calendar>>May 24. 2009 Juche 98
Anniversary of Kim Jong Il's Letter Sent to Officials of Chongryon Observed
Pyongyang, May 24 (KCNA) -- General Secretary Kim Jong Il sent a letter "On Developing the Movement of Koreans in Japan onto a New Higher Stage" to the officials of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) and Korean residents in Japan on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of its formation 14 years ago.

The letter comprehensively dealt with the immortal leadership feats performed by President Kim Il Sung in the history of the movement of Koreans in Japan and clarified the issues of protecting the democratic national rights and interests of Koreans, defending the socialist homeland and struggling for the prosperity and development of the country and reunification, etc.

Rodong Sinmun Sunday says in a signed article dedicated to the anniversary:

Kim Jong Il's historic letter serves as an immortal great programme which helped bring about a landmark turn in the movement of Koreans in Japan and provided a sure guarantee for its rosy future by indicating the orientation and ways for Chongryon to creditably perform its sacred mission and duty it assumed before the country and the nation as required by the changed situation and the law-governed requirements of its development.

The past more than decade since the publication of the letter was the most difficult period for Chongryon but neither trial nor difficulties could deter the officials of Chongryon and Koreans in Japan from dynamically advancing, convinced of the justice of their cause, tightly holding the treasured sword of patriotism given by Kim Jong Il.

Unshakable is the faith of the officials of Chongryon and Korean residents in Japan to advance, taking his historic letter as an immortal banner of the patriotic cause no matter how much water may flow under the bridge.

The stirring reality of the homeland where the might of Songun Korea is growing stronger as the days go by and a fresh great revolutionary surge is being effected in the building of a thriving nation greatly inspire the officials of Chongryon and Korean residents in Japan and reinforces their will to bring about a fresh upswing in the movement of Koreans in Japan, keeping pace with the grandiose march of the people in the homeland, and thus fully demonstrate the dignity and might of Chongryon.

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