calendar>>January 12. 2009 Juche 98
Korean People Inheriting Tradition of Revolutionary Upsurge
Pyongyang, January 12 (KCNA) -- Juche 98 (2009) is a year of a new revolutionary upsurge in which the Korean people will register amazing successes in the efforts for the building of a great, prosperous and powerful nation.

On receiving the news that General Secretary Kim Jong Il kindled the torch of a new revolutionary upsurge in Kangson on December 24 last year, they are filled with firm conviction and enthusiasm to make a historic leap in all fields of the revolution and construction this year.

President Kim Il Sung, who called on the workers of Kangson in the crucial postwar period, earnestly appealed to them to bridge over the difficulties of the revolution, saying that he believed in them and they trusted him, and thus brought about a great Chollima upsurge.

The DPRK, racing at the speed of Chollima from the historic time, has turned into a powerful country, independent in politics, self-supporting in the economy and self-reliant in defence, and adorned the heyday of socialism with proud achievements.

An artificial earth satellite "Kwangmyongsong No. 1" was successfully launched, the paddy fields across the country were rezoned to fit socialist Korea and the Chollima Steel Complex and many other factories and enterprises have been updated in a big way.

The Korean people have built giant edifices by displaying immensely the indomitable mental power and mobilizing all the potentialities, taking ten or one hundred steps when other were taking one step. Among them are the Kaechon-Lake Thaesong Waterway, Paekma-Cholsan Waterway, Thaechon Youth Power Station No. 4, Anbyon Youth Power Station, Hungju Youth Power Station No. 2, Youth Hero Motorway, Kwangmyongsong Saltern, Ryesonggang Youth Power Station No. 1, Wonsan Youth Power Station and Nyongwon Power Station.

The Korean people, who have achieved only victory and glory with the great tradition of the revolutionary upsurge, will create a new history of upsurge in the 21st century by giving full play to their infinite spiritual power and the superiority of the socialist self-reliant economy, under the militant slogan "Make the fullest development of Songun Korea by inheriting the great tradition of revolutionary upswing!"

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