Foreign Ministry Spokesman Blasts U.S. for Putting on Hold Effectuation of Its Measure

   Pyongyang, September 19 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA Friday as regards the U.S. act of misleading the public opinion while persistently evading the implementation of the October 3 agreement:
    As already clarified by the DPRK, it suspended the disablement of its nuclear facilities and a work has been under way to restore its nuclear facilities in Nyongbyon to their original state since some time ago as a counter-measure against the action taken by the U.S. to indefinitely put on hold the effectuation of the measure for delisting the DPRK as a "state sponsor of terrorism."
    This was a logical product of the U.S. non-abidance by the principle of "action for action" stipulated in the September 19 joint statement, the February 13 agreement and the October 3 agreement.
    The U.S., however, is asserting that the measure taken by the DPRK is in violation of the agreement of six parties while trying hard to convince the public that the DPRK's presentation of the nuclear declaration was premised on the verification in line with the "international standard."
    It is sophism totally distorting the agreements so far reached to claim that the measure for taking the DPRK off the list of the "state sponsors of terrorism" was to take effect only when an agreement is made on the verification of the nuclear declaration in line with the "international standard."
    No verbal agreement, to say nothing of a written one on this issue was made either among the six parties or between the DPRK and the U.S.
    The core of the October 3 agreement is for the five parties including the U.S. to make political and economic compensation in return for the DPRK's disablement of its nuclear facilities and presentation of the declaration on its nuclear program.
    It was the commitment the U.S. was obliged to completely fulfill at the second phase for the implementation of the September 19 joint statement according to this October 3 agreement to implement the measure for delisting the DPRK as a "state sponsor of terrorism." It is, therefore, an issue quite different from the verification of the nuclear declaration.
    The issue of setting up a verification and monitoring mechanism which was agreed upon at the talks of heads of the delegations to the six-party talks in July was envisaged as a measure for verifying the fulfillment of the commitments by all six participating parties at the phase of realizing the denuclearization of the whole Korean Peninsula according to the September 19 joint statement.
    This notwithstanding, the U.S. is foolishly trying to force the DPRK to dismantle its nuclear weapons unilaterally through pressure and deception while misleading the public opinion by creating impression that the process of the denuclearization was put into stalemate because the DPRK evaded the verification.
    The U.S. put on hold the effectuation of the measure for taking the DPRK off the list of "state sponsors of terrorism," its commitment, under the pretext of the verification of the nuclear declaration in line with the "international standard," though no agreement was made on it. This glaringly reveals its true intention to step up its hostile policy toward the DPRK in the end.
    The U.S. seeks to make a house-search of the DPRK, which is neither signatory to the NPT nor member of the IAEA, under the pretext of "international standard." This is no more than a pipedream.
    Now that the U.S. true colors are brought to light, the DPRK neither wishes to be delisted as a "state sponsor of terrorism" nor expects such a thing to happen. It will go its own way.

Kim Yong Nam Meets Outgoing Swiss Ambassador

   Pyongyang, September 19 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, met and had a talk with outgoing Swiss Ambassador to the DPRK Dante Martineli at the Mansudae Assembly Hall on Friday.

DPRK Foreign Minister Meets Swiss Ambassador

   Pyongyang, September 19 (KCNA) -- DPRK Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun met and had a talk with outgoing Swiss Ambassador to the DPRK Dante Martineli on Friday.

Gift to Kim Jong Il from Vietnamese

   Pyongyang, September 19 (KCNA) -- General Secretary Kim Jong Il received a gift from the head of the visiting delegation of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of Vietnam.
    The gift was handed to an official concerned by Vice-Minister Bui Suan Khu who is heading the delegation.

Anniversary of DPRK-China Friendship Association Marked in China

   Pyongyang, September 19 (KCNA) -- The Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the China-Korea Friendship Association arranged a reception in Beijing on September 16 to mark the 50th anniversaries of the DPRK-China Friendship Association and the China-Korea Friendship Association.
    Present there on invitation were Ambassador Choe Jin Su and staff members of the DPRK embassy in Beijing and members of the delegation of the DPRK-China Friendship Association led by Choe Chang Sik, minister of Public Health.
    Wu Donghe, chairman of the China-Korea Friendship Association, and officials concerned were on hand.
    Wu Donghe said at the reception that over the past 60 years after the foundation of the DPRK the Korean people have achieved successes of historical significance in the socialist revolution and construction, overcoming manifold difficulties in the spirit of self-reliance and fortitude under the leadership of President Kim Il Sung and General Secretary Kim Jong Il and the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK).
    The Chinese people are heartily rejoiced over the achievements made by the fraternal Korean people and sincerely wish them greater and fresh successes in their efforts to attain the goals in different fields, he said.
    Noting that over the past 50 years the China-Korea Friendship Association and the DPRK-China Friendship Association have made signal contributions to boosting the friendship between the two countries and the two peoples through their close cooperation and by their joint efforts, he declared: We, together with Korean comrades, will make sustained efforts to steadily consolidate and develop the China-DPRK friendship in the spirit of "inheriting the tradition, facing up to the future and boosting the good neighborliness, friendship and cooperation", in the future, too.
    Choe Chang Sik noted in a speech at the reception that the Korean people significantly celebrated the 60th birthday of the DPRK with a high degree of political enthusiasm and proud labor achievements some days ago. The Korean people will surely build a reunified, great prosperous powerful socialist nation in Korea with the might of single-minded unity, remaining loyal to Kim Jong Il's Songun leadership, he stressed.
    It is the consistent stand of the WPK and the DPRK government and the common desire of the peoples of the two countries to steadily boost the DPRK-China friendly and cooperative relations, he noted, adding: We, together with Chinese comrades, will as ever make every possible effort to consolidate and develop the bilateral friendship.

Time-honored Roof Tiles of Korea

   Pyongyang, September 19 (KCNA) -- The production technique of the Korean roof tiles has a long history and tradition.
    According to historical materials, the Koreans made various roof tiles from Ancient Korea (early 30th century B.C. - 108 B.C.) and there were special departments in charge of roof tile production in the period of the three Kingdoms.
    It is said that, with the development of roof tile production technique in the period of three kingdoms, famous technicians in this trade were invited to other countries to widely disseminate the technique.
    Most of the Korean roof tiles are made up with gently curved concave tiles which make furrows on the roof and convex tiles of semi-cylinder shape which are placed on adjoining concave tiles.
    Besides, there are tiles which are laid on the roof ridge, tiles which cover the area where the roof ridge and roof face meet and tiles which are attached to the edges of eaves.
    These Korean roof tiles were baked in various colors after being coated with porcelain glazes of high ornamental and waterproof effect. Well-known among them is the green tile.
    The ornaments of roof tiles were multifarious to suit the style of the roof and the size and mission of the building. They presented effective ornamental combination between the color and shape of the roof tiles, the curved line of the roof, the color of painted rafters, red-and-blue painting and so on.
    For their practical and peculiar aesthetic values, the Korean roof tiles and their ornamental art are today widely used to preserve the national features of rural dwelling houses as well as gigantic architectures.

Vocal Solo and Solo Recital Contest Held

   Pyongyang, September 19 (KCNA) -- A national vocal solo and solo recital contest of officials and members of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea (GFTUK) was held in Pyongyang.
    The contest drew more than 200 GFTUK officials and members who proved successful at provincial, city and county contests.
    The contestants fully displayed the talents they have cultivated while conducting brisk mass cultural and art activities at work places.
    They successfully presented songs such as "Song Devoted to Comrade Kim Jong Il", "My Country of Songun", songs from the five revolutionary operas and folk songs with rich voice.
    They also presented such songs as "Nostalgia", a famous masterpiece, "Bellflower" and "Spring at Post" by playing kayagum, okryugum, accordion, violin, etc. with refined skills.
    Pak Ok Hyang, Pak Song Ae and Han Chang Su of Pyongyang and Kim Jong Mi of South Phyongan Province placed first in vocal solo while Hong Kum Ju and Pang Son Hui of Pyongyang in solo recital. And many others emerged successful entrants.
    A performance was given by successful entrants at the Central Workers' Hall Friday.

Rodong Sinmun on National Self-Respect

   Pyongyang, September 19 (KCNA) -- National self-respect serves as an ideological and moral weapon for all Koreans to escalate the struggle for carving out their independent destiny and promote the cause of national reunification, says Rodong Sinmun Friday in a signed article.
    It goes on:
    Only when all members of the nation struggle in firm unity with consciousness and will to pave the way for carving out their destiny by themselves with high national pride and self-respect, can they successfully accomplish the historic cause of the country's reunification.
    National self-respect is a basic source of consciousness of national independence. History and reality prove that in order to achieve the country's reunification, the members of the nation should have strong consciousness of national independence and give full play to it.
    The Korean people's national self-respect is rooted in the long history and brilliant cultural tradition. The above-said self-respect is growing deeper as the nation is holding the peerlessly great persons in high esteem and demonstrating its dignity and honor to the whole world under the uplifted banner of Songun.
    The national self-respect serves as motive power promoting the great unity of the nation.
    This national self-respect is being further exalted thanks to the idea of "By our national itself".
    The Koreans are now promoting great unity nationwide as the idea of "By our nation itself" is imbuing them with national self-respect and inspiring them in their efforts to achieve unity and reunification.
    A nation never fails when it has high pride and self-respect and unshakable faith in victory. No force on earth can overpower a nation strong in self-respect and confident of victory.
    The June 15 era of reunification calls on all Koreans to fully display national self-respect and independently carve out their destiny, united close as one.
    All Koreans in the north and the south and overseas are called upon to vigorously turn out in a nationwide struggle to usher in a new era of independent reunification and peace and prosperity with strong national self-respect, concludes the article.

Japanese Reactionaries' Call for "Securing Safe Sea Lane" under Fire

   Pyongyang, September 19 (KCNA) -- The Japanese reactionaries' call for "securing safe sea lane for escorting Japanese-flagged ships" by the "Self Defence Forces (SDF)" brings to light the danger of the moves of the Japanese militarists for reinvasion going beyond the tolerance limit.
    Rodong Sinmun Friday says this in a signed article.
    It goes on:
    Japan's dispatch of its armed forces for the above-said mission is little short of launching military actions for aggression in violation of its "Pacifist Constitution."
    To put the sea lane under control is one of the issues which the Japanese militarists regard as most important for realizing their scenario for overseas aggression.
    The Japanese reactionaries do not want to confine their military activities in the Pacific and the Indian Ocean to the operations to execute the "law on special measures against terrorism." In other words, they seek to pave the way for independently undertaking military actions, unhindered, in a vast expanse of waters from the waters off Japan to the Indian Ocean according to its scenario for reinvasion, not merely acting a servant for the U.S. in its aggressive "anti-terrorist war". This is the real aim sought by them in "securing safe sea lane for escorting Japanese-flagged ships."
    If this scenario becomes a reality, the SDF will be able not only to operate as it pleases in the Pacific and the Indian Ocean but undertake offensive military actions against other countries under the pretext of "protecting the security of Japanese-flagged ships."
    The Japanese militarists made the above-said call in a bid to cope with the situation where the expiry of the "law on special measures against terrorism" will deprive the SDF of any justification for staging military operations overseas.
    That is why they are making desperate efforts not just to extend the above-mentioned law but unlimitedly expand the sphere of the SDF's military operations.
    It is the intention of the Japanese militarists to justify the SDF's military actions in the Pacific and the Indian Ocean and, furthermore, conduct independent military actions under the pretence of "escorting Japanese-flagged ships" even if "the motion calling for revising the above-said law" fails to pass through the Diet.
    They have worked hard to realize their ambition for reinvasion under the spurious signboard of "ensuring peace." They are now leaving no means untried to justify the SDF's independent overseas military actions in a bid to launch overseas aggression. They do not shrink from any act in order to put their scenario for reinvasion into practice.
    It is important for protecting the peace and security in Asia and world peace to heighten vigilance against Japan and frustrate its moves for overseas aggression.

Kim Jong Il's Work Published in Egypt

   Pyongyang, September 19 (KCNA) -- General Secretary Kim Jong Il's famous work "Abuses of Socialism Are Intolerable" was brought out in pamphlet on Sept. 9 by the Dar Al-Shaab Publishing House of Egypt.
    The work, published on March 1, Juche 82 (1993), lays bare the reactionary nature and absurdity of sophistry let loose by the imperialists and renegades of socialism slandering socialism as "totalitarian," "barracks-like" and "administrative and commanding."
    It also clarifies the principled issues arising in defending the cause of socialism and accomplishing it such as the issues of regarding socialism as faith and putting it on a moral basis and giving full play to its advantages.

DPRK's Diamond Jubilee Marked in Foreign Countries

   Pyongyang, September 19 (KCNA) -- Meetings were held in Romania, France, Uganda and Guinea, seminars in Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia and lectures in Guinea and Tanzania from September 2 to 5 on the occasion of the 60th birthday of the DPRK.
    Put on display in the venues of the functions were famous works of the peerlessly great men and photos showing their undying feats and introducing the victorious and glorious history of Songun Korea.
    Speeches were made and lectures given at the functions.
    Constantin Rotaru, chairman of the Romanian Socialist Union, said that the Korean people have built a powerful socialist state that has achieved progress in political, economic, cultural and all other fields under the wise leadership of President Kim Il Sung.
    Andre Aubry, delegate president of the France-Korea Friendship Association, supported the glorious six-decade-long history of the DPRK and the Korean people's just cause and evinced his determination to positively support and encourage the Korean people in their efforts to build a great prosperous powerful nation and reunify the country in the future.
    S. N. Serwanga, secretary general of the African Regional Committee of Friendship and Solidarity with the Korean People, said that the DPRK has turned into a socialist power by fully embodying the principle of independence in politics, self-supporting in economy and self-reliance in national defence.
    Kong Sam Ol, deputy prime minister in charge of Royal Palace of Cambodia, at a seminar lauded Kim Il Sung as the father of the Korean nation and the most prominent hero in the history of Korea spanning thousands of years.
    The chairman of the Central Council of the "Kyrgyz El" People's Union noted that General Secretary Kim Jong Il is making the DPRK shed its rays all over the world true to the idea and cause of the President.
    Messages of greetings to Kim Jong Il were adopted at the functions held in Guinea and Mongolia.

Kim Jong Il's Works Disseminated

   Pyongyang, September 19 (KCNA) -- Seminars on works of General Secretary Kim Jong Il were held in South Africa and Uganda on September 5 on the occasion of the 60th birthday of the DPRK.
    Displayed at the venues of the seminars were famous works of President Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and photos showing their revolutionary activities and introducing validity of the Songun politics and invincibility of Korean-style socialism.
    Eddie Kekana, chairman of the Group for the Study of the Progressive Ideas of South Africa, said at a seminar on Kim Jong Il's work "Songun Revolutionary Line Is a Great Revolutionary Line of Our Era and an Ever-Victorious Banner for Our Revolution" that the Songun idea founded by Kim Il Sung is the basis and the starting point of the Songun politics pursued by Kim Jong Il.
    The chairman stressed that the Songun politics is the best way for defending the sovereignty of the DPRK and the destiny of the Korean nation under the present situation in which different countries' sovereignty is being mercilessly violated by strong-arm policy of the imperialists and that it is the most perfect political mode all the countries and nations should follow.
    John Nayoga Mukasa, head of the Juche Idea Study Group of the Department of Teacher Education and Expansion of the Kyambogo University, Kampala, Uganda, and Auma-Okumu, head of the Juche Idea Study Group of the Department of Psychology of the university, at a joint seminar on the work "Our Socialism Centred on the Masses Shall Not Perish" explained in a profound way about the fact that Korean socialism has displayed its great vitality and advantages as peculiar socialism centered on the popular masses, the embodiment of the great Juche idea, and as invincible socialism in which the leader, the party and the masses are united as one in mind.
    Meanwhile, a reading session on the above-said work was held by the Secretariat of the Pan-African Movement.

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Firmada nota de entendimiento entre organos deportivos de Corea y Laos

   Pyongyang, 18 de septiembre (ATCC) -- Quedo rubricada el dia 18 en el capitalino Palacio Cultural del Pueblo una nota de entendimiento sobre la colaboracion en el dominio deportivo entre el Comite de Direccion de Deportes de la Republica Popular Democratica de Corea y la Comision Nacional de Deportes de la Republica Democratica Popular Lao.
    En la ceremonia de firma estuvieron presentes, por la parte coreana, el presidente del citado comite, Pak Hak Son, y otros funcionarios, y por la laosiana, los miembros de la delegacion presidida por el presidente de la referida comision, Phouthong Seng-Akhom, y el embajador lao en Corea, Chaleune Warinthrasak.
    Pak Hak Son y Phouthong Seng-Akhom suscribieron el documento.

Festejos en varios paises por efemeride coreana

   Pyongyang, 19 de septiembre (ATCC) -- Con motivo del 60o aniversario de la fundacion de la Republica Popular Democratica de Corea, tuvieron lugar del dia 2 al 5 los mitines en Rumania, Francia, Uganda y Guinea, los simposios en Cambodia, Kirghizistan y Mongolia y las conferencias en Guinea y Tanzania.
    En los lugares de actos fueron exhibidas las obras maestras de los grandes hombres sinpar, las fotos alusivas a sus imborrables hazanas y las otras que dan a conocer la historia llena de victoria y gloria de Corea del Songun (priorizacion militar).
    En las ocasiones hubo discursos, intervenciones y conferencias.
    El presidente del Partido Union Socialista de Rumania, Constantin Rotaru, dijo que bajo la sabia direccion del Presidente Kim Il Sung, el pueblo coreano construyo un poderoso estado socialista desarrollado en todos los dominios inclusive los de la politica, la economia y la cultura.
    El presidente de la Asociacion de Amistad Franco-Coreana Andre Aubry apoyo la orgullosa trayectoria de los 60 anos recorrida por la RPDC y la justa causa del pueblo coreano y expreso su decision de respaldar activamente tambien en el futuro la causa de la construccion de gran potencia prospera del pueblo coreano y la de la reunificacion de la patria.
    El secretario general del Comite Regional Africano de Amistad y Solidaridad con el Pueblo Coreano, S. N. Serwanga evaluo que hoy la RPDC se convirtio en un poderoso pais socialista en que se materializaron estrictamente los principios de la independencia en politica, el autososten en economia y la autodefensa en la salvaguardia nacional.
    El vicepremier encargado del Palacio Real de Cambodia Kong Sam Ol, en el simposio, elogio a Su Excelencia el Generalisimo Kim Il Sung como padre de la nacion coreana y mas destacado heroe en la historia de varios milenios de Corea.
    El presidente del Consejo Central del Partido Union Popular "Kyrgyz El" destaco que en pleno acato a la idea y la causa del Presidente Kim Il Sung, el Dirigente Kim Jong Il glorifica aun mas la RPDC.
    En los actos efectuados en Guinea y Mongolia fueron aprobados los mensajes de felicitacion al Dirigente.

En varios paises estudian y divulgan obras de Kim Jong Il

   Pyongyang, 19 de septiembre (ATCC) -- Con motivo del 60o aniversario de la fundacion de la Republica Popular Democratica de Corea, tuvieron lugar el dia 5 en Sudafrica y Uganda los simposios sobre obras del Dirigente Kim Jong Il.
    En las sedes de los foros estaban exhibidas las obras maestras del Presidente Kim Il Sung y del Dirigente, las fotos alusivas a sus actividades revolucionarias y las otras que dan a conocer la justeza de la politica de Songun (priorizacion militar) y la invencibilidad del socialismo coreano.
    Al hacer uso de la palabra en el simposio sobre la obra del Dirigente "La linea revolucionaria del Songun es la gran linea revolucionaria de nuestra epoca y la bandera invencible de nuestra revolucion", el presidente de la sucursal de la Union de Maestros Democraticos de Sudafrica en Pretoria y del grupo de estudio de las ideas progresistas de este pais, dijo que la idea del Songun creada por el Presidente constituye la base y el punto de partida de la politica de Songun que practica Su Excelencia Kim Jong Il.
    En la situacion actual en que esta violada despiadadamente la soberania de varios paises debido al despotismo de los imperialistas, la politica de Songun deviene el mejor remedio para defender la soberania del pais y el destino de la nacion y sirve del modo politico mas perfecto que todos los paises y naciones deben aprender, afirmo.
    En el simposio conjunto sobre la obra del Dirigente "Nuestro socialismo centrado en las masas populares es invencible", John Nayoga Mukasa, jefe del grupo de estudio de la idea Juche de los profesores de la facultad pedagogica de la Universidad de Chambogo, Uganda, y Auma-Okumu, jefe del grupo de estudio de la idea Juche de los profesores de la facultad psicologica del mismo plantel docente, explicaron de modo profundo que el socialismo coreano manifiesta la inagotable vitalidad y superioridad como socialismo particular centrado en las masas populares que materializa la gran idea Juche e invencible socialismo en que estan unidos monoliticamente el lider, el partido y las masas populares.
    El mismo dia, en el Secretariado del Movimiento Panafricano se realizo un cenaculo de lectura sobre la obra del Dirigente "Nuestro socialismo centrado en las masas populares es invencible".

Egipto: impresa obra de Kim Jong Il en folleto

   Pyongyang, 19 de septiembre (ATCC) -- La Editorial Dar Al-Shaab de Egipto dio a luz el dia 9 en folleto la obra maestra del Dirigente Kim Jong Il "La difamacion del socialismo no sera tolerada", publicada el primero de marzo del 82 (1993) de la Era Juche.
    Esta obra revela el caracter reaccionario y absurdo de la sofisteria de los imperialistas y los traidores al socialismo que censuran este sistema social comparandolo con "totalitarismo", "campamento militar" y "sistema de administracion de ucase".
    Igualmente, aclara los problemas de principios para defender y llevar a feliz termino la causa socialista incluido el de tener fe y moralidad sobre el socialismo y el de poner de pleno manifiesto su superioridad.