CILRECO Hails Victory of Democratic Forces in S. Korea

    Pyongyang, May 9 (KCNA) -- The International Liaison Committee for Reunification and Peace in Korea (CILRECO) published the April issue of its bulletin on April 30. The bulletin in an article titled "Victory of Democratic Forces in South Korean 'National Assembly Election'" said that the progressive forces of foreign countries supporting the independent reunification of Korea and peace on the Korean peninsula rejoice over the returns of the "election" held in south Korea.
    Noting that the "election" proved that the south Korean patriotic forces' struggle for the democratization of the south Korean society and the independent reunification of the country against the U.S. interference in the internal affairs of Korea has made further progress as the days go by, the bulletin went on:
    The victory of the south Korean people, who have rejected the reactionary and anti-democratic policy servile to the U.S. and demanded a new policy for the past scores of years, instills new hope for future into the south Korean society and the entire Korean nation.
    Congratulating the south Korean patriotic and democratic forces on their victory, the CILRECO reiterates its determination to make a positive contribution to the cause of Korea's reunification.

Advantages of DPRK Socialist System Praised

    Cairo, May 7 (KCNA) -- Shauki Galral Mohamed Osman, who had participated in the 7th Aesthetic Symposium on the Present Times and National Art held in Pyongyang as a delegate of Egypt, was interviewed by a KCNA correspondent here on May 3. He said: I have realized that the socialist system in the DPRK is an advantageous man-centred social system serving the people.
    Giving his impression of the art performance given by the children who are growing with nothing to desire more in the world, bringing their talent into bloom at the Pyongyang Schoolchildren's Palace, he said that the children of the DPRK are, indeed, the happiest in the world.
    What impressed me most were the sense of organization, staunch spirit and militancy of the Korean people single-heartedly united around leader Kim Jong Il, he said, adding that thanks to the single-hearted unity of the leader, the people and the army the DPRK will meet the challenge of the United States and certainly emerge victorious at any cost and the U.S. policy toward the DPRK is bound to go bust.
    The Arab people should fight against the U.S. troops and drive out them from the Arab territories in unity the way the Korean people do and if the world progressive people unite and struggle against the U.S. in unity, they can frustrate the U.S. strategy for world domination.

Messages of Sympathy to DPRK from Foreign Countries

    Pyongyang, May 9 (KCNA) -- Messages of sympathy were sent to the DPRK government by the Ugandan government and to Pak Pong Ju, premier of the DPRK Cabinet, by Mongolian Prime Minister Nambariin Enkhbayar, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder as regards the train explosion at Ryongchon Railway Station in North Phyongan Province. DPRK Foreign Minister Paek Nam Sun received messages of sympathy from Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Sri Syed Hamid Albar, Indonesian Foreign Minister Nur Hassan Wirayuda, Vietnamese Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Solomon Passi, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic Cyril Svoboda, Polish Foreign Minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, British Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jack Straw, Peruvian Foreign Minister Manuel Rodriguez Quadros and Nicaraguan Acting Foreign Minister Sergio Blandon.
    The messages said that they heard the sad news that the tragic train accident at Ryongchon Railway Station claimed huge human and material losses and expressed deepest condolences and sympathy to the DPRK government, the Korean people and the bereaved families of the victims.
    The messages extended firm solidarity to the Korean people in their efforts to eradicate the aftermath of the disaster at an early date under the guidance of the Workers' Party of Korea and the DPRK government.
    Meanwhile, institutions concerned and public organizations in the DPRK received messages of sympathy from figures of the UN, the Afro-Asian People's Solidarity Organization, the International Maritime Organization, the Communist Youth Union of Germany, the Laos-DPRK Friendship Association and the Democratic Congo-DPRK Friendship and Solidarity Association and other international organizations and foreign organizations.

Day of Historic Victory of Soviet People Marked

    Pyongyang, May 9 (KCNA) -- Rodong Sinmun Sunday devotes an article to the day the Soviet people won a great victory by beating back fascist Germany's armed invasion 59 years ago. The article says that in the last patriotic war the Soviet people and army won a great victory and honorably defended the Soviet motherland by displaying matchless popular heroism and self-sacrificing spirit, thus making a great contribution to saving people of many countries from the danger of fascist slavery.
    Though more than half a century has passed since then, there still exists on earth the danger of aggression and war posed by the reactionaries of history seeking domination and subjugation, the article notes, and goes on:
    Russia is exerting great efforts to increase its defense capability as an important measure to provide a military guarantee for the building of a powerful state, the security of the country and the national interests.
    The reform of the army and the modernization of strategic weapons and arms and equipment are making progress and patriotic education is under way among servicemen. The work for the social stability and the economic and cultural development is also energetically pushed forward.
    The Korean people highly appreciate the efforts made by the government and the people of Russia for the building of a powerful state and the security and interests of the country.
    Today the traditional DPRK-Russia friendship is favorably developing in accordance with the agreement between the top leaders of the two countries and the spirit of the Moscow Declaration. The cooperation and exchange in various fields are brisk between the DPRK and the Russian Federation and the bilateral friendly ties are getting closer.
    The DPRK-Russia friendship will grow stronger in the future thanks to the joint efforts of the two countries.
    The Korean people warmly congratulate the Russian people on the day of their victory over fascist Germany and sincerely hope that their work will go on well.

Abolition of Security Law Demanded in S. Korea

    Pyongyang, May 9 (KCNA) -- Kim Hye Jong, wife of Secretary General of the Reunification Solidarity Min Kyong U, was reported to have kept a personal demonstration in front of the building of the "National Assembly" in Seoul for five days from April 30 in demand of the release of patriotic champions of reunification and the abolition of the security law. During the demonstration on May 4 she said she was struggling in order that no more people are suppressed by dint of the security law.
    She charged that the case of Min Kyong U is obviously the security authorities' crackdown on the movement for independent civic exchange.
    The 17th-term National Assembly should certainly repeal the security law, she said, adding that she would continue her demo till June.

Wreaths Laid by Russian Embassy Officials

    Pyongyang, May 9 (KCNA) -- The embassy of the Russian Federation here laid a wreath before the Liberation Tower Sunday on the occasion of the 59th anniversary of the Soviet people's victory in the Great Patriotic War. Guards of honor of the Korean People's Army lined up before the tower.
    Present there were Andrei Karlov, Russian ambassador, and staff members of the embassy and diplomatic envoys of different countries.
    The participants placed a wreath there in the name of the Russian embassy and observed a moment's silence in memory of the martyrs of the Soviet Army.
    They also laid a wreath and bouquets before the cemetery of martyrs of the Soviet Army in Sadong District, Pyongyang.

Ground-Breaking Ceremony of Samsu Power Station Held

    Samsu May 7 (KCNA) --A ground-breaking ceremony of the Samsu Power Station in Ryanggang Province, the northern part of the DPRK, was held on the spot Friday. Pak Pong Ju, premier of the Cabinet, in a report at the ceremony called on all the members of the volunteers teams and builders to display intense loyalty and devotion in their work so as to complete the construction in a short span of time and thus make positive contributions to the cause of building a great prosperous powerful socialist nation.
    The ceremony was followed by a blasting to start the construction. Leader Kim Jong Il, with a deep insight into the importance of electricity production, brought a plan for electrification into maturity. He initiated the construction of the Samsu Power Station and acquainted himself with details of the project ranging from its scale and preparations to manpower for the construction. He clearly indicated the orientation and ways to dynamically push ahead with the construction.
    The power station, which will have a huge generating capacity by use of water from the Rivers Hochon and Unchong, will be greatly helpful to solving the problem of electricity in Ryanggang Province and developing the national economy and improving the standard of the people's living in the province.
    The completion of the station would help more satisfactorily settle the problem of electricity in the area of Mt. Paektu. Then the revolutionary battle sites and historic sites, the treasures of eternal value for the Korean revolution, will be spruced up as a holy place of the sun of the 21st century and there will appear a large man-made lake after the rise of the dam of the power station to add beauty to the landscape of Hyesan and Samsu areas.

U.S. Urged to Drop Its Hostile Policy towards DPRK

    Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- Representatives of Korean organizations in the U.S. including the Council of Korean Residents in the U.S. for Implementing the June 15 South-North Joint Declaration, the Council of Organizations for Korean National Movement in the U.S., the National Council of Koreans in America, the Association in America for Independence, Democracy and Reunification and the Federation of Koreans in the U.S. reportedly called a press conference in Manhattan, New York, on April 29 in connection with the recent introduction of a "bill on the human rights" in the DPRK to the U.S. Congress. The speakers at the conference termed the bill one against humanity as it is intended to break the will of the Korean nation for reunification. They called on all the compatriots to check the U.S. anti-reunification attempt through a struggle for reunification in the spirit of national cooperation.
    They underscored the need for the Koreans in the U.S. to positively turn out in the pro-reunification movement while playing an important role in forcing the U.S. to make a shift to peace policy from hostile policy toward the DPRK.
    A joint statement issued at the conference warned that the passage of the bill through Congress would adversely affect the hard-won six-party talks and the DPRK-U.S. dialogue and escalate the confrontation.
    The statement demanded the U.S. Congress and administration abandon their hostile policy towards the north, switch over to the policy of peaceful co-existence for normalizing the relations between the DPRK and the U.S. and observe the DPRK-U.S. joint statement and communique. Recalling that the publication of the historic June 15 joint declaration ushered in a new era of reconciliation and cooperation between the south and the north, the statement urged the U.S. to respect the joint declaration.

Withdrawal of Decision on Troop Dispatch to Iraq Demanded in S. Korea

    Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- Paek Jong Ho, chairman of the south Korean Federation of University Student Councils (Hanchongryon), reportedly made public a statement titled "Withdraw the decision on troop dispatch to Iraq sympathetic to the brutal war of a gangster state" on May 4. Referring to the daily disclosing evidences that the U.S. troops are maltreating and torturing Iraqi prisoners of war in a barbaric way, the statement said the atrocities have been done by the U.S. military's orders and connivance, not by some GIs, which is a serious matter.
    The government authorities are keeping mum about the atrocities of the U.S. troops while putting forward ostentatious relations of "alliance" with the U.S., but rather insisting on troop dispatch, the statement said, adding: If it is the "alliance" ignoring the murder and injustice committed by the U.S. troops in Iraq, it must be rejected.
    The government authorities should lend an ear to the voices of many people asserting that troop dispatch is unconstitutional, the statement said, stressing: Hanchongryon will not remain a passive onlooker to the anti-national and inhuman action of the pro-American forces approving troop dispatch.

Stop to Negotiations on Transfer of U.S. Milit. Base from Ryongsan Demanded

    Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- Permanent Representative Hong Kun Su, Co-representatives Jin Gwan and Pyon Yon Sik and 20 other members of the People for Achieving Peace and Reunification in south Korea reportedly held a press conference at the Inchon Airport on May 4 in demand of a stop to the humiliating negotiations on the transfer of the U.S. military base from Ryongsan and an overall renegotiations. The press conference was timed to coincide with the departure of a negotiation delegation to participate in the Eighth Consultative Meeting of the South Korea-U.S. Alliance Future Policy Initiative.
    A press release read out at the press conference expressed indignation at the attitude of the government authorities to wind up the negotiations at an early date, yielding to the pressure of the U.S. and strongly demanded an immediate stop to the negotiations.
    After the press conference they stubbornly blocked the negotiation delegation going out to get on a plane.
    They explained the content of the humiliating negotiations to the citizens.

KPA Servicemen Rescue People from Jaws of Death

    Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- There is a touching story that inhabitants were saved from the jaws of death by servicemen of the Korean People's Army in the East Sea. It was on Feb. 21 when servicemen of the KPA lost no time to rush to the shore of the sea upon hearing cries for help coming from coastal waters.
    Thick fog, darkness, strong wind more than 16 meters per second, two or three meters high waves and heavy rain made it very difficult for them to rescue the drifters. They, however, succeeded in saving the sufferers in a do-or-die spirit.
    Political Commissar Ri Yong Guk, Army Surgeon Hong Hak Su and other servicemen carried them on their backs to their quarters and gave them first aid such as artificial respiration. As a result, eight workers were saved from the jaws of death.
    They had gone out to the sea for sideline fishing.
    Unexpected strong wind, thick fog, etc. sent them adrift on their way back home.
    Their boat hit a snag and sank when it was heading for the wharf. The lives of its crew were threatened, swept by raging waves.
    This fact strongly convinced not only those who were saved by the servicemen but its witnesses that the KPA trained by leader Kim Jong Il is a true army of the people.

Red Cross Relief Activities in Ryongchon

    Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- The Red Cross Society of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is conducting brisk relief activities for healing the damage caused by the explosion at Ryongchon Railway Station in North Phyongan Province on April 22 and stabilizing the living of the victims. No sooner had the accident occured than officials of the Ryongchon County branch of the society called an emergency meeting and informed the provincial branch and the Central Committee of the society of the disaster.
    And they appealed to volunteers in the county to turn out in emergency relief activities for the sufferers.
    In response to the appeal, nearly 400 volunteers of county instantly set up first-aid posts in five places and provided medical services to the injured.
    The DPRK Red Cross Society took a measure to supply the victims with some 2,000 tents, 14,000 blankets, hundreds of cartons of first-aid medicines and other relief goods which had been kept in the province for possible disasters.
    The society is making every possible effort to help the sufferers recover from the damage and stabilize their life. It has been joined by other nations' Red Cross organizations in relief activities.
    As of May 5, six Red Cross organizations including those of Denmark, Finland, Canada and Australia have rendered drugs and kitchen utensils to the victims and Norwegian, Dutch and many other Red Cross organizations expressed their willingness to offer aid to them.
    The society, together with the delegation members of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies which has been supporting Red Cross activities in the DPRK, is properly arranging transport of aid supplies to the ravaged area and their distribution among the victims. It is also working hard to find out and solve what the victims need in addition to the aid supplies.
    The Red Cross activities are highly appreciated by the Ryongchon County People's Committee and the county people

Japanese Attempt to Land on Tok Islet

    Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- A right-wing organization of Japan is attempting to land on Tok Islet, claiming dominium over it, according to south Korean MBC. On May 4 four members of the organization staged a demonstration in waters off the islet after leaving Shimane Prefecture. Asserting that Tok Islet belongs to Japan, they blustered that they would attempt to land on the islet.
    The south Korean maritime police corps dispatched five patrol craft, two helicopters and a commando force to the islet to guard it.

Kim Jong Il Inspects KPA Company

    Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission, inspected a company of KPA Unit 833. The company standing guard over a remote post is one of the model companies widely known for its entertainment activities and management.
    He acquainted himself with the company's performance of duty before looking round the compound of the barracks and its surroundings kept as neat and clean as a park.
    Noting that the KPA servicepersons consider a tree and a blade of grass as part of their lives and devote themselves to the patriotic work to turn the country into a land of bliss for the people, he said that this is the KPA's manifestation of its noble patriotism.
    Then he took warm care of the service and living of the servicepersons of the company, walking round an education room, a bedroom, a mess, a washroom, daily provision stores, an outdoor resting place, a barn, a vegetable field and other places of the company.
    He was pleased to learn that the company has built well the inside and outside of its barracks like a rest house and is managing its economic life in a peculiar and tenacious manner.
    Noting that the officers and men of the company including non-commissioned officer in extra-service Kim Kyong Ho have splendidly built the company through a dynamic drive to spruce up their post with warm love for the country, he highly praised their feats and underlined the need to follow the example of the company.
    Saying at every unit of the KPA he visits he can find its management at the best level, he added that such proud success is a shining fruition of the idea, morality, culture and traits of its servicepersons.
    He met and had a warm conversation with the commanding officers of the company, asking them about their native places and ages and inquiring after their parents' health.
    He spared time to see a dynamic and optimistic art performance given by servicepersons of the company to show their noble spiritual world. He was greatly satisfied to see their revolutionary and militant way of life.
    He gave the servicepersons a pair of binoculars and an automatic rifle as gifts and had a photo session with them.

KCNA on Truth about Japan's Nuclear Issue

    Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- The Korean Central News Agency released a lengthy memorandum Saturday bringing to light the truth behind the nuclear issue of Japan to warn the Japanese militarist forces against their dangerous moves for nuclear weaponization and resolutely foil them. The memorandum said:
    The imperialists and reactionaries cooked up nuclear issues of those countries with strong tendency towards independence against imperialism in a bid to use them as a means for putting pressure upon them and have become all the more frantic in their conspiratorial plots and pressure campaigns against those countries. But it is none other than Japan which is beset with more serious nuclear issue than any other countries.
    Japan has long pursued nuclear weaponization staying behind the highlight of the nuclear issue in the world, taking advantage of its focus of attention to the nuclear issues in other countries.
    Japan's nuclear weaponization has been pushed ahead at the phase of practical implementation, going beyond the stage of discussion. As a result, there are ample conditions for the descendents of Samurais buoyed by fever for reinvasion to have access to nuclear weapons any moment.
    First of all, Japan has nuclear facilities and technology enough to go nuclear under the pretext of "settlement of power problem by nuclear energy."
    Japan took its first step for the development of nuclear power in 1956. Its first nuclear power plant started its operation in July 1966.
    In 1976 Japan got the U.S. approval for the development of nuclear energy for civilian use in return for signing the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.
    Then it was privileged to get the supply of highly enriched uranium under more loose inspection system than that applied to other allies.
    Finding it unable to develop other nuclear reactors due to the U.S. control over the nuclear development, Japan squandered a colossal amount of money in developing new type conversion reactor which relies on raw uranium shipped from Canada as major fuel and has operated it without stop since 1979.
    This made Japan relatively independent of the U.S. control in the field of nuclear development.
    Since the early 1980s Japan's nuclear reactors have become indigenous 100 per cent and acquired the technology of nuclear fission and fusion. In fact, it clawed its way up to the status of quasi-nuclear weapons state.
    According to the "white paper on nuclear energy" issued by the Japanese government in 1993, Japan had 16 nuclear power plants and 46 reactors in operation. This put Japan next to the U.S. and France in terms of general designing capability of nuclear equipment.
    As of the end of 2003 the number of Japan's nuclear power plants jumped to 47.
    A particular mention should be made of the fact that the Japanese reactionaries put Monju, the first fast breeder reactor capable of massively producing nuclear-capable plutonium, on a normal operation on April 5, 1994.
    Moreover, it has operated a new uranium enrichment plant in Rokkashomura, Aomori Prefecture, since May 1992. It is now stepping up the construction of a big spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant capable of reprocessing 60 per cent of the total amount of nuclear waste churned out from across the country.
    In the meantime, Japan is working hard to secure more nuclear substance needed for the production of nuclear weapons.
    In order to secure some 100 tons of plutonium till 2010 through its all-scale operation, the Japanese government has massively shipped and stockpiled plutonium churned out in the course of reprocessing nuclear waste in European countries such as France and Britain.
    In the 1970s and the 1980s, Japan secretly shipped at least one ton of reprocessed plutonium from Britain more than ten times. Transport Ship "Akatsuki Maru" carried plutonium from France to Japan from November 1992 to January 1993. It marked the start of an uninterrupted big campaign for plutonium transport. Japan plans to ship about 30 tons of plutonium from abroad in this way till 2010.
    Japan has steadily developed and perfected modern nuclear delivery means.
    Japan started the development of air-to-ship missile "ASM-1" in 1972 and completed it in 1981. In 1987 Japan improved the ground-to-ship missile "SSM-1" it had test-fired in 1987 and inducted it into the "Self-Defence Forces" in 1990.
    Besides those weapons, Japan has in place 150 mm and 203.2 mm howitzers capable of launching nuclear warheads and different type means of nuclear delivery such as "F15" and "FSX".
    Japan is going ahead with its more ambitious plan for the development of rockets. According to the decisions of the Japanese government and the group for the space development, the development of new type rocket "H-2A" is under way.
    Moreover, Japan is keen to have access even to nuclear "shields".
    The Japanese government has watched for a chance to join in developing MD, a "nuclear shield," since the mid-1990s. In 1999, the Japanese government embarked upon the Japan-U.S. joint research for the development of MD under the pretext of someone's "missile threat". It insisted that "this was in line with the idea of a purely defensive and peace-loving state."
    Noting that there are many behind-the-scene stories about the Japanese militarist forces' nuclear weaponization, the memorandum cited some of the facts. The Japanese political circle and military authorities had prior secret researches and discussions on nuclear armament and war, put their results in documents and adopted them as their policy. Facts about Japan's concealment of nuclear substance have been disclosed one after another. And Japan has repeatedly asserted the use of nuclear weapons in international arenas.
    The memorandum also cited outbursts made by the successive ruling quarters of Japan for nuclear armament to prove that Japan's wild ambition for nuclear armament has its origin in the Japanese imperialists' adventurous attempt to have access to nuclear weapons in the past and this has been pursued generation after generation. The memorandum went on:
    It is preposterous and ridiculous for Japan to keep raising a hue and cry over the DPRK's "nuclear issue" though the former is beset with such grave nuclear issue.
    It is a serious miscalculation and foolish dream if Japan thinks it can hide truth behind its nuclear issue and achieve its wild ambition for nuclear armament by hyping other's "nuclear issue," it concluded.

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Kim Jong Il recibe cesto de flores del presidente de Palestina

    Pyongyang, 9 de abril (ATCC) -- El Dirigente Kim Jong Il recibio un cesto de flores que le dirigiera Yasser Arafat, presidente del Estado de Palestina, con motivo del Dia del Sol (cumpleanos del Presidente Kim Il Sung) y del 11 aniversario de su eleccion como Presidente del Comite de Defensa Nacional de la Republica Popular Democratica de Corea. El embajador extraordinario y plenipotenciario de Palestina en Corea, Shaher Mohammed Abdlah, lo entrego el dia 8 al canciller coreano Paek Nam Sun.

Kim Jong Il recibe cesto de flores y carta del Cuerpo Diplomatico

    Pyongyang, 9 de abril (ATCC) -- El Cuerpo Diplomatico en Corea rindio al Dirigente Kim Jong Il un cesto de flores y una carta de felicitacion con motivo del Dia del Sol (cumpleanos del Presidente Kim Il Sung) y del 11 aniversario de la eleccion del Dirigente como Presidente del Comite de Defensa Nacional de la Republica Popular Democratica de Corea. El embajador extraordinario y plenipotenciario del Estado de Palestina, Shaher Mohammed Abdlah, quien preside el Cuerpo, los entrego el dia 8 al canciller coreano Paek Nam Sun.

Actividades asistenciales de la Cruz Roja en Ryongchon

    Pyongyang, 8 de mayo (ATCC) -- La Asociacion de la Cruz Roja (ACR) de la Republica Popular Democratica de Corea libra intensa labor asistencial de la cruz roja para resarcir los danos ocasionados por la inesperada explosion del pasado 22 de abril en la estacion ferroviaria de Ryongchon de la provincia de Phyong-an del Norte y normalizar la vida de los afectados. Los funcionarios de la sucursal de la Cruz Roja en el distrito de Ryongchon, al enterarse del accidente, convocaron una reunion para tomar medidas emergentes e informaron la dimension del siniestro a la oficina provincial de Phyong-an del Norte y al organismo central de la Cruz Roja. Y exhortaron a los socorristas voluntarios del distrito a movilizarse en la labor de asistencia urgente para recatar a las victimas.
    En respuesta a tal llamamiento, casi 400 voluntarios locales instalaron inmediatamente puestos de curacion emergente en 5 lugares para brindarles la primera asistencia medica a los afectados.
    La ACR de la RPDC, al tiempo que recibio parte de la dimension de la voladura, tomo las medidas de suministrar a los danados mas de 2 mil tiendas de campana, mas de 14 mil mantas, centenares de cajas de medicinas para primeros auxilios y otros materiales de socorro que estaban almacenados en el deposito provincial para casos de desastres.
    En estos momentos, la ACR de la RPDC hace todo lo que esta a su alcance para eliminar las secuelas del desastre y estabilizar la vida de los moradores.
    Las entidades de la Cruz Roja de otros paises tambien respaldan y apoyan a las actividades de la ACR.
    Hasta el 5 de mayo, 6 entidades de la Cruz Roja, entre otras, las de Dinamarca, Finlandia, Canada y Australia enviaron medicinas, utensilios de cocina y otras donaciones. Las sociedades de la Cruz Roja de Noruega, Holanda y otros paises expresaron su voluntad de brindar asistencia.
    La ACR de la RPDC, junto con los miembros de la delegacion de la Federacion Internacional de Sociedades de la Cruz Roja y la Medialuna Roja que ayuda la labor de la Cruz Roja en Corea, con el fin de despachar sin desviaciones los materiales donados, organiza bien el transporte y la distribucion.
    Las actividades de la ACR en el distrito de Ryongchon gozan de elogios del Comite Popular de esta localidad y de los moradores.

Militares del EPC rescatan a 8 civiles

    Pyongyang, 8 de mayo (ATCC) -- El pasado 21 de febrero, los militares del Ejercito Popular de Corea rescataron a los civiles que se hallaban en el peligro de la muerte en el Mar Oeste. Esta noble conducta se difunde entre los habitantes produciendoles grandes emociones. Aquel dia, los militares acudieron a la orilla cautivados por gritos de la gente que pedia auxilio sobre las aguas maritimas. Densa neblina y la oscuridad, la tormenta de mas de 16 metros por segundo, el oleaje de 2 - 3 metros de alto y el desmesurado aguacero impedian adivinar las circunstancias del caso. Pero, los militares se lanzaron al mar sin vacilacion para socorrer a costa de la vida a los civiles que se dejaban arrastrar por el agua.
    Tras llevar a los rescatados al cuartel, el funcionario politico Ri Yong Guk, el medico militar Hong Hak Su y otros militares les dieron respiracion artificial y tomaron otras medidas de primeros auxilios. Gracias a los esfuerzos de los militares 8 trabajadores se salvaron.
    Ellos se identificaron como hombres que salieron a la pesca en un barco pesquero para la produccion suplementaria.
    Este barco que estaba de regreso tuvo que enfrentar la brusca tormenta y la densa neblina que lo obligaron a la deriva. Para colmo, el barco que se habia reorientado rumbo a su puerto se topo con un escollo y se naufrago. Y los tripulantes fueron arrastrados al furioso oleaje y amenazados de muerte.
    Los rescatados y otros habitantes que presenciaron esta escena expresaron por unanimidad que pudieron constatar una vez mas que el EPC preparado por el Dirigente Kim Jong Il es el ejercito genuino al servicio del pueblo.