North Korean state media on Wednesday dedicated multiple articles to leader Kim Jong Un’s leadership in military affairs and “high-tech national defense science,” in a move likely aimed at marking the three-year anniversary of a high-thrust rocket engine test.
Four articles in ruling party daily the Rodong Sinmun, one of which directly mentioned the March 2017 rocket engine test, hailed the country’s “military and national power.”
“The roar of thunder of the ‘March 18 Revolution’ still echoes — a revolution that… provided a ground-breaking turning point for strengthening self-defensive national defense power through pioneering a new level of development and creation in the great Kim Jong Un era,” one article said.
“Only invincible gunstocks can guarantee everlasting the prosperity of one’s people.”
Reporting that the “imperialists’ schemes” have become more “vicious day by day,” the article praised the North Korean leader’s decision to prioritize national defense “for the benefit and happiness of the people.”
“Looking back, the hostile forces’ desperate schemes against our Republic had reached their extreme,” it said, adding that North Korean people were now filled with “laughter” thanks to their national defense power.
Kim, it continued, had emphasized the importance of the country “possessing strong power” and ensuring that its enemies are “caught off guard in the face of our juche weapon, even in a situation in which physical powers collide violently.”
Another article in the party daily Wednesday lauded the DPRK’s development of the national defense industry and was dedicated to recapping on-site guidances by Kim Jong Un in August 2019.
The DPRK leader, it said, had “smiled brightly like a sunshine” as the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) gained “powerful war deterrent.”
Wednesday saw state media mark three years since the “March 18 Revolution” — a marked change compared to last year’s more low-key coverage of the anniversary.
The Rodong did mention the date in late 2019, however, with a party daily “special article (ronsol)” on August 31 lauding the North’s development of “new cutting-edge weapons,” and referring them to successes “equivalent to the unforgettable ‘March 18 Revolution.'”
“A new era of genuine peace and prosperity started… through the unforgettable December Mount Paektu climb,” the essay said, pointing out that Kim’s December visit followed “the ‘March 18 Revolution,’ ‘July 4 Revolution,’ and the ‘great November victory.'”
Meanwhile, externally-focused state media outlets on Wednesday also slammed the South Korean government’s decision to “pick a fight” about recent “self-defensive” military drills.
Following news of that drill, the Blue House said that the North’s “large-scale joint strike drill does not help to settle peace on the Korean peninsula,” with the ROK military warning that the exercises violated the spirit of a September 2018 military agreement between the two Koreas.
Uriminzokkiri on Wednesday condemned South Korean authorities as not qualified to discuss peace, given Seoul’s recent acquisition of high-tech military equipment from the U.S.
The DPRK Today — another externally-focused North Korean website — also lashed out, claiming that the North’s recent “fire strike drills” were “not for invasion… but for safeguarding peace and safety of the Korean peninsula.”
Edited by Oliver Hotham
North Korean state media on Wednesday dedicated multiple articles to leader Kim Jong Un's leadership in military affairs and "high-tech national defense science," in a move likely aimed at marking the three-year anniversary of a high-thrust rocket engine test.Four articles in ruling party daily the Rodong Sinmun, one of which directly mentioned the March 2017 rocket engine test, hailed the