FM Kim Yong Nam meets U.S. guest

Pyongyang, May 7 (KCNA) -- Vice-Premier and Foreign Minister Kim Yong Nam met and had a talk with Selig Harrison, researcher of the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars of the United States, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall on May 6.

Five-point policy of great national unity supported

Pyongyang, May 7 (KCNA) -- Foreign political parties and organisations are supporting the five-point policy of great national unity set forth by General Kim Jong Il in his historic letter "Let Us Reunify the Country Independently and Peacefully Through the Great Unity of the Entire Nation." The central committee of the Communist Party of Malta in a statement on April 30 said that the policy reflected the ardent desire of the Korean people for reunification and indicated the way of achieving the reunification of Korea. The statement expressed full support for the policy and firm solidarity with the Workers' Party of Korea in the struggle to realize the policy. The labour union of Guyana and the federation of agricultural workers of Guyana in a joint statement on April 27 urged the South Korean authorities to accept the five-point policy of great national unity as soon as possible, reject dependence on outside forces and sincerely respond to contact and dialogue with the north. The union of post and telecommunication workers of Guyana and the national association of agricultural, commercial and industrial workers of Guyana in their statements on April 29 said that the policy is the library of great national unity and the banner of Korea's reunification.

S. Korean authorities' suppression of workers and students denounced

Pyongyang, May 7 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Korean Students Committee (KSC) published a statement on May 6 denouncing the South Korean authorities for cracking down on workers, students and other people. The South Korean authorities drove out more than 17,000 riot police to mercilessly suppress the workers and students who took part in May Day demonstrations, leaving some ten persons wounded. And they issued arrest warrants for "prime movers of demonstration" and "backstage manipulators." The May Day demonstrations staged by South Korean workers and students are an expression of mass protest concerning their vital rights ruthlessly threatened under the trusteeship of the international financial organ, the statement said, so they are only too natural. It branded the South Korean authorities' suppression as a criminal act which can be committed only by traitors who are desperately trying to maintain their power by depending on outsiders at the cost of the interest of the people, indifferent to their destiny. The South Korean authorities should accept the just demand of the workers, students and people of all social standings, release the unreasonably arrested demonstrators at once and discontinue the brutal suppression unconditionally, it urged.

Sojourn of "Little Angels" Art Troupe in Pyongyang

Pyongyang, May 7 (KCNA) -- The visit to Pyongyang by the "Little Angels" Art Troupe of the World Peace Federation led by Co-Chairman Pak Po Hui of the federation continues. On May 6, the art troupe members visited the Mangyongdae Schoolchildren's Palace, warmly welcomed by the teaching staff and circle members of the palace with compatriotic feelings. The palace, which is a centre for after-school education of school youths and children, is a monumental edifice of the times built on Kwangbok Street in Mangyongdae area thanks to the great loving care of President Kim Il Sung and General Kim Jong Il. The art troupe members looked round some circle rooms of the palace, deeply moved by the circle members' wish that thier meeting will lead to reunification. Circle members presented the principal members and children of the art troupe with such calligraphic works, pieces of embroidery and Korean paintings as "The Nation is One," "We Want to Live in Reunified Country" and "Spring Aroma" representing the longing for the reunification of the country as gifts. The members of the art troupe saw a performance given by the art circle members of the palace. The colorful numbers included a song and dance "Happy to See You," an accordion solo "Our Father Is Marshal Kim Jong Il" and a song accompanied by Kayagum "My Best Country". At the end of the performance the children of the north and south and audience sang in chorus a song "Our Wish is Reunification" hand in hand with one another, vowing to reunify the country at an early date. On the same day, the art troupe members visited the mausoleum of King Tangun, the ancestral father of the Korean nation, in Kangdong county on the outskirts of the capital city. They had a good time, eating well-known Pyongyang cold noodles in Okryu restaurant on the River Taedong.

Leading public organisation officials call for unity of entire nation

Pyongyang, May 7 (KCNA) -- Leading officials of public organisations issued statements on May 6 supporting the historic letter of General Kim Jong Il "Let Us Reunify the Country Independently and Peacefully Through the Great Unity of the Entire Nation." Chairman Ju Song Il of the central committee of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea said to love one's country and nation and cherish one's national traits is the common psychology and sentiment of the member of the nation, and that to terminate division and reunify the country is the common interest and general target of unity for all the Koreans, whether they may be in the north, south or abroad and irrespective of their affiliation. It is only too reasonable that in the letter General Kim Jong Il said the Korean people's patriotism and the national qualities congenial to them are the ideological basis for the great unity of the entire nation and that the reunification of the country is the primary task of the Korean people, Ju said. The entire working class of Korea will make every possible effort to achieve unity with the South Koreans from all walks of life, workers in particular, under the banner of patriotism, the banner of national reunification, he stressed. First Secretary Ri Il Hwan of the central committee of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League said General Kim Jong Il's politics for great national unity, all-embracing politics, means embracing and uniting all people who value the soul of the nation and love the country and nation. His politics for great national unity based on the love for the country and nation is arousing sympathy from all the 70 million Koreans, he said. All the youths and students in North Korea will uphold the General's brilliant idea of great unity of the entire nation with unshakable faith and discharge their mission and duty as young vanguard in the sacred struggle to shape the destinies of the country and nation with a great pride and honor of having the general as the great father of the nation, he added.

Papers on brutal crackdown upon may day demonstrators in S. Korea

Pyongyang, May 7 (KCNA) -- Papers here today denounce the South Korean authorities for having brutally cracked down upon demonstrations and rallies of workers for vital rights and democracy. A news analyst of Rodong Sinmun says: The rallies and demos staged by the South Korean workers are an exercise of their undeprivable rights. Accordingly, the reckless crackdown upon them cannot be justified in any case. The South Korean workers have been subjected to subhuman political non-rights and hardships in living owing to the misrule by the puppets. It is natural that they are fighting to extricate themselves from them. Therefore, their struggle cannot be a target of suppression under any circumstances. Nevertheless, the puppets are recklessly persecuting innocent workers, branding them as "criminals." The present South Korean regime, which is brutally suppressing workers, is not suitable for its signboard of "government for the people." It is not accidental that South Korean people brand the present regime as a "government against the people." All successive South Korean dictators, who had been engrossed in the reckless suppression of the people, met a miserable end. A signed commentary of Minju Joson warns that the South Korean authorities must draw a lesson from the end of their predecessors, stop frantic suppression of the labour movement and release illegally imprisoned workers at once.

Release of demonstrators urged

Pyongyang, May 7 (KCNA) -- The South "Korean Confederation of Trade Unions" (KCTU) in a statement on May 2 demanded that the authorities immediately set free the workers and students who participated in May Day demonstrations, a Seoul-based radio report said. The statement denounced the fascist clique for having checked peace march with teargas canisters and suppressing the demonstrators by branding them as "violent forces." It urged the "government" to promptly stop trying to isolate "KCTU" and release the detainees.

Dissolution of "ANSP" called for

Pyongyang, May 7 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the National Democratic Front of South Korea (NDFSK) made public a statement on may 4 concerning the fact that the present South Korean authorities upgraded the "Agency for National Security Planning" (ANSP) to the "National Information Agency" (NIA), Seoul-based radio Voice of National Salvation said. The conversion of "ANSP" into "NIA" is a shameless trick to cover the dirty colors of the fascist plot-breeding organ and a vicious challenge to public demand for its dissolution, the statement said. It further said: Under the new "government" which styles itself "people's government", "ANSP" has still engaged in clandestine activities to obliterate democracy as unheard-of fascist repressive tool and notorious headquarters of tip-off politics. The present chief executive should not fool public opinion by renaming and upgrading "ANSP" but make a resolute decision to dissolve it.

U.S. hit for aggressive maritime strategy

Pyongyang, May 7 (KCNA) -- After the end of the Cold War the U.S. is now pursuing the military policy of further strengthening maritime strategy, clamouring about "military responsibility and role" as the "only superpower" and "reaction to emergency" in different regions of the world. Rodong Sinmun May 7, commenting on this, says the U.S. policy of threatening other countries and interfering in their internal affairs and maintaining and expanding domination by force of arms with sea waters as the main operation theatre still remains unchanged even after the end of the Cold War. The news analyst says: The U.S. maritime strategy aims at the Persian Gulf and the Asia-Pacific region, the Korean peninsula in particular. The U.S. is now trying to unleash another Korean War and invade the DPRK by using South Korea which is its colonial military base and where it keeps hold on the prerogative of the supreme command and the self-styled "unsinkable aircraft carrier" Japan which is a junior ally. With a view to realising their ambition, the U.S. is deploying huge maritime and air forces including carrier flotilla around South Korea for a real war. This eloquently shows that the U.S. makes it a fait accompli to provoke the second Korean War and directs the spearhead of its maritime strategy to Korea. Pinning hope on the advantages of maritime strategy, the U.S. is making desperate efforts to win naval supremacy in the world and realise its wild ambition for domination over the world. Its efforts betray its policy of hegemony and high-handedness.

4 million jobless people in S. Korea

Pyongyang, May 7 (KCNA) -- South Korea has some four million jobless people but there is no substantial measure against it, the Seoul-based "Christian Broadcasting System" reported. The Labour Ministry cannot honor its promise that it would diminish the number of jobless people below 1.3 million this year, the radio said, stressing: Judging from the fact that the high unemployment rate will last for three to four years, a substantial measure against unemployment must be taken in place of the mending method. The announcement of the "statistics agency" that there are 1,373,000 jobless people in South Korea is unbelievable, the radio said.

National Reunification Prize winners

Pyongyang, May 7 (KCNA) -- Scores of patriots, including Jo Nam Jin, Phyo Mu Won and Ryo Yon Gu were awarded National Reunification Prize in Korea to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic joint conference of representatives of the political parties and social organisations of North and South Korea(April 19-April 23). The prize winners have covered different course of life in the north, south and abroad. For their contribution to the sovereignty and reunification of the nation their life will be recorded as a patriotic life in the history of the nation. National Reunification Prize was instituted in Juche 79 (1990) for the people and martyrs who have contributed to the reunification of the country. Among National R1unification Prize winners are Kim Chaek, Kang Ryang Uk, Ho Jong Suk and other senior party and government officials and South Korean revolutionaries including Kim Jong Thae and Choe Yong Do who devotedly worked for the independent and peaceful reunification of the country. Also among them are former South Korean politicians, including Hong Myong Hui and Ho Hon who worked at important positions as senior government officials in the North Korea after the liberation of Korea from the Japanese imperialist colonial rule. National Reunification Prize winners include Kim Ku, Kim Kyu Sik and other nationalists who took the road of pro-communism and patriotism from anti-communism, guided by an idea that a true patriotic road means achieving great national unity as taught by President Kim Il Sung, former South Korean Brasshats and senior government officials who defected to North Korea in the concluding years of their life and Rim Su Gyong, "Flower of Reunification". They are different from one another in origin and career. They are highly praised by the Korean people for their contributions to the patriotic struggle for the reunification of the country, the cherished desire of the nation.

Greetings to Romanian Prime Minister

Pyongyang, May 7 (KCNA) -- Hong Song Nam, acting Premier of the Administration Council of the DPRK, sent a message of greetings to Radu Vasile upon his appointment as Prime Minister of Romania. The message expressed the belief that the relations between the two countries would develop on good terms.