Joint Document on Kim Yong Nam's Angolan Visit Signed

   Luanda, March 25 (KCNA Correspondent) -- Joint document on official good-will visit to Angola by Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, were signed in Luanda on Tuesday.
    Present there from the DPRK side were Minister of Foreign Affairs Pak Ui Chun, Minister of Foreign Trade Ri Ryong Nam, Minister of Public Health Choe Chang Sik and DPRK Ambassador to Angola Ri Won Son and from the Angolan side were Foreign Minister Joao Bernardo De Miranda, Minister of Foreign Trade Joaquim Icuma Muafumba, Minister of Health Anastacio Ruben Sicatu, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Pedro Canga, Minister of Science and Technology Joao Baptista Ngandagina and Angolan Ambassador to the DPRK Joao Manuel Bernardo.
    Pak Ui Chun and Joao Bernardo De Miranda signed the joint document.

Kim Yong Nam Meets Angolan Speaker of Parliament

   Luanda, March 25 (KCNA Correspondent) -- Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, met and had a friendly talk with Roberto de Almeida, president of the National Assembly of Angola, on Tuesday.
    Present there were DPRK Minister of Foreign Affairs Pak Ui Chun, DPRK Ambassador to Angola Ri Won Son and Angolan Ambassador to the DPRK Joao Manuel Bernardo.

Kim Yong Nam Visits Angolan Cultural Center under Construction

   Luanda, March 25 (KCNA Correspondent) -- Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, visited the Agostinho Neto Center of Culture under construction in Luanda on Tuesday.
    He was accompanied by Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun, DPRK Ambassador to Angola Ri Won Son and Angolan Ambassador to the DPRK Joao Manuel Bernardo.
    He went round the inside and outside of the center being built with the DPRK's aid, being briefed on its architectural style and content and on the progress of its construction.

Yang Hyong Sop Meets Brazilian Delegation

   Pyongyang, March 26 (KCNA) -- Yang Hyong Sop, vice-president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, met and had a friendly talk with a delegation of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry headed by Undersecretary General Roberto Jaguaribe at the Mansudae Assembly Hall on Wednesday.

Publication of Kim Il Sung's Work Marked

   Pyongyang, March 26 (KCNA) -- A meeting to mark the 40th anniversary of the publication of President Kim Il Sung's famous work "On Combating Epidemics More Effectively" was held at the Grand People's Study House on Tuesday.
    The work published on March 26, Juche 57 (1968) deals with the unique idea of unsparingly making investment as required by the mission of the Workers' Party of Korea and the state fully responsible for the people's health and arousing the popular masses' independent thinking and consciousness and awareness to thoroughly prevent epidemics.
    The work makes an overall clarification of issues arising in eradicating the epidemics including those of improving the management and operation of the hospitals and putting Koryo medicine on a scientific basis, taking care of the health of the working people and strengthening their physical training and revolutionizing and working-classizing the public health workers.
    Kim Jong Ung, vice-minister of Public Health, in his report said that the President wisely led the struggle for implementing the tasks laid down in his famous work after its publication.
    He referred to the fact that General Secretary Kim Jong Il has taken various measures to strengthen and develop the preventive medicine as required by the reality, while successfully translating the noble intention of the President into reality.
    Over the past four decades since the publication of the work great successes have been achieved in the preventive treatment to protect and promote the people's health and the justice and vitality of the Party's popular public health policy clearly proved, the reporter said, calling on the officials in the field of public health to further develop the health service in the era of Songun, true to the behests of the President and the WPK's policy of preventive medicine.
    Among those present there was Ri Kwang Ho, department director of the C.C., WPK.

Independent Day of Bangladesh Observed

   Pyongyang, March 26 (KCNA) -- A meeting and a photo exhibition took place at the Chollima House of Culture here on Wednesday to mark the 37th anniversary of the independence of Bangladesh.
    Present there were members of the DPRK-Bangladesh Friendship Association including its chairman and working people in the city.
    The chairman of the association made a speech at the meeting.
    At the end of the meeting the participants looked round photos introducing Bangladesh.

Songs of Enlightenment Period Widely Disseminated in DPRK

   Pyongyang, March 26 (KCNA) -- Songs created in the period of enlightenment from the 1920s to the national liberation are being rearranged and disseminated these days in the DPRK.
    They are progressive songs with lyric words true to life and music of traditional folk style.
    The DPRK which is inheriting and developing the cultural heritages of the nation along a correct line, treasuring them, took care that fresh rendition was given to the songs to suit the emotion of the people while preserving the sentiments of the times when they were written and composed.
    The Pochonbo Electronic Band has presented several songs of the enlightenment period in such a manner as to keep alive their features and boost the effect of the instrumental play with a simple make-up of instruments and new tone color.
    Among them there are "Spring in my home village," "Wild rose," "Old site of the royal palace" and "Sorrow of a wanderer" representing the earnest love and longing of the then people for the lost motherland and hometown they left.
    "A touch-me-not flower," "River Tuman in tears," "Falling blossoms on running water" and other songs have been rearranged to vividly represent the sentiments of the people in those days craving for the appearance of a great man who would beat back the Japanese imperialists and save the destiny of the motherland and the nation from the misery.
    "Deceived in love and crying over money" and "Don't cry, Hong Do" give the young people much food for thought, as they sing of the miserable destiny of the young people in colonized Korea whose love and hope were crushed at the point of the bayonet of the Japanese imperialists.
    The songs of the enlightenment period give to the Korean people a good knowledge of the history of national distress forced upon by the Japanese imperialists and make them renew their resolution to devote their all to the prosperity of the socialist country of Juche, the land of their happiness.

Japan's Senior Officials Accused of Crying out for Extending Sanctions against DPRK

   Pyongyang, March 26 (KCNA) -- The preceding "cabinet" of Japan ill-famed for abduction, was forced to step down while frantically working to destroy even the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon), a legitimate organization of overseas citizens of the DPRK, not satisfied with the sanctions applied against it. The present Japanese authorities had better draw a lesson from this and stop their reckless acts.
    Rodong Sinmun Wednesday urges this in a signed commentary.
    It says:
    Of late media of Japan are working hard to build up public opinion that the Japanese government should not lift the "sanctions against north Korea" unless there is progress in the way of settling the nuclear issue and "abduction issue." In another development, such senior officials as the chief cabinet secretary and the foreign minister are busy letting loose similar outbursts.
    The sanctions expected to remain in force for six months after the repeated extension since October, 2006 under the pretext of the DPRK's missile launch and nuclear test are set to expire on April 13. The story about the extension of these sanctions now afloat in this connection should never be overlooked.
    Japan's farce of extending the above-said sanctions is nothing but a reckless move to put a brake on the process of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula as it does not help settle the nuclear issue.
    Japan is contemplating extending the sanctions against the DPRK, persistently raising a hue and cry over the "abduction issue" which had already found a solution as it is absolutely irrelevant to the mission and purport of the six-party talks. This only betrays Japan's political imbecility, diplomatic immaturity and ill-natured character.
    Japan seeks to attain its sinister aim by tightening the harsh sanctions against the DPRK under the pretext of the "abduction issue".
    It is the ulterior intention of the Japanese reactionaries to seize the building of Chongryon and keep the embargo on the ship Mangyongbong-92 through the sanctions in a bid to physically destroy Chongryon and tear compatriots in Japan off the care of the DPRK.
    This is an inhuman criminal act quite contrary to the spirit of humanitarianism and requirements of human rights as it is a mean act of wantonly abusing the rights of Koreans in Japan and their rights to existence.
    Japan's attempt to browbeat someone and fish in troubled waters through the above-said farce is nothing but a stupid ploy of the political dwarfs.

Apology and Reparation for Massacre of Koreans Demanded in S. Korea

   Pyongyang, March 26 (KCNA) -- The south Korean society for probing the truth behind the victims of the incident of Ukishima-maru called a press conference on March 19 demanding Japan make apology and reparation for the Japanese imperialists' massacre of Koreans.
    Jon Jae Jin, chairman of the society, addressing the press conference, pointed to the publication of a book dealing with the probe made into the truth behind the sinking of the above-said ship on August 24, 1945.
    He said:
    The book compiled on the basis of testimonies made by survivors clearly proves that a huge number of Koreans were forcibly drafted and conscripted to undergo all sorts of maltreatment in Japan and the above-mentioned incident was not a mere sinking but premeditated and deliberate mass killings of Koreans by the Japanese imperialists.
    More than 60 years have passed since the incident, but neither apology nor reparation has been made to the victims nor a probe has been conducted into the truth of it.
    Accusing Japan of having evaded its responsibility for the incident, absurdly asserting that the ship sank due to torpedoes laid by the allied forces, he demanded the Japanese government rapidly set up a body to take measures and make an apology and reparation to the victims.

Struggle for Peace and Reunification Called for in S. Korea

   Pyongyang, March 26 (KCNA) -- The Solidarity for Progress of south Korea sponsored the first "Friday meeting for peace and reunification" in front of the U.S. embassy in Seoul on March 21.
    The organization charged that after the appearance of the present "government", the U.S. has got evermore pronounced in its arbitrary practice and war moves in south Korea.
    The U.S. has sought only its unilateral benefits while burdening the south Korean side with the funds for the redeployment of the U.S. forces to be carried out for their "strategic flexibility" and forcing it to establish the missile defence system which will pose a threat to peace not only in the Korean Peninsula but also in the rest of Northeast Asia, it said.
    It denounced that the present "government" is unconditionally following the U.S. under the signboard of "alliance" while creating a horrible atmosphere and threatening the people, talking about what it called "law and principle".
    The progressive civic and public organizations and people from all walks of life will continue their struggle outside the U.S. embassy every Friday until their desire for peace and reunification has been realized, it declared.
    That day, the participants in the meeting staged an art performance sneering at the authorities flattering and yielding to the U.S. and conducted information activities.

Withdrawal of U.S. Forces from Iraq and S. Korea Urged

   Pyongyang, March 26 (KCNA) -- The South Headquarters of the National Alliance for the Country's Reunification released a statement on March 20 demanding that the U.S. forces, a group of murderers, withdraw from Iraq as early as possible. It also urged the U.S. forces present in south Korea to quit it at once.
    The U.S. forces have perpetrated massacres, crimes, terrorist acts and torture in Iraq, turning it into a veritable hell after invading it under the pretext of "war on terrorism", the statement said, and continued:
    The U.S. is seized by a reckless ambition to launch a war of aggression on the Korean Peninsula at any cost while talking about a preemptive attack on the DPRK.
    It is clear that the U.S. intensified moves for war and confrontation will precipitate its isolation and the delay of its troops' withdrawal will bring a bitterer defeat to it.
    The statement declared that the 70 million Koreans would drive the U.S. forces out of south Korea and achieve the independent reunification, peace and prosperity of the country by their united efforts and foil the U.S. war moves in solidarity with the world peace-loving people.

Important Days of DPRK Observed in Czech Republic

   Pyongyang, March 26 (KCNA) -- A meeting of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Czechoslovak Communist Party took place in Prague on March 19 on the occasion of the Day of the Sun and the 15th anniversary of General Secretary Kim Jong Il's election as chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission.
    Miroslav Stepan, general secretary of the Central Committee of the CCP, addressing the meeting, referred to the immortal exploits performed by President Kim Il Sung for the Korean revolution and the world revolution.
    He recalled that Kim Jong Il, reliable successor to the revolutionary cause of Kim Il Sung, set forth the Songun philosophy, turning the DPRK into a strong country capable of resolutely beating back any aggression of the imperialists. The June 15 North-South Joint Declaration and the October 4 declaration were issued and a turning phase was brought about for the reunification of the country under the Songun leadership of Kim Jong Il, he added.
    Declaring that the CCP would as ever positively support the Workers' Party and people of Korea in their struggle for the building and reunification of the country in the future, too, he hoped that the Korean people would register many successes in the struggle to defend and build socialism under the leadership of Kim Jong Il.

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Kim Yong Nam se reune con Roberto de Almeida

   Luanda, 25 de marzo (Corresponsal de ATCC) -- Kim Yong Nam, presidente del Presidium de la Asamblea Popular Suprema de la Republica Popular Democratica de Corea departio el dia 25 en un ambiente amistoso con Roberto de Almeida, presidente de la Asamblea Nacional de la Republica de Angola.
    En la ocasion estuvieron presentes el canciller Pak Ui Chun, el embajador coreano en Angola Ri Won Son y el embajador angoleno en Corea Joao Manuel Bernardo.

Kim Yong Nam visita el centro Agostinho Neto en construccion

   Luanda, 25 de marzo (Corresponsal de ATCC) -- El presidente del Presidium de la Asamblea Popular Suprema de la Republica Popular Democratica de Corea, Kim Yong Nam, visito el dia 25 el lugar de construccion del Centro Cultural Agostinho Neto en esta capital.
    Le acompanaron el canciller Pak Ui Chun, el embajador coreano en Angola Ri Won Son y el embajador angoleno en Corea Joao Manuel Bernardo.
    Kim recorrio el interior y el exterior del edificio, que se construye con la cooperacion de la RPDC, escuchando explicaciones sobre la forma y contenido arquitectonicos y el estado de construccion del centro.

Yang Hyong Sop se reune con delegacion de cancilleria brasilena

   Pyongyang, 26 de marzo (ATCC) -- El vicepresidente del Presidium de la Asamblea Popular Suprema de la Republica Popular Democratica de Corea, Yang Hyong Sop, departio este miercoles en el Palacio de los Congresos Mansudae en un ambiente amistoso con la delegacion del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Brasil encabezada por su subsecretario general Roberto Jaguaribe.

Conmemoran 40o aniversario de publicacion de obra de Kim Il Sung

   Pyongyang, 26 de marzo (ATCC) -- Tuvo lugar el dia 25 en el Palacio de Estudio del Pueblo un acto por el 40o aniversario de la publicacion de la obra maestra del Presidente Kim Il Sung "Por la intensificacion de la campana antiepidemica", publicada el 26 de marzo del 57 (1968) de la Era Juche.
    La obra ilumina la original idea de hacer la inversion ilimitada conforme a la mision del partido y el Estado que se responsabilizan enteramente de la salud del pueblo y de prevenir y erradicar estrictamente las epidemias haciendo llamada a la conciencia ideologica independiente y la voluntariedad de las masas populares.
    Tambien, da respuestas globales a todos los problemas que se presentan para eliminar las enfermedades transmisibles como el mejoramiento de la administracion y gestion del hospital y la cientificacion de la medicina Coryo, la conservacion de la salud y el incremento de la fortaleza fisica de los trabajadores, la revolucionarizacion y la claseobrerizacion de los funcionarios asistenciales.
    El informe conmemorativo estuvo a cargo del viceministro de Salud Publica Kim Jong Ung quien se refirio a que luego de publicar dicha obra el Presidente Kim Il Sung dirigio sabiamente la labor para materializarla y continuo:
    Para hacer realidad el gran proposito del Presidente el Dirigente Kim Jong Il tomo varias medidas para desarrollar la medicina preventiva conforme a la demanda realista.
    Durante estos 40 anos que datan de la publicacion de la obra, fueron logrados grandes exitos en la labor de prevencion y curacion para conservar y fomentar la salud del pueblo y fueron probadas claramente la justeza y la vitalidad de la politica popular de salubridad del Partido del Trabajo de Corea.
    El informante subrayo que los funcionarios del dominio de salud deben desarrollar mas la labor de salud publica de la epoca del Songun (priorizacion militar) en acato al legado del Presidente y la orientacion del partido en materia de la medicina preventiva.
    En el acto estuvieron presentes el jefe de departamento del CC del PTC Ri Kwang Ho y otros funcionarios.