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Kim Jong Il's Birthday Observed in Italy
Pyongyang, February 24 (KCNA) -- Osvaldo Pesce, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Unified Communist Party of Italy, made public a statement on February 14 on the occasion of the birthday of General Secretary Kim Jong Il.

In his statement he noted that Kim Jong Il has made a distinguishing contribution to the struggle to defend the sovereignty of the country and the nation. Thanks to his Songun leadership the Korean people have demonstrated the dignity and honor as a people of an independent power and military power, he said, and went on:

The conference of the Workers' Party of Korea last year reelected Kim Jong Il as its general secretary and elected Kim Jong Un as vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the WPK, demonstrating once again the trust of all the people in their leader.

The Korean people led by the great leader will surely build a socialist thriving nation and achieve the reunification of the country.

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