Military

First Enlarged Meeting of Eighth Central Military Commission of WPK Held

The First Enlarged Meeting of the Eighth Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea was held at the headquarters building of the Party Central Committee on February 24.

Kim Jong Un, General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and President of the State Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, guided the First Enlarged Meeting of the Eighth Central Military Commission of the Party.

Present at the enlarged meeting were Vice-Chairman Ri Pyong Chol and members of the Central Military Commission of the WPK.

Also on hand were commanding personnel of the services and corps-level units of the Korean People’s Army, members of the executive committee of the Party Committee of the People’s Army, commanders of some armed forces organs and vice-directors of departments concerned of the Party Central Committee.

The First Enlarged Meeting of the Eighth Central Military Commission of the WPK pointed out some shortcomings in the military and political activities and moral life of the commanding personnel of the People’s Army and importantly discussed an issue on thoroughly establishing the revolutionary moral discipline within the People’s Army.

At the meeting Kim Jong Un said that establishing the revolutionary moral discipline within the People’s Army is not merely a practical matter but a decisive issue concerning the existence of the People’s Army and the success or failure of the army building and the military activities. For solving the crucial issue, it is, first of all, necessary to strengthen the education and control to correctly establish the political consciousness and moral viewpoint of the commanding personnel of the People’s Army of the new generation, he added.

The meeting stressed that all the Party organizations and political organs of the People’s Army should regard it as a main task for thoroughly establishing the command system of the Party Central Committee throughout the army, strengthening the combat efficiency and displaying the noble mental and moral superiority of the revolutionary army at present to establish the revolutionary discipline and moral traits, and carry it out in an intensive way.

Next, the meeting dealt with the organizational issue on discharging and appointing commanding personnel at important posts of the armed forces organs.

The Central Military Commission of the WPK appointed Kim Song Gil Commander of the Navy of the KPA and gave him the military rank of Vice-Admiral.

It appointed Kim Chung Il Commander of the Air and Anti-Aircraft Force of the KPA and gave him the military rank of Lieutenant General.

The meeting also adopted a decision on promoting the military ranks of major commanding personnel.

According to the decision of the Central Military Commission of the WPK, the rank of Vice-Marshal of the KPA was given to Kim Jong Gwan, Minister of National Defence of the DPRK, and Kwon Yong Jin, Director of the KPA General Political Bureau.

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