Kimchi pickle

Pyongyang, December 1 (KCNA) -- Kimchi pickle is a staple food of the Koreans. As for its taste, the foreigner's memory of that is literally hot stuff. Kimchi is varied in processing methods, its kind accounting for 80. This served almost a year-round food. Kimchi making for the winter begins from the end of October to the middle of November. The pickled vegetables are used till the next spring. At this time of year in this country, each home is busy making it. The ingredients are cabbages and radishes, plus hot red peppers, garlic, onion, ginger, salt and other seasonings mixed with chestnut, pear, pickled fish, walleye pollack and flatfish. The well-folded cabbages are put into jars which are usually buried in the ground for pickling. Its taste is delicate. At present, Kimchi is massproduced at foodstuff factories. But housewives prefer making it themselves. It is the housewives' joy to make delicious Kimchi.

Servicemen's meeting on Day of Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces

Pyongyang, December 1 (KCNA) -- A servicemen's meeting was held in Pyongyang on November 30 to mark the 42nd anniversary of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba. Invited to the meeting were Cuban ambassador to Korea Jose Ramon Rodriguez Varona and military attache Alfonso Rodriguez Perez. Speeches were made at the meeting. Prior to the meeting, participants looked round photos showing the training of Cuban servicemen.

State commendations awarded

Pyongyang, December 1 (KCNA) -- A ceremony for awarding state commendations, gifts and state academic degrees and titles to scientists, technicians, workers and officials who contributed to successfully launching "Kwangmyongsong No. 1", the first artificial satellite in Korea, took place at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang Monday. Attending the ceremony were President of the presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK Kim Yong Nam and officials concerned. 8 people were awarded the title of labour hero of the DPRK, two persons the Kim Il Sung Order and five people the Kim Il Sung Youth Honour Prize while other scientists, technicians and workers received titles of people's and merited scientist, the title of merited machine builder, orders and medals. 24 people were presented with watches bearing the august name of the President Kim Il Sung and 24 others were awarded citations of Kim Jong Il, General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea. Gifts sent by General Secretary Kim Jong Il were handed to the participants. And titles and degrees of candidate academician, professor, doctor, associate professor and master were awarded to 97 scientists. Speakers at the ceremony evinced the determination to actively contribute to registering eye-catching successes in developing satellites by creditably preparing themselves to be competent scientists with uptodate scientific and technological knowledge.

War moves of warmongers

Pyongyang, December 1 (KCNA) -- The "Paekma" (white horse) unit of the South Korean army is staging provocative field manoeuvres in Koyang and Phaju in the north of Kyonggi Province from November 30 to December 4, according to a radio report from Seoul. Warmongers gave an advance notice to civilians that they would stage manoeuvres of armed forces and vehicles with gunfiring allegedly to provide against "surprise attack of the enemy." Meanwhile, the South Korean army announced that in December it would organise and operate an "aerial medical evacuation company" equipped with UH-60 helicopters and communications facilities. Their preparations for a war are being intensified as the days go by.

Criminal move to expand "ANSP" = KCNA commentary =

Pyongyang, December 1 (KCNA) -- As was reported, the South Korean authorities have planned to expand the in-service training institute of the "Agency for National Security Planning" into a postgraduate course to more viciously intensify the moves of confrontation with the north. It has been already known to the world that the in-service training institute was a centre training experts in intelligence, plot and subversive activities against the DPRK and democracy in South Korean society. That is why it was necessary for democracy in South Korean society and national reunification to dismantle the notorious "ANSP," an intelligence and plot-breeding machine, and spy training centre. Going against this requirement of the times and history, however, the South Korean authorities presented their plan to reorganise the in-service training institute into a postgraduate course to the "National Assembly." They worked out the plan in detail in a bid to train more anti-DPRK plotters and subverts and turn the "ANSP" into a more intellectual intelligence and plot-breeding organ, organ of torture and murder. Their move clearly shows the anti-reunification, anti-democratic nature of the "government of the people" which is rushing headlong toward the road of intensifying confrontation and fostering distrust among fellow countrymen, while clamouring for "improvement of north-south relations" and "democratization." The South Korean authorities should immediately dissolve the "ANSP," the headquarters of anti-north confrontation and a tool of fascist dictatorship, if they do not want to meat a disgraceful end for grave crime against the times and history.

Rodong Sinmun on S. Korea's ill-intentioned design

Pyongyang, December 1 (KCNA) -- The South Korean rulers scheme to raise the in-service training institute of the "Agency for National Security Planning" (ANSP) to a postgraduate course. Commenting on this, a news analyst of Rodong Sinmun today says: What they seek in the scheme is to train more experts in information on the north and beef up the "ANSP." This is a challenge to all the fellow countrymen calling for the dissolution of the "ANSP" and an offspring of their ulterior design to further intensify confrontation with the north. The "ANSP," invested with all powers including those of information gathering, investigation and inspection, is the headquarters of frantic anti-north, anti-reunification plots without an equal in the world. Over scores of years, it has committed indelible thrice-cursed crimes against the country and nation. As long as the agency exists in South Korea, national unity, reconciliation and reunification cannot be expected nor can the South Korean people flee from bloodshed. Whether or not to dismantle the agency is a criterion for distinguishing between patriotism and treachery, reunification and anti-reunification and between reconciliation and confrontation. If the South Korean authorities truly want reconciliation, cooperation and reunification with the north, they must dismantle the "ANSP", the headquarters of crimes, as unanimously demanded by the entire nation.

Korean socialism will be ever-victorious

Pyongyang, December 1 (KCNA) -- J. Blormaa, executive director of the Mongolian Democratic Socialist Women's Association, who had visited Korea, expressed full support to the Korean people's cause of socialism. As led by General Secretary Kim Jong Il, the socialism of Korea is invincible and the dignity and honour of the Korean people are shining with radiance, she said, and went on: The first artificial satellite of Korea launched with its own wisdom, efforts and technology 100 percent is a brilliant fruition of the efforts of the Korean people imbued with the great Juche idea, and it is their creation. All of Koreans are confident and optimistic of future. It is because they are led by Kim Jong Il, the greatest man, and they live under socialism superior in the world. Korean socialism will firmly be defended and ever-victorious because General Secretary Kim Jong Il leads the party and the revolution to victory and the people are firmly armed with socialism. The association extends support and solidarity to the struggle of the Korean people for the reunification of the country. I believe that the Korean people will overcome all trials and build a strong socialist country without fail.

"Restructuring" brings mounting unemployment in S.Korea

Pyongyang, December 1 (KCNA) -- Several million people have been fired in South Korea owing to the continued business bankruptcy and "structural reform" since it was placed under the trusteeship of IMF. According to an underestimate released by the office of statistics, the number of jobless people in a little more than eight months caused by the lay-off system under the IMF trusteeship has reached the record high in 32 years since 1966. An increasing number of South Korean people have lost their jobs due to the coercive lay-off enforced by the authorities under the pretext of "restructuring." By the end of the year, 30,000-40,000 people will be discharged due to the "restructuring" of banks and over 11,000 in the insurance field. In some big businesses, at least 55,000 odd workers were fired in a few months. The sweeping lay-off has attacked minor businesses and "public service" companies. It is also sweeping almost all fields of South Korea--scientific, educational, cultural, health and the press organs and the puppet government bodies. As a result, 5,000-10,000 people are daily losing their Jobs. Nevertheless, the chief executive of South Korea has expressed his intention to accelerate the economic "restructuring" based on massive lay-off, declaring that he would carry it to "success" within this year. This makes the radical increase of unemployment a fait accompli.

Songs, poems praising Kim Jong Il in South Korea

Pyongyang, December 1 (KCNA) -- Members of the Saebbyol Society, active in Jonju, South Korea, sang songs and recited poems highly praising General Secretary Kim Jong Il, Seoul-based radio Voice of National Salvation quoted the North Jolla Provincial Committee of the National Democratic Front of South Korea as saying. Among the songs and poems are "We live with sunshine," "Kimjongilia blooming in Seoul streets," "We wait for you," "Marshal Kim Jong Il, our heaven" and "the Marshal Wins." The songs and poems expressed a vow to work harder for national reunification in order to move up the day when they will welcome Marshal Kim Jong Il in Jonju.

Founding anniversary of central Africa observed

Pyongyang, December 1 (KCNA) -- Papers here today observe the 40th founding anniversary of the Central African Republic. The proclamation of the republic was a significant event which marked an epochal era in retaking the dignity of the nation and creating a new independent life, a signed article of rodong sinmun says, and goes on: The central African people have since its foundation successfully carried out major tasks to consolidate the national independence and clear away the aftereffects of imperialists' colonial rule. The Central African Republic is externally pursuing a non-aligned policy and developing friendly relations with different countries of the world. The Korean people wish the central African people greater success in their work for the prosperity of the country. A signed article of Minju Joson says that the DPRK and central Africa have long developed bonds of friendship and expresses the belief that the relations would develop more favourably.

Party given on Romanian National Day

Pyongyang, December 1 (KCNA) -- Neculai Cotlogut, charge d'affaires ad interim of the Romanian embassy here, gave a party on November 30 on the occasion of the Romanian National Day. Invited to the party were vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Ri In Gyu, vice-Minister of Foreign Trade Kim Pong Ik and officials concerned. Speeches were made there.

DPRK art troupe gives performance

Pyongyang, December 1 (KCNA) -- A performance was given on Monday at the Youth Central Hall by the DRKk art troupe which had visited China. Invited there were Chinese ambassador to Korea Wan Yongxiang and embassy officials and Chinese guests. Officials concerned and artistes in Pyongyang also saw the performance. The performance began with mixed quartet chorus "Dear Name" representing ardent reverence for Marshal Kim Jong Il. "Janggo Dance" and other dances, solos "Thunder on Jong Il Peak" and "Let us go to mountain and sea" and Chinese song "Party is dear mother" put on the stage by the performers were acclaimed by the audience. After the performance a floral basket was conveyed to the performers.

Repeal of "NSL" demanded

Pyongyang, December 1 (KCNA) -- The spokesman for the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland Central Committee on November 30 published a statement, 50 years after the make-up of the "National Security Law," and urged the South Korean rulers to take a decisive measure to immediately repeal the law, the rubbish of history. The statement says: Revising the evil law retrogressively in favour of maintenance of their power, the successive South Korean rulers have cruelly abused human rights and democracy and viciously fanned up nation's permanent division and north-south confrontation. The South Korean authorities' stubborn dependence on the "NSL", which is under fire at home and abroad, is attributable to their policy of confrontation against the north. The present South Korean chief executive regards the "NSL" as a sole means for "security of power", fascism and confrontation against the north as his predecessors did. Ample proof of this is that some 300 people were arrested in South Korea on the strength of the "NSL" in a little more than nine months since the present "people"-veiled regime emerged. Worse still, the South Korean rulers are viciously resorting to confrontation against the north with the law defining North Korea as an "anti-state organization" and the northerners as "principal enemy to be smashed". Whether to repeal the notorious law, the leftover of the Cold War era, or not is a criterion of deciding who wants reconciliation, unity and reunification of the nation and who not. The South Korean rulers should no longer try to use the "NSL", opposed to the trend of times and the aspiration of the nation, as a device for "maintenance of power", but take a decisive measure to repeal it at once.

Greetings to Lao President

Pyongyang, December 1 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, President of the presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, today sent a message of greetings to Lao President Khamtay Siphandone on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the foundation of the Lao People's Democratic Republic. The message referred to the achievements gained by the Lao people after the foundation of the republic, and said that the Korean people are rejoiced over their achievements and hope that everything will go well in the future, too. It expressed belief that the traditional relationship of friendship and cooperation between the peoples of the two countries will grow stronger and develop in the interests of the peoples of the two countries, and wished greater success to the Lao President in his responsible work and people in the struggle to implement the decision of the 6th Congress of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party. Premier of the Cabinet Hong Song Nam and Foreign Minister Paek Nam Sun sent messages of greetings to their Lao counterparts Sisavath Keobounphan and Somsavath Lengsavath.

Greetings to Lao President

Pyongyang, December 1 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, President of the presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, today sent a message of greetings to Emil Constantinescu, President of Romania, on the occasion of the National Day of Romania. The message wished welfare and progress to the Romanian people. Premier of the Cabinet Hong Song Nam and Minister of Foreign Affairs Paek Nam Sun sent messages of greetings to their Romanian counterparts Radu Vasile and Andrei Plesu.

Paek Nam Sun meets UN under-secretary general and his party

Pyongyang, December 1 (KCNA) -- Paek Nam Sun, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK, today met and had a conversation with Sergio Viera De Mello, under-secretary general of the United Nations, and his party when they paid a courtesy call on him at the Mansudae Assembly Hall. Present were an official concerned, resident representative of the World Food Programme, David Morton and resident representatives of international organizations.

Senior UN official and his party here

Pyongyang, December 1 (KCNA) -- UN under-secretary general Sergio Viera De Mello and his party arrived here today. They were met at the airport by vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Su Hon and resident representative of the World Food Programme David Morton and resident representatives of international organizations.