4th Kimilsungia Show to be held in Pyongyang

    Pyongyang, March 21 (KCNA) -- The 4th Kimilsungia Show will be held in Pyongyang on the occasion of the 90th birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung. It will be participated in by all units, working people, servicemen, school youth and children across the country, overseas Koreans, horticultural experts and fans from different countries who are growing Kimilsungia.
    The show will be a flower festival eulogizing the sun as humankind's ardent reverence and praise of Kim Il Sung, a peerlessly great man, will be fully reflected in the immortal flower.
    Kimilsungia which originated from Indonesia more than 30 years ago is blooming everywhere on the five continents.

Anniversary of signing of DPRK-Russia agreement marked

    Pyongyang, March 21 (KCNA) -- A film show was held at the Chollima House of Culture yesterday to mark the 53rd anniversary of the signing of the DPRK-Russia agreement on economic and cultural cooperation. Present on invitation were Russian ambassador to the DPRK Andrei Karlov and staff members of the embassy.
    Jon Yong Jin, vice-chairman of the Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries and chairman of the DPRK-Russia Friendship Association, other officials concerned and working people in the city were on hand.
    The participants saw a feature film "cavalryman, who are you?"
    Prior to it, a friendship gathering took place at the Taedonggang club for the diplomatic corps on this occasion.
    Its participants saw the performance of dances, enjoyed sports amusement games and talked to each other about the further strengthening and development of the DPRK-Russia relations that are daily developing on good terms, deepening the feelings of friendship.

Talks held between DPRK SPA chairman and speaker of Russian State Duma

    Moscow March 19 (KCNA) -- Talks were held in Moscow on March 18 between Choe Thae Bok, chairman of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, and Gennady Seleznyov, speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation. At the talks both sides exchanged views on a series of issues of mutual concern including implementation of the agreement reached between the heads of the two countries, Korea's reunification and exchange between the two parliaments.
    Present at the talks were the entourage of the chairman of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, Pak Ui Chun, DPRK ambassador to Russia, Artur Chilingarov, deputy speaker of the Russian State Duma, and other officials concerned.

Patent information service

    Pyongyang, March 21 (KCNA) -- There is an ever-increasing demand for patent information at present in the DPRK as a result of the government's policy of giving priority to science and technology. The worldwide trend toward economic progress based on advanced technologies has encouraged scientists and technicians to seek a new arena for the modernization and renovation of technologies.
    This trend is activated by the brisk patent information service.
    In this, the Grand People's Study House, the Central Scientific and Technological Information Agency and others are playing a major role, with the invention bureau of the academy of sciences as a hub.
    The bureau houses international patent information gathered since Juche 67 (1978), including 8 million pieces of titles and brief descriptions and 3.5 million pieces of special data, most of which are international application patents, European and Chinese patent and others.
    After joining the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 1982, the bureau has regularly been provided with patent information.
    It deals with an average of 50,000 pieces every year and, if computer network services are put together, it amounts to over 200,000 pieces.
    In addition to the collection of Cd-roms, the bureau helps those in search of specific items to obtain what they need.
    Computer network users can request necessary data from the computer centre at any time. The services provided extend to every part of the community, besides the provision of disks, prints and original texts. For example, hundreds of pieces of patent information were used in six months for producing high quality magnesia clinker with a purity of 99.99 per cent.
    The bureau publishes a monthly magazine called "patent information", the first of which was published in 2001.
    Each issue carries about 2,000 titles on average and 5,000 brief introductions.
    Several books published to show the comprehensive and systematic collections of patent information have found favour in the scientific and economic communities.

Anecdotes about leader Kim Jong Il

    Pyongyang, March 21 (KCNA) -- It happened one day of August, Juche 71 (1982), a few days before the Hamhung plenum of the central committee of the Workers' Party of Korea. When leader Kim Jong Il identified the lodging conditions of the participants in the plenum, he found that veteran revolutionaries and senior officials were supposed to stay in the same hotel.
    He earnestly told officials to respect the veteran revolutionaries. Saying that the hotel rooms booked for the veteran revolutionaries were good, but it might be inconvenient for them to move, to the venue of the plenum from the hotel as it was far away from the hotel, he told them to let the elders stay in his lodging quarters.
    He stayed on the train in the compound of the railway station in the entire period of the plenum, saying that a lodging place with tap water and amenity to prepare a simple meal would be sufficient for him.
    A veteran revolutionary was expected to undergo an operation for a disease hard to cure one day of Autumn in Juche 62 (1973).
    But medical workers were at a loss what to do as the patient's condition rapidly took a turn for the worse from normality before operation.
    It was at this time that Kim Jong Il visited the hospital.
    Examining everything, he said he would like to be present at the operation and entered the operation room.
    He approached the patient and grasped his hand, saying that the patient might hold his hand when he felt unbearable and he would stay beside the sick till the operation was over.
    The patient remained calm during the operation, his hands left in Kim Jong Il's and several hours-long operation proved successful.
    Doctors were overcome with strong emotion when they saw his face bathed in perspiration yet beaming with a smile.
    Afterwards, the veteran revolutionary was able to resume his work in good health.

Farmland in DPRK given face-lifting

    Pyongyang, March 21 (KCNA) -- The appearance of rural areas in the DPRK is undergoing a radical change. The realignment of 100,000 hectares of land in South Hwanghae Province is progressing at its final stage.
    As a result of the land levelling and rezoning, patches of paddy and non-paddy fields seen in a disorderly manner have been replaced by fields of standardized shapes, each with 1,000 or 1,500 phyong, and waterways and roads between fields.
    When the project of realigning 100,000 hectares of land will be completed by this spring, the province will witness the disappearance of at least 400,000 patches of paddies and some 30,000 km of ridges between paddy fields and the appearance of thousands of hectares of new land.
    New farm villages are now under construction to match the landscape of the realigned fields.
    Farm villages with cozy houses, fish farms and straight roads remind one of a fairyland.

Koryo Art Studio

    Pyongyang, March 21 (KCNA) -- There is the Koryo Art Studio, which serves as an effective centre to preserve the nation's cultural heritages, in the eastern part of Pyongyang. It was established in March Juche 79 (1990).
    The studio reconstructed mausoleums of Tangun, Tongmyong and Wang Kon, the ancestral kings of Korea, and restored or renovated such relics as Kwangbop temple in Mt. Taesong, Songbul temple in Mt. Jongbang, Pohyon temple in Mt. Myohyang and Kaesim temple in Mt. Chilbo to their original state.
    This helped preserve the nation's cultural heritages on a permanent basis.
    An exhibition of huge historical paintings is now under way at the Korean Central History Museum. All the paintings on display there were created by the studio.
    They are a fresh reminder of the development of Korea's history.
    The studio also produces industrial art objects and souvenirs including Korean paintings, ceramic wares and sculptures.

U.S. nuclear war scenario slammed

    Pyongyang, March 21 (KCNA) -- Alexandr Brezhnev, representative of the Russian Union of Writers, denounced the bush group for trying to stifle the DPRK by force of arms. The U.S. assertion that if the "plan for nuclear development" of the DPRK is not checked, the world will face a great "danger" is, in fact, prompted by its intention to totally disarm the DPRK and swallow it up, he noted, and went on:
    The United States has developed, produced and deployed many nuclear weapons. It is keen to attack the DPRK, pulling it up over "nuclear issue" after making all preparations to mount a preemptive nuclear attack on it.
    The DPRK boasts singlehearted unity which is more powerful than a nuclear weapon, and has a strong army.
    It is a daydream for Bush to try to destroy Korean socialism even with nuclear weapons.

Most dangerous hotbed for U.S. nuclear war

    Pyongyang, March 21 (KCNA) -- The Korean Peninsula has become the most dangerous hotbed for a nuclear war at present due to the U.S. policy, says Rodong Sinmun today in a bylined article. The article goes on:
    The Bush administration is focusing its nuclear strategy on some big countries and small countries going against the grain of it and disclosing its intention to take preemptive nuclear attacks on them in the "event of emergency."
    What merits attention is that the U.S. designated the DPRK as a main target of its projected nuclear attack.
    In actuality, the U.S. imperialists attach top priority to the operations for a nuclear attack on the DPRK.
    The crux of the projected nuclear attack is to pose a nuclear threat to the DPRK and make a preemptive nuclear attack on it.
    Another reason why the Korean Peninsula is the most dangerous hotbed for a nuclear war is that nuclear weapons have been deployed in and around South Korea more massively than any other areas of the world.
    The U.S. arsenal has at least 20,000 nuclear warheads.
    More than 1,000 nuclear weapons are deployed in South Korea alone.
    The DPRK has always been exposed to a permanent threat of the U.S. strategic nuclear weapons.
    The U.S. nuclear war scenario is designed to spark a nuclear war with South Korea as a nuclear forward base and a frontline defense theatre and escalate it into a global thermo-nuclear war.
    The use of nukes on the Korean Peninsula is neither a hypothesis nor speculation, but an actual problem.
    This is evidenced by a new nuclear attack plan of the bush administration.
    If a nuclear war breaks out on the peninsula, Asia and the rest of the world will suffer from the nuclear holocaust.
    The peaceloving people all over the world should heighten vigilance against the reckless nuclear war moves of the war-thirsty bush group and hold them in check with a revolutionary offensive.

U.S.-S. Korea joint war exercises under fire

    Pyongyang, March 21 (KCNA) -- The joint war exercises launched by the U.S. imperialists and the South Korean bellicose forces are dangerous maneuvers for offensive operations to invade the north as they are chiefly aimed to mount a preemptive nuclear attack on it in case of "emergency" on the Korean Peninsula, say papers here today in signed commentaries. It is the U.S. imperialists' invariable ambition to contain the DPRK by force of arms and put the whole of Korea under its control, observes Rodong Sinmun.
    It continues:
    The U.S. imperialists drew up even a scenario to mount a preemptive nuclear attack on the DPRK after deploying huge aggression forces in and around the Korean Peninsula. It is by no means a hypothesis that they seek to launch a total war against the DPRK all of a sudden while staging these joint war exercises under the simulated conditions of an actual war in the area close to the military demarcation line.
    The U.S., seized by war hysteria, seeks to launch a nuclear war in a bid to stifle socialism, a life and soul of the Korean people.
    But this only lays bare the brigandish nature of U.S. imperialism and threatens peace on the Korean Peninsula and the security of humankind.
    Due to this sabre-rattling of the U.S. imperialists and the south korean war hawks the nation's security is exposed to a grave threat. This situation compels the DPRK to take a corresponding option for self-defense.
    As the DPRK clarified more than once, it neither wants a war nor avoids it. Limitless is its option for self-defense.
    If the aggressors ignite a war on this land at any cost, they will face punishment unprecedented in war history and will be bound to drink a bitter cup of defeat.
    Minju Joson says that the DPRK values the nation's dignity and sovereignty more than anything else and, therefore, will mercilessly retaliate against those who dare encroach upon them.

Greetings to Namibian President

    Pyongyang, March 21 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, President of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, sent a message of greetings to Namibian President Sam Nujoma on March 19. The message extended warm congratulations to the president, the government and the people of Namibia on the 12th anniversary of its independence.
    It wished him and people great success in the work for peace, prosperity and development of the country and expressed belief that the good friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries would continue to grow stronger.

Greetings to Iranian President

    Pyongyang, March 21 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, President of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, today sent a message of greetings to Iranian President Seyed Mohammad Khatami. The message extended warm congratulations to him and to the friendly Iranian government and people on the new year of Iran.
    In the belief that the traditional relations of friendship between the two countries would consolidate and develop in the future, too, it wished him and the government and people of Iran greater progress and prosperity.

Congratulations to President of Zimbabwe

    Pyongyang, March 21 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, President of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, sent a congratulatory message to Robert G. Mugabe on his reelection as president of the country on March 19. The message said that his re-assumption of office as president of the country is an expression of the Zimbabwean people's deep trust and great expectation for him.
    It sincerely wished him greater success in his responsible work to promote national unity and protect the sovereignty of the country and expressed belief that the good friendly and cooperative ties between the two countries would continue to grow stronger in the future.

Congratulations to President of Congo

    Pyongyang, March 21 (KCNA) -- President Kim Yong Nam of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly sent a congratulatory message to Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso on March 19. The message extended warm congratulations to him on his reelection as the president of Congo thanks to the deep trust of the government and people in him.
    In the belief that the traditional friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries would continue to grow stronger in the interests of the two peoples, it sincerely wished him great success in his responsible work for the stability and development of the country.

Youth league conference opens

    Pyongyang, March 21 (KCNA) -- The conference of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League opened here today. Participating in the conference were delegates of youth league organizations at different levels and a delegation of Korean youth in Japan.
    Present on invitation were former unconverted long-term prisoners who are pro-reunification patriotic fighters, persons of distinguished services and officials concerned.
    Also present there were Kim Yong Nam, President of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, Jo Myong Rok, director of the general political department of the Korean People's Army who is first vice-chairman of the DPRK National Defense Commission, and Jong Ha Chol and Kim Jung Rin, secretaries of the central committee of the Workers' Party of Korea. The conference adopted as its agenda items "on fully demonstrating the might of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League in the revolutionary onward march in the new century upholding the great general Kim Jong Il's revolutionary army-based leadership" and "on adopting rules of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League."
    Kim Yong Nam conveyed a congratulatory message from the WPK central committee to the participants.
    The message recalled that since the proclamation of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League its organizations and members have taken the lead in bravely overcoming difficulties united close around the WPK, thus making a great contribution to winning shining victory in the Korean people's struggle to defend the red flag of socialism.
    It proposed tasks to be fulfilled by the youth league organizations and its members to play a vanguard role in the drive to successfully carry forward and complete the revolutionary cause of Juche under the leadership of the WPK.
    Kim Kyong Ho, first secretary of the central committee of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League, made a report on the first agenda item.
    He in the report said that the six years after the proclamation of the youth league was a period of glory and victory during which the singlehearted unity between Kim Jong Il and the youth has grown stronger than ever before and the league has fully demonstrated its might as a reserve combat unit and the vanguard of the supreme commander in the battle minus gunfire to defend socialism of Korean style.
    He referred to the tasks to be carried out by the league organizations and its members to firmly uphold and thoroughly carry out Kim Jong Il's army-centered revolutionary line and policy and fully display the honor of being a shock brigade and vanguard in the revolutionary onward march in the new century under the banner of army-centered leadership.
    The report was followed by speeches.
    The conference adopted a decision on the first agenda item.
    It goes on.