IAEA Working-level Delegation Invited to Visit DPRK

   Pyongyang, June 16 (KCNA) -- Ri Je Son, director general of the General Department of Atomic Energy of the DPRK, Saturday sent a letter to the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as regards the discussion of the procedures of the IAEA's verification and monitoring of the suspension of the operations of nuclear facilities at Nyongbyon under the February 13 agreement.
    He in the letter noted that a working-level delegation of the IAEA has been invited to visit the DPRK as it is confirmed that the process of de-freezing the funds of the DPRK at the Banco Delta Asia in Macao has reached its final phase.

Kim Jong Il Sends Wreath to Bier of Ri In Mo

   Pyongyang, June 17 (KCNA) -- General Secretary Kim Jong Il sent a wreath to the bier of Ri In Mo, former war correspondent of the Korean People's Army and unconverted long-term prisoner, Sunday, expressing deep condolences over his death.

Ri In Mo Passes Away

   Pyongyang, June 17 (KCNA) -- Ri In Mo, former war correspondent of the Korean People's Army and unconverted long-term prisoner, passed away at 7 a.m. on Saturday at the age of 89.
    An obituary of Ri In Mo was published Saturday in the joint name of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK and the Cabinet of the DPRK.
    Born into a family of fire-field peasant in Kim Hyong Gwon County, Ryanggang Province, on August 24, Juche 6 (1917), Ri participated in the anti-Japanese struggle in his early years under the influence of the anti-Japanese armed struggle led by President Kim Il Sung during the Japanese imperialists' colonial rule and struggled for the liberation of the country after joining the Association for the Restoration of the Fatherland.
    He took an active part in the work to form grass-roots level organizations of the party after the liberation. He held the posts of chairman of a myon committee of the party, director of the information department of a county party committee and director of the information department of a city committee of the party from October Juche 34 (1945) to June Juche 39 (1950).
    He was active as a war correspondent of the KPA during the Fatherland Liberation War. He was arrested by the enemy in January Juche 41 (1952), while conducting activities at the Mt. Jiri People's Guerilla behind the enemy lines during the temporary retreat of the KPA. He had spent 34 years in prison since then.
    He remained true to the revolutionary faith and principle as member of the WPK, not yielding to the enemy's brutal torture, appeasement and deception. He continued the movement for reunification even after his release from prison.
    He came into the care of the socialist homeland on March 19, Juche 82 (1993) to find the remainder of his life rewarding and worthwhile.
    He was awarded the title of twice hero of the Republic, "Kim Il Sung Order," National Reunification Prize and other high state citations for his feats performed for the party and the revolution, the country and the people.
    The obituary stressed that the life of Ri In Mo was the noble life of a true revolutionary soldier of the WPK, an indomitable man who devoted his all to the struggle, firmly believing in his party and the leader only in any grim adversity.
    His noble revolutionary spirit and feats performed by him for the party and the revolution, the country and the nation will remain long, it stressed.
    That day the Central Committee of the WPK, the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly and the Cabinet of the DPRK published a decision to accord the late Ri In Mo a people's funeral and form a funeral committee which consists of Chairman Kim Yong Nam, Vice-Chairman Choe Thae Bok and 55 members including Kim Yong Il.
    The funeral committee said that his bier is laid at the People's Palace of Culture and it will receive mourners from 11 a.m. to 8 p. m. on June 17 and the hearse is to leave at 8 a.m. on June 18.

Meeting for National Unity Held

   Pyongyang, June 17 (KCNA) -- A meeting for national unity was held at the Taekwon-Do Hall on Sunday to mark the 7th anniversary of the publication of the June 15 joint declaration.
    Speeches were made at the meeting by An Kyong Ho, chairman of the North Side Committee for Implementing the June 15 Joint Declaration, Paek Rak Chong, chairman of the South Side Committee for Implementing the June 15 Joint Declaration, Kwak Tong Ui, co-chairman of the Overseas Side Committee for Implementing the June 15 Joint Declaration, and delegates of the north, the south and overseas sides.
    The speakers referred to the successes achieved in the movement for national reunification over the last seven years, saying that the publication of the joint declaration was an epoch-making event of landmark significance in the concerted efforts of the north and the south for Korea's reunification and the great national unity and a great action of national historic significance as it meant breaking with the past characterized by distrust and confrontation and opened a bright prospect of achieving reconciliation and unity among all Koreans.
    Underscoring the need for the Koreans not to allow the anti-reunification forces at home and abroad to interfere in the issue of reunification and put pressure over it, guided by the idea of "By our nation itself," but protect the interests of the nation and preserve the Juche character from their own standpoint, they called on them to boost solidarity and alliance with various organizations in the north and the south and abroad and thus make a positive contribution to accomplishing the cause of great national unity.
    They stressed the need for the June 15 All-Korean Committee to continue waging a dynamic movement to set June 15 as a commemoration day common to the Korean nation in the future, too as agreed upon and clarified by the three parties of the north, the south and overseas sides, proceeding from the common understanding of the historic significance of the joint declaration.
    A declaration on great national unity was adopted there.
    The declaration urged all compatriots in the north and the south and overseas to work hard to achieve national unity in the spirit of patriotism and national independence, eliminate all survivals of distrust and confrontation and consolidate the national concord and unity.
    It also underlined the need for them to protect the security of the country and the compatriots and realize national cooperation through the concerted efforts of the nation with a view to positively promoting the co-existence, common interests and co-prosperity of the nation and enhance the role and function of the above-said committee.
    Then the grand festival for national reunification marking the 7th anniversary of the publication of the June 15 joint declaration was closed with due ceremony.
    The chairman of the south side committee made a closing speech at the ceremony.

Important Days of Korean People Observed Abroad

   Pyongyang, June 17 (KCNA) -- Lectures and photo and book exhibition, seminar and film shows were held in Mongolia, Tanzania and Mexico from June 6 to 11 on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of Kim Jong Il's start of work at the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea and the 7th anniversary of the publication of the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration.
    On display in the venues of the functions were photos and books showing the immortal Songun leadership exploits of Kim Jong Il.
    Lecturers said that Kim Jong Il developed in depth the Juche idea as required by the times and the developing revolution and solved all the problems that arose in the party building and activities as intended by President Kim Il Sung and the way he did.
    The participants in the film shows watched Korean films including "Great Leader Steering the Building of a Great Prosperous Powerful Nation to Victory."

Information Bulletin Issued in Egypt

   Pyongyang, June 17 (KCNA) -- The Egypt-Korea Friendship Association issued an information bulletin on June 11 on the occasion of the 7th anniversary of the publication of the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration.
    The bulletin in an article said that the joint declaration is a landmark of unity and reunification of the Korean nation.
    It recalled that there took place such events as the holding of joint functions for reunification by the north and the south of Korea and the reunion of Koreans who have lived separated for over half a century.
    The U.S. and the south Korean conservative forces are leaving no stone unturned to block the advance of the June 15 era of reunification but steadfast is the will of the Korean nation to implement the joint declaration to the letter, it stressed.

Anti-Reunification Acts of GNP and Conservative Media under Fire in S. Korea

   Pyongyang, June 17 (KCNA) -- The Solidarity for Implementing the South-North Joint Declaration of south Korea reportedly issued a statement on June 13 denouncing the anti-reunification acts of the Grand National Party and conservative media.
    The statement said that the solidarity has recently conducted strenuous activities to criticize and watch the GNP's acts of negating the June 15 joint declaration and opposing peace and reunification.
    The GNP, regarding this as a thorn in its flesh, has frantically intensified its suppression of activities of the solidarity which it deemed obstructive to its moves to grab power and the conservative media have danced to its tune, the statement noted.
    The GNP is, indeed, a fascist group having no elementary common sense of democracy, the statement said, warning that the solidarity, an organization for the reunification movement, will never pardon the sinister campaign of the GNP and conservative media against the solidarity.

Dynamic Movement for National Reunification Called for

   Pyongyang, June 17 (KCNA) -- The Headquarters of University Students for Implementing the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration of south Korea reportedly issued a statement on June 15, the 7th anniversary of the June 15 joint declaration, in which it declared the youth and students would conduct positive activities to accelerate the reunification of the country under the uplifted banner of "By our nation itself".
    The statement said that this year all the fellow countrymen should turn out as one in the struggle to implement the joint declaration under the banner of "By our nation itself" and glorify the June 15 era of independent reunification.

Dissolution of GNP Urged in S. Korea

   Pyongyang, June 17 (KCNA) -- A meeting to denounce the Grand National Party of south Korea, pro-U.S. treacherous party and a party opposed to reunification, reportedly took place in front of the GNP building in Seoul on June 13 on the occasion of the 7th anniversary of the publication of the June 15 joint declaration. It was co-sponsored by the Solidarity for Implementing the South-North Joint Declaration, the South Headquarters of the National Alliance for the Country's Reunification, the Youth and Students Solidarity of south Korea to Implement the June 15 South-North Joint Declaration and the south Korean Federation of University Student Councils.
    Speakers at the meeting said that the GNP is a group of reactionary forces swimming against the trend of the history and disclosed in detail pro-American treacherous acts perpetrated by its gentries.
    The only way out for the GNP is to stop following the U.S. and take the road of national independence or dissolve itself, they declared.
    At the end of the meeting members of the June 15 group of visitors gave a performance on the theme of anti-GNP.

Koreans and Foreigners Mourn Death of Ri In Mo

   Pyongyang, June 17 (KCNA) -- Officials of the party and armed forces and power organs, public organizations, ministries and national institutions, servicepersons of the Korean People's Army, former unconverted long-term prisoners and people from all walks of life Sunday visited the People's Palace of Culture where the bier of Ri In Mo, former war correspondent of the KPA and unconverted long-term prisoner, is placed and expressed deep condolences over his death.
    Seen standing by the side of the bier was a wreath sent by General Secretary Kim Jong Il.
    Also placed to the bier were wreaths in the name of the WPK Central Committee, the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly and the Cabinet of the DPRK, armed forces organs, political parties, public organizations, ministries, national institutions and scientific, educational, cultural, art, public health and media institutions and party and power organs, industrial establishments and farms in Pyongyang and local areas and all former unconverted long-term prisoners.
    The members of the people's funeral committee and the bereaved families of the deceased were standing vigil by the side of the bier.
    Guards of honor of the KPA lined up beside the bier.
    Visitors observed a moment's silence in memory of the late Ri In Mo.
    Meanwhile, the diplomatic corps and representatives of international organizations here, the delegation of the Overseas Side Committee for Implementing the June 15 Joint Declaration which participated in the grand festival for national reunification marking the 7th anniversary of the publication of the June 15 joint declaration and overseas compatriots staying in the homeland visited the People's Palace of Culture where the bier of the deceased is placed and expressed condolences over his death on June 17.

Kim Jong Il Praised

   Pyongyang, June 16 (KCNA) -- Niculae Pavelescu, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Left United Party of Romania, made public a statement on June 11 on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of Kim Jong Il's start of work at the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.
    He said in his statement that the WPK has grown stronger to be the party of President Kim Il Sung from A to Z since Kim Jong Il started the work at the Party Central Committee.
    Under the Songun revolutionary leadership of Kim Jong Il the WPK has become a revolutionary party invariably holding high the socialist banner and an invincible party firmly defending the sovereignty and dignity of the Korean people, he noted, adding that the undying feats Kim Jong Il has performed for the cause of the party building serve as an example to be followed by the world progressive parties and a precious wealth for them.

Korean People's Cause of Reunification Favored

   Pyongyang, June 16 (KCNA) -- The Swiss Committee for Supporting the Independent and Peaceful Reunification of Korea issued a statement on June 10 on the occasion of the 7th anniversary of the publication of the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration, in which it held that Korea should be reunified by the Korean nation itself free from foreign interference.
    In June 2000 Kim Jong Il, chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, provided the north-south summit and made sure that the historic North-South Joint Declaration was adopted, the statement said, and went on:
    This was warmly supported and welcomed by the international community and paved the way for the independent and peaceful reunification of Korea.
    Giving a detailed account of the brisk dialogue, cooperation and exchange between the north and the south in various fields over the last seven years, it continued:
    These are the positive developments inconceivable in the past.
    The attempts of the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean anti-reunification forces to turn back the wheel of history are bound to go bust.
    The day is not far off when the U.S. imperialists' military occupation of south Korea will come to an end.
    The cause of Korea's reunification is sure to be accomplished under the wise guidance of Kim Jong Il who formulated the three principles of national reunification, the ten-point programme of the great unity of the whole nation and the proposal for founding the Democratic Federal Republic of Koryo laid down by President Kim Il Sung as the three charters for national reunification and is reliably defending peace on the Korean Peninsula by pursuing the Songun policy.

Russian Embassy Officials Help Korean Farmers

   Pyongyang, June 16 (KCNA) -- Russian Ambassador to the DPRK Valery Sukhinin and his embassy officials gave helping hands to the farmers of the DPRK-Russia Friendship Kochang Cooperative Farm in Chollima county in weeding a maize field on Thursday.
    They handed aid materials to the farm.

Anniversary of Kim Jong Il's Start of Work at C.C.,WPK Celebrated

   Pyongyang, June 16 (KCNA) -- Youth and students met at the Central Youth Hall on Friday to celebrate the 43rd anniversary of Kim Jong Il's start of work at the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.
    The event began with ode and chorus "Confetti of Best Wishes". Put on the stage were songs "Long Live the Workers' Party of Korea", "We Will Show Our Loyalty down through Generations" and "We Will Defend the Headquarters of Revolution with Our Lives".
    Those who presented art pieces sang high praises of the undying revolutionary history and feats of Kim Jong Il who has strengthened and developed the WPK into the glorious party of President Kim Il Sung and the powerful guiding force of the Songun revolution and brought the dawn of building a great prosperous powerful nation to this land with his indomitable revolutionary faith and will and total patriotic dedication.

40th Anniversary of April 15 Writing Group Marked

   Pyongyang, June 16 (KCNA) -- The April 15 Writing Group is significantly greeting the 40th anniversary of its foundation.
    Since its foundation on June 20, Juche 56 (1967) the group has produced many revolutionary literary works including dozens of a series of works which systematically and comprehensively portray the revolutionary history of the three generals of Mt. Paektu.
    Works from a cycle of novel "Immortal History" including full-length novels "Dawn of Revolution", "Arduous March", "Triumphant Return" and "Strength of Korea" had been created through annuals since a full-length novel "The Year 1932" was produced on the occasion of the 60th birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung. They make a grand epic representation of the revolutionary history of the President who devoted his all to the liberation of the country and its prosperity and the happiness of the people from the period of his revolutionary activities in his early years to the last moments of his great life.
    Full-length novels "Blue Sky", "Arms", "Spirit of Kanggye", "Snowstorm in Northern Area", "Battle Theatre on West Coast," "World of Stars" and "Wing of Leap" from a cycle of novel "Immortal Guidance" deal with historical facts that Kim Jong Il has led the Party and the revolution, the country and the people to victory with his Songun revolutionary leadership.
    Writers of the group created sequels of full-length novel "On the Road of Loyalty" which depicts the undying revolutionary history and feats of anti-Japanese war hero Kim Jong Suk and adapted "Sea of Blood" and "The Flower Girl" and other immortal classic masterpieces created by the President during the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle into full-length novels.
    They continued creating works of cycles of novels including full-length novels "Immortality", "Legends on Land" and "Turn" during the "Arduous March", the forced march, in particular, when the whole country underwent grim ordeals, thus greatly contributing to developing the revolutionary literature of Juche.

June 15 Joint Declaration, Landmark of National Reunification

   Pyongyang, June 16 (KCNA) -- The vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front issued a statement on Friday, the 7th anniversary of the June 15 joint declaration, according to the Internet site Kuguk Jonson.
    With the joint declaration the hardcore of which is the idea of "By our nation itself" was published in June 2000 the Koreans came to have the guidelines they should permanently hold fast to in the movement for national reunification and the grand June 15 era of independent reunification when the Korean nation is working hard to achieve reunification with the concerted efforts has opened up in the three thousand-ri of Korea in which distrust and confrontation continued for over half a century, the statement said, and went on:
    The last 7-year-long eye-opening reality during which the validity, truth and inexhaustible vitality of the joint declaration have been powerfully demonstrated is the brilliant fruition of Kim Jong Il's noble idea of national independence, outstanding leadership ability and patriotic broad generosity and magnanimity.
    The last 7 years have proved the immutable truth that no matter what desperate efforts the anti-reunification forces at home and abroad may make the Korean nation's cause of national reunification is sure to win as long as there is the outstanding leadership of Kim Jong Il who is leading the June 15 era of reunification to victory.
    The joint declaration is and will be the invariable landmark and immortal banner of national reunification.
    The people from all walks of life should put spurs to the struggle to carry out the task for attaching importance to the nation, defending peace and achieving unity under the uplifted banner of "By our nation itself", thus powerfully demonstrating the will of the fellow countrymen for reunification and their united might and bring about a new heyday of national reunification.
    For the present they should form a large powerful alliance against conservatism grouping the people from all walks of life and turn out as one in the struggle to resolutely shatter the attempt to grab power of the pro-U.S. conservative forces including the "Grand National Party" seeking to block the June 15 era.

Anti-U.S. Solidarity Rally Held

   Pyongyang, June 16 (KCNA) -- Members of the All-People Measure Committee for Checking the Expansion of the U.S. Military Base in Phyongthaek, the People for Achieving Peace and Reunification, the Solidarity Council of Organizations to Honor Martyrs for Nation and Democracy, the Family Movement for Realizing Democracy and other civic and public organizations of south Korea reportedly held the 93rd anti-U.S. solidarity rally around the U.S. embassy in Seoul on June 12.
    The participants said that five years have passed since two schoolgirls Sin Hyo Sun and Sim Mi Son were ruthlessly killed by a U.S. armored car but the high-handed practice and arrogance of the U.S. forces still remain unchanged and the true colors as the occupiers are getting all the more pronounced as the days go by.
    They noted that the recent moves for expanding the U.S. military base in Phyongthaek, agreement on "strategic flexibility" of the U.S. forces, settlement of negotiations for concluding the "Free Trade Agreement", etc. prove that the south Korea-U.S. "alliance" is built up as an alliance of aggression.
    National reunification cannot be achieved as long as the U.S. forces are not driven out of this land, they said, stressing the need to launch an all-people struggle for the dismantlement of the aggressive "UN Command" and the withdrawal of the U.S. forces. A message of protest to the U.S. ambassador was read out at the rally.
    At the end of the rally the participants held a memorial service for the two schoolgirls.

Memorial Services Held for Two Schoolgirls

   Pyongyang, June 16 (KCNA) -- Torchlight memorial service reportedly took place in Seoul and Kyonggi Province on June 13, five years since two middle schoolgirls Sin Hyo Sun and Sim Mi Son were ruthlessly killed by GIs in south Korea. It was sponsored by the preparatory committee for the Solidarity for Progress of south Korea.
    At least 1,000 members of civic and public organizations and youth and students held a torchlight memorial cultural event at Chonggye Square in Kwanghwamun of Seoul.
    Earlier, the Youth and Students Headquarters of the South Side's Committee for Implementing the June 15 Joint Declaration held a memorial service.
    A similar event took place in Hyochon-ri, Kwangjok-myon, Yangju County, Kyonggi Province.
    Religionists and poets held a memorial ceremony and a poem recital on June 12.

Former Japanese Ambassador's Rigmarole Blasted

   Pyongyang, June 16 (KCNA) -- Former Japanese ambassador to Thailand Okazaki in a recent lecture given in Tokyo talked nonsense that "the issue of the comfort women for the Imperial Japanese Army does not pose any problem, given the situation at that time" and "the 20th century witnessed human rights abuses in all parts of the world."
    Minju Joson Saturday observes in a signed commentary in this regard:
    The reckless remarks made by Okazaki who claims belonging to the diplomatic think tank of Abe go to prove that the tendency of distorting the sexual slavery enforced by the Japanese imperialists is rife among the Japanese reactionary ruling quarters like an epidemic.
    No matter what rhetoric and word jugglery the Abe group may resort to in a bid to deny the coercive nature of the recruitment of the "comfort women" and evade the responsibility for the crime, they will get them nowhere.
    It is preposterous for the Japanese reactionaries to deny the coercive recruitment of "comfort women" for the Imperialist Japanese Army. Nothing is more brazen-faced than misrepresenting this stark historical fact.
    It is an unavoidable historical responsibility and legal and moral obligation of Japan to honestly admit the above-said crime and apologize and compensate for it.
    Japan had better clearly know that its undisguised moves to tamper with history would only lead it to more thorough international isolation, the commentary warns.

Environmental Influence Estimation Intensified in DPRK

   Pyongyang, June 16 (KCNA) -- Mun Nam Jun, a section chief in the Environmental Protection Institute under the Ministry of Land and Environment Preservation, gave an interview to KCNA on the occasion of the "World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought " (June 17).
    Reporter: It is very important to estimate the environmental influence in prevention of global desertification, which has been raised as a hard problem in the world, I think.
    Section chief: Yes, it is. Out of the deserted land, the natural one takes only 13 percent and the rest has been made through human activities for nature development.
    The environmental influence estimation is to survey, analyze and estimate such planned activities as construction and technical updating in all sectors of the national economy for the purpose of ensuring sustainable development while keeping sound environment.
    It is, therefore, a key to minimizing the artificial factors that may have an influence on the global desertification.
    Reporter: How is this undertaking done in our country?
    Section chief: The government has long employed as an important policy to take environmental protection measures prior to all development activities and has laid down a legal foundation for the successful environmental influence estimation.
    The "DPRK Law on Estimating Environmental Influence" was adopted in November Juche 94 (2005) on the basis of the experience made in the work for dozens of years and regulations, detailed rules and directories were instituted to meet the requirements of the law.
    The estimation has been kept ahead of large-scale land rezoning, water-way projects, developments of underground and hydraulic resources and others so as to prevent forest devastation, soil degeneration and decrease of water resources.
    The government is taking thorough measures to expand and specify the work objects further and to restrict the release of polluted materials in major industrial bodies.
    A unified guidance system over the environmental influence estimation institutions from the central bodies to provincial ones has been established and the methodological study for the undertaking has been intensified in depth.
    We are strengthening the exchange and collaboration with international organizations, too.

U.S. Attempt to Perpetuate Its Military Presence in Iraq under Fire

   Pyongyang, June 16 (KCNA) -- No matter what way the U.S. operates its troops in Iraq it can never evade the responsibility for having wantonly wrecked peace in the Mideast and infringed upon the sovereignty and stability of the legitimate sovereign state.
    Rodong Sinmun today observes this in a signed article carried as regards the fact that a spokesman for the White House disclosed that Bush is contemplating operating the U.S. forces in Iraq the same way as done in south Korea.
    This idea of the Bush regime strips bare the aggressive and predatory nature of the U.S. imperialists as well as their crafty and vicious nature, the article notes, and goes on:
    The Bush administration is keen to seek a way out of the worst crisis since its assumption of office by materializing the above-said idea. Lurking behind it is a sinister aim to calm down the public voices at home and abroad demanding the presentation of a timetable for the withdrawal of the U.S. troops from Iraq and realize its plan for additional dispatch of U.S. troops there and thus boost the morale of the U.S. troops in Iraq seized with uneasiness.
    The crafty and vicious nature of the Bush forces finds their clear manifestation in their attempt to disguise the U.S. troops in Iraq as "UN forces".
    The Bush administration is keen to retain its grip on Iraq come what may though it lost a great many U.S. soldiers in the war it started there. It is one of its main objectives to gratify the greed of not only the munitions monopolies in league with it but the oil monopolies.
    The U.S. is working hard to use Iraq as a strategic stronghold, a military springboard from which to realize its domination over the world economy and invasion of the Mideast.
    If the U.S. is allowed to monopolize oil in the Mideast, the U.S. will have the possibility of putting the world oil market under its control. It is the U.S. calculation that it will be able to rein in world economy if it puts oil in Africa and Caspian Sea under its control by taking advantage of the above-said possibility.
    Iraq is situated in a place of very weighty geographical and strategic importance. It is the view of the U.S. that retaining its grip on Iraq would be favorable for putting sustained pressure upon such anti-American countries as Iran and Syria and invading them.
    The Bush administration's scenario to operate the U.S. troops in Iraq the same way as done in south Korea is nothing but a cunning plot to retrieve the repeated setbacks in its "anti-terrorism war".

Kim Jong Il's Party Leadership Feats Praised

   Pyongyang, June 16 (KCNA) -- The greatest of the feats Kim Jong Il has performed while leading the party and the revolution to a shining victory, shouldering upon himself the destiny of the homeland and the nation, is that he has developed the Workers' Party of Korea to be a mighty force guiding the Songun revolution, says Rodong Sinmun Saturday in a signed article.
    It goes on:
    To strengthen the party to be a mighty weapon for carrying out the cause of Songun is an important issue on which the destiny of the homeland and the revolution hinges.
    The cause of the WPK represents a cause of the Songun revolution.
    The historic roots of the WPK were provided by Songun and it has grown strong thanks to Songun. In particular, the WPK has greeted the golden days of its development through its struggle to implement the Songun politics of Kim Jong Il in all fields and in this course it has grown to be an invincible party that steers the Songun cause.
    The WPK is the most revolutionary party that solves everything guided by the Songun idea of Juche and it is the party all members of which are closely rallied in a single mind on the basis of the Songun idea and a party transparent in working-class stand and strong in revolutionary principle.
    The WPK is demonstrating its might as an invincible party that is steadily carrying forward the Songun cause because it is led by Kim Jong Il.
    He is a great leader of the cause of party building in the Songun era and a great man born of Heaven as he has built an invincible party that carries the cause of socialism to completion under the banner of Songun.
    Kim Jong Il clarified the Songun revolutionary principle of Juche that the army precisely represents the party and the people for the first time in history and, on this basis, has paved a new road of building a party in the Songun era. He, at the same time, set a shining example in organically combining the military affairs and politics and turning the party and the army into a community linked with the same destiny.
    The history in which Kim Jong Il has developed the WPK into a powerful party in the Songun era is a history in which he has successfully realized the cause of modeling the whole party on the Songun idea and ensured that the fighting spirit and traits of the People's Army prevailed throughout the party and led the people to work out epoch-making miracles and perform feats in the revolution and construction with the People's Army as a driving force.
    The great feat performed by Kim Jong Il serves as an eternal boon of tremendous vitality in the efforts to develop the party and achieve the victory of the Songun cause.

Floral Basket to Kim Jong Il from Family of Zhang Weihua

   Pyongyang, June 16 (KCNA) -- General Secretary Kim Jong Il was presented with a floral basket from the family of anti-Japanese revolutionary martyr Zhang Weihua on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of his start of work at the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.
    Written on the ribbon of the floral basket were letters "We Sincerely Wish the Great Leader Comrade Kim Jong Il Good Health."

Russian Chorus Here

   Pyongyang, June 16 (KCNA) -- The Russian State Academic People's Chorus Named after M. E. Pyatnichki led by Aleksandra Permyakova, head and manager of the chorus, arrived here today.

Kim Jong Il Enjoys Art Performance

   Pyongyang, June 17 (KCNA) -- General Secretary Kim Jong Il enjoyed together with servicepersons of the KPA a performance given by art groups of servicemen's families of KPA units 572, 564, 966, 264, 526 and 233 which participated in the tenth contest among art groups of servicemen's families of the KPA.
    Among the audience were KPA Generals Ri Myong Su, Hyon Chol Hae and other commanding officers of the army and Ri Yong Chol, first vice department director of the C.C., WPK and other leading officials of the same.
    Put on the stage that greeted the significant tenth anniversary of the contest were colorful numbers of various genres distinct in their policy import and strong in national character.
    He expressed great satisfaction over the splendid performance given by members of the art groups as it has made a leaping advance on the basis of the ideological and artistic achievements gained over the last decade.
    He said that excellent, indeed, are the spiritual world, fighting traits and life style of the families of the servicemen leading a militant life full of faith and optimism about future.
    The tenth contest among art groups of servicemen's families of the KPA held amid the great expectation and concern of the KPA servicepersons and people strikingly demonstrated the validity and vitality of the WPK's literary and art policy on popularizing arts and the proud appearance of the new culture created in the era of Songun, he noted, highly praising all members of the art groups for having greatly contributed to making the revolutionary spirit prevail throughout the society by participating in the contest.
    He set forth important tasks which would serve as guidelines for developing the popular and mass art activities, saying that the above-said contest with tremendous vitality which came into being in the era of Songun has become a powerful engine dynamically arousing the servicepersons and people to the drive for accomplishing the cause of building a great prosperous powerful nation.
    At the end of the performance, Kim Jong Il met lecturer Kim Yong Ok who suffered serious burns while protecting the slogans written on barked trees from the fire on Mujae Hill in 1998.
    She successfully underwent difficult treatment while staying in China for along period thanks to a measure taken by the NDC of the DPRK and had the chance to join the above-said contest.
    She made a report to Kim Jong Il that she regained her former looks and a happy new life thanks to the deep concern and efforts of Chinese comrades including medical workers.
    He was satisfied with the results of treatment and extended thanks to the competent Chinese medical staff for having shown all sincerity to enable her to look like as before.

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MINREX se refiere al problema de Sistema Antimisiles de EE.UU.

   Pyongyang, 16 de junio (ATCC) -- En relacion con que en estos dias, el intento de Estados Unidos de establecer el Sistema Antimisiles (DAM) llega a una fase tan grave inquietando al mundo, el portavoz del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de la Republica Popular Democratica de Corea hizo publica el dia 15 la siguiente declaracion:
    En estos tiempos, produce una gran preocupacion y reaccion de numerosos paises del mundo el plan de EE.UU. de emplazar en Polonia y Checo de Europa Oriental las bases de cohetes interceptores y de radiolocalizacion que formaran parte de la red de la DAM y de involucrar en la region de Asia y el Pacifico a Australia, como lo hizo ya con Japon, en ese sistema.
    El imperio pretexta puerilmente que el establecimiento de la DAM a escala mundial es para detener el posible ataque de misiles de nuestro pais e Iran.
    Pero, el sistema antimisiles no tiene nada que ver con nuestro pais desde en su concepcion original.
    Como es conocido por todos, la idea sobre esta empresa, que impulsa ahora la administracion Bush, se origina en el "proyecto de defensa estrategica" que planteo el ejecutivo de Reagan en el periodo de la guerra fria contra la ex Union Sovietica.
    Por su dimension revelada hasta en la etapa actual resulta evidente que esta enorme red no apunta solo a un par de los paises pequenos.
    Es ilogico que EE.UU. necesitara extender la red de defensa desde Alaska a Japon, la isla Guam y hasta la Oceania para prevenir el ataque de misiles coreanos.
    @Resulta lo mismo la ubicacion de las bases de misiles antibalisticos en Groenlandia, Inglaterra y hasta en Europa Oriental para interceptar los medios iranies.
    Si EE.UU. se hubiera sentido amenazado de verdad de la capacidad de misiles de nuestro pais, habria aprovechado varias oportunidades de solucionarlo a traves de las negociaciones igualitarias sin tener que recurrir al malgasto de esos fabulosos fondos.
    Ya en el periodo de la administracion Clinton propusimos la negociacion de misiles a EE.UU. al tomar en consideracion la preocupacion de este y los paises europeos y a fin de lograr la confianza reciproca habiamos tomado esa medida de buena fe de interrumpir unilateral y provisionalmente el lanzamiento de misiles de largo alcance en los dias de conversaciones RPDC-EE.UU.
    Sin embargo, tan pronto como tomo la posesion, la administracion Bush desestimo tales chances y al contrario persiguio la politica exclusivamente hostil a la RPDC, lo cual nos obligo a consolidar mas las fuerzas disuasorias incluso la capacidad de misiles. Este hecho demuestra que EE.UU. necesitaba buscar un pretexto para impulsar por la fuerza el establecimiento de la DAM.
    Ahora, la red de defensa antimisiles de EE.UU se alinea en direccion de apretar el continente euroasiatico desde el este y el oeste.
    Prevenir la reaparicion de las fuerzas capaces de desafiar a EE.UU. estuvo en el centro de la estrategia de este pais para tomar la hegemonia mundial despues del fin de la guerra fria.
    EE.UU. piensa que en ese continente existen las potencias con tal capacidad y que en los ultimos anos el poderio de estas crece con mas rapidez que lo previsto.
    En fin de cuentas, la actual administracion norteamericana, muy inquietada por el respecto, decidio implantar precipitadamente ese escudo antimisil, aunque cuya eficiencia no fue constatada suficientemente en lo tecnologico.
    EE.UU. calcula que si las potencias euroasiaticas se enredan en la carrera armamentista para hacer frente a la DAM, podria debilitarlas y que en el caso contrario, podria seguir completandola y ampliandola unilateralmente para hacer mas absoluta su supremacia militar al neutralizar la capacidad de represalia nuclear de las primeras.
    Si se toleran estas maniobras, en el mundo se quebraran la corriente de multipolarizacion y la esperanza de la democracia y quedaran solo el chantaje y el despotismo militares de una sola potencia hegemonica.
    Aunque EE.UU. se justifica ahora pretextando la supuesta amenaza de los pequenos paises, en vista de su importancia estrategica, la DAM no es un asunto que se desvanecera cuando haya desaparecido este pretexto.
    Al contrario, si EE.UU. sigue acusandonos persistentemente y se agudiza mas la carrera armamentista en el contorno de nuestro pais debido a las maniobras norteamericanas, no tendremos otra opcion que fortalecer mas nuestro disuasivo para la autodefensa.

Minju Joson comenta la sofisteria de Okazaki

   Pyongyang, 16 de junio (ATCC) -- En una reciente conferencia impartida en Tokio, el ex embajador japones en Tailandia, Okazaki, dijo que el "caso de las consoladoras sexuales para el viejo ejercito nipon no resulta problematico en nada si se tiene en cuenta la circunstancia de aquel entonces" y que el "siglo 20 fue la epoca en que los derechos humanos fueron violados en todas las regiones".
    A traves de un comentario individual, el rotativo Minju Joson critica este sabado la perorata de Okazaki considerado como un cerebro de la diplomacia en el ejecutivo de Abe.
    Tal pronunciamiento muestra que hoy dia estan de moda entre los circulos gobernantes reaccionarios del pais isleno las maniobras encaminadas a distorsionar ese crimen de esclavitud sexual impuesta por los imperialistas japoneses, afirma el periodico.
    Prosigue que nadie le creera a la banda de Abe por mucho que ella recurra a los artificios de toda indole para negar el caracter coercitivo del citado asunto y evadir la responsabilidad por el respecto, lo cual forma parte de esas atrevidas tentativas de tergiversar la historia.
    La fuente insiste en que Japon tiene la responsabilidad historica y el deber juridico-moral de reconocer con sinceridad ese crimen, pedir disculpa y recompensar por el respecto.
    Japon debe saber una vez por todas que si continua en sus maniobras para modificar la historia, quedara mas aislado en la arena internacional, advierte Minju Joson.

Rodong Sinmun se refiere a inmortal hazana de Kim Jong Il

   Pyongyang, 16 de junio (ATCC) -- La hazana mas grande, que acumulo el Dirigente Kim Jong Il al conducir por el camino de la brillante victoria el partido y la revolucion encargandose del destino de la patria y la nacion, es haber fortalecido el Partido del Trabajo de Corea como una gran fuerza orientadora de la revolucion del Songun (priorizacion militar).
    Asi senala el diario Rodong Sinmun en un articulo individual del dia 16 y continua:
    La conversion del partido en una poderosa arma de la causa del Songun es problema importante que determina el destino de la patria y la revolucion.
    La causa del PTC es la causa de la revolucion del Songun.
    La historica raiz del PTC esta en la priorizacion militar y el fortalecimiento de este tambien se logro en el curso del cumplimiento de la causa del Songun. En particular el PTC acogio una nueva era de gran auge de su desarrollo en la lucha por materializar bajo todos los aspectos la politica de Songun del Dirigente y se fortalecio como invencible partido conductor de la causa del Songun.
    El PTC es el mas revolucionario que resuelve todas las cosas al tomar por guia la original idea del Songun. Es un partido que logro la unidad monolitica a base de la idea del Songun. Es partido firme en la posicion clasista e inconmovible en el principio revolucionario.
    El PTC exalta hoy su poderio de la invencible agrupacion politica que guia correctamente la causa del Songun teniendo al frente de su fila al Dirigente.
    Este es el gran Dirigente de la causa de construccion del partido de la epoca del Songun y gran hombre que construyo el invencible partido capaz de culminar la causa socialista bajo la bandera del Songun.
    El Dirigente dilucido por primera vez en la historia el principio de la revolucion del Songun segun el cual el ejercito es el partido y el pueblo. En adhesion a este principio abrio el nuevo camino de la construccion del partido de la epoca del Songun, combino organicamente la politica con los asuntos militares y creo un brillante ejemplo de hacer el partido y el ejercito un cuerpo del mismo destino.
    La historia de fortalecimiento del PTC en un poderoso partido de la epoca del Songun por el Dirigente es la trayectoria de la brillante conversion de todo el partido segun la idea del Songun, la trayectoria de hacer reinar en todo el partido el espiritu y el estilo de lucha del ejercito popular y la de crear milagros y hazanas seculares en la revolucion y la construccion tomando por grueso al ejercito popular.
    Esta gran hazana del Dirigente es una riqueza inestimable de eterna vitalidad en la lucha por el desarrollo del PTC y la victoria de la causa del Songun.

Entidad suiza apoya la reunificacion de Corea

   Pyongyang, 16 de junio (ATCC) -- Con motivo del 7o aniversario de la publicacion de la Declaracion Conjunta Norte-Sur del 15 de Junio, el Comite Suizo de Apoyo a la Reunificacion Independiente y Pacifica de Corea, en la declaracion fechada 10, senala que la reunificacion de Corea debe ser lograda con las fuerzas propias de la nacion coreana sin la intervencion de las fuerzas extranjeras.
    La sociedad internacional apoyo y aplaudio calurosamente el encuentro entre los maximos dirigentes de ambas partes coreanas, que tuvo lugar en junio de 2000, y la historica Declaracion Conjunta aprobada en esta ocasion, lo que fue preparado y facilitado por el Dirigente Kim Jong Il, Presidente del Comite de Defensa Nacional de la Republica Popular Democratica de Corea, apunta el documento y prosigue:
    Este suceso allano el camino de la reunificacion independiente y pacifica de Corea.
    Durante ese septenio, entre ambas partes de Corea se desarrollaron el dialogo, la cooperacion y el intercambio en varios dominios.
    Estos pasos positivos resultaron inimaginables en los tiempos anteriores.
    Sera frustrado el intento de los imperialistas yanquis y las fuerzas de anti-reunificacion del Sur de Corea que pretenden invertir el curso de la historia.
    No esta lejano el dia en que finalizara la ocupacion militar del Sur de Corea por los imperialistas yanquis.
    La causa de reunificacion de Corea se cumplira sin falta bajo la sabia orientacion del Dirigente Kim Jong Il quien esquematizo como las Tres Cartas para la Reunificacion de la Patria los Tres Principios de la Reunificacion de la Patria, el Programa de Diez Puntos de la Gran Unidad Pannacional y el Proyecto de Fundacion de la Republica Federal Democratica de Coryo, planteados por el Presidente Kim Il Sung, y defiende con seguridad la paz de la Peninsula Coreana practicando la politica de Songun (priorizacion militar).