Gift to Kim Jong Il from Palestinian delegation

Pyongyang, September 26 (KCNA) - General Secretary Kim Jong Il received a gift from the delegation of the Palestine-Korea Friendship and Solidarity Committee on a visit to Korea. The gift was handed to an official concerned by head of the delegation Zakaria Abdul Rahim, a member of the Revolutionary Council of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement, assistant vice-Minister of Home Affairs of the Palestinian National Authority and chairman of the Friendship and Solidarity Committee.

Kim Yong Nam meets foreign delegations

Pyongyang, September 26 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, member of the political bureau of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee and President of the presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, met and conversed with the delegation of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) led by national leader Sandra Smith at the Mansudae Assembly Hall on Friday. The head of the delegation said that victory and glory are always in store for the WPK and the Korean people who uphold General Secretary Kim Jong Il in the van of the Korean revolution and advance under the banner of the Juche idea, singleheartedly rallied around him. Meanwhile, President Kim Yong Nam conversed with the delegation of the Palestine-Korea Friendship and Solidarity Committee led by Zakaria Abdul Rahim, a member of the Revolutionary Council of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement, assistant vice-Minister of Home Affairs of the Palestinian National Authority and chairman of the Friendship and Solidarity Committee. At the meeting, the head of the delegation said that to continuously develop the Palestine-Korea relations of friendship and solidarity is a common desire and will of the two peoples and that they would try to strengthen these relations.

S. Korean authorities' suppression of pro- reunification patriotic figures denounced

Pyongyang, September 26 (KCNA) -- Workers and farmers of the Pyongyang Tobacco Factory, the Mangyongdae branch of the Mangyongdae District State Farm and Rihyon Cooperative Farm of Sadong district, Pyongyang, held rallies to denounce the South Korean authorities' brutal suppression of pro-reunification patriotic figures. The rallies said that the South Korean ruling quarters' cruel suppression of pro-reunification patriotic figures including Father Mun Kyu Hyon who visited the northern half of the country and Choe Jin Su, secretary general of the south headquarters of the National Alliance for the Country's Reunification (Pomminryon), is an anti-national, anti-reunification criminal act. Speakers noted: the South Korean rulers are harshly persecuting pro-reunification patriots, forcibly connecting them with the north on the strength of the "National Security Law." This exposes that "dialogue" and "cooperation" on their lips are only deceptive ones to cover up their true colors. No matter how frantically they try, they can not block the vigorous advance of the fellow countrymen toward reunification. They must immediately stop brutal suppression of the pro-reunification patriotic forces and unconditionally release illegally arrested figures without delay.

Only reprisal will go to Japan

Pyongyang, September 26 (KCNA) -- Papers today come out with signed commentaries accusing the Japanese Prime Minister of slandering the DPRK' launch of an artificial satellite at the united nations general assembly session. A news analyst of rodong sinmun says: The allegation of the Japanese authorities is self-contradictory. The DPRK launched only one satellite whereas Japan has fired of satellites scores of times. Now, Japan's satellites are moving round the earth. If the DPRK's satellite launch is judged as the Japanese authorities claim, Japan's launch of scores of satellites should be regarded as the test firing of intercontinental ballistic missiles. In other words, Japan's launch can be regarded as a very dangerous provocative act of posing serious threats to the security of the DPRK and the peace and security of Asia and the rest of the world. In the final analysis, Japan's vilification of a satellite launch in the DPRK will only put itself into an awkward position. As a matter of fact, Japan has no face to find faults with the DPRK over the satellite launch. What is ridiculous is the fact that the Japanese authorities, who are boasting of advanced science and technology, are making preposterous remarks, failing to distinguish between satellite and missile. Their nonsense only brings shame upon themselves under the eyes of world people. Japan must feel shame and disgrace at this and draw a due lesson and stop uttering preposterous remarks any longer. Doing so is the only way for Japan to escape from more miserable shame and disgrace. The Japanese Prime Minister's provocative remarks at the NN General Assembly Session is an offspring of the inveterate hostile policy of the Japanese reactionary raling quarters toward the DPRK and an unpardonable challenge to the Korean people. Japan's misbehaviour is an open violation of principles of international justice and equality and respect for sovereignty of nations. In branding the DPRK's satellite launch as "challenge" and "threats," the Japanese authorities seek to openly step up Japan's conversion into a military power and take the road of reinvasion under the pretext of DPRK's "missile launch." Their reckless anti-DPRK hostile acts are giving rise to anti-Japanese feelings of the Korean people, who are resolving to make Japan pay for its past crimes. The Korean people will get Japan to apologize and compensate for its past crimes and thus satisfy the bitter grudge of the nation without fail. If the reactionary ruling quarters of Japan persist in anti-DPRK rackets, we will regard Japan as our sworn enemy and take a strong countermeasure. We will retaliate against Japan's reckless anti-DPRK hostile acts with a strong self-defensive measure. They must clearly know their opponents and stop running amuck. A signed commentary of Minju Joson stresses that the misbehaviour of the Japanese reactionaries is nothing but a suicidal act adding crimes to their past.

They will get nothing from sophistry

Pyongyang, September 26 (KCNA) -- On September 23 Japanese Foreign Minister Komura, when meeting with a high- ranking diplomat from a certain country, described the DPRK's launch of artificial satellite as a "grave threat to stability in northeast Asia" and begged for what he called "joint counteraction." Earlier, on September 18 he told a press conference that the "responsibility" for worse relations between the DPRK and Japan rested with the DPRK. He meant that the relations went from bad to worse because the DPRK launched the artificial satellite without informing Japan of it in advance. His rigmarole is a samurai-style trick to shift the responsibility onto the DPRK. It makes people feel more disgust at Japan than ridicule. It betrays the deep-rooted insincerity of Japanese diplomacy as well as the shamelessness pertaining to Japan. Japan is not entitled to say this or that about the DPRK's launch of artificial satellite. Japan's allegation that the DPRK's launch of artificial satellite poses "threats to stability in northeast Asia" goes only to prove that Japan which launched dozens of artificial satellites with no forenotice is a "source of wrecking peace and stability in northeast Asia," as well as posing "threats" to its neighbouring countries. The allegation of the Japanese authorities is as good as lifting a rock only to drop it on their own feet, in the long run. For this, the world people describe Japan's diplomacy as shortsighted. The Japanese authorities are now trying hard to shift the "responsibility" for the worse relations onto the DPRK with the clamouring about the "forenotice" of the launch. Their attitude only betrays the true colors of Japan as a country inferior and shameless from the moral and historic point of view. Space is for common use of humankind, and it is an inalienable sovereignty of all sovereign countries to do scientific researches into peaceful use of space. In the past Japan launched not a small number of satellites. It did without informing the DPRK of any launch. If the DPRK should be an object of criticism for its launching of artificial satellite without forenotice, Japan should have already been punished. This is a logical and reasonable way of thinking. The Japanese authorities, frightened to hear the U.S. claiming that a "ballistic missile had been launched," cried for "sanctions," driving the DPRK-Japan relations to the extreme phase of confrontation. Even after the U.S. as well as all the countries around the world admitted that the DPRK launched the artificial satellite they insisted on the "launch of ballistic missile." They are getting all the more frantic in anti-DPRK campaign, saying that the "launch of artificial satellite poses no less threat to Japan than the launch of a ballistic missile." Which is to blame for the worsening relations, the DPRK that launched the artificial satellite for the peaceful development of space or the Japanese authorities who are engaging themselves in anti-DPRK campaign with deep-rooted hostility. Their misbehaviour cannot be construed otherwise than a "rash act" or "escapade," by the people who have sound political sense and reasonable judgement. It is the height of shamelessness. The Japanese authorities are wandering about, crying for "joint counteraction" against the DPRK and trying hard to shuffle the responsibility for the worse relations off onto it. They seek in this to conceal their disgrace in blindly following the U.S. and to step up the building of Japan into a military power with this as an occasion. With such burglary logic and escapade they cannot get rid of the "political dwarf" any time. The Japanese authorities should stop anti-DPRK campaign with reason before talking about the DPRK's "threat" and "responsibility." For them to do so will be good for the state interests and future of Japan.

Songs on DPRK created in Russia

Pyongyang, September 26 (KCNA) -- Songs dedicated to the 50th founding anniversary of the DPRK were created in Russia. A song "March of Korean patriots" tells about the firm spirit and indomitable will of the Korean people who are vigorously advancing to build a prosperous and strong Korea under the wise leadership of the great leader Kim Jong Il, upholding the red flag, and exalt forever the exploits of the great leader President Kim Il Sung for state building." "Song of Korean apple" sings of friendship between Korea and Russia.

Wallpaper celebrating DPRK birthday appears in S. Korea

Pyongyang, September 26 (KCNA) -- A wallpaper celebrating the 50th founding anniversary of the DPRK was pasted up at a university in Taejon, South Korea, on Sept. 10, Seoul-based radio Voice of National Salvation quoted the South Chungchong Provincial Committee of the National Democratic Front of South Korea as saying. Under the title "Congratulations to the 50th anniversary of state building. The country of Juche, shine forever" the paper carries letters, "September 9 is the birthday of the country of Juche", "Glory to Kim Jong Il, the distinguished leader of the sun's nation."

Patriotic Martyrs' Cemetary

Pyongyang, September 26 (KCNA) -- The Patriotic Martyrs' Cemetery, which had been built in September, Juche 75 (1986), in suburbs of Pyongyang, was rebuilt in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the DPRK. Buried in the cemetery are remains of over 380 forerunners, party, state and military officials and men of meritorious services in science, education, public health, culture and the arts and the press, who died while fighting for the liberation of the country, socialist construction and reunification of the motherland. The cemetery was peculiarly rebuilt as a grand monument thanks to General Secretary Kim Jong Il's noble sense of morality and obligation. Particularly, stone portraits of the martyrs were attached to the gravestones. In April Kim Jong Il visited a study group and appreciated a camera for stone portraits developed by the group and a sample of the portraits. He said that the stone portraits should be attached to the gravestones of the fallen heroes and martyrs. He said that if stone portraits were attached to gravestones, it would bring pleasure to the bereaved families, and took a measure to attach stone portraits on the occasion of the 50th birthday of the DPRK. He paid deep attention to the reconstruction of the cemetery and gave concrete answers to questions arising in making stone portraits, choosing their objects and engraving epigraphs. On Sep. 19, he visited the rebuilt cemetery and looked with deep emotions round the stone portraits of the martyrs for a long time. He noted with high appreciation that they are true revolutionaries and patriots who devoted all their lives to the noble struggle for the party and the leader, the motherland and people. Their noble revolutionary spirit and patriotism will shine long in the annals of the nation, he added.

Asian regional solidarity meeting

Pyongyang, September 26 (KCNA) -- An Asian regional solidarity meeting for supporting the independent and peaceful reunification of Korea was held in Kathmandu on September 14 under the co-sponsorship of the Asian Regional Committee for Supporting Korea's Reunification and the Nepalese Committee for Supporting Korea's Reunification. Present at the meeting were political and public figures and pressmen from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Thailand. Invited to the meeting were the Korean ambassador to Nepal and a delegation of the Korean committee for solidarity with the world people. Sahana Pradhan, chairwoman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist-Leninist), said in a report that to actively support the independent and peaceful reunification of Korea is a humanitarian and righteous undertaking to alleviate the sufferings of a nation and, at the same time, an important and responsible task to prevent a war and ensure a durable peace and security in the Asian region. She called upon solidarity organisations in different countries to strongly urge the United States to withdraw its troops from South Korea and respond to the proposal of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to replace the Korean Armistice Agreement with a peace agreement. She stressed the need to put pressure upon the South Korean authorities to take the stand of national independence, renounce the policy of depending on outside forces, change anti-north confrontation policy into a policy of reconciliation with the north and discontinue arms buildup and military exercises. Speeches were made by the minister of information and telecommunications of Nepal and others. Speakers called for expressing support more loudly to the Korean people's struggle to accelerate the country's reunification. The meeting adopted an appeal to governments, political parties and public organisations of all countries. Stressing that Korea should be reunified independently and peacefully according to the three charters of national reunification, the appeal called upon the world's peaceloving people to conduct a more brisk international movement of solidarity with the Korean people's struggle. Justice- and peace-loving conscience of the world should positively respond to the struggle of the Korean people for the reunification of the country, and in particular, the Asian people should intensify international support and solidarity activities to ensure a durable peace and security in northeast Asia, the appeal said. It strongly urged the united states and other countries responsible for the Korean problem to put an end to the armistice and establish a new peace mechanism for a durable peace on the Korean peninsula and actively cooperate with each other with a sincere stand helpful to the reunification of Korea. The meeting adopted an action program of the Asian Regional Committee for Supporting Korea's Reunification and protest letters to the chief executive of South Korea and the U.S. President.

Activation of the national economy called for

Pyongyang, September 26 (KCNA) -- The structure of the Korean economy is an independent one with the heavy industry as its mainstay, stresses Rodong Sinmun today. It calls for giving full play to its potentials. In a signed article the paper says that to give full play to the potentials of the Korean-style economic structure is a sure guarantee for putting production on a normal and high basis and, furthermore, developing the economy onto a higher stage. It goes on: Activating our economy is, in essence, the work of displaying the potentials of the independent national economy to the full by ensuring steady and high production in all the economic sectors and units. This work can not be done without development of the heavy industry, a sector for the production of the means of production. General Secretary Kim Jong Il stressed that the economy should be activated. This idea carries his far-reaching plan to improve the people's living standard by boosting the economy even under the present difficulties and develop the national economy onto a higher stage by ensuring extended reproduction at a high speed. To give full play to the might of our economic structure is an essential requirement for further strengthening the independence and the Juche character of the economy. By activation of the economy we mean strengthening independence and the Juche character, which are the lifeline of the Korean economy. There cannot be the activation of the economy apart from the principles of Juche and self-reliance. Our economy can never be activated without giving full play to the potentials of its own structure based on the heavy industry the core of which is a machine-building industry. Bright is the prospect of Korea's independent national economy advancing under the correctest line of economic construction.

S. Korean trade unions vow solidarity struggle

Pyongyang, September 26 (KCNA) -- Chairmen of the Federation of Korean Trade Unions and the National Federation of Financial Trade Unions in South Korea called a press conferance on September 22, at which they declared they would intensify a solidarity struggle in protest against massive dismissal from banks, a Seoul-based radio reported. In response to the decision taken by nine bank trade unions to stage a general walkout for an indefinite period from September 29, the Federation of Korean Trade Unions decided to join in their struggle. It declared it would withdraw from the Labour-Management- Government Committee in case the question of personnel cutback at banks was not solved until this week.