Israel's military attack on Palestine slammed

    Pyongyang, May 17 (KCNA) -- A delegate of the DPRK made a speech at the 10th emergency special meeting of the UN General Assembly on the developments in Palestine on May 7. The ferocious military action of Israel is quite unjustifiable because it is a wanton violation of the sovereignty of Palestine, he said, denouncing it as an aggression to topple the present national authority of Palestine and totally obliterate the cause of the Palestinian people. He said Israel should stop the barbarous military aggression at once, withdraw its aggression forces from the Palestinian autonomous areas including the west bank and immediately respond to the peace negotiations with the Palestinian side.
    He extended full support and solidarity to the Palestinian people in their just cause to defend their legitimate national right and to the Arab people in their struggle for the fair solution of the mideast issue with the Palestinian issue as a core.

Week for Korea-Iran friendship opens

    Pyongyang, May 17 (KCNA) -- An inaugural meeting of the week for Korea-Iran friendship was held in Pyongyang yesterday. Choe Jong Hwan, vice-chairman of the Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, in a speech said that today the Iranian people have achieved many successes in their efforts to firmly protect the gains of the Islamic revolution, bring about national prosperity and increase the state power under the leadership of Khamenei. the Korean people greatly rejoice at and highly appreciate them, he noted, adding that the Korean people would always stand by the Iranian people struggling to accomplish the just cause of protecting the sovereignty and peace of the country from the aggression and interference by the imperialist forces and make all efforts to further expand and develop the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries.
    Jalaleddin Namini Mianji, Iranian ambassador to the DPRK, in a speech referred to the annual events under way in Teheran and Pyongyang to observe the week for friendship, the exchange of delegations and the signing of contracts and agreements between the two countries.
    The Islamic Republic of Iran would further expand and develop the friendly relations with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and fully support the Korean people in their struggle for the country's reunification, the ambassador said.
    At the end of the meeting, its participants saw an Iranian feature film.

Anecdotes about Kim Il Sung

    Pyongyang, May 17 (KCNA) -- On April 5, Juche 50 (1961) President Kim Il Sung visited the Komdok Mine (at that time). During his conversation with workers he came to know that rock drill operators were finding it difficult to do their job because of the lack of compressed air.
    It was caused by long distance between the compressor and working faces and the leakage of air from the joints of pipes.
    Mine used to place a compressor outside a pit. The mine debated on the matter over and over again but failed to find a wonderful way.
    After thinking for a while, the president told them to carry the compressor into the pit, saying that a few pipes would be needed and its installment easy. At the moment officials were struck with admiration.
    One day of August, Juche 46 (1957) he went to the pisciculture institute situated on the outskirts of Pyongyang.
    He asked a research worker if he had ever seen a carp eating grass.
    The research worker answered that he saw a carp eating grass seeds but not grass. the president said that at his own residence he observed carp eating crabgrass and water caltrop. He told the research worker to try to feed fish on grass.
    Afterwards, the institute verified that bean cake, rice bran and other artificial fodder can be mixed with grass to feed fish.
    The institute made public the results of their research work in a magazine of the international society of ichthyology and hydrobiology, which evoked a great sensation.
    One day of October, Juche 47 (1958) the president visited the Kiyang Farm Machine works (at that time).
    The works was making a trial product of a tractor for the first time in the DPRK.
    He dropped in at the trial products workshop and took a jet among many accessory parts scattered in the place, saying that this would be a bottleneck.
    Technicians and workers of the factory were very surprised at the moment.
    It was because it was very difficult to single out a jet from more than 1,800 accessory parts and a technician could hardly realise that the jet was the hardest part for the production of tractors.

Renowned artiste

    Pyongyang, May 17 (KCNA) -- Kim Chang Su, 72, is a renowned artiste of the studio for dubbing foreign films in Korea. Pursuing a hobby for film narration in his teens, he explained foreign films at cinema houses in North Hamgyong Province.
    Each film dubbed by him was popular among cinema-goers for his simple and truthful narration.
    He worked as producer and actor at the Korean Film Studio from Juche 47 (1958).
    He successfully took part in dubbing hundreds of films in over 40 years.
    His distinguished narrative skill was displayed in the feature film "unknown heroes" (parts 1-20) that deals with the struggle of scouts of the Korean People's Army during the Fatherland Liberation War and documentary films "History Indicts" (parts 1-4) and "The Fatherland Liberation War" (parts 1-6).
    He became a People's Artiste in 1991.
    He is still devoting himself to truthfully representing the thoughts and emotion of characters of films.

Rural villages appeared

    Pyongyang, May 17 (KCNA) -- More than 130 rural villages made their appearance in South Hwanghae Province of Korea which underwent a complete transformation with land realignment. 60 dwelling houses, each for one household or two households, have been built in Paechon county.
    Rvery house has two or three rooms and attached buildings for convenience.
    The county has built the houses for discharged officers and soldiers who took the lead in upholding the army-first policy of the workers' party of Korea.
    Thus six villages of nearly 200 households came into existence in two years.
    A few days ago, 90 families of discharged officers and soldiers and disabled soldiers moved to new houses.

NRC on abortion of inter-Korean working-level contact in Mt. Kumgang

    Pyongyang, May 17 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the National Reconciliation Council in a statement today said that the authorities of the south side are entirely to blame for the abortion of the working-level contact between organizations of the north and the south in Mt. Kumgang to consult and decide on the events for reunification this year including a grand festival for national reunification to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the publication of the june 15 north-south joint declaration. The contact was scheduled to take place in Mt. Kumgang on May 14 and 15 but it could not be made as scheduled owing to the failure of the delegates of the south side to come there.
    The spokesman said:
    Now there are some reports in South Korea claiming that the working level contact could not be made as the north did not send invitations to the delegates of the south side. this is a whooping lie and distortion.
    The South Korean ministry of unification prevented the delegates of the south side from going to Mt. Kumgang under the absurd pretext that it could not recognize the official invitations sent by the north, arguing about the "channel" through which they were sent.
    Although the historic June 15 joint declaration for national reconciliation, unity and reunification was published, the South Korean authorities are still persisting in staging such farces as "screening" and putting "restrictions" as regards contacts and reunification events of north and south non-governmental organizations on the strength of the "security law", branding the north as the "principal enemy." They are thus laying obstacles in the way of the reunification movement and blocking the reunification-oriented contacts and dialogues between the north and south organizations. The national reconciliation council denounces these anti-reunification moves of the South Korean authorities and demands an immediate end to them.
    If the South Korean authorities have a will to implement the joint declaration it should approach on the basis of impartiality all the South Korean organizations which support and are willing to implement it, and opt to positively back their reunification movement.
    We will make all sincere efforts to successfully hold various reunification events, including the June 15 grand festival for national reunification, this year as already agreed upon between the north and south organizations.

Gift to Kim Jong Il from secretary general of WTO

    Pyongyang, May 17 (KCNA) -- Leader Kim Jong Il received a gift from the secretary general of the World Tourism Organization on a visit to the DPRK. Secretary general Francesco Frangialli handed the gift to Kim Yong Nam, President of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, today.

Kim Yong Nam meets secretary general of WTO

    Pyongyang, May 17 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, President of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, met and had a friendly talk with Francesco Frangialli, secretary general of the World Tourism Organization, and his party at the Mansudae Assembly Hall today. On the occasion the secretary general said that his first visit to the DPRK deeply impressed him and he was pleased to see the wonderful mass gymnastic and artistic performance "Arirang."

Chinese delegation leaves

    Pyongyang, May 17 (KCNA) -- The delegation of the Chinese people's association for peace and disarmament led by He Luli, vice-chairwoman of the standing committee of the national people's congress of China and president of the association, left here for home today after concluding its 5-day visit to the DPRK. It was seen off at the airport by Ri Chong Il, vice-chairwoman of the Korean National Peace Committee, and other officials concerned, Wu Donghe, Chinese ambassador to the DPRK, and staff members of his embassy.
    During the visit the delegation visited Mangyongdae, the monument to party founding and other places and laid wreaths before the Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery on Mt. Taesong and the Friendship Tower.

Kim Yong Nam greets Norwegian king

    Pyongyang, May 17 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, President of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, sent a message of greetings to Norwegian king Harald V today on the occasion of its National Day. The message extended warm congratulations to the king and people of Norway on their national day and wished the king good health and happiness and the people progress and prosperity.