Memorial service for those killed held in S. Korea

    Pyongyang, October 30 (KCNA) -- A South Korean society of bereaved families of those civilians killed before and after the Korean War reportedly held a memorial service in Seoul on October 26 demanding the authorities come out to make a thorough-going probe into the truth about the GIs' killings of civilians in different parts of South Korea and institute a special law for the solution to the problem. The participants recalled the fact that the Korean War crimes tribunal, which was held in New York in June last year, recommended the U.S. government to admit that the GIs' mass killings are the crimes in violation of international law and humanitarianism, open to the public all facts about atrocities and pay compensation to the victims.
    That day the society made public a declaration to the people.
    Many civilians were ruthlessly killed by the U.S. forces before and after the war, the declaration said, stressing that it is our historic duty to probe the truth about the GIs' killings of civilians and reinstate them.
    It called for striving to correctly probe the historical truth so as to straighten up the modern history.

Indonesian diplomats help Korean farmers

    Pyongyang, October 30 (KCNA) -- Barita Siburian, Indonesian charge d'affaires to the DPRK, and diplomats of the embassy yesterday helped the farmers of the Korea-Indonesia Friendship Yaksu Co-Op Farm in Kangso district, Nampho city, in harvesting. During a break, they talked with farmers, deepening the friendship. They handed aid materials to the farm.
    The charge d'affaires said that the Indonesia-DPRK friendly relations established by President Soekarno and President Kim Il Sung are growing stronger under the deep concern of President Megawati and General Secretary Kim Jong Il.

KCNA on Ri Hoe Chang's anti-reunification remarks

    Pyongyang, October 30 (KCNA) -- Ri Hoe Chang, a presidential candidate on the ticket of the South Korean Grand National Party, is revealing more saliently his true colours as an anti-reunification element. He in a meet with mediapersons in Pusan area on October 26 adamantly opposed the inter-Korean exchange and cooperation when he said "it is something wrong to push ahead with the relinking of the Seoul-Sinuiju and eastern coastal railways before the settlement of the nuclear issue of the north."
    As well known to everybody, the relinking of the eastern and western coastal area rail and road links is now making brisk headway after the work was simultaneously kicked off in the designated areas of the north and the south.
    Not only the north and south of Korea but the whole world hailed this historic national project of relinking the main artery of the nation that has remained severed for over 50 years as it is a big stride towards Korea's reunification.
    The north and the south agreed to speed up the construction of the eastern and western coastal rail and road links at the recent 8th inter-Korean ministerial talks held in Pyongyang. It was a reflection of the common desire and efforts of all the compatriots to relink the artery of the nation.
    But Ri Hoe Chang and other anti-reunification elements have worked hard to hamstring the national reconciliation, exchange and cooperation, talking about the "north wind" and "drain on resources" since the very day of the publication of the historic June 15 North-South Joint Declaration. And they are becoming more desperate in their bid to torpedo the relinking of railways, even crying out for the "north's renouncement of the nuclear development."
    This is intolerable.
    The nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula is a product of the U.S. hostile policy towards the DPRK. This surfaced as part of the hostile moves of the Bush administration to backpedal the positive developments in the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia.
    Ri is linking such an important matter of the nation as the relinking of railways to this issue in a bid to obstruct the project.
    This only goes to prove that he leaves no means untried to attain his political goal to win the presidential election with the U.S. backing by sacrificing the national interests.
    The direct victim of the high-handed policy of foreign forces is none other than the Korean nation. Ri will not be able to escape the judgment of history for his anti-national and anti-reunification criminal acts in the service of outsiders.

Patriotic proposal for nation's security hailed

    Pyongyang, October 30 (KCNA) -- The new proposal of the DPRK to conclude a non-aggression treaty between the DPRK and the U.S. is a peace proposal to remove the danger of a nuclear war increasing on the Korean Peninsula, says Minju Joson today in a signed commentary. It goes on:
    The U.S. is talking about the settlement of the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, while enforcing a hostile policy toward the DPRK. If the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula is to be settled, it is necessary to eliminate its root cause.
    The nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula can never be solved as long as the U.S. threatens the DPRK's sovereignty and right to existence with nuclear weapons stockpiled in South Korea and its vicinity.
    The DPRK and the U.S. adopted the DPRK-U.S agreed framework to solve the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula through dialogue and negotiations.
    Peace and security can be preserved on the Korean Peninsula only when a non-aggression treaty is concluded between the DPRK and the U.S. in the light of the origin of the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula and in view of the commitments to implement the agreed framework.
    If the U.S. seeks to stifle the DPRK by force, the people's army and people of Korea who value the sovereignty as their life and soul will counter it in a do-or-die spirit. In that case armed conflict between the DPRK and the U.S. would be unavoidable.
    The U.S. is well advised to drop its daydream and adventure to swallow up the DPRK and accept the DPRK's just proposal for concluding the non-aggression treaty.
    Under the present situation where the danger of a nuclear war is increasing on the Korean Peninsula owing to the U.S. hostile policy toward the north, all those who truly love the country and the nation are called upon to actively cooperate with each other in the efforts to force the U.S. to conclude a non-aggression treaty with the DPRK.

Rodong Sinmun on army-based policy

    Pyongyang, October 30 (KCNA) -- Rodong Sinmun today in a signed commentary says the DPRK's proposal for adopting a non-aggression treaty between the DPRK and the U.S. is a revelation of the noble patriotic will to safeguard the destiny of the country and the nation from aggression of the foreign forces and it is based on the might of the invincible army-based policy. The commentary notes:
    Our holding high the banner of the army-based policy was an option to defend national sovereignty and the right to existence against the U.S. imperialists' undisguised aggression moves.
    It was thanks to the DPRK's army-based policy that the untimely danger of war on the Korean Peninsula could be removed and the whole nation, north and south, could escape nuclear disasters.
    It is the due obligation of the whole nation to uphold the great beneficial army-based policy in the present rigorous situation.
    The policy is, indeed, a powerful political mode of defending the nation, which all the compatriots in the north, the south and abroad should follow and uphold.
    Any Korean who is really concerned about the destiny of the country and the nation should positively support the policy which guarantees peace on the Korean Peninsula and the security of the nation and allow no challenge to it.

Anecdotes about Kim Jong Il

    Pyongyang, October 30 (KCNA) -- In November Juche 85 (1996) Kim Jong Il made an inspection tour of Panmunjom. Officials told him that it would be dangerous for him to go to Panmunjom, a frontline area. But he said he was born in Mt. Paektu, grew up, hearing gun reports of the anti-Japanese war, hardened a revolutionary faith in the war fought by his parents and cultivated the will and grit in the Fatherland Liberation War against the U.S. aggression. He also said he was going and should go to any places where there were his faithful soldiers.
    He left for Panmunjom early in the morning with a grand plan for national reunification and deep love for his soldiers. There is another story about his love for soldiers. Another day he was going to Panmunjom.
    When the car almost reached Kaesong at dawn, Kim Jong Il, who woke up from a nap in the car, looked at his wristwatch and told the driver to stop the car. And he told the officials accompanying him that if they reached Panmunjom now, soldiers would be awakened from sweet sleep. He also said that for the soldiers safeguarding the frontline area, they should go to Panmunjom after two hours or so when soldiers waked up and finished their breakfast.

Medical dictionary "Bogam" published

    Pyongyang, October 30 (KCNA) -- A large English-Korean-Japanese Medical Dictionary "Bogam" has been published in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. It contains 170,000 English vocabularies, 160,000 Korean-English vocabularies of appendices and 10,000 odd pictures and photos. In view of its contents and form, it is typical of the world's scientific and technical dictionaries.
    An electronic book was also developed. It includes more than 10,000 pieces of multi-media data and the dictionary "Pogam".
    It can be seen both in the IBM and Macintosh computers without the Korean input system.
    "Bogam" is popular among scientists and technicians who are trying to develop the country's medical science and technology.

U.S. accused of raising nuclear issue on Korean Peninsula

    Pyongyang, October 30 (KCNA) -- The world public is vehemently denouncing the U.S. policy toward the DPRK, saying that the U.S. is totally to blame for raising the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula. The Bangladesh Solidarity Committee for Supporting Korea's Reunification in a statement said that the U.S. seeks to invent a pretext to establish its criminal missile defense system while talking about a nuclear threat from North Korea.
    The U.S. newspaper Worker in an article titled "who is creating tension on the Korean Peninsula?" said that the U.S. already used mass-destruction weapons against the Korean people and that it is none other than the U.S. which has made preparations to launch another aggression.
    The Mexican newspaper Trabajadores in an article titled "who threats who?" said that it is quite legitimate for the DPRK to keep itself ready to cope with the U.S. threat as it has been exposed to constant threats from the latter.
    The Mt. Paektu Czech-Korean Friendship Association in a protest letter to the U.S. President denounced the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK, saying that the U.S. was the first to use a-bombs in the world and the very country which used biological and chemical weapons in Korea.
    The Russian newspaper Veteran in an article under the title "who is to blame for dark clouds over Korean Peninsula?" said what is certain is that unless the U.S. takes its hands off the Korean Peninsula and drops its DPRK strategy, the Korean issue can never be settled peacefully and military conflits are unavoidable. It warned that a new war on the Korean Peninsula can spill over into a disastrous global thermo-nuclear war.
    The chairman of the Workers' Party of Ireland in a statement said that if the Bush administration continues to interfere in the internal affairs of the DPRK, obsessed with the anachronistic conception of the cold war, the U.S. will stand more bitterly censured and rebuffed as it is responsible for the division of Korea and for harassing the hard-won peace process on the peninsula.
    The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Bulgaria in a statement said that the evil country is none other than the U.S. the U.S. is well advised to do soul searching, well aware that the DPRK is possessed of both powerful defensive and offensive means, it urged.

Japan urged to show good faith

    Pyongyang, October 30 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Central Committee of the DPRK Red Cross Society Wednesday issued the following statement as regards the new complicated situation created by the Japanese side's failure to send back home-visiting Japanese residing in the DPRK: Five Japanese residing in the DPRK went to Japan on Oct. 15 for a 10-day visit to their hometowns under an agreement reached between the DPRK and Japanese sides.
    Their home-visiting, the first of its kind, was the results of humanitarian efforts exerted by the DPRK government and the DPRK Red Cross Society to liquidate regrettable happenings caused by the abnormal DPRK-Japan relations and realize the hope of Japanese in the DPRK to visit their hometowns.
    The Japanese side, however, has not yet sent them back despite the fact that the 10-day stay in Japan scheduled at their request came to an end, thus creating a new complicated situation. This is a breach of the bilateral agreement.
    The Japanese side even barred officials of the Red Cross Society who went there together with them from making phone contacts with them in the two weeks' period.
    We are stunned by such mean behavior of Japan.
    Both sides can certainly seek a negotiated settlement of any issue according to the will of those concerned as there is a favorable atmosphere between the two countries thanks to the DPRK-Japan summit meeting. Then why is Japan breaking faith, violating even the already agreed point?
    By breaking this first promise made since the publication of the DPRK-Japan Pyongyang Declaration, Japan has thrown a serious obstacle in the DPRK's sustained efforts to render appropriate cooperation to Japan.
    We can not but doubt whether Japan truly wishes for cooperation from the DPRK or rest content with bringing just five survivors to Japan or is keen to deliberately create complexity.
    If the Japanese side wishes for cooperation from the DPRK it should keep promise and show good faith.
    If it breaks faith in the end, we will not be responsible for the ensuing consequences.

Congratulations to Slovak Prime Minister

    Pyongyang, October 30 (KCNA) -- Hong Song Nam, Premier of the DPRK Cabinet, sent a congratulatory message to Mikulas Dzurinda upon his reappointment as Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovakia. Expressing belief that the relations between the two countries would continue to develop on good terms in mutual interests, the message wished him great success in his responsible work.

Congratulations to FM of Slovakia

    Pyongyang, October 30 (KCNA) -- DPRK Foreign Minister Paek Nam Sun sent a congratulatory message to Eduard Kukan on his reappointment as Foreign Minister of Slovakia. The message expressed belief that the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries would as always grow stronger in various fields, and wished Kukan new success in his work.

Message of greetings to Cambodian King

    Pyongyang, October 30 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, President of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, today sent a message of greetings to Norodom Sihanouk, king of Cambodia, on the occasion of his 80th birthday. The message said:
    Your majesty have devotedly struggled for the independence and sovereignty of your country and the unity of the Khmer nation all your life and are still energetically working for the peace and prosperity of the country and the happiness of your people at your advanced age.
    The Cambodian people deeply respect your majesty as the "father of the nation" and "hero of the nation" for your exploits performed in the patriotic struggle and your distinguished service for the country and the nation.
    Our people highly praise your majesty, their closest friend, for all the efforts made to steadily boost the friendly relations between our two countries, setting store by the brotherly close relationship with the great leader comrade Kim Il Sung.
    Expressing belief that the traditional friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries would grow stronger and develop, the message wholeheartedly wished him good health and happiness and greater success in his cause for the stability and prosperity of his country and the wellbeing of the Khmer nation.

Delegations of south side here

    Pyongyang, October 30 (KCNA) -- Delegations of the south side arrived here today to participate in the first panel meeting for the construction of the industrial zone in Kaesong and the second panel meeting for the prevention of flood in the River Rimjin according to the agreement of the second meeting of the north-south committee for the promotion of economic cooperation. Delegates of the north side to those meetings greeted the delegations at the airport.

Hong Song Nam meets Russian guests

    Pyongyang, October 30 (KCNA) -- Hong Song Nam, Premier of the DPRK Cabinet, met and had a friendly conversation with Gennadi Fadeyev, Minister of Railway Transport of Russia, and his party on a visit to the DPRK at the Mansudae Assembly Hall today. Present there were Kim Yong Sam, Minister of Railways, Kung Sok Ung, vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kim Ryong Gang, vice-Minister of Railways, officials concerned and Russian Ambassador to the DPRK Andrei Karlov.