KPA Takes Upon Itself Two Missions

October Military March

A column of strapping service personnel in full combat gear march past in a brilliant parade that marked the 75th anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea in October 2020. (Photo Credit KCNA)

February 8 this year marks the 73rd anniversary of the Korean People's Army.

On this occasion, we extend heartfelt congratulations and pay tribute to the heroic KPA.

The DPRK created the legend of world-startling victory in the war against the aggressor troops of the US imperialists who boasted of being the "strongest in the world" and has firmly safeguarded national dignity and honour from the growing threat of aggression by hostile forces. This is unthinkable apart from the KPA.

Thanks to the heroic struggle of the KPA, national security and the people's safety were ensured in the face of the threat of invasion by the imperialist allied forces in the 1990s and breakthroughs were made on every major front of socialist construction to advance socialism.

The KPA fully demonstrated that it can respond to any form of warfare, operation and battle and is fully prepared for wiping out the stronghold of any aggressor forces through the military parades held in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea and the Eighth Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea.

It has protected the peaceful environment for socialist construction by maintaining heavy guard and constant combat preparedness and built up overall national strength and led the people to socialist civilization by performing miracles on all fronts of socialist construction.

In 2019 alone, KPA service personnel spruced up Samjiyon into a wonderful city in mountains and built numerous monumental structures including the Yangdok Hot Spring Resort, Jungphyong Vegetable Greenhouse Farm and Tree Nursery.

Everyone was deeply touched especially by the patriotic and heroic devotion the service members displayed in the unexpected anti-epidemic campaign and the reconstruction to recover from natural disasters last year.

They were the first to rush to the most severely damaged areas and built dwelling houses for the afflicted people before their own barracks. They even put off sleep and meals to complete the dwelling houses as early as possible.

In the course of this, many touching stories about intimate relations between the residents and service personnel came into being at rehabilitation sites.

All the officers and men of the KPA are filled with fresh confidence and resolve, now that the Eighth Congress of the WPK set forth the great programme for ushering in a period of new leap in socialist construction.

"It is the absolute maxim and proud tradition of struggle of the KPA to turn the impossible into the possible by going through even fire and water, true to the leader's trust, if it is the decision and instruction of the Party," said Kim Kwang Hyok, a general who spoke on behalf of the KPA at the Pyongyang municipal army-people joint rally held at Kim Il Sung Square on January 15 this year. "We will demonstrate more powerfully the fighting spirit of a-match-for-a-hundred combatants and pattern of creation peculiar to the KPA on every major front of socialist construction under the slogan of patriotism ‘Let us take upon ourselves both national defence and socialist construction!'"

(Pyongyang Times - February 8, 2021)

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