calendar>>February 16. 2009 Juche 98
Congratulatory Message to Kim Jong Il from Overseas Compatriots
Pyongyang, February 16 (KCNA) -- General Secretary Kim Jong Il was presented with a congratulatory message by members of congratulatory groups, delegations and visiting groups of overseas compatriots on Feb. 16 on the occasion of his birthday.

The congratulatory message said:

The sacred cause of national independence started by President Kim Il Sung has been firmly carried forward despite all challenges and difficulties in history as the DPRK is holding you, an illustrious commander born of Heaven and a peerlessly great man in history, in high esteem as the sun of the nation and the dignity and national power of Kim Il Sung's nation are being demonstrated on the highest level.

We overseas compatriots are highly proud of the immortal feats performed by you who have ushered in a heyday of the greatest prosperity in the history of the nation, frustrating the imperialist allied forces' every move to stifle the DPRK with your unique Songun politics.

Our homeland is demonstrating its prestige and dignity before the whole world at a time when many countries are seized with uneasiness and fear due to the imperialists' aggression and arbitrary practices and catastrophic consequences of the worldwide financial crisis. This is the shining fruition of the great patriotic devotion of you who have made tireless efforts for the country and nation only.

We will smash every move of the anti-reunification forces and positively reenergize the national reunification movement under the slogan of "Advance dynamically along the road of independent reunification under the banner of the June 15 Joint Declaration and the October 4 Declaration!" and more dynamically work to make a tangible contribution to building a great prosperous and powerful socialist nation, keeping pace with the people in the homeland making a dynamic advance in the sky-high spirit of making a charge and creative mettle.

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