DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesman on Issue of Implementation of October 3 Agreement

   Pyongyang, January 4 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK released the following statement Friday as regards the delay in the implementation of the October 3 agreement made at the six-party talks:
    It is beyond Dec. 31, 2007, the deadline set in the Oct. 3 agreement.
    It is regrettable that points agreed there remain unimplemented except the disablement of the DPRK's nuclear facilities.
    The disablement started early in November last year and all the operations were completed within the "technologically possible scope" as of Dec. 31.
    At present, the unloading of spent fuel rods scheduled to be completed in about 100 days is underway as the last process.
    However, the delivery of heavy fuel oil and energy-related equipment and materials to the DPRK, commitments of other participating nations, has not been done even 50 per cent.
    The schedule for the monthly delivery of heavy fuel oil as well as the delivery of energy-related equipment and materials and relevant technical processes are being steadily delayed.
    The U.S. has not honored its commitments to cross the DPRK off the list of "sponsors of terrorism" and stop applying the "Trading with the Enemy Act" against it.
    Looking back on what has been done, one may say that the DPRK is going ahead of others in fulfilling its commitment.
    As far as the nuclear declaration on which wrong opinion is being built up by some quarters is concerned, the DPRK has done what it should do.
    The DPRK worked out a report on the nuclear declaration in November last year and notified the U.S. side of its contents.
    It had a sufficient consultation with the U.S. side after receiving a request from it to have further discussion on the contents of the report.
    When the U.S. side raised "suspicion" about uranium enrichment, the DPRK allowed it to visit some military facilities in which imported aluminum tubes were used as an exception and offered its samples as requested by it, clarifying with sincerity that the controversial aluminum tubes had nothing to do with the uranium enrichment.
    As far as the fiction about nuclear cooperation with Syria is concerned, the DPRK stipulated in the October 3 agreement that "it does not transfer nuclear weapons, technology and knowledge". This is our answer to this question.
    This was also done in line with the prior discussion with the U.S. side.
    All facts go to clearly show what is the reason behind the delayed process of the implementation of the October 3 agreement.
    Consistent in all agreements reached at the six-party talks including the September 19 joint statement is the principle of "action for action".
    Now that other participating nations delay the fulfillment of their commitments, the DPRK is compelled to adjust the tempo of the disablement of some nuclear facilities on the principle of "action for action."
    The DPRK still hopes that the October 3 agreement can be smoothly implemented should all the participating nations make concerted sincere efforts on the principle of simultaneous action.

U.S. Hardliners' Pressure upon DPRK to Dismantle Its Nuclear Weapons First under Fire

   Pyongyang, January 4 (KCNA) -- Some hardliners in the U.S. are becoming increasingly vociferous about the need for the U.S. not to move before the DPRK completely dismantles its nuclear weapons and to adjust the tempo of the improvement of the DPRK-U.S. relations depending on the solution to the "abduction issue" raised by Japan. In other words, they are again demanding the DPRK dismantle its nuclear weapons first.
    The method of settling the pending issues between the DPRK and the U.S. claimed by the U.S. hardliners may serve the purpose of satisfying their self-respect, but it will result in nothing but completely scuttling the process for the denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and driving the bilateral relations to the lowest ebb.
    Minju Joson Friday warns the U.S. of this in a signed commentary.
    It goes on:
    The DPRK has honored its commitments under the October 3 agreement as it is evidenced by its embarkation upon the phase of disablement in the wake of freezing of nuclear facilities in Nyongbyon under an agreement reached at the six-party talks. Recently the DPRK was compelled to take a measure to slow down the disablement operation due to the delay made by those countries concerned with the six-party talks in honoring the commitments they are obliged to do on the principle of "action for action" in step with its process of disablement.
    All facts go to prove that whether the goal of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is attained or not entirely depends on whether the countries concerned including the U.S. honor their commitments or not.
    This notwithstanding, the U.S. hardliners are insisting the DPRK dismantle its nuclear weapons first. This cannot be construed otherwise than a deliberate move to scuttle the process for the denuclearization of the peninsula.
    The U.S. hardliners had better behave themselves, bearing deep in mind what a dear price they will have to pay for their thoughtless behavior at this sensitive time.
    An opportunity is not always available.

Pyongyang City Mass Rally Held

   Pyongyang, January 4 (KCNA) -- A Pyongyang city mass rally was held at Kim Il Sung Square Friday to vow to thoroughly implement the militant tasks set forth in the joint editorial this year.
    Kim Yong Il, Choe Thae Bok, Yang Hyong Sop, Kim Jung Rin, leading officials of ministries, national institutions and working people's organizations, officials of party and power organs, economic institutions and working people's organizations in Pyongyang, and labor heroes and labor innovators were among more than 100,000 working people present at the rally.
    Pak Pyong Jong, first vice-chairman of the Pyongyang City People's Committee, in a report recalled that last year the citizens in Pyongyang grandly commemorated the 95th birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung and celebrated significant revolutionary holidays including the 75th birthday of the Korean People's Army as great auspicious events of the nation and made positive contributions to making great progress in building a rich and powerful country.
    The political events last year strikingly demonstrated once again the Korean people's absolute trust and reverence for the headquarters of the revolution and their unshakable faith and will to carry forward the ever-victorious history and traditions and accomplish the revolutionary cause of Juche started on Mt. Paektu under the leadership of the Workers' Party of Korea, he said, adding that all the achievements are the shining fruition of Kim Jong Il's energetic leadership.
    The reporter underscored the need for all the citizens of the capital to turn out as one in the struggle to bring about a fresh turn in building a great prosperous powerful country in the same spirit as displayed in the post-war days when the Korean people built a socialist power by leaps and bounds through the grand march of Chollima, in hearty response to the militant slogan of the party "Glorify This Year of the 60th Anniversary of the Founding of the DPRK as a Year of Historical Turn Which Will Go Down in the History of the Country!"
    Saying that it is the determination and will of the WPK to put the national economy and the standard of the people's living on a high level and thus open wide the door to the prosperous and powerful country in 2012 without fail, he called for making fresh leaping progress on all fronts of the socialist construction.
    He called on all the citizens to greet with dignity the grand festival in September with proud labor achievements dedicated to the motherland.
    The floor was taken by Sin Yong Chol, manager of the Pyongyang Thermal-power Complex, Mun Kum Nyo, chairwoman of the management board of the Namsa Co-op Farm in Rakrang District, Ri Kwan Ho, head of a department of Kim Il Sung University, and Kim Song Chol, first secretary of the Pyongyang City Committee of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League.

Floral Basket to DPRK Embassy from Guinean President

   Pyongyang, January 4 (KCNA) -- Lansana Conte, president of Guinea, sent a floral basket to the DPRK embassy in Conakry on December 31 last year on the occasion of the New Year Juche 97 (2008).
    Written on the ribbon of the basket were letters reading "A Happy New Year. To H.E. Chairman Kim Jong Il. From General Lansana Conte, president of the Republic of Guinea."

Gifts to Kim Jong Il from Russia

   Pyongyang, January 4 (KCNA) -- General Secretary Kim Jong Il received gifts from Sazhi Umalatova, chairwoman of the Party for Peace and Unity of Russia, V.V. Karpov, first secretary of the C.C., Writers' Union of the former Soviet Union, and the Russian State Academic People's Chorus Named after M.E. Pyatnichki on the occasion of the New Year, Juche 97 (2008).
    The gifts were handed to the DPRK ambassador to Russia by Sazhi Umalatova, V.V. Karpov and Aleksandra Permyakova, head of the chorus, on Dec. 24 and 25 last year.

Ten Best Players and Coaches for 2007 Listed in DPRK

   Pyongyang, January 4 (KCNA) -- Ten best sports players and coaches for Juche 96 (2007) have been selected in the DPRK, who are:
    1. Kye Sun Hui - Female judoist who bagged the gold in the women's 57 kg category at the 2007 World Judo Championships and won the prize of best player.
    2. Cha Kum Chol - Male weightlifter who won the title in total in the 56 kg category at the 2007 World Men's Weightlifting Championships.
    3. Kim Song Guk - Male boxer who finished first in the 60 kg category at the 24th Asian Boxing Championships and third in the 60 kg category at the 2007 World Boxing Championships.
    4. Hong Su Jong - Female gymnast who finished the silver medalist in the women's vaulting horse event at the 40th World Gymnastic Championships.
    5. Kim Chon Man - Male diver who took the individual 10-metre platform diving title at the 4th Military World Games.
    6. Ri Kum Suk - Female footballer who made a contribution to her team's capture of the title in the football game at the 4th Military World Games, to its successful play in the 29th Olympic qualifier and to its advance into the top eight at the 5th Women's World Cup and was awarded the prize of best female footballer of the year by the Asian Football Confederation.
    7. Kim Hyon Ung - Male shooter who was the top finisher in the 25m men's individual centre fire pistol event at the 11th Asian Shooting Championships.
    8. Ryu Myong Ok - Female boxer who emerged the champion in the boxing contests for the title and play-off of the World Boxing Council of Female (WBCF).
    9. Kim Chol Su - Male judoist who won the top honor in the 73 kg category at the 2007 Asian Judo Championships.
    10. Im Yong Su - Male weightlifter who finished the runner-up in total in the 62 kg category at the World Men's Weightlifting Championships for 2007.
    Ten best coaches are Ri Tae Jin, a teacher of the Korean University of Physical Education, Ri Ui Hwan, Sin Yong Sop, Kim Kwang Min and Ri Kwang who are weightlifting, diving, football and judo coaches of the April 25 Sports Group, So Kil San, shooting coach of the April 25 National Defence Sports Group, Pyon Song O and Choe Kyong Hui who are boxing and gymnastics coaches of the Pyongyang City Sports Group, Kim Pong Hak, professional boxing coach of the Sports Team of the Ministry of Commerce, and Ri Chang Gun, weightlifting coach of the Kigwancha Sports Group.

U.S. Measure for "Nuclear Reduction" Termed Hypocritical

   Pyongyang, January 4 (KCNA) -- The U.S. is now busy publicizing the measure for massive "nuclear weapons reduction" but this is nothing but a trite trick to hoodwink the world public opinion, observes Rodong Sinmun Friday in a signed commentary.
    A spokesman for the White House, announcing the plan for the reduction of facilities related to the nuclear weapons, raved that nuclear weapons serve as key deterrent to cope with worldwide potential threat and there will remain nukes for the security of Americans, the commentary notes, and goes on:
    It is preposterous, indeed, for the U.S. bellicose forces to describe their moves to modernize the U.S. nuclear weapons as a measure for "ensuring security" of its allies.
    It is the invariable policy and ambition of the U.S. imperialists to threaten, blackmail and contain other countries with nukes and put the world under their control.
    The U.S. has become all the more frantic in its moves to modernize nuclear weapons in the new century as it considers the nuclear weapons as an all-powerful means and pins great hope on their use in realizing its Asia and world strategies for aggression. It is the intention of the U.S. nuclear war mongers to modernize the nuclear weapons so that they can be used as conventional weapons in wars.
    Nothing has changed in the criminal intention of the U.S. nuclear war maniacs to bring the danger of a nuclear war to the world by stepping up the development and production of new-type nuclear weapons behind the scene of "nuclear reduction".
    With no sophism can they cover up their criminal intention to hold an unchallenged nuclear edge and realize their ambition to dominate the world even by bringing a nuclear holocaust to humankind.

All Koreans Called upon to Achieve Reunification and Prosperity

   Pyongyang, January 4 (KCNA) -- The history and reality clearly prove that the Koreans are sure to achieve independent reunification, peace and prosperity should they have a will to do so. They urgently require all the fellow countrymen in the north and the south and abroad to turn out as one in the patriotic cause for the country and the nation, confident of their strength.
    Rodong Sinmun Friday says this in a signed article. It goes on:
    The Korean nation is directly responsible for the movement for national reunification and no one can replace it in this struggle.
    The Koreans are capable of achieving the reunification of the country and the prosperity of the nation. This was evidenced by the history of the development of inter-Korean relations that started with the advent of the June 15 era of reunification. The adoption of the October 4 declaration is another shining success made by the Korean nation in the cause of national reunification.
    No one can replace the Korean nation in its efforts to achieve national reunification. The Koreans should reunify the country by their concerted efforts in a responsible manner as they stake the destiny of the nation on the reunification and prosperity of the country.
    Whether Koreans bring earlier the dawn of national reunification, their cherished desire, or not entirely depends on how they get awakened and struggle.
    The Koreans should unite closer under the banner of "By our nation itself".
    They should successfully achieve the unity of the whole nation with high awareness and will to achieve the reunification of the country and the prosperity of the nation through their concerted efforts and with conviction and optimism that they are sure to achieve them and thus give strong impetus to the trend of the June 15 era of reunification towards reunification and prosperity.

Anniversary of Kim Jong Il's Work Observed

   Pyongyang, January 4 (KCNA) -- Rodong Sinmun Friday dedicates a signed article to the 16th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's famous work "The Historical Lesson in Building Socialism and the General Line of Our Party".
    In the work published on Jan. 3, Juche 81 (1992), Kim Jong Il made a lucid analysis of the cause of the collapse of socialism in some countries and a lesson drawn from it and convincingly proved the validity and vitality of the line of building socialism maintained by the Workers' Party of Korea.
    The past 16 years were the proud years in which the absolute truth and scientific accuracy of the idea and theory clarified by Kim Jong Il in the work were fully proved and the advantages and invincible might of Korean-style socialism advancing under the banner of Songun were demonstrated to the whole world, the article notes, and goes on:
    Under the Songun leadership of Kim Jong Il the army and people of the DPRK have achieved a shining victory in the fierce confrontation with the imperialists and reliably defended Korean-style socialism and ushered in the new era of building a great, prosperous and powerful country. It is the unshakable faith enshrined by the servicepersons and people of the DPRK through a rigorous struggle that Korean-style socialism is sure to always triumph and prosper as long as it is led by Kim Jong Il and there are the most correct line and policy for socialist construction.
    The greatness of Kim Jong Il's guidance leading the cause of Korean-style socialism to victory finds its manifestation in that he has steadily developed in depth the Juche-oriented theory on socialism through energetic ideological and theoretical activities and increased the political and military might of socialism in every way, pursuing unique Songun politics.
    The Songun politics represents the basic political mode of Korean-style socialism and serves as an all-powerful treasured sword firmly guaranteeing the victorious advance of the cause of socialism. It is a special feat performed by Kim Jong Il in accomplishing the cause of socialism that he has built powerful political and military force under the banner of Songun.
    The greatness of Kim Jong Il's leadership over the victorious cause of Korean-style socialism can also be found in that he made sure that the principle of socialism is firmly maintained in all fields of the revolution and construction.
    The historical truth that strict observance to the principle of socialism fully guarantees its eternal victory and prosperity will never change, concludes the article.

End to Imperialists' Monopoly of Science and Technology and Blockade Called for

   Pyongyang, January 4 (KCNA) -- The imperialists are persistent in their moves to monopolize science and technology, the common wealth of humankind, and blockade their exchange.
    The socialist countries and developing countries should counter such moves of the imperialists with their strategy for development of science and technology. Rodong Sinmun Friday urges this in a signed article.
    It is important for the socialist countries and developing countries to develop science and technology by their own strength and efforts in line with the requirements and specific conditions of their countries strictly from the firm stand of Juche, the article notes, and goes on:
    To strengthen south-south cooperation is one of the important ways of shattering the imperialists' moves for monopolizing science and technology and blockading them.
    Developing countries have rich natural resources and scientific and technological achievements made in building a new society. There are not a few economic cooperation organizations for south-south cooperation. This is creating favorable conditions for strengthening south-south cooperation in the field of science and technology.
    The scientific and technological exchange among developing countries plays a particularly important role.
    What merits attention in introducing latest science and technology of other countries is to make a scientific appraisal of them. In case of accepting science and technology of the Western countries, one should definitely rid of illusion about these countries and, at the same time, strengthen the scientific and technological information service and accept science and technology offered by these countries only after correctly judging whether they are latest and meet the need of the worldwide trend.
    It is necessary to increase investment in the field of science and technology and cooperate with each other in the work for training scientific and technological personnel.
    In order to shatter the imperialists' moves for monopolizing science and technology and blockading them, one should have strong pluck and self-confidence.

174th Friday Meeting Held in S. Korea

   Pyongyang, January 4 (KCNA) -- Civic and public organizations of south Korea including the Solidarity for Implementing the South-North Joint Declaration reportedly held the 174th Friday meeting against the U.S. and war and for the withdrawal of the U.S. troops outside the U.S. embassy in Seoul on December 28 last year.
    Speakers at the meeting accused the U.S. forces in south Korea of returning without hesitation their military bases after leaving them so seriously polluted that they can hardly be used any longer.
    They referred to the disclosure of the fact that the U.S. forces collected from the south Korean authorities a huge amount of money under the pretext of the "fund for the upkeep of the U.S. forces" but diverted it for the war of aggression overseas.
    The fact goes to clearly prove that the U.S. has pressurized the south Korean authorities to increase the "fund for the upkeep of the U.S. forces" in a bid to cover its war spending, they stressed.
    They charged that the U.S. is talking about peace on the Korean Peninsula but, in reality, seeking to realize its forces' "strategic flexibility" and permanent presence in south Korea.
    They called on the people from all walks of life to turn out in the nationwide movement for the withdrawal of the U.S. forces to build a peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula free from the U.S. forces.

Kim Il Sung's Reminiscences Posted on British Internet Homepage

   Pyongyang, January 4 (KCNA) -- The British Association for the Study of Songun Policy posted on its Internet homepage "Greeting the Spring in a Foreign Land" from Chapter 23 of Vol. 8 (continuing edition) of Part 1. Anti-Japanese Revolution of President Kim Il Sung's Reminiscences "With the Century".
    The homepage carried a photograph the President had taken together with Kim Jong Suk, an anti-Japanese war hero.

DPRK's Important Days Observed in Different Countries

   Pyongyang, January 4 (KCNA) -- Meetings were held in Russia, Belarus and Philippines and film shows in Nepal and Guinea between Dec. 18 and 27 last year on the occasions of the 16th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's assumption of office as supreme commander of the Korean People's Army and the 90th birth anniversary of anti-Japanese war hero Kim Jong Suk.
    Speeches were made there.
    Igor, chairman of the Saratov Association for the Study of the Juche Idea and the Songun Policy in Russia, referred to the historic significance of Kim Jong Il's assumption of KPA supreme commandership. He said that the Songun policy pursued by Kim Jong Il provides a basic guarantee for stability and peace in the Korean Peninsula and the rest of Northeast Asia.
    Mikhail Panchenko, general secretary of the International Alliance of Societies for the Study of the Juche Idea and Songun Policy in East European and Central Asian Regions, praised Kim Jong Suk for the immortal exploits she performed by devotedly defending the idea and line of President Kim Il Sung and giving birth to Kim Jong Il and bringing him up as the sun of future.
    After watching the Korean film "They were together on the road of providing the great Songun leadership" a Nepalese parliamentarian said he keenly realized that the signal achievements made by the DPRK in bolstering up the defence capability and economic construction in recent years and a series of positive developments that took place in the process for peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula have been possible thanks to the Songun idea and Songun politics.
    Letters to Kim Jong Il were adopted at the meetings held in the above-said countries.

Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Suk Lauded

   Pyongyang, January 4 (KCNA) -- The Association for Friendship with the Korean People headquartered in Spain posted special write-ups on its Internet homepage "One Corea Network" on the occasion of the 16th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's assumption of supreme commandership of the Korean People's Army and the 90th birth anniversary of Kim Jong Suk, an anti-Japanese war hero.
    The homepage carried photos of Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Suk together with articles.
    The homepage in an article captioned "Supreme Commander Kim Jong Il who trained the KPA into an invincible army" referred in detail to the fact that Kim Jong Il, assuming the heavy responsibility as supreme commander of the KPA, strengthened and developed the KPA into an army strong in idea and faith and high in the sense of organization and discipline and invincible ranks which formed a perfect harmonious whole with the people and augmented the military and technological might of the revolutionary armed forces in every way.
    The homepage in an article titled "90th birth anniversary of Kim Jong Suk, anti-Japanese war hero" recalled that Kim Jong Suk was well-known as an anti-Japanese war hero and an able political activist and devotedly defended President Kim Il Sung politically and ideologically and at the risk of her life when she was young and brought up Kim Jong Il as a distinguished leader who would guide the future of Juche Korea. It stressed that her august name and feats are always shining along with steadily prosperous, socialist Korea.

Demolition of Concrete Wall Urged

   Pyongyang, January 4 (KCNA) -- Wahid Al Uksouri, chairman of the Misr Arab Socialist Party of Egypt, released a statement on December 26 last year demanding the demolition of the concrete wall.
    The concrete wall built across the Korean Peninsula is a physical wall against the nation and reunification as it was built with the deliberate purpose to throw a hurdle in the way of the improvement of the inter-Korean relations and peace and prosperity, he said, stressing:
    The U.S. and the anti-reunification forces in south Korea should drop the old way of thinking of standing for division and confrontation, stop putting a brake on the efforts for the improvement of the inter-Korean relations and peace and prosperity and remove the concrete wall without delay to meet the unanimous desire and requirements of the Korean people and the world progressive people.

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Mitin de pyongyaneses

   Pyongyang, 4 de enero (ATCC) -- Tuvo lugar este viernes en la Plaza Kim Il Sung el acto multitudinario de la ciudad de Pyongyang para materializar cabalmente las tareas presentadas en el editorial conjunto de Ano Nuevo 97 (2008) de la Era Juche de los principales periodicos de Corea.
    En la ocasion participaron Kim Yong Il, Choe Thae Bok, Yang Hyong Sop, Kim Jung Rin y otros cuadros directivos de los ministerios, organos centrales y entidades de masas, los funcionarios de los organismos del partido, el Poder y la economia, entidades de masas en la capital, heroes del Trabajo, innovadores laborales y mas de 100 mil trabajadores.
    El informe de la ocasion estuvo a cargo del primer vicepresidente del Comite Popular de la Ciudad de Pyongyang, Pak Pyong Jong, quien recordo que en el ano pasado los capitalinos conmemoraron solemnemente como grandes jubilos nacionales el 95 aniversario del nacimiento del Presidente Kim Il Sung, el 75 aniversario de la fundacion del Ejercito Popular de Corea y otras fiestas revolucionarias e hicieron una gran contribucion al logro de gran avance en la construccion de una patria rica y prospera.
     Los eventos politicos del ano pasado demostraron de nuevo la absoluta confianza y veneracion del pueblo coreano hacia la Direccion de la Revolucion, su firme conviccion y voluntad de heredar la historia de ciertas victorias y las tradiciones yllevar a feliz termino la causa revolucionaria del Juche iniciada en el monte Paektu bajo la direccion del Partido, dijo el informante y agrego que todos estos exitos logrados en el ano pasado son brillantes frutos de la energica orientacion del Dirigente Kim Jong Il.
     Todos los capitalinos deben enarbolar la consigna combativa del partido "Hagamos brillar este ano del 60o aniversario de la fundacion de la Republica como un ano de cambios historicos que se registre indeleble en los anales de la Patria" y levantarse como un solo hombre para registrar cambios trascendentales en la construccion de la gran potencia prospera como cuando corrimos a alto ritmo durante la jornada de la gran marcha de Chollima en postguerra a fin de construir un poderoso Estado socialista, senalo el informante.
    La decision y voluntad del Partido del Trabajo de Corea son llevar a un nivel alto la economia nacional y la vida del pueblo y abrir de par en par, cueste lo que cueste, en 2012 la puerta que de acceso a la referida potencia, destaco el informante y se refirio a la necesidad de producir vientos de auge en todos los frentes de la construccion del socialismo.
    Subrayo que todos los capitalinos deben entrar con la frente alta en el lugar del gran festival de septiembre con dignos exitos laborales dedicados a la madre Patria.
    En el acto intervinieron Sin Yong Chol, gerente del Complejo Termoelectrico de Pyongyang, Mun Kum Nyo, presidenta de la Granja Cooperativa de Namsa del Municipio de Rakrang, Ri Kwan Ho, jefe de catedra de la Universidad Kim Il Sung, y Kim Song Chol, primer secretario del Comite de la Union de la Juventud Socialista Kim Il Sung en la Ciudad de Pyongyang.

Kim Jong Il recibe presentes de personalidades y entidad de Rusia

   Pyongyang, 4 de enero (ATCC) -- El Dirigente Kim Jong Il recibio presentes que le dirigieran, con motivo del Ano Nuevo 97 (2008) de la Era Juche, S. Z. Umalatova, presidenta del Partido por la Paz y la Unidad de Rusia, V. V. Karpov, ex primer secretario del Comite Central de la Union de Escritores de la Union Sovietica y el Coro Folclorico Academico Nacional M. E. Pyatnichki de Rusia.
     Umalatova, Karpov y Alexandra Permyakova, jefa de la tercera entidad musical los entregaron los dias 24 y 25 de diciembre al embajador de la RPDC acreditado en Rusia, respectivamente.

10 jugadores y entrenadores mejores de 2007 en Corea

   Pyongyang, 4 de enero (ATCC) -- Fueron seleccionados en Corea los 10 jugadores y entrenadores mejores para el 96 (2007) de la Era Juche.
     Los jugadores mejores son los siguientes:
    1. Kye Sun Hui, quien recibio el premio mejor del Campeonato Mundial de Judo de 2007 al ocupar el primer lugar en la division de 57 kg (f).
    2. Cha Kum Chol, quien ocupo el primer lugar en la clasificacion general en la division de 56 kg del Campeonato Mundial de Levantamiento de Pesas de 2007 (M).
    3. Kim Song Guk, quien obtuvo el primer lugar en la division de 60 kg del 24o Campeonato Asiatico de Boxeo, y el tercer lugar en la misma categoria del Campeonato Mundial de Boxeo.
    4. Hong Su Jong, ganadora de la medalla de plata en el potro femenino del 40o Campeonato Mundial de Gimnasia.
    5. Kim Chon Man, quien ocupo el primer lugar en la disputa individual del salto al agua desde la plataforma inflexible de 10 metros de IV Juegos Militares Mundiales.
    6. Ri Kum Suk, quien contribuyo a la obtencion de la victoria en los IV Juegos Militares Mundiales, a la obtencion del logro de la calificacion de participacion de futbol femenino en los 29 Juegos Olimpicos y a la salida al cuarto de final en V Campeonato mundial de Futbol (F). Recibio el premio mejor de la Confederacion Asiatica de Futbol para el ano 2007.
    7. Kim Hyon Ung, quien salio ganador en el tiro individual de pistola de fuego central de 25 metros del 11o Campeonato Asiatico de Tiro.
    8. Ryu Myong Ok, quien se hizo campeona en la Competencia del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo Femenino.
    9. Kim Chol Su, quien gano la medalla de oro en la division de 73 kg del Campeonato Asiatico de Judo de 2007.
    10. Im Yong Su, quien ocupo el segundo lugar en la clasificacion general de la division de 62 kg del Campeonato Mundial de Levantamiento de Pesas (M) de 2007.
    Los 10 entrenadores mejores son los siguientes:
     Ri Tae Jin, profesor de la Universidad de Educacion Fisica de Corea; Ri Ui Hwan, Sin Yong Sop, Kim Kwang Min y Ri Kwang, entrenadores de levantamiento de pesas, salto al agua, futbol y judo del Equipo Deportivo 25 de Abril; So Kil San, entrenador de tiro del Equipo de Deportes de Defensa Nacional 25 de Abril; Pyon Song O y Choe Kyong Hui, entrenadores de boxeo y gimnasia del Equipo Deportivo de la ciudad de Pyongyang; Kim Pong Hak, entrenador de boxeo profesional del Equipo Deportivo del Ministerio de Comercio; y Ri Chang Gun, entrenador de levantamiento de pesas del Equipo Deportivo Kigwancha.

Rodong Sinmun revela falsedad de "reduccion de armas nucleares"

   Pyongyang, 4 de enero (ATCC) -- En estos dias, Estados Unidos anuncia mucho la medida de "reduccion de armas nucleares", pero esto no pasa de ser una artimana para enganar la opinion publica del mundo.
    Asi senala el diario Rodong Sinmun en un comentario individual del dia 4 y continua:
    El portavoz de la Casa Blanca norteamericana, al publicar el plan de disminucion de instalaciones relacionadas con armas nucleares, dijo que el arma nuclear es el medio clave de disuasion de la amenaza existente en escala mundial y que quedara todavia el arma nuclear para la seguridad del pueblo norteamericano.
    Es absurdo que las fuerzas belicistas yanquis describen sus complots de modernizacion de armas nucleares como medida para "garantizar la seguridad" de los paises aliados.
    Amenazar y chantajear con el garrote nuclear a otros paises y realizar el dominio del mundo es la invariable politica y ambicion de los imperialistas yanquis.
    EE.UU. considera el arma nuclear como medio omnipotente y abriga gran esperanza en la utilizacion de este artefacto en la realizacion de su agresiva estrategia asiatica y la mundial. En el nuevo siglo se aferra freneticamente a las maniobras de modernizacion de armas nucleares. Los maniacos de guerra nuclear de EE.UU. pretenden utilizarlas en las guerras como las armas convencionales.
    Es invariable la artimana criminal de ellos que acelerando el desarrollo y la produccion de esas armas detras de la cortina de "desarme nuclear" acarrean el peligro de la guerra nuclear al mundo.
    Con ninguna sofisteria los maniacos nucleares de EE.UU. pueden ocultar su siniestra naturaleza criminal tendente a ocupar la absoluta supremacia nuclear y a realizar su ambicion de dominio del mundo acarreando desastre nuclear a la humanidad.