calendar>>February 2. 2009 Juche 98
Birthday of Kim Jong Il Celebrated in Different Countries
Pyongyang, February 2 (KCNA) -- A celebration meeting and a lecture were held in Poland and South Africa on Jan. 17 and 22 on the occasion of the birthday of General Secretary Kim Jong Il.

On display in the venues of the functions were works of Kim Jong Il, photos showing his undying exploits and publications introducing the Korean people in the efforts for building a great prosperous powerful nation.

Andrzej Kozlowski, chairman of the Central Committee of the Poland-Korea Association who is chairman of the Polish preparatory committee for commemorating the centenary of birth of President Kim Il Sung, at the meeting said with high appreciation that Kim Jong Il who has the spirit and wisdom of Mt. Paektu, is leading the Korean people's cause of building a great prosperous powerful nation to victory while smashing every machination of the imperialists with his rare leadership ability and distinguished stratagem.

The vitality and might of the unique Songun politics have been fully demonstrated to the whole world, he said, adding: The goal of the Korean people to open the gate to a thriving nation in 2012 marking the centenary of birth of Kim Il Sung will be surely attained thanks to the outstanding Songun leadership of Kim Jong Il.

Eddie Kekana, chairman of the Pretoria Branch of the Democratic Teachers Union of South Africa who is chairman of the Group for the Study of the Progressive Ideas of South Africa, noted in the lecture that the DPRK is now building a great prosperous powerful nation, decisively containing the high-handed and arbitrary practices of the U.S. styling itself "the only superpower" in the world. This reality clearly proves that the Songun politics pursued by Kim Jong Il serves as an all-powerful treasured sword definitely guaranteeing the progress and victory of the human cause of independence, he stressed.

The lecturer expressed firm belief that the DPRK's cause of socialism and the human cause of independence will surely emerge victorious thanks to Kim Jong Il, the great guardian of the cause of global independence.

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