Solidarity for Korean People's Just Cause Voiced at International Meeting

    Pyongyang, October 21 (KCNA) -- An international meeting of communist and workers' parties was held in Athens from Oct. 8 to 10. Representatives of the Belgian Labour Party, the New Communist Party of Britain, the Irish Workers' Party and other communist and workers' parties in their speeches bitterly denounced the U.S. moves for aggression and war against the DPRK and other progressive countries and expressed firm support and solidarity for the just cause of the Korean people standing on the forefront of the anti-imperialist struggle.
    50 political parties including the Communist Party of Cuba, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and the Communist Party of Greece adopted a statement expressing solidarity with the DPRK.
    The statement said that the participants in the international meeting of communist and workers' parties held in Athens in October 2004 extend solidarity to the Workers' Party of Korea and the government and people of the DPRK in their just struggle to achieve the independent and peaceful reunification of the country against the U.S. imperialists' military threat and aggression.
    It continued:
    The military tension increasing on the Korean Peninsula due to the evermore undisguised hostile policy of the U.S. imperialists towards the DPRK are posing a grave threat to the peace in the region.
    We reiterate our commitment to fight in conformity with the global peace movement to frustrate all moves of the imperialists for aggression and war, defend sovereignty and defend and develop socialism.

Unconditional Apology and Compensation for Crimes Committed against Women

    Pyongyang, October 21 (KCNA) -- It is the consistent policy of the DPRK government guided by the man-centred Juche idea to liquidate all forms of gender discrimination and guarantee the substantial equality of the sexes. The delegate of the DPRK said this during the discussion on the women's issue at the 3rd Committee of the 59th UN general assembly on October 14.
    Saying that it was essential for guaranteeing all human rights to protect and promote the women's dignity and rights as they make up a half of the world population, the delegate noted what was important was to ensure the equality of the sexes and eliminate the gender discrimination among other things.
    The delegate continued:
    It is also important to take practical steps to give all women an opportunity to work and enable them to get fair payment for the work done and free them of the double burden at houses and in social life.
    To let those who committed crimes in the past go unpunished constitute a source of the gender discrimination and violence against women rights at present .The member countries of the UN should thoroughly probe those crimes and the guilty countries should unconditionally fulfill their commitment to apologize and compensate for what they did.
    The DPRK government promulgated the Law on Sex Equality in 1946 and took historic steps to eliminate all unequal gender relations and enable the women to take an active part in the political, economic and social life. It has steadily improved the contents of the Law on Sex Equality and the requirements for its guarantee at various phases over the last more than half a century. The DPRK government will as always take an active part in the efforts of the international community to protect and promote the women's human rights.

Get-together with Nigerian Youth Delegation

    Pyongyang, October 21 (KCNA) -- A get-together between officials of the Pyongyang City Committee of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League and members of the youth delegation of the People's Democratic Party of Nigeria was held at the Central Youth Hall Wednesday. Present on invitation were the members of the delegation led by Bibi Farouk, national youth leader of the party.
    Kim Song Chol, first secretary of the committee, and other youth league officials in the city were on hand.
    The participants informed each other of activities of their youth organizations and swapped successes and experience they had acquired in the past period and saw a performance of stage pieces, deepening sentiments of friendship.

KCNA Terms U.S. Violator of AF

    Pyongyang, October 21 (KCNA) -- The Korean Central News Agency released a detailed report Wednesday, 10 years after the publication of the DPRK-U.S. Agreed Framework (AF). It says:
    The AF released on October 21, 1994, together with the DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement on June 11, 1993, the DPRK-U.S. Agreed Statement on August 12, 1994 and the DPRK-U.S. Joint Communique on October 12, 2000 served as landmarks of weighty importance in seeking a negotiated peaceful solution to the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula and improving the hostile relations between the two countries.
    However, all these agreements were reduced to dead documents after the emergence of the Bush administration in the U.S. in January 2001.
    The Bush group formally adopted a hostile policy toward the DPRK.
    On June 6, 2001 Bush announced what it called "North Korea policy statement" in which it unilaterally pressurized the DPRK to accept an earlier inspection of nuclear facilities and cut down its conventional weapons.
    The administration slandered the DPRK, unreasonably terming it a "rogue state, human rights abuser, lawless state and sponsor of terrorism" even before sitting with it at the negotiating table. It thus sparked off another nuclear crisis and drove the bilateral relations to catastrophe.
    As if it were not enough with defiling the political system in the DPRK, Bush in his "state of the union address" made at Congress on January 30, 2002 blustered that the DPRK is part of an "axis of evil."
    The most serious of the crimes committed by the Bush administration is that it has totally reneged on its commitments under the AF and completely scrapped it.
    It had kept delaying the light water reactor project. The groundwork started as late as in August 2002. Nothing has been done in the project so far except the groundwork although it has already been beyond the deadline.
    The U.S. committed itself to provide 500,000 tons of heavy fuel oil to the DPRK a year, i.e. over 40,000 tons a month. However, it has never remained true to this promise.
    Upon Assistant Secretary of State Kelly's return home from his visit to Pyongyang early in October 2002 the U.S. told the sheer lie that the DPRK admitted its weapons program based on "uranium enrichment." 
    The Bush administration decided to stop the supply of heavy fuel oil on November 14, 2002 and formally suspended its delivery through KEDO from December of the same year under this pretext.
    What is important in settling the nuclear issue between the DPRK and the U.S. is for both sides to seek a negotiated peaceful settlement of the issue from an equal stand of respecting and trusting each other.
    It was agreed at the third round of the six-party talks to hold the fourth round of the talks in September. But its prospect remains gloomy. 
    The Bush administration deliberately laid a stumbling block in the way of settling the nuclear issue and pushed the talks to a stalemate as it had no willingness to seek a negotiated peaceful settlement of the issue.
    The DPRK side reiterated the proposal for "reward for freeze" on the principle of "words for words" and "action for action" at the third round of the six-party talks just as it did at the previous two rounds of the talks.
    However, the U.S. persistently shunned the proposal and clarified its political stand that there can never be any reward.
    At the six-party talks the U.S. only repeated its assertion that the DPRK must scrap its nuclear program first without showing any willingness to make a switchover in its DPRK policy. Moreover, it is now insisting that it can discuss other issues only when the DPRK accepts the CVID, a demand which can be made to a defeated nation only. It has shut its eyes to the nuclear-related secret experiments made by south Korea, applying double-standards though it has persistently raised a hue and cry over the DPRK's non-existent "issue of uranium enrichment." 
    Recently it passed the "North Korean Human Rights Act" aimed to implement its hostile policy toward the DPRK through Congress in a bid to realize its wild ambition for a "regime change" in the DPRK.
    The AF was, in fact, an agreement on the nuclear issue and its key point was its official assurance that the U.S. would neither threaten nor attack the DPRK with nukes.
    However, the Bush administration reneged on this commitment and has pushed forward its "strategy of preemptive nuclear attack" at the phase of its implementation, escalating the nuclear threat against the DPRK and massively bolstering its forces.
    Bush has already declassified a secret document worked out in September 2002 that approved the use of nukes under the pretext of countering the attack of biological and chemical weapons from someone. 
    In January 2002 he announced "a report on nuclear weapons posture" in which it clarified that the U.S. would use nuclear weapons in Korea. Similar documents were made public in succession in the U.S.
    During his south Korean junket on November 17, 2003 U.S. Defence Secretary Rumsfeld threatened that the U.S. would mobilize even the nuclear force when necessary, thus making the nuclear attack an established fact.
    Last year the U.S. disclosed its "operation plan 5030", a new nuclear war scenario to attack the DPRK, and "new operation plan 5026" this February and "operation plan 5027-04" recently. 
    In May last year the U.S. announced an "arms buildup plan" which called for spending 11 billion U.S. dollars in a few years to come. It is massively introducing into south Korea ultra-modern war means worth 13 billion U.S. dollars under the pretext of "filling up vacuum in combat power" allegedly caused by "cutdown" and "relocation" of forces. 
    This February it deployed 24 B-52 and B-1 long-distance fighter bombers in Guam and scores of nuclear-powered submarines in waters off the Asia-Pacific region under the simulated conditions of an "emergency" on the Korean Peninsula.
    Recently its Defence Department decided to deploy 15 Aegis destroyers equipped with ultra-modern interceptor missile systems in the East Sea of Korea and its surrounding waters by 2006 under the pretext of coping with a "missile threat" from the DPRK. As its first phase the U.S. deployed Aegis destroyers belonging to the U.S. 7th fleet in the East Sea of Korea and they have already started performing their operation duties.
    It is also contemplating sending ultra-modern nuclear carrier flotilla John Stenis to waters off the peninsula. Carrier Kitty Hawk-led strike force has already been deployed in the Pacific.
    The U.S. has staged various large military exercises in the sky and sea and on land of south Korea including the Ulji-Focus Lens joint military exercise under the simulated conditions of a real war.
    The reality today irrefutably proves what a clear-sighted option the DPRK has taken to steadily increase all means for self-defence including the nuclear deterrent force to cope with the U.S. ever-increased moves to harass peace.
    The use of force is not a U.S. monopoly. It is an unshakable determination and faith of the DPRK to counter confrontation with confrontation and counter a preemptive strike with a preemptive strike.
    The DPRK will bolster its war deterrent force both in quality and quantity to be strong enough to defeat any aggressor at a single stroke, given that the U.S. is foolishly attempting to contain the DPRK by force, while seeking a "regime change."
    It is the firm stand of the DPRK to steadily increase all political and military means in order to foil the U.S. evermore undisguised hostile policy toward it.
    By scrapping the AF the Bush administration glaringly revealed its true colours as a harasser of peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and Asia-Pacific. The administration will have to pay for its criminal acts.

Ceremony Held in Kaesong

    Kaesong, October 20 (KCNA) -- A ceremony was held here on October 20 to inaugurate the Kaesong Industrial Zone Management Committee and start the construction of enterprises to operate in the zone. Present there from the north side were Ju Tong Chan, general director of the General Bureau for Central Guidance to the Development of the Special Zone, and officials concerned and from the south side Jo Myong Gyun, head of the Group for Supporting the Work in the Kaesong Industrial Zone of the south Korean Ministry of Unification, Kim Yun Gyu, president of Hyundai Asan, Pak Kon U, acting president of the Land Company, and those concerned with economy.
    Ju Tong Chan and Jo Myong Gyun made speeches there.
    Ju said that the inauguration of the committee to supervise management and operation of the Kaesong industrial zone and proclamation of it at home and abroad were precious fruition of the June 15 joint declaration. He underscored the need for the committee to positively contribute to bringing earlier the day of the reunification of the country.
    At the end of the ceremony, representatives of the north and south broke the ground to start the construction.

Cert. of Registration of Koguryo Tombs as World's Heritages Conveyed to DPRK

    Pyongyang, October 21 (KCNA) -- The certificate of the registration of mural tombs belonging to the Koguryo Dynasty as world's heritages was conveyed to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. A total of 63 Koguryo tombs with murals including King Tongmyong's Mausoleum and the mural tombs in Tokhung-ri and Yaksu-ri were registered as world's heritages at the 28th meeting of the World Heritage Committee of the UNESCO in July.
    These mural tombs, precious assets of the Korean nation, were built in the period of the Koguryo Dynasty, the first feudal state of Korea, and had a great influence on the development of mediaeval oriental culture for their distinguished architecture and painting art of high level. With their registration as world's heritages, their historical and cultural value has become to be publicly recognized in the international community.
    A ceremony of conveying the certificate took place at the Grand People's Study House Wednesday.
    Assistant Director-General of the UNESCO Mounir Bouchenaki conveyed the certificate to Deputy Director of the Bureau for Direction of Cultural Preservation of the DPRK Ri Ui Ha.
    Speeches were made at the ceremony. .
    Ri Ui Ha said the registration of the mural tombs of the Koguryo Dynasty as world's heritages was an international assessment of the precious historical and cultural relics showing distinguished resourcefulness and talent of the Korean nation.
    The DPRK will make positive efforts to preserve and manage these mural tombs with greater care and strengthen exchange and cooperation with international organizations including the UNESCO, he stated.
    Mounir Bouchenaki warmly congratulated the Korean people upon the registration of the mural tombs as world's heritages.
    Underscoring the significance of the preservation and management of the mural tombs, he said these were wealth not only of Korea but of the world.
    To preserve the cultural relics with good care is an important work for the generations to come, he said, adding the UNESCO would actively cooperate with the DPRK in preserving and managing the Koguryo mural tombs.

Jong Ha Chol Meets Nigerian Women's Delegation

    Pyongyang, October 21 (KCNA) -- Secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea Jong Ha Chol met and had a friendly talk with the women's delegation of the People's Democratic Party of Nigeria headed by National Women's Leader of the party Josephine Anenih at the Mansudae Assembly Hall Wednesday. Present there were Ri Yong Hui, vice-chairwoman of the Central Committee of the Korean Democratic Women's Union, and Sule Buba, Nigerian ambassador to the DPRK.
    The head of the delegation said she was deeply impressed while staying here by the achievements made in the DPRK and the indomitable fighting spirit of the Korean people in overcoming difficulties.
    Saying she was moved to witness the boundless reverence of the Korean people for their leader, their spirit of devotedly defending the leader, unyielding pluck and indomitable will, she expressed the firm belief that Korea's reunification would surely be achieved.

RS on Relocation of U.S. Forces and Nuclear War Command System

    Pyongyang, October 21 (KCNA) - The relocation of the U.S. forces is now being carried on in real earnest in and around south Korea and, accordingly, the command system of a nuclear war is being examined and rounded off. Discussing this, Rodong Sinmun in an article Thursday views this as a clear indication that a nuclear war may break any moment on the Korean Peninsula.
    The author of the article says:
    The U.S. imperialists' strategy for world supremacy is, in essence, one for a nuclear war. To carry the strategy into practice, they are hastening the relocation of their forces overseas, putting stress on Northeast Asia including the Korean Peninsula.
    They have completed an operational and command system to provoke a nuclear war in the area centering on the Korean Peninsula, but they are not contended with this.
    Crying that there are "shortcomings" in their existing nuclear war command system, the U.S. imperialist warhawks are working to establish a new command system adapted to their strategy of world supremacy, strategy of preemptive strike and strategy of "anti-terrorism war" in the 21st century.
    What they seek is to separate the command systems in south Korea and Japan from the direct control of the command system of the U.S. Strategic Command and integrate them into an independent command system and, thus, establish a unified nuclear war command system which would make it possible to reduce the time to the maximum and stage blitz warfare.
    The U.S. imperialist war-like forces consider that Japan is more favorable than south Korea for a preemptive attack on the DPRK. In recent years, the U.S. forces have evaded as far as possible a war at short range and resorted to the tactics of forestalling strike by warplanes and missiles from a long distance. And they regard Japan as the area best suited to this tactics. For this very purpose, they intend to move the First Corps Command of the U.S. Army from their mainland to Japan and integrate the Command of the U.S. Forces in south Korea with the Command of the U.S. Forces in Japan whereby to set up an independent nuclear war commanding tower in Japan.
    The U.S. imperialists' immediate target is to finally examine and round off the operational command system for starting a nuclear war in the area centering on the Korean Peninsula and expanding it into a global thermonuclear war. This is why they are speeding up the relocation of their forces.
    The relocation of the U.S. forces for the execution of the nuclear war strategy of the Bush administration is being brought to a conclusion with the amassing of ridiculously vast nuclear war forces in and around the Korean Peninsula and the completion of the nuclear war command system.

Yang Hyong Sop Meets with Ethiopian Delegation

    Pyongyang, October 21 (KCNA) -- Yang Hyong Sop, vice-president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, met and had a talk with the Ethiopian government cultural delegation headed by Mahamoda Ahmed Gaas, vice-minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall Thursday. The head of the delegation said that its visit to the DPRK offered an opportunity to know better about the successes and experience gained by the Korean people in various aspects of their social life.
    Noting that he would positively contribute to developing cooperation and exchange between the two countries, he hoped that Korea would be reunified peacefully free from foreign interference.
    Present there was Jon Yong Jin, vice-chairman of the Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries.

Kim Ki Nam Meets Nigerian Youth Delegation

    Pyongyang, October 21 (KCNA) -- Kim Ki Nam, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, today met and conversed with the youth delegation of the People's Democratic Party of Nigeria led by Bibi Farouk, national youth leader of the party, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall. Present were Kil Chol Hyok, secretary of the Central Committee of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League, and a staff member of the Nigerian embassy here.
    The head of the delegation said that the admirable successes made by the Korean youth united closely around leader Kim Jong Il were a precious experience for them.
    While in Korea, I have come to know well of the Juche idea authored by President Kim Il Sung and developed and enriched by Kim Jong Il, he said.
    Noting that Korea was developing under the Songun politics, he voiced full support for the Korean people and youth in their just struggle.

Plan for Agreement on Cooperation Signed between DPRK and Ethiopia

    Pyongyang, October 21 (KCNA) -- A 2004-2006 plan for implementing an agreement on cultural and scientific cooperation between the governments of the DPRK and Ethiopia was signed in Pyongyang today. Present at the signing ceremony from the DPRK side were Jon Yong Jin, vice-chairman of the Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, and officials concerned and from the opposite side were members of the Ethiopian government cultural delegation led by Mahamoda Ahmed Gaas, vice-minister of Youth, Sports and Culture.

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Kim Yong Nam regresa a Pyongyang tras terminar visita a China

    Pyongyang, 21 de octubre (ATCC) -- La delegacion de la Republica Popular Democratica de Corea presidida por el presidente del Presidium de la Asamblea Popular Suprema, Kim Yong Nam, regreso el dia 20 por la tarde a esta capital en un avion especial luego de terminar con exito una visita oficial y de amistad a la Republica Popular China cumplimentando la invitacion hecha por el Comite Permanente de la Asamblea Popular Nacional y del Consejo de Estado de este pais asiatico. El mismo dia por la manana, antes de su regreso, la delegacion recorrio el Museo Conmemorativo de Zhou Enlai y Deng Yingchao, una nueva zona residencial, un viaducto, etc. en la ciudad de Tianjin Visitados en abril pasado por el Dirigente Kim Jong Il.

Gobierno chino decide ofrecer asistencia gratuita a Corea

    Pyongyang, 21 de octubre (ATCC) -- El gobierno de la Republica Popular China decidio ofrecer una asistencia gratuita a la Republica Popular Democratica de Corea. El presidente del Comite Permanente de la Asamblea Popular Nacional de la RPCh, Wu Bangguo, dio a conocer el dia 18 tal decision de su gobierno al presidente del Presidium de la Asamblea Popular Suprema, Kim Yong Nam, quien preside la delegacion de la RPDC de visita oficial y de amistad en China.

Diploma de registro como patrimonio mundial de tumbas

    Pyongyang, 21 de octubre (ATCC) -- Fue entregado a la Republica Popular Democratica de Corea el diploma de registro como patrimonio mundial de las tumbas con pinturas al fresco de Coguryo. La XXVIII sesion del comite de patrimonio mundial de la Organizacion de las Naciones Unidas para la Educacion, la Ciencia y la Cultura (UNESCO) registro en julio pasado como patrimonio mundial 63 tumbas con pinturas al fresco de Coguryo de nuestro pais incluidas las del rey Tongmyong y de las comunas Tokhung y Yaksu.
    Las tumbas creadas en el tiempo de Coguryo, primer estado feudal de Corea que ejercieron gran influencia sobre el desarrollo de la cultura oriental de la Edad Media por su destacada arquitectura y elevado nivel pictorico pertenecen a las preciosas riquezas de la nacion coreana.
    Con el registro de esas tumbas como patrimonio mundial su valor historico y cultural fue reconocido internacionalmente. La ceremonia de entrega del certificado tuvo lugar el dia 20 en el Palacio de Estudio del Pueblo.
    En la ocasion el subdirector general de la UNESCO Mounir Bouchenaki lo entrego al subdirector de Conservacion Cultural de la RPDC Ri Ui Ha. Acto seguido hubo intervenciones.
    El subdirector Ri dijo que dicho registro es una evaluacion internacional sobre las preciosas reliquias culturales historicas que demuestran la destacada inteligencia y talento de la nacion coreana.
    Nos esforzaremos activamente por conservar mejor las citadas tumbas y reforzaremos mas el intercambio y la cooperacion con la UNESCO y otras organizaciones internacionales.
    El subdirector general de la UNESCO dijo que extendia calurosa felicitacion al pueblo coreano con motivo del registro de las tumbas arriba citadas como patrimonio mundial. El se refirio al significado de su conservacion y anadio que esto es una riqueza tanto de Corea como del mundo.
    Subrayo que la merecida conservacion de las reliquias culturales constituye una labor importante para las generaciones venideras y continuo que la UNESCO cooperara activamente con la RPDC para conservarlas.