Kim Yong Dae Meets Polish Foreign Ministry Delegation

   Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Dae, vice-president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, met and had a conversation with the delegation of the Polish Foreign Ministry led by its Vice-Minister Witold Waszczykowski at the Mansudae Assembly Hall Monday.
    On hand were officials concerned and the Polish ambassador to the DPRK.

FM Meets Polish Foreign Ministry Delegation

   Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) -- DPRK Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun Monday met and had a conversation with the delegation of the Polish Foreign Ministry led by its Vice-Minister Witold Waszczykowski.
    Present there were officials concerned and the Polish ambassador to the DPRK.

Greetings to Hungarian President

   Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, Monday sent a message of greetings to Laszlo Solyom, President of Hungary, on the national day of his country.
    Believing that the relations between the DPRK and Hungary would develop in the mutual interests, the message wished the president and his people prosperity and happiness.

IFRC Delegation Looks round Flood-affected Areas

   Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) -- The delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies working in the DPRK went round various areas of South Hamgyong Province hit by the recent flood.
    In Kumya and Jongphyong counties, the delegation acquainted itself in detail with the destroyed dwelling houses, the buried, inundated and washed land under cultivation and the living conditions of the flood victims.

Officials of Ministries and National Institutions Turn out in Work to Recover from Flood Damage

   Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) -- Officials of the ministries and national institutions conducted the work to recover from flood damage in the Rungrado Recreation Ground in Pyongyang on Sunday.
    The recreation ground was hard hit by the flood. Roadways, footways and lawns of the recreation ground were covered with at least 30,000 cubic meters of sand and mud and more than 1,000 trees fell down and roads were destroyed due to the recent torrential rain.
    Mud was carried away by vehicles from Panwol Islet and roads were washed.
    Officials of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, the Secretariat of the Cabinet, the Ministry of Forestry, the Ministry of Education, the Central Prosecutors' Office, the Academy of Koryo Medical Science and many other units distinguished themselves in carrying out their assignments to recover from the flood damage as quickly as possible.
    Officials of Kim Il Sung Higher Party School, the University of National Economics, Kum Song University of Politics, the Central Committee of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea, the Central Committee of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League, the Publishing House of Literature and Art and other units proved successful in the work to remove thick mud and sand, transplant turfs and keep roadside trees in good order.

Day of Korea's Liberation Observed Abroad

   Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) -- A meeting was held in Bulgaria and a lecture in Tanzania on August 11 and 13 on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of Korea's liberation.
    Present at the functions were personages of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, Kim Il Sung Library in Sofia, the Bulgarian Anti-Fascist Union and the Bulgaria-Korea Friendship Association and the Tanzanian National Coordinating Committee of the Juche Idea Study Groups and other people.
    A member of the Bulgaria-Korea Friendship Association said in her speech at the meeting that August 15 is the historic day when the Korean people were liberated from the colonial rule of the Japanese imperialists, adding that the Korean people could win victory in the struggle for national liberation and the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle thanks to the wise leadership of President Kim Il Sung.
    Vasilka Nikiforova, chief of Kim Il Sung Library in Sofia, stressed that great successes are sure to be achieved in building a great prosperous powerful socialist nation and implementing the cause of national reunification as Kim Jong Il, faithful successor to the revolutionary cause of Kim Il Sung, is leading the Korean people to victory.
    Vice-Chairman of the Tanzanian National Coordinating Committee of the Juche Idea Study Groups Stepen John Maina at the lecture held in Tanzania referred in detail to the immortal exploits performed by Kim Il Sung in the struggle to achieve national liberation and implement the cause of independence against imperialism.
    A message of greetings to Kim Jong Il was adopted at the meeting held in Bulgaria.

U.S.-S. Korea Joint Military Exercises Denounced in UK

   Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) -- The British Association for the Study of Songun Policy and the British Group for the Study of the Juche Idea made public a joint statement on August 13 denouncing the projected U.S.-south Korea joint military exercises.
    The statement said that the "Ulji Focus Lens" joint military exercises disclose the double-dealing tactics of the U.S. imperialists as they are in breach of the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration and the February 13 agreement.
    Noting that the joint military exercises are a grave threat to the sovereignty and dignity of the DPRK because they are war exercises for aggression to stifle Korean-style socialism by force of arms, the statement demanded the U.S. imperialists immediately cancel the plan for war exercises and withdraw their armed forces and military hardware including nukes from south Korea.
    The statement called upon the world progressive people to conduct a dynamic solidarity movement for protecting the DPRK from the war moves of the U.S. imperialists.

Oun Revolutionary Site Attracts Endless Stream of Visitors

   Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) -- 45 years have passed since Kim Jong Il conducted revolutionary activities at the military camp in Oun-dong.
    Kim Jong Il performed immortal exploits through his energetic military, ideological and theoretical activities and revolutionary practice in the military camp for over 40 days from August 20, Juche 51 (1962).
    The number of servicepersons, people from all walks of life and school youth and children visiting the Oun Revolutionary Site has steadily increased every year since the revolutionary site was built up in July of Juche 68 (1979). At least 7.9 million persons have visited it for the last 28 years.

Demonstration Staged in S. Korea in Protest against Projected Ulji Focus Lens

   Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) -- Chairman of the South Headquarters of the National Alliance for the Country's Reunification Ri Kyu Jae and Secretary General for Cooperation of the People for Achieving Peace and Reunification of south Korea Kim Chong Il reportedly each staged a one-man demonstration in Seoul on August 16 in demand of the cancellation of the "Ulji Focus Lens" joint military drills.
    They accused the U.S. of refusing to cancel the plan for the joint military exercises, noting that they turned out in the demonstration to assail the south Korean authorities for failing to view the U.S. moves for war exercises from a national stand.
    They demanded that the plan for joint military exercises be cancelled without fail as they are obviously maneuvers to attack the north.

S. Korean Organization Calls for Struggle to Get U.S. Forces Withdrawn

   Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) -- The Solidarity for Implementing the South-North Joint Declaration on August 14 reportedly released a statement calling for turning out in the struggle for the withdrawal of the U.S. forces from south Korea.
    The statement noted that the history of the tragedy of territorial division began with the occupation of south Korea by the U.S. forces.
    All the people should turn out in the struggle for forcing the U.S. forces to get out of south Korea with the faith of certain victory, the statement said, denouncing the plots of the U.S. to keep its forces permanently stationed in south Korea.
    The U.S. should retract at once the plan for the "Ulji Focus Lens" joint military drills and withdraw its troops from south Korea, urged the statement.

All Koreans Called upon to Remain True to Spirit of "By Our Nation Itself"

   Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) -- The idea of "By our nation itself" serves as an invincible banner and powerful weapon for successfully carrying out the tasks of attaching importance to the nation, defending peace and achieving the unity. It is a patriotic idea that should be firmly embodied in the efforts for implementing the above-said tasks.
    Rodong Sinmun today says this in a signed article.
    It goes on:
    The historic June 15 joint declaration regards "By our nation itself," its core, as a basic idea and ideological basis. Herein lie the dynamism and vitality of the struggle to carry out the three tasks.
    The idea serves as a powerful engine for increasing the might of the driving force and firmly maintaining the stand of national independence as it helps successfully wage the drive for carrying out the three tasks despite the challenges of the reactionaries at home and abroad.
    The tasks of attaching importance to the nation, defending peace and achieving the unity should be fulfilled by the Koreans themselves. If Koreans go united in their struggle, there is nothing impossible for them and they are sure to frustrate the machinations of the outside forces and their followers and emerge victorious in the struggle to carry out the three tasks.
    The dynamism of the struggle to carry out the above-said three tasks under the banner of "By our nation itself" and its certain victory have already been proved in reality.

Withdrawal of U.S. Forces Demanded in S. Korea

   Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) -- Vanguards for independent reunification of different organizations and various parts of south Korea reportedly held "a meeting vowing to fight for a halt to the 'Ulji Focus Lens' joint military exercises threatening peace of the Korean Peninsula, the conclusion of a peace agreement and the withdrawal of the U.S. forces from south Korea" in front of the U.S. military base in Ryongsan on August 14.
    Recalling that the vanguards had toured the whole area of south Korea for agitation activities to drive the U.S. forces out of south Korea, the speakers at the meeting urged the withdrawal of the U.S. forces.
    Declaring that workers, peasants and youth and students were the driving force in the reunification movement, they called upon all of them to wage a vigorous struggle as befits the vanguards in the era of independent reunification.
    They appealed to all the people to remove the stumbling blocks lying in the way toward peace and reunification through the fight to get the U.S. forces withdrawn from south Korea, check the war exercises projected by the U.S. to invade the north and have the "National Security Law" repealed.
    Read out at the meeting was "an order on the withdrawal of the U.S. forces from south Korea".

DPRK Attaches Importance to Preschool Education

   Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) -- The DPRK government is attaching an importance to preschool education in accordance with the developing intellectual faculty of children.
     Kim Hye Ran (48), a vice department director of the Ministry of Education, told KCNA that the preschool education is a key to success of the 10-year school education.
     She went on:
     What is important in the kindergarten education is to develop children's intellectual ability positively so that they can fully receive the school education.
     The department has made efforts to renovate the education content and tested the new one at 10-odd kindergartens in different parts of the country.
     According to kindergarteners and school teachers, the intelligence of the primary school pupils who had received the test education was remarkably higher than that of others.
     On the basis of the success made in the test education, the department organized a short course for the kindergarten teachers. All the kindergartens throughout the country are applying the new teaching program to the education in native language, counting and picture-drawing from this year.
     While keeping combining songs with dances in the teaching method, they are raising the effectiveness of the visual teaching through computer and videos.
     Meanwhile, they are also finding out the children with extraordinary talents and aptitude to cultivate them.

"Snowstorm of Mt. Paektu", Collection of Literary Works

   Pyongyang August 20 (KCNA) -- "Snowstorm of Mt. Paektu", a collection of literary works written by members of the June 18 Construction Shock Brigade who take part in the construction of the Mt. Paektu area, is winning a great popularity among readers.
    The collection contains more than 100 poems out of many works created by shock brigade members in the days of construction. The poems reflect well their voices full of faith reverberated throughout the sacred land of revolution.
    Through the lyric poems "Native home in Mt. Paektu," "Blizzards of four kilometer-long way" and "I am also youth of Mt. Paektu in the new generation", one can read the boundless reverence of the shock brigade members for Kim Jong Il, the destiny of the country and the nation, and their unswerving faith to hold him in high esteem for ever.
    In particular, the lyric "Elder sisters, only ten minutes, please!" touches the heartstrings of the readers. It impressively depicts the strong yearning of a young girl for the fatherly leader by ardently calling upon elder sisters not to wake her up only for ten minutes so that she may meet him at her working site even in dream.
    Given in the collection are the poems "We were born in the bosom of Paektu," "March from Mt. Paektu continues," "I am proud of my days in Mt. Paektu" and "Hymn of young people of Mt. Paektu". They sing about the pride and self-confidence of the shock brigade members who are devoting themselves to building the sacred land of revolution.
    They fully show the glory and happiness of the shock brigade members who have accumulated experience most precious in their life while working in the historical land of Mt. Paektu where the undying spirit and priceless traditions of the Kim Il Sung's nation have been established and are growing to be people of new type in the great Songun era.
    There are also the poem "I am a 'sledge-hammer girl'" depicting the joy of a girl, once a famous actress, who has become a widely-known innovator with a sledge-hammer and a poem "Don't worry" on the eldest "uncle" who does not make no concession in difficult work. These poems reflect mental state and experience of the shock brigade members with varied career, occupation and educational background.
    The collection will convey long the immortal exploits of Kim Jong Il who has brought up all the servicepersons and people to be stalwarts with firm confidence and will, the makers of the great change and miracles and creators and enjoyers of the socialist culture. It thus becomes a genuine companion of the readers.

Rodong Sinmun Calls for Learning from Revolutionary Spirit of Mt. Paektu

   Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) -- The Reminiscences of the Anti-Japanese Guerillas are a precious treasure as they implant the revolutionary spirit of Mt. Paektu into the minds of people, says Rodong Sinmun Monday in an editorial.
    Noting that the reminiscences deal on the basis of stark historical facts with the glorious revolutionary activities of President Kim Il Sung who led the anti-Japanese revolutionary war to victory by making long journeys of bloody battles despite blizzards in Mt. Paektu and the noble spiritual world of the anti-Japanese revolutionary forerunners who devoted their all to the liberation of the country under the leadership of the President, the editorial continues:
    The reminiscences are not mere records of historical facts about what happened during the period of the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle. They serve as a precious revolutionary treasure as they help people engaged in the Songun revolution deeply grasp the truth of struggle, the principle of revolution, that is in what spirit they should live and struggle, and encourage them to dedicate their all to the Party and the leader, the country and the people.
    They also serve as a precious textbook for all Party members, servicepersons and people in their struggle and life.

Loyalty to Party and Leader Called for

   Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) -- Our officials should regard loyalty to the Workers' Party of Korea and the leader as their lifeblood, says Rodong Sinmun Monday in a signed article dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's work "Let's Become Officials Intensely Loyal to the Party and the Leader".
    The work, published on August 20, Juche 66 (1977), underscores the need for the officials to work hard to live up to the deep political trust of the Party and the leader with loyalty, correctly analyze, judge and deal with all the issues from the viewpoint of the Party and the working class and acquire revolutionary method of work and popular style of work, etc.
    Noting that a great turn has taken place in the ideological and mental traits of officials, the core force of the WPK, over the last three decades since the publication of the work, the article goes on:
    The present stirring reality, in which the country is speeding up the general march for building an economic power on the basis of shining victories and successes made in the Songun revolution, requires all officials to work just as the officials did in the period of laying down the foundation for carrying forward the cause of Juche in the 1970s.
    They were characterized by their intense loyalty to their leader, ardent enthusiasm and high zeal with which they unconditionally implemented the Party's policies to the letter under any circumstances, the unwavering fidelity to the party principle and the spirit of waging an uncompromising struggle.
    The Party is showing great expectations and trust in the officials today when a dynamic general march is under way to build an economic power.
    The article calls on all officials to creditably fulfil their noble mission and duty as officials of the revolution steering the on-going worthwhile struggle.

Songun Politics for Defending Human Cause of Independence

   Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) -- Songun politics is the fundamental guarantee for the independence of the country and the nation and the most powerful weapon for successfully promoting the human cause of independence, declares Rodong Sinmun in a signed article Monday.
    It goes on:
    Songun politics is an invulnerable political mode.
    The invincibility of Songun politics has been unequivocally displayed in the reality of the DPRK.
    The Korean revolution was pioneered and has won victories on the orbit of Songun from the early days and it is advancing along the road of Songun today.
    No one dare provoke the DPRK advancing under the uplifted banner of Songun. It is because the DPRK pursues Songun politics that it does not waver under any circumstance. No matter what anyone may say, the DPRK is accelerating the triumphant advance of the revolutionary cause of Juche, the cause of building a great prosperous powerful socialist nation through Songun politics.
    The practical experience of the Korean people and the historical review of the Korean revolution show that Songun politics is the life and the future of the country and the nation and that the advance under the uplifted banner of Songun is a sure guarantee for winning the victory of the popular masses' cause of independence in any storm and stress of history.
    A bright future is in store for the Korean revolution and the human cause of independence as Kim Jong Il is leading the Korean people to victory and powerfully promoting the world revolution with his outstanding Songun revolutionary leadership.

Japan's Hostile Policy toward DPRK Denounced

   Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) -- The preparatory committee for the Solidarity for Progress in south Korea reportedly released a protest on August 15 denouncing the Japanese government's hostile policy toward the DPRK and its crackdown upon the Korean residents in Japan.
    The protest condemns the Japanese government hell bent these days on the repression of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) and Koreans in Japan, persisting in their hostile policy toward the DPRK against the flow of the times toward peace on the Korean Peninsula.
    Japan is rushing headlong along the road of revival of militarism while beautifying the war of aggression, far from apologizing for its past crimes, notes the protest.
    It accuses Japan of bringing the military tension to a higher pitch in Northeast Asia, getting overheated in arms buildup with outcries over "threat from the DPRK".
    Noting that the repression of Chongryon and Koreans in Japan is being carried into extremes day by day after Abe took office, the protest urges the Japanese government to make an honest apology and compensation for the past crimes.

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Rodong Sinmun subraya importancia de reminiscencias de guerrilleros

   Pyongyang, 20 de agosto (ATCC) -- Las "reminiscencias de los guerrilleros antijaponeses" son inestimables riquezas que infunden a las personas el espiritu revolucionario del Paektu.
     Asi senala el diario Rodong Sinmun en el editorial insertado en su edicion del dia 20 y continua:
     Las reminiscencias dan vivo retrato de los hechos historicos que demuestran las gloriosas actividades revolucionarias del Presidente Kim Il Sung, quien recorrio el largo y arduo camino del Paektu saturado de las batallas encarnizadas para llevar a la victoria la guerra revolucionaria antijaponesa, y el noble mundo ideo-espiritual de los martires revolucionarios antijaponeses quienes dedicaron todo lo suyo para la liberacion de la patria bajo la direccion del Presidente.
     Las reminiscencias no son simples registros de los eventos historicos ocurridos en el periodo de la lucha revolucionaria antijaponesa sino las inestimables riquezas revolucionarias que ensenan a las personas en la epoca del Songun (priorizacion militar) la verdad de la vida y la lucha y el principio de la revolucion y les orientan a dedicar todo lo suyo para el partido, el lider, la patria y el pueblo.
     Por lo tanto, las "reminiscencias de los guerrilleros antijaponeses" sirven de un valioso manual de lucha y vida para todo el partido, todo el ejercito y todo el pueblo.

Capitalinos levantados en la recuperacion de los danos

   Pyongyang, 20 de agosto (ATCC) -- Los capitalinos se levantaron como un solo hombre en la labor para resarcir los danos causados por las inundaciones y las aguas estancadas.
     Ante todo, el Comite Popular de la Ciudad encauza sus fuerzas a la reconstruccion de las viviendas destruidas y a la estabilizacion de la vida de los habitantes de las zonas sumergidas.
     Al mismo tiempo, trabaja intensamente para recuperar los equipos de produccion, las instalaciones de suministro de la energia electrica y de comunicaciones, las carreteras y otros importantes objetos damnificados.
     En el municipio de Pothonggang se suministra con preferencia la energia electrica a las estaciones de bombeo para el desague de las lluvias estancadas en decenas de organos y empresas de la zona de Unha, el Parque de Recreacion de Pothonggang, las vias de la avenida de Ponghwa y otros lugares sumergidos y en los lugares, donde ya se termino esa labor, se impulsa la eliminacion de los arboles tumbados de raices y fangos.
     En otros municipios capitalinos, incluyendo Phyongchon, Songyo, Sosong y Hyongjesan, se reparan diques derrumbados y se liquidan arcillas, arenas y fangos hacinados por la crecida del agua y el derrumbe de montes como parte de los esfuerzos por acondicionar mejor las avenidas y aldeas.
     En variadas empresas, entre otras, la Fabrica de Ropas Infantiles de Punto de Pyongyang y la Fabrica de Agujas de Tejer de Pyongyang, donde fueron sumergidos 4 mil 500 metros cuadrados del taller y mas de 600 instalaciones con agujas de tejer y transformadores, se despliega la labor para reconstruir las paredes desplomadas por la inundacion y normalizar la produccion.
     Por otra parte, se toman medidas para que no se amplien los danos en los paseos, los parques y las instalaciones de recreacion, enclavados a las riberas de los rios Taedong y Pothong.
     Los funcionarios de los ministerios y organismos centrales acuden a diversas zonas damnificadas, en especial, a la isla Panwol, para tomar en el terreno una serie de medidas orientadas a liquidar cuanto antes las secuelas del desastre natural.
     Los funcionarios del Comite Urbano de Gestion de la Agricultura dirigen el trabajo de desague en las granjas cooperativas en el distrito de Kangnam y los municipios de Rakrang y Sunan y otras partes suburbanas y organizan con escrupulosidad los trabajos para enderezar las plantas de arroz, soya y maiz sumergidas o caidas y resembrar las hortalizas.
     Gracias a ingentes esfuerzos de los funcionarios y trabajadores de la capital, se resarcen gradualmente los danos.

Funcionarios publicos se movilizan para el resarcimiento de los danos

   Pyongyang, 20 de agosto (ATCC) -- Los funcionarios publicos de los ministerios y organos centrales realizaron la vispera en la capitalina zona de recreo de la isla Rungra las labores para resarcir los danos ocasionados por las inusitadas inundaciones.
    La lluvia torrencial golpeo duro tambien a ese lugar dejando mas de 30 mil metros cubicos de arenas y fangos amontonados en las carreteras, las aceras y las areas de cesped, mas de mil arboles tumbados y las vias destruidas.
    Los movilizados eliminaron con palas los lodos acumulados en la isleta Panwol y los transportaron en camiones a los lugares indicados y limpiaron las carreteras con el agua.
    Entre los abanderados en el trabajo de esa jornada figuraron el Presidium de la Asamblea Popular Suprema, el Secretariado del Consejo de Ministros, el Ministerio de Silvicultura, el Ministerio de Educacion, la Fiscalia Nacional, la Academia de Ciencia de Medicina Coryo y otras unidades.
    En particular, los funcionarios de la Escuela Superior del Partido Kim Il Sung, el Instituto Superior de Economia Nacional, el Instituto Superior Politico Kum Song, el Comite Central de la Federacion General de los Sindicatos de Corea, el CC de la Union de la Juventud Socialista Kim Il Sung, la Editorial Arte y Literatura y otras varias unidades ya procedieron al trasplante de cesped y al ordenamiento de los arboles al borde de la calle.

Depositadas ofrendas florales ante la tumba de Kim Po Hyon

   Pyongyang, 20 de agosto (ATCC) -- Con motivo del 136 aniversario del nacimiento del ferviente patriota Kim Po Hyon, fueron depositadas la vispera las ofrendas florales ante su tumba en Mangyongdae.
     Estaba colocada alli una ofrenda floral enviada por el Dirigente Kim Jong Il, Secretario General del Partido del Trabajo de Corea, Presidente del Comite de Defensa Nacional de la Republica Popular Democratica de Corea y Comandante Supremo del Ejercito Popular de Corea.
     En el acto estuvieron presentes Kim Ki Nam y Choe Yong Rim, los funcionarios de instituciones del partido y del poder, organizaciones sociales, ministerios y organos centrales, oficiales y soldados del EPC asi como trabajadores capitalinos.
     Fueron puestas las ofrendas florales a nombre del CC del PTC, entidades de masas, ministerios, organos centrales, escuelas militares, organismos de educacion y de prensa, establecimientos del partido y el poder y granjas en esta capital.
     Los participantes guardaron un momento de silencio recordando de la noble vida de Kim Po Hyon quien con el patriotismo y el amor por el pueblo dedico todo lo suyo a la patria y la nacion.