North Korea urges military to pledge lives to Kim Jong Un

North Korea marked 10 years since Kim Jong Un’s ascension to power by calling on the country’s 1.2 million-strong military to unite behind him, state-run media reported.

The Rodong Sinmun newspaper — the official mouthpiece of the ruling Worker’s Party — urged the Hermit Kingdom’s military leaders and soldiers in an editorial to become an “impregnable fortress and bulletproof walls in devotedly defending (Kim) with their lives.”

The propaganda sheet hailed Kim’s “energetic leadership” in launching offenses “throughout the country for a fresh advance and leap forward as the stubborn attacking spirit pervaded the times.”

It also called for building a more modernized, advanced military that serves as a “reliable guardian of our state and people.”

“With him in the van, the construction of a powerful socialist country is sure to emerge victorious and its future is rosy,” the editorial went on.

The editorial also called for the military to be a ‘reliable guardian’ for the state and people.
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Kim Jong Un inspecting the troops prior to a military parade in 2018.
Kim Jong Un inspecting the troops prior to a military parade in 2018.
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Kim became North Korea’s supreme leader on Dec. 29, 2011, following the death of his predecessor and father Kim Jong Il on Dec. 17 of that year from a heart attack. 

The anniversary comes as North Korea’s leaders convene a major political conference where officials were expected to discuss Pyongyang’s relationship with the United States and the problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

With Post wires