U.S. Interference Denounced

    Pyongyang, August 24 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the National Democratic Front of south Korea released a statement on August 20 denouncing the U.S. for its shameless moves to block the inter-Korean economic cooperation, according to the Kuguk Jonson Internet site. The statement said:
    In late July, the U.S. held an "emergency meeting" at which it put undisguised pressure upon the south Korean authorities, asserting that the act banning the export of strategic materials to the "countries listed as sponsors of terrorism" would be applied to the south Korean enterprises entering the Kaesong industrial zone. This is an unpardonable infringement upon the sovereignty of the Korean nation, interference in its internal affairs and shameless gangsterism.
    The U.S. has neither right nor justification to take issue with or hamstring the inter-Korean undertaking pushed forward by Koreans through their concerted wisdom and efforts for the common prosperity and future.
    This clearly indicates once again that the U.S. is a stumbling block lying in the way of achieving inter-Korean unity, cooperation and national reunification, a harasser of peace and an empire of evil as it only brings the danger of war to the Korean peninsula.
    The U.S. is working hard to bar south Korean enterprises from bringing equipment and materials into the zone, not meant for export, by applying the act against the north. Its ulterior aim is to stop the inter-Korean relations from favorably developing in the spirit of "By the Korean nation itself" after the publication of the June 15 joint declaration at any cost, save its colonial rule over south Korea from its collapse and stifle the DPRK.
    The statement called upon the people from all walks of life not to tolerate the U.S. shameless and brigandish interference in the internal affairs of the Korean nation and its moves to bedevil the inter-Korean relations but wage a more vigorous struggle for independence against the U.S. and turn out as one in the work for economic cooperation between the south and the north under the uplifted banner of "By the Korean nation itself".

KCNA Terms Bush Fascist Tyrant

    Pyongyang, August 24 (KCNA) -- U.S. President Bush during his election campaign in Wisconsin State on Aug. 18 hurled malignant slanders and calumnies at the supreme headquarters of the DPRK and groundlessly accused north Korea of steadily developing nukes, while asserting that it is important for the United States to unite with China, Japan, south Korea and Russia and now these five countries are urging the tyrant to disarm himself, according to a Japanese Nihon Keizai Shimbun Internet report. This vituperation let loose by Bush against the supreme headquarters of the DPRK has lashed the Korean people into towering hatred and resentment at him and touched off unprecedentedly bitter anti-U.S. sentiment across the country.
    It is the unshakable mettle of the Korean people to take strong counter-actions against anyone hurling slanders and calumnies at the supreme headquarters boundlessly respected and trusted by all Koreans.
    Had Bush have even an iota of elementary reason, morality and ability to judge reality as a human being, he would have not dared defile the political system of his dialogue partner so malignantly.
    Bush is, in fact, a thrice-cursed fascist tyrant and man-killer as he revived the fascist war doctrine which had been judged by humankind long ago and is now bringing dark clouds of a new Cold War to hang over our planet and indiscriminately massacring innocent civilians after igniting the Afghan and Iraqi wars.
    It is the greatest tragedy for the U.S. that Bush, a political idiot and human trash, still remains in the presidential office of the world's only "superpower," styling himself "an emperor of the world."
    In a word, his vituperation discloses his cunning political ploy to mislead the world public opinion and bring down the inviolable political system of the DPRK, come what may.
    Bush said the U.S. was seeking a peaceful solution to the nuclear issue of north Korea in the framework of the six-party talks. This is nothing but a fig-leaf to hide its sinister design to destroy the political system of the DPRK by force of arms.
    Bush's open brigandish demand that the DPRK disarm itself simply reveals the true intention of the U.S. to settle the DPRK-U.S. nuclear issue by bringing down the former's system, not through dialogue.
    The U.S. is staging even "Ulji Focus Lens-04" joint military exercise aimed to unleash a war against the DPRK after massively shipping up-to-date war equipment into south Korea, blustering that a military option has not been completely removed from the table. This clearly indicates that the U.S. option is not dialogue but showdown.
    Now that the U.S. has clearly revealed its true intention, the DPRK can no longer pin any hope on the six-party talks and there is a question as to whether there is any need for it to negotiate with the U. S. any more.
    The option for a stand-off is not a monopoly of the U.S.
    It is the DPRK's firm resolution and conviction in sure victory to react to confrontation with confrontation and return a preemptive attack with a preemptive strike.
    The reality today makes substantially convinces the army and people of the DPRK that its Songun politics is entirely just.
    The U.S. foolish attempt to bring the DPRK under its control by force of arms by bringing down its system compels the latter to bolster up its war deterrent both in quality and quantity in order to beat back any aggressor at a single blow.

International Friendship Exhibition Draws Endless Stream of Visitors

    Pyongyang, August 24 (KCNA) -- The International Friendship Exhibition Monday significantly observed the 25th anniversary of leader Kim Jong Il's first on-site guidance to it. Preserved there are at least 218,400 precious gifts presented to the three generals of Mt. Paektu by political party and state leaders and prominent figures of 178 countries and overseas compatriots in praise of their immortal exploits.
    Nearly three million people have visited the exhibition over the last 25 years since its opening. In the past seven months of the year the exhibition drew at least 87,000 Koreans and overseas compatriots and foreigners.
    Servicepersons of the Korean People's Army, working people and youth and students are deeply impressed to go round the general review room, the introductory hall and over 200 other rooms where gifts listed as national treasures presented by world progressives in high praise of the three generals of Mt. Paektu.
    More than 150 gifts presented to President Kim Il Sung who is immortal as the sun of Juche by different countries in the last decade fully reflect the world people's absolute trust in and reverence for him.
    Leader Kim Jong Il was presented with at least 660 gifts by prominent figures of the world on February 16, Juche 91(2002). He was presented with more than 10,000 gifts by foreigners in the period of the "Arduous March" and forced march, expressing the firm conviction in the victory of the socialist cause. And he received the gifts from many countries in the new millennium. The visitors are replete with high national honor and pride when looking round the gifts.

Robber-like Sophism of U.S. Castigated

    Pyongyang, August 24 (KCNA) -- The U.S. is these days building up public opinion about the "danger" of the DPRK's arms buildup, raising terrific outcries as never before over it. They are making quite a noise, alleging that "a new missile threat" will be created as north Korea has developed and is deploying new-type ballistic missiles capable of striking at the U.S. mainland and it is going to tip the newly developed missiles with mass destruction weapons including smaller nuclear warheads. Rodong Sinmun Tuesday in a signed commentary brands this as a false propaganda devoid of validity and reasonableness.
    Lurking behind the noisy din of the Bush group over the so-called "danger" of the DPRK are sinister political and military purposes, it says, and continues:
    Under the pretext of this "danger'" the U.S. seeks to find an excuse to justify the increase of the war capacities of its forces in the area of Northeast Asia surrounding the Korean peninsula and its military interference there. And the Bush group is scheming in this to create a climate favorable to it in the upcoming presidential election.
    Its moves to build up public opinion over the "danger" of the DPRK's arms buildup are a foolish trick to induce the nations participating in the 6-party talks at any cost to sympathize with its argument intended to force the DPRK to scrap its nuclear program and, at the same time, isolate it on the international scene.
    But the U.S. is mistaken. Keen are the eye and ear of fair public opinion.
    Unfeasible and futile are the attempts of the U.S. to make the "danger" of the DPRK a fait accompli by setting afloat the rumor about it in the international community and attain its sinister political and military purposes.

U.S. Military Exercise Assailed

    Pyongyang, August 24 (KCNA) -- The war game "Ulji Focus Lens-04" started by the war hawks within and without is a grave military provocation that pushes the peace process on the Korean peninsula far back and drives the situation to the brink of a war, says a Rodong Sinmun analyst Tuesday. He goes on:
    The point in question is that the U.S. bellicose forces have launched the adventurous military rehearsal for a war against the north at a time when the sentiments of the Korean nation for reconciliation and reunification are running high and the DPRK and the U.S. are in the process of the 6-party talks for the settlement of the nuclear issue. The reunification movement and the military racket, the dialogue and the war drill can not go together.
    The joint military drill is an offspring of the U.S. policy towards the DPRK intended to expand its domination to the northern half of Korea by starting a war against the north through a preemptive attack. It is a test war and preliminary war before the start of a war against the north. It is designed to verify the effectiveness and feasibility of the "operation plan 5027-04" through a computer-aided mock drill.
    So dangerous are the background of the drill and the scheme lurking behind it.
    It must not go unnoticed that the south Korean authorities are joining in the U.S. imperialists' moves to provoke a war of aggression against the DPRK.
    It is high time to smash the aggression moves of the outside forces, defend the security of the nation and revitalize the reunification movement with the might of national cooperation. The south Korean authorities should immediately stop such anti-national act as joining in the U.S. war drill against the north with independent viewpoint and will of reunification.
    After terrorizing the Iraqi power with its military club, U.S. is now floundering in slough in face of the rebuff of the resistance forces. If it unleashed a war on the Korean peninsula it could never escape an annihilating retaliatory blow and not a war provocateur could return alive from this land. The U.S. should understand that this warning is not an empty word and discontinue its adventurous play with fire and retract its hostile policy towards the DPRK.

National Taekwon-Do Championships Held

    Pyongyang, August 24 (KCNA) -- The 7th National Taekwon-Do Championships for Jongilbong Prize took place at the Taekwon-Do Hall from August 19 to 23. It brought together more than 350 excellent students and players selected at the Taekwon-Do schools and Taekwon-Do teams in each province.
    The participants divided into the juvenile, junior and adult groups had individual and team events. They competed in sparring, pattern, technique and demonstration.
    Players from the Taekwon-Do School in North Hwanghae Province came first in total in junior and juvenile matches by displaying the high technique and collectivist spirit they have cultivated in their day-to-day trainings.
    Players from the Taekwon-Do School in South Phyongan Province placed second in total and those from Taekwon-Do schools in North Phyongan Province and South Hwanghae Province came third in total.
    Meanwhile, players of the team of the Korean Taekwon-Do Committee emerged winner in the adult group.
    A closing ceremony of the championships was held on August 23.
    Trophy cups and medals went to the successful teams and players and technical prizes to those players who displayed high skill and refined and dynamic techniques at the championships.

Greetings to President of Ukraine

    Pyongyang, August 24 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, Tuesday sent a message of greetings to Leonid Danilovich Kuchma, president of Ukraine, on the occasion of its national day. The message wished the president greater success in his responsible work for the prosperity of the country and the wellbeing of its people, expressing belief that the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries would continue to develop on good terms in the fundamental interests of the two peoples.

Songdowon Bathing Resort Crowded with Holidaymakers

    Pyongyang, August 24 (KCNA) -- The Songdowon Bathing Resort, a famous scenic spot of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, has still been crowded with holidaymakers even after the hottest period of the summer. There are a long pier, diving boards, showering facilities and soft-drink stands on the far-extending beach. All these are blended with people sunbathing on the beach and wading in water.
    Seen among the holidaymakers are young amateur swimmers braving waves, schoolchildren diving from high boards to demonstrate their skill, women playing with their children in water, old folks swimming with a butterfly stroke, athletes sailing yachts and middle-aged people sunbathing on the beach.
    An official of the resort told KCNA that much more people have come to it this year than last year. Many of them are tourists from other provinces.
    Also seen among the holidaymakers are overseas Koreans and foreigners staying in the DPRK.

Songdowon International Children's Camp

    Pyongyang, August 24 (KCNA) -- Children from different countries including Russia, China, Mongolia and Tanzania are camping at the Songdowon International Children's Camp in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The camp authorities have arranged their camping to suit their mental peculiarities and look after their life with deep care.
    The campers are enjoying sea bathing, boating, diving, water sliding, various kinds of amusements and sports games and the like.
    They are also sightseeing in the East Sea of Korea aboard an excursion ship and getting a better knowledge of sea.

GI Criminal's Gangster-like Sophism

    Pyongyang, August 24 (KCNA) -- A private first class belonging to the U.S. 8th Army who had been arrested and prosecuted on the charge of attempted murder was shameless enough to totally deny his crime at the first trial on August 18, according to south Korean KBS. As already reported, on May 15 this criminal together with other GIs of the same unit lay down drunken on the road, letting out strange cries, stopped a passing taxi to commit a brutal outrage against its driver and stabbed a south Korean civilian sir-named Pak with a dagger when the latter tried to stop him, leaving him in a critical condition.
    At the trial, however, the U.S. criminal let loose a gangster-like sophism shifting the blame onto the victim, alleging that at that time he was holding the knife with its point towards him, seized with fear, and Pak grabbed him by the throat and got stabbed by his own mistake.
    The GI criminal even insisted in a farfetched manner that he and his colleagues were not drunken and did not stop the taxi on purpose.
    The impudent act of the GI criminal again whipped the south Koreans into fury.

DPRK Delegation Leaves for Syria

    Pyongyang, August 24 (KCNA) -- A DPRK government economic delegation led by Rim Kyong Man, minister of Foreign Trade, left here on August 24 to participate in the 3rd meeting of the Inter-governmental Economic Committee of the DPRK and the Syrian Arab Republic to be held in Syria. It was seen off at the airport by Ku Pon Thae, vice-minister of Foreign Trade, and Charge d'Affaires ai of the Syrian embassy here Muhammad Adib Alhani.

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VII Campeonato de Taekwon-Do por "Premio Pico Jongil"

    Pyongyang, 24 de agosto (ATCC) -- El VII Campeonato Nacional de Taekwon-Do por "Premio Pico Jongil" tuvo lugar del dia 19 al 23 en el Centro de Taekwon-Do. En el certamen participaron mas de 350 taekwondocas seleccionados en las escuelas y equipos de esta disciplina deportiva de todas las provincias.
    La competencia se efectuo dividida en categorias de ninos, juniores y adultos y en juegos colectivos e individuales por cuatro disciplinas: parrins, pattern, tecnica especial y power.
    Los jugadores de la escuela de Taekwon-do de la provincia de Hwanghae del Norte, al dar pruebas de su tecnica elevada y del espiritu de colectivismo, ocuparon el primer lugar en la clasificacion general de la categoria de juniores y de ninos mientras que los muchachos de la escuela de Taekwon-do de la provincia de Phyong-an del Sur tuvieron conformarse con el segundo lugar. El tercer lugar correspondio a los equipos provinciales de Phyong-an del Norte y de Hwanghae del Sur.
    Por otra parte, en la categoria de los adultos, se adjudicaron primeros los practicantes de este arte marcial de la seleccion del Comite de Taekwon-do de Corea.
    En la clausura del presente campeonato efectuada el dia 23 fueron otorgadas copas y medallas a los equipos triunfantes y jugadores con excelentes marcas, y los taekwondocas, que demostraron altas tecnicas y dinamicas y probadas jugadas de especial calidad, se coronaron con el premio de la tecnica.

41 competencia nacional de escuelas deportivas de jovenes y ninos

    Hamhung, 23 de agosto (ATCC) -- La 41competencia deportiva nacional de escuelas deportivas de jovenes y ninos tuvo lugar en Pyongyang, Hamhung, Wonsan y otros lugares. Los jugadores de ambos sexos de la ciudad de Pyongyang (de categoria de juniores) ocuparon el primer lugar en el futbol, y en voleibol, los masculinos (de categoria de juniores y ninos) del municipio de Ryokpho de la ciudad de Pyongyang, las feminas (de categoria de juniores) de la ciudad de Pyongyang y las del municipio de Songyo de la ciudad de Pyongyang (de categoria de ninos), respectivamente.
    Ademas salieron victoriosos los masculinos del municipio de Phohang de la ciudad de Chongjin y las femeninas (de categoria de juniores) del distrito de Sukchon de la provincia de Phyong-an del Sur en balonmano; los del municipio de Morambong de la ciudad de Pyongyang en softball; los de la ciudad de Pyongyang en la carrera de botes y canoas; los del distrito de Kujang de la provincia de Phyong-an del Norte en la gimnasia acrobatica; los de la Songchongang de la ciudad de Hamhung en Sirum (juego tradicional coreano); y los de la Hoesang de la ciudad de Hamhung en Paduk (juego tradicional).
    En el acto clausural efectuado el dia 23 en el Estadio de Hamhung fueron otorgadas copas y medallas a las entidades ganadoras y jugadores sobresalientes en la competencia.