Supreme Commander Kim Jong Il Inspects KPA Unit 350

    Pyongyang, December 9 (KCNA) -- Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, inspected KPA Unit 350. After acquainting himself with the unit's performance of duty, he went round an education room, a lecture room, a bedroom, a mess hall, a washroom, a daily provision store, an open-air resting place and other places to learn in detail about the living of the servicepersons.
    He expressed great satisfaction over the fact that the unit has secured various means and sufficient materials necessary for the ideological education of the servicepersons and entertainment, made an efficient use of the education room and set up excellent supply service facilities so as to provide the soldiers with good living conditions and highly praised it for tenaciously managing its economic life.
    He said that in the last few years the appearance of the unit has changed beyond recognition and highly praised the servicepersons of the unit for their many successes gained by displaying the fighting spirit of devotedly carrying out his instructions.
    He spared time to see an art performance given by the servicepersons of a company under the unit.
    He expressed the expectation and conviction that the officers and men of the unit would resolutely defend with their arms the socialist system and the motherland, precious gains the Korean people achieved at the cost of their blood, before posing for a photograph with them.
    He was accompanied by KPA Generals Ri Myong Su, Hyon Chol Hae and Pak Jae Gyong.

Spokesman of DPRK Foreign Ministry on Issue of Resumption of Six-Way Talks

    Pyongyang, December 9 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea today gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA as regards a wide range of opinions worldwide on the issue of the resumption of the six-way talks: The DPRK's principled stand on the resumption of the six-way talks has been known well on various occasions and it remains unchanged.
    It is the life and soul to rely on the method of a package solution based on the principle of simultaneous actions in the settlement of the nuclear issue and it is the core issue upon which the DPRK and the United States should agree.
    Focussing on this matter, we have, in fact, made many concessions so far for an early resumption of the six-way talks.
    As the U.S. feels uncomfortable with the conclusion of a non-aggression treaty between the DPRK and the U.S., we clarified that we are ready to accept the proposal for giving "written security assurances" made by President Bush if it presupposes the U.S. co-existence with the DPRK in peace and acceptance of our proposal for a simultaneous package solution to the nuclear issue. And we expressed a magnanimous view that if the U.S. is concerned over the phraseology of simultaneous actions, we can accept an expression favored by the U.S. as long as there is no change in its content.
    Through a New York contact channel on Nov. 1 we directly conveyed to the U.S. side our stand to resume the second round of the six-way talks early in December.
    This stand of ours, we believe, has been properly conveyed to the U.S. side through a series of channels in the meantime.
    We have so far expected that the U.S. administration would answer our magnanimity with good faith. According to what is now afloat and what we hear, the U.S. stood is greatly disappointing us.
    The U.S. seems to work hard to completely eliminate our nuclear deterrent force by giving just a piece of paper called "written security assurances." In fact, it is no more than a commitment.
    It is unthinkable for us to allow ourselves to be disarmed believing in the lukewarm commitment of the U.S., the hostile partner, under the present situation where the U.S. forces are still present in south Korea and putting spurs to the arms buildup targeted against the DPRK in south Korea and around the Korean peninsula, to say nothing of the belligerent relationship between the DPRK and the U.S. that has lasted for over half a century.
    Moreover, the U.S. has just legislated on the research into the manufacture of smaller nukes leveled at the DPRK and made a huge budgetary allocation for it.
    It is the consistent goal set by the DPRK from long ago to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. But we are compelled to have a nuclear deterrent force today. This is entirely attributable to the U.S. nuclear threat.
    If the U.S. stand to reason, it should have completely removed the military threat to the DPRK in a verifiable and irreversible manner before the latter moved.
    We, however, proposed a package solution based on the principle of simultaneous actions as the basic way of settling the nuclear issue, prompted by the fair and aboveboard intention to build confidence through the simultaneous practical actions on the part of the two sides. Our stand is not confined to this.
    Our stand is to agree upon the first-phase action by making "words for words" commitment at the next round of the six-way talks at least if the U.S. is not in a position to accept our proposal for a package solution at one time.
    To this end, measures such as the U.S. delisting the DPRK as a "terrorism sponsor", lift of the political, economic and military sanctions and blockade and energy aid including the supply of heavy fuel oil and electricity by the U.S. and neighbouring countries should be taken in exchange for the DPRK's freeze of nuclear activities. This would lay a foundation for furthering the six-way talks.
    What is clear is that in no case the DPRK would freeze its nuclear activities unless it is rewarded. We have already clarified this proposal to all sides to the talks by various methods.
    There is no reason whatsoever for the U.S. not to accept the principle of simultaneous actions if it sincerely wants to co-exist with the DPRK peacefully.
    The resumption of the six-way talks in the future entirely depends on whether an agreement will be reached on the DPRK-proposed first-phase step or not.

King and Prime Minister of Nepal on Friendly Relations between Nepal and DPRK

    Pyongyang, December 9 (KCNA) -- King of the Kingdom of Nepal Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev and Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa respectively met and conversed with a delegation of the DPRK Foreign Ministry headed by Vice-Minister Kim Yong Il on a visit to their country on December 5. On the occasion the king, recalling with deep emotion that he was received by President Kim Il Sung during his visit to the DPRK, said that he would not forget it forever.
    He hoped that the friendly relations between the two countries would continue to develop and the nuclear issue between the DPRK and the U.S. would be settled peacefully.
    He expressed the belief that everything would go well in the DPRK under the wise leadership of Kim Jong Il.
    The prime minister said that the friendly relations between the two countries have a long historic tradition and that the relations would continuously develop.
    The issue of Korea's reunification should be peacefully solved by the Korean people themselves free from foreign interference, he stressed, adding:
    The government and people of Nepal sincerely wish the Korean people to overcome all sorts of difficulties and make signal successes under the wise leadership of Kim Jong Il.

DPRK Marathoner Places First in Internatl Women's Race

    Pyongyang, December 9 (KCNA) -- DPRK marathoner Jo Pun Hui placed first in the women's marathon race at the 3rd World Military Games in Italy. In the race held on Dec. 7 she crossed the finish line in 2 hours 36 minutes 54 seconds.
    DPRK marathoner O Song Suk finished second in 2 hours 40 minutes 3 seconds.
    The tournament drew at least 3,000 army athletes from over 70 countries and regions.

KCNA Discloses True Colors of U.S. as Nuclear Fanatic and Rogue State

    Pyongyang, December 9 (KCNA) -- The U.S. Congressional Research Service recently worked out and published a report calling for declaring the non-use of nuclear weapons in preemptive strikes, expressing concern that smaller nukes may take a heavy casualty toll among civilians, according to the Japanese Mainichi Shimbun. The report took the matter up with four sectors such as the lift of the ban on researches into smaller nukes and those capable of penetrating underground which are included in the law on defense expenditure and warned against the possibilities of a preemptive use of nuclear weapons by the Bush administration.
    As already reported, U.S. President Bush, signing the bill on defense expenditure for fiscal 2004 scaled at 401.3 billion U.S. dollars at the U.S. Defense Department on November 24, declared that he would do everything necessary for keeping the United States a powerful and stable country. On December 1 he signed a bill on lifting the ban on researches into smaller nukes and providing budgetary funding to it.
    The international community is alarmed at such grave developments that bills on nuclear war financially guaranteeing the full-scale moves of the Bush administration toward a nuclear war were worked out one after another, approved and legitimized immediately in the U.S.
    Japan Times said the U.S. decision to seek the development of nuclear weapons of a new generation is a mistaken one which has dealt another blow to the NPT system which is already staggering.
    The Japanese Mainichi Shimbun quoted the first deputy chief of the General Staff of the Russian Army as stating that the new nuclear development to be promoted by Russia is unavoidable as it is a countermeasure toward the U.S., saying "nuclear weapons were considered to be a political deterrent in the past, but are now going to be weapons in battlefields. It is terrible."
    As the U.S. Congressional Research Service already voiced concern and warning and the world community and media commented, the U.S. projected development of smaller nukes is an utterly adventurous plan for a nuclear war that would plunge the world into a horrible nuclear disaster.
    The legalization of the development of smaller nukes to carry into practice the Bush administration's rash strategy of preemptive nuclear attack by laws such as the law on defense expenditure clearly shows once again that the U.S. loud-mouthed "nuclear non-proliferation" is a hypocritical call to restrict and neutralize the self-defensive nuclear deterrent of other countries and thus secure the military position as the only superpower and that the U.S. is, indeed, a nuclear fanatic and a rogue state threatening peace and security of humankind.

Return of U.S. Base in Ryongsan Demanded in S. Korea

    Pyongyang, December 9 (KCNA) -- Son Jun Hyok, spokesman for the Solidarity for Implementing the South-North Joint Declaration, reportedly issued a statement titled "U.S. forces unconditionally return their base in Ryongsan and quit this land to the last one" on Dec. 4. The statement said: The U.S. forces are fleeing to the area south of the River Han to survive for fear of the north but bringing the burden of expenses for the transfer of their base to bear upon people's shoulders. And they unilaterally announced a plan for its transfer without any prior agreement. This behaviour of the U.S. makes even a man wearing an iron mask blush.
    It is foolish to expect "security" from the U.S. forces. Such expectation will only bring a war disaster to the people.
    The security of the people can never be guaranteed as long as the U.S. forces, the chieftain of aggression and a source of war, remain in south Korea.
    The statement called for retaking the usurped sovereignty and achieving durable peace on the Korean peninsula through a nationwide struggle for the withdrawal of the U.S. troops from south Korea.

S. Korean Security Authorities' Plot Denounced

    Pyongyang, December 9 (KCNA) -- U Tae Sik, spokesman for the south Korean Federation of University Student Councils, reportedly issued a statement on Dec. 4 denouncing the security authorities for plotting to fabricate "Aju University case." The statement referred to the fact that the security authorities forcibly took away eight students and graduates from the university on Dec. 3 and threatened to arrest more students who were active in the General Student Council of the university in 2001.
    Accusing the security authorities of arresting more student leaders on charges of their involvement in the case in the wake of their arrest of the secretary general of the Reunification Solidarity, the statement branded this as anachronistic and anti-national tyranny.

U.S. Move to Develop Smaller Nukes Denounced

    Pyongyang, December 9 (KCNA) -- Some days ago the U.S. Congressional Research Service published a report on the nuclear policy of the Bush administration. In the report it noted with concern that the smaller nukes the Bush administration is going to develop may cause huge civilian casualties, demanding the declaration of the non-preemptive use of nuclear weapon. In this regard Minju Joson today in a signed commentary says that the report serves as an indictment disclosing the essence and dangerous nature of the Bush administration's strategy of preemptive nuclear attack and its move to develop new type nukes to realize the strategy.
    The commentary goes on:
    The Bush administration is not hiding the fact that its undisguised move to develop new type nukes is to carry out the strategy of preemptive nuclear attack.
    This move only reveals its dirty true colors before the international community.
    The Bush administration has become more clamorous for the removal of the "threat of weapons of mass destruction" than any others.
    It is illogical and politically and morally contradictory for the Bush administration to openly pursue the development of new type nukes.
    The elimination of nukes and their development cannot go together under any circumstances.
    In the final analysis, there is no need to explain what the Bush administration seeks in peddling the "threat of weapons of mass destruction."
    The Bush administration is keen to bring nuclear disasters to the world to achieve its aggressive purpose. This reckless move is intolerable.
    The Bush administration would be well advised to face up to the reality, drop its foolish dream and act with discretion.

KCNA Blasts Hwang Jang Yop's Hysteric Remarks

    Pyongyang, December 9 (KCNA) -- Hwang Jang Yop in an interview with the Japanese Sankei Shimbun malignantly slandered the political system in the DPRK, according to its Dec. 5 issue. He let loose a string of hysteric outcries that "it is the only solution to the nuclear issue to overthrow north Korea's regime" and the "dictatorship of north Korea should be toppled".
    They are the thrice-cursed crime as they were mouthed by the man who has inveterate bitterness toward the inviolable political system in the DPRK.
    He is human scum and a mentally deranged old man who fled to south Korea after abandoning his wife and children and unhesitatingly betraying the country that protected his political integrity for the sake of his personal luxury. Nothing but balderdash can be heard from this guy and no one, therefore, would lend an ear to his tongue wagging.
    This ugly looking man is completely unable to judge what is going on. Yet the south Korean authorities are using him for their sinister purpose.
    We can not but call this dishonest behavior to question. They only betrayed their awkward position by instigating Hwang to cry out for the so-called "solution" to such crucial political issue as the nuclear issue between the DPRK and the United States.
    In a word, the U.S. and the south Korean authorities only laid bare their true colors by letting this good-for-nothing talk nonsense.
    Hwang committed too hideous crimes that he was afraid of taking a back alley. Recently he toured the U.S. and is strutting about, having interviews with foreign media. This was possible only under the protection of the present south Korean authorities and thanks to the prearranged script of the U.S.
    The present south Korean authorities transferred him to a new place from the Intelligence Service in a bid to goad him into letting loose anti-north vituperation with bitterer grudge.
    It is shame on the nation that such human scum as Hwang is still at large. To patronize and use him is an anti-national criminal act of bedevilling the inter-Korean relations and going against the nation's desire for exchange, cooperation, unity and reunification.
    It is a common sense that a failure to see through everything from a national stand and properly deal with it would result in playing into the hands of foreign forces and the traitors to the nation and bringing the inter-Korean relations to a collapse.
    All the facts go to prove that the south Korean authorities are neither interested in the improvement of inter-Korean relations, nor have any willingness to have dialogue with the north and settle the nuclear issue but have the same wrong way of thinking as Hwang's.
    They should behave in a responsible manner from a national stand.
    It is nonsensical to talk about dialogue, contact, reconciliation and cooperation while letting renegade and traitor Hwang defile the system and dignity of the dialogue partner and cry out for "overthrowing" the system in the north.
    We will never sit idle in case the south Korean authorities allow Hwang to slander again the system.

Artificial Breeding of Salmons in DPRK

    Pyongyang, December 9 (KCNA) -- Artificial breeding of salmons has proved successful in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The East Sea Fishery Institute under the Branch Academy of Fishery Science built an artificial salmon hatchery in Puryong County, North Hamgyong Province a few years ago. The researchers of the institute have made researches into artificial hatching of salmons and introduced their success into practice.
    In November alone, about 40,000 pinks were hatched.
    Their success makes it possible to breed salmons in sea and river.
    According to Han Kab Du, a section chief of the institute, hundreds of thousands of pinks would be let to go to the sea in the near future and the institute would introduce its success in different parts on the east coast.

Ryanggang Hotel

    Pyongyang, December 9 (KCNA) -- Ryanggang Hotel in Pyongyang, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, enjoys popularity among foreigners and overseas compatriots for its kind service. It, built in May Juche 78(1989) on a hill nearly 50 meters above the sea level, is called Ryanggang Hotel because it is located at the point where the River Taedong and the River Pothong meet.
    The hotel, with a total floor space of 33,000 odd square meters, was built in tiers with its curvaceous and linear beauties combined with each other, so it blends well with the landscape of the area.
    It consists of two buildings. One is for guest rooms and another for restaurants, halls, etc.
    The hotel has more than 300 rooms from the second floor.
    The entrance hall of the hotel is surrounded by cultural service facilities such as a library, billiard room, soft drink counter and shop.
    From the rotating restaurant on the top of the hotel the guests can command a bird's-eye-view of many parts of Pyongyang including Mangyong Hill, Kwangbok Street, Chongchun Street, the Tower of the Juche Idea and the Arch of Triumph.
    The Hotel offers conveniences to the guests in every respect.

Special Envoy of Indonesian President Here

    Pyongyang, December 9 (KCNA) -- Nana Sutresna, councillor to the president of the Republic of Indonesia who is a special envoy of the president, and his party arrived here today. They were greeted at the airport by Kung Sok Ung, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, and other officials concerned, Barita Siburian, charge d'affaires ad interim of the Indonesian embassy here, and its staff members.

DPRK Delegation Leaves to Participate in World Summit on Information Society

    Pyongyang, December 9 (KCNA) -- A delegation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea headed by Kim Yong Dae, vice-president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, left here today to participate in the World Summit on the Information Society to be held in Geneva. It was seen off at the airport by Kim Yun Hyok, secretary general of the SPA Presidium, and Wu Donghe, Chinese ambassador to the DPRK.

Reception Given for Special Envoy of Indonesian President

    Pyongyang, December 9 (KCNA) -- The DPRK government arranged a reception in honor of the special envoy of the Indonesian president and his party on a visit to the DPRK at the Mansudae Assembly Hall this evening. Present on invitation were Nana Sutresna, councillor to the president of Indonesia who is a special envoy of the president, and his party, the charge d'affaires ad interim and staff members of the Indonesian embassy here.
    Minister Paek Nam Sun and other officials concerned were also present there.
    Paek Nam Sun and Nana Sutresna made speeches there.

Paek Nam Sun Meets Special Envoy of Indonesian President and His Party

    Pyongyang, December 9 (KCNA) -- DPRK Foreign Minister Paek Nam Sun met and had a friendly talk with Nana Sutresna, councilor to the president of the Republic of Indonesia who is a special envoy of the president, and his party who paid a courtesy call on him on December 9. Present there were officials concerned and the Indonesian charge d'affaires ad interim to the DPRK.

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Reproduccion artificial de salmon en Corea

    Pyongyang, 9 de diciembre (ATCC) -- En Corea reproducen artificialmente el salmon. En los ultimos anos el Centro de Estudio Pesquero del Mar Este del Instituto anexo de Ciencias Pesqueras construyo en el distrito de Puryong de la provincia de Hamgyong del Norte un nuevo lugar de incubacion artificial de salmon donde profundizo la labor de investigacion para el particular y, a base de una serie de exitos, desplego la labor para introducirlo en la practica.
    Tan solo en noviembre ultimo se produjeron mas o menos 40 mil alevinos de salmones.
    Al lograr exito en la labor para incubar artificialmente el salmon se dejo abierta una perspectiva para criarlo en los rios y mares.
    Han Kap Du, jefe de una seccion del citado centro dijo que cientos de miles de alevinos de salmones saldran en el futuro no lejano al mar y senalo que el centro planea introducir tal exito en varios lugares del mar Este.

Maratonistas de la RPDC ganan en Juegos Militares Mundiales

    Pyongyang, 9 de diciembre (ATCC) -- Las maratonistas coreanas Jo Pun Hui y O Song Suk ocuparon primero y segundo lugares respectivamente con 2 horas 36 minutos y 54 segundos y 2 horas 40 minutos y 3 segundos en la disciplina de maraton femenino de los 3 Juegos Militares Mundiales efectuados el dia 7. En los presentes juegos que tienen lugar en Italia participan mas de 3 mil deportistas militares procedentes de mas de

En Pyongyang enviado especial de la presidenta de Indonesia y su comitiva

    Pyongyang, 9 de diciembre (ATCC) -- Nana Sutresna, asesor politico y enviado especial de la presidenta de la Republica de Indonesia y su comitiva llegaron hoy a esta capital. En el aeropuerto, los huespedes fueron acogidos por el viceministro de Relaciones Exteriores de la Republica Popular Democratica de Corea Kung Sok Ung y otros funcionarios asi como por el encargado de negocios a.i. de Indonesia en Corea Barinta Siburian y otros miembros de esta sede diplomatica.

Hotel Ryanggang

    Pyongyang, 9 de diciembre (ATCC) -- El Hotel Ryanggang es un centro de servicio que goza de buena reputacion de los extranjeros y coreanos en ultramar por su amabilidad de servicio. Este hotel esta situado en el punto del cruce de los rios Taedong y Pothong, es decir, en la cima de una colina de casi 50 metros de altura sobre el nivel del mar, por lo cual fue denominado el "Hotel Ryanggang (dos rios)". Fue inaugurado en mayo del 78 (1989) de la Era Juche.
    La superficie arquitectonica de este hotel es de mas de 33 mil metros cuadrados en total. Desde el punto de vista de la formacion arquitectonica se construyo de forma escalonada y en excelente combinacion de la belleza curvilinea con la rectilinea, gracias a lo cual se mantiene bien la peculiaridad del edificio conforme a las condiciones topograficas del contorno.
    El hotel esta compuesto de 2 edificios separados; uno de las habitaciones de los huespedes y el otro del comedor, la casa cultural, etc.
    El numero de habitaciones para los huespedes, ubicadas desde el segundo piso, llega a mas de 300.
    En torno al amplio salon central estan emplazadas la biblioteca, la sala de billar, la refresqueria, la tienda y otras instalaciones de servicios culturales.
    Desde el restaurante giratorio, ubicado en el ultimo piso del hotel, puede mirar un paisaje de la colina Mangyong, las avenidas Kwangbok y Chongchun, el panorama de la ciudad Pyongyang: el Monumento a la Idea Juche, el Arco Triunfal y otros edificios monumentales.
    Este hotel ofrece a los huespedes todas las facilidades de vida.

"Minju Joson" censura politica nuclear de EE.UU.

    Pyongyang, 9 de diciembre (ATCC) -- Recientemente, el servicio de investigacion del congreso norteamericano, en su informe publicado en relacion con la politica nuclear de la administracion Bush, expreso su profunda preocupacion de que los miniartefactos nucleares, que esta se propone desarrollar, podran engendrar un gran numero de muertos y heridos civiles e insistio en la declaracion de no usar primero las armas nucleares. El periodico "Minju Joson", en un comentario individual de hoy, subraya que este informe es un testimonio que pone al desnudo la esencia y la peligrosidad de la estrategia del primer ataque nuclear de la administracion Bush y sus maquinaciones del desarrollo de armas nucleares de nuevo tipo para su realizacion, y continua:
    La administracion Bush ni siquiera oculta que el desarrollo de nuevas armas nucleares, que se realiza abiertamente, es para la realizacion de su estrategia del primer ataque nuclear.
    Estas descaradas maniobras de EE.UU. por poseer nuevo tipo de armas nucleares revelan por si mismo su sucia naturaleza del criminal nuclear ante la sociedad internacional.
    Hasta ahora, la administracion Bush era primera en armar alborotos con la "amenaza de armas de exterminio masivo" y en abogar por su "eliminacion".
    El que tal administracion Bush persigue a la manera abierta el desarrollo de armas nucleares constituye una gran contradiccion tanto en lo logico como en lo politico y moral.
    La eliminacion de armas nucleares nunca es compatible con el desarrollo de estas.
    Por lo tanto, seria innecesario explicar mucho que es el verdadero proposito del rumor de la "amenaza de armas de exterminio masivo" y otras cosas similares de que habla la administracion Bush.
    No se puede perdonar jamas el temerario acto de esta encaminado a llevar al mundo a una catastrofe nuclear para lograr su objetivo agresivo. La administracion norteamericana debe juzgar correctamente la realidad, librarse cuanto antes de su ilusion vana y proceder con prudencia.