Functions Held Abroad

    Pyongyang, June 7 (KCNA) -- A seminar on the theme of "The Songun idea and the strengthening and development of the Workers' Party of Korea" and a film show were held under the co-sponsorship of the Genuine Lumumbist Patriotic Party, the People's Rally for Socialism, the National Committee for the Study of the Juche Idea, the Democratic Congo-Korea Friendship and Solidarity Association and the Working Citizens' Association at Kinshasa University of Democratic Congo on June 1 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of leader Kim Jong Il's start of work at the Central Committee of the WPK. The seminar heard a report from the chairman of the National Committee for the Study of the Juche Idea, which was followed by speeches of the first vice-chairman of the National Committee of the Genuine Lumumbist Patriotic Party and others.
    Underlining the immortal feats performed by Kim Jong Il in his Songun leadership, the reporter and speakers said the WPK has demonstrated its dignity and might as a party which has achieved a flawless unity with the Korean People's Army and the latter as the army of the former from top to bottom advancing under the uplifted flag of the Party, the red flag.
    Earlier, on May 31, the Tanzania-DPRK Friendship Association and the Tanzanian National Coordinating Committee of the Juche Idea Study Groups co-sponsored a seminar and a film show in Dar es Salaam.
    At the seminar the chairman of the National Coordinating Committee said Kim Jong Il has shown his traits and quality to the full as a great thinker and an outstanding leader while leading the WPK over the last four decades.
    Screened at the film shows were the Korean films "The Brilliant History of Great Leadership" and "The Korean People's Army, the Iron Ranks".

Greetings to Swedish King

    Pyongyang, June 7 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, Sunday sent a message of greetings to Carl Gustaf, king of Sweden, on its national day. The message extended warm congratulations to the king and the people of Sweden and wholeheartedly wished Sweden prosperity.

Intensive Struggle Declared in S. Korea

    Pyongyang, June 7 (KCNA) -- The people for achieving peace and reunification reportedly held a press conference in front of the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of south Korea on June 3 to hold "a ceremony for declaring an intensive struggle against the 9th consultative meeting of south Korea-U.S. alliance future policy initiative and the negotiation on the reduction of the U.S. forces in south Korea." The press release read at the press conference said the U.S. scheme to beef up its combat capabilities in south Korea at the cost of 1l billion dollars indicated that the cutback of the U.S. forces was intended to increase the attack capability.
    The U.S. should reduce not only its ground force but also the naval and air forces and, finally, withdraw all its forces from south Korea, it said.
    It urged the south Korean authorities to halt the introduction of U.S.-made weapons and hold again the negotiation on the transfer of the U.S. military base in Ryongsan.
    After the press conference, the participants staged a sit-down, shouting "We are against the conversion of the U.S. forces in south Korea into Northeast Asian forces threatening peace on the Korean peninsula" and other slogans.

Surprise Demonstration against Troop Dispatch

    Pyongyang, June 7 (KCNA) -- Students under the south Korean Federation of University Student Councils staged a surprise demonstration against troop dispatch to Iraq in front of the U.S. embassy on June 4, according to south Korean KBS. They scattered leaflets which said: "The peace-loving Korean nation cannot join the U.S. in its brutal war of aggression and the 17th National Assembly should get rid of the pressure to send troops."

Anti-U.S. Death-defying Resistance Called for

    Pyongyang, June 7 (KCNA) -- The Japan Mission of the National Democratic Front of South Korea released a statement on June 4 with the approach of the 2nd anniversary of the death of Sin Hyo Sun and Sim Mi Son, schoolgirls who were brutally killed by the U.S. armored car. The statement called on the people of all walks of life to hold ever higher the candlelights against the U.S. and turn out as one man in a death-defying resistance until they have driven the U.S. imperialist aggression forces out of this land.
    Noting that the murderers are behaving as the occupier and ruler on this land still today, committing shocking atrocities, the statement said: The present situation demands that all the people rise up in the nation-wide resistance against the U.S. to drive its aggression troops, the root cause of all misfortunes and pains, out of south Korea and bring about a new land, independent, democratic and reunified.
    The statement called for grandly adorning "the nation-wide meeting for commemorating the second anniversary of the death of Hyo Sun and Mi Son on June 12 and having the decision on troop dispatch to Iraq withdrawn" with a death-defying anti-U.S. resistance.

Support to June 15 North-South Joint Declaration Called for

    Pyongyang, June 7 (KCNA) -- The International Liaison Committee for Reunification and Peace in Korea (CILRECO) calls on all the progressive forces of the world to positively support the Korean people in their efforts to implement the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration according to their "national right to self-determination", said Guy Dupre, secretary general of the CILRECO, in a statement titled "The successes achieved in the movement for the reunification of Korea show that no outside forces can dampen the ardent desire of the Korean nation" issued on June 1 on the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the publication of the June 15 joint declaration. Noting that the declaration accelerates the process of Korea's reunification, the statement said such signal turn in the movement is the result of the positive initiative taken by leader of the DPRK Kim Jong Il to pursue the policy of national reconciliation for the independent reunification of the country.
    The statement continued:
    The progressive forces in the world have expressed full support and solidarity with the Korean people who set a brilliant example in the struggle for justice, independence and peace in the world under the banner of the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration.
    On the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the declaration, the CILRECO declares that it would more extensively conduct activities to put an end to the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK, force the U.S. forces to withdraw from south Korea and support the independent reunification of Korea in order to ensure lasting peace on the Korean peninsula, a main factor of security and peace in the region and the rest of the world.

U.S. Sub-critical Nuclear Test Flailed

    Pyongyang, June 7 (KCNA) -- Rodong Sinmun today in a commentary hits at the criminal sub-critical nuclear test carried out by the United States at the Nevada underground nuclear test site on May 25. The news analyst says:
    The U.S. made another sub-critical nuclear test, turning a deaf ear to the world-wide denunciation and protest. This is an act of throwing a wet blanket over the desire and efforts of humankind to curb the nuclear arms race and live in a peaceful world and an open challenge to the world peace-loving people.
    The U.S. imperialists are bent on nuclear tests while threatening the non-nuclear states under the pretext of "prevention of terrorism" and "deterrence to war". This is a shameless and high-handed practice to make nuclear attacks on countries out of their favor by developing new nuclear weapons.
    This situation compels not only non-nuclear states but also nuclear states with relatively small quantities of nuclear weapons to seek measures to counter the nuclear threats and nuclear war moves of the U.S. imperialists.
    A self-defensive measure stands out with great urgency in case of the DPRK.
    At the six-way talks, the United States took issue with what it called the DPRK's "enriched uranium program" while seeking to make the world admit it.
    When it failed, with no one heeding it, the U.S. came out with the fiction of "secret sale of uranium hexafluoride" to label the DPRK "proliferator of nuclear materials". And it must not go unnoticed that the U.S. is framing up a new plot to force the DPRK to admit a "enriched uranium program" by manipulating the International Atomic Energy Agency, its tool.
    The current situation urges the DPRK to further increase its nuclear deterrent. The DPRK has the right to increase its nuclear deterrent in face of the U.S. imperialists' strategy of mounting a nuclear preemptive attack and stifling it. This is quite natural under the current situation.
    The U.S. had better abandon its nuclear plot against the DPRK, judging the realities with a cool head.

KCNA on Japan's Legislation on Sanctions against DPRK

    Pyongyang, June 7 (KCNA) -- The "bill banning the entry of specified foreign ships into port" was railroaded by the Liberal Democratic Party, the New Komeito Party and the Japanese Democratic Party through Japan's House of Representatives on June 3, according to a news report. It is well known that the bill is actually aimed at an economic pressure on the DPRK as it will serve as a law totally banning the entry of the ship "Mangyongbong 92" and other DPRK ships into Japan.
    The Japanese right-wing conservative forces have thus adopted the economic sanctions against the DPRK as a state policy. This is a challenge to the DPRK and a serious infringement upon its sovereignty.
    What matters is that such bill was passed through the House of Representatives at a time when there has been an atmosphere of positive change in the relations between the two countries since the DPRK-Japan summit meeting on May 22.
    This move of the Japanese right-wing conservatives, therefore, can not be interpreted otherwise than a deliberate sinister attempt to spoil the hard-won positive atmosphere, displeased with it.
    As already reported, the top leaders of the DPRK and Japan at their meeting and talks exchanged wide-range views on overall issues arising in the relations between the two countries including the issues of implementing the DPRK-Japan Pyongyang Declaration and restoring the bilateral confidence.
    The thorough implementation of the declaration is a prerequisite to improving the relations between the two countries and solving the pending issues.
    The DPRK has done everything it can for its implementation and it is an unshakable stand of the DPRK to remain true to it to the last.
    The Japanese authorities also expressed the will to implement the declaration. Prime Minister Koizumi, in particular, sent a congratulatory message to the 20th Congress of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan in which he manifested his willingness to exert utmost efforts to normalize the ties between the two countries.
    This is a positive development in the direction of improving the bilateral relations in the idea of the Declaration.
    This notwithstanding, the Japanese right-wing conservatives passed the above-said bill through the Diet swimming against such trend. This action is, therefore, unjustifiable and cannot but be censured by the public.
    It is by no means fortuitous that Chief Cabinet Secretary Hosota at a press conference on June 1 said that the policy of the Japanese government is not to invoke the law banning the entry of specified foreign ships into Japan even after its adoption so long as north Korea implements the Japan-DPRK Pyongyang Declaration.
    His remark can be interpreted as a reflection of the Japanese people's desire to support the outcome of their prime minister's Pyongyang visit and see the restoration of the bilateral confidence.
    It is as clear as daylight that the Japanese right-wing conservative forces took this action, prompted by their inveterate bitterness towards the DPRK quite contrary to the desire of the two peoples. Through this they sought a sinister aim to hamstring the efforts to implement the Declaration at all costs and drop a check-bar on the process of improving the relations between the two countries, displeased with the outcome of the DPRK-Japan summit talks.
    Those forces are working hard to economically isolate and stifle the DPRK, taking advantage of the moves of the United States to apply economic sanctions against the DPRK through the UN in a bid to stifle it while spreading the fiction of "its smuggling of uranium hexafluoride" with the 3rd round of the Six-Party Talks near at hand. This is, however, a daydream.
    The Japanese right-wing conservatives are well advised to face up to the trend of the times and behave themselves, mindful that a wicked man is his own hell.

Kim Yong Nam Meets Foreign Guests

    Pyongyang, June 7 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, met and had a friendly talk with the delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies led by General Secretary Markku Niskala at the Mansudae Assembly Hall on Monday. Present there were Chairman Jang Jae On and Vice-Chairman Paek Yong Ho of the Central Committee of the DPRK Red Cross Society and Per Gunar Jensen, head of the aid delegation of the federation working in the DPRK.
    Kim Yong Nam also met and had a friendly talk with the delegation of the German-Korean Friendship Parliamentary Group led by Member of the Bundestag Hartmut Koschyk who is chairman of the group at the Mansudae Assembly Hall on the same day.
    Present there were Deputy to the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly Ri Jong Hyok who is chairman of the DPRK-Germany Friendship Parliamentary Group, officials concerned and German Ambassador to the DPRK Doris Hertrampf.

Koryo Sindoksan Mineral Water

    Pyongyang, June 7 (KCNA) -- The Sindoksan spring water has been renowned as one of the three most famous mineral waters in the world. It gushes out in the breast of Mt. Sindok in Ryonggang County, South Phyongan Province of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The spring water contains kalium, sodium, magnesium, fluorine, hydrogen carbonic acid ion and chlorine ion and other matters good for health and longevity. Its hardness meter is 3.5 and PH 7.2. The quality and quantity of the water remains unchanged in all seasons for its unique hygienic and geographical conditions.
    Local and Japanese and other foreign research institutes evaluate it as the best one which fully conforms to the world standard of drinking water and meets the taste and health index.
    According to historical records, the spring water, very good for health and longevity, has been extensively used from long time ago.
    The book "New Account of Expedition to Korean Territory" published in 1530 writes that as the water has good taste and helps one quickly recover one's spirits, a lot of people trained their military arts there in the period of Koryo.
    The government has registered the Koryo Sindoksan spring water as the DPRK's natural monument No. 404.

New Habitats of White-bellied Black Woodpecker, Korean Endemic Species, Confirmed

    Pyongyang, June 7 (KCNA) -- Officials of the Central Committee of the DPRK Natural Conservation Union and scientists, technicians, teachers and researchers of the Zoology Institute of the Biological Branch of the Academy of Sciences, the Life Science Department of Kim Il Sung University and the Bureau for Direction of Cultural Preservation recently made a deep-going survey of the distribution of white-bellied black woodpecker. In this course, new habitats of the bird were confirmed in the extensive woods of Rinsan, Phyongsan and Jangphung Counties and Pakyon area of Kaesong City through which runs the range of Mt. Myolak.
    White-bellied Black Woodpecker, the biggest and most beautiful of the woodpeckers, is a rare bird which lives only in Korea. Eating insects in trees including chestnut tree, it is a very useful bird protecting woods.
    True to the instructions of President Kim Il Sung, the DPRK marked off sanctuaries of this bird in Juche 58 (1969) with the result that the number of the bird and its habitats have gradually increased.
    Leader Kim Jong Il took a measure to direct the efforts of the state to the work of protecting and increasing the rare bird.
    A lot of white-bellied black woodpeckers and their nests were found in the thick woods created by soldiers.

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Actos por efemeride de Corea en varios paises

    Pyongyang, 7 de junio (ATCC) -- Con motivo del 40 aniversario del inicio del trabajo del Dirigente Kim Jong Il en el CC del Partido del Trabajo de Corea, el simposio intitulado "La idea de Songun y el fortalecimiento y el desarrollo del PTC" y una proyeccion filmica tuvieron lugar el dia primero en la Universidad de Kinshasa del Congo Democratico bajo coauspicios del Partido Patriotico Lumumbista Autentico (PPLA), la Reunion Popular por el Socialismo, el Comite Nacional de Estudio de la Idea Juche, la Asociacion de Amistad y Solidaridad con Corea y la Asociacion de Ciudadanos de Circulo Obrero. En el simposio el informe estuvo a cargo del presidente del Comite Nacional de Estudio de la Idea Juche del Congo Democratico e intervinieron el primer vicepresidente del Comite Nacional del PPLA y otras personalidades.
    Los oradores se refirieron a las inmortales hazanas de la direccion del Songun del Dirigente Kim Jong Il y subrayaron que gracias a su original idea del Songun, el Partido del Trabajo de Corea se ha unido monoliticamente con el Ejercito Popular de Corea y este ostenta su dignidad y poderio siempre como el ejercito del partido que marcha con la bandera del PTC, la roja en alto.
    El 31 de mayo, en Dar-es-Salaam se realizaron un simposio y proyeccion filmica, coauspiciados por la Asociacion de Amistad Tanzania-Republica Popular Democratica de Corea y el Comite Coordinador Nacional de grupos de estudio de la Idea Juche de Tanzania.
    El presidente del citado Comite, en su intervencion, senalo que el Dirigente Kim Jong Il, al conducir el PTC durante 40 anos pasados, demostro sin reserva los nobles rasgos y capacidades de gran ideologo y destacado dirigente.
    En las proyecciones filmicas se exhibieron los documentales coreanos "La brillante historia de gran direccion" y "La fila de acero, Ejercito Popular de Corea".

Nuevo habitat de richardsi, pajaro especial de Corea

    Pyongyang, 7 de junio (ATCC) -- En los ultimos dias, los funcionarios del Comite Central de la Federacion de Proteccion de la Naturaleza de Corea, los cientificos, tecnicos, profesores e investigadores del Instituto de Zoologia de la Filial de Biologia de la Academia de Ciencias, la Facultad de Ciencia de Vida de la Universidad Kim Il Sung y la Direccion de Conservacion de Cultura realizaron con profundidad la labor de investigacion sobre el area de distribucion de pajaro carpintero negro y definieron nuevos habitats en vastas areas forestales de las zonas a lo largo de la cordillera de Myol-ak de los distritos de Rinsan, Phyongsan y Jangphung y en la zona de Pakyon de la ciudad de Kaesong. El carpintero negro es mayor y mas hermoso de la especie de picamaderos y muy raro que se ve en Corea y util para la proteccion forestal porque devora los insectos de los castanos y otros arboles.
    Segun las instrucciones del Presidente Kim Il Sung, Corea ya definio en el 58 (1969) de la Era Juche zonas de proteccion de esta ave que permitian incrementar el numero de estos pajaros y sus habitats.
    El Dirigente Kim Jong Il tomo las medidas para encauzar la fuerza estatal a la labor de proteger y proliferar esta ave rara.
    En areas forestales creadas recientemente por los militares del Ejercito Popular de Corea, fueron descubiertos muchas aves de esta indole y sus nidos.

Actos de ingreso en Union de Ninos de Corea

    Pyongyang, 7 de junio (ATCC) -- Con motivo del 58 aniversario de la fundacion de la Union de Ninos de Corea (UNC), los actos de ingreso en esta entidad tuvieron lugar en todas las ciudades, distritos, municipios y las escuelas primarias de Corea. Los ninos, al ingresar en la UNC que hereda las brillantes tradiciones del cuerpo infantil antijapones, prestaron ante su organizacion juramento de estudiar para Corea y prepararse como sucesores fidedignos de la causa revolucionaria del Juche.
    A los ninos quienes recibieron atributo de miembro de la UNC se les pusieron la panoleta roja e insignia de esta organizacion infantil por los cuadros, veteranos de guerra, benemeritos, funcionarios docentes y padres invitados.
    Entonces, los homenajeados hicieron el primer saludo de miembro de la UNC al responder con "!siempre listo!" a la vigorosa consigna "preparemonos siempre para el querido General Kim Jong Il".
    Acto seguido, hubo intervenciones de felicitacion.
    Los oradores felicitaron calurosamente a los ninos que ingresan en la UNC con motivo de esa efemeride y les rogaron que queden fieles al Dirigente Kim Jong Il y estudien con afan y participen bien en la vida de organizacion segun el juramento hecho ante la bandera de la UNC para prepararse firmemente como guardia infantil de la epoca del Songun (priorizacion militar).