The commemorative pistols- named after what is considered in state lore to be the holy Mt. Paektu-were newly developed and produced by the workers of the munitions field of the country, according to the KCNA. Kim reportedly stressed that the military leaders receiving the guns-which were inscribed with his signature-must maintain intense and truthful loyalty to the glorious Party and the state.
The generals made solemn pledges, looking up to the Party flag, to hold close to their hearts the commemorative pistols conferred upon them by the Supreme Leader until their death and trust and follow the Marshal only. They also pledged to 'fight for Kim Jong Un at the cost of their lives' and defend him 'despite whatever changes in the world'-perhaps a reference to the current harsh economic conditions in the country and the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The most senior army rank in certain armies.
In July 2012, Kim was promoted to the highest rank of Marshal in the Korean People's Army.