Report on 5th Plenary Meeting of 7th C.C., WPK
Pyongyang, January 1 (KCNA) -- The 5th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea was held at the headquarters building of the WPK Central Committee from December 28 to 31, Juche 108 (2019).
Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, guided the plenary meeting.
Attending the meeting were members and alternate members of the C.C., WPK and members of the Central Auditing Commission of the WPK.
Present as observers were officials of the WPK Central Committee, officials of ministries and national institutions, chairpersons of the provincial people's committees, chairpersons of the provincial rural economy committees, chairpersons of the city and county party committees and officials of major fields and units and the armed forces organs.
Kim Jong Un presided over the meeting upon authorization of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK.
The plenary meeting dealt with the following agenda items:
On the orientation of our immediate struggle under the present internal and external situation
On an organizational matter
On modifying and supplementing the collection of the slogans set forth by the Party Central Committee
On celebrating the 75th founding anniversary of the WPK with splendor.
The first agenda was discussed.
Kim Jong Un made a report on the first agenda.
Saying that the period of the past eight months since the 4th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the WPK was a continuity of great intensified struggle and courageous advance, he referred to the fact that the WPK has always established and maintained correct internal and external political lines centered on the urgent demand, rights and interests of our people and the sovereignty and security of the state and has constantly struggled for them.
He noted that the Party Central Committee convened the present plenary meeting for the purport of comprehensively and deeply analyzing and assessing the subjective and objective obstacles and difficulties faced in the course of the great and dynamic advance of our revolution and of taking a decisive measure for further promoting the socialist construction.
Kim Jong Un advanced the revolutionary line on launching an offensive for frontal breakthrough as required by the present situation and the developing revolution.
Noting that our Juche-based might with self-sufficiency and self-reliance as the motive power has been further strengthened in the tense struggle for carrying out the decision of the 4th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the WPK, he referred to the fact that our state and people greatly demonstrated the strong spirit and tremendous potentiality while proudly advancing and leaping in the difficult situation true to the appeal of the Party to open up a great period of surge in the socialist construction under the uplifted banner of self-reliance.
He said that the challenges faced by us for the past several months were harsh and dangerous, which others would not withstand even a single day but give up, but no difficulties can ever stop or delay the rush of our people advancing as an integral whole, undaunted by whatever hardships.
He added that great successes have ceaselessly been made in bolstering up the strength of the state and in increasing defence capabilities.
He noted that the huge and complicated work of developing the ultra-modern weapon system possessed only by the countries with advanced defence science and technology presupposed our own innovative solution in terms of the scientific and technical aspect without anyone's help, and all the research tasks were perfectly carried out by the driving force, i.e. our reliable scientists, designers and workers in the field of the munitions industry.
This means a great victory, and our possession of promising strategic weapon system planned by the Party one by one serves as a great event in developing the armed forces of the Republic and defending and guaranteeing our sovereignty and right to existence, he noted.
He stressed that such a leap in developing the ultra-modern national defence science would make our great military and technical power irreversible, greatly promote the increase of our great national power, raise the power of putting the political situation around us under control and give the enemies the blow of big uneasiness and horror.
In the future, the more the U.S. stalls for time and hesitates in the settlement of the DPRK-U.S. relations, the more helpless it will find itself before the might of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea getting stronger beyond prediction and the deeper it will fall into an impasse, he noted.
He referred to a series of successes achieved in the economic construction.
Analyzing the trend of the prevailing present situation, he said the U.S. real intention is to seek its own political and diplomatic interests while wasting time away under the signboard of dialogue and negotiations and at the same time keep sanctions upon the latter so as to weaken the latter. He stressed that we further hardened our resolution never to barter the security and dignity of the state and the safety of its future for anything else.
He said that the stalemate between the DPRK and the U.S. can not but assume protracted nature as the U.S. is raising demands contrary to the fundamental interests of our state and is adopting brigandish attitude. He added that recently the U.S. is talking about continued dialogue while peddling the issue of the resumption of the dialogue here and there but this is just aimed to pass without trouble the year-end time-limit set by us and stall for the time for evading a lethal attack as it now finds itself in a tight corner, not out of the intention to withdraw the hostile policy toward the DPRK and solve issues through improved relations. On the other hand, the U.S. has openly revealed its provocative political, military and economic maneuvers to completely strangle and stifle the DPRK. This is the double-dealing behavior of the brigandish U.S., he added.
He said that we will never allow the impudent U.S. to abuse the DPRK-U.S. dialogue for meeting its sordid aim but will shift to a shocking actual action to make it pay for the pains sustained by our people so far and for the development so far restrained.
He continued: It is true that we urgently need external environment favorable for the economic construction but we can never sell our dignity which we have so far defended as valuable as our own life, in hope for brilliant transformation.
The DPRK-U.S. stand-off which has lasted century after century has now been compressed to clear stand-off between self-reliance and sanctions.
If there were not the nuclear issue, the U.S. would find fault with us under other issue, and the U.S. military and political threats would not end.
The present situation warning of long confrontation with the U.S. urgently requires us to make it a fait accompli that we have to live under the sanctions by the hostile forces in the future, too, and to strengthen the internal power from all aspects.
He said there are not a few problems that need to be set right in state management, economy and other fields from the viewpoint of strengthening our might.
He analyzed the present situation including state management and economic performance which are insufficient for pulling and spurring the great cause of self-reliance and self-development and which fail to bring about a bold renovation but stay stagnant.
The victory of the revolution is inevitable but it is not achieved without any difficulties and hardships, he said, and continues:
If we do not put spur to the struggle for bolstering the power for self-development while waiting for the lift of sanctions, the enemies' reactionary offensive will get fiercer to check our advance.
The more we bolster our own strength and create valuable wealth on the strength of self-reliance and self-sufficiency, the deeper the enemies will be driven into greater agony and the earlier the day of the victory of socialism will come.
All the Party organizations and officials have to shoulder upon themselves the important duties entrusted to them by the times and turn out in the offensive for frontal breakthrough to foil the enemies' sanctions and blockade by dint of self-reliance.
"Let Us Break through Head-on All the Barriers to Our Advance!" - this is the fighting slogan the entire Party and all the people should put up today.
The key front in the offensive for frontal breakthrough today is economic front, he said, setting forth it as an immediate task for the economic field at present to rearrange the economic foundation of the country and fully tap all the possible production potential and to fully meet the demand needed for the economic development and people's life.
He advanced important tasks for putting in order the economic work system and order.
He set forth the fundamental ways for strengthening the Cabinet responsibility system, Cabinet center system as the Cabinet is the nucleus of the state economic work system.
He advanced crucial issues in finding out the correct way for improving the planning to meet the actual requirements, keeping the overall balance between production and supply and decisively raising the confidence of the national economic plan.
Emphasizing that the Cabinet work is precisely the work of the Party Central Committee and the execution of the decision of the Party Central Committee is the Cabinet work, he made an anatomical analysis of the serious issues that need urgent solution in strengthening the state unified guidance and management of the economic work after the plenary meeting.
After setting forth the innovative measures and detailed plans for adjusting the overall state machinery to spur the economic development and to enhance the role of officials, he specified realistic ways for pushing forward the improvement of economic management based on them.
He specified the orientation of solving crucial issues for economic growth which should be pushed forward by the whole Party and state.
He set forth tasks faced by the major industrial sectors of the national economy.
He made the overall analysis of the evil practices and stagnation found in metal, chemical, power, coal, machine and building materials industrial fields, railway transport and light industrial field, and set forth one by one scientific and substantial measures to bring about a giant stride forward in the economic work.
He said that we have to correctly set up index-wise plans of ten long-term goals through scientific calculation to develop the country's economy on a stable and long-term basis and consolidate one by one the economic foundation of the country through the struggle to carry them out.
He stressed the need to drastically increase the agricultural production.
He called for improving science, education and public health.
The inexhaustible strategic asset which we should rely on today is science and technology, he said, stressing that science and technology should become the light that brightens the way ahead and pioneer the development at a time like now when there are manifold hardships in the economic work.
He set forth the tasks and ways for fundamentally improving the education of the country as required by the era of the revolution in education.
Kim Jong Un set forth the important matters arising in the work for our socialist public health system, best in the world, provided by President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il to preserve its original character and intensify the material and technological foundation of public health and train all the medical workers as loyal health workers of the WPK with great human love and high medical qualifications.
He called for dynamically conducting the movement for increased production, ensuring economy and raising quality and protecting ecological environment and taking thorough-going measures for preventing natural disasters.
He called for guaranteeing the offensive for frontal breakthrough politically, diplomatically and militarily.
There have to be powerful political, diplomatic and military guarantee for sure victory in the offensive for frontal breakthrough to brave unprecedented harsh challenge and difficulties, he said, and advanced the policy for strengthening the diplomatic front under the prevailing situation.
With comprehensive and deep analysis of the stern situation created on the Korean peninsula and complicated structure of the current international relations, he set forth important tasks of taking offensive measures to reliably ensure the sovereignty and security of our state.
He said that the U.S. labeled our state as its enemy, "axis of evil" and "target of its preemptive nuclear strike" and applied the most brutal and inhuman sanctions against and posed the persistent nuclear threat to the latter over the past seven decades, and the current situation on the Korean peninsula is getting more dangerous and reaching serious phase, owing to the former's hostile policy towards the latter.
In the past two years alone when the DPRK took preemptive and crucial measures of halting its nuclear test and ICBM test-fire and shutting down the nuclear-test ground for building confidence between the DPRK and the U.S., the U.S., far from responding to the former with appropriate measures, conducted tens of big and small joint military drills which its president personally promised to stop and threatened the former militarily through the shipment of ultra-modern warfare equipment into south Korea, he said. The U.S. also took more than ten independent sanctions measures only to show before the world once again that it remained unchanged in its ambition to stifle the former, he said.
He stressed that under such condition, there is no ground for us to get unilaterally bound to the commitment any longer, the commitment to which there is no opposite party, and this is chilling our efforts for worldwide nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
Saying that the prevailing situation goes to prove that the road of defending ourselves by bolstering up our power sufficiently enough to keep the hostile forces at bay so that they would not dare provoke our sovereignty and security as already clarified by us is the one to be covered by us without any halt and hesitation, he clarified the policy of the WPK towards the U.S.
Noting that it is the WPK's firm goal of building national defence to possess the matchless military muscle and steadily bolster it, he stressed that it is the core design in building defence power and firm will of the WPK to make any force dare not to use its armed force against us.
Saying that we should more actively push forward the project for developing strategic weapons, he confirmed that the world will witness a new strategic weapon to be possessed by the DPRK in the near future, declaring that we can not give up the security of our future just for the visible economic results and happiness and comfort in reality now that hostile acts and nuclear threat against us are increasing and nothing has changed between the days when we maintained the line of simultaneously pushing forward the economic construction and the building of nuclear force and now when we struggle to direct our efforts to the economic construction owing to the U.S. gangster-like acts.
He solemnly declared that there is no need to hesitate with any expectation of the U.S. lift of sanctions even now that we had close look into the real intention of the U.S., adding if the U.S. persists in its hostile policy towards the DPRK, there will never be the denuclearization on the Korean peninsula and the DPRK will steadily develop necessary and prerequisite strategic weapons for the security of the state until the U.S. rolls back its hostile policy towards the DPRK and lasting and durable peace-keeping mechanism is built.
He said that we will reliably put on constant alert the powerful nuclear deterrent capable of containing the nuclear threats from the U.S. and guaranteeing our long-term security, noting that the scope and depth of bolstering our deterrent will be properly coordinated depending on the U.S. future attitude to the DPRK.
He noted that our development of absolute weapons possessed by big powers is the great success but the big contingent of promising talents of science and technology in this course is more valuable result dear to the WPK.
He said that the field of scientific researches for national defence and the field of munitions industry should implement the WPK's line of building national defence with loyalty and perfectly under the uplifted slogan of Higher and Faster in order to attain the already-set stage goals while maintaining the principle of self-reliance and Juche from A to Z.
He called on the officials and scientists in the field of munitions industry to strive hard for the sacred activities for bolstering up national defence capabilities in every way with invariable loyalty to the Party and revolution in the spirit and mettle with which they developed the nuclear war deterrent through three-year arduous struggle.
He tabled the issues of conducting an intensive party-wide, nationwide and society-wide struggle against anti-socialist and non-socialist deeds and strengthening the work of the working people's organizations and tightening the moral discipline throughout society.
He mentioned about the need to strengthen the Party, the General Staff of the revolution, and markedly raise its leadership role.
He proposed principled matters and practical measures for further strengthening the Party organizationally and ideologically and heightening the role of cadres as required by the era and the developing revolution.
Saying that our revolution is dynamically advancing but the hostile forces' challenge to it gets more persistent, and current difficulties are never easy to deal with, he stressed that the WPK decided to wage another arduous and prolonged struggle in order to win the final victory of the revolution and make our great people lead a good life.
Saying that whether we will emerge victorious or not at the crossroads of the destiny of socialism only depends on the united might of the Party and its guiding role, he stressed that the WPK will firmly keep standing to steadily deal serious strikes at the U.S. and its followers and always share joy and sorrow with our people.
Saying that our people learned a way of self-sustenance, way of defeating enemy and overcoming difficulties and way of defending their dignity and right in the prolonged and harsh environment unknown by history, he clarified that it is our firm revolutionary faith to defend the country's dignity and defeat imperialism through self-prosperity even though we tighten our belts.
Confirming that if we continue to make a dynamic struggle with the indomitable revolutionary faith, ardent patriotism and indefatigable struggle spirit, we will overcome every difficulty and greet the day of fresh victory when the song "We Are the Happiest in the World" becomes the real life of the whole people, he ardently appealed to all to break through head-on the grave difficulty faced in the revolution, and dynamically open a road of advance of victory to become a pioneer and standard-bearer in the current glorious struggle for realizing the aspiration and ideal of building a powerful socialist country.
Then, written speeches on the first agenda were presented at the plenary meeting.
The speakers fully supported and approved of the WPK Chairman's outstanding idea and strategy of making frontal breakthrough and the programme for their materialization that call for accomplishing earlier the great cause of self-prosperity despite all challenges and difficulties in the way of advance in the socialist construction.
They made solemn pledges before the plenary meeting to uphold with proud practices the idea and intention of frontal breakthrough set forth by the Party Central Committee.
The plenary meeting had an in-depth and positive study and discussion of a draft resolution on the first agenda and adopted it with unanimous approval.
The resolution carries the following decisions:
First, we will rearrange the economic foundation of the country and enlist all possible production potentiality to fully meet the demand for economic development and people's living.
Second, we will attach importance to science and technology and improve the education and healthcare representing the image of the socialist system.
Third, we will protect the ecological environment and set up the national crisis control system against natural disasters.
Fourth, we will guarantee the victory in the offensive for frontal breakthrough through powerful political, diplomatic and military offensive.
Fifth, we will intensify the struggle against anti-socialist and non-socialist deeds and tighten moral discipline, and the working people's organizations will scrupulously carry out the ideological education.
Sixth, we will strengthen the Party, the General Staff of the revolution, and radically enhance its leadership role.
Seventh, officials, leading members of the revolution, will make strenuous efforts to fulfill their responsibility and duty before the Party, the revolution and the people in the offensive for frontal breakthrough to overcome difficulties in the advance of the socialist construction.
Eighth, Party organizations and political organs at all levels will meticulously conduct the organizational and political work to implement the resolution, and relevant organs like the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly and the Cabinet take practical measures for thoroughly carrying out the tasks set forth in the resolution.
The plenary meeting discussed the organizational matter, the second agenda.
Members and alternate members of the Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee were recalled or by-elected.
Ri Il Hwan, Ri Pyong Chol and Kim Tok Hun were by-elected as members of the Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee.
Kim Jong Gwan, Pak Jong Chon, Kim Hyong Jun, Ho Chol Man, Ri Ho Rim and Kim Il Chol were by-elected as alternate members of the Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee.
Vice-chairmen of the Party Central Committee were dismissed or elected.
Ri Il Hwan, Kim Hyong Jun, Ri Pyong Chol and Kim Tok Hun were elected as vice-chairmen of the Party Central Committee.
Members and alternate members of the Party Central Committee were recalled or by-elected.
Alternate members of the Party Central Committee Kim Hyong Jun, Han Kwang Sang, Kang Jong Gwan, Kim Kwang Chol, Kim Kyong Jun, Yang Sung Ho, Kwak Chang Sik, Pak Kwang Ju, Pak Myong Su, Ri Pong Chun and Song Sok Won were by-elected as members of the Party Central Committee and Ho Chol Man, Ri Ho Rim, O Il Jong, Kim Yong Hwan, Kim Il Chol, Kim Jong Ho, Son Yong Hun, Rim Kwang Il and Choe Sang Gon directly as members of the Party Central Committee.
Jang Kwang Myong, Jon Hyon Chol, Sim Hong Bin, Ri Thae Il, Choe Kwang Il, Ri Wan Sik, Ri Yong Chol, Choe Chun Gil, Kim Hak Chol, Kim Chol, Pak Jong Gun, Jon Hak Chol, Jo Yong Dok, Sin Yong Chol, Kim Sung Jin, Mun Jong Ung, Ri Jong Gil, Choe Song Nam, Jon Hyong Gil, Kang Son, Kim Yong Bae, Kim Ki Ryong, Sin Hong Chol and Kim Yong Nam were by-elected as alternate members of the Party Central Committee.
The chairman of the Inspection Commission of the Party Central Committee was elected and its members were recalled or by-elected.
Ri Sang Won was elected as chairman of the Inspection Commission of the Party Central Committee.
Directors of some departments of the Party Central Committee were dismissed or appointed.
Ri Il Hwan, Kim Hyong Jun, Choe Hwi, Ri Pyong Chol, Kim Tok Hun, Choe Pu Il, Ho Chol Man, Ri Ho Rim, Han Kwang Sang and O Il Jong were appointed as department directors of the Party Central Committee.
First vice-department directors of the Party Central Committee were appointed.
Kim Tong Il, Ri Yong Gil, Kim Yo Jong and Ri Yong Sik were appointed as first vice-department directors of the Party Central Committee.
Chairmen of the provincial Party committees were dismissed or appointed.
Kim Yong Hwan was appointed as the chairman of the Ryanggang Provincial Party Committee.
Cadres of state organs were dismissed or appointed.
Kim Il Chol was appointed as vice premier of the Cabinet and concurrently chairman of the State Planning Commission, Jon Hak Chol as minister of Coal Industry, Jon Myong Sik as minister of Culture and Kim Sung Jin as president of the State Academy of Sciences.
The plenary meeting discussed and decided the third agenda on the issue of modifying and supplementing the collection of slogans set forth by the Party Central Committee.
The plenary meeting discussed the issue of splendidly celebrating the 75th founding anniversary of the WPK as the fourth agenda, and adopted a relevant decision.
Concluding the plenary meeting, Kim Jong Un mentioned the significance and importance of the plenary meeting in making frontal breakthrough under the prevailing situation and bringing about a new surge in our revolution.
He clarified that the basic idea, the basic spirit of the 5th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the WPK is to conduct the offensive for frontal breakthrough, not to wait for the situation to turn better.
In other words, we should never dream that the U.S. and the hostile forces would leave us alone to live in peace, but we should make frontal breakthrough with the might of self-reliance to tide over the difficulties lying in the way of advancing the socialist construction, he said.
He said that we should not look for the way of getting ourselves adapted to the objective elements to be controlled by them in the current struggle, but should make a frontal breakthrough to put the objective elements under our control.
He noted that it is necessary to hold effective party-wide discussion for the implementation of the tasks set forth in the 5th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the WPK.
He underlined the need to set up a concrete plan and adopt proper methodology for carrying out the Party policies and take substantial measures.
He stressed that in order to carry on the revolution, revolutionaries must regard the worthy trust from our people as the whole of their lives, and earnestly called on them to become diligent and devoted servants working heart and soul for our excellent people.
Kim Jong Un had a photo session with members of the Party central leadership organ at the significant place where the 5th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the WPK was held. -0-
First Vice-Foreign Minister of DPRK Choe Son Hui Makes Statement
Pyongyang, December 5 (KCNA) -- Choe Son Hui, first vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK released the following statement Thursday:
The phrase "use of military force" against the DPRK which emerged during the NATO summit a few days ago has created a great splash worldwide, arousing concerns.
What makes us feel further worse is that the figurative style was dare used at random with no courtesy when referring to the supreme leadership of dignity of the DPRK.
This has prompted the waves of hatred of our people against the U.S. and the Americans and they are getting higher and higher.
As reported, the Korean People's Army immediately clarified its strong stand on it.
We, Foreign Ministry, too, can not repress displeasure over the utterances made by President Trump inappropriately at the most sensitive time.
It would be fortunate if the utterances of the use of military force and the title of figurative style made by President Trump were a careless verbal lapse, but matter becomes different if they were a planned provocation that deliberately targeted us.
If this is meant to make expressions, reminiscent of those days just two years ago when a war of words was fought across the ocean, surface again on purpose, it will be a very dangerous challenge.
We will watch whether the phrase i.e. use of military force and title of figurative style emerge again.
If, if such phrases emerge once again and they are once again confirmed to be a calculated provocation of the U.S. against us, we will also start harsh language against the U.S. to counter it.
If any language and expressions stoking the atmosphere of confrontation are used once again on purpose at a crucial moment as now, that must really be diagnosed as the relapse of the dotage of a dotard.
The Chairman of our State Affairs Commission has not yet made any statement toward President Trump. -0-
Advisor to DPRK Foreign Ministry Issues Statement
Pyongyang, November 18 (KCNA) -- Kim Kye Gwan, advisor to the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK, released the following statement on Nov. 18:
Reading an article posted by President Trump on Twitter on Nov. 17, I interpreted it as a signification indicative of another DPRK-U.S. summit.
Three rounds of DPRK-U.S. summit meetings and talks were held since June last year, but no particular improvement has been achieved in the DPRK-U.S. relations. And the U.S. only seeks to earn time, pretending it has made progress in settling the issue of the Korean peninsula.
We are no longer interested in such talks that bring nothing to us.
As we have got nothing in return, we will no longer gift the U.S. president with something he can boast of, but get compensation for the successes that President Trump is proud of as his administrative achievements.
If the U.S. truly wants to keep on dialogue with the DPRK, it had better make a bold decision to drop its hostile policy towards the DPRK. -0-
Roving Ambassador of Foreign Ministry of DPRK Blasts U.S. Plan to Resume Combined Aerial Exercise with S. Korea
Pyongyang, November 6 (KCNA) -- Kwon Jong Gun, roving ambassador of the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, issued the following statement Wednesday:
Shortly ago, the U.S. Defense Department officially announced that it is pushing ahead with the procedure for resuming the combined aerial exercise with the south Korean army in December. The U.S. committed itself to stopping military exercises against the DPRK after Singapore DPRK-U.S. summit.
The U.S. announcement of the combined aerial exercise plan after a month since the breakdown of the Stockholm DPRK-U.S. technical negotiations amounts to a declaration of confrontation with the DPRK.
The U.S. intention to openly hold war exercise against the DPRK at a sensitive time when the whole world is concerned about the prospect of the DPRK-U.S. relations clearly proves again its nature as the chieftain harassing world peace and security and the hegemonic state regarding the recourse to military strength as a cure-for-all in settling issues.
The U.S. reckless military frenzy is an extremely provocative and dangerous act of throwing a wet blanket over the spark of the DPRK-U.S. dialogue on the verge of extinction and stoking the atmosphere of confrontation on the Korean peninsula and the region.
No one will believe that the changed war exercises will change their aggression nature.
We have already emphasized more than once that the planned joint military exercise can block the DPRK-U.S. relations from advancing and compel us to reconsider the crucial measures we have already taken.
Our patience is nearing the limitations and we will never remain an onlooker to the reckless military moves of the U.S. -0-
Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Inspects Mt Kumgang Tourist Area
Pyongyang, October 23 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, inspected Mt Kumgang tourist area.
Supreme Leader of the Party, state and armed forces Kim Jong Un looked round Kosong Port, Haegumgang Hotel, House of Culture, Kumgangsan Hotel, Kumgangsan Okryu Restaurant, Kumgang Pension Town, Kuryong Village, Onchon Village, Family Hotel, Onjong Pavilion No. 2, Kosong Port Golf Course, Kosong Port Immigration Office, etc. which were built by the south side and Lagoon Samil and areas of Sea Kumgang and Kuryong Pool.
Learning in detail about the service facilities in the tourist area, he said that the buildings are just a hotchpotch with no national character at all, and that they were built like makeshift tents in a disaster-stricken area or isolation wards. He added they are not only very backward in terms of architecture but look so shabby as they are not taken proper care of.
He said that it was extremely wrong that a few blocks of such buildings reminiscent of temporary buildings at construction sites were set up for the tour of Mt Kumgang, the world-famous mountain. He added that in the past those concerned with construction built awkward-looking tourist service facilities only to damage the natural scenery. He said that due to the mistaken policy of the predecessors who tried to get benefits without any efforts after just offering the tourist area, the mountain has been left uncared for more than ten years to leave a flaw and the land is worthy of better cause. He made a sharp criticism of the very wrong, dependent policy of the predecessors who were going to rely on others when the country was not sufficient enough.
He pointed out that structures on our land must be those of our style rich in national character and they must be created to meet our own sentiment and aesthetic taste.
He called for removing all the unpleasant-looking facilities of the south side with an agreement with the relevant unit of the south side and building new modern service facilities our own way that go well with the natural scenery of Mt Kumgang.
The present general view is that Mt Kumgang is a common property of the north and the south and it is the symbol and epitome of the north-south relations, and that the tour of Mt Kumgang would not be possible without the development of the north-south ties, he said, adding that this is certainly a mistaken idea and a misguided understanding.
Mt Kumgang is our land won at the cost of blood and even a cliff and a tree there are associated with our sovereignty and dignity, he said, noting in a serious tone that the relevant department of the Party Central Committee responsible for policy guidance over the service for tour of Mt Kumgang thoughtlessly allotted the plot of the Mt Kumgang tourist area and paid no attention to the management of the cultural tourist area, thereby damaging the scenery.
He continued that there are lots of distinguished scenic spots on our land but Mt Kumgang boasting of myriads of forms of natural scenery is the summa of scenic spots. He set forth detailed tasks for wonderfully developing modern cultural tourist resort in Mt Kumgang area so that the people can rest, fully enjoying the natural scenery of the country.
He instructed to build Kosong Port coastal tourist area, Pirobong mountaineering tourist area, Haegumgang coastal park area and sports cultural area and to push for the construction in 3-4 stages on a yearly basis after mapping out and examining the master development plan of Mt Kumgang tourist area.
He also said Mt Kumgang tourist area, the world-level scenic spot, should be taken good care of as the cultural tourist area that encompasses Mt Kumgang, Wonsan Kalma coastal tourist area and Masikryong Ski Resort, as befits the world's scenic spot.
He said that we will always welcome our compatriots from the south if they want to come to Mt Kumgang after it is wonderfully built as the world-level tourist destination but what is important is for our people to have the shared view that it is not desirable to let the south side undertake the tour of Mt Kumgang, our famous mountain.
He was accompanied by officials of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea Jang Kum Chol, Kim Yo Jong, Jo Yong Won, Ri Jong Nam, Yu Jin, Hong Yong Song, Hyon Song Wol and Jang Song Ho, First Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui and Director of a bureau of the State Affairs Commission Ma Won Chun. -0-
DPRK Academy of Defence Science Succeeds in Test-firing of New-type SLBM
Pyongyang, October 3 (KCNA) -- The Academy of Defence Science of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea succeeded in test-firing the new-type SLBM Pukguksong-3 in the waters off Wonsan Bay of the East Sea of Korea on Wednesday morning.
The new-type ballistic missile was fired in vertical mode.
The test-firing scientifically and technically confirmed the key tactical and technical indexes of the newly-designed ballistic missile and had no adverse impact on the security of neighboring countries.
The leading officials of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and in the field of the national defence scientific research who guided the test-firing on the spot informed the WPK Central Committee of the result of the successful test-firing.
Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un sent warm congratulations on behalf of the Central Committee of the WPK to the national defence scientific research units involved in the test-firing.
The successful new-type SLBM test-firing comes to be of great significance as it ushered in a new phase in containing the outside forces' threat to the DPRK and further bolstering its military muscle for self-defence. -0-
Press Statement by First Vice-Foreign Minister of DPRK
Pyongyang, August 31 (KCNA) -- Choe Son Hui, first vice-foreign minister of the DPRK, released the following statement on Saturday:
A series of awful remarks provoking us is recently heard from the upper echelons of the U.S. administration.
U.S. State Secretary Pompeo again irritated us by spouting such unreasonable words on Aug. 27 that the U.S. "recognized North Korea's rogue behavior could not be ignored."
What he uttered to seriously insult us by even using such phrase as "rogue behavior" is just improper language, for which the U.S. administration will surely regret.
Pompeo has gone so far in his language and it made the opening of the expected DPRK-U.S. working-level negotiations more difficult. It, moreover, added to the Korean people's bad blood toward Americans.
Our expectations of dialogue with the U.S. are gradually disappearing and we are being pushed to reexamine all the measures we have taken so far.
We are very curious about the background of the American top diplomat's thoughtless remarks and we will watch what calculations he has.
The U.S. had better not put any longer our patience to the test with such remarks irritating us if it doesn't want to have bitter regrets afterwards. -0-
Japanese Authorities' Crackdown on Korean Children in Japan under Fire
Pyongyang, August 19 (KCNA) -- The Committee for Aiding Overseas Compatriots of the DPRK issued a statement on Monday to denounce Japan which is dead set again on the policy of oppressing and obliterating the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) and Koreans in Japan though it had called for "dialogue with the DPRK without precondition".
As already reported, the Japanese authorities will put into practice the measure of free expenses for all 3-5 year-old children at infant education and childcare facilities, including kindergartens and nurseries, from October 1, according to the "law on support to upbringing children" with "free infant education and child upbringing" as its content adopted at the Diet on May 10.
The statement said that what matters is that the Japanese authorities openly express their intention to exclude the infant classes of Korean schools from the support system and work hard to do it.
It went on: Lurking behind the Japanese reactionaries' moves to exclude the infant classes of Korean schools from the support system for infant education and child upbringing is their cunning and wicked politically-motivated attempt to frustrate the national education for Koreans in Japan and cast a dark shadow on the future development of the Korean community in Japan.
As clear as noonday is the ulterior motive of the Japanese reactionaries who are hell-bent on their moves to enforce the unprecedented discriminatory policy against infants and preschool children of Koreans in Japan.
Their purpose is to tear the rising generations of Koreans in Japan away from the DPRK and Chongryon and assimilate and naturalize them in order to stamp out the Korean community in Japan.
In view of historical and moral obligation and duty, the Japanese authorities should include the infant classes of Korean schools in the support system ahead of others.
But they openly discriminate against the infants in the prime of learning mother tongue and exclude them from the system, indifferent to reflection on their past crimes and moral obligation for them, under the pretext that they are Koreans residing in Japan. This is the most mean and shameless crime which can be committed only by political dwarfs of the island nation.
The DPRK will never remain a passive onlooker to the Japanese reactionaries' ever-cunning and ever-vicious poor and slush moves to crack down and obliterate Chongryon and Koreans in Japan. -0-
Spokesperson for DPRK Foreign Ministry on DPRK-U.S. Working-level Talks
Pyongyang, July 16 (KCNA) -- A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on July 16, with regard to the DPRK-U.S. working-level talks.
At present, there are widespread public opinions across the world concerning an opening of the DPRK-U.S. working-level talks.
The United States is going to conduct a joint military exercise "Alliance 19-2" with south Korea in contravention of the commitments made at the highest level at a time when the working-level talks between the DPRK and the U.S. are on the agenda, which has been made possible by the DPRK-U.S. summit meeting in Panmunjom.
If the military exercise really goes ahead, it would affect the DPRK-U.S. working-level talks.
We will formulate our decision on the opening of the DPRK-U.S. working-level talks, while keeping watch over the U.S. move hereafter. -0-
U.S. Slammed for Its Provocation against DPRK
Pyongyang, June 5 (KCNA) -- The President of the Institute for Disarmament and Peace of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on June 5 as regards the "2019 India-Pacific Strategy Report" released by the U.S. Department of Defense where it has provoked the DPRK:
The U.S. Department of Defense in its "2019 India-Pacific Strategy Report" has committed a provocation against the DPRK by denouncing the latter as a "rogue state."
That the U.S. has called the DPRK, its dialogue partner, a "rogue state" is a clear infringement upon the latter's sovereignty and dignity, and it is nothing less than a de facto declaration of confrontation.
The United States has thus explicitly revealed once again in the face of the world its aggressive attempt to bring us to our knees by force, while totally denying the spirit of the June 12 DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement where the U.S. has committed to terminate the hostile bilateral relations and establish new one.
The U.S. now becomes ever more frenzied in its attempt to achieve its ambition of disarmament first and overthrow of system thereafter, while clinging desperately to the sanctions and pressure against us.
It is a stark reality seen by the past history that the U.S. talked about dialogue in front, but behind the screen it ran amuck to prepare for an aggressive war against its dialogue partner.
We are following with high vigilance the recent maneuvers of the U.S. to increase military pressure on us through several occasions.
The more the U.S. hostile acts towards the DPRK grow, the stronger our countermeasures will become. -0-
C.C., AINDF Calls for Unity to Eliminate Evil-doing Conservative Forces
Pyongyang, May 18 (KCNA) -- The Central Committee of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front (AINDF) made public an appeal on May 17, on the occasion of the 39th anniversary of the Kwangju Popular Uprising, according to the website Kuguk Jonson.
The appeal said that the May 18 Kwangju resistance was an eruption of the resistance and will of the south Korean people never to pardon the barbarous suppression by the pro-U.S. military dictatorship of traitor Chun Doo Hwan and an explosion of their aspiration and ardent desire to root up all sorts of injustice and deep-seated evils and live in a new world governed by justice and truth.
The appeal went on:
The indomitable spirit of the resistance fighters and their call for justice 39 years ago are still encouraging the south Korean people as an initial explosive of struggle, and their noble intention and desire, still remaining as a pending task, are calling on the people to wage a new struggle.
Two years ago, our people waged a great candle-light resistance. This impeached Park Geun Hye, a descendant of the military fascist dictatorship, and meted out stern punishment to the conservative ruling forces, shaking the whole world. It was a great deed done in the unyielding struggle for realizing the intention of the Kwangju Popular Uprising.
However, the "Liberal Korea Party" (LKP), which was ostracized in the trend of history, is making desperate efforts to bring back the past dark era, making a mockery of the souls of participants in the Kwangju uprising.
The reckless act of the evil-doing conservative forces is nothing but a revelation of their black-hearted intention to turn this land into a tundra of democracy, civil rights and public welfare and a theatre of confrontation between fellow countrymen through a bloody revenge by realizing the wild ambition for retaking power at any cost.
History and reality eloquently prove that unless the descendents of the military fascist slaughterers and the evil-doing conservative forces are eliminated, the noble desire of participants in the Kwangju uprising will never come true and the south Korean people will be deprived of their gains in the candle-light resistance, which would be led to the second Kwangju massacre.
The prevailing situation is urgently calling on all the people to turn out in the all-out struggle to eliminate the evil-doing conservative forces.
Let us all turn out in the struggle for eliminating LKP, the enemy of democratization stamping out democracy and civil rights, in the spirit of the May resistance and the candle-light resistance!
Let the people from all walks of life mete out severe punishment to LKP, the party of traitors, seeing through the deceptive nature of the LKP's crafty farce for "a long march for people's livelihood".
The appeal called upon each party and each faction and people from all walks of life to intensify the solidarity and unity in the struggle for eliminating LKP and make a joint effort to do so, transcending differences in political view, religious belief and ism.
The appeal called for never pardoning but decisively smashing the anti-national moves of LKP clamoring for sanctions and pressure on the fellow countrymen and resumption of military drills with foreign forces.
It called on all the people to get united in order to eliminate the evil-doing conservative forces and realize the desire of the resistance fighters for independence, democracy and reunification without fail. -0-
DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hits out at Outrageous Act of U.S.
Pyongyang, May 14 (KCNA) -- A spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea made the following statement on Tuesday:
The United States committed an unlawful and outrageous act of dispossessing our cargo ship by forcibly taking it to Samoa (U.S.), linking the ship to the "sanctions resolutions" of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and its domestic "sanctions acts", all being imposed against the DPRK.
The UNSC "sanctions resolutions" on the DPRK, which the U.S. has employed as one of the grounds for its dispossession of our cargo ship, have flagrantly infringed upon the sovereignty of our state, and therefore, we have categorically rejected and condemned the whole of them all along.
Moreover, the United States' impudent act of forcing other countries into observance of its domestic law is indeed a wanton violation of the universally accepted international laws which make clear that in no case can a sovereign state be an object of jurisdiction of other countries.
The latest U.S. act constitutes an extension of the American method of calculation for bringing the DPRK to its knees by means of "maximum pressure" and an outright denial of the underlying spirit of the June 12 DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement that has committed to establish new bilateral relations.
The U.S. should ponder over the consequences its heinous act might have on the future developments and immediately return our ship.
The time when the U.S. held sway over the world at its own free will is gone long ago, and it would be a biggest miscalculation if the U.S. thought that the DPRK is among the countries where the American-style logic of "strength" might work for.
We will carefully watch every move of the United States hereafter. -0-
Japanese Right-Wing Reactionaries' Sinister Intention Revealed
Pyongyang, April 27 (KCNA) -- Scores of dietmen in the "Meeting of Dietmen for Visiting the Yasukuni Shrine" of Japan and government officials paid a group visit to the Yasukuni Shrine on April 23.
A spokesman for the Association of Korean Victims of Forcible Drafting and Their Bereaved Families said in a statement on April 26 that the group visit to the shrine is a frontal challenge to justice and peace and a sinister political impudence.
The statement said that Japan provoked a war of overseas aggression in the last century to inflict untold misfortune and pain on Koreans and other Asian people.
It went on: Through the persistent group visit to the shrine despite the blistering criticism and protest of the neighboring countries, the Japanese right-wing reactionaries are after an evil scheme to justify the past war of aggression and praise war criminals as "sacrifices to Asian peace and prosperity", so as to encourage the coming generations to go for overseas aggression without hesitation as the war criminals did in the past.
Their militarist hysteria for reinvading Korea and other Asian countries and realizing the pipedream of "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" at any cost through complete denial of the blood-stained history and instigation of revanchism has already gone beyond the red-line.
Any Japanese of reason should realize that the right-wing politicians' arrogant act against the climate of common peace and prosperity in Northeast Asia will make a mess of the future of posterity and invite a disaster. -0-
Japanese Imperialists' Human Rights Abuses against Koreans
Pyongyang, March 9 (KCNA) -- Recently, a senior official of Japan's Cabinet described a funeral ceremony for a victim of the sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army held in Seoul as a "disturbance of security" and an "infringement on dignity" only to arouse a great wrath from among the world people.
Such shameless remarks are an act of rubbing salt into the wound of the victim who had to undergo all sorts of physical and mental sufferings by the Japanese imperialists in the last century, and it makes one recall the heinous human rights abuses committed by them.
The Japanese imperialists had cruelly violated the Korean people's rights through requisition, maltreatment and massacres.
After their occupation of Korea, they conducted a criminal requisition of workforce under various pretexts from 1910 to 1945 to replenish the manpower for aggressive wars.
With the approach of their defeat in the Pacific War, they took away Koreans at random to such slave labor sites as construction sites of underground munitions plants, special attack bases, power stations and railways, collieries and mines while preparing their "decisive battle in the proper".
They regarded Koreans as no more than a "working tool" and a "living body" that can be handled at will.
The number of Koreans, killed in collieries of Japan including Hokkaido from 1940 to 1944 alone, reached to over 60 000.
Many young and middle-aged Koreans met a miserable death in the construction of "three-major tunnels" of which Japan is proud still now.
The Japanese imperialists also committed maltreatment and massacre of Korean workers at their occupation areas of Southeast Asia. Most of the workers lost their lives in the course of construction works.
Indeed, their human rights abuses against the Korean people are a hideous crime without precedent in the world. -0-
Traitorous Nature of LKP Indicted
Pyongyang, February 16 (KCNA) -- The Consultative Council for National Reconciliation released an indictment on Friday revealing what the "Liberal Korea Party" of south Korea had done for the past 2 years since it has changed its former name "Saenuri Party".
The indictment said that the two years are characterized by crimes which betrayed the most despicable traitorous nature in the history of the conservative political parties.
It noted that the south Korean political history records a slew of criminal acts by the group of conservatives ill-famed for sycophantic treachery, confrontation with fellow countrymen, unpopular rule and corruption and irregularities but there was not such a despicable party as the LKP which was cursed and denounced by the whole nation for its huge crimes in just two years since its emergence.
The indictment cited facts to prove that all the conservative political parties of south Korea prolong their remaining days with sycophantic treachery.
It goes on:
In February, 2017 the "Saenuri Party" took up new name called LKP but nothing has changed in the nature of sycophantic treachery of the party as it has taken over the gene of the conservative forces.
At that time, the party actively supported the decision for the deployment of THAAD made by Park Geun Hye's menials including Hwang Kyo An, by taking the advantage of the chaos created in the political situation of south Korea following the impeachment of Park Geun Hye.
The coteries of the LKP fully revealed the traits of the top-class traitors in getting servile to the Japanese reactionaries, the sworn enemy of the nation.
The group of traitors resorted to the confrontation with the DPRK from the first day when it changed the name of the party, while regarding it as the only way out of the ruin to incite confrontation with the fellow countrymen and re-rally conservatives.
The ambition for confrontation with the fellow countrymen has never changed despite the dramatic change in the situation on the Korean peninsula.
The group which committed crimes against humanity is blaming others while raising the non-existent "north's human rights issue", far from making an apology and reparation for the cursed crimes it committed by turning south Korea into the worst human rights tundra and veritable human hell with unpopular rule and fascist dictatorship. They are indeed confrontational maniacs which would catch even at straw to scuttle the north-south ties.
It is the strategy for existence widespread within the LKP that one can survive only when one has to beat others and a key to progress and surge is to get possessed of the traits of lobbying and getting tyrannical.
In disregard of the economy and people's livelihood, the group of mad men whiles time away with political disputes, factional strife and scramble, styling itself the No. 1 opposition party and swaying over the south Korean political world. This only betrays the shameful nature of the backward politics of south Korea.
Whenever it faced denunciation and stern punishment by the public, it changed its name and kicked up the shuffle racket. This is the traits peculiar to the party of conservative traitors.
Today when the fundamental change has been brought about in the situation on the Korean peninsula and the north-south relations have definitely entered the phase of reconciliation and cooperation, there is no room for the LKP to remain intact, a party pursuing sycophantic treachery and confrontation with the fellow countrymen.
It is inevitable for the group of matchless traitors like LKP adding unpardonable crimes to what it has already committed, while going against the people's mindset and the trend of the times, to get buried in the graveyard of history together with traitor Park Geun Hye. -0-
Open Questionnaire to Human Rights Schemers Issued
Pyongyang, December 31 (KCNA) -- The Korea Association for Human Rights Studies on Sunday raised an open questionnaire, in which it said that this year 2018 has witnessed a great change in the world political trend and in particular, warm wind of peace swept the Korean Peninsula and the region, drawing the public attention.
The questionnaire said that the world has undergone amazing changes, but only the U.S. and its followers remain unchanged in their mean and stupid ambition to stifle the DPRK.
Shortly ago, the U.S. and its followers at a full-dress session of the United Nations General Assembly fabricated another "resolution on human rights in north Korea" malignantly slandering the dignity and system of the DPRK while letting out abuses like "extensive and serious violation of human rights" and "probe into responsibility", it noted.
The association, on behalf of the Korean people and the conscience of mankind, made the following questions to the U.S. and its vassal forces hell-bent on turning black into white and the UN playing a role of rubber stamp for the U.S. against the international justice and impartiality:
1. Is there any country on the earth like the DPRK where the people fully enjoy political freedom and democratic rights as masters of the society?
We'd like to ask if you have ever heard of such political terms as politics based on the people-first doctrine and politics of respecting and loving the people and the motto of prioritizing the interests of the people, holding them absolute and making selfless, devoted efforts for the good of people.
2. Can you pick out any country like the DPRK that has no jobless person and vagabond?
We'd like to ask if you, bat-blinds, have no nerve to believe that there is the country unique on this planet, where all the working people are living a creative working-life to their hearts' content, free from unemployment and worry about job.
3. Can you imagine such social policies of the DPRK for its people as free education, free medical treatment and free provision of dwelling houses from the state?
There are many countries in the world, but the DPRK is the one and only country where the state builds dwelling houses and provides them to people free of charge and ordinary people like workers, farmers, teachers, researchers and office workers move into splendid houses in Ryomyong Street, Mirae Scientists Street and other streets without paying even a penny. Perhaps, all of you are so fearful that homeless people sleeping curled up in subways and waiting rooms in New York and Washington may know such a fairytale story that was already materialized in the DPRK.
4. Have you ever heard about the country where all the members of society are trained to be highly civilized and creative beings under the slogan of making all the people well versed in science and technology?
Fin-de-siecle ways of life like misanthropy, contempt, violence, pornography and corruption afflict the sound souls and bodies of people, driving them into the abyss of ignorance, in the U.S. and other Western countries. Those countries had better understand where they live in, the sunny world or the dark world and the civilized world or the barbarous world, before talking about someone's performance of "human rights".
5. Can you pinpoint any land of human love, except the DPRK, in the world map?
The U.S. had better work hard to clean its dirty face before slandering others.
6. It is just the time for the U.S.-led hostile forces and the UN to throw away the old drum of "human rights" racket against the DPRK, isn't it?
Why does the U.S. fail to give up the old prejudice and hostility even after the publication of the DPRK-U.S. joint statement in Singapore?
Until when will the UN go with the ill fame of American empire's puppet, bereft of international justice and impartiality, resorting to anti-DPRK "human rights" racket, little short of state-sponsored political terrorism?
Falsity gives in to truth and darkness to brightness.
Nothing can cover up the brilliant reality of the DPRK where the people enjoy genuine rights at the highest level as real masters of the state and society and no one on earth can block the bright path ahead of the DPRK, no matter how rampant all sorts of lies, deceptions, tricks and plots are in the world. -0-
Does U.S. Feel Ashamed of Itself for Approaching DPRK with Two Faces
Pyongyang, October 20 (KCNA) -- Jong Hyon on Saturday made public a commentary, "Does the U.S. feel ashamed of itself for approaching us with two faces".
The commentary reads in full:
What is recently heard from the U.S. over the Korean issue makes the world people confused.
On one hand it is advertised that U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo's Pyongyang visit made a "great achievement" desired by the U.S. and, on the other hand, the "sustained sanction" unpleasant to the ear is heard so much.
Heard from campaign venues of the U.S. are such voices that it has a very good relationship with north Korea and there is no threat at present, though the former was going to war with the latter in the past. Whereas it is heard from news conference and other places that sanctions should be sustained until north Korea does something and there is no idea of lifting the sanctions on it.
The U.S. Department of State stated that the visit to Pyongyang was very productive and successful and what was discussed with the DPRK was a "great progress," showing a desire to have technical talks at an early date. On the other hand, it contended that the U.S. constant stand is "denuclearization first and lifting of sanctions next," forcing the south Korean authorities not to accelerate the north-south cooperation and urging Southeast Asian and European countries to intensify the cooperation in putting pressure upon the DPRK.
The U.S. consented to the outstanding issues and the concerns of the DPRK in Pyongyang, but denied the consensus later. It "voiced full support" for the improvement of inter-Korean relations at the Singapore summit, but now checks the inter-Korean cooperation, claiming that "it is impossible without the consent from the U.S."
Lack of logic in the words and deeds of the U.S. only causes a doubt.
Which of the two faces of the U.S. is true, smiling or abrupt?
Does the U.S. really want to improve its relationship with the DPRK or does it have some other intention?
We wonder whether the U.S. administration suffers from psychological confusion under the weight of some political pressure and irritation at home.
Even The New York Times, commenting on such words and deeds changing at any time and place and inconsistent attitude, said that the government sends confusing messages and pursues the policy of sanctions on the DPRK only to cause empty threat and confusion.
Of course, we are aware of the "embarrassing situation" and "awkward position" of the White House with the November off-year election of U.S. Congress just ahead.
We are well aware that the political situation of the U.S. is very complicated and this makes it difficult for the administration to make a decision and push ahead with it.
Due to those who insist on "hard line" against their will and set themselves against Trump's policy, the U.S. political climate is on the verge of disaster.
Some of them claim that they should not be deceived and they cannot trust sincerity of north Korea toward denuclearization, whereas some people say that maximum pressure should be maintained aside from dialogue and lowering the level of the pressure will lead to a great mistake. Some people try to cause a nuclear-phobia, saying that what will be beyond imagination is allowing north Korea to develop nukes. This is the present American political situation in which the truth and falsity are confused by such assertions.
It is clear to everyone that the opposition forces' noisy talk about denuclearization and escalation of sanctions are to annoy the Trump administration and become occupants of the Oval Office and Congress, not out of a good will for peace.
It is just a paradox of the mean politicians who are utterly ignorant of the DPRK and have never thought of the most realistic way of denuclearization.
This being a hard fact, is it good for the U.S. administration to keep reading the face of the opposition forces? The U.S. administration can never pave its own way for the truth, if it keeps turning its ear to such rumors.
What matters is that the U.S. administration, being much afraid of the grumblings by the hard-liners at home, is insensitive to the fact that its dialogue partner feels nervous about its unfaithful deed and double-faced attitude.
Americans obsessed with hypocrisy, deception, arrogance and self-complacency may regard such unilateral and double-faced behavior as something normal and natural. But they should know that it is just an unpardonable insult to Koreans who like to do everything in a pure and explicit manner and set much store by faith and promise.
If what Americans said in Pyongyang is utterly different from what they said in Washington and if their remarks are entirely different from what they think of, the tower of mutual confidence built with much effort will become futile like building the tower with eggs.
It seems that the U.S. regards the negotiations with the DPRK not as the ones for putting an end to the history of hostility and distrust lingering century after century and for establishing the new relations of trust but as a black-hearted kiss.
The whole world hailed the meeting of the top leaders of the two countries in Singapore as an "epochal meeting" and a "meeting changing history". It was because the world thought that the U.S. finally dropped the strong-arm policy and opted for dialogue and negotiations.
Americans gave applause to the measures of goodwill taken by the DPRK but now cry out for constantly brandishing the club of pressure. It is hard to discern what is true and what is false in their language.
Even at a time when the DPRK-U.S. talks were proceeding in an amicable atmosphere in Pyongyang, Americans at home openly cried out for not dropping the club of "pressure", asserting "pressure" is the main card for tackling the issue.
It seems that they failed to sense the on-going situation.
That's why the international community comments that the U.S. is not interested in the give-and-take-style negotiations but only hopes that the DPRK would be pressurized into surrender, and that the U.S. is just short-sighted to see the far-reaching development as it too deeply sticks to denuclearization.
A bird flies with its two wings, but the U.S., with its wings furled, only urges the DPRK to fly. The U.S. may be just called a dishonest man who likes receiving, not giving anything, and the DPRK doing it favors in return for nothing can be called a great man. The international community is sneering at the U.S. like this.
In the UN arena Russia strongly opposes the on-going pressure on the DPRK, holding that sanctions can never be a substitute for diplomacy, and China also contends that doing everything by force will bring about disastrous results.
But the U.S., due to its half-done double-dealing way of thinking and behavior, fails to discern what is big and what is small, and even lost the senses of proportion and balance in the quagmire of confusion in the goal and means.
It seems that Americans have just come to be ignorant of what goals they seek -- global peace and stability or sanctions and pressure--, being at the end of their tether due to their fierce internal dispute.
Consistency of thinking and deeds can be ensured and the DPRK-U.S. negotiations can progress toward their original goals on the fixed track only when the U.S. doesn't lose its way although it is plagued with difficulties caused by the dispute in its internal politics.
We do not want good will and generosity of the U.S. but urge it to act in the elementary give-and-take principle.
The DPRK holds that the DPRK-U.S. relations can be improved only when they are based on mutual confidence, but the U.S. insists that the bilateral relations can be improved through tightened sanctions and pressure. There is no need to question whose assertion is right.
Koreans dislike and hate duplicity and two-faced behavior.
The U.S. should deal with the DPRK with sincerity, instead of depending on double-dealing tactics.
And it had better look on the successful future with soft face, not looking back upon the failed past with black face. -0-
Rodong Sinmun on National Independence and Unity
Pyongyang, September 14 (KCNA) -- Rodong Sinmun says in an article on Friday that the long history of territorial division teaches a lesson that the north and the south should improve their relations through reconciliation and unity on the principle of national independence and advance toward peace and reunification, not to be at odds and stand up in confrontation with each other, and doing so is the only way of living for the Korean nation.
The north and the south should respect each other and jointly open an avenue of improving the inter-Korean relations, the article says, and goes on:
The Panmunjom Declaration indicates a correct way for connecting the severed blood vessel of the nation and opening a broad avenue to national reconciliation, unity, peace and reunification.
The historic 3rd and 4th north-south summit meetings and talks and the Panmunjom Declaration were provided by the patriotic will and firm determination to put an end to mistrust and confrontation which has lasted decades after decades and courageously usher in a new era of national reconciliation, peace and prosperity with the concerted efforts of the north and the south.
The adoption of the Panmunjom Declaration laid a valuable foundation for the development of the north-south relations, peace of the Korean Peninsula, prosperity common to the nation and independent reunification.
The north and the south should make steady efforts to mend their relations under any situation and circumstances and sincerely implement the Panmunjom Declaration.
They should independently carve out their destiny and handle their relations from the viewpoint of By Our Nation Itself in the present crucial times.
There is no need for the north and the south in their relations to read other's face and hesitate.
The way for the north and the south to follow is always the road of national independence and unity. -0-
DPRK-U.S. Ties Can Never Become Victim of Political Scramble in U.S.
Pyongyang, August 18 (KCNA) -- Handshakes of the top leaders of the DPRK and the U.S. are the greatest event in the present century declaring an end of the most longstanding and acute cold war on this planet.
The DPRK and the U.S. will steadily show dramatic events while courageously fulfilling their promises.
These were the cheers and excitement of the world when the DPRK-U.S. summit was held and the DPRK-U.S. joint statement issued in Singapore two months ago, says Rodong Sinmun in a commentary on Saturday.
It has been over two months since then but a deadlock between the DPRK and the U.S. is turning the seething expectation and hopes of the world people into impatience and disappointment, the commentary notes, and goes on:
The current deadlock between the DPRK and the U.S. is clearly attributable to the political scramble in the U.S.
Those opposed to dialogue provided the negotiating team with a truncheon called "theory of suspected north Korea's secret nuclear facilities", a fiction, driving it to derailing dialogue.
President Trump who has a "dream" about world peace, an epoch-making cause, has too many rivals.
It is important for the DPRK to improve the relations with the U.S. as soon as possible, but the former thinks that more pressing task is to handle the divided and confusion-ridden U.S. political landscape.
The present deadlock of the DPRK-U.S. relations demands a bold decision on the part of President Trump.
As President Trump admitted, the "fantastic meeting", realized by no other president in the history of America, could come to success to be greatly cheered and welcomed by the world and American people because he acted with his own decision and will, not wavering by the opposition's offensive nor blindly following his aides' view.
Secretary of State Pompeo should not be forced to meet a "miserable destiny" but resolutely smash the opposition's unreasonable and foolish assertions with his own view and courage and display his wisdom and bargaining power in negotiation as the chief of the U.S. diplomacy both in name and reality in order to realize the president's will.
The DPRK-U.S. relations can never become a victim of the political scramble in the U.S. -0-
Memorandum on Peerlessly Great Leaders' Exploits for National Reunification
Pyongyang, July 6 (KCNA) -- The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country of the DPRK on July 6 released a memorandum detailing the exploits the peerlessly great men performed for national reunification on the occasion of the 24th anniversary of the last autograph left by President
Kim Il Sung on the document related to national reunification.
President Kim Il Sung is the eternal sun of the nation and lodestar of reunification who set it as the top priority task of the nation to achieve the national reunification from the very day of the territorial and national division forced by the outsiders, consistently held fast to the line of one Korea and reunification and led the struggle for carrying it out, the memorandum said, and went on:
After Korea's liberation the President convened the Joint Conference of Representatives of Political Parties and Social Organizations in North and South Korea and led the nation-wide struggle for frustrating the moves of the sycophants and traitors to divide the Korean nation.
He proposed to enforce the federal formula of the north and the south in the 1950s and 1960s when the situation was extremely tense due to the confrontation and war racket by the separatists within and without.
He saw to it that the July 4 joint statement was adopted, the keynote of which is the three principles of national reunification, in the early 1970s.
In the 1980s and 1990s he newly advanced the proposal for founding the Democratic Federal Republic of Koryo (DFRK) which comprehensively embodies the three principles of national reunification and the 10-Point Programme of the Great Unity of the Whole Nation for the Reunification of the Country. They are the most realistic and square guidelines for achieving the national reunification as early as possible.
He personally proposed the north-south summit and worked heart and soul for it, thinking of the great cause of the nation before anything else during the last moments of his life.
The cause of national reunification pioneered and guided by the President had been victoriously advanced by leader Kim Jong Il.
The memorandum said that Kim Jong Il formulated the three principles of national reunification, the DFRK founding proposal, the 10-Point Programme of the Great Unity of the Whole Nation for the Reunification of the Country as the three charters for national reunification to be held by the entire Korean nation, and inspiringly aroused all the fellow countrymen to the struggle for implementing them.
It noted that in June 2000 he provided the north-south summit meeting for the first time in the history of national division and provided the Korean nation with the June 15 joint declaration.
It pointed out that he arranged another north-south summit meeting in Pyongyang in October 2007 and provided the Korean nation with the "Declaration for Development of North-South Relations and Peace and Prosperity", a programme for implementing the June 15 joint declaration.
The Korean people's movement for national reunification is now greeting a fresh heyday thanks to the guidance of the respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, it said.
It noted that Kim Jong Un solemnly clarified his firm determination and will to accomplish the cause of national reunification without fail, true to the behests of the great leaders, through his on-site inspection of Panmunjom in March 2012 and his speech made at the military parade for celebrating the centenary of birth of Kim Il Sung.
He provided the north-south summit meeting and talks in Panmunjom on April 27, 2018 and adopted the Panmunjom declaration, sparking emotion and cheers of the whole nation and the world, it stated.
It said that he held the 4th north-south summit meeting and talks on May 26 in a blitz way and made important agreements for settling the matters arising in rapidly implementing the Panmunjom Declaration and thus propelled the development of the inter-Korean relations at a higher level.
It stressed that the rosy future of the Korean nation and the decisive guarantee for national reunification lie in upholding and following Kim Jong Un, identical to the great leaders in idea, guidance and traits, as the sun of the nation and lodestar of national reunification. -0-
June 15 All-Korean Committee Pledges to Implement Panmunjom Declaration
Pyongyang, June 15 (KCNA) -- The north, south and overseas side committees for implementing June 15 Joint Declaration issued a resolution Friday, the 18th anniversary of the June 15 joint declaration.
All-Korean Committee for Implementation of June 15 Joint Declaration made public the following resolution with the will to take the lead in ushering in a new era of peace and prosperity, a new history of independent reunification:
1. We will hold fast to the June 15 joint declaration and its successor the Panmunjom Declaration as a milestone for reunification common to the nation.
We will invariably maintain as the great programme for reunification common to the nation until the day of national reunification the June 15 joint declaration which declared a new start of our nation's history and vigorously advanced the June 15 era.
We will firmly adhere to the principle of national independence that we decide the destiny of our nation by ourselves, as clarified in the June 15 joint declaration and reaffirmed in the Panmunjom Declaration.
We will strive to make the north-south relations dynamically develop under the milestone clarified in the Panmunjom Declaration, and decisively reject any interference and arbitrary practices against the north-south relations, the internal affairs of the nation.
2. We will vigorously wage a nation-wide campaign for the implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration and thus positively promote the reconciliation and unity of the nation.
We will jointly push forward the work to hold events common to the nation to be participated in by the authorities, parliaments, political parties and local self-governing bodies, non-governmental organizations and other people from all walks of life on the occasions of the anniversaries of the north-south declarations and other days significant for both the north and the south and, through such course, further fan up the atmosphere for national reconciliation and reunification.
We will encourage the contacts and visits among bodies of different circles and sectional and regional organizations in the north and the south and abroad and reenergize diverse meetings for reunification in conformity with their specific characters, thus creating the warm climate of implementing the Panmunjom Declaration wherever Koreans live.
3. We will further invigorate the activities to defuse the military tensions and remove the danger of war from the Korean peninsula.
We will jointly strive to build a mechanism for keeping lasting and durable peace on the Korean peninsula and stage a vigorous mass movement for preventing all forms of actions that may cause distrust and antagonism between the north and the south again and escalate the military tension, contrary to the desire of all the fellow countrymen and the spirit of the Panmunjom Declaration.
We will fully display the spirit and will of our fellow countrymen to turn the demilitarized zone along the Military Demarcation Line, an acute hotspot, into a real peace zone and the West Sea into peaceful waters and usher in a new era of peace and prosperity free from worry about war. -0-
Press Release of DPRK Permanent Mission in Geneva
Pyongyang, June 2 (KCNA) -- The DPRK permanent mission to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva on May 30 issued a press release with regard to the recent revelation of the truth about the enticed group abduction of DPRK women citizens by the south Korean authorities.
Noting that the "case of group defection of north Korean restaurant workers" in April 2016 was proven to be conspiratorial farce cooked up by the Park Geun Hye regime of south Korea, through interviews of the victims and the criminal involved in the case, the press release said:
Consistent is our stand to continue our effort ceaselessly until the repatriation of our citizens abducted in group as well another DPRK woman citizen Kim Ryon Hui who had been tricked to south Korea and now appeals for years to return back to her home in the north is realized, and to take appropriate measure whenever necessary.
The south Korean authorities should admit the unheard-of atrocity of the former Park Geun Hye regime, severely punish those involved in the case, send our women citizens to their families without delay and thus show the will to improve the inter-Korean relations.
What is disappointing concerning this case is the inaction with silence by UN agencies including the OHCHR.
The OHCHR should abandon its prejudiced and partial attitude of paying attention to unconfirmed and absurd accusations spread by hostile forces against the DPRK and discharge its due mandate and responsibility by taking appropriate action aimed at an early return of the DPRK victims of abduction to their beloved families as unanimously desired by the international community. -0-
Red Cross Society of DPRK Demands Repatriation of Abducted Women Citizens
Pyongyang, May 19 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Central Committee of the Red Cross Society of the DPRK gave an answer to a question raised by KCNA Saturday over the full revelation of the truth about the "group defection of woman employees of the north's restaurant abroad" by south Korean media.
The south Korean cable broadcasting JTBC recently put it that the "case of group defection of the north's employees" in April 2016 was proven to be a conspiratorial farce cooked up by the Park Geun Hye group of traitors, and that those women citizens of the DPRK were proven to have been forcibly abducted by the puppet Intelligence Service by interviews of a criminal involved in the case and victims, the spokesman noted, saying:
After all, it has been clearly proven that the claim about the "group defection according to free will", made so far by the puppet conservative group, was an anti-DPRK farce cooked up to turn the table in favor of them in the then "National Assemblymen" election.
What can not be overlooked is that the south Korean authorities, obliged to handle the issue, have adopted an unequivocal stance to shun the demand of the public at home and abroad.
The south Korean authorities are busy evading the responsibility while claiming that "there was limitation to grasping the truth as those directly concerned did not want to be interviewed". Meanwhile, they are feeding the media with an absurd story that those women citizens of the DPRK can be "exchanged" with criminals who have been detained in the DPRK after being legally punished for their spying and hostile acts against it.
Do the south Korean authorities know that this has touched off towering grudge of the people in the DPRK including the families of the victims spending days and nights in tears and longing to see their beloved daughters come back.
At the historic April north-south summit meeting and talks we stressed the need not to hoard up the agreements reached between the north and the south as in the past, and the south side expressed deep sympathy with it.
However, the attitude taken by the south Korean authorities even before the ink on the Panmunjom declaration got dry has greatly disappointed us, not just arousing regret.
We can not but remind them of our stand that how they tackle the case of group abduction by the puppet conservatives, an anti-DPRK confrontational farce and hideous crime against humanity, would have great impact on deciding the prospect of settling the humanitarian issue between the north and the south clarified in the Panmunjom declaration.
Such hideous criminals as the Park Geun Hye group, who forced "defection" on our women citizens after luring and kidnapping them in group for confrontation with compatriots, in disregard of human ethics and morality and international law, must be brought to an international court for severe punishment.
The south Korean authorities should admit the unheard-of atrocity of the Park regime, severely punish those involved in the case, send our women citizens to their families without delay and thus show the will to improve the north-south ties.
We will prudently watch their future attitude. -0-
Memorandum on Peerlessly Great Men's Exploits for Great National Unity
Pyongyang, April 5 (KCNA) -- The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country of the DPRK issued a memorandum Thursday to convey the peerlessly great men's exploits for great national unity on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the publication of President Kim Il Sung's work "10-Point Programme of the Great Unity of the Whole Nation for the Reunification of the Country".
The memorandum said Kim Il Sung is a peerless patriot who set forth his original idea of great national unity, consistently applied it in the whole period of his revolutionary leadership and thus provided the powerful driving force of national reunification.
He found the essential way for settling national issues in the great national unity from the firm Juche-oriented stand and worked heart and soul to realize the country by the united efforts of the nation, it noted.
Since the first day of national division by outsiders, he regarded the great national unity as the mainstay for national reunification and worked heart and soul to get all the compatriots united under the banner of patriotism, it pointed out.
It said that with his boundlessly broad magnanimity, he warmly treated and put forward those who hoped for national reunification on the road of reunification and patriotism without questioning their political view, ism and inglorious past.
It noted that leader Kim Jong Il is the peerlessly great sage who successfully embodied Kim Il Sung's idea of great national unity.
It stressed that he perfectly acquired Kim Il Sung's idea of great national unity at the noblest level and further developed it in depth as required by the new times.
It said that he advanced more dynamically the cause of great national unity true to Kim Il Sung's intention and behests.
It noted that he ushered in a fresh phase of great national unity with his far-sighted plan for national reunification, boundlessly broad magnanimity and warm compatriotism.
It pointed out that the cause of national reunification associated with the careers of the great leaders has greeted a fresh turning phase under the outstanding and tested guidance of respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un who is another prominent great man and peerless patriot.
It said Kim Jong Un is the great lodestar of national reunification who is ushering in a fresh era of independent reunification by invariably maintaining and carrying forward the great leaders' idea and line of great national unity.
It noted that he clarified at home and abroad the realistic ways for preventing mistrust and confrontation between the north and the south daily-escalating due to vicious anti-DPRK moves of anti-reunification forces at home and abroad, creating the climate of reconciliation and unity and ushering in a fresh heyday of national reunification, and energetically steered the campaign for realizing them.
It stated Kim Jong Un who possessed the great leaders' noble love for the nation and great virtues warmly treated south Korean personages and overseas compatriots and led them to the road of great national unity.
It stressed that he is making a radical turn in the inter-Korean relations with his noble intention of great national unity and bold decision.
Indeed, the rosy future of great national unity and national reunification lies in holding Kim Jong Un's patriotic idea and intention, it added. -0-