Kim Yong Nam Receives Credentials from Ambassador of United Arab Emirates

   Pyongyang, July 1 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, today received credentials from Abdullah Mohamed Al Maainah, new ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the DPRK, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.
    Present there was Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Kung Sok Ung.
    After receiving the credentials Kim had a talk with the ambassador.

Lao President Supports Policies of WPK

   Pyongyang, July 1 (KCNA) -- Choummaly Saynasone, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and President of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos, on June 28 met and had a friendly talk with the delegation of the Ministry of People's Security led by its Minister Ju Sang Song on a visit to Laos.
    The general secretary referred to the fact that the Korean people are defending socialism overcoming all trials and difficulties under the wise leadership of Kim Jong Il and the international position of the DPRK is rising day by day.
    Expressing support for the policies pursued by the Workers' Party of Korea, he hoped that the Korean people would register greater victory in the struggle to defend the country and in socialist construction.

Anniversary of Kim Il Sung's Visit to Mongolia Observed

   Pyongyang, July 1 (KCNA) -- A meeting and a film show were held at the Pyongyang International Cinema House Tuesday on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung' visit to Mongolia.
    Present at the meeting were Mun Jae Chol, acting chairman of the Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, and others.
    Present there on invitation were Mongolian Ambassador to the DPRK Sodovjamts Khurelbaatar and staff members of his embassy.
    At the meeting Jon Yong Jin, vice-chairman of the above-said committee who is vice-chairman of the DPRK-Mongolia Friendship Association, said that the President's visit to Mongolia marked a historic event which demonstrated the traditional friendship and solidarity between the two countries.
    He stressed that the DPRK would make all efforts to boost the traditional relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries which were provided by the President and are favorably developing under the deep care of General Secretary Kim Jong Il.
    Sodovjamts Khurelbaatar in his speech said that the Mongolian government has attached special importance to the traditional relations of friendship between the two countries the foundation of which was provided by the President and hoped that the cooperation and exchange with the DPRK would grow strong in various fields.
    Noting that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK and the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Mongolia and the DPRK, he expressed hope that the Korean people would register successes in their efforts to build a great prosperous powerful nation and reunify the country.
    At the end of the meeting its participants watched the Korean film "The Great Leader Comrade Kim Il Sung Meets Heads of State and Prominent Figures of Foreign Countries" (Part 6).
    On the same day a photo exhibition was opened at the above-said house on the same occasion.

11th National Taekwon-Do Championship for Jongilbong Cup Closes

   Pyongyang, July 1 (KCNA) -- The 11th national Taekwon-Do championship for Jongilbong Cup came to a close.
    In the championship the Taekwon-Do group of North Hwanghae Province placed first in team standing.
    The above-said group also came first in the Korean wrestling event and the Taekwon-Do group of Pyongyang in the go event.
    A closing ceremony of the championship was held at the Taekwon-Do Hall on Monday.
    Present there were Secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea Kim Jung Rin, officials concerned, Taekwon-Do players, fans and school youth and children.

Books Popular with Readers

   Pyongyang, July 1 (KCNA) -- There are many precious books which are widely read by visitors to the Grand People's Study House.
    They are books sent there by General Secretary Kim Jong Il to help enhance the scientific, cultural and technological level of officials, working people and youths and students.
    He has sent 658 223 copies of books of 590 831 kinds in 1 040 installments over the last 20 years or more.
    Among them there are books of social sciences, full- and medium-length novels and short stories of historical and realistic themes and world-famous foreign literary works.
    They also include scientific and technological books, valuable video-recorded data such as "Computer Aided Designing", compact disks of musical works newly delineated by well-known art troupes of the DPRK, "Encyclopedia of Common Knowledge", "Data of Wind Energy Development" and many other books and up-to-date scientific and technological materials.
    Some of them are books both in Korean and foreign languages.
    The study house renders versatile services to the public through book-offering, book-lending and on-the-spot and itinerant services.
    The visitors to the study house number more than 8,000 on daily average and 10,000 or more at maximum.

U.S. Warmongers' Ceaseless Saber Rattling Assailed

   Pyongyang, July 1 (KCNA) -- The U.S. bellicose forces staged joint air military exercises together with the south Korean war-like forces in the U.S. air base in south Korea for about a week from June 16 swimming against the trend of the times. Involved in the war maneuvers were over 90 air-striking means including fighters of the U.S. air force in Pacific, its mainland and in south Korea and the south Korean puppet air force.
    Rodong Sinmun today in a signed commentary brands the above-mentioned war maneuvers as a premeditated playing with fire aimed at escalating the military confrontation and tension on the Korean Peninsula and driving its situation to the catastrophic phase of war and an adventurous war gambling designed to make a preemptive strike at the DPRK.
    It goes on:
    The U.S. introduced into the above-said exercises B-52 which earned ill fame for its armed invasion and war of aggression against other countries in the past. This is a revelation of its dangerous scenario to make a preemptive nuclear strike at the DPRK any time.
    The U.S. oft-repeated talk that it has "no intention to attack" the DPRK can convince no one as it sounds hypocritical. It is nothing but a deceptive artifice veiled with the smokescreen of peace as it is aimed at disarming the army and people of the DPRK mentally and militarily and realizing its war scenario to invade it.
    If the U.S. is truly willing to settle pending issues peacefully through dialogue with the DPRK, it should refrain from such provocative acts as leveling its gun at the dialogue partner.
    Dialogue and saber rattling can never go together. The danger of war can never be removed from the Korean Peninsula nor can peace settle on it as long as the U.S. persists in its moves to ignite a war of aggression against the DPRK in a bid to stifle it by force of arms.
    The U.S. had better behave itself, pondering over the consequences to be entailed by its anti-DPRK military hysteria which may derail dialogue and disturb peace.

Participation in RIMPAC Joint Military Exercises Assailed

   Pyongyang, July 1 (KCNA) -- The south Korean puppet war maniacs are taking part in the U.S.-led aggressive RIMPAC joint military exercises that kicked off in the waters off the Pacific region on June 29.
    They let destroyers, submarines, sea patrol planes and many other war hardware participate in the exercises.
    These exercises which the U.S. has staged since early in the 1970s with its satellite forces are, in fact, dangerous war maneuvers targeted against the DPRK.
    The south Korean puppet military authorities did not hide the fact that the exercises are aimed at increasing the "joint operational capacity" in the sea.
    The People for Achieving Peace and Reunification, an organization of the movement for peace against war of south Korea, issued a statement denouncing the exercises on the same day, in which it held that the above-said exercises are designed to establish U.S. domination over Northeast Asia and increase the U.S.-led joint operational capacity and enhance the effect of strategic weapons and ultra-modern precision strike weapons.
    The gravity of the exercises lies in that they are closely linked with the moves to knock into shape a "triangular military alliance" involving the U.S., Japan and south Korea, it noted.
    The statement demanded the U.S. and the south Korean authorities stop the joint military exercises and the moves for the formation of the "triangular military alliance" as they are going against the trend toward peace and opt for the conclusion of a peace agreement on the Korean Peninsula and disarmament there.

Struggle against Lee Myung Bak and for Peace against War Called for in S. Korea

   Pyongyang, July 1 (KCNA) -- The Headquarters of Struggle of the 16th-term south Korean Federation of University Student Councils (Hanchongryon) issued a statement on June 26 calling for turning out in the struggle against Lee Myung Bak and for peace against war.
    The statement recalled that the candlelight actions against American beef import are gaining in scope and strength day by day in south Korea.
    Beef import is now under fire worldwide for being a humiliating "drain on resources," the statement noted, adding that this is attributable to the "alliance" with the U.S.
    Declaring that Hanchongryon would wage a strenuous struggle against Lee Myung Bak and the U.S., the statement stressed that all the fellow students of Hanchongryon would rise up in the struggle against the U.S. and for peace against war.
    Hanchongryon will turn out as one in the actions for independence of the people and their right to existence during the June 25-September 8 period of the joint movement of Pomchonghakryon (National Alliance of Youth and Students for the Country's Reunification) for peace against war in order to achieve genuine independence and peace on this land, it added.

Additional Negotiations on Beef Import Assailed in S. Korea

   Pyongyang, July 1 (KCNA) -- The chairmen of policy-making committees of opposition parties in south Korea, including the Democratic Party for Unity and the Democratic Labor Party, at a seminar condemned as ineffective the additional negotiations on the import of American beef which failed to protect the south Koreans' health and quarantine sovereignty, CBS of south Korea reported on June 28.
    They said that the recent additional negotiations, which allowed export and import of American beef to be dealt with at will of U.S. and south Korean traders, were no more than a trick to hoodwink the people employed by the Lee Myung Bak "government" frightened at their candlelight actions.
    They warned that any part of cattle fraught with the danger of "mad cow disease" might be imported if the candlelight actions die out.

53rd Candlelight Rally Held in S. Korea

   Pyongyang, July 1 (KCNA) -- The 53rd candlelight rally was held in Seoul on June 29 in protest against the import of American beef with at least 10,000 people from all walks of life attending.
    Citizens of different social standings gathered around Jongro and held the rally despite the police suppression.
    Speakers said at the rally that the Lee Myung Bak group is branding the participants in the candlelight rally as "Reds and pro-communist elements". They denounced the "government" for suppressing the citizens with the old assertion dating back to the era of dictatorship and the conservative media for misinterpreting the voices of the people, backed by capital and power.
    The Lee group made public "talks to the people" one after another, they recalled, adding that the people regard them as no more than rubbish.
    The Lee Myung Bak "government" is sadly mistaken if it thinks it can stay in power through recourse to violence, they warned, calling upon all the people to turn out in the street to judge the group of traitors.
    At the end of the rally its participants staged a demonstration.
    Vehicles passing by responded to the demonstrators by sounding horns.

Fascist Violence Committed against Participants in Candlelight Actions in S. Korea

   Pyongyang, July 1 (KCNA) -- The south Korean puppet regime is openly threatening the participants in the candlelight actions against the import of American beef, more undisguisedly revealing its attempt at fascist violence against them.
    The minister of Justice, the minister of Administration and Security, the minister of Labor, the minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the room chief of the "prime minister" issued an "emergency joint statement" on June 29 in which they blustered that "not only those who spearhead and agitate radical and violent demonstrations but also assaulters would be chased and arrested to the last and legal actions would be taken against them and they would be forced to pay compensation."
    They also threatened to brand the general strike of the south Korean Confederation of Trade Unions and its struggle to prevent the American beef from being taken out of stores as a "strike for a political purpose" and an "illegal group action" and hold those involved in them accountable for them under any circumstances.
    They went the lengths of falsifying the truth of the situation by claiming that the demonstrators are opposing the "government's" implementation of its just policy, departing from the issue of beef though it did its utmost at the additional negotiations on the import of American beef and they reflected most of the people's demands. Oft-repeating the above-said claim, they asserted that they are compelled to take strong counter-actions against demonstrators including the spraying of liquid tear gas.
    Meanwhile, the puppet police authorities perpetrated such fascist outrage as arresting 55 demonstrators and wounding hundreds of protesters, while violently cracking down upon the fierce candlelight actions of people from all walks of life staged from the evening of June 28 to the morning of the next day.
    The number of the demonstrators who had been arrested by the police for their involvement in the candlelight actions against the total opening of south Korean markets to American beef since May 24 reached more than 830 and nine of them are still in custody.
    The police authorities, pursuant to the action taken by the puppet regime on June 29, disclosed their attempt to massively crack down upon the candlelight struggle.

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

   Pyongyang, July 1 (KCNA) -- Meetings took place in Russia, Ukraine, Peru and Nepal, a friendship gathering in Bulgaria, a film show and a photo exhibition in Equatorial Guinea, a meeting, a photo exhibition and a film show in India and a meeting for adopting congratulatory message in Congo in the period from June 12 to 21 to mark the 44th anniversary of General Secretary Kim Jong Il's start of work at the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.
    On display at the venues of events were famous works of President Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, photographs dealing with their immortal exploits and books and photographs introducing Songun Korea.
    Speeches were made at the events.
    Victor Oliva Miguel, general secretary of the Revolutionary Socialist Party of Peru, said that Kim Jong Il's start of work at the WPK Central Committee was a historic event of weighty significance in the strengthening and development of the WPK and socialism in the DPRK.
    The deputy general secretary of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea said: The WPK led by Kim Jong Il is the most powerful and greatest party in the world, and the Korean people under its guidance are a people strong in sense of discipline and organization and united as one in mind. No force can bring the Korean people to their knees as they are closely rallied on the basis of the Juche idea, the only idea.
    Nikolai Polishk, chairman of the Ukrainian "Treasured Sword of Songun" Association for the Study of the Juche Idea, said that Kim Jong Il has cemented the unity and cohesion of the party, wisely led the historic cause of modeling the whole society on the Juche idea and performed immortal exploits in the cause of national reunification with his unique Songun politics.
    G. Debarajan, secretary of the C.C., the All-India Forward Bloc, said that they extend warm greetings to Kim Jong Il who has strengthened the WPK into the party of Kim Il Sung and the invincible party advancing under the banner of independence against imperialism.
    Congratulatory messages to Kim Jong Il were adopted at the events held in Russia, Ukraine and Congo.

Struggle for Korea's Reunification Supported in Brazil

   Pyongyang, July 1 (KCNA) -- Antonio Neto, chairman of the Brazilian Working People's General Center, released a statement on June 23 on the occasion of the 8th anniversary of the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration, supporting the Korean people in their struggle for national reunification.
    The statement said that the joint declaration, an embodiment of the 10-point programme for great national unity advanced by President Kim Il Sung, serves as a new milestone in the struggle of the Korean people for national reunification.
    We express full support for the Korean people in the struggle to get the U.S. forces withdrawn from south Korea and reunify the country, it noted.
    The statement expressed the belief that the Korean people would drive the U.S. forces out of south Korea, ensure the lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula and surely achieve the reunification of the country through the great unity of the entire nation and by the Koreans themselves under the leadership of Kim Jong Il, chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission.

Solidarity with Korean People Expressed in India

   Pyongyang, July 1 (KCNA) -- The All India Indo-Korean Friendship Association and the Indian Committee for Supporting Korea's Reunification issued a joint statement on June 24 on the occasion of the month for international solidarity with the Korean people.
    June 25, 2008, marks the lapse of 58 years after the U.S. imperialists ignited the war against the DPRK, no more than two years old at that time, the statement said, and went on:
    We express serious concern over the fact that the U.S. has not yet withdrawn its troops and military equipment from south Korea despite the unanimous demand of the world progressive people aspiring after peace in Korea though more than 60 years have passed.
    The world people set the month for international solidarity with the Korean people to get the U.S. forces withdrawn from south Korea and realize Korea's independent and peaceful reunification and have been waging the movement to support the Korean people in this period.
    We strongly urge the U.S. troops to go out of south Korea immediately taking war hardware with them, and reconfirm our support to the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration.

Withdrawal of U.S. Forces from S. Korea Urged by British Organizations

   Pyongyang, July 1 (KCNA) -- The British Association for the Study of Songun Policy and the British Group for the Study of the Juche Idea issued a joint statement on June 23 on the lapse of 58 years after the outbreak of the Korean war.
    The U.S. imperialists unleashed a war of aggression against the young DPRK on June 25, 1950, the statement pointed out, citing data to disclose the true colors of the U.S. as the provocateur of the Korean war.
    History will never forget the fact that the U.S. imperialists perpetrated inhuman and brutal genocide of innocent people during the Korean war, the statement said, and went on:
    The U.S. imperialists still remain in south Korea, dividing Korea into two and ceaselessly committing aggression and plunder.
    We strongly demand that the U.S. stop the moves for a new war against the DPRK and sanctions and interference on it and immediately pull the U.S. troops out of south Korea.
    The statement said that they fully support the Korean people in the efforts to achieve the country's reunification.

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Conmemoran el XX aniversario de visita de Kim Il Sung a Mogolia

   Pyongyang, 1 de julio (ATCC) -- Con motivo del XX aniversario de la visita del Presidente Kim Il Sung a Mongolia tuvieron lugar el dia primero el mitin conmemorativo y la proyeccion filmica en la Casa Internacional de Cinematografia de Pyongyang.
    En la ocasion participaron Mun Jae Chol, presidente interino del Comite de Relaciones Culturales con el Extranjero y otros funcionarios.
    Fueron invitados el embajador de Mongolia en Corea, Sodovjamts Khurelbaatar, y otros miembros de esta sede diplomatica.
    Al hacer uso de la palabra, Jon Yong Jin, vicepresidente de la Asociacion de Amistad Corea-Mongolia y del Comite de Relaciones Culturales con el Extranjero dijo que la visita del Presidente Kim Il Sung a Mongolia fue un evento historico que manifesto la tradicional amistad y solidaridad entre los dos paises.
    Enfatizo que hara todos los esfuerzos por ampliar las tradicionales relaciones de amistad y cooperacion entre ambos paises que se prepararon por el Presidente y se desarrollan favorablemente bajo la gran atencion del Dirigente Kim Jong Il.
    El embajador mongol senalo en su discurso que el gobierno de su pais concede especial importancia a las tradicionales relaciones de amistad entre los dos paises, cuya base fue sentada por el Presidente
    Kim Il Sung, y desea que se amplien y se desarrollen la cooperacion y el intercambio con Corea en varias esferas.
    Anadio que este ano se acogera el 60o aniversario de la fundacion de la Republica Popular Democratica de Corea y del establecimiento de las relaciones diplomaticas entre ambos paises y deseo al pueblo coreano exitos en su lucha por construir una gran potencia prospera y reunificar el pais.
    Terminado el acto, los participantes vieron la sexta parte del documental coreano "El gran Lider, camarada Kim Il Sung se encuentra con los jefes de Estado y personalidades celebres del extranjero".
    Quedo inaugurada este dia en el mismo lugar la exhibicion fotografica dedicada a esa efemeride.

Actividades en varios paises por efemeride coreana

   Pyongyang, 1 de julio (ATCC) -- Con motivo del 44 aniversario del inicio del trabajo del Dirigente Kim Jong Il en el Comite Central del Partido del Trabajo de Corea tuvieron lugar entre los dias 12 y 21 de junio los mitines en Rusia, Ucrania, el Peru y Nepal, el acto de amistad en Bulgaria, la proyeccion filmica y fotoexhibicion en Guinea Ecuatorial, el mitin, exposicion de fotos y proyeccion filmica en la India y el acto de aprobacion de mensaje de felicitacion dirigido al Dirigente en el Congo.
    En los lugares de actos fueron exhibidas las obras maestras del Presidente Kim Il Sung y el Dirigente Kim Jong Il, las fotos alusivas a sus hazanas, los libros y fotos que dan a conocer Corea del Songun (priorizacion militar).
    En las ocasiones hubo discursos.
    El secretario general del Partido Socialista Revolucionario del Peru, Victor Oliva Miguel, senalo que el inicio del trabajo del Dirigente en el CC del PTC es el evento historico que reviste la significacion trascendental en el fortalecimiento del PTC y el socialismo de Corea.
    El subsecretario general del Partido Democratico de Guinea Ecuatorial agrego que el PTC dirigido por Su Excelencia Kim Jong Il es el gran partido mas fuerte en el mundo y el pueblo coreano, que goza de direccion del PTC, es el disciplinado, organizativo y unido monoliticamente y subrayo que nadie puede doblegar a este pueblo unido firmemente a base de la idea Juche, una sola idea.
    El presidente de la Asociacion para el Estudio de la Idea Juche "remedio omnipotente del Songun" de Ucrania, Nikolai Polishuk, destaco que el Dirigente oriento sabiamente la causa historica para consolidar monoliticamente la unidad y cohesion del partido y transformar toda la sociedad segun la Idea Juche y realizo inmortales hazanas en la causa de la reunificacion de la patria practicando la original politica de Songun.
    El secretario del CC del Frente Progresista de toda la India, G. Debarajan, rindio su caluroso saludo al Dirigente Kim Jong Il quien fortalecio el PTC como el partido del Presidente Kim Il Sung y como invencible partido que avanza con la bandera de la independencia antiimperialista en alto.
    En los actos efectuados en Rusia, Ucrania y el Congo fueron aprobados sendos mensajes de felicitacion dirigidos al Dirigente.

Rechazan participacion de Sur de Corea en simulacro "Rimpac"

   Pyongyang, 1 de julio (ATCC) -- Destructor, submarino, buque patrullero y otros numerosos medios belicos del Sur de Corea participan en el ejercicio militar conjunto "Rimpac", que se libra desde el 29 de junio en el Oceano Pacifico bajo el liderazgo de Estados Unidos.
    Esta aventurera maniobra militar, que despliega EE.UU. desde principios de la decada de 1970 con las fuerzas satelites, se propone efectivamente a desatar la guerra de agresion contra la Republica Popular Democratica de Corea.
    Las autoridades del ejercito titere surcoreano declararon abiertamente que la presente edicion de "Rimpac" tiene por su objetivo elevar la "capacidad de operacion combinada" en el mar.
    Los Hombres Partidarios de la Paz y la Reunificacion, entidad del movimiento por la paz antibelica del Sur de Corea, publico ese dia una declaracion revelando que "Rimpac" sirve para establecer la esfera de dominio de EE.UU. en la region del Nordeste Asiatico y elevar la capacidad de operacion combinada al mando de este imperio y mejorar la efectividad del uso combinado de las armas estrategicas y los sofisticados artefactos de ataque a precision.
    Este ejercicio militar resulta grave porque esta vinculado estrechamente con las maniobras para el establecimiento de la "alianza militar tripartita" entre EE.UU., Japon y el Sur de Corea, senala la nota.
    EE.UU. y las autoridades surcoreanas deben poner fin a los ejercicios militares conjuntos y al fortalecimiento de la "alianza militar tripartita", que desafian a la corriente hacia la paz, y proceder a la concertacion del tratado de paz de la Peninsula Coreana y al desarme, concluye.

Clausurado XI Campeonato de Taekwon-Do por "Copa Jongilbong"

   Pyongyang, 1 de julio (ATCC) -- Quedo clausurado la vispera en el capitalino Palacio de Taekwon-Do el XI Campeonato Nacional de Taekwon-Do por "Copa Jongilbong" con la presencia del secretario del CC del Partido del Trabajo de Corea, Kim Jung Rin, y otros funcionarios, los taekwondocas y aficionados a este arte marcial, jovenes y ninos escolares.
    En la modalidad de Taekwon-do, que tuvo la seccion de juniores y la de ninos, encabezo la clasificacion general el Equipo de Taekwon-Do de la provincia de Hwanghae del Norte.
    Este equipo resulto ganador tambien en la competencia de Sirum (lucha tradicional de Corea) mientras la entidad homologa de la ciudad de Pyongyang se corono campeona en el torneo de Paduk (Go-chess).