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Kim Jong-un inspects army on new year's day

Updated: 2012-01-01 22:01
( Xinhua)

PYONGYANG - Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong-un, marked new year's day with a visit to a Korean People's Army (KPA) tank division Sunday, the official KCNA news agency reported.

Kim, supreme commander of the KPA and supreme leader of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), state and army, said the Seoul Ryu Kyong Su 105 Guards Tank Division was the unit that late DPRK leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il had inspected the most, according to the report.

He expected the division would become the army's most powerful unit, expressing his hope that it would strengthen training and be ready to fight any time.

This was Kim's first KPA inspection since he assumed its top role.

The Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK proclaimed on December 30 that Kim had assumed the supreme KPA commandership "at the behest" of late leader Kim Jong-il on October 8, 2011.