watched Yonphyong Island clearly visible from the post.
He expressed great satisfaction, saying he came there to examine the combat posture of the detachment if it is capable of countering the enemy deploying additional weapons of various types on the island.
This islet is not only biggest hotspot on the Korean Peninsula but a very sensitive area on which the world attention is focused and where the interests of many countries are intermingled, he noted.
Noting that the U.S. and south Korean puppet forces often stage provocative war drills in those waters of the sea, he said such moves of the enemies are reckless ones that deserve condemnation as they are threatening peace and stability of not only the DPRK but of the region and the rest of the world.
He ordered the servicepersons of the detachment to be vigilant against every move of the enemy and not to miss their gold chance to deal at once deadly counter-blows at the enemy if even a single shell is dropped on the waters or in the area where the sovereignty of the DPRK is exercised.
He solemnly declared that if the enemy dares recklessly preempt firing and even a single shell drops on the territory of the DPRK, the KPA should lead the battle to a sacred war for national reunification, not confining it to a local war on the southwest region.
He also ordered it to turn the west sea into a graveyard of the invaders if they impose a war upon the DPRK.
He gave the servicepersons a pair of binoculars, an automatic rifle and a machine gun as gifts, expressing expectation and belief that they would register laudable feats in the sacred struggle for defending the country. He then had a photo session with the servicepersons and their families
He was accompanied by KPA Vice-Marshal Choe Ryong Hae, director of the General Political Bureau of the KPA, KPA General Kim Yong Chol, KPA Lieutenant General Pak Jong Chon, Major General An Ji Yong, and Hwang Pyong So and Kim Pyong Ho, vice department directors of the C.C., the WPK.