Unfairness Double Standard Will Invite More Serious Consequence: Director-General of Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of DPRK
Pyongyang, March 29 (KCNA) -- Jo Chol Su, director-general of the Department of International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK, released the following press statement on Sunday:
Our test fire of new-type tactical guided missile on March 25 is an exercise of its righteous self-defensive right to deter military threats posed to the Korean peninsula and safeguard peace and prosperity of our state.
But, dangerous attempt is openly emerging, which is designed to negate the right of our state to self-defense.
The United Nations Security Council Sanctions Committee on DPRK held its closed working-level consultation hastily on March 26, where the United States called for "tightening implementation of sanctions" and "applying additional sanctions", while denouncing our self-defensive measure as "violation of UN resolutions."
It was also reported that, at the request of UK, France and other countries, the United Nations Security Council had decided to convene its closed meeting on March 30 to deal with the issue of our test fire of new-type tactical guided missile.
It constitutes a denial of sovereign state and an apparent double standard that UNSC takes issue, on the basis of the UN "resolutions" - direct products of the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK - with the normal activities which fall within the right of our state to self-defense.
It does not make any sense that only our righteous self-defensive measure should be singled out for denunciation, when many other countries across the globe are firing all kinds of projectiles for the purpose of increasing their military strength.
This also holds true when it is viewed from the principle of objectivity and impartiality.
The basic principle of and the logical sequence in solving any issue are to get to the bottom of the issue in an objective and impartial way.
The United Nations Security Council remains silent whenever U.S. enforces war drills against the DPRK at any time in its face. The contrast, however, is that it picks on the DPRK peremptorily when the latter takes self-defensive counter measures for defending the security of the state.
If this is the conduct of UNSC, we are only compelled to look at the cases of U.S., UK and France picking a quarrel with our self-defensive measure.
It is only some time ago when U.S. launched air raid against the territory of Syria. It is also only some days ago when UK made an official announcement that it would make a drastic increase in its nuclear warheads, having reneged on its nuclear disarmament obligations. The same is true of France which conducted a test fire of the new-generation, multi-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile.
The United Nations Security Council does not have a single record of having questioned or discussed such acts.
It is indeed preposterous that such countries spearheading the moves to undermine global peace and stability are picking on our self-defensive measure.
I strongly denounce the moves of UNSC as a serious infringement upon the dignity of an independent state and its sovereignty and a wanton violation of the UN Charter, as UNSC is holding meetings on and conducting investigations into the DPRK with its extreme bias and double standard.
UNSC should strictly follow the principle of impartiality, objectivity and equity if it is to be conducive to world peace and security in line with its intrinsic mission.
If UNSC continues to hold to double standard, it will only cause an aggravation, not amelioration, of situation and confrontation, not dialogue, on the Korean peninsula.
We will never condone the moves of some members of UNSC for abusing the United Nations in their pursuits of ulterior motives to trample on the sovereignty of independent countries and hold in check their development.
Any attempt to infringe upon our right to self-defense will inevitably prompt a countermeasure in kind. -0-
Unfairness Would Not Escape from Stern Judgment of Fairness: DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Pyongyang, March 19 (KCNA) -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) issued the following statement on Friday:
On March 17, the Malaysian authority committed an unpardonable crime, in the end, of forcibly delivering the innocent citizen of the DPRK to the United States by having charged him with "criminal."
This world-startling incident is an out-and-out product of anti-DPRK conspiracy created from the heinous policy of hostility by the United States aimed at isolating and suffocating our country and the pro-U.S. subservience by the Malaysian authority.
When it comes to our citizen in question, he was engaged for years in the legitimate external trade activities in Singapore, and therefore, it is absurd fabrication and sheer plot to argue that he was involved in "illegal money laundering."
This can be illustrated by the fact that at the several trials held soon after the incident had happened, our Embassy in Malaysia and the lawyer made strong requests repeatedly for relevant "evidence of suspicion" relating to "illegal money laundering", but the judiciary authority of Malaysia did not provide any single substantial evidence to prove it.
The entire progress of the incident, which has spanned over 670 days since the arrest of our citizen in broad daylight by faking up a preposterous plot, fully reveals that the Malaysian authority is no less than illegal and lawless riff-raff, bereft of an elementary legal virtue, to say nothing of the independent spirit.
The principal officials of the Malaysian legal authorities were all called to the drinking party arranged by the U.S. Ambassador in Malaysia shortly after the incident and left with a promise that they would receive huge gratuities, and there was even a bargaining for "free delivery of armaments." This fact itself speaks more than enough to the abominable nature of the Malaysian authority which does not hesitate to throw away the fairness, morality and conscience for making a grab at a few amounts of dollars.
It is nefarious act and unpardonably heavy crime that the Malaysian authority - a government as it is nominally called, though, - offered our citizen as a sacrifice of the U.S. hostile move in defiance of the acknowledged international laws, not content with its blind acceptance of and obedience to the U.S. unjust pressure.
Unfairness would not escape from stern judgment of fairness.
This incident made by the Malaysian authority constitutes an undisguised alignment with and direct engagement in the anti-DPRK hostile maneuvers of the United States which seeks to deprive our state of its sovereignty and rights to existence and development.
The relations between the DPRK and the U.S. - the most hostile one on this planet - are technically in the state of war for over 70 years, and it turns out to be an undeniable reality.
It is not likely that the Malaysian authority does not know this stark reality.
Not content with putting our innocent citizen in the dock by blindly currying favor with the U.S. - the principal enemy of our state - the Malaysian authority delivered our citizen to the U.S. in the end, thus destroying the entire foundation of the bilateral relations based on the respect for sovereignty.
With regard to the grave situation that has prevailed, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK hereby announces total severance of the diplomatic relations with Malaysia which committed super-large hostile act against the DPRK in subservience to the U.S. pressure.
From this very moment, the Malaysian authority will bear full responsibility for all the consequences to be incurred between the two countries.
We warn in advance that the U.S. - the backstage manipulator and main culprit of this incident - that it will also be made to pay a due price. -0-
Workers of Hwanghae Iron and Steel Complex Call for Going All Out for Implementation of First-Year Tasks of Five-year Plan
Pyongyang, February 23 (KCNA) -- An appeal to all the working people across the country was adopted at the meeting of the workers of the Hwanghae Iron and Steel Complex on Monday to vow to carry out the first-year tasks of the five-year plan without fail in hearty response to the spirit of the Second Plenary Meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.
The appeal stressed that the great fighting programme set forth at the historic 2nd Plenary Meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the Party has stirred up the complex, adding the goals that seemed to be far from attainment got nearer and confidence and courage became stronger through the deep study of the idea and spirit of the plenary meeting.
The appeal said that the report made by the respected General Secretary Kim Jong Un at the said plenary meeting expounds not only campaign goals but also policies and good methods for overcoming the manifold hardships most quickly and successfully making a turning-point in economic revitalization.
Saying that everything will go well as long as they are done as instructed by the respected General Secretary, the appeal evinced the steel-strong pledge of the working people of the complex.
It said that the production of iron and steel has to be doubled this year in comparison with last year, but the complex will attain this year's goal without fail by carrying forward the patriotism and loyalty displayed by the preceding generation while pushing forward with huge projects for expanding its production capacity.
In the appeal, the workers of the complex called on all the working people across the country to take an active part in the all-people and all-out onward campaign, death-defying campaign for defending the authority of the Party and glorifying the era of our state-first principle all over the world.
The time has come for us to give full play to the great might and abounding zeal for the sake of our Party, revolution and socialist country, the appeal said, calling for going all out for the implementation of the first-year tasks of the five-year plan advanced by the 8th Party Congress with great revolutionary enthusiasm and patriotism.
It called on the workers in the metal industry to ride the legendary Chollima once again with the heart of loyalty for the respected General Secretary, and on the workers in the chemical industry to redouble their efforts, bearing in mind that the people are waiting for home-produced fertilizer and chemical goods.
It appealed to the workers in the electrical power industry to generate a lot of electricity so as to make all the working sites of the country put production on normal track and increase the production nonstop, and to all the coal miners to increase the coal production with the zeal of loyalty and pure patriotic conscience in order to inject vitality into the advance of the country.
The workers of the railway transport field are appealed to responsibly ensure freight transport for different fields of the national economy just as how it was done despite hails of bullets and shells during the wartime.
The appeal called on the field of machine industry to put greater spurs to the drive of breaking through the cutting edge so as to churn out our machines to be proud of in the world.
The workers in the field of building-materials industry are called upon to create another myth of the DPRK in construction to startle the world people in all construction sites across the country including the construction sites for building 10 000 dwellings in Pyongyang.
The agricultural workers are appealed to become genuine loyalists and patriotic farmers safeguarding the Party and the revolution and defending socialism with increased rice production.
The appeal called on the workers of the light industry to make this year a year of substantial achievements in the home-production of goods and recycling and a year of a great turn to show the new appearance of our light industry after decisively eliminating the inclination to import.
It called on scientists and technicians to powerfully haul the general advance for a new victory by dint of self-reliance with intelligent brains and patriotism and loyalty.
The workers of the munitions industry are called upon to unconditionally attain the goals for the development of the national defence industry set forth at the 8th Congress of the Party with the same spirit, resourcefulness and stamina as those which have been displayed in putting the dignity and prestige of the country on the highest level in the nation's history spanning 5 000 years.
The appeal stressed the need for workers across the country to make a report of victory to the Party Central Committee by thoroughly carrying out the first-year tasks of the five-year plan advanced at the 8th Congress of the Party with full confidence and redoubled efforts, and to demonstrate all over the world the spirit and stamina of the heroic Korean working people who are symbolized as a hammer, sickle and writing brush on our Party flag. -0-
Military Parade Commemorates 8th Congress of WPK
Pyongyang, January 15 (KCNA) -- There took place a splendid military parade at Kim Il Sung Square here in the evening on January 14 to commemorate the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK).
The band of the State Affairs Commission (SAC) and the central military band of the Ministry of Defence took the peculiarly-decorated bandstand to play parade music.
Parade columns entered the square with the pride and honor.
Columns of mechanized units which would demonstrate the inexhaustible might of the armed forces of the Republic were on standby on the avenues leading to the square.
Air squadrons for the parade were waiting for order of sorties.
Kim Jong Un, general secretary of the WPK, chairman of the SAC of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, appeared at the tribune of the square.
Cheers of "Hurrah!" for Kim Jong Un and chanting shouts of "Kim Jong Un" and "Devoted Defence" rocked the heaven and earth and fireworks brightly decorated the nocturnal sky.
He warmly waved back to the enthusiastically cheering paraders and masses.
Children presented fragrant flowers to him and leading officials of the Party, the government and the military.
Taking the tribune were Choe Ryong Hae, Jo Yong Won, Ri Pyong Chol, and Kim Tok Hun.
Members of the 8th Party central leadership body and commanding officials of the military appeared at the tribune.
Invited to the tribune were Kim Yong Nam, Choe Yong Rim, Yang Hyong Sop, Kim Ki Nam, Choe Thae Bok, Kim Kyong Ok, Ri Yong Mu and Pak Pong Ju who had worked for a long time in the Party, the government and the military.
Present at the reserved seats for guests were the participants in the 8th Congress of the WPK and special guests.
Amid the playing of the song "The Glorious Country", a salute of 21 guns boomed.
Kim Jong Gwan, minister of Defence of the DPRK, made an address.
Then, there was a ceremony of hoisting the national flag.
All the participants paid high respect to the national flag.
KPA Marshal Pak Jong Chon, chief of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army (KPA), made a report to KPA Marshal Ri Pyong Chol, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the WPK, that parade units lined up to be reviewed for the parade commemorating the 8th Congress of the WPK.
Ri Pyong Chol reviewed the parade units.
He courteously reported to the general secretary of the WPK that the military parade for commemorating the 8th Congress of the WPK was ready to start.
The parade began led by the command car with Marshal Pak Jong Chon on, amid the play of dynamic march music.
The column of the honor cavalrymen ran past the square with the firm will of the service personnel of the People's Army to make a dynamic advance of loyalty and march of faith for implementing the decision made at the Party's congress in the spirit shown by the great brilliant commander when looking round the Mt Paektu area on horseback.
Entering the square following it were the fine arrays of columns of loyal lifeguards, showing that the mission of paramount importance for our revolutionary armed forces is to devotedly defend the Party Central Committee.
The columns of the first and the second corps marched past with dignity, demonstrating their pride as the eldest corps and the unit where the a-match-for-a-hundred spirit was born.
They were followed by the columns of the fourth corps standing guard over the gate to the southwestern part of the country and the fifth corps, backbone corps of the People's Army, flying colors with proud military merits.
Making powerful strides toward the square were columns of the navy and the air and anti-air force.
The masses warmly applauded the column of the strategic force.
The columns of ground, sea and air snipers and lightly-armed infantrymen demonstrated the spirit of invincibility of the revolutionary armed forces of a-match-for-a-hundred that have nurtured their wisdom and courage of annihilating the enemies under the care of the great brilliant commander.
The columns of corps of anti-aircraft artillerymen, 91st corps and 3rd corps standing guard over the capital city of Pyongyang and the columns of the corps defending the coasts and border gateway of the country as firm as an iron wall marched past in fine arrays.
The columns of tank units and columns of mechanized infantry divisions rolled past the square, displaying the might of the revolutionary armed forces that have grown to be invincible elite forces.
They were followed by columns of mountain warfare infantrymen and reconnoiters and such professional arms as electronic harassment unit and then the column of armed mobile unit for public security which marched past demonstrating heroic spirit.
The Supreme Leader warmly acknowledged the marchers.
Then there was flight, paying respect to the great Party Central Committee.
Following the formation of guard planes, the red hawks of the Party, in the pattern of the Party emblem, flew past the sky above the square letting off the fireworks to brighten the sky.
The column of planes depicted number "8" with fireworks in the nocturnal sky, reflecting the happiness and emotion of glorifying the 8th Congress of the Party as another political event of special record in the militant path of our Party.
The columns of mechanized units began their procession led by the column of armored vehicles.
The column of prototype tanks roared past the square, which was followed by those of ultra-modern tactical rockets.
This was followed by the procession of the ultra-modern self-propelled artillery pieces, grandly showing off the might of our artillery force.
The columns of rockets possessed of powerful striking capability for thoroughly annihilating enemies in a preemptive way outside the territory, roared past.
Other proud-worthy Juche-type weapons rolled past the square one after another, demonstrating to the world how our defence industry built up tremendous might since it started its first step with the production of sub-machine gun after the liberation of the country, while covering the untrodden path of army-building.
The world's most powerful weapon, submarine-launch ballistic missile, entered the square one after another, powerfully demonstrating the might of the revolutionary armed forces.
The people raised cheers as it demonstrated the tremendous might of our Party which accomplished the great cause of building a wealthy country with a powerful army, the 5000 years-old desire of the nation, in such a short period of five years of fierce struggle between the 7th Congress of the Party and the 8th Congress of the Party.
At the end of the military parade, fireworks were shot off again.
The Supreme Leader warmly waved back to the enthusiastically cheering crowds.
The square was full of high revolutionary enthusiasm of all the participants determined to always follow the path of our-style socialism, full of confidence and optimism about the bright future with great national pride and honor of making the revolution under the leadership of Kim Jong Un. -0-
22nd Meeting of Political Bureau of 7th Central Committee of WPK Held
Pyongyang, December 30 (KCNA) -- The 22nd meeting of the Political Bureau of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) was held at the office building of the Party Central Committee on December 29.
Kim Jong Un, chairman of the WPK, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, was present at the meeting.
Present there were members of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK and members and alternate members of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee.
Under the guidance of Supreme Leader of the Party, state and armed forces Kim Jong Un, Kim Jae Ryong, vice-chairman of the WPK Central Committee, presided over the meeting.
The meeting studied the preparations for the 8th Congress of the WPK.
The meeting examined and made confirmation as for the qualifications of the delegates who had been elected at the conferences of the WPK organizations at all levels, discussed and confirmed the proposals for forming the presidium, members of platform and secretariat of the 8th Congress of the Party and schedules according to the agendas of the Party Congress and deliberated on the documents to be presented to the Party Congress.
The Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK made exhaustive discussion on the above issues and approved agendas.
The Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK adopted a decision on holding the 8th Congress of the WPK early in January, 2021.
The meeting appreciated that innovative achievements and progress were made in all fields during the 80-day campaign thanks to the exceptional political enthusiasm of the entire Party and all the people, providing excellent conditions for the 8th Congress of the Party, and all the preparations for the Party Congress are going off smoothly. It emphasized that the success of the Party Congress should be thoroughly guaranteed by keeping on the effective preparations.
The Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee also made in-depth study and discussion on a series of important issues to be referred to the Party Congress and made relevant decisions. -0-
Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Sends Congratulatory Message to Participants in Conference of Representatives of Branches of Chongryon-2020 (Third Conference of a New Heyday)
Pyongyang, November 1 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, sent a congratulatory message to the participants in the Conference of Representatives of Branches of Chongryon-2020 (Third Conference of a New Heyday) on November 1.
The full text of the congratulatory message is as follows:
To Participants in the Conference of Representatives of Branches of Chongryon-2020 (Third Conference of a New Heyday)
I warmly congratulate the Conference of Representatives of Branches of Chongryon (General Association of Korean Residents in Japan) which is being held amid the great interest and expectation at home and abroad in the meaningful period when the strength and invincibility of our Republic is being demonstrated worldwide. I extend warm compatriotic greetings to the participants in the conference and other officials of Chongryon and compatriots resident in Japan.
This is a conference with a proud history and tradition, which has aroused the patriotic enthusiasm of the masses of compatriots from all walks of life in every historic period of the development of the movement of Koreans in Japan; it has thus expanded and consolidated the mass basis of Chongryon and produced remarkable successes in implementing the patriotic tasks.
There are many organizations of overseas compatriots of other countries in the world, but there is no other organization than our Chongryon which has its lowest-echelon units in all parts where the Korean compatriots live and the leaders of whose lowest-echelon units get together on a regular basis to hold a large-scale conference.
In the past leaders and other officials of the branches of Chongryon have performed many feats, indeed, for achieving national reunification and the prosperity of their homeland and strengthening and developing the movement of Koreans in Japan, regarding the great Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il as the fathers of their nation and saviours of their lives.
The harsh conditions and circumstances in the alien land, where suppression and discrimination that infringe upon and threaten the dignity, interests and lives of our compatriots exist constantly, have never brought peace and stability to the Korean community in Japan; however, as there have been many ardent patriots like the officials of branches of Chongryon, who are thoroughgoing in their spirit of national independence and value things of their own, there is today's Chongryon that shines as a model organization of overseas compatriots and its patriotic work is so vigorous.
I offer high tribute to the branch leaders of the first generation and other branch officials of the elder generations who have played the role of firm cornerstones of their socialist homeland and Chongryon with sweat and sincere devotion throughout the whole period, from the first days of the patriotic cause up to now. They have built up the branches, the basic organizations of Chongryon, and undertaken all the burdens, large and small, for the patriotic cause as they would do their own family affairs.
I would like to take this occasion to extend my greetings of gratitude, together with the hearty encouragement from the people of their homeland, to all other officials of basic organizations of Chongryon and other patriotic compatriots who have always deeply sympathized with their homeland and Chongryon for their hardships, and invariably devoted their all for the development of the community of the Koreans in Japan and for the all-round rejuvenation of the movement of the Koreans in Japan, no matter whether they are recognized or not and whether they are rewarded or not.
The heavy yet important tasks Chongryon has assumed at present and the tenacious challenges that hover over the community of Korean compatriots require that the branches, the basic units of Korean compatriots for living and direct undertakers of the patriotic tasks, enhance their functions and role in every way possible than ever before.
Chongryon should consistently hold fast to the instructions of Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on consolidating its branches and give stronger impetus to the struggle for making all its basic organizations reliable cornerstones for the patriotic cause.
It should build all its branches up into powerful patriotic collectives, which are imbued with the great Kim Jong Il's patriotism and advance, closely united in single mind and will.
Branch officials should find out every suitable method which the compatriots would favour, accept and respond to, and conduct information and cultural activities in an aggressive manner, thus training them all to be ardent patriots who have cherished the Juche-oriented faith and the spirit of love for their homeland and nation.
They should remarkably spruce up their branches into those in whose work the masses of compatriots have become masters and take an active part, so that the business people and compatriots of all other strata would enhance their sense of responsibility and perform their duties as masters in the campaign for setting an example of patriotism.
By giving top priority to thoroughly implementing the mass line, leaders and other officials of the branches should rally more compatriots into the ranks of patriots, so as to expand and strengthen the mass foundation of Chongryon without interruption.
They should develop all the branches of Chongryon into friendly neighbourhoods overflowing with the beautiful traits of mutual assistance and firmly rallied through virtue and affection.
They should orient the activities of their branches to strengthening the blood-sealed ties with the compatriots, and all their officials should strive to relieve them of the worries and agony they experience in their family businesses and lives and defend and promote their rights and interests, thus ensuring that the climate of making selfless, devoted efforts for their good prevails in their organizations.
In particular, they should make the perfect preparations more perfect and devote themselves lest a single family of the compatriots would suffer from the heart-breaking pain due to the malignant infectious disease sweeping the world.
They should build all the branches into durable bases for maintaining the national identity.
Regarding national education as the great foundation of the movement of the Koreans in Japan, branch officials should not spare time and efforts to bring up the children of the Korean compatriots into pillars, who will carry forward the baton of Chongryon and patriotism, and should briskly conduct various national cultural and sporting activities with Koreans' schools as centres.
They should launch a vigorous struggle for encouraging the compatriots to enjoy using our language, both written and spoken, and preserving the excellent folk customs and traditions of the Korean nation, so as to lead all of them to live with dignity as genuine Koreans who are possessed of the soul of Korea and the spirit of their nation.
They should develop all the branches into the bulwarks of patriotism, which can make characteristic contributions to the efforts for achieving independent national reunification and building their homeland into a powerful socialist country.
As in the past, so in the future too, branch officials and other compatriots should always breathe the same breath as and keep pace with the people of their homeland and build higher the monument to patriotic devotion on the sacred road for the prosperity of their homeland.
All the branches should make an active contribution to implementing the historic cause of national reunification by paying due attention to achieving the national unity with the compatriots living outside the organizations; they should also create an external environment favourable for the existence and development of the community of the Koreans resident in Japan by taking the initiative in conducting activities for friendship with the Japanese people.
Organizations, affiliates and other organs at all levels including the Central Standing Committee of Chongryon should direct all their energies to paying special attention to and strengthening the branches, remembering that now the decisive link in the whole chain of efforts for strengthening Chongryon and the shortcut to bringing earlier the new heyday of the movement of the Koreans in Japan lie in strengthening the basic organizations.
All the organizations and affiliates of Chongryon should set up their work system more progressively to help the lowest-echelon units, build up the ranks of branch officials and regularly help the leaders of branches so that they can properly play their roles.
Chongryon officials should make strenuous efforts to put its backward branches on a normal track, so as to turn all its basic organizations into lively, working entities that shine their brilliance of patriotism in the work for their homeland and nation.
Whenever I think of the basic organizations of Chongryon that remain stout in various parts of the alien land, I always recollect the unassuming, devoted efforts made by its branch officials, and I will render unstinting support and sincerity for the community of the Koreans resident in Japan that brims over with the Juche character and national identity and for the better welfare and brighter future of our compatriots.
Believing that this conference will prove significant in intensifying the work of the branches and developing it onto a new, higher stage and set up a milestone in ushering in an upsurge of the campaign for setting an example of patriotism, I sincerely wish great success in its work. -0-
19th Meeting of Political Bureau of 7th Central Committee of WPK Held
Pyongyang, October 6 (KCNA) -- The 19th meeting of the Political Bureau of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) took place at the office building of the Central Committee of the WPK on Monday.
Kim Jong Un, chairman of the WPK, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, was present at the meeting.
Attending the meeting were members of the Presidium and members and alternate members of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee.
Present there as observers were directors and first vice-directors of departments of the WPK Central Committee.
Upon authorization of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK, Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un presided over the meeting.
The meeting discussed, as its first agenda item, the issue of successfully greeting the Eighth Congress of the Party by waging a dynamic 80-Day Campaign of the entire Party, the whole country and all the people.
A report on the first agenda item was made.
The report referred to the subjective and objective requirements for launching a fresh offensive under the current situation.
Today all the Party members and working people are dynamically waging the final all-out campaign to celebrate the 75th founding anniversary of the Party as a great festival of victors.
Now we are faced with a heavy and responsible task to grandly hold the celebrations for the 75th founding anniversary of the Party we have prepared with much effort and greet the Eighth Congress of the Party to be convened at the outset of the new year with proud labor successes.
We have only 80 odd days until the Eighth Congress of the Party to be etched as an important political event of epochal significance in the development of our Party and revolution.
We have performed historical feats with our costly efforts, boldly overcoming unprecedentedly grave trials and difficulties this year, but we should not rest on our laurels.
We still face the challenges that cannot be overlooked and there are many goals we have to attain within this year.
It is our Party's consistent mode of struggle to bring about greater successes and miracles one after another through a determined successive offensive and usher in a new heyday of the revolution and it is our people's proud tradition of struggle to write a history of great change and work eye-opening miracles by waging an all-out campaign for the great socialist construction ahead of Party Congress.
The meeting stressed that the remaining days till the Eighth Congress of the Party are the period of year-end struggle and also the last phase of carrying out the five-year strategy for national economic development put forth at the Seventh Congress of the Party, so that the entire Party and the whole country should wage another all-out campaign.
The Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee made a responsible and crucial decision to wage a 80-day Campaign of the entire Party and the whole country so as to glorify the 75th founding anniversary of the Party as a great festival of victory and progress, proudly conclude this year's struggle in elated spirit and greet the Eighth Congress of the Party with high political enthusiasm and labor feats.
The meeting clarified the main purpose of the campaign and the key principle to be preserved and the goals to be attained by every sector during the campaign before studying in depth the detailed orientation and ways to thoroughly implement them.
The Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee decided to advance a militant slogan and send a letter of the Party Central Committee to all Party organizations and members to encourage the entire Party, the whole country and all the people to turn out in the 80-Day Campaign.
The meeting, as its second agenda item, made a decision on conferring high military titles on leading officials of the Party and the army on the occasion of the 75th founding anniversary of the WPK.
According to the joint decision of the Central Committee and the Central Military Commission of the WPK and the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, the title of the Marshal of the Korean People's Army (KPA) was conferred on Ri Pyong Chol, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the WPK and vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the WPK, and Pak Jong Chon, chief of the General Staff of the KPA.
After informing the participants of the joint decision, the Supreme Leader congratulated the recipients, requesting them to live up to the deep trust and expectations of the Party and the people with great successes in their jobs.
The revolutionary steps discussed at the meeting marked an important turning point in accelerating the revolution and construction at a higher stage of development, as required by the prevailing situation. -0-
Glorious History of DPRK
Pyongyang, September 8 (KCNA) -- Independence represents the dignity and might of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
The 70-odd year-long history of the DPRK is a victorious and glorious course in which the dignity and might of Juche Korea have been displayed under the wise guidance of the peerlessly great men who built a powerful socialist state and glorified it.
President Kim Il Sung, who founded the Juche idea and applied it to hew out the untrodden path for independent development of the DPRK, had invariably maintained the principle of independence in politics, self-support in the economy and self-reliance in national defence in state building and activities.
From the stand of Juche, he settled all the problems in keeping with the Korean people's interests and the specific conditions of the country. His guidance was the main source that made the DPRK win victory in socialist construction and turn into a powerful socialist country.
Chairman Kim Jong Il attached great importance to adhering to independence and realizing the independent politics in state activities from the very days of his revolutionary leadership. He set forth the slogans "Let us meet the requirements of Juche in ideology, technology and culture!" and "Let us live our own way!" to advance the Korean revolution along the road of independence.
When socialism was collapsed in some countries due to the imperialists' vicious anti-socialist moves, he held higher the banner of independence and Songun (military-first) and thus turned the DPRK into a world military power and laid a solid foundation for building an economic power.
The DPRK, a patriotic legacy left by the President and the Chairman, is displaying its dignity and mightiness all over the world under the guidance of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.
The Supreme Leader advanced an idea of giving full play to our state-first spirit in the state building and activities and highly important guidelines for building a powerful socialist nation and built up the country's defense capability as the strongest.
Under his energetic guidance, new spirit and speed representing the era were created and the national power of the DPRK has been remarkably built up. -0-
Political Decision to Be Recorded as Another Special Event in Militant Course of Glorious WPK:
On Convening 8th Congress of WPK
6th Plenary Meeting of 7th Central Committee of WPK Held
Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) -- The 6th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea was held at the office building of the Central Committee of the Party, the supreme general staff of the Korean revolution, on Aug. 19, Juche 109 (2020).
Supreme Leader of the Party, the state and the armed forces of the DPRK Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, guided the plenary meeting.
Attending the meeting were members and alternate members of the WPK Central Committee and members of the Party Central Auditing Commission.
Officials of departments of the Party Central Committee were present as observers.
The meeting discussed as the major agenda the issue of convening the 8th Congress of the WPK to set forth a new line of struggle and strategic and tactical policies on the basis of the requirements of our developing revolution and the changed situation, and to further strengthen the Party organizationally and ideologically.
Upon authorization of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK, the respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un presided over the meeting and made a historic speech.
In the speech he analyzed the subjective and objective environments this year in which we faced unexpected and inevitable challenges in various aspects and the situation in the region surrounding the Korean peninsula, and assessed achievements and shortcomings that have been seen in the Party and the state affairs for the past four years since the historic 7th Party Congress.
He made a detailed report on the accomplishment of goals of various sectors of the national economy for this year, the last year of attaining the goals of the five-year strategy for national economic development set forth in the 7th Congress of the Party, in particular, and analyzed the results.
He said that the Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee suggested convening the 8th Congress of the WPK to analyze and review in a comprehensive, three-dimensional and anatomical way the deviations and shortcomings in the work for the implementation of the decisions made at the 7th Congress of the Party and to discuss and decide on the strategic tasks for the Party and the government in the new phase of struggle in the crucial period of our revolution.
Calling for regularly convening the congresses of the Party, the supreme guidance organ of the Party, in order to confirm the line, strategic and tactical measures for steering the development of the times and the revolution and adjust and reinforce the leadership body for guaranteeing their execution, he advanced the important guidelines for the operation of the congress.
He said that the 8th Congress would review this year's work and the work of the Central Committee of the Party in the period under review and set forth a new 5-year plan for national economic development including next year's orientation of work.
Noting that the 8th Congress should become the congress of struggle, the working congress and the congress that will comprehensively review the Party work, he detailed the agenda items to be discussed at the congress and the issues arising in the preparations for it.
The Supreme Leader stressed the need for all the sectors and units including the Party organizations at all levels, power organs and organs of the armed forces to regularly in time sum up the results of the work so as not to deviate from the implementation of the Party's basic lines, policies and decisions. He also said that they should encourage and develop good successes, overcome shortcomings and take rectification measures at the double and thus achieve new progress in advancing the revolution and construction and in strengthening the Party.
The Supreme Leader called on all the participants to greet the 8th Congress of the WPK with high political zeal and shining feats of labor by pushing forward the work of developing the internal potentiality and the motive force as required by the offensive for making a breakthrough head-on along with the major tasks set forth at this year's meetings of the Political Bureau of the Party.
The Supreme Leader read out a draft decision of the plenary meeting on convening the 8th Congress of the WPK.
After he read out the draft decision on convening the Congress which will be recorded as another special event in the path of our glorious Party, all the participants fully supported and approved the agenda that had been taken up in the meeting with thunderous cheers and applauses.
The plenary meeting decided to convene the 8th Congress of the WPK in January, Juche 110(2021).
The historic decision is an indication of the self-confidence of our Party leading the overall activities of the Party and the state to the new higher phase as required by the developing revolution, and an expression of the strong will and solemn pledge of our Party to live up to the great trust and expectation of our people by fulfilling its duty while shouldering upon itself the future of the country. -0-
6th National Conference of War Veterans to Be Held in DPRK
Pyongyang, July 22 (KCNA) -- The 6th National Conference of War Veterans is to be held here on the occasion of the 67th anniversary of the Korean people's victory in the great Fatherland Liberation War.
Thanks to the noble intention and benevolent measure of the Workers' Party of Korea that has valued and put forward war veterans as the dedicated defenders of the country and revolutionary forerunners, the conference is to be held to congratulate all the war veterans across the country.
The conference will serve as a significant occasion in glorifying the life of the war veterans and in carrying forward the history and tradition of war victory by arming the Korean people and the rising generations with the spirit of defending the country and the spirit of defending the revolution which were displayed in the 1950s. -0-
Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Guides 14th Enlarged Meeting of Political Bureau of 7th Central Committee of WPK
Pyongyang, July 3 (KCNA) -- The Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) held an enlarged meeting in the office building of the Central Committee of the WPK on Thursday to discuss the immediate work and the important policy issues of the Party and the state.
Kim Jong Un, chairman of the WPK, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, was present in the meeting.
Attending the meeting were members and alternate members of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK.
Present there as observers were officials of the WPK Central Committee, officials of the Cabinet, ministries and national institutions, chairmen of provincial party committees, chairpersons of provincial people's committees, commanding officers of the armed forces organs, members of the Central Emergency Anti-epidemic Headquarters, and officials of the construction field.
Upon authorization of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK, Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un presided over the meeting and made important conclusions.
At the meeting, as the first agenda item they reviewed the work of the past 6 months for preventing the malignant contagious disease and discussed an issue on further consolidating the present anti-epidemic situation by enhancing the state emergency anti-epidemic work.
The Supreme Leader referred to the objective and purport of our Party discussing again the state emergency anti-epidemic issue at the meeting.
After analyzing in detail the 6 month-long national emergency anti-epidemic work, he said we have thoroughly prevented the inroads of the malignant virus and maintained stable anti-epidemic situation despite the worldwide health crisis, which is a shining success achieved by the far-sighted leadership of the Party Central Committee and a high sense of voluntary spirit displayed by all people who move as one on orders of the Party Central Committee. He added we should value such success in the anti-epidemic work and continuously consolidate it to fully ensure the security of the state and well-being of the people.
He stressed the need to maintain maximum alert without a slight self-complacence or relaxation on the anti-epidemic front, and rearrange and practice stricter anti-epidemic effort under the prevailing situation in which the trend of re-infection and re-expansion of the malignant contagious disease persists in neighboring countries and areas around our country and there is no certain prospect for relieving the danger of the pandemic.
The Supreme Leader made sharp criticism of inattention, onlooking and chronic attitude getting prevalent among officials, and violation of the rules of the emergency anti-epidemic work as this work takes on a protracted character. He repeatedly warned that hasty relief of anti-epidemic measures will result in unimaginable and irretrievable crisis, stressing that all the sectors and units should further strengthen the emergency anti-epidemic work till the danger of pandemic incoming is completely rid of while not feeling self-complacency over the current good situation of the anti-epidemic work as to ease the strain.
At the meeting a report on the state emergency anti-epidemic work done for 6 months was heard and speeches made.
The report and speeches deeply analyzed and reviewed the problems revealed in the state emergency anti-epidemic work from a critical viewpoint in the first half of the year and took more meticulous and substantial measures to conduct effective organizational and political work for thoroughly observing the emergency anti-epidemic measures and strictly maintaining the emergency anti-epidemic system with the disease causing losses worldwide.
Discussed as the second agenda item at the meeting was an issue of hastening the building of the Pyongyang General Hospital and taking measures to ensure human, material and technological support for medical service.
Kim Jong Un expressed satisfaction with the construction making steady progress as planned despite the difficult and unfavorable conditions, thanks to the extraordinary mental power and dedicated efforts of the builders.
Kim Jong Un made sure powerful national measures were taken for urgently solving the problems arising to brilliantly complete the hospital which would provide the people with the most advanced medical service, to be of the world standard, and set forth detailed tasks before the sectors in charge of construction, material supply and preparations for operation.
The first and second agenda items were adopted with full approval after a draft decision on them was studied at the meeting.
Also studied at the meeting were important issues related to the external affairs of the Party and other matters. -0-
We Will Never Sit Face to Face with S. Korean Authorities: Director of United Front Department of WPK Central Committee
Pyongyang, June 17 (KCNA) -- Jang Kum Chol, director of the United Front Department of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), made public the following statement on Wednesday:
We exploded the eye-sore north-south joint liaison office on Tuesday.
Much upset by this, Chongwadae held a meeting of the Security Council and clarified an official stand on the result of the meeting. But it only tried to shift the blame on to the other by employing the very old method which they had resorted for a long time in the past, ridiculously threatening somebody.
We watched Chongwadae when it made blind screaming to save its face at least, expressing strong regret, terming our step an act contrary to expectations and asserting the full responsibility for all the situations rests with the north and if we take measures continuously worsening the situation, it would strongly react.
It has been exasperated and pushed to the corner till now by our sharp rebuke that it connived at the hostile acts against the DPRK by human scum. It has also been under strong criticism at home for its humiliating policy of low posture and the policy of behaving at the beck and call of the north. So it seems that south Korea felt an urgent need to keep its face this time.
The chief culprit, who reduced the north-south declaration and agreement made under the eyes of the whole nation and the world into a scrap paper still, has temerity to pass the buck.
The provocateur who hurt what we deem sacred pushed the situation to the nadir by enraging our people. Does it have face to clamor for punishing someone?
The world knows well who the chief culprit to be accountable for the on-going situation is.
The mishap is what it deserves for its crime, but it tries to shift the blame on to us, despicably talking about the responsibility for the crisis, far from feeling remorse.
We will take the responsibility without reluctance, as it has nothing harmful to us.
We are never afraid of whatever responsibility, as there are nothing to be implemented and no future for the north-south relations though we have many vis-a-vis talks with such coward, weak and despicable guys.
We have no idea to sit together with the authorities of the south side who evoke only disgust and nasty feelings.
That's why we began removing means for contact between the north and the south.
We will remain unperturbed though we bear the responsibility for the total catastrophe of the inter-Korean relations.
When considering the merits and demerits, we have nothing to lose.
It is a matter of concern to the south Korean chief executive who has engrossed in making administrative records during his stay in office, and we have never dealt with the south side for the sake of some profits.
Therefore, there will be neither exchange nor cooperation with the south Korean authorities in the future.
And there will be no word to be exchanged.
It is our stand that we had better regard everything that happened between the north and the south as an empty dream.
Through the present crisis, we feel fortunate as we have confirmed once again the conclusion that the enemy is the enemy, after all.
It has been proved that we made quite correct decisions. -0-
North-South Ties Have Reached Uncontrollable Phase: Director of United Front Department of WPK Central Committee
Pyongyang, June 12 (KCNA) -- Jang Kum Chol, director of the United Front Department of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), made public the following statement on Friday:
There is a famous Korean proverb saying "To shut the stable-door after the horse is stolen".
This perfectly fits Chongwadae of south Korea which made public its stand regarding the scattering of leaflets on June 11.
Chongwadae finally opened a meeting of the permanent committee of the Security Council, breaking its silence, in which it defined the act of scattering leaflets against the north as an act of falling foul of the laws currently in force, and officially made public its stand that it would seriously respond to the breach of the law and abide by all the agreements between the south and the north.
Chongwadae which kept itself hidden behind the "Unification Ministry", panic-stricken over the recent incident, has now come to the fore and expressed its stand as if to make a "big decision". But this leaves us doubtful, much less convinced.
Their statement sounds like an apology or repentance, and their "resolution to take counteraction" sounds plausible.
But it is hard to clear the doubt that it can be just a brainstorm trick of Chongwadae to tide over the present crisis. Because its attitude of repentance is too timid, when compared with the gravity of the crime committed.
The south Korean authorities have so far been best at paying lip-service. They have availed themselves of every chance to unleash spurious words while reading others' faces with hesitation.
It was not due to the lack of words or written promises that the north-south ties have become as how they are now.
It was because they had no will to implement the words they uttered and the commitments they made, they had no force to carry them out with determination and they were weak and incompetent.
Now they barely put to use the laws that had already been in place. A new law touted by them is still far way off. Can we pin any hope for the law to take effect?
Had they been truly concerned about the north-south relations getting deteriorated, they could have made dozens of such laws for the past two years since the adoption of the Panmunjom Declaration.
Even at this moment, the conservative group of south Korea reproaches the authorities, talking about "low-postured attitude toward the north" and "submission", and human scum pledge to scatter leaflets again on June 15 and 25.
It doesn't stop daringly insulting and defaming the dignity of our supreme leadership.
No one can vouch that the south Korean regime would suppress its master's hindrance and control all sorts of trouble-making noise that is made under the slogan of "freedom of expression" at home.
Now Chongwadae, the ministry of Unification and even the ruling party are running helter-skelter, talking about "good-for-nothing act" and "stern counteraction". They say that they would check the leaflet-scattering by mobilizing the police forces but it is uncertain whether they can properly do their job as they fail to exercise even their public power.
They brag as if they have belatedly put the situation under control but such behavior cannot but be viewed as a stupid wordplay.
They scrapped even the north-south agreements and declaration the north and the south committed to implement with their hands held together and stamped seals after a word-by-word study before proclaiming to the world. So, no one will lend an ear to their honey-tongued language.
It will be most foolish for Chongwadae to calculate that it can calm down our people's rage which has erupted like a volcano with such third-rate farce and put the current grim situation under control with its imprudent words, and this will be another mockery of us.
The recent incident has smashed to pieces the confidence in the south Korean authorities that we have made so much effort to build.
Can there be anybody better than the southerners in talking big?
We really don't want to stand face to face with them as they often talk tall as if to achieve something great but fail in taking even a step in practice.
From now, time will be, indeed, regretful and painful for the south Korean authorities. -0-
Answer of Spokesperson for DPRK Foreign Ministry
Pyongyang, May 30 (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 May 30, concerning the decision made at the meeting of National People's Congress of China on enacting the law to safeguard the state security in Hong Kong.
It is a legitimate step that China has adopted a decision for establishing and perfecting a legal system and an enforcement mechanism based on the Constitution of China and the Basic Law of Hong Kong with the purpose of safeguarding the state security in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the Third Session of the 13th National People's Congress.
In recent years, a grave situation is being created in Hong Kong, which leads to threatening the principle of "One Country, Two Systems" and the national security of China. This is the product of a plot by the outside force and its vassal forces which seek the division and disintegration of China by tarnishing the image of socialist country and fomenting and escalating a social disorder.
Since Hong Kong issue is an issue pertaining thoroughly to the internal affairs of China, any country or force has no rights to say this or that about the issue. We categorically oppose and reject the outside interference detrimental to the stability and the social and economic development of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is an inseparable territory where the sovereignty of People's Republic of China is exercised and its Constitution is applied.
We fully support the measures taken by the Party and government of China for safeguarding the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of the country and achieving stability and prosperity of Hong Kong based on the policy of "One Country, Two Systems". -0-
Room Chief of News Service for Overseas Distribution of Department of Press
and Information of DPRK Foreign Ministry Issues Statement
Pyongyang, April 19 (KCNA) -- The room chief of the News Service for Overseas Distribution of the Department of Press and Information of the DPRK Foreign Ministry issued the following statement on April 19:
U.S. media on April 18 quoted the U.S. president as saying to the reporters that he received a "good letter" from the supreme leadership of the DPRK.
He could have referred to the personal letters that had been exchanged in the past, we are not sure.
But there was no letter addressed recently to the U.S. president by the supreme leadership of the DPRK.
We are about to look into the matter to see if the U.S. leadership seeks anything in feeding the ungrounded story into the media.
The relations between the top leaders of the DPRK and the U.S. are not an issue to be taken up just for diversion nor should it be misused for meeting selfish purposes. -0-
Spokesperson for DPRK Foreign Ministry Issues Statement
Pyongyang, March 7 (KCNA) -- A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea made public the following statement on Saturday:
At the end of the UN Security Council emergency meeting held on last March 5, the UK, France, Germany, Belgium and Estonia announced a so-called "joint statement" denouncing the drill of our army.
As widely known to the world, the UK, France and Germany have followed in the footsteps of the U.S. to take the lead in denouncing us since May 2019, while repeating an absurd argument of "condemnation" and "violation of resolutions" of the UN whenever we conducted military drills.
The routine drills of our army are just the same as those conducted by any country of the world. However, only our military drills are becoming the subject of weird countries to be denounced every time. In the end, it is nothing more than a logic that we should give up our right to self-defence.
The UK, France and Germany are taking issue with our military acts in each and every case, only because they cannot speak it out.
If even a routine drill of multiple launch rocket system artillerymen should be a target of condemnation and alleged "violation of resolutions", then with what do we hold in check the military forces of the U.S. and south Korea in front of us and how do we defend our state.
They should put forth an argument to be understood by everyone and convinced especially by us to demand observance. If they blindly call our self-defence acts into question as now, it is, in the long run, tantamount to asking us to abandon the defence of our own state.
The illogical thinking and sophism of these countries are just gradually bearing a close resemblance to the U.S. which is hostile to us.
The reckless behavior of these countries instigated by the U.S. will become a fuse that will trigger our yet another momentous reaction. -0-
DPRK FM Spokesman Denounces U.S. Reckless Moves
Pyongyang, August 3 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on August 3 as regards the fact that the U.S. is escalating its military threat to the DPRK by deploying strategic nuclear assets in the Korean peninsula:
Recently, the U.S. is continuously deploying a huge amount of its latest strategic assets in the Korean peninsula in a bid to resort to military adventure, calling for military response to the DPRK's successful second test-launch of ICBM Hwasong-14.
The U.S. carried out a joint missile launching drill together with south Korea targeting the DPRK and dispatched two of its B-1B strategic bombers into the air above the Korean peninsula to conduct aerial bombardment drill for ten hours. It also waged a drill simulating the interception of the DPRK's ballistic missile while finalizing in haste the decision on the deployment of additional THAAD launchers in south Korea.
No sooner had the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Pacific Command chief admiral of the U.S. held a consultation with their south Korean counterparts about the so-called military response than the U.S. openly stated that it will concentrate its latest strategic assets on the vicinity of the Korean peninsula in an explicit manifestation of its intention to carry out an armed attack on the DPRK.
The second test-launch of ICBM Hwasong-14 by the DPRK was meant to send a stern warning to the U.S. going reckless and making senseless remarks about threatening the DPRK with military pressure and extreme sanctions.
Unfortunately, the U.S. still thinks that its military bluff would work, and it seems like the U.S. has not yet realized that its opponent is a mighty nuclear power which is capable of smashing the U.S., an aggressor state, into smithereens.
Any form of military threat or blackmail by the U.S. can never scare the DPRK and, on the contrary, it will only redouble the resolve of the Korean army and people to annihilate the enemy.
If the U.S. is stupid enough to shove its stinky face on this land again and keep brandishing its nuclear club despite our repeated warnings, the DPRK will teach the U.S. some manners with the strategic nuclear force that it had so far shown to the world. -0-
FM Spokesman on U.S. Return of DPRK's Diplomatic Package
Pyongyang, July 18 (KCNA) -- A spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) gave the following answer to the question raised by the KCNA on July 18 as regards the fact that the U.S. made an apology and returned the diplomatic package to the DPRK which it had seized from a DPRK delegation in New York:
As reported, on June 16, the delegation of the DPRK which was en route home after attending the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was literally mugged at the John F. Kennedy International Airport by the U.S. authorities that forcibly took away a diplomatic package from the delegation in an illegal and heinous act of provocation.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK termed this mugging by the U.S. an intolerable act of infringement upon the sovereignty of the DPRK and a malicious provocation, and condemned it in the strongest terms while strongly demanding an explanation and an official apology from the U.S. government.
At the meeting of the UN Committee on Relations with Host Country, convened at the request of the permanent mission of the DPRK to the UN, the Cyprian representative chairing the committee and other representatives from many countries attending the session including China, Russia, Cuba and Syria acknowledged the mugging of the diplomatic package as a grave infringement upon the sovereignty of a UN member state which can never be tolerated.
The U.S. Department of State made an official apology to the DPRK on behalf of the U.S. government acknowledging that its security officials concerned made a mistake and expressed its hope that the DPRK would understand that the mistake was due to the security officials being oversensitive amid the deteriorating security situation in the U.S.
The U.S. eventually returned the diplomatic package and all its contents to the DPRK.
The U.S. should learn a due lesson from the incident and never again commit such an act of infringing the sovereignty of other countries, in flagrant violation of the universally recognized international norms and regulations. -0-