PYONGYANG, February 26 (Itar-Tass) — North Korean supreme commander-in-chief Kim Jong-Un inspected military units of the fourth corps of the Korean People’s Army, located in the south-western sector of the front, reports the KCNA news agency on Sunday.
According to the news agency, he handed over binoculars and submachine guns to troops of the first and fourth battalions of military unit No.403 as a gift and had a photograph taken with him as a keepsake for encouragement.
KCNA reports that artillerymen of those battalions “turned into a flaming torch” the island of Yeonpyeong in November 2010, located in the Yellow Sea, in retaliation to the shelling of “North Korean territorial waters by South Korean warmongers”.
Kim inspected combat positions of the unit as well as every-day life of servicemen. He also visited grounds of some more units where the North Korean leader was informed of the deployment of forces under conditions of the enemy’s preparations for the aggressive exercises “Key Resolve” and “Foal Eagle”.
Kim set the task before the command “to raise combat preparedness of units, taking into account new provocative actions by the enemy”. According to the supreme commander-in-chief, the south-western sector of the front “is a flash point where a war may erupt any time”.
He ordered “raising vigilance to the utmost and inflicting immediately a crushing retaliatory strike in case of the slightest violation of North Korean territorial waters by the enemy”.
Kim was accompanied by top generals, other military leaders and representatives of the Korean People’s Army’s supreme command.
South Korea and the US will mount large-scale war games in the South in February-March of this year.
The annual exercise “Key Resolve” will be held first in the period between February 27 and March 9. It will involve 200,000 South Korean men and officers as well as 2,100 American servicemen.
Then, another military exercise will follow – “Foal Eagle”. Its numerical strength will consist of one division of South Korean armed forces and around 11,000 American servicemen.