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KCNA Commentary Snipes at German FM's Reckless Tongue-lashing

Pyongyang, April 8 (KCNA) -- The German foreign minister at a home press interview on Wednesday hurled mud at the DPRK, according to media reports.
Crying out for tightening sanctions against the DPRK as it refuses to comply with the "resolutions" of the UN Security Council, the foreign minister let out a string of rubbish that the misanthropic Pyongyang regime is suppressing north Korean citizens in the cruelest manner and the irresponsible politics of Pyongyang goes against international law to threaten peace and security of the world beyond region.

Such outbursts are not suitable for the foreign minister of a country. It seems that the German foreign minister is so ignorant of the DPRK that he was utterly reckless with his words.
If the foreign minister of a country wants to speak about other country, he should have at least elementary knowledge about that country in order not to be seized with prejudice in his comment.

The socialist system in the DPRK is the most advantageous system in the world which regards human beings as the most valuable existence and makes everything serve the popular masses.

The DPRK regards the improvement of the standard of people's living as the supreme principle of its state activities. It is the consistent political mode of its party and state to devotedly serve the people.
The people in the DPRK are free from taxes, doctor's fee and tuition and there are no jobless people in the DPRK. Such fact is something unbelievable in the West plagued by false propaganda against the DPRK.

Everyone remembers that the "misanthropic regime" touted by the German foreign minister once existed in Germany.
His call for slapping harsher sanctions by following the U.S. moves to isolate and stifle the DPRK cannot be construed otherwise than a paradox calling for threatening the existence and life of the Korean people.

He seemed to echo outbursts of the U.S. conservative politicians without his own objective and fair-minded understanding and view. Such behavior is not suitable for his position as the foreign minister of a European power.
He had better see for himself what is going on in the world through a foreign tour, not revealing his ignorance through his reckless tongue-lashing. -0-

Rodong Sinmun, DPRK Will Keep to Road of Socialism

Pyongyang, September 6 (KCNA) -- The forces hostile to the DPRK are desperately seeking to make its people harbor illusion about the Western world in a bid to make them abandon their independent stance. They also try to render ineffective the DPRK's defense capacities which it has so far built up and deter it from following the road of socialism.

However, it is a pipe dream that can never come true, says Rodong Sinmun Thursday in a bylined article.
It goes on: Immutable and steadfast is the will of the Workers' Party, the army and people of the DPRK to carry out to completion the revolutionary cause of Juche started in Mt. Paektu, under the uplifted banner of Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism.

This has been proven as an immutable truth in the road of independence, Songun and socialism covered by all the servicepersons and people under the leadership of the great Party.

The Korean nation that was small and weak was trampled down by big powers. It has now emerged a powerful socialist nation independent in politics, self-supporting in the economy, self-reliant in national defense based on the idea of independence.
The Korean people are displaying their dignity as independent people no one dare provoke.

Thanks to the Songun policy, the military muscle and national power have been remarkably augmented, and the position and influence of the DPRK have reached the highest level.
In the DPRK, all the people are firmly united around their leader in thinking and purpose and in terms of morality and obligation, and whole society turned into a big harmonious family in which all the people help and lead each other forward.

This is an essential character of DPRK-style socialism and the source of its mammoth strength.
To the Korean nation, the great Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il were not only leaders but benevolent fathers of a big socialist family.

All the service members and people of the DPRK value and love the socialism of Juche, the supreme patriotic legacy bequeathed by the great father, as the cradle of their life. The Korean people will never abandon socialism, their life and soul.

We, descendants of Kim Il Sung's nation and soldiers and disciples of Kim Jong Il, will keep to the road of independence, Songun and socialism following in the footsteps of the two great men no matter how much water may flow under the bridge and despite any ordeal.
Let us advance forward to the final victory under the leadership of the dear respected Kim Jong Un, our destiny and future.

KCNA Commentary/ U.S. Should Behave Itself

Pyongyang, July 30 (KCNA) -- Strange is the assertion made by the U.S. as regards the statement issued by a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK on July 20 denouncing the U.S. for its criminal attempt to destroy statues.

A spokesman for East Asian and Pacific Affairs of the U.S. Department of State said that the U.S. has no hostile intent on the DPRK, adding it is hard to get anything through threat or provocation.

What he uttered means the U.S. has done nothing harmful but the DPRK is posing a threat to the U.S. and provoking it in quest of something.
The U.S. styling itself a super-power is deceiving the international community with very poor logic.

As already reported, the U.S. is the chief culprit deeply involved in the hideous state-sponsored terrorism.
The truth about it had already been proved by the testimony made by the arrested criminal and the confessions by those involved in the crime.

It is the typical method of aggression employed by the U.S. to instigate the operations to destabilize and undermine those countries which incur its displeasure and invent pretexts for carrying out military intervention and war against them.

The U.S. escalates the anti-DPRK psychological warfare and the operations every year, providing the anti-DPRK conspiratorial organizations with huge funds out of its annual special budget.

The U.S. decided to provide 10 million U.S. dollars to the bodies active for "destabilizing north Korea" this year.
This is a vivid expression of the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK as it is the most hostile action to bring down its socialist system.

The operation to destroy the statues, in particular, amounts to the most nefarious desecration of the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK and insult to the mental mainstay of the Korean people and physical attack on it. This is little short of a war action as serious as invasion.

Now that the U.S. persists in its hostile acts, while saying it has no hostile intent on the DPRK, it is entirely just for it to bolster up its nuclear deterrence to guarantee the security of the country and the nation.

The U.S. has persistently pursued its hostile policy toward the DPRK including military threat, political pressure and economic sanctions for several decades. In recent years, it has become evermore undisguised in its moves to stifle the DPRK in international arena and is staging military drills against the DPRK every day in areas around the Korean Peninsula.

The U.S. disclosed its hostility towards the DPRK so fully that it is busy staging large-scale firing drills with DPRK flags as its targets. It is, however, working hard to create the impression that the DPRK threatens someone with nukes, saying that it has no hostile intent on the DPRK. This is nothing but rhetoric to justify its criminal hostile policy toward the DPRK.

The DPRK's deterrent force will steadily grow unless the U.S. rolls back its hostile policy towards the DPRK.
The U.S. would be well advised to behave itself in a responsible manner as regards the Korean issue.

KCNA Commentary Slams S. Korean "Government's" Moves to Conclude GSOMIA with Japan

Pyongyang, July 4 (KCNA) -- There is a political storm in south Korea in the wake of the action taken to put off the conclusion of the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) with Japan.
The south Korean "government's" attempt to clinch the signing of GSOMIA in secret without passing through the "National Assembly" went bust.

It was fully disclosed that this treachery was sponsored by Chongwadae (presidential office). The Defense Ministry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of south Korea had got aboard the same boat with Chongwadae. But, now they are busy shifting the responsibility for this onto one another.

The Lee Myung Bak group tried to conclude an agreement for military alliance with Japan. However, it could not but step back for fear of punishment by history and nation.

The conclusion of the controversial agreement would mean the first agreement for military cooperation ever to be signed with Japan since the end of World War II.

Political, press and social circles in south Korea are strongly protesting against the Lee group's unhesitant military nexus with Japan.
Japan is persistently shunning sincere apology and reparation for its past thrice-cursed crimes committed against the Korean nation. It is watching for a chance of aggression, raising a claim to Tok Islets, an open disclosure of its wild ambition for staging a comeback to Korea.

The conclusion of the agreement with Japan means paving a way for the Japanese militarist forces' reinvasion of Korea.
That was why the preceding ruling quarters of south Korea dared not attempt to conclude any military agreement with Japan.

Nevertheless, Lee Myung Bak attempted to conclude the agreement in great haste by setting in motion his mandarins of Chongwadae. This tells that he is the worst traitor putting the "five traitors of 1905" into the shade.

The U.S. is behind Lee's operation.
The U.S. has egged the Lee group on to sign a military agreement with Japan in real earnest for several years.

The U.S. has considered the military nexus between the U.S. and south Korea along with military ties between the U.S. and Japan and between Japan and south Korea as a key link in the chain efforts to round off the tri-angular military alliance. Hence, the U.S. has so far pressurized south Korea to sign the agreement with Japan as early as possible.

It was against this backdrop that the U.S. and south Korea held the two-plus-two ministerial security talks on June 14 at which they released a joint statement on the above-said military alliance.

The U.S. main goal is to complete the formation of the tri-angular military alliance in a bid to carry out its strategy for dominating the Korean Peninsula and the rest of Asia.
This is the reason why sharing information about the DPRK is the main contents of the agreement.

The attempt for signing GSOMIA fully lays bare the true aim of the Lee group to do harm to fellow countrymen and realize its scenario for invading the north in reliance upon outside forces.

Lee Myung Bak has already been sentenced to death as far as his fate as a politician is concerned. Yet, he is committing such high treason as making Koreans fall victim to outside forces.
The Lee group of traitors is the root cause of bringing disasters to the Korean nation.

All Koreans should never allow the moves to conclude GSOMIA with Japan but eradicate the root cause of their misfortune in good time.

KCNA Commentary Hits at Japan for Legalizing Its Moves for Nuclear Weaponization

Pyongyang, June 24 (KCNA) -- Japan's moves to legalize its nuclear and space weaponization are sparking off great concern of the public at home and abroad.
On June 20 the Japanese Diet included the phrase "contribution to state security" in the basic law on atomic energy called Japan's law on atomic energy, removing a legal hurdle lying in its way of nuclear weaponization.
It also revised the law defining the activities of the organization for the study and development of outer space for peaceful purposes, laying a legal groundwork for its space weaponization.

This is a clear manifestation of Japan's attempt to go nuclear and realize space weaponization.
What matters is that Japan craftily added some phrases to previous articles and did not post them on the website of the Diet till they passed through the House of Representatives without any discussion in a bid to escape protest of the public at home and abroad.

Herein lies the crafty nature peculiar to Japan.
This means Japan has crossed one more threshold in its efforts to round off its own nuclear and space weaponization completely free from the U.S. "nuclear umbrella."

As already known, Japan has secretly pushed forward nuclear weaponization from long ago. It has conducted in real earnest the research into nuclear weaponization since 1995 on the basis of the basic study of nuclear policy from 1967 to 1970.
At least 50 nuclear power plants in Japan churn out nuclear waste enough to produce a lot of plutonium every year.
Japan has a long-term goal to stockpile 400 tons of plutonium that are enough to produce 60 000 nukes.
Japan eyes the world's biggest plutonium producer. Its real aim is to round off its independent nuclear weaponization.

The same can be said of its moves for space weaponization.
Japan finally passed through the Diet as early as in May 2008 the "Basic Law on Space" which allows the use of space for military purposes.

On this basis Japan extended the principle for the peaceful use of space which had been confined to the non-military field to the military field. In the wake of this it set up the Headquarters for Space Development Strategy headed by the prime minister.

Under the pretext of "state security" Japan adopted it as a policy to use the domestic satellite network and the relevant facilities for building a missile shield and legalized satellite development and launch for military purposes. Japan has finally built its own missile shield.

It is clear as noonday that the final purpose of Japan's moves for turning it into a military giant and going nuclear is to stage a comeback to Asia and launch overseas expansion and that the DPRK is its primary target.

The Japanese reactionaries are loudly trumpeting about "nuclear and missile threat" from someone in a bid to justify their moves. This is no more than rhetoric to rattle domestic public mindset and befool the international community.

Japan's ambition for nuclear and space weaponization which outrivals big powers would spark off an arms race not only in the region but the rest of the world.
It is quite natural that the reckless moves of the Japanese ultra-right forces are arousing vigilance and rebuff of the international community.

KCNA Dismisses Japan's Much Ado about ¡®Abduction of American¡¯

Pyongyang, May 17 (KCNA) -- Japan kicked up a row about abduction in the U.S. this time.
Some time ago, a Japanese organization related to the "abduction" issue and a group of right-wing politicians flew into the U.S. to kick off another noisy anti-DPRK smear campaign.

Yamatani, Dietman from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, held a press conference in Washington at which he claimed that an American who was reported missing in 2004 while studying in China might be abducted by the DPRK and 13 countries including the U.S. fell victim to "the abduction operations" of the DPRK.

We cannot but be stunned by the far-fetched assertion of this lawmaker that the DPRK "might abduct" the American who was reported missing while touring Yunnan Province of China after finishing his study of Chinese at Beijing University.

He is a common student whose whereabouts is unknown to the DPRK. But, Japan is so well-informed of him. This makes people feel that the student might be abducted by Japan.

As many as 30,000 persons are reported missing in Japan in one year, their whereabouts left unknown. A particular mention should be made of the fact that foreigners including blonde British girls were abducted and reported missing one after another.

In the past Japan groundlessly linked the above-said cases with the DPRK only to be ridiculed and condemned by world people after they turned out to be sheer lies. Japan is resorting to this burlesque though it must know about those cases very well.

In a word, Japan orchestrated the above-said case in a bid to seek a way out of its crisis.
The Japanese politicians have so far considered "the abduction issue" as a main lever for improving their political images as they are characterized by hypocrisy and conspiratorial plots.

The right-wing conservative forces of Japan used the non-existent "abduction issue" of the DPRK as a justification and a ground for asserting their entity whenever they found themselves in a crisis at home and abroad.

Now the support rate for the present Cabinet of Japan is rapidly sinking.
The Noda government has been thrown into mayhem by the ever-deepening crisis caused by factional strife over the issue of passing the "bill on increasing taxes" through the Diet and other issues.

Whenever the political situation gets unsteady, the right-wing politicians used to kick off an "abduction" row in a bid to win popularity by fanning up national chauvinism and anti-DPRK hostility and tide over their crisis.
Such guy as Yamatani made no scruple of playing the role of a marionette in such poor farce to improve his image as a Dietman.

This is a deplorable reality of the Japanese political camp.
People spit at Japan which made much ado about "abduction" in the U.S. in an effort to weather the political crisis.

The right-wing conservative forces of Japan are much upset by the fact that the "abduction issue" on which they stake their fate had already found solutions and is almost forgotten. So, they wanted to make it workable with the help of the U.S. This is, however, a day- dream.

Japan is so pitiful and miserable that it has no political card to play at home and abroad except "abduction" issue.
The "abduction" issue would no longer be of any help to the Japanese politics as it is ill-famed for hypocrisy and conspiratorial plots.

KCNA Denounces Japanese Politician's Rhetoric about "Abduction Issue"

Pyongyang, March 20 (KCNA) -- Matsubara, minister in charge of "abduction issue" of Japan, said Japan can look into the humanitarian aid issue only when the "abduction issue" makes progress. He said this on March 13 as regards the international trend of approaching humanitarian aid issue apart from political issue.

The Japanese government has reportedly embarked on readjusting its sanctions on the DPRK in the direction of extending them one more year. The sanctions originated from the "abduction issue".
This again offers a glimpse into Japan's wicked nature as a political dwarf which has been brought to light more often than not.

The Japanese authorities' oft-repeated talk about the "abduction issue", which had already seen a solution, is aimed to silence the international voices demanding Japan's redemption of its hideous crimes against humanity, and evade apology and reparation.

As universally recognized, no statute of limitations is applicable to the crimes against humanity committed by the Japanese imperialists in the past century.

They drafted more than 8.4 million young and middle-aged Koreans, forcing them into medieval slavery or hurling them as cannon fodder into battlefields for aggression. They killed over one million Koreans in cold blood.

They also forced 200 000 Korean women to provide sex to the Japanese beasts during the wartime, violating their youth and chastity. They even massacred them to cover up their monstrous crimes.

Still ringing out across the country are bitter voices of the victims cursing the Japanese imperialists.
International voices demanding reparation for the Japanese imperialists' past crimes have become more assertive now.

Solidarity actions to secure formal apology and reparation from Japan took place in more than 40 cities in U.S., Germany, Canada, Italy and many other countries and regions on December 14 last year.

A monument was built in New Jersey to recall people to the Imperial Japanese Army's sexual slavery crimes.
All facts show that Japan is still in the dock as regards the human rights issue.

Japan, which has not yet shaken off the ill fame as an enemy state, is resorting to a sleight of hand to stave off a flurry of international protest and censure, under the veil of the "victims to abduction".
Japan's crafty and sordid behavior will only add to the crimes it committed in the past.

KCNA Commentary Slams Planned Nuclear Summit in Seoul

Pyongyang, February 23 (KCNA) -- The U.S. and the south Korean puppet regime are scheduled to hold a "nuclear security summit" in Seoul in late March.
The U.S., the world's first nuclear criminal, and south Korea, the world's biggest nuclear arsenal, are to hold the international discussion on the "nuclear security" which is supposed to showcase the conspiracy between the master and a stooge.

It is illogical to discuss the "nuclear security" issue in south Korea, the U.S. nuclear advance base and a hotbed of nuclear war.
Worse still, the summit is scheduled when Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military drills, rehearsals for a nuclear war against the north, would be under way. This is a mockery and insult to the international community.

The planned "nuclear security summit" is continuity and extension of the U.S. and south Korea's nuclear racket against the DPRK.
Through the "summit" south Korea seeks to justify its smear anti-DPRK campaign and a nuclear war moves by taking advantage of the U.S. moves to stifle the DPRK under the pretext of non-existent "nuclear threat" from it.

Its foolish immediate objective is to divert public criticism stemming from its total domestic and foreign policy failure and evade a stern judgment by the people through "general election".
The Lee Myung Bak regime, which is more dead than alive being isolated in and out, is making efforts to whitewash itself, availing itself of the "summit". But it will only invite infamy of dirty stooge and top nuclear war servant.

The "nuclear security summit", a serious criminal act and unpardonable provocation against the north, runs counter to the desire of the Koreans and the world people for peace and security on the Korean Peninsula.
The summit will only backfire, leaving an adverse impact on solving the nuclear issue on the Peninsula and disgrace and blot in the history.

CPRK Secretariat Issues White Paper Slamming Lee Group's Treachery

Pyongyang, January 12 (KCNA) -- The Secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea issued a white paper Thursday to inform the world of the crimes the Lee Myung Bak group of traitors committed last year by pushing the inter-Korean relations to the lowest ebb out of its hideous crimes perpetrated over the last four years since its seizure of power.

According to it, the group totally denied the DPRK's proposal for inter-Korean dialogue.
On Jan. 5 last year the government, political parties and organizations of the DPRK in a joint statement proposed to the south Korean authorities, political parties and organizations to hold wide-ranging dialogue and negotiations.

The puppet authorities, however, groundlessly spoke ill of the DPRK's proposal for dialogue from the outset, saying "there is no sincerity in it and it is no more than tactics of the united front."

Moreover, they flatly turned down the proposal for dialogue by putting up the "dismantlement of nuclear program" and solution to the "Cheonan" warship case and the Yonphyong issue and other unreasonable issues as preconditions.

They went the lengths of turning their faces away from dialogue, impudently decrying even the authority of their dialogue partner.
After being compelled to appear at the preliminary military talks, they persistently insisted on the solution to the warship sinking case and Yonphyong Island incident, deliberately creating complexity. They did not hesitate to commit such reckless act as unilaterally walking out of the venue of the talks.

The Lee group derailed not only Red Cross talks and contacts between the north and the south for solving humanitarian issues but NGO dialogue.

As a result, all cooperation projects between the north and the south were suspended, leaving many non-governmental businesses in south Korea bankrupt or forcing them to stop their operations. The south Koreans who eked out their living through cooperation projects were put on the crossroads of life and death.

The Lee group made abortive the joint national events slated to take place on the anniversaries of the publication of the historic inter-Korean declarations.

It prevented the Council for the Solution of the Issue of the Volunteers Corps from having communication with the north for discussing a joint declaration of women's organizations in the north and the south to be made public on the anniversary of the March First Popular Uprising. It also disallowed the visit of those concerned of the south side funeral committee to Kaesong to receive a message of condolence sent by the DPRK side on the death of Pak Yong Gil, widow of Rev. Mun Ik Hwan.

The crimes of Lee group are proved by the heinous moves to escalate confrontation with fellow countrymen and anti-DPRK smear campaign.
Last year alone, Lee visited the U.S. several times to beg for support to his confrontation policy and openly let loose such reckless remarks that his north policy would remain unchanged despite domestic and foreign criticism.

The group imposed a heavy penalty upon Rev. Han Sang Ryol on charge of violation of the "National Security Law" after keeping him behind bars for more than a year and suppressed the Youth and Students Solidarity for Implementing the June 15 Joint Declaration and other organizations in south Korea after labeling them as "enemy benefiting organizations".

The group of traitors disconnected more than 90 internet websites branding them as "pro-north ones" and deleted at least 80 000 notices and arrested all those concerned last year.
They kicked off anti-DPRK plots ceaselessly including spy-ring case and incident of assassination group, infusing confrontation atmosphere.

The Lee group's confrontation moves were at maximum late in December last year when the nation suffered the greatest loss.
No sooner had the sad news of the great loss to the nation been released than the group of puppets convened a "state security meeting" and "emergency state affairs meeting" and put Chongwadae and Administration, puppet army and police on "emergency alert guard and duty" leveling the gun at the fellow countrymen shedding tears in great grief. They dared foolishly try to break the single-minded unity of the DPRK talking about "taking counteraction by separating inhabitants from their leadership".

The south Korean authorities and the group of the "Grand National Party" desperately slandered and insulted pictures of the people in the north expressing condolences and totally banned the Pyongyang visits of south Korean opposition parties and organizations of different social standings. Even the south Korean puppet group brutally suppressed south Korean youths and students and civic organizations for expressing condolences in the incense-burning altars installed by themselves.

They let over 30 right-wing conservative organizations flock to the forefront areas along the military demarcation line to scatter anti-DPRK leaflets whose content was hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK and inciting disturbance on the day of bidding last farewell.

Another crime is that the group of traitors escalated the reckless confrontation and war moves.
Last year the group created the crisis of grave military clashes and seriously endangered the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the region.
It committed such unprecedentedly hideous provocations as daringly insulting the supreme leadership of the DPRK one after another last year.

All the facts show that the Lee Myung Bak group of traitors is the number one group of maniacs keen on confrontation and war, the white paper said, warning that the group will face only merciless punishment.

KPA Supreme Command Warns S. Korean Military Not to Act Rashly

Pyongyang, November 24 (KCNA) -- The Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army announced the following report on Thursday as regards the anti-DPRK war exercises launched by the south Korean military on five islands and their surrounding waters in the West Sea of Korea:

The puppet military warmongers of south Korea, keen in confrontation with fellow countrymen, kicked off large-scale anti-DPRK war rehearsal on the five islands and their surrounding waters in the West Sea of Korea at 13:00 Wednesday.

Involved in the rehearsal are the puppet Joint Chiefs of Staff, Command for Defense of Islands in Northwest Sea, Naval Force Operation Command, Air Force Operation Command and other commanding bodies, strike flying corps, fleets of warships, artillery units and other huge armed forces.

Some of the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces present in south Korea took part in it.

The military warmongers dared to announce that the rehearsal is aimed to remind the DPRK of victims and lesson from the Yonphyong Island Shelling and review their "perfect readiness for counteraction." It is also intended to show their will to decisively punish "not only the base of provocation but also commanding posts of all echelons including supporters in the north" with the combined forces of three services in case the DPRK starts a military action, they asserted.

As for last year's Yonphyong Island shelling, it was a legitimate self-defensive step against the provocateurs who dared to make a clumsy fire on the inviolable territorial waters of the DPRK despite its army's advance warning.

This being a hard reality, they launched the anti-DPRK war rehearsal far from drawing due lesson on the first anniversary of the shelling. It is little short of a new political and military provocation to the army and people of the DPRK.

Such disgusting behavior by the military warmongers, who go recklessly without knowing about the present trend of situation and their domestic condition, will arouse criticism and ridicules from among the people at home and abroad.

They should not forget the lesson taught by the Yonphyong Island Shelling one year ago.

They should be mindful that If they dare to impair the dignity of the DPRK again and fire one bullet or shell toward its inviolable territorial waters, sky and land, the deluge of fire on Yonphyong Island will lead to that in Chongwadae and the sea of fire in Chongwadae to the deluge of fire sweeping away the stronghold of the group of traitors.

The DPRK revolutionary armed forces are in full readiness to go into a decisive battle to counter any military provocation.

30th Yun I Sang Concert Opens

Pyongyang, September 27 (KCNA) -- The 30th Yun I Sang Concert opened.
Its premiere was given in the Yun I Sang Concert Hall Wednesday.

Among the audience were Minister of Culture An Tong Chun, Vice Director of the Yun I Sang Music Institute Hong Song Hwa, officials concerned, creators and artistes of national art troupes, teachers and students in the field of art education.
Widow of Yun and his daughter, overseas Koreans staying in the socialist homeland also enjoyed the premiere.

The orchestra of the institute and a German flutist put on the stage colorful numbers including orchestral music "Don't Advance, Night of Pyongyang", fur kammer ensemble "Piece Concertante" and symphonic poem "Engel in Flammen".
The concert will be given till Sept. 29.

Japan's Claim to Tok Islets Has No Validity

Pyongyang, August 9 (KCNA) -- Japan, in the latest "Defense White Paper", asserts that Korea's Tok Islets belong to its territory.
From the legal point of view, it is clear to everyone that Japan's claim to the islets is groundless.

In the prime minister's Decree No. 24 and Finance Ministry's Order No. 4 issued in 1951, Japan proclaimed that Tok Islets are excluded from the country's islands. When they were revised in 1960 and 1968, Japan left this passage unchanged.

The facts show that the Japanese government actually recognized the legal status of Tok Islets as territory of Korea as mentioned in international documents, and codified it.
Viewed from international law, the islets are the legitimate territory of Korea. It has been evidenced by many historical records that when Korea discovered the islets, they remained ownerless.

After being formally embraced by Silla in 512, the islets have been governed by the successive governments of Korea.
The Korean feudal government issued the king's Ordinance No. 41 in October 1900 to proclaim that Tok Islets are part of the Korean territory and informed foreign legations in the country of the ordinance.

At that time Japan, the United States, Britain, China, Russia and all other countries did not raise objection to the ordinance.
After the end of the Second World War, the Tokyo-based supreme command of the allied powers was a legitimate body, viewed from international law, so all documents adopted by it had the same force as international law at that time.

The command issued Order No. 677 in January 1946 stipulating that Ullung, Tok and Jeju islands are excluded from the Japanese territory.
In another Order No. 1033 issued in June 1946, the command did not allow Japanese vessels and their crew to approach near Tok Islets.

In an agreement on old Japan's territory, the allied nations decided to transfer the sovereignty over the Korean peninsula and its neighboring islands to Korea and stipulated the islands include Jeju, Komun, Ullung and Tok.

Japan's moves to seize Tok Islets are criminal acts and a violation of the fourth paragraph of the second article of the UN charter prohibiting infringement upon other countries' inviolability of territory.
Japan should feel responsible for the violation of international law.

KCNA Blasts Japan's Claim to Tok Islets

Pyongyang, August 5 (KCNA) -- The Japan Defence Ministry published a white paper in which the Tok Islets are described as part of Japan's territory at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

This is a wanton violation of the dignity and sovereignty of the Korean nation.
The islets are part of the inviolable territory of Korea as they have been ruled by Koreans throughout their long history after they came into their possession.

This fact has been clearly proved not only by state documents of Korea and its historical data but by historical materials of Japan. In January of 1696 the Edo Government of Japan recognized the fact that Ullung Island and Tok Islets belonged to Korea and issued an instruction banning Japanese' entry into waters off Ullung Island. On March 20, 1877 Tomomi Iwakura of the Taiseikan, the then supreme mechanism of the Japanese government, issued an instruction to the Ministry of Home Affairs informing it that the above-said island and islets had nothing to do with Japan. These facts also go to prove that Tok Islets have not been part of the territory of Japan from a historical viewpoint.

Explicitly speaking, the islets are not the territory to be disputed because of ambiguous ownership.
Nevertheless, the Japanese reactionaries are persistently claiming that they are part of the territory of Japan. This once again clearly proves that they are the impudent guys who stoop to any infamy to realize their ambition for territorial expansion.

Clear is the aim sought by them in raising a claim to the islets so persistently and shamelessly. They seek to deliberately build up public opinion supportive of their claim and internationalize the issue in a bid to spark the territorial dispute and create conditions and environment for staging a comeback to Korea.

Japan openly described the islets as its territory not only in its diplomatic blue paper but in history textbooks, maps and other books for the education of young Japanese which have been distributed inside and outside it. Not content with this, It let dozens of Japanese shift their domicile of origin to the islets this year. Those who claim to be Dietmen attempted to visit Ullung Island. All these are part of their moves.

Japan's claim to Tok Islets is aimed to convince its people that the islets are part of its territory in a bid to prepare them to be ready for a future war for territorial expansion, ie aggression of Korea. It is nothing but a crafty artifice to float story about Japan's dominion over the islets in the international community and legalize and justify its moves for grabbing the islets.

Japan is making far-fetched assertion that the inviolable territory of other country belongs to its territory. This is a reckless act which can be committed only by the Japanese reactionaries steeped in the wild ambition for overseas expansion to the marrow of their bones.

Neither concession nor compromise is allowed over a territorial issue.
The army and people of the DPRK will never tolerate any moves of Japan to grab the islets.
There can never be Japan's dominion over the islets.

KCNA Commentary Accuses Japan of Its Territorial Ambition

Pyongyang, August 2 (KCNA) -- Japan is running wilder to realize its ambition for territorial expansion.
It will reportedly hold an exhibition titled "Japan's Sea-Islets to be defended" in downtown Tokyo.

Similar exhibitions aimed to assert Japan's territorial claim to Tok Islets had been held within Shimane Prefecture before. This time Japan is set to hold it in Tokyo, openly displaying the diorama of the islets, their map and the paper permitting Japanese to tour them, moves betraying its wild territorial ambition.

What should not be overlooked is that Japan does not hide the purpose of the exhibition, saying it is aimed to implant the territorial ambition into the Japanese.

Recently the Japanese reactionaries kicked up a row, "protesting" against a south Korean passenger plane's test flight over Tok Islets. They banned Japanese officials' use of the plane and are mulling the Liberal Democratic Party assemblymen's visit to Ullung Island. These are interpreted as the moves to realize their territorial ambition.

By grabbing the islets the Japanese reactionaries seek to use them for staging a comeback to Korea and other Asian countries and monopolizing economic interests including aquatic and seabed resources abundant in waters off the islets.

It is for this purpose that Japan is imbuing its citizens and young people with the ambition to seize Tok Islets. The said exhibition is aimed to serve the same purpose.

The Japanese reactionaries' moves to grab the islets, inalienable parts of Korea's territory from historical, geographical and international legal points of view, are a wanton violation of the sovereignty of Korea and they can never be tolerated under any circumstances.

Japan's disclosure of its ambition for territorial aggrandizement at a time when it is troubled with complicated domestic situation will only reveal its true colors as inveterate aggressor.
Japan had better drop its territorial claim, not forgetting the bitter lesson of defeat drawn from its past history of aggression.

Lee Myung Bak Group Can Never Evade Responsibility for Bringing Inter-Korean Relations to Collapse: Spokesman for NDC

Pyongyang, June 1 (KCNA) -- The Lee Myung Bak group of traitors on May 19 let a guy claiming to be a spokesman for Chongwadae spread rumor that the "true intention" reflected in Lee's "Berlin proposal" was conveyed to the DPRK side at a secret contact made between the north and the south of Korea in Beijing recently. A spokesman for the DPRK National Defence Commission Wednesday gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA as regards this:

The above-said group is master hands at fabrications as they cook up lies and deny what they have done and hooligans who renege on the promises made to the nation like a pair of old shoes.

This is clearly evidenced by the "Cheonan" sinking case and Yonphyong Island shelling case.
It is a sheer lie that at the Beijing secret contact the south side briefed the DPRK side on the "real intention" reflected in the "Berlin proposal" made by traitor Lee.

Now that the Lee group let the spokesman for Chongwadae open to public the above-mentioned secret contact first on the basis of fabrications and is busy floating nonsensical stories, the DPRK side has no option but to clarify it as it happened.

Finding it hard to evade the responsibility for having driven the inter-Korean relations to catastrophe, the Lee group was aware that the crisis in the closing period of its rule might further deepen due to the situation. Hence, entering April the group made repeated requests to "hold a secret contact for the 'summit talks,' saying it would no more talk about 'Cheonan' warship sinking case and Yonphyong Island shelling case."

And it made poor excuses that what matters is that Lee's "policy towards the north" is "misunderstood" by the north and the south, in fact, stands for the improvement of the north-south relations.

Kim Chon Sik, chief of the policy room of the puppet ministry of unification, Hong Chang Hwa, director of the intelligence service, and Kim Thae Hyo, senior presidential secretary for foreign strategy of secretariat of Chongwadae, and others came out to the venue of the secret contact that started on May 9. They, however, began playing jugglery to wrest apology from the DPRK side, asserting that the above-said cases were "mountains to be crossed with wisdom" for the improvement of the south-north relations. This was a breach of the promise made to the DPRK side earlier.

When it declared that it was preposterous to say the word "apology" over the cases with which it had nothing to do and just measures for self-defence, they asked it to put forth "a compromise proposal" to be declared before the world, the proposal which cannot be interpreted as apology, when viewed by the north side but as apology when viewed by the south side. They implored the north to "make a little concession".

When the DPRK side told them to go back to Seoul at once, saying it is not necessary to discuss the issue of the summit talks in which unreasonable "apology" raised as a pre-condition, they tried hard to keep the contact going on at any cost, saying that it would not be long before Lee Myung Bak's tenure of office would end, the present authorities are hard pressed for time and it is more favorable to push forward the inter-Korean relations by joining hands with the conservative forces, in stead of doing so with the progressive forces.

Noting that a program for all events for the opening of the "summit talks" has already been worked out, they said that depending on the settlement of the issues of the two cases, they expected to open ministerial talks for the "summit talks" late in May to announce agreed points, hold the first round of the "summit talks¡± in Panmunjom late in June, the second one in Pyongyang two months later and the third round of the "summit talks" during the summit for nuclear security slated to take place in March next year. They earnestly begged the DPRK side to take this embarrassing situation into consideration.

When the DPRK side clarified its steadfast stand that such summit talks cannot take place as long as the south side insists on the hostile policy towards the DPRK, persistently claiming that the north should "dismantle its nukes first" and calling for "an apology" for the two cases, they asked it to express at least "regret" at the two cases, proposed meeting in Malaysia again to conclude the discussion of this issue and urged it to rapidly push forward the arrangements for opening the "summit talks". They went the lengths of showing off enveloped money to lure someone but suffered shame.

The puppet group asked the DPRK side to keep secret what was said at the secret contact, saying the situation in south Korea is complicated unlike that in the north and if that is known to the south, it will entail adverse consequences. They repeatedly asked the north side to keep secret the accounts of the contact as nobody knows about this except Hyon In Thaek, minister of Unification, the director of the intelligence service and the presidential secretary-general who looked after the secret contact at the personal instruction of "President" Lee and those sent to Beijing for the contact.

It was these guys who first opened to the public the misrepresented accounts of the secret Beijing contact in an attempt to propagandize the "justice" of the "Berlin proposal."

This is the whole story about the secret contact that the spokesman for Chongwadae claimed the real intention reflected in the proposal was conveyed to the north before and after May 19.

Had the Lee group have the true intention to improve the north-south relations, it should not have let loose such reckless remarks as what it called "Berlin proposal" and refrained from perpetrating such perfidy as opening to the public the misrepresented accounts of the secret contact.

All facts glaringly show what desperate efforts the Lee is making to shirk the responsibility for having driven the north-south relations to collapse in the closing period of its rule.

For all his desperate efforts the traitor cannot evade the responsibility for the crimes committed against the nation and reunification for three years in power.

The DPRK will make every possible effort to ensure peace, reunification and stability on the Korean Peninsula but it will no longer deal with the Lee Myung Bak group of traitors which meanly behaves, uttering incoherent words to achieve its sinister political aim.

Rodong Sinmun Blasts US for Talking about "Nuclear and Missile Threat" from DPRK

Pyongyang, April 29 (KCNA) -- The U.S. keeps talking about "nuclear and missile threat" and "danger of provocation" from the DPRK and crying out for strong counter-measures.

Rodong Sinmun Friday observes in a bylined commentary in this regard:
"The ballistic missile and nuclear threat" touted by the United States is nothing but sophism to justify its exercises for a war against the DPRK and scheme to step up its arms buildup.

Lurking behind this is a sinister intention of the U.S. bellicose forces to bring the situation of the Korean Peninsula to an extreme phase.

If brass hats of the U.S. military had wished to convince the participants in U.S. congressional hearings of who is to chiefly blame for this threat, they should have clarified, to begin with, whom the huge forces in south Korea, the Pacific and the U.S. mainland targeted against and what they were after, the commentary notes, and goes on:

The U.S. is the arch criminal perpetrating provocations and posing threats to the peninsula.
It is entirely just for the DPRK to bolster up its war deterrent to cope with the tense situation prevailing on the peninsula where a war may break out any moment due to the U.S. imperialists.

The DPRK's capability for self-defence is not for threatening anyone. Whoever does not intend to provoke the DPRK needs not to worry about it.

The U.S. warlike forces would be well advised to properly know who their rival is and drop their reckless war scenario against the DPRK, away from their anachronistic Cold War-minded way of thinking.

Protest Letter to Minister of Unification and President of Red Cross of South Korea

Pyongyang, March 9 (KCNA) -- The family members of 31 inhabitants detained by the south Korean authorities sent a letter of protest Wednesday to the minister of "Unification" and the president of Red Cross of south Korea.

The following is the full text of the letter:

We are the family members of the 31 inhabitants who have been detained by the south Korean side since they went adrift due to bad weather after going to the waters of West Sea to gather shellfish on February 5.
Our mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters left their houses with smiles on their faces after making a promise to come back soon as usual. So we were greatly surprised to hear the news that they went adrift to south Korea unexpectedly and were detained there.

We have eagerly waited for the south Korean authorities to send them back soon on the principle of noble Red Cross humanitarianism. But they have not yet returned home though a month has passed since then.
Nobody believes the south Korean authorities¡Ç assertion that four of them expressed the "will to defect."

All of them grew up in happiness under the care of the DPRK. They are hard-working people, making sincere efforts with affection for their families.
No one knows about this better than us kinsmen.
They went adrift after going out to the sea with no other aim but to gather shellfish.

The south Korean authorities had also recognized this and made it public.
Nevertheless, the south Korean authorities have held them in custody for nearly a month and are not willing to send four of them back under the pretext that they expressed the "will to defect". We think this is totally unfair.

All of us who are close neighbors and comrades fully vouch for the above-said four persons as we shared will and feelings with their family members.
We do not wish to become "separated families", a product of tragic national division.

It is a very unjust and resentful thing hard to image that parents should be forced to separate from their children and husbands from their wives in peacetime, not in wartime.

It is nonsensical for them to come back via Panmunjom far away from their hometown after discarding their serviceable ship though they may come back soon by ship.
We lodge a strong protest with the south Korean authorities against this unfair attitude and urge them to enable the 31 members of our families to come back as early as possible along the sea route taken by their ship.

We, at the same time, expect that you will not block the face-to-face meeting of the four persons with their families and allow the former to come out for it.
It is our belief that neither confirmation by a third person nor any video can recognize the said persons¡Ç will and only a direct meeting with them will make all the facts clear.

We once again strongly demand the south Korean authorities unconditionally and immediately send all the 31 detained inhabitants back home where their families are waiting for them, if they have elementary conscience, compatriotism and humanitarian spirit.

KCNA Urges Japan to Behave Itself

Pyongyang, January 11 (KCNA) -- A diplomatic document declassified by the Japanese Foreign Ministry recently disclosed the fact that Sato, prime minister in 1969, proposed the U.S. himself that Japan would provide a rear base to south Korea in "contingency" on the Korean Peninsula.

He said at the talks with the U.S. secretary of State at that time that "if there came a formal request from south Korea on this matter, it was his intention to let not only bases in Okinawa but those in other parts of Japan provide logistic support to south Korea."

This discloses the invariable scenario of the Japanese reactionaries for staging a comeback to Korea as it provided a glimpse into the successive Japanese rulers' wild ambitions to invade Korea.

In the 1950s when the U.S. imperialist aggression forces launched a brigandish war against the young DPRK Japan offered its territory as logistic and sortie bases for them.

Officers of the Imperial Japanese Army provided to the "UN Command" explanations and detailed maps not only on the military strongholds in the DPRK, harbors, factories, schools, hospitals but also on the type of every facility and voltage used there to help the U.S. forces in their military operations.

Japan was not recovered from the aftermath of its defeat in the war but spared no human and material assistance to the U.S. imperialists during their aggression against the DPRK.

Japan, having such precedent, is keen to launch reinvasion in the new century under the U.S. war umbrella in a sinister bid to fish in troubled waters.

This is evidenced by the following fact: Japan is contemplating revising the "Japan-U.S. Defence Cooperation Guidelines" to hurl its "Self-Defence Forces" into the Korean front in "contingency" on the Korean Peninsula under the motto of "closer alliance" with the U.S.

In case the U.S. ignites another Korean war, Japan is set to take part in it as a force of aggression.
Japan had better draw a lesson from its history and behave itself.