Kim Jong Il Inspects Command of KPA Unit 351

   Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- General Secretary Kim Jong Il inspected the command of KPA Unit 351.
    After looking round the room devoted to the history of the unit, he dropped in at an operation commanding room and military science study rooms to acquaint himself with the unit's performance of duty and the training of its officers.
    He set forth the tasks to be fulfilled by the unit to further increase its combat capability, expressing satisfaction over the fact that it has conducted effective trainings for boosting the ability to command operations, thereby preparing all officers as the ones capable of skillfully organizing and commanding any difficult combat duty in modern warfare as they have high ability to organize operations and battles and command them.
    Going round the servicepersons' hall, a library and other entertainment and cultural facilities, he praised the unit for briskly conducting the revolutionary and working class education by successfully building entertainment and educational centres and effectively using a variety of materials. He also praised the unit for scrupulously organizing the book reading, in particular, to help all servicepersons become avid readers.
    He noted that the experience gained by the unit eloquently proves the validity of the teaching given by President Kim Il Sung that the secret of all successes is to do well the work with people.
    He highly appreciated the achievements the servicepersons of the unit have made by bringing about a turn in its management.
    Servicepersons are incessantly creating precious ideological, cultural and material assets conducive to the prosperity of the country, thereby brilliantly glorifying the great Songun era, he said, adding that this shining success clearly shows the mental ability of the servicepersons of the DPRK, their hearts burning with patriotism.
    He had a photo session with the servicepersons of the unit.

Kim Jong Il Inspects Command of KPA Unit 927

   Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- General Secretary Kim Jong Il inspected the command of KPA unit 927.
    After looking round the room dedicated to the history of the unit, he said the unit which was organized and grew strong under the loving care of President Kim Il Sung is the one which displayed popular heroism in safeguarding the country, building socialism and protecting the lives and properties of the people.
    He acquainted himself with the unit's performance of duty before looking round the combat and technical equipment.
    He praised the servicepersons of the unit for carrying out their guard duties in a responsible manner with a high degree of revolutionary vigilance and prizing the weapons for revolution associated with the blood and soul of the forerunners and taking good care of them like the apples of their eyes.
    He learned about how the political work is conducted among soldiers and noted that the unit successfully built entertainment and educational centers and placed their operation on a regular basis, thus firmly arming the servicepersons with the revolutionary idea of the WPK and the transparent class consciousness and producing many servicepersons of merit intensely loyal to the Party and the revolution in the past. He underscored the need to steadily conduct the ideological work among the soldiers.
    Then he made the rounds of the stores which keep a variety of things for supply service. He highly appreciated the assiduous way the unit is managing its economic life, praising it for keeping all stores in an orderly manner and storing everything with good care.
    He had a photograph taken with servicepersons of the unit.

DPRK-U.S. Negotiations on Food Aid Held

   Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- The U.S. food aid delegation visited the DPRK from May 5 to 8.
    During its visit, negotiations on humanitarian food aid were held between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the United States of America.
    They had in-depth and good negotiations.

Agreement on Cooperation between DPRK and Vietnam Inked

   Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- An agreement on cooperation between the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Vietnamese Foreign Ministry was signed here on Thursday.
    Present there were Kim Yong Il, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, and officials concerned from the DPRK side and members of the delegation of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry led by Deputy Minister Vu Dung and Vietnamese Ambassador to the DPRK Le Van Cu from the opposite side.
    The agreement was inked by Kim Yong Il and Vu Dung.

3rd Symposium on Architectural Aesthetics Held

   Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- The 3rd Symposium on Architectural Aesthetics was held here Wednesday.
    Present there were Vice-Premier Jon Sung Hun and members of the Cabinet, and officials, designers, technicians, teachers, researchers and students in the fields of architecture, construction and building materials from Pyongyang and local areas.
    Speeches were made by Kim Song Il, director of the Pyongyang City Planning Design Institute, and others at the symposium.
    The speakers explained about the principled problems arising in developing the architecture and construction in conformity with the world tendency and the specific conditions of the country and the ways to do so.
    They referred to the ways to well work out the general layout, the key to rebuilding cities, calling for widely introducing the achievements of modern science and technology.
    They elaborated on the important demands and ways for observing the principle of infrastructure first and superstructure next in construction and on the achievements and experience gained in creating and steadily improving the new building methods suited to the world tendency of developing construction technology and actual conditions of the country.
    They also mentioned the ways to more satisfactorily ensure the work of building structures in a formative and artistic style and put the architectural design on a higher scientific and technological basis.
    They called for deeply grasping General Secretary Kim Jong Il's Juche-based idea on architecture and thoroughly applying it to the architectural design and construction.

Friendly Gathering with Swiss Delegation Held

   Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- A friendly gathering with the members of a delegation of the Swiss National Women's Council headed by Anita Fahrni, president of the Committee for International Relations of the council, was held on May 8.
    Present there were Vice-Chairwoman of the Central Committee of the Korean Democratic Women's Union Kim Kyong Ok and other officials concerned.
    The participants in the meeting had a talk about the achievements and experience gained in the past, deepening friendship.

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day Observed

   Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- The World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day (May 8) has been colorfully observed in different places of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea every year.
    Min Pyong Gwan, secretary-general of the Central Committee of the DPRK Red Cross Society, told KCNA:
    This year, too, colorful activities are being held in Pyongyang and local areas in various forms and ways so that all people may join the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement.
    A meeting briefing activities of the Red Cross Society will be held in Pyongyang with the participation of representatives of international cooperative organizations in the DPRK and of China, Russia and other donating nations.
    The provincial, city and county branches of the Red Cross Society had varied events including an information gathering.
    Introduced there were activities of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the principle and idea of the Red Cross movement, international humanitarian laws and others.
    Meanwhile, mass media informed people of such common knowledge as the history and aim of the Red Cross movement.

Day of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Observed

   Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- Today is the Day of World Red Cross and Red Crescent.
    Rodong Sinmun Thursday dedicates an article to the day.
    Referring to the fact that the international Red Cross and Red Crescent movement is briskly underway in an organized way by organizations of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in 187 countries and the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the paper goes on:
    The international Red Cross and Red Crescent movement regards humanitarian nature, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, oneness and universality as main principles of its activities. Considering it as its fundamental missions to protect human lives from wars, armed conflicts and natural disasters and bring living of the victims to normal it is actively promoting international and regional cooperation and solidarity.
    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is also active in the DPRK helping it to eradicate the aftermath of natural disasters and bring the living of the victims to normal.

Another Hot Spring Found on Shore of Lake Chon

   Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- Another hot spring was found on the shore of Lake Chon by the General Exploration Team of Lake Chon on Mt. Paektu. It was named Rakwon Hot Spring.
    The hot spring, 20 meters long and 5 meters wide, is located at the foot of Rakwon Peak.
    The maximum temperature of the spring of sodium bicarbonate is 47.5 degrees and average temperature is 45 degrees Celsius. Its pH is 6.8 and its total mineral content is 1,250.25 milligrams per liter. It is drinkable as it contains no ingredient harmful to the human body.
    An analysis tells that it is as efficacious as Kangso mineral water, which is well known at home and abroad for its asepsis and high efficacy for chronic gastritis, chronic hepatitis, skin disorder, anemia, urinary diseases, etc.
    The Paektu Hot Spring and the Paekam Hot Spring had been found earlier on the shore of Lake Chon.

KCNA Terms Lee Myung Bak Traitor of Modern Version

   Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- Lee Myung Bak of south Korea betrayed his true colors as a die-hard sycophantic traitor during his junkets to the U.S. and Japan when he sold off the dignity and interests of the nation.
    He called south Korea "a stock company of the U.S." and invited the Japanese king to Seoul while calling him "emperor," thus bringing shame to the nation.
    In less than two months since he came to power Lee reduced south Korea to a stock company of the U.S. monopoly capitalists and freed Japan of its responsibility for the redemption of the past crimes. This is just the tip of iceberg of his sycophantic and treacherous deeds.
    He is a die-hard pro-U.S. and pro-Japanese traitor devoid of the spirit and the dignity of the Korean nation.
    After his inauguration as "president" the spirit of "By our nation itself" has grown weak and the past era of sycophancy toward the U.S. and cooperation with outsiders has been brought back in south Korea.
    Before taking office he had called for the tightened south Korea-U.S. "alliance," worrying over the "impaired alliance." He is now strengthening the tie-ups with outsiders, away from serving the nation's interests and dignity.
    The Lee Myung Bak regime agreed to increase the costs for the U.S. military presence in south Korea, dispatch troops to Afghanistan again and import American beef. These are a clear proof showing that the regime is set to serve the outsiders for the "relations of strategic alliance in the 21st century."
    A particular mention should be made of the fact that his group has called for "friendship" with Japan which still remains a sworn enemy to the Korean nation.
    The group considers it "pragmatic" to bury into oblivion the Japanese imperialists' history of aggression on Korea. What a far-fetched assertion it is.
    To this end, it has defended Japan's past crimes and even stood in the way of editing "biographical dictionary of pro-Japanese elements," talking about the "new era of cooperation" and "orientation toward the future."
    Traitor Lee is little different from the traitors in the last century who sold off the country to the outsiders.
    Such group of traitors will bring nothing but shame to the nation that has been undergoing the tragic division for more than half a century due to the outsiders.

Lee Myung Bak Regime's Arms Buildup under Fire

   Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- The south Korean bellicose forces at the Defense Promotion Committee recently decided to introduce 21 F-15Ks and hundreds of latest air-to-ground cruise missiles to go with them from the U.S. in the period from 2010 to 2012.
    They are also seeking to purchase fifth generation fighters equipped with Stealth function and technology related to the establishment of Patriot missile defense system.
    Rodong Sinmun today in a commentary carried in this regard brands their arms buildup as an unpardonable provocation against the DPRK aspiring after peaceful reunification and a reckless and treacherous act of wrecking peace and pushing the situation on the Korean Peninsula to the dangerous phase of war.
    It is a sinister intention of the south Korean warmongers to do harm to the fellow countrymen at any cost through cooperation with the outsiders, the commentary notes, and goes on:
    The south Korean conservative ruling forces have been all the more frantic in their dangerous arms buildup. This clearly proves that their doctrine of "preemptive attack" on the DPRK is being put into practice.
    It admits of no argument as for who purses the inter-Korean confrontation and strains the situation in this land.
    As long as the south Korean authorities keep pushing forward the policy of confrontation with the DPRK and escalate arms buildup and other military moves peace can not be ensured on the Korean Peninsula nor the Korean nation get rid of danger of war.
    The Lee regime is, indeed, a treacherous and a war-seeking one as it is keen on its moves to bring a disaster of war to the Korean nation while pouring huge fund for arms buildup and preparation for war at a time when the people's living has gone from bad to worse due to an economic catastrophe and massive unemployment.
    The south Korean war-thirsty forces should face up to the situation and behave with discretion.

Rodong Sinmun on Popular Policies of DPRK

   Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- Under the socialist system of the DPRK to provide benefits for the promotion of people's well-being is the supreme principle of the Workers' Party of Korea and state activities and popular policies are widely enforced in various fields of social life.
    Rodong Sinmun Thursday stresses this in a signed article.
    The popular policies enforced in the socialist system of the DPRK are equally applicable to everyone regardless of his or her labor, it notes, and says:
    Among the major popular policies are the free and compulsory education system, the universal free medical care system, the system of educating and upbringing children, the system of free accommodation at sanatoria and holiday homes, the provision of food, clothes and houses at state expenses, and the total repeal of tax system.
    Children and youths study to their hearts' content at schools of various levels built across the country, including nurseries, kindergartens, primary and middle schools and colleges and universities.
    In the DPRK the state takes care of the people's health with full responsibility for it. Under this public health system any citizen can get medical examination, experimental check-up, treatment and operation, hospitalization and the medicine without payment. Even costs for round trip to sanitarium are borne by the state.
    The state supplies food to workers and office workers and their families and uniforms, shoes and various school things to all the children and pupils and students free of charge or at very low prices. Also houses are built in towns and rural villages to provide the working people at the state expenses.
    Our Party's popular policies had been maintained invariably even in the grim period of the "Arduous March" and the forced march.
    The popular policies now in force in our country will be pursued in a more profound way in various fields along with progress in the building of a great prosperous powerful nation.

Implementation of Inter-Korean Declarations Called for

   Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- The north-south joint declaration serves as one of independent reunification common to the nation both in name and reality as it embodies the nation's desire and aspiration for independence and the nation's will for independent reunification and indicates the way of achieving it.
    Rodong Sinmun today says this in a signed article.
    It goes on:
    The Korean people have held fast to the joint declaration and worked hard to implement it for the past 8 years, thus registering great successes in the development of the inter-Korean relations and the movement for independent reunification. This vividly shows the validity and vitality of the declaration which gives priority to national independence.
    The June 15 joint declaration has ushered in a new history of reconciliation and unity in the country.
    In this course the structure of confrontation was formed with the Korean nation in one side and the U.S. in the other and the north and the south deeply grasped that to pool efforts of the Korean nation is the best way of achieving independent reunification. As a result, the banner of "By our nation itself" was raised higher across the country.
    Last year the October 4 Declaration for Development of North-South Relations and Peace and Prosperity was adopted in Pyongyang. The adoption meant the provision of a historic program for more firmly defending and implementing the north-south joint declaration, a landmark event in encouraging the Koreans' will for independent reunification. When the Koreans hold fast to the historic June 15 joint declaration and October 4 declaration it would be possible to successfully solve all the issues arising in the way of achieving reunification and achieve the historic cause of national reunification, its cherished desire.
    The "Grand National Party" conservative forces which recently came to power in south Korea are a group of sycophants and traitors as they put the interests of the foreign forces above those of the nation and seek dependence on the outsiders, not national independence. New difficulties have thus been laid in the way ahead of the movement for national reunification.
    The south Korean conservative ruling forces' desperate moves to check the trend of independent reunification of the nation will only precipitate their destruction.

S. Korean People Protest Import of Beef

   Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- The Democratic Labour Party of south Korea called an emergency press conference at the "National Assembly" building on May 5 and it called for an all-people struggle demanding the repeal of the south Korea-U.S. negotiations on beef, according to KBS of south Korea.
    The DLP stated that it would thoroughly inquire into the process and results of the negotiations at a "National Assembly hearing," etc. and submit a special resolution and a special bill for the retraction of the negotiations.
    It also said that it would take part in the candlelight rallies going on at 16 cities and provinces spreading across south Korea and conduct an all-people struggle against the import of American beef in solidarity with all civic and social organizations.

S. Korean Authorities' Sycophancy toward U.S. under Fire

   Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- Jo Yun Hae, chairperson of the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) Regional Headquarters of the National Alliance for the Country's Reunification, released a statement on May 3 in denunciation of the south Korean authorities' sycophancy toward the U.S.
    No sooner had traitor Lee Myung Bak come to power than he introduced the U.S. super nuclear-powered carrier and nuclear-powered submarine and other ultra-modern war hardware into south Korea to stage the south Korea-U.S. joint military exercises aimed at invasion of the DPRK, the statement charged.
    The traitor is seeking the participation of south Korea in the dangerous PSI and the missile defence system, though the predecessors hesitated to do so, it pointed out, saying:
    During his recent junkets to the U.S. and Japan Lee did not hesitate to sell off the interests of the nation and acted a war servant and a shock force of the U.S. And he incited an atmosphere of confrontation with the DPRK, pulling it up over the "human rights" issue.
    All the facts show how zealously the traitor and his gentries are hell-bent on sycophancy toward the U.S. and confrontation with the fellow countrymen. Lee and other traitors of south Korea will be severely punished by the nation.

April Holidays of DPRK Commemorated in Different Countries

   Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- Korean book, photo and handicraft exhibitions, film shows and an art performance were arranged in Russia, Tajikistan, Laos, Singapore and Thailand between April 21 and 26 to commemorate the Day of the Sun, the 15th anniversary of General Secretary Kim Jong Il's election as chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and the 76th birthday of the Korean People's Army.
    Displayed in the venues of the exhibitions were works of President Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and photos showing their feats, books and photos introducing Songun Korea and handiworks carrying the wisdom and talents of the Korean people.
    The participants of the film shows watched Korean films such as "The Ever-victorious Military Ranks in Parade" and "The 75th Anniversary of the Heroic Korean People's Army".
    Put on the stage of art performance were Korean songs including "Our General Is Best" and "General on a Galloping White Horse".

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RPDC y EE.UU. negocian sobre entrega de alimentos

   Pyongyang, 8 de mayo (ATCC) -- La delegacion norteamericana para las negociaciones de alimentos visito del dia 5 al 8 la Republica Popular Democratica de Corea.
    Durante esa visita, se realizaron las negociaciones sobre el ofrecimiento de alimentos de caracter humanitario entre la Republica Popular Democratica de Corea y los Estados Unidos de America.
    Las negociaciones se llevaron a cabo de manera sincera y fructifera.

III simposio de estetica arquitectonica

   Pyongyang, 8 de mayo (ATCC) -- Tuvo lugar el dia 7 en esta capital el III simposio de la estetica arquitectonica.
    En la ocasion participaron el vicepremier Jon Sung Hun y otros miembros del Consejo de Ministros, funcionarios, disenadores, tecnicos, profesores, investigadores y estudiantes, de sectores de arquitectura, construccion y materiales de construccion del centro y localidades.
    En el certamen intervinieron el titular del Instituto de Proyecto de Plan Urbano de Pyongyang, Kim Song Il y otros.
    Los oradores explicaron sobre los problemas de principios que se plantean en desarrollar toda la arquitectura y construccion conforme a la tendencia mundial y a la realidad de Corea y los medios para su materializacion.
    Se refirieron al problema de introducir activamente los exitos de la ciencia y tecnologia modernas y los medios para hacer bien el diseno de plan general, fundamento en la reconstruccion urbana.
    Senalaron la demanda importante presentada en mantener el principio de anteponer la infraestructura a la superestructura en la construccion y los medios para realizarlo asi como los exitos y las experiencias adquiridos en crear y mejorar constantemente nuevos metodos de construccion conveniente a la tendencia mundial en el desarrollo tecnico de la construccion y las condiciones de Corea.
    Hablaron de las medidas para satisfacer suficientemente los requisitos plasticos y artisticos de los edificios y poner el diseno de arquitectura sobre la alta base cientifico-tecnica.
    Subrayaron la necesidad de estudiar y asimilar profundamente la autoctona idea arquitectonica del Dirigente Kim Jong Il y materializarlo estrictamente en el proyecto de arquitectura y la practica de construccion.

Vendepatria de cuno moderno -comentario de ATCC-

   Pyongyang, 8 de mayo (ATCC) -- Durante su reciente visita a Estados Unidos y Japon, Lee Myung Bak mostro su fachada de vendepatria servil a grandes potencias al manchar y sacrificar la dignidad y los intereses nacionales.
    Lo que hizo el en esa gira fue nombrar al Sur de Corea como "Corea del Sur S.A. de EE.UU." e "invitar" al rey japones a Seul llamandole "emperador".
    En menos de dos meses desde su llegada a la "presidencia", convirtio al Sur de Corea en una sociedad anonima del capital monopolista de EE.UU. y disculpo los crimenes cometidos por los imperialistas japoneses en el siglo pasado.
    Esto no pasa de ser un pedazo de iceberg entre todas sus acciones vendepatrias y serviles a grandes potencias.
    Este tipejo proyanqui y projapones no tiene ni un apice de espiritu nacional.
    La toma de "posesion" de Lee Myung Bak produjo el desvanecimiento en el Sur de Corea del ideal de "entre nosotros, los connacionales" y el retorno de la anterior epoca de servilismo a EE.UU. y cooperacion con las fuerzas extranjeras.
    Ya desde antes de su investidura, Lee abogaba por fortalecer las relaciones de "alianza" entre el Sur de Corea y EE.UU. hablando del supuesto "deterioro" de estos vinculos.
    Ahora intensifica el contubernio con las fuerzas foraneas sin tomar en consideracion los intereses y dignidad de la nacion coreana.
    Arrodillado ante las fuerzas extranjeras, para las supuestas "relaciones estrategicas de alianza del siglo 21", el "poder" de Lee acepto el aumento de los gastos para el mantenimiento de las tropas norteamericanas ocupantes del Sur de Corea, el reenvio de efectivos surcoreanos a Afganistan y la importacion de la carne de res de EE.UU.
    Para colmo, la banda de Lee sigue hablando hasta ahora de la "amistad" con Japon, enemigo jurado de la nacion coreana.
    Segun los compinches de Lee, conviene al "pragmatismo" dejar encubiertos la historia de agresion a Corea y los crimenes del siglo pasado de los imperialistas japoneses.
    En ese contexto, ellos estropean hasta la redaccion del "diccionario biografico de elementos projaponeses" hablando de la "nueva epoca de cooperacion" y "orientarse al futuro".
    Por cierto, el titere Lee es identico a los vendepatrias del siglo pasado que entregaron en bandeja el pais a las fuerzas extranjeras.
    Los traidores de la calana de Lee traeran solo la verguenza a los coreanos que viven divididos durante mas de medio siglo por las fuerzas extranjeras.

Rodong Sinmun denuncia aumento armamentista de "poder" surcoreano

   Pyongyang, 8 de mayo (ATCC) -- Hace poco, las fuerzas belicistas surcoreanas convocaron el "comite de promocion de labor de defensa", donde decidieron introducir entre 2010 y 2012 desde Estados Unidos 21 cazas "F-15K" y centenares de misil crucero aire-tierra de tipo ultramoderno a ser cargados en estas aeronaves. Tambien, intentan introducir los cazas de quinta generacion dotados de funcion Stealth y aplicar la tecnologia necesaria al sistema antimisiles "Patriot".
    Tales complots de los belicistas surcoreanos devienen una provocacion intolerable contra la Republica Popular Democratica de Corea que aspira a la reunificacion pacifica y una locura antinacional y anti-paz que lleva a la guerra la situacion de la Peninsula Coreana.
    Asi senala el diario Rodong Sinmun en un comentario individual del dia 8 y continua:
    Atacar al Norte de Corea en contubernio con las fuerzas extranjeras es el designio de las fuerzas belicistas surcoreanas.
    Tal comportamiento de las fuerzas conservadoras gobernantes del Sur de Corea prueba que la teoria de "ataque preventivo" de ellos sobre la RPDC se lleva a la accion practica.
    Es indiscutible quien persigue la confrontacion, quien agrava la tension en el Norte y el Sur de la Peninsula Coreana.
    Mientras las autoridades surcoreanas promueven la politica de confrontacion con la RPDC y fortalecen el aumento armamentista y otros movimientos militares, sera imposible preservar la paz en dicha Peninsula ni librarse la nacion coreana del peligro de la guerra.
    En estos momentos en que la vida del pueblo se empeora debido a la bancarrota economica y el desempleo masivo, el "poder" de Lee Myung Bak malgasta colosales fondos para el aumento armamentista y los preparativos de guerra e intenta acarrear a toda la nacion las calamidades de la guerra, lo cual comprueba que el "poder" de Lee es justamente el "poder" traidor y belicoso.
    Las fuerzas belicistas surcoreanas deben justipreciar la situacion y actuar con prudencia.