North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has chaired a key meeting of a top military commission to decide on organizational matters, the country’s state media said Sunday.
At the enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Kim and the North’s top policymakers “discussed issues arising in further developing the Korean People’s Army into the powerful Paektusan revolutionary army faithful to the party, the leader, the country and its people,” according to the Korean Central News Agency report monitored in Seoul.
The military commission is the key organization of the ruling party that controls all matters of running the country.
The date of the meeting was not specified but is likely to have been held on Saturday, coinciding with U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to South Korea.
Obama arrived in South Korea on Friday on his second stop of his four-nation Asia tour and left the country Saturday night.
“He stressed the need to enhance the function and role of the political organs of the KPA if it is to preserve the proud history and tradition of being the army of the party, win one victory after another in the confrontation with the U.S. and creditably perform the mission as a shock force and standard-bearer in building a thriving nation,” the KCNA said in an English-language dispatch.
In a separate dispatch, the KCNA said, “(Kim) guided a shelling drill of a long-range artillery sub-unit tasked with hitting major targets in the southwestern waters on the occasion of the 82nd anniversary of the heroic KPA.” The anniversary falls on Friday.
The report said Kim was accompanied by other key military leaders, such as Ri Yong-gil, head of the General Staff of the KPA, and Jang Jong-nam, the minister of the People’s Armed Forces. (Yonhap)