Kim Jong Un Visits Military Unit with Younger Sister
luvsmiling, March 12, 2015, 10:42 a.m.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his younger sister inspected a front-line military unit off the country's east coast, calling for the deployment of more powerful weapons to the unit, the North's official news agency reported Thursday.
The leader and Kim Yo-jong, vice department director of the Central Committee, inspected the Sin Islet Defense Company, which guards a forward post off the east coast, the (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in an English dispatch.
The Sin islet is part of the North's port city and naval base of Wonsan, located about halfway along the Korean Peninsula's eastern coastline. "The company was defending the strategically very important islet," the KCNA quoted the leader as saying.
He also underscored "the necessity to deploy more powerful firepower striking means on the islet in order to thoroughly implement the party's military strategic policy on completely wiping out in a sea the enemies coming in attack from waters," according to the KCNA report.
Kim also encouraged the servicemen to "turn the company, an outpost in the East Sea ... into an invulnerable fortress like the coastal battery which fought on Wolmi Island," the KCNA said, referring to the Yellow Sea island now belonging to the South. The island was one of the front-line battlefields during the 1950-53 Korean War.
His sister, Yo-jong, was the only person mentioned in the report as having accompanied the leader for the undated military inspection, a point which indicates the sister's elevated status in the regime, according to experts. It was the first time the sister's name was included in such a news report as the only companion for Kim's public appearance.