Kim Jong Il visits Kalma Resort of KPA

    Pyongyang, August 29 (KCNA) - Leader Kim Jong Il visited the Kalma Resort of the KPA and met holiday-makers on August 28. Kim Jong Il entered the spacious hall of the resort to meet the pilots who were spending a pleasant holiday and have a cordial talk with them.
    He learned in detail about their vacationing and expressed the belief that the pilots would get more firmly prepared physically during their vacationing to gain greater success in carrying out their duties.
    He saw a bedroom for pilots, mess, kitchen and other supply and service establishments of the resort, looking after their living with his warm paternal affection.
    Saying that best vacationing conditions should be provided to holiday-makers because pilots and other soldiers of the people's army are the most precious revolutionary comrades and comrades-in-arms, he put forward detailed tasks for the management and operation of the resort.
    He then appreciated a performance given by the merited chorus of the KPA honored with "Kim Il Sung Order" together with pilots and their families on their holidays.
    He acknowledged the enthusiastic cheers of the performers and audience and congratulated them on their successful performance.

Kim Jong Il inspects frontline posts of KPA

    29 (KCNA) - Leader Kim Jong Il inspected frontline posts under KPA unit no. 2796 yesterday. He was accompanied by KPA generals Ri Myong Su, Hyon Chol Hae and Pak Jae Gyong.
    After receiving a salute, Kim Jong Il climbed up to a forward observation post and acquainted himself in detail with the topographical conditions, the deployment of forces and the performance of duties at frontline posts.
    He was greatly satisfied to learn that the servicemen at the posts are reliably standing guard over the defense line of their motherland, firmly armed with the Juche-oriented military tactics of the WPK and replete with the noble patriotic determination to firmly defend the socialist motherland by force of arms. He set forth important tasks to be fulfilled to increase the combat capacity of the posts.
    After learning about the revolutionary and class education at the posts, he highly appreciated the class education being conducted at the posts in diverse forms and ways and in a unique manner to suit the characteristic features of young soldiers. He underscored the need to pay primary attention to ideological education and train all soldiers to be ideologically strong fighters.
    He looked round their bedroom, mess, daily provision store, washroom and other logistic facilities to learn in detail about the supply service at the posts and take warm care of their living with paternal affection.
    He gave them a pair of binoculars, a machine gun and an automatic rifle as gifts and posed for a souvenir picture with them at a trench on the height.

Gift to Kim Jong Il from director general of UNFAO

    Pyongyang August 29 (KCNA) -- Leader Kim Jong Il was presented with a gift by the director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The gift was handed to Kim Yong Nam, President of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, yesterday by director general Jacques Diouf who is on a visit to the DPRK.

Arrest of U.S. criminal demanded in S. Korea

    Pyongyang, August 29 (KCNA) -- The Green Federation of South Korea on August 23 demanded a warrant for the arrest of the director of the mortuary of the U.S. military base in Ryongsan, who had been referred to trial for the leakage of poisonous substance into the River Han, according to MBC from Seoul. The federation said that it would input to its home page a warrant for the arrest of him who was indicted by the South Korean court but denied jurisdiction, and inform the subscribers of his movement. It declared that it would inform an international public organization of this fact and open the environmental pollution by the U.S. troops to the U.S. environment organization and others to jointly condemn it.

DPRK swimmers carry off gold medals at Asian swimming championships

    Beijing, August 28 (KCNA) -- DPRK swimmers placed first in 4 synchronized swimming events at the first Asian swimming championships held in Hong Kong, China, from August 24 to 26. Participating in the championships were over 700 swimmers from 22 Asian countries and regions.
    The participants, divided into class a (13-15 age) and class b (16-18 age), competed in single and double events.
    Jang Ok Sun of class A and Choe Yon Mi of class B finished first in single events on Aug. 25.
    Tokgo Pom and Yun Hui of class A, Hwang Su Jong and Kim Pun Hui of class B placed first in the double events on Aug. 26.

KCNA on moves for U.S.-Japan military integration

    Pyongyang, August 29 (KCNA) -- The U.S.-Japan ties aimed to meet each other's interests are now being tightened to round off their military integration. Recently, the vice-president of the heritage foundation, a think-tank of the U.S. conservatives, called for the revision of article 9 of the Japanese constitution, asserting that Japan has reason enough to develop its deterrent and defence capabilities to counter missiles of North Korea and other countries. Meanwhile, the commander of the U.S. forces in Japan stressed the need to strengthen the bilateral military cooperation based on the "U.S.-Japan guidelines for military cooperation".
    This evidently shows that the united states is keen to strengthen its military ties and conspiracy and round off its military integration with Japan by instigating the Japanese militarists.
    As already known, the revision of article 9 of the Japanese constitution, which "bans the exercise of the right to collective self-defence", will enable the Japanese reactionaries, always preoccupied by revanchism and militarism even after Japan's defeat in the war, to rapidly step up its rearmament and the moves to turn it into a military power. And it will also provide a legal guarantee for their legitimate overseas aggression.
    The U.S. seeks to establish the Missile Defence system (MD) at any cost for the execution of its world strategy and puts forward Japan seized by militarism as a shock brigade for this.
    It is evidenced by its assertion that the establishment of MD means to "build a shield protecting Japan's territory from ballistic missile attack" and an obstruction to the MD development is a present interpretation of article 9.
    Meanwhile, a "plan for mutual cooperation" based on "the U.S.-Japan guidelines for military cooperation", which stipulates Japan's participation and cooperation in any war of intervention to be conducted by the U.S. abroad, will reportedly be submitted to the "U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee" for the first time. This is a step to complete the bilateral military ties and integration, a move in contravention of article 9.
    In the Cold War era the United States and Japan justified their "security treaty" and military ties based on it as a step to cope with "threat of the Soviet Union". after the end of the Cold War they set out the theory of "threat from North Korea" to maintain their ties and go ahead with their military integration.
    Their relations are nothing but a dangerous military tie-up aimed at domination over the Asia-Pacific region including the Korean peninsula.
    Such military ties have nothing to do with regional peace, security and prosperity. The U.S. and Japan should immediately stop the moves for military integration which pushes the regional situation to a grave phase.

Kim Yong Nam meets FAO director general

   Pyongyang, August 29 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, met and conversed with Jacques Diouf, director general of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and his party on a visit to the DPRK at the Mansudae Assembly Hall yesterday. Present there was vice foreign minister Choe Su Hon.
    Jacques highly appreciated many achievements made by the Korean people in the efforts to overcome natural disasters under the wise guidance of leader Kim Jong Il.

Youth Day marked

    Pyongyang, August 29 (KCNA) -- Senior party and state officials including Hong Song Nam, Han Song Ryong, Kye Ung Thae, Yon Hyong Muk, Choe Thae Bok and Yang Hyong Sop, and leading officials of provincial, city and county party and power organs and working people's organizations spent the Youth Day (August 28) with young people at the Pyongyang Textile Mill, the Sangwon Cement Complex, the Chongsan co-op Farm in Kangso district, the academy of sciences and other units. They laid floral baskets and bouquets at the statues of President Kim Il Sung standing at the respective units.
    Colorful sports and amusement games took place there.
    The senior party and state officials looked round production processes of the industrial establishments and conversed with exemplary youth league officials and members.
    They asked them to always fulfil their duties as the young vanguard.
    Evening galas of youth and students were held in different areas yesterday to mark the Youth Day.

Joint memorial service in Seoul

    Pyongyang, August 29 (KCNA) -- A joint memorial service for the victims of "Ukishima Maru," which was sunk by the Japanese imperialists while sailing to the Pusan port carrying a large number of Korean draftees from Japan right after the liberation of Korea, was held in Seoul on August 24, according to MBC from Seoul. Present at the memorial service were more than 100 people, including old man Ji Hong Sok, 84, who narrowly escaped from death, and bereaved families of the victims.
    They said the Japanese authorities' decision on compensation to a few survivors is an insult to over 5,000 victims who were buried at sea. They called for a probe into the truth behind the case of "Ukishima Maru" and sufficient compensation for the casualties.

Anecdotes about Kim Jong Il during his Russia visit

    Pyongyang, August 29 (KCNA) -- There are many anecdotes about leader Kim Jong Il during his historic visit to the Russian Federation. Mysterious natural phenomena took place in Hasan, Novosibirsk, Omsk and other places he went. The rain which had lasted for a week or ten days stopped all of a sudden and the sun began shining. On seeing these phenomena, Russians praised him as a legendary great man capable of controlling nature.
    When he visited the Omsk state science library named after Pushkin, the guide said that Jo Ki Chon, a revolutionary poet of Korea, was "Mayakovski of Korea".
    On hearing this, Kim Jong Il explained that Jo was "Pushkin of Korea" and made a proper appreciation of his exploits and talent. The officials of the library were deeply admired by his warm love of the nation and highly praised him as a genius of literature produced by mankind.
    There is also an anecdote about his visit to the Mausoleum of Lenin to pay homage to Lenin.
    Ritbinov, first vice-editor-in-chief of the newspaper Patriot, said that Kim Jong Il's visit to the mausoleum of Lenin signified that the leader of the world cause of socialism declared victory of socialism on red square in Moscow and indicated the way of winning victory of socialism to the communists and the people of the world.
    There is an anecdote about the leadership trait of Kim Jong Il who always links whatever he sees or has in mind with the interests of the Korean revolution and the people's living.
    While conversing with the mayor of the city of St. Petersburg Kim Jong Il raised a question about a turbine with its rotator having an angle of 45 degrees. This made Russians keenly realize what great energy and wisdom he is devoting to the development of the power industry in Korea.
    There are anecdotes about what a tight program he had counting every second and minute during his six hour stay in Khabarovsk, how energetically he worked in the entire period of travelling by train, always doing three or four kinds of work at a time without a moment's rest and what a rich knowledge he had of the world history and what an outstanding insight he had into the present situation.

Anniversary of opening of diplomatic relations between DPRK and Cuba observed

    Pyongyang, August 29 (KCNA) -- Papers here today carry signed articles on the occasion of the 41st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the DPRK and Cuba. An article of Rodong Sinmun says that the establishment of diplomatic relations between the DPRK and Cuba was an event of weighty significance in developing the friendly and cooperative relations between the two peoples in all fields.
    It recalled that over the past 40-odd years the peoples of the two countries have closely supported and cooperated with each other in the joint struggle to win victory in the socialist cause against imperialism.
    The friendship between the DPRK and Cuba is growing stronger and developing as the days go by in the spirit of the DPRK-Cuba treaty of friendship and cooperation thanks to the deep concern of the leaders of the two countries, the article says, and continues:
    Since their victory in the revolution the Cuban people have victoriously pushed ahead with the socialist cause of their own option, bravely shattering the imperialists' vicious moves to invade, blockade and stifle the country with a revolutionary principle and indomitable will under the correct guidance of the Communist Party of Cuba led by Fidel Castro Ruz.
    The Korean people will make positive efforts to further consolidate and develop the relations of friendship, solidarity and cooperation between the two peoples and always stand by the fraternal Cuban people in their struggle to defend and advance the socialist cause.
    Minju Joson notes that it is leader Kim Jong Il's intention and the consistent stand of the government and people of the DPRK to invariably develop the traditional DPRK-Cuba friendship in the new century, too.

Paek Nam Sun meets FAO director general

    Pyongyang, August 29 (KCNA) -- Foreign minister Paek Nam Sun met and conversed with Jacques Diouf, director general of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and his party at the Mansudae Assembly Hall today.