Conferences on recommending Secy.Kim Jong Il as WPK General Secretary held at Party organisations

Pyongyang, October 6 (KCNA) - Party conferences of the Secretariat of the Administration Council, the Ministry of Public Security, the State Transport Commission, the Ministry of Culture and Art, the National Academy of Sciences and the Capital Construction headquarters were held between September 27 to October 5 to discuss the issue of recommending Secretary Kim Jong Il as General Secretary of the WPK. And the conference of the headquarters of the WPK Central Committee and other conferences of different units equivalent to Provincial Party Committee were held. It was stressed at the conferences that in the past 30 odd years Supreme Commander Secretary Kim Jong Il, together with President Kim Il Sung, wisely led the Party, the State and the army as a whole and performed immortal feats. The delegates at the conferences approved and supported the decisions on recommending Secretary Kim Jong Il as General Secretary of the WPK and expressed their firm determination to accomplish the revolutionary cause of Juche under his leadership. Kim Yong Nam, politburo member of the WPK Central Committee, Hong Sok Hyong, alternate politburo member of the WPK Central Committee, Kim Hwan, Kim Pok Sin, Kim Chang Ju, Kim Yun Hyok and Paek Hak Rim were present at the relevant conferences together with delegates from organisations at all levels.

Who are human rights violators?

Pyongyang, October 6 (KCNA) - The Foreign Minister of south Korea reportedly slandered the north at the 52nd session of the UN General Assembly on September 29 over "violation of civil rights and basic freedom" and "imprisonment of many political prisoners." A U.S. television telecast on September 26 a "press conference" of those who defected to south Korea sponsored by a U.S. defence foundation in the U.S. at the conference the defectors accused the DPRK of "violating human rights" and called for "exercise of U.S. influence," saying that the time is not quite ripe for the international community to render food assistance to north Korea. There is no problem of human rights in the DPRK. The fiction of "human rights issue" is a fabrication of the south Korean against the north. The human rights of all people are guaranteed by law and not the slightest violation of them is allowed under the socialist system, which values humankind most. In the DPRK the citizens substantially exercise genuine independent rights in all spheres of political, economic and cultural life and enjoy all possible rights including employment, food, clothing, housing, education and medical treatment. This undeniable reality is admired by people around the world. By raising a hue and cry over "human rights issue of north Korea" the south Korean intend to conceal the serious human rights violations in south Korea and divert world attention elsewhere. Their sinister intention, however, can never be realised. South Korea is notorious for human rights violations. Now more than 70,000 guiltless people are subjected to political persecution in some 40 prisons. Kim In So, Kim Yong Thae and Ham Se Hwan, unconverted long-term prisoners, are undergoing psycological and physical sufferings, not allowed to return to the north where their kith and kin are waiting. The "civilian" regime mobilizes even the "defence security command" of the puppet army in surveillance over student movement, with a view to obliterating the South Korean Federation of University Student Councils. They are a few examples of human rights violations in south Korea. As for those who appeared at the "press conference," they are human scum who fled to south Korea, abandoning their parents, wives and children, afraid of judicial punishment for their grave crimes such as "embezzlement of public property" and "personal abuse." They are not qualified at all to talk about human rights. Through the anti-DPRK campaign with such renegades, the puppets will get nothing but criticism and scorn from the international community. We issue a warning to some U.S. Forces against their encouragement to the south Korean puppets in inter-Korean confrontation and their conspiracy in the anti-DPRK campaign. Their behavior will have a bad effect on the improvement of DPRK-U.S. ties. The south Korean puppets must review their own serious human rights situation, rather than resort to the wornout false propaganda over human rights in the DPRK. The dishonest forces of the U.S. must realise that conspiracy will result in an unpredictable situation. We will watch their future attitude.

Preparatory committees for celebration inaugurated in Yugoslavia and Angola

Pyongyang, October 6 (KCNA) -- An inaugural meeting of a preparatory committee was held in Yugoslavia on October 2 to welcome and celebrate the decisions to recommend Secretary Kim Jong Il as General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea which were adopted at the South Phyongan Provincial Conference of the WPK @and the Korean People's Army and other conferences. The meeting was addressed by the Chairman of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia and the Chairman of the Belgrade City Committee of the Yugoslav Communist Party. The speakers said that they had waited for the day when Secretary Kim Jong Il would be elected General Secretary of the Party and that it is a guarantee for the Korean people's cause of socialism to win victory defying any storm. At the meeting the inauguration of the preparatory committee was declared and its chairman and members were elected. A letter to Secretary Kim Jong Il was adopted at the meeting. A political council committee of Angolan opposition parties for welcoming the election of Secretary Kim Jong Il as General Secretary of the WPK was inaugurated on September 30 by the political council of opposition parties including 8 political parties in Angola. Chairman of the Angolan People's Democratic Union Joao Mateus Jorge was elected chairman of the committee. The committee decided to send a message of greetings to Secretary Kim Jong Il in support of the decisions on electing him General Secretary of the WPK and hold a welcome meeting in the name of 8 political parties affiliated with the political council of opposition parties in Angola.

Blossoms at Osan Hill

Pyongyang, October 6 (KCNA) -- 85 blossoms of 55 branches of a 20-year-old pear tree near the Statue of comrade Kim Jong Suk, a great communist revolutionary fighter, at Osan Hill in Hoeryong city, North Hamgyong Province, burst into bloom on the morning October 2 at a time when the whole country is filled with joy at the recommendation of Secretary Kim Jong Il as General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea. Seeing the blossoms, people are determined to remain so unfailingly loyal to Secretary Kim Jong Il as comrade Kim Jong Suk was to President Kim Il Sung.

Korean women in Japan meet

Tokyo, October 3 (KNS-KCNA) -- The 50th anniversary of the Union of Democratic Korean Women in Japan was celebrated in Tokyo on October 2. The meeting was informed about a silk banner from the Central Committee of the Korean Democratic Women's Union, congratulatory messages from the Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland and other organizations in the DPRK, overseas Korean organizations and compatriots and foreign figures. Chairman of the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) Han Tok Su made a congratulatory address at the meeting. He said that it is a great pride and pleasure of Koreans in Japan as well as officials of Chongryon and women to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the union at this historic time of electing Secretary Kim Jong Il as General Secretary of the WPK. He referred to the achievements of the union and expressed belief that the union would remain loyal to the marshal and vigorously wage the overseas women's movement along the patriotic road under his leadership. Kim Il Sun, chairwoman of the union, said in her report that the union would advance with faith in victory, true to the historic letter of the marshal and the resolution of the 4th session of the 17th Central Committee of Chongryon. Mutsuko Miki, wife of Former Prime Minister of Japan, and Sumiko Shimizu, social-democratic member of the house of councillors of Japan, made congratulatory speeches. A letter to Secretary Kim Jong Il was adopted at the meeting.

Letter to UN Secretary General

Pyongyang, October 6 (KCNA) - The Asian Regional Committee for Supporting Korea's Reunification, the Indian Committee for Supporting Korea's Reunification and the Indian Committee for Repatriation of Kim In So and Ham Se Hwan sent a letter in joint name to Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations, on September 27 in demand of the repatriation of the unconverted long-term prisoners in south Korea to the north. The letter said that the worsening human rights situation in south Korea is arousing big concern in India and other parts of the world. The south Korean authorities' refusal of the repatriation is a clear violation of the UN resolution over human rights, it said. The unconverted long-term prisoners deprived of their youth in jail should enjoy a free and happy life with their families in the remaining years, the letter said, and urged the UN to exercise positive influence for their repatriation.

Mysterious natural phenomena

Pyongyang, October 6 (KCNA) -- Mysterious natural phenomena were witnessed on September 28, when Secretary Kim Jong Il, Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, inspected KPA unit No. 576, which was undergoing examinations for the "O Jung Hup's seventh regiment title". The fields and mountains around the unit were wrapped in a thick fog from the early morning of the day. When Secretary Kim Jong Il in a car arrived at the entrance to the unit, the fog cleared off and the sun shone bright in the blue sky. 2 apricot trees on either side of the road to the unit had 28 and 26 blossoms respectively. Seeing the mysterious natural phenomena, the unit servicemen said that Secretary Kim Jong Il is the famous general produced by heaven.

Speech of head of DPRK delegation at meeting of group of 77

Pyongyang, October 6 (KCNA) -- The head of the DPRK delegation made a speech at the meeting of foreign ministers of the group of 77 which was held on September 26 during the 52nd session of the United Nations General Assembly. He said, "it is an important task for us to overcome the negative influence of the present inequitable international economic relations and to provide a favourable international situation for the development and growth of the developing countries." He continued: I consider that the 52nd session of the UN General Assembly should pay special attention to following issues when adopting measures for the policy of international development. First, international cooperation for development should be one for assistance to the national efforts of the developing countries to achieve social progress and lasting economic growth. The extraterritorial measures of some developed countries to eliminate and control the government role of developing countries while universalizing human rights, environment and national laws and standards should be rejected resolutely. The group of 77 should take joint action against the unilateral economic sanctions imposed by developed countries on developing countries for political reasons. Second, the UN system should be strengthened in socio-economic field to remove imbalance in the international economic relations and accelerate international cooperation. The UN reform in socio-economic field which is under way should not end in "reduction" or "simplification" of the UN organization but should be accelerated in the direction of enhaning the role of UN in this domain. The UN function of development should be regarded as important as peace keeping, human rights and humanism and should be strengthened to effectively meet the demand of developing countries. Third, dynamic, positive efforts should be made with firmer political will for south-south cooperation. The measures taken for south-south cooperation should be materialised to enhance the role of national organs of each country and further strengthen the activities of the existing cooperation organizations. We support measures taken by the group of 77 for strengthening coordination and solidarity between branches and member nations in various UN organizations and for enhanching the effect of the organizations.

Secy. Kim Jong Il's leadership is secret of north's stability

Pyongyang, October 6 (KCNA) -- Jo Song Il, member of the Society for the Study of Independence of South Korea, published an article titled "north's stability, its secret", according to the Seoul-based radio Voice of National Salvation. The article said: The brilliant and tested leadership of general Kim Jong Il, who led the people in the north to have strong faith and will without despair and pessimism and gave them wisdom and courage to overcome difficulties, is the secret of the stability of the north. Over the past three years since President Kim Il Sung passed away, the north has overcome manifold hardships under the red flag of socialism. This fact shows there is no one who doubts about the stability of the north's system. In the north there is no "feud between hard-liners and moderates" and "internal political strife." On the contrary, people of all strata often rally to vow to uphold the leader with loyalty and filial piety and to defend socialist system, and the Party, the army and the people unite and do all for farming to achieve self-sufficiency in food, on the orders of the Supreme Commander. In the north, the leader, Party and masses form a socio-political organism under the Juche-oriented politics of the respected general Kim Jong Il. Never will the northern society be shaken, a society where the people are closely rallied around the political leader and share their destiny with the socialist system. Nuclear bomb is not enough to blow it up. In the 21st century, humanity will meet a new era of dynamic advance along the road of independence with Juche Korea under general Kim Jong Il at the centre.

Housing construction in Pyongyang

Pyongyang, October 6 (KCNA) -- Housing construction for 10,000 households began in Pyongyang. It will be completed before the 50th National Day (September 9, 1998). Dwelling houses for some 2,000 households will be built in various forms in the 8 odd kilometre section from the Kumsusan Memorial Palace to Pyongyang Airport. And flats for about 8,500 households will be built in different places of the capital city. Secretary Kim Jong Il gave wise guidance over housing and other construction projects as a whole from the 1970s. As a result, Rakwon Street with flats for 3,000 households made its appearance in a matter of 6 months in 1975 to mark the 30th founding anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea. Pyongyang witnessed a great heyday in housing construction in the 80s. In the beginning of the 80s Changgwang Street with various types of 20-30 storied blocks of flats for nearly 2,000 households with a total floor space of 400,000 square metres was built in ten months or so. In 1985 the 45-storied, twin tower-shaped Pyongyang Koryo Hotel, some 20 restaurants of various types and flats for about 2,000 households were built. The flats built in the street have 3 or 4 living rooms each. Flats for nearly 5,000 households and educational cultural and sports facilities were built in a peculiar type on An Sang Thaek Street at the foot of Moran Hill. A thoroughfare, 100 metres wide, was laid, flanked by super-high buildings for tens of thousands of households in cylinder, folding screen and staircase types on Kwangbok Street near Mangyongdae, the native Place of President Kim Il Sung. The floor space for a family is 110 square metres on an average and 180 square metres at the maximum. The green tract of land in the street is more than 6,000,000 square metres or one-third of the building area. Blocks of flats on Thongil Street in east Pyongyang were built in group, tower, staircase and other types. Each flat has a total floor space of 90-120 square metres. There is a block of flats for 1,000 to 1,500 households. The residential quarters extend to the outskirts according to the Pyongyang construction plan.

Sojourn in Korea of Japanese delegation

Pyongyang, October 6 (KCNA) - The delegation of Japan's Ddenchishokyo headed by leader Shizue Araya today visited the Korean Revolution Museum. The guests went round with keen interests the data and historic relics, being briefed on the brilliant revolutionary history of President Kim Il Sung who triumphantly led the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle in the darkest period of national sufferings caused by the Japanese imperialist rule and liberated the country. The delegation also visited the monument to Party founding. They listened to the explanation on the successful building of the monument as a great edifice of the time under the wise guidance of Secretary Kim Jong Il, expressing great admiration. It went round the 150,000-seat May Day Stadium on Rungna Islet on the Taedong River. Earlier, on October 4, the delegation visited the International Friendship Exhibition at the foot of Mt. Myohyang.