Congratulations to Fidel Castro

   Pyongyang, August 13 (KCNA) -- General Secretary Kim Jong I sent a congratulatory message to Fidel Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, on August 13.
    The message said:
    I extend warm congratulations and comradely greetings to you on your 82nd birthday.
    Availing myself of this opportunity I express belief that the traditional relations of friendship and cooperation between the two parties and peoples will continue to strengthen and develop and heartily wish that you would recover your health as soon as possible and achieve greater successes in your noble work for victorious advance of socialism.

Message to S. Side

   Pyongyang, August 13 (KCNA) -- A sand transport ship of the south side "Dongi-1" collided with a fishing boat of the north side at a point 4.6 nautical miles east of Kosong at around 2:25 on August 12 when it was sailing toward the south side with sand on board.
    The chief of the military working personnel of the north side in the area under the control of the north and the south along the East Coast Wednesday sent the following message to the south side in this regard:
    This accident happened because the captain of the south side's transport ship failed to see the fishing boat of the north side before his ship as he was steering the ship alone after letting its crewmen, who felt tired, go to sleep.
    The crewmen of the transport ship admitted this in unison.
    The serious accident that occurred due to the south side's mistake caused such grave consequences as leaving two innocent fishermen of the north side dead and sinking its boat.
    The north side, however, taking into due consideration the fact that it accidentally took place in the middle of night, decided to take a compatriotic measure of sending back the transport ship and its crew to the south side.
    According to this measure, the above-said ship of the south side and its crew left Jangjon Port this afternoon.

DPRK Weightlifter Wins Gold Medal

   Pyongyang, August 13 (KCNA) -- DPRK weightlifter Pak Hyon Suk won a gold medal at the weightlifting competition of the 29th Olympic Games now under way in China.
    She lifted 241kg total with 106kg in snatch and 135kg in jerk by making a quick jerk and a brilliant show of strength. She thus came first in the 63kg category final competition held on Tuesday.

Anniversary of Kim Jong Il's Work Marked

   Pyongyang, August 13 (KCNA) -- A national seminar on the idea and theory on the revolutionary lookout on the leader laid down by General Secretary Kim Jong Il in his work "On Firmly Establishing the Revolutionary Outlook on the Leader among Officials" and his exploits took place at the Grand People's Study House on Wednesday.
    The seminar heard five papers explaining and proving the scientific accuracy, truth, validity and vitality of the ideas and theories clarified in his work.
    The speakers said that the ideas and theories on the nature of the work to establish a revolutionary outlook on the leader expounded by him are a revolutionary doctrine evolved and perfected on the basis of a correct understanding of the undisputed position and decisive role of the leader in the revolutionary struggle.
    They noted that the Juche-oriented revolutionary outlook on the leader gave a clear scientific exposition that the great leader is the mental mainstay that humankind craved for so eagerly as he indicates the way for the people to carve out their destiny and instills inexhaustible creative power into them and lucidly enunciates the idea that the undisputed trust in the leader of the revolution is the most important life and soul for a revolutionary.
    They stressed that the tradition of the revolutionary outlook on the leader is the core of the revolutionary traditions of Mt. Paektu and the roots of the shining victories and successes achieved in the past 8 decade-long revolutionary struggle in Korea.
    The ideas and theories on the education in loyalty clarified by Kim Jong Il in the work serve as highly important guidelines to be always held fast to in fully preparing officials as vanguard fighters devotedly defending the leader, firmly equipped with the revolutionary outlook on the leader and a great banner for consolidating the single-minded unity of the party and revolutionary ranks, they noted, and continued:
    For the past two decades the ideas and theories on establishing a revolutionary outlook on the leader have fully displayed validity and vitality with their tremendous attraction and dynamism.
    Present there were Kim Jung Rin, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, Kim Yong Jin, minister of Education, officials of party and administrative bodies and working people's organizations at national level and in Pyongyang, officials of scientific, educational, literary and art and media institutions and party cadre-training institutions and those in the field of preservation of revolutionary relics.

Credentials of Sotho Ambassador Accepted

   Pyongyang, August 13 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, received credentials from Anthony Rachobokoane Thibeli, ambassador of Lesotho to the DPRK, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall on August 13.
    After receiving the credentials, he had a talk with the ambassador.

Gift to Kim Jong Il from Sotho Government

   Pyongyang, August 13 (KCNA) -- General Secretary Kim Jong Il received a gift from the government of the Kingdom of Lesotho.
    The gift was handed to Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, by Anthony Rachobokoane Thibeli, new ambassador of Lesotho to the DPRK, on Wednesday.

National Exhibition of Young People's Scientific and Technological Achievements Opens

   Pyongyang, August 13 (KCNA) -- A national exhibition of young people's scientific and technological achievements was opened with due ceremony at the Three-Revolution Exhibition on Wednesday to mark the Youth Day.
    On display at the exhibition are at least 2,000 invention and new technological innovation achievements including hundreds of IT products young scientists and technicians across the country obtained through their dynamic "Youth March for Science and Technology" and popular technical innovation movement.
    The exhibits include a support system for Kimjongilia cultivation, a system for educational administration and management, a computerized system for packing tiles and other computer programs helpful to raising the nation's level of IT.
    Among the exhibits are a device for simulating diesel locomotive driving, a system for automatic regulation of temperature in ovens, a process of producing saplings of small apple trees through low temperature treatment, a new plant stimulant, and other scientific and technological achievements.
    Present there were Kim Jung Rin, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, Pyon Yong Rip, president of the State Academy of Sciences, young scientists and technicians and working youth from across the country.

Independence Day of India Observed

   Pyongyang, August 13 (KCNA) -- The Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries and the DPRK-India Friendship Association arranged a film show at the People's Palace of Culture on Wednesday to mark the 61st anniversary of the independence of India.
    Present at the show on invitation were Ambassador Zile Singh and staff members of the Indian embassy here.
    Jon Yong Jin, vice-chairman of the committee and vice-chairman of the association, and members of the association and working people in the city of Pyongyang were on hand.
    The participants watched an Indian feature film.

Laudable First Generation of Korean Revolution

   Pyongyang, August 13 (KCNA) -- The Korean revolution started and has emerged victorious in the self-sacrificing spirit of the true revolutionaries who were possessed of firm confidence in the future and lofty outlook on life.
    The first generation of the Korean revolution is none other than the anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters.
    The anti-Japanese war could not be launched without the will to lay down lives in those years of ordeals for the Korean nation when the Japanese imperialists mercilessly massacred people everywhere they went.
    However, the first generation of the Korean revolution devoted all their youth and lives to the struggle for the liberation of the country and the happiness of the people and pioneered the road of the Juche-oriented revolution with blood.
    At the dawn of the revolution, the members of the Down-with-Imperialism Union held President Kim Il Sung in high esteem and remained faithful to their leader with confidence, obligation and principles in any adversity, thus giving the origin to the unity and cohesion.
    The anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters created a brilliant model of defending the leader with their lives, the life and soul of the Korean revolution, and displayed the lofty traits of revolutionaries.
    The 7th regiment led by O Jung Hup, with a firm belief that to protect the headquarters was immediately to defend the heart of the Korean revolution, fought for the safety of the headquarters, beating down enemy soldiers right and left during the Arduous March in the 1930s.
    In the indomitable revolutionary spirit of self-reliance of creating things out of nothing the anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters manufactured wooden guns and Yongil Bombs at the arsenals in the thick forests and made military uniforms for a battalion or a regiment with two-three sewing machines.
    They were brazen to hold football matches under the situation in which huge amounts of enemy forces were on all sides, willingly took grass roots and snow as their meal and shouted at the last moments of life that they sighted the victory of the revolution. This revolutionary optimism of the anti-Japanese forerunners stroke terror into the heart of the enemy.
    President Kim Il Sung writes in his reminiscences "With the Century": The veterans of the anti-Japanese revolution fought to make history, rather than leave their names in history. c If we had taken up arms to leave our names in history, we would have been unable to achieve a great historical success, now known as the history of the anti-Japanese revolution by the present generation.
    Today, the third and fourth generations of the Korean revolution are striving harder to accomplish the revolutionary cause of Juche with the indomitable spirit of the anti-Japanese martyrs as their ideological and mental pillar.

Full Play to Revolutionary Spirit of Mt. Paektu Called for

   Pyongyang, August 13 (KCNA) -- Rodong Sinmun today editorially calls upon all the people to give fuller play to the mettle of Songun Korea in the revolutionary spirit of Mt. Paektu, single-mindedly united around General Secretary Kim Jong Il.
    The strong mental power of the Korean people who have decorated annals of the revolution with the undying heroic epic under the leadership of the party and the leader is based on the revolutionary spirit of Mt. Paektu, the editorial says, and goes on:
    All the epoch-making victories and successes achieved in the Korean revolution and construction would have been unthinkable without the charging spirit, the indomitable fighting spirit and the spirit of independence, the spirit the anti-Japanese revolutionary forerunners fully displayed to break through any ordeals, fight it out and liberate the country and build a socialist paradise by their own efforts.
    The victories won by the Korean people in the two grim revolutionary wars were military miracles brought by the revolutionary spirit of Mt. Paektu, and this spirit was source of the stamina of Chollima whereby the powerful socialist country, independent in politics, self-sufficient in the economy and self-reliant in national defence, was built on the ruins. The revolutionary soldier spirit and the Kanggye spirit, created in the period of "Arduous March" and forced march, were also a brilliant embodiment of the revolutionary spirit of Mt. Paektu.
    When we fight in the revolutionary spirit of Mt. Paektu we can defeat any formidable enemy and there will be neither hardships nor fortress impossible for us to overcome or conquer. This is the historical review of the Korean revolution and construction.
    The revolutionary spirit of Mt. Paektu is the everlasting spirit of Korea and the Korean people are men of mental power who have armed themselves with this spirit under the leadership of the great party. The Korean revolution's mainstay of ideology and spirit remains unchanged though there was the change of generations and centuries. The revolutionary spirit of Mt. Paektu serves as an invariable ideological and moral pillar of the Korean people forever.
    All the party members and other working people should hold fast to this spirit as an ever-victorious treasured sword and conduct a vigorous offensive to reach the high peak of the building of a great prosperous powerful nation and thus demonstrate all over the world the mettle of the heroic people who have grown to be men of ideology and faith under the care of President Kim Il Sung and General Secretary Kim Jong Il, the editorial concludes.

Japanese Reactionaries' Moves against Chongryon under Fire

   Pyongyang, August 13 (KCNA) -- The Japanese reactionaries are escalating the offensive of economic pressure to suffocate and disorganize the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) as evidenced by the moves to totally withdraw the measures taken by local self-governing bodies for reducing the taxes for the fixed properties of all Chongryon-related facilities across Japan.
    Rodong Sinmun Wednesday observes in a signed commentary in this regard:
    The Japanese reactionaries' frantic suppression of Chongryon is a revelation of their hostile policy towards the DPRK. It is obviously nothing but a vicious and mean move to destroy and stifle Chongryon, a legitimate organization of overseas citizens of the DPRK.
    Their brutal suppression of Chongryon is a crime diametrically running counter to international law and humanitarian norms and principles, the commentary notes, and goes on:
    By intensifying this suppression they seek to retrieve the Japanese imperialists' defeat and evade the responsibility to redress their past crimes.
    They are becoming frantic in their moves to suppress and destroy Chongryon by bringing groundless charges against it and mobilizing even state power, while shelving the issue of liquidating Japan's past crimes, a key issue concerning the DPRK-Japan relations.
    Chongryon and Koreans in Japan have struggled to protect their national identity and interests and democratic rights, subject to national discrimination in Japan. The Japanese reactionaries' hysteric crackdown upon them is a serious human rights abuse contrary to the human ethics and morality and the spirit of humanitarianism and a rash act of infringing upon and mocking at the sovereignty and dignity of the DPRK.
    With nothing can the Japanese reactionaries justify their anti-DPRK, anti-Chongryon moves. They are unpardonable.
    Their desperate efforts to do harm to the DPRK and Chongryon would only rapidly heighten the hatred of the servicepersons and people of the DPRK against Japan.
    Japan would be well advised to bear this in mind and stop at once the anti-Chongryon, anti-DPRK hysteria which only pushes the situation to a grave phase.

Japan's Dangerous Moves to Reorganize SDF Blasted

   Pyongyang, August 13 (KCNA) -- The Japanese reactionaries are now busy reorganizing the Ground "Self-Defense Force". This is intended to prepare the SDF in such a way as to get it capable of coping with any modern war and play an important role in igniting a war of aggression overseas any time and executing it.
    Minju Joson today observes this in a signed commentary.
    It goes on:
    The aim sought by the Japanese reactionaries through this is to rapidly convert the SDF which was organized and systematized to serve the purpose of the so-called "defence" according to the principle of "exclusive defence" into armed forces for mounting preemptive attacks in a war.
    This move is posing a grave threat to the peace in Asia and the rest of the world and further straining the situation in the vicinity of Japan, in particular.
    Japan is rushing headlong into militarism and made the DPRK the primary target of its strike.
    The DPRK can never remain an onlooker to the moves of the Japanese reactionaries posing a grave military threat to it, while whetting its sword to stage a comeback to Korea. It is following them with a high degree of vigilance.
    If Japan finally launches re-invasion despite the repeated warnings from the DPRK, it will give vent to the grudge against Japan pent up for more than a century and send the whole of Japan, a country of islands, into the bottom of the sea. This is the unanimous will and tough stand of the servicepersons and people of the DPRK to struggle against Japan.
    Japan should learn the truth that this extraordinary readiness and will are guaranteed by full capability.
    The Japanese reactionaries would be well advised to halt such rash acts.

Rodong Sinmun on Imperialists' Sanctions and Pressure

   Pyongyang, August 13 (KCNA) -- It is a trite method for the imperialists to isolate and blockade internationally and enfeeble those countries that incur their displeasure through sanctions and pressure in a bid to bring about regime changes there.
    Rodong Sinmun today says this in a by-lined article.
    It goes on:
    The imperialists are now becoming evermore undisguised in their sanctions and pressure upon the anti-imperialist, independent countries.
    They have pulled up those countries over "human rights issues" and "absence of democracy" for the mere reason that they refused to follow them. Not content with this, they are putting sanctions and pressure upon these countries, charging them with ''drug trafficking," ''proliferation of WMDs'' and ''flesh traffic" and the like. Through this they seek to isolate the above-said countries worldwide and set up "governments serving them" and thus realize their ambition to dominate the world. In a word, the imperialists' rackets of sanctions and pressure are a wanton infringement upon the sovereignty of the independent countries and a product of their sinister plot to realize the above-mentioned ambition.
    The article cites facts to prove that the U.S. is now escalating its sanctions and pressure upon such sovereign countries as Myanmar, Syria, Belarus, Iran and Zimbabwe. This is censured and condemned by the world public for being an infringement upon the sovereignty of these countries and interference in their internal affairs.
    All facts go to prove that neither sanctions nor pressure can be a solution to any problem, concludes the article.

Police Suppression Flayed in S. Korea

   Pyongyang, August 13 (KCNA) -- The Solidarity for Progress of south Korea went on a one-man demonstration all at once outside 165 police stations across south Korea on August 11 in demand of the dismissal of the chief of the puppet Police Office and the disbandment of "Paekgoldan".
    The organization called a press conference in Seoul that day in connection with the demonstration.
    At the press conference it charged that the police authorities are these days getting hell-bent on "people-hunting" with bloodshot eyes, even setting bounty.
    It said: The police have committed outrages against people and walked them away indiscriminately. Not content with this, they are hell-bent in "man-hunting" after forming the "Paekgoldan". Such reckless actions are an insult to many martyrs who fell in the past struggle of decades for democratization and a threat to the people.
    It declared that one-man demonstrations would be launched all at once in front of the police stations in different areas including Seoul, Pusan, Kwangju, Taejon, Inchon, Ulsan, Kyonggi Province and North and South Kyongsang provinces at 12:00 that day in order to check the police's frantic suppression.
    It stressed that it would conduct a 100,000-people signature campaign urging the "National Assembly" to dismiss the chief of the Police Office in major cities across south Korea on August 13, set the period of intensive information activities till August 22 and build up all-people opinion for the dismissal of the police chief and disbandment of "Paekgoldan".
    The organization also said that it would sponsor a 100,000-people "mass on situation" on August 23 in solidarity with Buddhist, civic and public organizations.

Lee Myung Bak Group's Fascist Suppression Assailed

   Pyongyang, August 13 (KCNA) -- Workers, youth and students, netizens and other citizens of Seoul on August 9 staged a protest against the Lee Myung Bak group's fascist suppression and moves to put media under its control.
    Members of the "2008 Vanguard for Independent Reunification in Seoul Area" and citizens held an event "grand march for Seoul free from the U.S. forces in order to realize total renegotiations on American beef import, get the June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration implemented and achieve peace and reunification."
    At the event the chief of the vanguard and other speakers recalled that the world public is branding traitor Lee Myung Bak keen on sycophancy toward the U.S. as "a pet dog of Bush".
    They declared they would continue candlelight actions in order to build a free and peaceful society free from the U.S. forces on this land.
    They called upon all the citizens of Seoul to hold high the candlelight of independence, peace and reunification on August 15 when the 100th candlelight action will be staged in order to put an end to the humiliating "alliance" with the U.S.
    The participants conducted information activities calling for defending the sovereignty of the nation and achieving peace on the Korean Peninsula.
    Then followed the 94th candlelight rally.
    At the end of the rally its participants formed a "march group" before staging a demonstration.
    Meanwhile, there was a candlelight rally to denounce traitor Lee Myung Bak group's moves to put broadcasting services under its control in front of the KBS Office under the sponsorship of the All-People Action to Check Moves to Control Broadcasting Services and Suppression of Netizens grouping at least 540 organizations.

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Kim Jong Il felicita a Fidel Castro Ruz

   Pyongyang, 13 de agosto (ATCC) -- El Dirigente Kim Jong Il, Secretario General del Partido del Trabajo de Corea y Presidente del Comite de Defensa Nacional de la Republica Popular Democratica de Corea, envio este miercoles un mensaje de felicitacion al Primer Secretario del Comite Central del Partido Comunista de Cuba, Fidel Castro Ruz.
    La misiva sigue:
    Con motivo de cumplirse el 82o aniversario de su natalicio, le envio mis calidas felicitaciones y saludo camaraderil.
    Aprovecho esta oportunidad para expresar mi conviccion de que se fortaleceran y se desarrollaran continuamente las tradicionales relaciones de amistad y cooperacion entre los partidos y pueblos de nuestros dos paises y desearle de todo corazon la pronta recuperacion de su salud y mayores exitos en su noble trabajo para el avance victorioso de la causa socialista.

Parte Norte envia aviso a la parte Sur por el accidente maritimo

   Pyongyang, 13 de agosto (ATCC) -- A eso de las 2 y 25 del dia 12, el barco transportador de arena surcoreano "Tong-i No.1", que navegaba hacia la parte Sur con sus cargas, choco con una embarcacion pesquera de la parte Norte en el punto a 4.6 millas nauticas al este de Kosong.
    En relacion con este accidente, el jefe de los expertos militares de la parte Norte en el area de administracion Norte-Sur de la region del Mar Este envio a la parte surcoreana el siguiente aviso:
    El presente caso fue ocurrido por la culpa del capitan del barco surcoreano quien no pudo distinguir nuestra nave mientras timoneaba a solas luego de dejar dormir a sus tripulantes cansados.
    Esto fue reconocido unanimemente por los tripulantes del barco surcoreano.
    En esta colision ocurrida por el descuido de la parte surcoreana murieron 2 pescadores inocentes de nuestra parte y se hundio nuestra embarcacion.
    Pero, tomando en consideracion que este siniestro fue el accidental ocurrido en la noche avanzada, nuestra parte decidio tomar la medida fraternal de devolver pronto el barco y tripulantes de la parte surcoreana.
    Segun esta medida, el barco y sus tripulantes de la parte sur partieron hoy por la tarde del puerto de Jangjon.

Simposio nacional por el XX aniversario de obra de Kim Jong Il

   Pyongyang, 13 de agosto (ATCC) -- Tuvo lugar el dia 13 en el Palacio de Estudio del Pueblo el Simposio Nacional por el XX aniversario de la imperecedera obra clasica del Dirigente Kim Jong Il "Para establecer firmemente la concepcion revolucionaria del lider entre los funcionarios".
    En la ocasion fueron publicadas 5 disertaciones que explican y argumentan el caracter cientifico, la veracidad, la justeza y la vitalidad de la idea y teoria del Dirigente aclaradas en la obra.
    Los oradores dijeron que la idea y la teoria sobre la esencia del establecimiento de la concepcion revolucionaria del lider dilucidadas por el Dirigente devienen la doctrina revolucionaria desarrollada y completada basandose en la correcta comprension de la posicion absoluta y el papel decisivo del lider en la lucha revolucionaria.
    Subrayaron que esta autoctona concepcion aclara de manera cientifica que el sosten espiritual ansiado por la humanidad es precisamente el gran lider quien ilumina el camino de la forja del destino y ofrece la inagotable fuerza creativa y presenta la correcta idea de que la confianza absoluta en el lider de la revolucion deviene la cuestion vital para el revolucionario.
    Enfatizaron que la tradicion de esta concepcion es el nucleo de las tradiciones revolucionarias del monte Paektu y la raiz de todos los triunfos y exitos brillantes logrados en la lucha de la revolucion coreana de mas de 80 anos.
    La idea y la teoria sobre la educacion en la fidelidad planteadas por el Dirigente devienen la guia programatica que se debe tomar permanentemente para preparar estrictamente a los funcionarios como vanguardistas en la defensa a ultranza al lider armados firmemente con la concepcion revolucionaria del lider y la gran bandera que permite fortalecer la unidad monolitica entre el partido y las filas revolucionarias, senalaron.
    Resaltaron que la idea y teoria del Dirigente acerca del establecimiento de la concepcion en cuestion mostraron plenamente su justeza y vitalidad manifestando su gran fuerza atractiva durante 20 anos desde la publicacion de la obra arriba mencionada.
    Al foro asistieron el secretario del CC del Partido del Trabajo de Corea Kim Jung Rin, el ministro de Educacion Kim Yong Jin, los cuadros de las instituciones del partido, administracion y organizaciones de masas del centro y la ciudad de Pyongyang, y los funcionarios de los dominios de la ciencia, educacion, literatura y arte, prensa e informacion, los organos de formacion de cuadros del partido y del sector de reliquia historica de la revolucion.

Kim Yong Nam recibe cartas credenciales de embajador de Lesotho

   Pyongyang, 13 de agosto (ATCC) -- Anthony Rachobokoane Thibeli presento el dia 13 en el capitalino Palacio de los Congresos Mansudae ante el presidente del Presidium de la Asamblea Popular Suprema de la Republica Popular Democratica de Corea, Kim Yong Nam, sus cartas credenciales que le acreditan como embajador extraordinario y plenipotenciario del Reino de Lesotho en Corea.
    Tras recibirlas Kim departio con el diplomatico.