[North Korea's] military power in general is decrepit. I saw many soldiers, though we were forbidden to photograph them. I suspect this is because they are undersized, shabbily dressed, and their weapons are ancient and probably useless. One infantryman, who halted us at a checkpoint on the way to the frontier, carried a rifle whose unvarnished wooden stock was split. The metal parts were worn and old. I should not have wanted to fire such a gun, for fear that it would blow up in my face, and I doubt if it had been used for many years.Pay no attention to those Imperialist lies. Here is the Songun inside story of those invincible revolutionary forces:
Today the Korean People's Army has grown into invincible revolutionary armed forces that any formidable enemy on earth dare not pounce upon.
It is unthinkable apart from the extraordinary intelligence and energetic Songun revolutionary leadership of Supreme Commander Kim Jong Il.
Over the last decades he has poured all his heart and soul into the work of developing and strengthening the KPA into an invincible army.
In particular, the past 10-odd years when the Songun politics has been embodied in an overall way were years of demonstrating his prominent commanding art and were recorded in the history of Juche-oriented army building as proud annals in which the KPA ushered in its heyday.
When the country and the revolution faced with grim trials due to the imperialist allied forces' reckless moves to invade and stifle them, he put forth the original idea that the army is immediately the Party, the state and the people, and formulated the Songun politics as the basic mode of the socialist politics.
With his indefatigable army-inspection for Songun he has strengthened the KPA to be a matchless powerful army that can wipe out any imperialist aggressive forces at one stroke with the result that it has displayed its might as a powerful revolutionary army of Mt. Paektu.
During the period of the"Arduous March" the KPA started the vigorous movement for winning the title of O Jung Hup-led 7th Regiment, a new higher form of mass movement, and waged a brisk campaign to follow the spiritual and moral traits of Hero Kil Yong Jo and other soldiers who defended the leader with their very lives, developing itself into a unit of pure ideology, ranks of human bullets and bombs, for safeguarding the leader at the cost of lives.
In order to boost the combat capacity of the KPA onto a highest phase, he, with his prominent commanding art, has never ceased to inspect army units, letting the servicepersons have inexhaustible wisdom and courage.
It is thanks to the clairvoyance of the brilliant commander of Mt. Paektu that these years all the companies have been trained as powerful combat ranks through the military drills intensified on a new higher level to increase the combat power of the whole army remarkably and all the commanding officers have grown to be able ones.
The army and people of the DPRK have won one victory after another in the anti-imperialist, anti-U.S. confrontation and the DPRK demonstrated its might as a powerful military state with self-defensive war deterrent. It is, indeed, a historical miracle wrought by them under the guidance of Kim Jong Il, supreme commander of the KPA.