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Supreme commander of the DPRK’s armed forces

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Photo provided by Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Jan. 1, 2017 shows top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un speaks during a televised New Year address. (Xinhua/KCNA)

Dec 30 this year marks the eighth anniversary of Kim Jong Un’s appointment as the supreme commander of the armed forces of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Over the past eight years the DPRK’s armed forces have grown in strength; the Korean People’s Army is armed with world-class military equipment and all the armed forces of the country have been well-prepared to defeat any foreign invasion. Military experts and analysts around the world agree on this point.

This remarkable development is inconceivable apart from Kim’s leadership.

The major traits of a renowned general are wisdom, courage and benevolence.

Kim is widely known for his outstanding strategy, wisdom and acumen.

In recent years, thanks to Kim’s outstanding strategy and adroit tactics, the DPRK could overcome critical situations and win in the confrontations with hostile forces.

Tougher countermeasure, unpredictable response, one-blow knockout, winning victory without firing a shot–these are the key tactics employed by the DPRK leader.


Unrivalled courage


Kim is also noted for his unrivalled courage.

Recently the hostile forces resorted to vicious schemes in trying to stifle this country both in military and economic aspects.

Despite the touch-and-go situation, Kim saw an artistic performance with the people and arranged a national conference of pilots in the capital city of Pyongyang. Also, he visited light-industry factories with a view to improving the people’s standard of living. At Panmunjom on the Military Demarcation Line he had a photo taken with all the soldiers including sentries.

Kim is respected as a leader who loves his people and leads the army by dint of ennobling virtue.

Kim regards soldiers as his comrades sharing will and destiny with him. He visits army units even in remote mountains or on far-flung islands, taking necessary measures for improving the living conditions of the soldiers with parental affection. He mingles with them unreservedly, sometimes having a photo taken with each one of them.


Kim’s affection


There are many moving stories about his affection; when some sailors fell during the performance of combat duty, he took all necessary steps to add lustre to their exploits; and hearing of a pilot’s death, he wrote a letter to his wife to console her.

It is quite natural that all the officers and men of the army respect their Supreme Commander sincerely and are full of determination to dedicate their lives for his sake.

There will be no match for this army that has formed an integral whole based on affection and obligation.

The world media and the international society speak highly of the DPRK leader, calling him “young leader possessed of outstanding wisdom and adroit tactics”, “statesman and commander with foresight and courage” and “benevolent general.”


Embassy of the DPRK, Phnom Penh


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