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KCNA Report on Achievements Made in First Month of 80-day Campaign

Pyongyang, November 3 (KCNA) -- The Korean Central News Agency released a report on Monday on the achievements made by all the regions, fields and units of the country in the efforts to accomplish the targets for the first month of the 80-day campaign.

According to the report, all the people across the country came out in the general revolutionary campaign for the fresh progress and prosperity.
The headquarters at all levels from Pyongyang to the lowest unit set targets to be attained during the campaign and pressed for measures for their execution and meticulously organized operations and commanding.

The Party organizations at all levels let all the Party members and other working people properly know about the idea of the letter of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea and waged powerful organizational and political work to arouse their mental power and creative enthusiasm to the maximum.
The emergency anti-epidemic work has been further intensified to defend the security of the country and the people and to devotedly safeguard the 8th Congress of the Party from the worldwide health crisis which is getting serious as the days go by.

Notices and instructions from the central emergency anti-epidemic field were updated and delivered and anti-epidemic measures were enforced on a high level.
All the fields and units thoroughly carried out emergency anti-epidemic measures taken by the Party and the state, firmly maintained steel-like anti-epidemic system and order and maintained and consolidated the stable and perfect anti-epidemic situation.

Scientific research institutions established our own disinfection system and have pushed forward in real earnest the work to guarantee the emergency anti-epidemic campaign in a scientific and technological way.
The great army-people unity and the might of coordinated operations were demonstrated in the campaign for recovery from damage.

Service personnel of the People's Army and members of the division of Party members from the capital city performed miracles and feats in the van of the campaign for the recovery from the damage and in the 80-day campaign, and officials, working people, youth and students across the country sent lots of encouraging letters to them.

In the first month of the campaign more than 2 000 modern dwelling houses were newly built across the country.
Thanks to the struggle waged by the members of the division of the Party members from the capital city and soldier-builders, villages of new dwelling houses appeared one after another in Hongwon and Riwon counties in South Hamgyong Province, Kimchaek City in North Hamgyong Province, and Cholwon, Phyonggang, Changdo, Ichon, Hoeyang, Phangyo, Kumgang and Kimhwa counties in Kangwon Province.

People moved to new houses in Taechong-ri, Unpha County, North Hwanghae Province which has turned into model village in socialist farm.
Keeping step with the achievements made in the construction of dwelling houses in the areas for recovery from damage, the projects for rehabilitating railways, iron bridges and facilities have been successfully pushed ahead.

In the fields of forestry, agriculture, city management and land and environmental conservation, the rehabilitation of more than 30 bridges, improvement of rivers in more than 70 places, projects of over 10 reservoirs, more than 50 waterway projects and structure rehabilitation projects were concluded.
The agricultural front is all alive for the successful conclusion of the farming for this year and preparations for farming for next year.

Thanks to the efforts exerted by agricultural workers across the country harvesting of rice and corn was completed across the country and thrashing has reached 74 percent.
The officials and working people in the agricultural field are stepping up the autumn ploughing and production of self-sufficing manure for the preparations for farming for next year.

The fighting spirit of the people runs high in all sites for the economic construction.
Kumyagang Power Station No. 2 was built and commissioned as a model of minor power stations of the country and the Munphyong Smeltery has had its lead refining system updated as labor-intensive, energy-efficient, cost-saving and land-saving one.

The project for updating and modernizing the Kumsong Tractor Factory and the construction of low-temperature drying distiller of the Myonggan Chemical Factory and rayon pulp production process of the Chongjin Chemical Fibre Mill are being pushed forward on a full scale.
The workers of the large-scale industrial bases including the Kim Chaek Iron and Steel Complex and the Namhung Youth Chemical Complex are pressing for the projects for the expansion of production capacity to consolidate the pillar of the self-supporting economy

Modern production processes conducive to the promotion of people's health and improvement of people's living standard have been built in the Unjong Tea Drink Factory and the Sinuiju Textile Mill and they are nearing their completion.
The targets for the first month of the 80-day campaign have been accomplished on such major indices as electricity, iron ore, steel, coal and cement in the industrial field including metal, chemical, power, coal and machine industries and railway transport.

The report stressed that the achievements made in the first month of the 80-day campaign clearly prove the iron truth that the all-people offensive is sure to triumph as long as there are the leadership of the Party Central Committee and the ranks of the single-minded unity which has embodied the staunch attack spirit. -0-


"Ear Tomb" in Kyoto Sheds Light on Brutality of Japs

Pyongyang, September 15 (KCNA) -- A book on massacre of Koreans by Japanese aggressors during the Imjin war (1592-1598) will reportedly be published in Japan.
The book, authored by a former Japanese diplomat, reportedly details the history of Japan's aggression of Korea, telling how "ear tomb" was raised in Japan during Japan's invasion of Korea from 1592 to 1598.

The diplomat said at a press interview that he wrote the book to help the Japanese have a correct understanding of history as they are almost ignorant of the massacres of Koreans committed by Japan in the past and such history is not taught in schools, urging the authorities to make a sincere apology for all the crimes committed by Japan during its military occupation of Korea, though belatedly.

Mass killings of Koreans perpetrated by Japan during the Imjin war which broke out in 1592 were heinous state-backed crimes unprecedented in history.
There is an old grave called "Mimitsuka" or "ear tomb" in Kyoto City, Japan.
During the Imjin war samurai bosses ordered soldiers to kill three Koreans each and bring their noses to them. Military exploits were appreciated according to the number of noses.

The samurai aggressors brought the noses of 185 738 Koreans to Kyoto and held a big ceremony of burying them in grave.
The grave was called "nose tomb" at that time.
Later, the aggressors renamed it "ear tomb" as "nose tomb" sounded so brutal. -0-


Japan Should Draw Lesson from Its Defeat in War: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, July 15 (KCNA) -- Secrets about the Korean war are revealed one after another even today seeing the passage of 70 years since the outbreak of the war.
Recently, Kyoto Shimbun of Japan quoted a Japanese in his nineties as testifying that he had been involved in the transport of war supplies including U.S. tanks during the war.
According to him, the Japanese government had conscripted even civilians into bringing war supplies to the Korean peninsula since the outbreak of war and issued a strict gagging order to prevent them from telling the truth.

It is well known that Japan was actively involved in the Korean War, pursuant to the U.S. policy of aggression.
Japan offered its whole territory to the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces as their logistic, sortie and supply bases as soon as the war broke out, and mobilized all its power to provide human and material resources to the U.S. Its government drafted ex-soldiers of the "imperial army" and many other people into military units such as "volunteer corps", "militiamen" and "ambulance corps". Those draftees were directly involved in reconnaissance, scouting and mine-sweeping operations, air raids, medical treatment and other missions at the Korean war front. They even participated in the U.S. imperialists' germ warfare.

Japan found itself in the war of aggression again less than five years after its defeat in the Second World War. This was a flagrant violation of the international convention depriving Japan of the right to possess its fighting capability, the right of belligerency and the right to participate in a war and of its constitution specifying the exclusive defense. It was, at the same time, a provocation to mankind desirous of peace.

Japan has refused to open to the public the truth behind its involvement in the war and to admit it, for fear of the international community's condemnation. On the contrary, it seeks to bury in oblivion of history the crimes it committed by taking part in the Korean War more actively than any others.

Now that Japan persists in pursuing the hostile policy towards the DPRK, desperately seeking to realize its wild ambition for reinvading Korea, the true colors of the island reactionaries as criminals stand out in bolder relief.
Declassified in 2001 was a U.S. forces' confidential document, which discloses that Japanese high-ranking officials submitted petitions to the command of MacArthur several times so as to ask the U.S. to provide the Korean Peninsula to Japan as a colony again in return for Japan's dispatch of support troops during the Korean war.

It was also revealed through a diplomatic document declassified by the Japanese foreign ministry that in 1969 Prime Minister Sato volunteered logistic support for the U.S. in case of "emergency" in the Korean Peninsula.
Last year, the "UN Command" came under strong protest and scathing condemnation for trying to include Japan on the list of countries which would render military assistance in the said "emergency".

All facts show clearly that Japan has a criminal intention to reinvade Korea.
The sworn enemy Japan would be well-advised to always remember its defeats in all the wars of aggression against Korea.
The Korean people will make Japan pay dearly for its heinous crimes without fail. -0-


KCNA Commentary on Japan's Space Militarization

Pyongyang, June 24 (KCNA) -- The Japanese reactionaries are becoming more and more desperate in its moves of space militarization.
Japan is going to develop the technology of jamming the communications of other countries' satellites "disturbing its defense" by using the newly organized outer space operation force of the "Self-Defense Forces."

This is prompted by Japan's black-hearted intention to make full preparations for launching reinvasion by pushing forward with the space militarization.
"Defense," "peace-keeping" and the like touted by the Japanese reactionaries are nothing but the pretexts for stepping up its moves for making Japan a major military power.

As for the space militarization, after adopting in 1969 the Diet resolution stipulating that the use of the outer space will be limited to a peaceful purpose, the Japanese reactionaries, by cunningly interpreting it as "nonmilitary" and "nonaggression", adopted "the basic law on space" in 2008 which allows the military use of the outer space.
And in 2018 they officially declared the outer space as the territory to be defended.

As a result, Japan possesses the smart systems of information-gathering satellites, rocket technology and missile defense. So it is now capable of conducting space warfare of any missions.
Notwithstanding the fact, Japan has pressed ahead with the space militarization for "defense" under the pretext of the so-called threat from the neighboring countries.

The object is clear.
Japan's intention is to create a military situation for launching reinvasion by seizing military edge in the outer space as it does on land and sea and to invent a pretext for nonstop militarization by causing arms race.

Defense Minister Kono made reckless remarks that if a U.S. satellite is attacked, the assailant can be the target of the exercise of the right to collective self-defense, which sided with its senior ally in serious political and military friction with powers in the Asia-Pacific region.
Through the remarks he openly revealed the intention to escalate the confrontation with the neighboring countries in the outer space, too.

The criminal state Japan is getting frantic in the moves for reviving militarism out of an ambition to become the "strongest" of the region, far from making reparation to the Asian people for the untold crimes it committed against them in the past century, so everyone can clearly know the seriousness of the future situation to be created by Japan.

Even Japanese media are calling for carrying out structural reinforcement on the basis of the principle of peaceful use of the space at an early date in order to put a brake on the space militarization.

Japan must stop running reckless.
The international community will never pardon the moves of the criminal state for turning even the space into a war theatre. -0-


KCNA Report on Cutting off All North-South Communication Lines

Pyongyang, June 9 (KCNA) -- The Korean Central News Agency made public the following report on June 9:
The south Korean authorities connived at the hostile acts against the DPRK by the riff-raff, while trying to dodge heavy responsibility with nasty excuses. This has driven the inter-Korean relations into a catastrophe.
All the people of the DPRK have been angered by the treacherous and cunning behavior of the south Korean authorities with whom we still have lots of accounts to settle.

The disgusting riff-raff have committed hostile acts against the DPRK by taking advantage of the south Korean authorities' irresponsible stance and with their connivance. They dared to hurt the dignity of our supreme leadership and mock the sacred mental core of all our people. This was a sign of hostility to all our people.

As far as the issue of the dignity of our supreme leadership is concerned, there can neither be a pardon nor an opportunity.
They should be forced to pay dearly for this.
We will never barter the dignity of our supreme leadership for anything, but defend it at the cost of our lives.
We have reached a conclusion that there is no need to sit face to face with the south Korean authorities and there is no issue to discuss with them, as they have only aroused our dismay.

At the review meeting of the work of the departments for affairs with the south, Kim Yong Chol, vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, and Kim Yo Jong, first vice department director of the C.C., WPK, stressed that the work towards the south should thoroughly turn into the one against enemy. They discussed phased plans for the work against the enemy in order to make the betrayers and riff-raff pay for their crimes, and then, to begin with, gave an instruction to completely cut off all the communication and liaison lines between the north and the south.

Accordingly, the relevant field of our side will completely cut off and shut down the liaison line between the authorities of the north and the south, which has been maintained through the north-south joint liaison office, the East and West Seas communication lines between the militaries of the north and the south, the inter-Korean trial communication line and the hotline between the office building of the Central Committee of the WPK and the Chongwadae from 12:00 on June 9, 2020.
This measure is the first step of the determination to completely shut down all contact means with south Korea and get rid of unnecessary things. -0-


Savage Country Can Never be Normal State: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, May 18 (KCNA) -- Recently, German politicians held a wreath-laying ceremony in Berlin on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
The German president sincerely reflected on the war crimes at the meeting once again, saying that "we can never have the past wrongdoings unwritten" and "it is repudiation, not admittance of the responsibility that brings shame".

It is a normal course to rectify the past wrongdoings and make a good start.
In the last century, Germany and Japan were branded as war criminal states as they brought measureless misfortune, pain and disasters to mankind by igniting the Second World War and the Pacific War.

Up till now, the German government has made deep apology for war crimes committed by the Nazis regime and made systematic reparation to those countries and victims to which it caused manpower, material and spiritual damage.
The sincere efforts of Germany to break with the inglorious past and not to follow in the footsteps of the predecessors have commanded increasing support from the international community.

However, Japan remains in the dock in the tribunal of history on the international arena, still in the shroud of a criminal state until now though over seven decades have passed since the war.
Not content with justifying the hideous unethical crimes against the Asian people, the Korean nation in particular, the Japanese reactionaries, with not a shred of guilty conscience, have now gone more desperate in their efforts to revive them.

They insulted the victims of the state-sponsored sexual slavery unprecedented in human history as "volunteers keen on moneymaking", made efforts to prevent the statues of sexual slaves for the Imperial Japanese Army" from being erected in all parts of the world and wrote in the diplomatic blue paper the statement reading "such expression as sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army must not be used as it is contrary to fact".
They made no scruple of answering the demand for reparation to victims of the forcible drafting with vicious economic retaliation.

In March, they examined and approved lots of history textbooks for middle schools which totally distorted, massively reduced and weakened the parts dealing with inglorious past wrongdoings including forcible drafting of Koreans and sexual slavery in order to spur the brain-washing education among young generations.
The island country's act of denying irrefutable historical fact of the unprecedented war crimes and refusing to make liquidation of the past wrongdoing point to the moral vulgarity and impudence of the savage country.

Japan's history of aggression in the past can neither be written off nor be justified.
Sincerely reflecting on the crime-woven past is the legal and moral responsibilities and the top priority duty for Japan before the international community.
The savage country praising the blood-stained crime-woven history can never become a full-fledged member of the world and a normal state.

The harder the Japanese reactionaries work to go against the demand of the era and mankind, the greater the international denunciation and cold treatment of the war criminal state will be. -0-


With Nothing Can Japan Cover up Revanchist Ambition: KCNA

Pyongyang, May 2 (KCNA) -- Japanese Prime Minister Abe and high-ranking officials made ritual offering, a tree called Sakaki, to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on April 21 on the occasion of the spring ancestral rite day.

At a time when the world is undergoing havoc with the rapid spread of COVID-19, the Japanese reactionaries committed the undisguised action of recollecting barbarians in the Imperial era who brought horrible disasters to humankind. This is no more than a challenge against the desire of the international community for peace and stability.

This is a clear revelation of their sinister intention to avenge the defeat in the war at any cost by justifying the past history of aggression of the Japanese imperialists and calling back the departed soul of militarism.
The visit to the shrine and ritual offering, which take place officially and annually in the presence of a great number of political personages, are not just an issue pertaining to tradition and custom.

The sort of "etiquette" to the Yasukuni Shrine, the spiritual symbol of Japanese militarism, is an undisguised praise for the criminals who committed aggression and killing as their hobby, an insult to the people of those countries who suffered measureless damage at the hands of the Japanese imperialists and an open agitation to further extend the roots of militarism to the whole society.

The present prime minister who had been under fire from the international community for his visit to the shrine in December, 2013 has made indirect visits to the shrine in the form of ritual offering in a bid to ward off mounting criticism from the world people.
Whatever the form is, the true intention of the visit to lay the ideological and spiritual foundation of reinvasion and spread it by embellishing the past crimes and inciting militarism does not change.

Shortly ago, the Japanese reactionaries examined and approved lots of textbooks for middle school which totally distorted, massively reduced and weakened the parts dealing with inglorious history of aggression including forcible drafting of Koreans and sexual slavery in a bid to implant the ultra-right historical view in the minds of young generations.

The ritual offering was conducted at a time when the state of emergency was announced with the epidemic spreading all over the islands, only to clearly prove the Japanese reactionaries' invariable ambition of revanchism.
The stand to the shrine is the attitude toward the peoples of the victimized states and the past crimes.
Even the surrounding countries said that this action shows Japan's wrong attitude of approaching the history of aggression, strongly urging Japan to work hard to get trust from the people of Asian countries and the international community through its practical action.

Thorough apology and reparation for the past crimes is the bounden fate for Japan, a defeated nation.
The reactionary state going against the desire of mankind for peace and stability, not reflecting on its crimes, will only face isolation, denunciation and destruction.
The international community will never pardon the island country which whets a sword of reinvasion while denying history, being obsessed with militarism. -0-


KCNA Commentary Rebukes Japan's Scheme for Overseas Aggression

Pyongyang, April 9 (KCNA) -- Japan persists in revising the Constitution to specify the existence of the "Self-Defense Forces".
Days ago, Japanese PM Abe revealed his strong and wild ambition to revise the Constitution, saying that he will play all the possible roles to further ratchet up the Japan-U.S. alliance at a graduation ceremony of the Defence College.

Recently, various circles of Japan as well as the world are becoming increasingly critical of Abe's move, sniping at him that he has no authority to revise the Constitution and that the specifying of the "Self-Defense Forces" would form a source of calamity.

Against the backdrop of this, Abe is crying out for the ratcheting up of the Japan-U.S. alliance and the expansion of Japan's role, only to betray his intention to curry favor with his master and, with help from his master, revise the Constitution at any cost.

After its defeat in the war, under the active patronage and with the backing of the U.S., the SDF has been built into a dangerous war force and, with military hardware like long-range cruise missiles and a de facto aircraft carrier beyond the "minimum requirements" provided for in the Constitution, is now thrusting its aggressive claws anywhere in the globe and even space.

In particular, the Abe regime tolerated the exercise of the "right to collective self-defense" by playing a cunning trick like the revision of the interpretation of the Constitution so that they can take an active part in the U.S. military moves overseas under the pretext of protection of its allies.
It is out of question whether Japanese reactionaries would be satisfied with this as they are eager to revenge its defeat.

A change in the interpretation of the Constitution is not a real goal. It is an ultimate intention sought by the Japanese reactionaries to take the road for overseas expansion by deleting the articles prohibiting the possession of army and by specifying the existence of the SDF in the Constitution.

It is natural that their desperate acts cause concern and vigilance from the international community because the Japanese reactionaries run amuck to realize its wild ambition for reinvasion by taking their master on their back, far from drawing a lesson from the history of invasion in the past.

Japan should not forget how its past when it wielded the bloody sword ended.
Mankind aspiring after peace will certainly force the aggression-minded island country to sustain an irrevocably miserable fate. -0-


KCNA Commentary on Japan's "Submarine-Hunter"

Pyongyang, March 24 (KCNA) -- The newly-built latest guard ship of Japan has recently been in the spotlight of the world media.
A Canadian radio on Mar. 16 said that Japan launched the first highly functional submarine-hunter in nearly 30 years, and referred to Tokyo's concern over the Chinese submarines now in operation in the waters near Japan proper.
The Mar. 11th issue of paper of Hong Kong, China "South China Morning Post", elaborating on the news, quoted a professor at a Japanese university as saying that the "principal targets of Japan are China and north Korea, and China poses a more serious potential threat to Japan".

The guard ship is a latest warship capable of sensing and digitizing the noise from propeller vane of subs hundreds of kilometers away and confirming even the type of sub and its nationality. So the specialists call it "submarine-hunter" and "special spy ship".
The warship deserves attention of regional countries for its emergence as a new lever in carrying out naval and underwater operations in the Pacific.

Japan possessing the greatest naval forces in the Asia-Pacific region second to the U.S. is still putting spurs to strengthening the naval supremacy under the pretext of threats from neighboring countries.
Since 2018, Japan has pushed forward with the building of 22 new escort ships whose main mission is to guard and monitor in the East China Sea. The archipelago country will reportedly set out to build a patrol craft from this year so as to set up complete system for observing the East China Sea by the 2030s.

All the facts show that the military operations of Japan's naval forces are obviously focused on the area west of the archipelago.
The supposition that Japan will offer the data gathered by the "submarine-hunter" to the seabed observation network set up by the U.S. and the ship will be deployed in the base near the waters in dispute with China further touches off the greater concern of the regional community.

The "theory on potential threat from China" heard quite often from Japan, in the wake of the "story of threat from north Korea," now comes to be an oft-repeated pretext for building up its military forces.
The reality points to the absurdity and duplicity of Japan trumpeting about the "new era and new development of Japan-China relations." -0-


Japan Can Never Cover Up Its Militarist Ambition with Any Cunning Trick: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, March 18 (KCNA) -- The Japan air "Self-Defense Force" conducted a drill of deploying "patriot" interceptor missile system in Itami City, Hyogo Prefecture on March 5 and opened it to the press.
The Japanese reactionaries galvanize public opinion with the allegation that the drill is "a part of drills going on in different parts of Japan to cope with contingencies including north Korea's launch of ballistic missiles".

Their ever-mounting military hysteria is a reckless move to realize their long-cherished militarist ambition at any cost.
It is none other than Japan and other hostile forces which are chiefly to blame for such dangerous moves as bringing dark clouds of instability to Northeast Asia and the rest of the world.

In January, Tokyo Shimbun said that in the wake of the Abe cabinet's decision approving the "exercise of the right to collective self-defense", the "Self-Defense Forces" have been reduced to an "army" capable of fighting abroad together with the U.S. after having military hardware like long-range cruise missiles and a de facto aircraft carrier beyond the "minimum requirements" allowed by the Constitution and, as a result, the risk of Japan's involvement in U.S.-related conflicts surely increased.

Nevertheless, the Japanese authorities go so shameless as to fault others, turning their face from their moves for a military giant and overseas dispatch of the SDF which bring danger to peace and security in the region and the rest of the world.

Japan has persistently branded the DPRK's self-defensive act as "threat to peace and security of Japan and the region" and as a serious task facing the whole of the international community", which is no more than a crafty trick to divert elsewhere the accusations and vigilance of the international community against it.

Referring to the fact that Japan always finds fault with the DPRK to justify its every military move, a Chinese expert said that in many cases, Japan's allegation is nothing but a trick for make-believe and an excuse for a military giant.
With any trick, the Japanese reactionaries can never cover up their militarist ambition to emerge as the old colonial suzerain state again through invasion and war.

The international community will never allow the revival of the war criminal state, which destroyed global peace and security and inflicted huge catastrophe on mankind in the last century, as a blood-thirsty "leader of Asia".
The Japanese reactionaries had better keep in mind the Japanese experts' warning that if they fail to drop their militarist ambition, Japan will remain an eternal defeated nation. -0-


KCNA Commentary on Clear Evidence for Japan's Aggressive Nature

Pyongyang, February 12 (KCNA) -- Japan has reached the zenith in its territorial ambition.
Recently, the Japanese reactionaries rebuilt the "territorial sovereignty exhibition", housing data justifying their territorial ambition including those related to Tok Islets, in other area to be 7 times bigger than the previous exhibition.

After its opening, the minister in charge of Okinawa and Northern Territories said that the exhibits clearly show the historical and lawful trends concerning the dominium and prove with decency Takeshima (Tok Islets) was the proper territory of Japan, adding that discontented countries had better come and see for themselves.
This clearly testifies to the Japanese reactionaries' frenzy for territory getting all the more persistent and stronger despite denunciation and warning by the world.

Tok Islets are part of the inviolable territory of the Korean nation.
Historical documents like Chronicles of Three Kingdoms and History of Koryo and even prestigious maps of Japan clearly prove that the dominium over Tok Islets belongs to the Korean nation.
It is clear that the "data" and exhibits in the exhibition, which angle the historical truth, are peppered with absurd and unreasonable content.

A typical example is a stuffed Steller's sea lion on display in the "Takeshima hall".
With an explanation that it is a stuffed specimen of a sea lion which lived in the waters off Tok Islets in around 1930, the Japanese territorial expansionists claim that Tok Islets surely belong to Japan in the light of the fact that the Japanese hunted sea lions in the said waters from early in the 1600s, early days of the Edo Shogunate.

It is shocking that they are so foolish and impudent enough to abuse even data about plunder and loot of other country's resources for covering up its sinister intention.
It is a lesson taught by history that political and diplomatic conflicts and contradiction among countries over territorial problem beget disputes and they lead to war.

The ultra-right forces of Japan are trying hard to cause a military conflict through the brigandish assertion on "dominium" over Tok Islets and the waters around the islets, and launch reinvasion with it as an opportunity.
The "territorial sovereignty exhibition" was refurbished for the purpose of training a shock brigade for launching reinvasion.
The Japanese reactionaries' ambition to seize Tok Islets can never come true.
The exhibition in the island country will be historical evidence indicating the aggressive nature of the Japanese reactionaries. -0-
Rodong Sinmun on Basic Idea, Basic Spirit, of 5th Plenary Meeting of 7th Central Committee of WPK

Pyongyang, January 4 (KCNA) -- Rodong Sinmun on Saturday says in an article that the basic idea, the basic spirit, of the Fifth Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) is to conduct the offensive for a breakthrough head-on, not to wait for the situation to turn better.
In other words, we should never dream that the U.S. and other hostile forces would leave us to live in peace, but make a breakthrough head-on on the strength of self-reliance to tide over the difficulties lying in the way of advance of our socialist construction, it stresses.

The article says that the basic idea, the basic spirit, of the Fifth Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the WPK reflects the truth and lessons of history that illusions about the enemy and peace and the lingering expectation for the lift of sanctions are a taboo and embodies the iron truth of the revolution that only offensive on one's own initiative, not the passive defense, can turn adversity into favorable situation.

It also reflects the requirement to strengthen our internal strength in all aspects and overcome difficulties with the might of self-reliance, the article says, and goes on:
As a leopard cannot change its spots, the aggressive nature of imperialism can never change.
So is the U.S. behavior today.

The real intention of the U.S. 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 so as to gradually reduce our strength.
The reality shows that now that the ambition of the enemy to stifle our system remains unchanged, it is foolish to dream of the ease of situation and the lift of sanctions.

The plenary meeting took accurate and audacious measures on the basis of a cool-headed judgment of the prevailing external situation.
The plenary meeting reflects the firm will of our Party to eliminate all the challenges and barriers to our advance with another dynamic offensive and hasten the victory of a drive for building a powerful socialist country.

Every field and unit should break through head-on all the barriers to our advance, holding aloft the slogan of self-reliance and self-sufficiency. Herein lies the way to glorify this significant year marking the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Party as the one noteworthy in the history of building our Party and a powerful state of independence. -0-


KCNA Issues Detailed Report on Construction of Township of Samjiyon County

Pyongyang, December 3 (KCNA) -- The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) issued a detailed report on December 2 on noble loyalty and immortal feats of the Korean people as regards the fact that the second-stage project for remodeling Samjiyon County has been successfully completed, turning the township of the county into an ideal town for the people.

The detailed report said:
The second-stage project for remodeling Samjiyon County has been successfully completed thanks to the Party's grand conception of construction and wise guidance and the revolutionary spirit of single-minded unity of the Korean people and their heroic struggle of self-reliance.

Builders preserved the nationality, modernity and the specific feature of the northern tableland in the formation of the township division and construction and opened a new phase of practicality, diversity and the formative art by fully applying the Juche-based architectural aesthetic idea to the overall project.
Thus they built the Township of Samjiyon County into an example of a mountainous modern town, an epitome of modern civilization and created a model of successfully realizing the Party's idea of local construction.

The dramatic change witnessed in Samjiyon is a brilliant fruition of the Party's noble moral obligation and love for the people and a precious mental treasure born of the tremendous might of the single-mined unity and the spirit of self-reliance displayed by all the people of the DPRK who are creating socialist civilization to be proud of in the world with their own efforts and in their own way following the Party.

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, who regarded it as one of due obligations and revolutionary duties of soldiers and disciples of Chairman Kim Jong Il to better his native county as befits the sacred place of the revolution, unfolded the far-reaching plan for sprucing up Samjiyon County when he visited it in November, Juche 102 (2013).

The field-guidance to the county given by Kim Jong Un in December 2017 despite the bitter cold of winter served as a historic milestone in bringing about a great turn in the construction of the county and creating the standard and example of local construction.

Kim Jong Un paid special attention to every part of the blueprint of the county, setting out the issue of forming a modern street with a main road in front of Kim Jong Il's statue as the central axis, the issue of clearly dividing blocks of education, dwelling houses and local industry, the issue of adapting the buildings to their uses and avoiding similarity and replica while preserving the features of the mountainous county, and so on.

The mock-up personally watched by Kim Jong Un numbered more than 8 800.
So huge is the devotion and dedication made by him to lead the construction as the designer, key builder and key operator of the project. In 2018 alone he visited the construction site three times despite rainy muddy road, mid-summer heat and mid-winter blizzards.

New records were created ranging from the overall city layout to details of each structure, road facilities, visual agitation means including slogans and watchwords and electric light decoration. The greenery of the area was realized on a high level to suit the mountainous county in the Paektu area. This is the characteristics of the new look of the county.

The shock brigade members of the 216 Division and the officers and men of the Korean People's Army, in hearty response to the appeal of the Party, turned out in the all-out charge to spruce up the Township of Samjiyon County.

The project that required the construction of several-storey and multiple-storey apartment buildings for more than 4 000 families and over 380 blocks of public and industrial buildings in hundreds of hectares was gigantic creation drive tantamount to building a city.

In just little over ten days, nearly 200 blocks of old buildings were removed and in tens of days, excavation for infrastructure projects was finished and from March 2018, the project for laying the groundwork for the apartment buildings and public structures went into a full swing.

Great innovation drive pervaded all the construction sites in Paektu area.
Self-built building materials production bases began to profusely pay off as there displayed the same spirit of self-reliance as was displayed in the forests of Mt Paektu.

The movement of creating mass technical innovation swept across the Paektu area.
Hundreds of technical innovations were invented and introduced when taking the Division as a whole, more than doubling the speed of construction thanks to the exceptional zeal shown by the builders.

The radical change brought about in the Township of Samjiyon County is the brilliant result of the noble world of the loyalty of our people.
The dedication of the people across the country to the sacred land of the great sun found its non-stop flow to the Paektu area.

The strong desire and wish of the people to defend and glorify Samjiyon County which they regard as their own native places led to the increased production and transport and nationwide assistance.
Thanks to the pure and clear loyalty displayed by the people, Samjiyon County towered as the excellent standard and ideal model of a mountainous city second to none in the world.

The signal reality presented in the Township of Samjiyon County eloquently proves how noble and beautiful the goal of building a powerful socialist country of the Korean people, who are advancing along the straight road chosen by themselves without any vacillation despite the worst trials, is and how fast the struggle for realizing it is being advanced. -0-


Hostility and Confrontation Will Bring Ruin and Disaster: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, November 19 (KCNA) -- The Japan Air "Self-Defense Force" recently staged at a park in Aichi Prefecture a drill for deploying a Patriot interceptor missile system before the eyes of the press.
Similar drills were staged in the middle of Tokyo and in the compound of the Defense Ministry under the pretext of "coping with a missile threat" from someone in October.

The ever-mounting reckless moves of the Japanese reactionaries are a clear manifestation of their unchanged hostile policy towards the DPRK and an intolerable provocation to it.
Such hostility toward the DPRK and the chauvinist trend in Japan are not the ones that happened recently.

Japan is the sworn enemy of the Korean people, which has lived on massacre, war and aggression, inflicting untold misfortune and pain upon them generation after generation.
Notably in the last century, the Japanese imperialists' long illegal occupation of Korea and brutal colonial rule over it imposed huge manpower, material, mental and moral loss upon the Korean nation. Such damage still lingers.

Japan, which still stands in the dock of the court of history, due to its hideous crimes against the Korean people and other Asian peoples, talks about "threat", far from making an apology and reparation to the victims. This is, indeed, the height of impudence.

Antagonism towards the DPRK that grows stronger in Japan at the sensitive time brings to light the sinister intention of the Abe regime to push the situation of the Korean peninsula and the region to a catastrophe and continue to seek "benefits" from the troubled waters in the era of showdown.
The Japanese reactionaries are trying to divert the world's vigilance away from them, claiming that "north Korea's missile launch is a threat to regional peace and security" and "provocation to the international community."

Against this backdrop, they are keen on arms buildup and military drills for reinvasion of Korea.
The reality clearly proves that Japan remains unchanged in its hostile policy towards the DPRK.
Japan has harbored hatred towards the international community that meted out a severe punishment on it since its defeat. So, it has speeded up its preparations for reinvasion out of its revanchist idea in a systematical and comprehensive manner.

It fixed the DPRK as its first target for doing so and has been crazy about military preparations. Such foolhardy moves only give rise to bitterer indignation of the Korean people.
Hostility and confrontation will bring destruction and disaster only.
Japan's desperate provocation to the DPRK will only hasten the day of the second defeat of the lonely island country. -0-


World Should Keep Strict Watch on Japan, War State: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, November 12 (KCNA) -- Japan goes on the rampage threatening peace and security of the region.
On Oct. 24, Japan Maritime "Self-Defense Force" (SDF) staged a frantic military drill in the waters of the East Sea of Korea, supported by B-52s and KC-135Rs of the U.S. air force, and ground SDF's over 180 tanks fired shells for a week at Hokkaido, inciting war atmosphere,.

This is a clear expression of the ambition for a military giant and overseas expansion.
Military actions for defending peace and territory belong to the legitimate right of every country, which no one is allowed to call in question.

Japan is the exception in that case.
Japan is a country labeled as an enemy state under the Article 53 of Chapter 8 of the UN Charter.
Worse still, the island country is likely to repeat its past crimes as it has still refused to admit them and take legal and moral responsibility for apology and reparation for them.

Having longed to see the imperial era again in which it plunged several Asia-Pacific countries and peoples into misery, Japan is stoking militarism and rushing headlong for a military giant and overseas expansion. All these facts increase displeasure with and vigilance over Japan.

The Japanese reactionaries are turning the Japanese society to the Right and stepping up militarization of the country at fast tempo through the persistent distortion of history such as describing the past horrible crimes of aggression as a "liberation war" and an "advance" which spelt "civilization" and "prosperity" to other countries. They put the SDF on the level next to the U.S. armed forces in the West and expanded the sphere of its activities to the whole world through the massive arms buildup and enactment of war laws, far from the principle of "exclusive defense".

In particular, they justify their rash military acts by describing the DPRK, China and Russia as the countries which pose threat to Japan. This clearly shows that Japan is trying to outstrip the neighboring countries and become the "leader of the East". It can be well evidenced by the fact that strategic bombers made flights near the South Sea of China as part of the recent joint drill with the U.S. and a large-scale tank group of the ground SDF staged shooting drill in the region close to the southern Kurils of Russia.

Japan is, indeed, not a pacifist country but a dangerous war state.
Every military move of Japan and its trumpeting about "peace" are aimed at aggression and danger of war in the region is being increased by the island country with each passing day.

Japan's reinvasion of the continent will bring mankind a catastrophe incomparable to that in the past.
The international community should never remain a passive onlooker to Japan's reckless moves for a military giant and overseas expansion. -0-


KCNA Commentary Sneers at Military Farce in Tokyo

Pyongyang, October 23 (KCNA) -- A ground-based Patriot MD system was deployed for drill by the Japan Air "Self-Defense Force" in the middle of Tokyo to receive media coverage on Oct. 9.
A person concerned said that the drill was aimed to "help the public relieve unease at repeated missile launches of north Korea."

Curious is how much "relieving effect" such drill gave to the Japanese as dozens of SDF soldiers were crying and running helter-skelter for combat preparations in a park for citizens' leisure, bringing launchers and radar and laying electric wire.
There is no denying that such an open drill outside a military facility, something very exceptional, is quite effective in stirring up public opinion about "severe security circumstances" in Japan.

Being displeased with the trend toward peace that hit the region, which it thinks would not be favorable for realizing its wild ambition for militarism, Japan has worked hard to destroy it, enduring even "alienation."
The point, however, is the open sinister goal of the Japanese reactionaries to utterly wreck the regional situation given the present stalemate in dialogue.
To this end, they put up the card of "dispelling security unease."

Japan, which has so much bragged about its strong military muscle, suddenly asserts that it "failed to track missiles from north Korea." It is to magnify public uneasiness at home and incite "security crisis" in the region.

Commenting on that assertion, a Chinese missile expert said that what should be cautious of is the fact that Japanese media might have fabricated a story about the failure in tracking of missiles of the DPRK. The expert added that its final goal is to help the Abe regime secure a pretext for constitutional revision and up its game for building a military giant and overseas expansion.

It is just an analysis that the Japanese regime's frequent rhetoric about "relief from unease at security crisis" is designed to create an atmosphere for carrying out its political stratagem.
In fact, the Japanese Ministry of Defense deployed Patriot MD system again in a site controlled by it. In the final analysis, the said drill of moving and deploying Patriot interception system was nothing to do with securing of stability and dispelling of unease. On the contrary, Japan is destroying peace.
Its 2019 Defense White Paper labeled neighboring countries such as China and Russia as countries posing threats and its 2020 defense budget hit an all-time high. It even plans to deploy trouble-making Aegis Ashore.

All facts go to clearly prove its true colors as a harasser of peace in the region.
The Japanese reactionaries should deeply consider whether their poor trick may work before accusing others. -0-


KCNA Commentary on South Korean Conservatives' Farce for Seizing Power

Pyongyang, September 25 (KCNA) -- The conservative group of south Korea, obsessed with a wild ambition for power, has recently revealed its black-hearted intention over the issue of the prosecution reform in south Korea.

The Minju Party and other democratic reformist forces fully support the authorities' appointment of new minister of Justice and call for a further intensified struggle for eradicating deep-seated evils and reform of power organs.
Much upset by it, the coteries of the "Liberal Korea Party" held an emergency meeting, in which they talked much about "intention to do harm to the public", "death of legalism" and "disappearance of common sense and justice." They agitate the like-minded conservatives, talking about "one million people's torch action."

After a team for accelerating the reform of the prosecution was formed, they began desperately opposing the prosecution reform, saying "the prosecution reform just means killing the prosecution" and "the prosecution should have courage to remain independent from the power."
Such behavior of the conservative group messing the south Korean political situation is just a desperate effort to check eradicating deep-seated evils and lay a springboard for seizing power at any cost.

The conservative group of traitors mercilessly trampled down justice, equality, legalism and democracy of the south Korean society, engrossed in corruption and irregularities and immoral conducts when they took power through illegal coups and swindles.
It is just the south Korean prosecution that shielded such unpopular politics of the fascist dictatorial regimes by invoking power and viciously suppressed the struggle of the democratic reformist forces for independence, democracy and reunification.

The forcible dissolution of the Unified Progressive Party, a legitimate political party, outlawing of the Teachers' Union and shutdown of Jaju Minbo, a progressive newspaper, during the Park Geun Hye regime period clearly showed the true colors of the prosecution which turned into a servant and watchdog for the conservative group.
The group of hideous traitors, which should have disappeared from the political arena as it was sternly punished by history, got buoyed up again and has gone so shameless as to talk about "torch". This is just an insult to and mockery of the public.

It is not hard to guess what the conservative group seeks.
It calculates that it can check the south Korean people's struggle for rooting out deep-seated evils and realize its cherished ambition for taking power again, only when it keeps preserving and controlling the prosecution which has played the role of its servant.
If the drive for judicial reform and eradication of deep-seated evils is not accelerated boldly in south Korea, the south Korean people will lose their hard-won gains of the candlelight revolution and the past when evils prevailed will repeat.

That's why south Koreans call for "staging a candlelight action again to realize the prosecution reform", asserting "prosecution reform is just the completion of deep-seated evil eradication." They have turned out in a struggle against the conservative group that disturbs social progress and democratic reform.
The conservative group of traitors dreaming of taking power again should be aware that the prosecution reform is the demand of the candlelight demonstrators aspiring after justice and democracy.
Desperate moves of the evil forces will be frustrated by the united struggle of the south Korean people. -0-