North Korea marks army’s 80th anniversary

April 25th, 2012 - 7:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Pyongyang, April 25 (IANS) North Korea Wednesday marked the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Army (KPA), Xinhua reported.

Ri Yong-ho, chief of the KPA General Staff, said the founding of the army by commander Kim Il-sung 80 years ago ushered in a new history of building the revolutionary armed forces.

He said Kim Jong-il strengthened the army and made North Korea a world-level military power.

He said Kim Jong-un, KPA supreme commander and first chairman of the National Defense Commission, was “a brilliant commander of Songun (military-first)”. He would strengthen the might of the KPA and lead the North Korean revolution to a “new victory”.

Ri warned South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, saying that anyone who provokes or hurts North Korea’s dignity would be defeated.

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