KCNA on fever of militarism

    Pyongyang, January 15 (KCNA) -- Japan's chief executive underscored the need to adjust the "emergency legislation" from the outset of the year, giving rise to the precaution of the international community. It is not accidental that the chief executive in a New Year press conference claimed that it is the responsibility of politics to think of a proposal to cope with the "forces posing threat" to Japan and that the adjustment of the "emergency legislation" is a top priority of Japan's politics.
    This proves that in the New Year Japan is trying to more persistently pursue the policy of turning Japan into a military power and overseas expansion and legalize the policy as an official stand of the state.
    Such moves of the Japanese reactionaries cannot be tolerated at all as they represent a grave challenge to peace in Asia and the rest of the world.
    The desire of the Japanese right-wing conservatives to recover from the past defeat recently reached the height and Japan is dreaming a dream of the revival of the empire, a military power.
    Japan expanded the theatre of the activities of the "Self-Defence Forces" to any part of the world on the plea of the logistic support to the U.S. in "combating terrorism" and eased the restrictions on the use of arms. It is now trying to build the "SDF" into an "army" and secure a legal and institutional mechanism for the conversion of Japan into a military power and overseas aggression. These are dangerous developments.
    All this shows that Japan emerges a real war force posing threat to peace in Asia and the rest of the world.
    Japan should be mindful that the revival of militarism and overseas expansion moves lead to self-destruction and act with discretion.

Gift to Kim Jong Il from Algerian President

    Pyongyang, January 15 (KCNA) -- Leader Kim Jong Il received a gift from Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on the occasion of the New Year. An official of the Algerian embassy in china conveyed the gift to the DPRK embassy on Jan. 1

Film show

    Pyongyang, January 15 (KCNA) -- Film show was held here yesterday under the co-sponsorship of the Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries and the DPRK-Turkey Friendship Association to mark the first anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the DPRK and Turkey. Present there were vice-chairman of the committee Choe Jong Hwan who is also chairman of the friendship association and members of the association and working people in the city.
    The participants saw a Korean documentary film.

Wildcat arms build-up under fire

    Pyongyang, January 15 (KCNA) -- The United States has set up an organization in charge of the establishment of the missile defense system in South Korea and shipped missiles into the area. Minju Joson today describes this as part of its moves to have an unchallenged military edge and to stifle the DPRK by force of arms and a provocation to the DPRK.
    The news analyst says:
    The DPRK can not remain a passive on-looker to the U.S. arms buildup and preparations for a new war.
    The DPRK will adopt a resolute self-defensive measure to cope with the arms build-up.
    This choice belongs to the DPRK's sovereign right and it is ready to exercise it.
    The United States should have a good understanding of the DPRK's army and people who value their sovereignty and dignity more than their lives and do not allow anyone to violate them even a bit.
    The U.S. should ponder over the ensuing consequences of its wildcat moves to stifle the DPRK and act with discretion.

Highest order awarded to Kim Il Sung

    Pyongyang, January 15 (KCNA) -- The organization of solidarity of the peoples of Africa, Asia and Latin America decided to award its highest solidarity order "El Mehdi Ben Barka" to President Kim Il Sung. This decision was adopted at the regular meeting of the executive secretariat of this organization held in Havana on Jan. 10.
    Juan Carretero Ibanes, general secretary of the executive secretariat, said at the meeting that Kim Il Sung is the founder of this organization and the historical leader illuminating the road of struggle for the people in developing countries.
    We deem it our bounden duty to award the highest order of the organization to him for his exploits performed in the struggle of the people in developing countries, he stressed.

Japan urged to show its will to redress past

    Pyongyang, January 15 (KCNA) -- "731 Germ Warfare" tribunal held in Tokyo recently heard the voices that the germ warfare of the Japanese imperialists is a war crime, which claimed tens of thousands of human lives, the victims of the germ warfare denounce the Japanese government for refusing to admit the germ warfare and Japan should not try to hide crimes of the past. Rodong Sinmun today in a signed article describes the voices as a deserved demand.
    It says:
    Japan has tried to hide the atrocities of the germ warfare as well as the crimes of the past committed by the Japanese imperialists and still refuses to admit them. The atrocities of the germ warfare of the Japanese imperialists have not been raised as a moral and legal matter of Japan. The successive Japanese governments tried to keep the criminal germ warfare buried in oblivion.
    The crimes of the past committed by the Japanese imperialists have not been redressed. the Japanese government is entirely responsible for it.
    The Japanese government, far from adopting a correct approach to the crimes of the past, has left no stone unturned to cover them up and avoid the redress for them.
    It has been the conscience and morality of Japan to allege that the admittance and redress for the crimes of the past mean persecuting itself of its own accord. The shamelessness of Japan's conscience and morality is based on very dangerous militarism.
    Today the Japanese militarists try to repeat a history in which they plunged the Korean peninsula and the vast Asia-Pacific region into the bloodbath by force of arms.
    It is owing to the moves of those seeking to repeat a crime-woven history, instead of redressing the past, that Japan loses international confidence and remains the target of precaution of the world people.
    If the Japanese government wants to enjoy the confidence of the international community and dignity, it should show its will to honestly reflect on and redress the crimes of the past before anything else.

Rodong Sinmun calls for giving full play to idea of army-people unity

    Pyongyang, January 15 (KCNA) -- Rodong Sinmun today editorially calls for giving full play to the might of the army-people unity to accelerate the general onward movement for building a powerful nation and make this year a year of a grand march of the army and the people. It goes on:
    The idea of assisting the army and loving the people put forward by the workers' party of Korea requires that the army should depend on the people, the people should support and assist the army, and the army and the people should defend the sovereignty of the nation and socialism with one will and one purpose and achieve the prosperity of the country.
    No one on earth can match the united strength of the army and the people.
    The history of the Korean revolution is a proud history in which the army and the people have defeated the imperialist aggressors and shaped an era of national prosperity with the might of their integral whole under the banner of the great army-based policy.
    The people love the army as their own flesh and blood and the soldiers lay down their lives for the people. This is why no one could bring the DPRK to its knees and block the advance of its revolution.
    In the magnificent advance to open a new century of history under the leadership of Kim Jong Il, our revolutionary army and people share the same idea and aspiration and have the same destiny and future. The soldiers of the Korean People's Army and people are the revolutionary comrades and comrades-in-arms who share life and death in holding supreme commander Kim Jong Il in high esteem. It is a social trend that the army and the people love and help each other.
    The army-people grand march is a sacred struggle to highly demonstrate the dignity and might of Juche Korea where all the army and the people are united as one around Kim Jong Il.
    The invincible unity of the army and the people is the root of the society and the source of the inexhaustible strength of the powerful nation of Juche.
    To put into practice the idea of assisting the army and loving the people is a fundamental guarantee to glorify this year as a year of a new surge in building a powerful nation with all the efforts of the army and the people.
    We should give full play to the united strength of the army and the people cemented in adversity so as to make overall leaping progress.
    The kindred unity of the army and the people serves as a powerful instrument of smashing the reckless military pressure and challenge of the imperialists and defending the dignity and sovereignty of the nation.
    All the officers and men of the Korean People's Army and people should strengthen the might of the army-people unity in every way true to the intention of the party and make this significant year a year of the army-people grand march.

Technical renovation in DPRK

    Pyongyang, January 15 (KCNA) -- Many modern machine tools and major equipment of the world level were manufactured in the DPRK last year. The Kusong Machine-Tool Plant developed various kinds of modern and high performance numerical control machine tools, universal machine tools and special machine tools.
    It developed technology of controlling several machine tools with one computer and put 630 mm processing lathe on a flexible manufacturing system basis.
    The Huichon Machine-Tool Factory developed the numerical control lathe "CNC-400" and two kinds of numerical control machine tools.
    The Ryongsong machinery complex has updated various production processes with modern technology. It made it possible to put electrodes under automatic control in a 20t electric furnace and control groups of machine tools such as 70-meter gantry planer and 18-meter turning lathe. The Kum Song Tractor Plant developed a new type of tractor of 60 h.p.
    Technical renovation will go on in the DPRK as an important work this year.

Anecdotes about President Kim Il Sung

    Pyongyang, January 15 (KCNA) -- it happened one day during the korean war (1950-1953) when it was at its height. A foreign journalist visited the supreme command and asked for an interview with general Kim Il Sung. The journalist wished to know about the prospect of the war as the U.S. imperialists were carrying out a large-scale "new offensive" at that time. The journalist saw something quite different from what he had imagined when he entered the room of the general, guided by an official shortly afterward.
    The general was looking at something before an operation table and a soldier telling about something beside him. The journalist was surprised to hear from the official that the general was talking to the soldier expected to study in a foreign country for postwar rehabilitation. The journalist asked the official to permit him to leave the room without any word. The former said in an excited tone to the latter that he had already finished his news coverage.
    One day in Juche 47 (1958), President Kim Il Sung visited his uncle's house to meet his grandmother. At that time he asked about a new house near the house. An official told him that a new house was built for his uncle's family members as they had lived in an old one storeyed house. The president said in a serious tone that any property of the people and country should not be wasted for any private purpose and even his family should not be an exception. He instructed that the house should be used for other purpose.
    Officials had no alternative but to carry out his instruction.
    It happened in one winter day of Juche 39 (1950) when the general was on his return trip to the supreme command from his inspection of the front. The general told his chauffer to stop the car all of a sudden before a sentry post and got down from the car.
    The general approached the soldier on sentry duty and asked him if he could stand such a cold weather before closely examining his uniform. The conditions at that time were so hard and complicated that winter caps could not be supplied to the soldiers on time.
    The general told his adjutant to bring his own fur cap and gloves from the car and give them to the soldier.
    After a while, the sentry leader was quite surprised to see the soldier on duty wearing the supreme commander's cap when he came to him with others to relieve sentry.

Credentials to Kim Yong Nam

    Pyongyang, January 15 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, President of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, received credentials from Doris Hertrampf, new German ambassador to the DPRK, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall today. Present there was Choe Su Hon, vice-minister of foreign affairs of the DPRK.
    After receiving the credentials, the president had a talk with the ambassador.

Senior officials meet new Chinese ambassador

    Pyongyang, January 15 (KCNA) -- Premier of the cabinet of the DPRK Hong Song Nam, vice-premiers Jo Chang Dok and Kwak Pom Gi and minister of foreign trade Ri Kwang Gun and vice-minister of foreign trade Ri Ryong Nam met and conversed with Wu Donghua, new Chinese ambassador to the DPRK, who paid a courtesy call on them at the Mansudae Assembly Hall today. Present were officials concerned and staff members of the Chinese embassy here.