Message of thanks to Kim Jong Il from CSC of Chongryon

    Pyongyang, April 21 (KCNA) -- A message was sent to leader Kim Jong Il on April 19 by the central standing committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) thanking him for his remittance of educational aid fund and stipends to their children for the development of its democratic national education. The message said that Kim Jong Il sent educational aid fund and stipends amounting to 246.6 million yen in the 147th installment on the occasion of Sun's Day.
    This brought the total amount of educational aid fund and stipends remitted so far by President Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il for the children of the Korean residents in Japan to 44,603,963,000 yen(Japanese currency), the message noted.
    Saying that Kim Jong Il is a benevolent father of the Korean residents in Japan and school youth and children who created and tended the great flower garden of national education along with Chongryon with loving care, it extended the highest glory and warmest thanks to him.

U.S. hard line policy towards DPRK under fire

    Pyongyang, April 21 (KCNA) -- Rodong Sinmun today in a signed commentary assails remarks made by the commander of the U.S.-South Korea combined forces at a meeting of the U.S. Senate armed services committee. There he let loose provocative outbursts that "Threat from North Korea is more serious than last year" and "It has become more potential" and so on.
    The anti-DPRK diatribe staged by the U.S. warhawks at the meeting through their brass hat in South Korea is aimed to highlight the "threat" from the DPRK as extremely serious and drastically increase the military expenditure under that pretext in a bid to step up its moves to establish the "National Missile Defence" system and escalate arms buildup in South Korea and other Asian-Pacific countries and justify its hostile and hard line policy towards the DPRK, the commentary says, and goes on:
    The present U.S. ruling quarters are desperately pursuing their hard line policy towards the DPRK to stifle it under the pretext of "untransparency" of the DPRK, thus blocking inter-Korean reconciliation and derailing the process for improved relations between the DPRK and the U.S. whoever objectively assesses the situation on the Korean peninsula can easily find that a serious threat comes from the U.S., not from the DPRK.
    As the U.S. continues posing a grave threat to the DPRK, pulling it up under absurd pretexts, the DPRK is left with no option but to take counter-measures.
    The U.S. is well advised to ponder over in what position it will find itself if the DPRK will take the toughest counter-measure.
    The U.S. will have to pay for hurting the self-respect and dignity of the DPRK.

Japan's moves for overseas aggression slammed

    Pyongyang, April 21 (KCNA) -- Rodong Sinmun today carries a signed article denouncing the Japanese reactionaries for working hard to realize their ambition for overseas aggression. It has been disclosed at a recent meeting of the closing accounts committee of the house of councillors of Japan that the Japanese Ground "Self-Defence Force" (GSDF) worked out a secret war scenario which designated imaginary "enemy states".
    According to this confidential document of the GSDF titled "vision of research into 'way of anti-personnel combat,'" the GSDF already worked out in 1997 the "long-term defence vision," a top-secret war scenario, which designated neighbouring countries as imaginary "enemy states".
    Japan has become more undisguised in its war preparations for overseas aggression in a foolish bid to achieve the old dream of "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" in the new century at any cost, the article observes, and says:
    Japan is examining "legislations on emergency" in a bid to adopt them in the near future and tightening the Japan-U.S. military alliance.
    Japan's moves to modernize arms and equipment of the GSDF have become more pronounced as evidenced by the formal deployment of submarine Makishio, the formation of a new "special security force" in the maritime SDF and the completion of the work to fit seven high-speed patrol boats and two large patrol ships with helicopters with special steel sheets.
    The DPRK is made the first target of Japan's overseas aggression.
    This time Japan deployed in the Misawa base f-2 support fighters capable of promptly infiltrating into the boundary of the DPRK. This is a dangerous military step taken by the Japanese reactionaries to carry out the plan for bombing the socalled "missile base" in the DPRK after examining it long ago.
    The Japanese militarist forces are emerging as dangerous aggression forces as they are openly stepping up the preparations for overseas aggression after working out even the top-secret war scenario.
    If the Japanese reactionaries are persistently opting for reinvasion of Korea, it will only lead them to destruction.

New book released

    Pyongyang, April 21 (KCNA) -- Book "On the Road of Following the Sun of the Nation" authored by Kim Hung Gon was published. In the book he recalls that he participated in the historic April joint conference of representatives of political parties and public organizations in north and South Korea and the Ssuksom consultative meeting in Juche 37 (1948) as a representative of a youth organization of South Korea and met President Kim Il Sung.
    The president set forth the line of a united front in the early period of the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle and worked so energetically to put it into practice, that such hidebound anti-communist nationalists as Kim Ku embarked upon a patriotic road in alliance with communism and glorified their life, says the book.
    The book consists of 6 chapters, each chapter carrying such materials as figures, events, organizations and anecdotes to verify the main contents.
    Working as a member of the consultative council of former South Korean politicians in the north for the promotion of peaceful reunification, he wrote the book with facts and materials he experienced by himself.

Anniversary of model machine movement observed

    Pyongyang, April 21 (KCNA) -- A national meeting was held at the Pyongyang Textile Machine Plant yesterday to mark the 40th anniversary of the start of the model machine movement. Leader Kim Jong Il worked with workers of the plant from the latter part of April to early May, Juche 50 (1961). In this period he put forward the original idea of taking care of equipment and set a noble example through his energectic activities, thus making a new history of mass management of equipment as required by the socialist system.
    A message of thanks to the workers, technicians and officials of the plant from the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea was conveyed by hong song nam, premier of the cabinet, at the meeting.
    The message said that the workers and officials of the plant set a good example in managing equipment and lit the torch to start a model machine movement of loyalty for emulating lathe no. 26 under the leadership of the wpk and thus greatly contributed to bringing about a new turn in the management of equipment in all fields and units of the national economy.
    Ryom Sun Gil, chairman of the central committee of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea, said in his report at the meeting that the model machine movement initiated by Kim Jong Il was an immortal exploit performed by him as he led the masses to accelerate socialist construction by bringing about collective innovations in taking care of equipment as masters and steadily strengthen independent national economy and increase production potential and thereby paved a wide avenue for fully demonstrating the advantages of the Korean-style socialist economic system.
    Thanks to the rapid progress of the model machine movement of loyalty for emulating lathe no. 26 in every field and at every unit of the national economy, the title of the model machine for emulating lathe no.26 went to over 1,150,000 machines, the title of unit of model machine for emulating lathe no. 26 to more than 109,000 workteams and workshops and over 8,800 factories and co-op farms and the title of "factory honored with the prize of model machine for emulating lathe no.26" to over 900 units, a clear proof of the validity and vitality of the movement, the reporter stressed.

Kim Jong Il's work published

    Pyongyang, April 21 (KCNA) -- The Workers' Party of Korea Publishing House brought out in booklet "On putting fish culture on a scientific and intensive basis," a talk leader Kim Jong Il had with officials during his on-site guidance to newly-built catfish factories on May 9 and September 20, Juche 89 (2000). The work deals with the immortal feats President Kim Il Sung performed wisely leading the development of fish culture with deep concern, and sets forth detailed tasks and ways of developing fish culture on to a new higher level.
    Kim Jong Il in the work said that catfish should be bred by industrial methods, making the utmost use of hot water-giving resources including hot springs.
    He called for building many catfish factories, equipping them well and solving the food problem our own way.

U.S. policy of confrontation with DPRK assailed

    Pyongyang, April 21 (KCNA) -- Patrick Paulov, director of the international department of the Communist Party-KPML(R) in Sweden, released a statement captioned "Bush pursues confrontation with North Korea" to the party's organ Proletaren no. 15. Bush shut overnight the door of dialogue between the DPRK and the United States that began to open during the Clinton administration and is pressing South Korea to follow the U.S., instead of supporting the dialogue between the north and south of Korea, the statement said, and went on:
    Bush undisguisedly declared that no. 1 enemy of the U.S. is North Korea. He has no intention to have dialogue with North Korea.
    It urged the U.S. to drop its policy of confrontation with the DPRK.

Dangerous war exercise against DPRK assailed

    Pyongyang, April 21 (KCNA) -- A U.S.-South Korea joint military manoeuvre was launched in South Korea on April 20. huge U.S. forces are being hurled into South Korea from Japan and the pacific under the signboard of "reception, staging, onward movement and integration."
    Minju Joson today in a commentary terms the drill started by the U.S. imperialists in South Korea with over 10,000 U.S. troops involved under the signboard of a joint military exercise a Sabre-rattling aimed to seize the DPRK by force of arms.
    The commentary continues:
    The U.S. imperialists' DPRK policy is designed to bring the DPRK to its knees by force of arms. Their war rehearsal now under way under the simulated conditions of "crisis on the Korean peninsula" is a product of this policy.
    The ulterior aim of the U.S. imperialists is to strain the situation on the Korean peninsula to an extreme pitch of tension by staging war exercises with the mobilization of huge aggression forces in South Korea under the pretext of imaginary "crisis" and chill the Korean nation's desire for independent reunification and, furthermore, provoke a war to conquer the DPRK.
    The DPRK will not remain a passive on-looker to the war gamble of the U.S. imperialists.
    The DPRK is closely watching the moves of the U.S. and South Korean warmaniacs to ignite a war.

S. Korean police crackdown protested

    Pyongyang, April 21 (KCNA) -- Seven South Korean public and religious organizations including the "Korean Confederation of Trade Unions" (KCTU) and the citizens' solidarity for democratic society on April 17 brought a complaint before the supreme prosecutor's office against those including the director of the police agency involved in violence committed against unionists of the Daewoo Motor Company, according to Seoul-based Yonhap News. They charged that indiscriminate crackdown upon the unionists who were lying in defenseless state could not be construed as a mere excessive exercise of "government" power but it was a grave crime of trampling down human dignity and value.
    Prior to this, over 50 representatives of various organizations called a press conference in front of the building of the supreme prosecutor's office at which they exposed the group violence by the police and demanded the authorities admit the wrong, thoroughly probe the truth behind it and punish those responsible for it.

Unabated struggle against Japan's distortion of history in S. Korea

    Pyongyang, April 21 (KCNA) -- The struggle of various circles in South Korea against Japan's distorted history textbooks is going on, according to Yonhap News from Seoul. The all citizens committee for checking Japan's distortion of history and the citizens consumers' federation in Pusan grouping 50 civic and social organizations in Pusan had a rally on April 17 and burned Japanese goods and Hinomaru.
    The headquarters of the pan-national movement against overconsumption made up of 40 religious and social organizations including the Christian youth association launched a signature campaign in Seoul on April 9 to boycott Japanese goods and it has drawn more than 20,000 people.
    The signature campaign and the boycott movement took place in Kwangju and other areas.
    The general women students council of Pusan University had a rally on April 17 in front of the university at which students dismissed the Japanese government's moves to tamper with history as a plot to revive militarism.
    At least 1,000 inhabitants in Tong-gu Taegu, held a rally and staged a street march after publishing a statement protesting the distorted Japanese history textbooks.
    20,000 copies of leaflets calling for the boycott of Japanese goods were distributed in Tonghae on April 16.

Revolutionary opera "The Sea of Blood" carried by S. Korean newspaper

    Pyongyang, April 21 (KCNA) -- Kukbang Ilbo, a South Korean newspaper published by the "Ministry of National Defence" of South Korea, on March 22 carried photo-accompanied news titled "1500th performance of revolutionary opera 'The Sea of Blood,'" causing a great sensation, according to Radio No. 1 from Seoul. Seen in the paper is a report about the performance of the opera under subtitles "Revolutionary Drama Created and Guided by President Kim Il Sung," "Perfect Masterpiece Applying the Juche Idea," etc.