Kim Jong Il enjoys art performance
Pyongyang, September 12 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Il, General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and Chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission, together with servicemen, enjoyed an art performance given by the merited choir of the Korean People's Army (KPA) song and dance ensemble to mark the 50th anniversary of the DPRK.
The audience included Jo Myong Rok, first vice-chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission and director of the KPA General Political Department= Kim Yong Chun, chief of the KPA general staff= Kim Il Chol, Minister of the People's Armed Forces= Ri Yong Mu, vice-chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission= KPA generals Kim Ha Gyu, Hyon Chol Hae and Pak Jae Gyong= and other general officers of the KPA.
Kim Kuk Thae, Kim Ki Nam and Kim Yong Sun, secretaries of the WPK Central Committee= Jang Song Thaek, first vice Department Director of the WPK Central Committee= and Pak Myong Chol, Minister of Physical Culture and Sports= were among the audience.
The choir sang in chorus "the Patriotic Song," "Song of the Proclamation of the People's Republic," "We began on war debris," "Let us hold higher the red flag" and other songs.
Supreme Commander Kim Jong Il congratulated the artistes on their successful performance and cordially waved to the cheering audience.
He expressed great satisfaction with the choir's successful performance full of the indomitable revolutionary spirit of the KPA and highly appreciated their feats.
Gift to Kim Jong Il from Russian Party leader
Pyongyang, September 12 (KCNA) - General Secretary Kim Jong Il received a gift from the chairperson of the Central Council of the Russian Party for Peace and Unity.
Chairperson Sazhi Umalatova, on a visit to Korea, handed the gift to an official concerned.
President of SPA presidium meets compatriots from Japan
Pyongyang, September 12 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, President of the presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, met with delegations and home-visiting groups of Chongryon at the Mansudae Assembly Hall on Friday, which had participated in the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the DPRK.
Among them were a congratulatory group of Koreans in Japan led by So Man Sul, first vice-Chairman of the Central Standing Committee of Chongryon (General Association of Korean Residents in Japan), a relay-race group carrying a letter of loyalty in the name of 700,000 Koreans in Japan and a delegation of Chongryon veteran officials, which came to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the DPRK.
Reception given by Palestinian ambassador
Pyongyang, September 12 (KCNA) -- Palestinian ambassador to Korea Shaher Mohammed Abdlah hosted a reception at the embassy on Friday to celebrate the reelection of General Secretary Kim Jong Il as Chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission and the 50th anniversary of the DPRK.
Invited to the reception were Vice-President of the presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong Dae, Foreign Minister Paek Nam Sun, and officials concerned.
The ambassador said they recall with deep reverence the President Kim Il Sung, who is immortal. The President founded the DPRK and turned it into a strong fortress which resolutely fights against the moves of the imperialists and the enemies, he stressed.
He further said:
The great leader Kim Jong Il with revolutionary spirit and traits is wisely leading the party, army and people to attain the aim for the Korean nation's dignity, reunification and bright future.
Today Pyongyang has become a beacon lightening the road ahead of all countries and peoples fighting for justice, peace and independence.
The Palestinian people will remain faithful to the bonds of comradely friendship and cooperation with the intimate Korean people and to the friendly DPRK guided by President Kim Il Sung and Supreme Commander Kim Jong Il who gave unsparing assistance to them at the most difficult time.
The militant and revolutionary relations of friendship, forged by President Yasser Arafat and President Kim Il Sung, a brother who is immortal, are further developing under the leadership of Kim Jong Il, the ambassador said.
Vice-President Kim Yong Dae said the respected Kim Jong Il's reelection as Chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission is a manifestation of the intense loyalty, rockfirm faith and will of the Korean people to add lustre to the DPRK as Kim Il Sung's country forever under his leadership.
The historical relations of friendship between Korea and Palestine are valuable relations established by President Kim Il Sung and President Yasser Arafat, he said.
The Korean people will extend invariable support and firm solidarity to the Palestinian people in the just struggle to restore the legitimate rights of the nation including rights to self-determination and repatriation and the right to found a sovereign state with sacred kuds as its capital city.
He wished the Palestinian people greater success in the efforts for a fair solution to the Palestinian problem.
Floral basket to Korean embassy from Fidel Castro
Pyongyang, September 12 (KCNA) -- Fidel Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the C.C., the Communist Party of Cuba, President of the Council of State and President of the Council of Ministers of Cuba, sent a basket of flowers to the Korean embassy in Havana on Wednesday, the 50th anniversary of the DPRK.
The basket was handed to the DPRK ambassador by an official concerned of Cuba.
U.S. must implement agreed points with sincerity =KCNA commentary=
Pyongyang, September 12 (KCNA) -- The DPRK-U.S. high-level talks took place in New York over August 21-September 5.
At the recent talks the U.S. side admitted its delay of the construction of light water reactors and delivery of heavy oil and affirmed that it would discharge its obligation under the framework agreement between the DPRK and the U.S.
This year the united states has long delayed the construction of LWRS and the delivery of heavy oil, talking about "internal situation." the fact made the DPRK feel doubtful about the U.S. willingness to implement the framework agreement.
At a time when the existence of the framework agreement was sitting in grave peril, the U.S., though belatedly, affirmed that it would implement the framework. It is, indeed, a fortunate thing.
The recent talks never proceeded with no difficulties.
The U.S. side hung up the talks, bringing forward the fiction of "the building of underground structure" and "ballistic missile test."
The fiction was made by those ignorant of the realities.
The "missile launching" is false propaganda of U.S. side over the launch of an artificial satellite. The launch of artificial satellite is the internationally-recognised legitimate right of a sovereign state.
The U.S. loud-mouthed "secret underground nuclear facility" is nothing but an underground structure for civilian use. Therefore, there is no reason whatsoever to throw doubt on it.
The U.S. should not worry about this, but direct efforts to the implementation of the framework agreement.
If the U.S. side again goes back on its recent words as regards the construction of LWRS and the delivery of heavy oil, it will bring about irretrievably serious consequences.
Reception given for Koreans in Japan
Pyongyang, September 12 (KCNA) -- A reception, arranged by General Secretary Kim Jong Il in honor of Koreans in Japan, was given at Mokran House on September 11.
The compatriots had participated in the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the DPRK.
The reception was attended by President Kim Yong Nam and Vice-President Yang Hyong Sop of the presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK and officials concerned.
Present at the reception were members of a group of Koreans in Japan to celebrate the 50th DPRK anniversary led by first vice-Chairman So Man Sul of the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon), a loyal letter relay race group of the 700,00 Koreans in Japan and delegations of Chongryon and home-visiting groups.
Yang Hyong Sop, addressing the reception, said the election of General Secretary Kim Jong Il to the highest post of the DPRK is the greatest fortune of the Korean people who are blessed with the great leader generation after generation, the greatest pride of the nation and the eternal honor of Juche Korea.
The DPRK fully demonstrates its potentials throughout the world, he said.
The successful launch of the first artificial satellite in the DPRK is a full demonstration of inexhaustible potentials of the country and a great event that marked a new milestone for the building of a strong and prosperous socialist country, he said.
Chongryon officials and Koreans in Japan should make a more tangible contribution to a worthwhile struggle to exalt for all ages the undying exploits of the President Kim Il Sung for state building and build the country into a strong and prosperous country of Juche, true to the marshal's idea, he added.
In his reply So Man Sul said the reelection of General Secretary Kim Jong Il as Chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK is their greatest joy. This is a remarkable event and a great jubilee in history of the nation and humankind along with the forthcoming new century, he said.
Chongryon officials and Koreans in Japan would strengthen and develop Chongryon into a Kim Il Sung-Kim Jong Il organisation of overseas Koreans forever, he said.
They would firmly defend the socialist homeland and devote their patriotic hearts and sincerity to the prosperity and development of the country, in hearty response to the noble idea of the great marshal to build the DPRK into a strong and prosperous country of Juche to be envied by the world, he added.
Meeting of solidarity with Korean people
Pyongyang, September 12 (KCNA) -- A meeting of solidarity with the Korean people who are struggling in defence of socialism centred on popular masses took place here on Sept. 11.
Present there were Shuhachi Inoue, director general of the International Institute of the Juche Idea (IIJI) and an "International Kim Il Sung Prize" winner, Vishwanath, director of the board of the IIJI and secretary general of the "International Kim Il Sung Prize" council, Guy Dupre, secretary general of the International Liaison Committee for Reunification and Peace in Korea and director of the board of the council, and members of the International Organisation for the Study of the Juche Idea and delegations and delegates of Juche idea study groups from different countries.
Yang Hyong Sop, Vice-President of the presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly and Chairman of the Korean Social Scientists Society, Kim Chol Sik, first vice-chairman of the society, other officials concerned and working people from all walks of life in the city were on hand.
Shuhachi Inoue said in a speech that with his outstanding guidance the respected marshal Kim Jong Il is leading the struggle to smash the anti-socialist, anti-DPRK moves of the imperialists and reactionaries and defend socialism centred on popular masses to a brilliant victory.
The important task in defending Korean socialism is to carry on a more vigorous work for studying and disseminating the Juche idea, he stressed, adding: it is important to further strengthen the international solidarity movement for peaceful reunification of Korea and peace on the Korean peninsula.
Speaking at the meeting, Kim Chol Sik said that the invincible might of the DPRK comes from the state and social system centred on the masses to which the Juche idea is applied. Our socialism is a scientific socialism based on the Juche viewpoint toward man, popular masses, and it is the most viable socialism, he noted.
He stressed the need to defend to the end the Korean-style socialism centred on the masses, the life and soul of the Korean people, under Kim Jong Il's leadership.
Andria Velonandro An Selme, chairman of the Madagascan National Committee for the Study of the Juche Idea, said that what is important in actively supporting and encouraging the Korean people in their struggle to defend socialism is to wage a vigorous struggle for independence against impeiralism in each country.
No force on earth can block the dynamical onward movement of the popular masses who are advancing along the road of anti-imperialist independence, the road of socialism, he stated. He assured once again that the African progressive people, who are following the Juche idea and taking the road of independence, will always stand on the side of the Korean people, no matter how the situation may change.
Guy Dupre said that since the first days of the foundation, the DPRK has set the reunification of the country as the supreme task of the nation, put forward the most just and realistic proposals and ways and made every possible effort for their realisation.
Under the wise guidance of General Secretary Kim Jong Il the Korean people, rallied close around him, will certainly achieve the reunification of Korea in an independent and peaceful way with the warm support of the world progressive people.
Second-day competitions of Int'l Taekwon-do tournament
Pyongyang, September 12 (KCNA) -- The second-day competitions of the first "September 10 Prize" international Taekwon-do tournament were held at the Taekwon-do hall on Friday.
Korean players came first in men's and women's individual sparring and men's individual special technique matches held that day.
The tourney continues.
S. Korean authorities urged to ensure human rights
Pyongyang, September 12 (KCNA) -- The secretary general of the Amnesty International called a press conference in Seoul on Thursday and urged the South Korean authorities to stop the repression by the fascist law and ensure human rights, according to a radio report from Seoul.
He said there has been no improvement in human rights 6th months after the present ruler took office. Abuse of the "National Security Law" and the issue of prisoners of conscience are impairing confidence in the South Korean "government's" "reforming," he said.
Even after the appearance of the present regime, over 240 people were detained on charges of violating the "NSL" and Some 400 prisoners of conscience have not yet been released, he pointed out, calling for relevant measures.
The "government" should also take steps against human rights violations which women and workers are now undergoing due to the serious economic crisis, he urged.
Korean people will build prosperous country
Pyongyang, September 12 (KCNA) -- Guy Dupre, director of the "International Kim Il Sung Prize" council and secretary general of the International Liaison Committee for Reunification and Peace in Korea, had an interview with KCNA on Thursday.
He, who has come to Korea to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the DPRK, said Kim Jong Il's reelection as Chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission reflected the unshakable faith, will and ardent desire of the Korean people to follow him, entrusting the destiny and future of the country and the nation entirely to him. This is a historic event of great significance for the future of the Korean revolution, he said.
Noting that scientists and technicians of Korea successfully put into orbit at one launch of a multi-stage carrier rocket an artificial satellite, which was developed with local efforts, wisdom and technology 100 percent, he said:
This is a historic event startling the world.
All the signal achievements made by the Korean people are thanks to the wise guidance of General Secretary Kim Jong Il, Who has united the entire Korean people as a harmonious whole, determined to accomplish the revolutionary cause started by the President Kim Il Sung.
Under his tested and wise guidance, the Korean people will surely realize the historic cause of national reunification and build a prosperous Korea.
WPK delegation leaves for India
Pyongyang, September 12 (KCNA) -- A delegation of the Workers' Party of Korea led by Kim Jung Rin, secretary of the WPK Central Committee, left here today to participate in the 17th Congress of the Communist Party of India.
It was seen off at the airport by Kim Yang Gon, deputy director of a department of the WPK Central Committee.
Japanese politicians hit for utterances against international law and usage
Pyongyang, September 12 (KCNA) -- The spokesman for the Korean Democratic Lawyers Association today released a statement denouncing the Japanese politicians for recently making utterances against international law and usage, wantonly violating the sovereignty and dignity of the DPRK over the DPRK's launching of an artificial satellite.
The statement says:
In the wake of the DPRK's launching of the first artificial satellite "Kwangmyongsong No.1" politicians of Japan persistently claimed that it was a "missile." when the successful launching was made clear, they are taking issue with the DPRK, irrespective of international usage and common sense, saying that a missile or an artificial satellite are intolerable because they have a military danger.
There can be large, small, developed and developing countries in the world. There is no reason why only a few particular countries can launch artificial satellites in an effort to use the space for peaceful purposes.
Japanese politicians ignorant of this internationally-recognised common sense still slander the DPRK. The slander cannot be construed otherwise than an act of betraying their ignorance.
Even after the news of the DPRK's launching of the artificial satellite was reported, they are claiming that it is a "missile." judging from this, their insistence is not a product of their ignorance of international usage and common sense, but they seek in this to attain a political aim.
Japan began the development of artificial satellites from the 1960s. It has launched scores of artificial satellites up to this date from 1975.
On September 7 this year it launched a rocket under the pretext of exploring an ozone layer.
Worse still, a large number of mass destruction weapons of other countries are deployed in and around the territory of Japan.
Japanese politicians are claiming that their own missiles, artificial satellites and mass destruction weapons of other countries have no danger, but our own artificial satellite poses threat to peace and security, and so they cannot tolerate it.
Their claim is a brigandish sophism that cannot go down with anyone under the present international order the keynote of which is independence and equality.
If they are interested in peace and security in northeast Asia, they must first repent of their stepped-up building of Japan into a military power and apologize to the DPRK for slandering it.
If Japan continues acting rashly irrespective of international usage and its own lot, it will meet bitterer condemnation and curses from international community.
The Korean democratic lawyers association scathingly condemns Japanese politicians for making utterances wantonly violating the sovereignty and dignity of the DPRK, as well as international law and usage, over the DPRK's launching of artificial satellite, and presents their misbehaviour to the international community.
Japan must be aware of its own lot and act with discretion.