Seventh Enlarged Meeting of Eighth WPK Central Military Commission Held

The Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea convened an enlarged meeting to discuss an important issue of making the army more thoroughly gird itself for a war, given the grave political and military situation prevailing in the Korean peninsula.

The 7th Enlarged Meeting of the 8th WPK Central Military Commission took place at the office building of the WPK Central Committee on August 9.

Kim Jong Un, general secretary of the WPK, chairman of the Central Military Commission of the WPK and president of the State Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, guided the enlarged meeting.

It was attended by members of the WPK Central Military Commission. And present there as observers were commanders of the Korean People’s Army services, commanding officers of the frontline corps and units charged with important duties, and cadres of the relevant departments of the WPK Central Committee.

The enlarged meeting analyzed the military moves of the chief culprits of the deteriorated situation that disturb peace and stability in the Korean peninsula and its vicinity, and decided on the plans for offensive military countermeasures to thoroughly deter them. It also discussed as its major agenda item the issues of making full war preparations to neutralize at a blow the enemy attack with overwhelming strategic deterrence and launch simultaneous offensive military actions in contingency.

The present situation, in which the hostile forces are getting ever more undisguised in their reckless military confrontation with the DPRK, requires the latter’s army to have more positive, proactive and overwhelming will and thoroughgoing and perfect military readiness for a war.

The meeting examined a plan of forming frontline operations groups reinforced to overwhelmingly contain and destroy the enemy with absolutely superior military strategy, tactics and muscle in contingency, and the operational tasks to be fulfilled in carrying it out. It also deeply studied and discussed the military measures for diversifying the operational executive capabilities of frontline units and mapping out more detailed operational plans.

On the basis of the results of the discussion, the WPK Central Military Commission issued important military action guidelines applicable to the enlarged and changed operational sphere and plans of the frontline units of the KPA. It also unanimously decided on the military and practical issues arising in proactively conducting actual war drills for fulfilling the new strategic mission and making full preparations for carrying out the operational plans at any time.

The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un signed the written order on the important military measures discussed and decided by the WPK Central Military Commission.

He deeply summarized and analyzed the present situation of the Korean peninsula and its vicinity and made an important conclusion on further stepping up the war preparations of the KPA in an aggressive manner.

Saying that to prepare a strong army is the key to implementing the military strategic plan of the Party Central Committee for containing the enemy’s use of military muscle in advance and neutralize all forms of its attack all at once in case of the outbreak of a war, he called for securing more powerful strike means for carrying out the mission of war deterrence and continuously intensifying the work for deploying them in the units for action in a mobile way.

He also called for actively conducting actual war drills to efficiently operate newly deployed latest weapons and equipment to ensure that they would display the maximum effect in combat, and radically increasing the KPA’s capabilities for fighting a war by getting it ready for combat all the time.

Saying that the munitions factories have a very important duty to strengthen the KPA in terms of military technology, he underlined the need for all the munitions industrial establishments to push ahead with the mass-production of various weapons and equipment in real earnest to satisfy the operational demand of the KPA undergoing modernization, and set forth the goal for the expansion of the weaponry production capacity and the weaponry production plan.

The enlarged meeting dealt with the organizational matter of dismissing General Pak Su Il from the post of the chief of the General Staff and appointing Vice Marshal Ri Yong Gil as new chief of the General Staff, and of dismissing, transferring to other posts or newly appointing some leading commanding officers.

It also discussed a series of important tasks facing the armed forces of the DPRK, including the issue of making preparations for the successful militia parade marking the 75th founding anniversary of the DPRK.

The enlarged meeting serves as a significant occasion in providing a firm military guarantee for victory in war by setting forth the substantive programmes for the KPA to overpower the enemy by taking firm strategic and tactical initiative in modern warfare.


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