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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-


U.S. Warned against Military Gambling against DPRK

Pyongyang, July 7 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee in a statement Friday said the U.S. is further resorting to military gambling, losing control of itself, taken aback by the invincible state might and tremendous capabilities of the DPRK.

The U.S. Defense Department is loudly trumpeting about military attack option which it claimed worked out at the instructions of Trump on drafting various countermeasure programs to cope with the "north's provocation".
Dumbfounded by the DPRK's successful ICBM test-fire, the U.S. is holding combined ballistic missile demonstration together with the south Korean warmongers, rendering the situation tenser.

This proves that the Trump administration's claim that it would "not invade but ensure system" is a whopping lie and it is just a trick to cover up its sinister intention to put its war ambition into practice through a surprise attack, the statement says.
Such provocative and dangerous military act shows that the Trump administration's hostile policy toward the DPRK has reached the extremely reckless phase, it notes, and goes on:

The U.S. should clearly understand that its military attack option is an extremely foolish act of fastening its neck with noose.
It should know that the DPRK has its own-style powerful military option, the one for reducing the U.S. mainland to ashes, to cope with the U.S. military attack option for containing the DPRK by force.

The south Korean authorities can never go scot-free, either, once a war breaks out as they are keen on concealing the U.S. preemptive attack attempt with such words as "dialogue" and "leading role".
The reckless military attack on the DPRK will be the worst option of accelerating the end of the U.S. and its stooges. -0-


¡®American-first Principle¡¯-Nazism in 21st Century Rejected

Pyongyang, June 27 (KCNA) -- The Korean Central News Agency released an article "We Reject 'American-first Principle'- Nazism in the 21st Century" on Tuesday to shed light on the criminal nature of "American-first principle" touted by the Trump group of the U.S.
The big chaos the world has been forced to undergo at the hand of ruthlessly high-handed and arbitrary practices of the present U.S. administration is a direct product of the "American-first principle" trumpeted about by the Trump administration, the article says, and goes on:

The "American-first principle" is, in essence, the continuation and the expanded version of the hegemonic pursuance sought by the successive U.S. administrations.
This reactionary ideological trend stirs up extreme aggression and chauvinism by which they give the green-light to the violation of independence, the right to existence and the right to development of other countries and nations in order to serve the U.S. interests.

The idea is the American version of Nazism far surpassing the fascism in the last century in its ferocious, brutal and chauvinistic nature.
The "American-first principle" arouses denunciation by the public at home and abroad as it advocates the world domination by recourse to military means just as was the case with Hitler's concept of world occupation.

Just following Hitler's dictatorial politics, Trump's "two-nation strategy" justifies suppression after dividing nationals into two categories i.e. friends and foes. The strategy creates the atmosphere of horror among political, public, media, information and all other circles in the U.S., putting Trump, advocator of the idea, on the chopping board of impeachment himself.

Anti-immigration politics, little short of fascism's racist politics, has touched off aversion from big businesses which are gaining big benefits by relying on immigrated men of talents, and has sparked off derision by the world people as it denied the history of the U.S. itself, a multi-national and multi-racial country.

The world has never seen peace since the emergence of the "American-first principle".
After fixing it as the priority item of its policy for diplomacy and security to settle the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula, and setting the "maximum pressure and engagement" as its DPRK policy, the Trump administration has pressed for the unprecedented nuclear threat and blackmail and economic sanctions on the DPRK.

Its wild act of blocking even medical appliances and medications, to say nothing of even a drop of fuel oil, from entering the country, is an unethical and inhumane act, far exceeding the degree of Hitler's blockade of Leningrad.
The moves to contain potential rivals China and Russia and hold the region and the rest of the world under its control have reached the extremes under Trump rule.

The Trump group has caused the evil cycle of destruction, slaughter and instability even in the Mid-east.
The U.S. moves to stamp out anti-U.S. countries have complicated the situation in Latin-America, too.

The Trump way of thinking that the whole world may be sacrificed just for the better living of the U.S., has put even its allies and stooges in a pretty fix.
The U.S. wantonly violated the Paris agreement on preservation of earth environment as an extension of its moves of defying even international law and agreements.

It is quite natural that the international community brands the U.S. act of conniving at the indefinite emission of carbon dioxide for its own interests as "an act of putting into the shade Hitler's poisonous gas atrocity" and "a crime to annihilate humankind by turning green planet into a poisonous gas room as a whole".

All facts prove that the "American-first principle" which brings horror and instability to the world is just intervention and dangerous war-first principle which defy the principles of non-interference and peaceful co-existence.
The "American-first principle" whose purpose is to turn the human society of modern civilization into the wild world ruled by law of jungle represents the height of arrogance and arbitrariness.

Herein lies the crafty and ferocious nature of the "American-first principle" that stands out from the successive hegemonism.
The Yankee-way logic of hegemonism which claims everything has to exist to serve the U.S. is an anachronistic wild act and sophism that can no longer be effective in the era of independence where the sound way of thinking of humankind prevails.

The frantic ideology and forces harassing world peace and security and threatening the existence of human being have to be expelled from this planet. This is our demand and, at the same time, the urgent call of humankind.
All countries and nations have to fight against U.S. hegemonism.
U.S. hegemonism will face total bankruptcy in the face of justice and united strength. -0-


S. Korean Regime Should Retract THAAD Project: Spokesman of Committee for Opposing Nuclear War Drills

Pyongyang, June 10 (KCNA) -- A spokesman of the Pan-Korean Emergency Measure Committee for Opposing Nuclear War Drills against the DPRK released a statement on Saturday over the fact that the south Korean military was disclosed to have hushed up the additional introduction of four launchers of THAAD, except for the already deployed two launchers.

The statement said: This was aimed to pacify the angry south Korean public remaining strongly averse to the deployment of THAAD, evade rebukes of neighboring countries and curry favor with the U.S. administration to prolong their remaining days. It is another heavy crime and unpardonable pro-U.S. act of treachery.

The conservative coteries including the "Liberal Korea Party" are proactively shielding the treacherous act of the military authorities. This evidently shows that they are all traitors to the nation and pro-U.S. elements.
What provokes bitterer anger is the fact that the U.S. is pressurizing the south Korean regime to carry on the introduction of THAAD.

Lurking behind it is the U.S. brigandish nature and black-hearted intent to hasten the realization of its strategy for dominating the Asia-Pacific region including the Korean peninsula by promptly deploying THAAD in south Korea and thus plug the south Korean regime into its project for building its global missile shield.

What matters is the ambiguous behavior of the south Korean regime reading its American master's mind over the case. This is just an insult and challenge to the south Korean public strongly urging the retraction of THAAD project.
The surest solution to the issue of THAAD is to completely nullify its deployment project and drive the already deployed equipment of trouble-causing THAAD out of south Korea.

The U.S. should bring its war monster THAAD back to its mainland.
The present regime of south Korea styling itself a "product of the public candlelight actions" should not follow in the footsteps of the Park Geun Hye group, which left only traces of treachery while being keen on sycophancy toward the U.S., by properly understanding the public demand.

It should also mete out capital punishment immediately on those who masterminded the introduction of THAAD like Kim Kwan Jin and Han Min Gu who are being censured by the south Korean public as modern-day "five Ulsa (1905) traitors." -0-


FM Spokesman Hits Behavior of U.S. and Its Vassal Forces

Pyongyang, May 20 (KCNA) -- The U.S. is trying hard to create international atmosphere for sanctions against the DPRK over the test-fire of its ground-to-ground medium-to-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12.

What is ridiculous is that the U.S. and its vassal forces advertise that more than 20 countries and international bodies denounced the launch of rocket Hwasong-12, claiming that their anti-DPRK moves were enjoying international support.

A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK in a statement on Friday branded such behavior as a cynical ploy of making profound confusing of right and wrong.
The statement said:

Now several times more countries than stated by the hostile forces oppose the U.S. hostile policy and its frantic joint military drills, nuclear threats and military adventurous moves which have aggravated the situation in the Korean peninsula and the region and compelled the DPRK to bolster up its nuclear force.

At a recent UN Security Council emergency meeting, the U.S. representative complained that some countries mislead the public opinion, contending that the U.S. threatens north Korea. This shows the position of the U.S. floundering in a dilemma.
No matter how hard the U.S. may try, it can never cover up its criminal nature as aggressor and provocateur disturbing peace and security in the region and the rest of the world.

When lies and fabrications did not work on the international community desirous of independence and justice, some maniacs of the Trump administration forced other countries to make decision for supporting north Korea or the U.S. They have behaved rudely, reigning over the UN, threatening that the U.S. would impose strict sanctions upon any country, organization or individual and take issue with any international body, when they support north Korea.

If such high-handed and arbitrary practices are allowed in the international arena, neither independent development of sovereign countries nor genuine international justice can be ensured and the world would become a barren land where the robber-like U.S. rules the supreme.
The tightened pressure upon the DPRK by the U.S. misleading the world public would only compel the DPRK to bolster up its nuclear deterrent for justice. -0-


Japan Slammed for Fueling U.S. Saber-Rattling

Pyongyang, May 16 (KCNA) -- The Institute for Asian Studies of the DPRK Institute for International Studies issued an article Tuesday to denounce the Japanese reactionaries for working with bloodshot eyes to render the situation on the Korean peninsula extremely tense and attain their sinister intention by giving a shot in the arm of the U.S. in its reckless moves to provoke a war against the DPRK.

The Japanese authorities including Abe cried out for putting maximum pressure on the DPRK while branding its nuclear and rocket launches as a serious "threat" to world peace and security in their phone dialogue and talks with the U.S. president, during the U.S. vice-president's visit to Japan, at negotiations with the U.S. and south Korea in Tokyo and on other occasions.

In March and April when the U.S. came out with "military option" and "preemptive attack" theory while maximizing the level of military pressure on the DPRK through Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military drills, unprecedented all-out nuclear war rehearsal in terms of scope, intensity and mode of implementation, Japan fully welcomed it and such politicians as the defense minister cried out for dispatch of the "Self-Defense Forces" to "rescue Japanese" in south Korea, openly indicating their attempt at reinvasion of the Korean peninsula.

Lurking behind the Japanese reactionaries' act of maximizing the "story about threat" from the DPRK and the story of "crisis on the Korean peninsula" while chiming in the U.S. anti-DPRK war moves is their intention to secure "justifications" for realizing at any cost the scheme to turn Japan into a military giant and launch overseas aggression, the article says, and goes on:
The reason why the Japanese reactionaries look forward to a war on the Korean peninsula is that they want to repeat the history of aggression so as to feel the "taste" again they enjoyed during the past war.

The Japanese economy has now greeted "lost three decades" beyond "lost two decades". Business cycle has stopped with stagnant excessive production structure overwhelming the decrease in demand and there is prevalent overall shrinkage of fund, equipment and labor, which makes it hard for the economy to get out of depression.

Another purpose the Japanese reactionaries seek to frantically resort to the "story about crisis on the Korean peninsula" is to calm down anti-Abe sentiment by diverting the internal focus on to the DPRK and create an environment favorable for long stay in power.

Recent disclosure of the scandal of Abe family over Moritomo school, the issue of transferring Futenma U.S. military base, economic crisis and all sorts of labor disaster and social evils that break out in chain, delayed recovery from the great quake in east Japan and earthquake in Kumamoto and other instable factors contribute to the approval rate for the Abe regime that goes into steady tailspin.

All facts clearly prove that the Japanese reactionaries are trying to use the U.S. reckless saber-rattling as a golden opportunity for attaining their purposes to turn Japan into a military giant and realize overseas aggression.

The Japanese authorities will face only miserable defeat with the land of Japan turning into a heap of debris by the merciless punishment by the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK, if they think of working as a shock brigade for executing the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK and foolishly dreaming of gaining "great windfall" just as in the last Korean War.
Japan should be free of megalomania and stop running amuck. -0-


Foreign Ministry Spokesman Slams U.S. Politician for Hurting Dignity of DPRK Supreme Leadership

Pyongyang, May 5 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA Friday as regards an invective against the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK made by a U.S. congressman:

On May 3 Sen. Cory Gardner, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, spoke ill of the dignity of the DPRK supreme leadership, when interviewed by NBC.
The slandering words made by Cory Gardner, a man tantamount to a mentally deranged, is a serious provocation that can never be overlooked.
It is misfortune of the U.S. that among its politicians is such human reject as Cory Gardner devoid of proper appearance as human being, to say nothing of elementary judging ability.

Cory Gardner, who took the lead in trumpeting about "sanctions and pressure" on the DPRK, guided by his deep-seated repugnancy toward it, did hurt even the dignity of the DPRK supreme leadership only to disclose his true colors as a die-hard confrontational maniac.

Fanatics, who dare point an accusing finger at the dignity of the DPRK supreme leadership whom the Korean army and people uphold as their sun, can never evade the sledge-hammer blows of punishment to be mounted by them.
Cory Gardner will be made to feel deep regret of his wild act of daring to hurt the dignity of the DPRK supreme leadership. -0-


U.S. Muscle-flexing Can Never Browbeat DPRK: Foreign Ministry Spokesman

Pyongyang, April 21 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK released the following statement on Friday:
The situation on the Korean Peninsula and in the region has reached an extremely dangerous phase due to the mad-cap nuclear war provocations of the U.S. to violate the sovereignty and vital rights of the DPRK at any cost.

Recently, the authorities of the Trump Administration are spouting a load of rubbish calling for browbeating the DPRK by force of arms every day. They are crying out for settling the issue with the help of someone, seeking to bring nuclear aircraft carrier strike groups one after another to the waters off the Korean Peninsula.

Such intimidation and blackmail can never frighten the DPRK.
The invincible revolutionary Paektusan army, closely following the maneuvers of the U.S., is waiting for an order only after rounding off its full preparedness to counter them immediately.

It is an unshakable will of the DPRK to go to the end if the U.S. wants to remain unchanged in its confrontational stance.
The army of the DPRK has already clarified that its heaviest counteractions include a sudden preemptive attack involving maneuvers on the ground, in seas, under waters and in the air and various other methods and the Korean-style tough counter-actions will be promptly taken to cope with the provocations of any forms and levels from the U.S.

The world will clearly witness this time the fact that gone are the days never to return when the U.S. forced its will upon other countries.
The DPRK, a peace-loving socialist state, is setting great store by peace. But it neither fears a war nor wants to avoid it.
The DPRK is a nuclear power capable of countering any option and means of the U.S. and will not avoid any option made by it.

As the DPRK had access to a powerful nuclear deterrent to protect itself from the U.S. nuclear threat, the DPRK will react to a total war with an all-out war, a nuclear war with nuclear strikes of its own style and surely win a victory in the death-defying struggle against the U.S. imperialists. -0-


DPRK Government's Memorandum on Kim Jong Un's Exploits

Pyongyang, March 31 (KCNA) -- The DPRK government Thursday released a memorandum titled "The immortal feats, performed by respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un to most strikingly demonstrate the dignity and might of our Republic under the uplifted great banner of simultaneously developing the two fronts, will shine forever."

The memorandum referred to the fact that Kim Jong Un made an epoch-making declaration indicating the way of independence and justice on March 31, 2013.
He laid down a fresh strategic line of simultaneously pushing forward the economic construction and the building of nuclear force at the March 2013 Plenary Meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.

He set the line as a strategic one of the party and the state by carrying forward the exploits of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il who accomplished the great cause of having access to nuclear weapons despite all difficulties. He thus broke the world political structure centered on the existing nuclear powers and fundamentally changed the world political landscape and made the DPRK demonstrate its dignity as the most powerful country which no one dares to provoke.

The fresh line provided the army and people of the DPRK with a firm guarantee for frustrating the U.S. imperialists' wild ambition to annex the northern half of the Republic and reduce all Koreans to modern-day slaves by taking a firmer hold on the nuclear shield for self-defence and reliably protecting their ideology, social system and right to existence.

His presentation of the line marked an event to be specially recorded as it opened a new phase in the development of the revolutionary ideology and theories in the era of independence.

Noting that the line has resulted in creating legendary stories about heroes and bringing about all blessings, the memorandum said:
The respected Supreme Leader has energetically guided an epoch-making great cause of bolstering up the nuclear deterrence of Juche Korea for self-defence in every way, determined to successfully accomplish the great leaders' cause of building a nuclear power.

In order to provide a powerful military guarantee for defending the sovereignty of the country and destiny of the nation and victoriously pushing forward the cause of building a socialist power, he has always made trips to the front despite strong wind to guide various forms of military drills by units of the Korean People's Army under the banner of simultaneously developing the two fronts.

Thanks to his indefatigable efforts and dedication, the DPRK could emerge with dignity a nuclear power in the East and the world's military power.
The past four years, during which the army and people of the DPRK have worked hard to implement the line set forth by Kim Jong Un, are woven with historic events in which they have brought about spectacular leap forward and miracles in the drive to build a socialist economic giant and a highly-civilized nation and improve the standard of people's living by racing against time.

The memorandum also referred to the facts that the world people have expressed great joy and appreciation of the reality in the DPRK dashing ahead like the wind towards the greatest victory under the banner of the above-said line.
It praised Kim Jong Un as the peerless patriot and great guardian of independence and justice as he has performed undying feats for the country and the nation, the times and mankind by advancing and creditably implementing the fresh line of simultaneously developing the two fronts to turn the DPRK into a matchless nuclear power and usher in a golden age of prosperity.

The army and people of the DPRK will further reinforce a nuclear sword for self-defence, the life and soul of the nation and national treasure of reunified Korea, and dash ahead like the wind towards the high eminence of prosperity with the strength, spirit and speed of Korea, holding higher the banner of simultaneously developing the two fronts under the guidance of Kim Jong Un. -0-


U.S. Deceptive Farce Denounced

Pyongyang, March 24 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the National Peace Committee of Korea on Friday issued a statement titled "U.S. should not run wild, pondering over the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its attempt at a preemptive strike".

The statement said that the new U.S. administration is floating a rumor that it has excluded the plan for a preemptive attack on the DPRK despite its recent bluffing that it was examining all-inclusive policies toward the DPRK comprising the political, military, diplomatic, economic and all other fields.

This is a deception to calm down criticism of the public at home and abroad directed toward its extreme hostile policy toward the DPRK and its toughest countermeasure, and a revelation of a criminal design to put the preemptive attack plan into a practice, it noted.
It urged the new U.S. administration to listen to voice of concern made inside its own country about the serious consequences to be entailed by the preemptive strike and to make a wise option to evade a miserable fate.

It also urged the U.S. to immediately stop the racket for war exercises aimed at preemptive strike against the DPRK and take all means for a preemptive attack out of the Korean peninsula and its vicinity.

If the U.S. shows even the slightest sign of a preemptive attack on the DPRK, bereft of reason, the powerful nuclear strike means of the DPRK will blow up the bases of aggression and provocation with its-style offensive and preemptive nuclear attack, the statement said.
It warned that the U.S. should not run wild, pondering over the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its attempt at a preemptive attack. -0-


Loneliness of Park Geun Hye Is Deserved Outcome-CPRC Policy Department Spokesman

Pyongyang, March 3 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Policy Department of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country (CPRC) of the DPRK said in a statement Friday that the wretched plight of lonely dragon lady of Chongwadae is deserved outcome of her thrice-cursed crimes.

With her impeachment trial imminent, Park of south Korea finds herself all the more lonely and demented with her confidants getting away from her, the statement said, and went on:
Her American master whom she served with total dedication also treats her like a street woman, making her plight all the more pitiful.

The successive rulers of south Korea all met miserable ends, being forsaken by the people. But none of them spent every minute in such loneliness as Park.
Such a matchless imbecile hardly worth a human being was in power, a shame and disgrace of the nation before the world.

Her wretched and pitiful plight is something she deserves for her thrice-cursed acts of treachery against the people and reunification over four years of her office.
Only stern sledge-hammer blows of history and nation await those who go against the trend of the times and desire of people.

Park is to be recorded in history as the "president" with the most miserable end among the successive puppet rulers.
Anyone who follows in the footsteps of Park will meet the same miserable end as Park's.-0-


Planned S. Korea-U.S. Joint Military Drill Slammed

Pyongyang, February 13 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Nationwide Emergency Measure Committee against DPRK-targeted Nuclear War Exercises issued a statement Monday as regards the fact that the south Korean puppet forces are going busy to stage the largest-ever Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises together with the U.S. in upcoming March.

The statement says: The said drill which will involve huge aggression forces, including all nuclear strike means of the U.S. imperialist aggression forces, will take place under the plan for a preemptive strike at the DPRK, including 4D operation scenario envisaging the "detection" of its nuclear and missile bases, "defence" from them, "disturbance and destruction" of them and "beheading operation." This is an open disclosure of the attempt to launch a nuclear war against the DPRK.

The puppet forces' racket for a war against the DPRK and the hostile policy of the U.S. which actively supports it are an intolerable challenge to the Korean nation's desire and aspiration after peace and reunification. And they constitute an open violation of the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK.

Hostility, discord, distrust and confrontation have now gone beyond such tolerance limit that any slightest and accidental conflict may lead to an unpredicted incident on the Korean peninsula. This is the situation prevailing on the peninsula at present.

The army and people of the DPRK will take appropriate countermeasures depending on the level of the nuclear war racket being planned and pressed for by the south Korean puppet forces with the U.S. involved.
The aggressors and provocateurs had better stop their rash actions, pondering over what counter-actions will be entailed by their reckless and serious nuclear war racket against the DPRK. -0-


Joint Conference of Government, Political Parties and Organizations of DPRK

Pyongyang, January 18 (KCNA) -- A joint conference of the government, political parties and organizations of the DPRK was held at the People's Palace of Culture on Wednesday to carry through the tasks for national reunification set forth by respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un in his New Year Address.

Present there were Kim Yong Nam, Kim Yong Chol, Ro Tu Chol, the chairman of a friendly party, officials of working people's and public organizations, officials concerned of the North Side Committee for Implementing the June 15 Joint Declaration, the Pan-National Alliance for Korea's Reunification and the Pan-National Alliance of Youth and Students for Korea's Reunification and other representatives of the government, political parties and organizations of the DPRK.
The conference discussed the agenda item "On opening up a broad avenue to independent reunification by the concerted efforts of all Koreans this year of significance, true to the historic New Year Address of respected Supreme Leader Comrade Kim Jong Un".

Ri Son Gon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country of the DPRK, made a report to be followed by speeches by Kim Yong Dae, chairman of the C.C., Korean Social Democratic Party, Jong Yong Nam, first secretary of the C.C., Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League, and Kang Ji Yong, chairman of the Religious Believers Council of Korea.

The reporter and speakers noted that Kim Jong Un in his New Year Address called for opening up a broad avenue to independent reunification by the concerted efforts of all Koreans this year marking the 45th anniversary of the July 4 Joint Statement and the 10th anniversary of the October 4 Declaration and indicated overall tasks and ways to put the proposal into practice.

They fully supported and approved the line and policy of national reunification advanced by the Supreme Leader in his New Year Address as an immortal grand programme for accomplishing the cause of the country's reunification by pooling will and efforts of all Koreans.
They stressed the need for all Koreans in the north and the south and abroad to accelerate the nationwide grand march towards reunification by their united efforts and thus glorify this year as a very significant year in bringing about a new phase of independent reunification.
An appeal to all Koreans was adopted at the conference. -0-


Kim Jong Un Calls for Paving Wide Avenue to National Reunification

Pyongyang, January 1 (KCNA) -- Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un in his New Year address for 2017 said that this year marks the 45th anniversary of the historic July 4 joint statement and the 10th anniversary of the October 4 declaration, underscoring the need to pave a wide avenue to independent reunification by pooling efforts of the whole nation.
He said it is imperative to take active measures to improve the north-south ties and defuse acute military conflict and the danger of a war between the north and the south.

All kinds of slandering getting on the nerves of the other party and inciting confrontation can not be justified under any circumstances and sinister anti-DPRK smear campaign and hostile acts being staged with hope pinned on the overturn of social system and "change" must immediately be stopped.

Consistent is the stand of the DPRK not to fight with fellow countrymen but defend the wellbeing of the fellow countrymen and peace of the country. The south Korean authorities should not strain the situation by groundlessly faulting the DPRK's exercise of its right to self-defence but respond to our sincere efforts to prevent military conflicts and defuse tension between the north and the south.

All the Koreans in the north and the south and abroad should solidarize and get united on the principle of subordinating everything to national reunification, the cause common to the nation, and actively wage the reunification movement in a nationwide scale. Active contacts and visits should be made irrespective of differing ideology, system, region, idea, class and strata and a nationwide grand gathering for reunification should be realized with the involvement of the authorities, all political parties and organizations in the north and the south and people from all walks of life at home and abroad.

We will hold hands with whoever prioritizes fundamental interests of the nation and wishes for the improvement of the north-south ties.
A nationwide struggle should be dynamically waged to put an end to the U.S. and other outsiders' moves for aggression and intervention aimed at realizing the Asia-Pacific domination strategy while consolidating their control over south Korea, and foil the moves of the group of sycophantic traitors standing against reunification including Park Geun Hye finding a way-out in escalating confrontation with the fellow countrymen while not discerning who the truly principal enemy of the nation is.

The U.S. should face up to the will of the Korean nation for reunification and no longer resort to such scheme of estranging Koreans from one another as egging the anti-reunification forces of south Korea on confrontation and war between the fellow countrymen but take a bold decision to withdraw its anachronistic hostile policy toward the DPRK.

The international community valuing independence and justice should stand against the U.S. and its vassal forces' moves of obstructing peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula, and its surrounding countries should do things helpful to the Korean nation's aspiration and efforts for reunification.

Kim Jong Un underscored the need for all the Koreans in the north and the south and abroad to step up the nationwide grand advance for reunification by the joint efforts of the nation and thus do something to make this year a very significant year in paving a new phase of independent reunification. -0-


S. Korean Forces' Provocation Can Never Save Park Geun Hye: CPRC Policy Department Spokesman

Pyongyang, December 3 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Policy Department of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country (CPRC) of the DPRK released a statement on Saturday as regards the fact that the south Korean puppet regime is getting desperate in military provocation against the DPRK recently, hyping the "security crisis."

Bosses of the south Korean military including the minister of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are frequenting frontline units and special warfare units near the Military Demarcation Line, where they cry out for "full combat-readiness" for launching tough and resolute punishment to cope with "threat of provocation from the north," the statement said, and went on:

They let warships and drones infiltrate into the territorial waters and air of the DPRK and staged a large-scale live shell firing drill in the hot spot of the West Sea to persistently increase military tensions on the ground and in the waters and air.
They convened a meeting of major commanders of the puppet armed forces 20 odd days earlier though it had been scheduled for December.

Meetings of commanders of various services of the puppet army are being held to hatch plots of military provocation. They are spreading rumors about "instability" across south Korea, hyping "grave security situation created due to possible provocation by the north taking advantage of the administrative vacancy in the south" and "imminent nuclear and missile tests by the north."

Lurking behind this is a sly trick to invent at any cost a case of armed clash between the north and the south by irritating the DPRK, quell the south Korean people's struggle for ousting Park Geun Hye under that pretext and thus save traitor Park from the abyss of ruin.

There is no guarantee that the Park regime that has been driven to a tight corner would not launch a provocation of war as its last-ditch attempt, and it is only the Korean nation including the south Korean people that will fall victim to it thereof.
No matter how desperately Park and the conservative group move to stay in power under the pretext of "security," they can never escape their fated doom. -0-


Bolstering of Nuclear Force Is to Cope with U.S. Extreme Moves to Stifle DPRK: Foreign Ministry

Pyongyang, November 21 (KCNA) -- The Foreign Ministry of the DPRK released a memorandum on Monday detailing the traces of the crimes the U.S. committed by perpetrating a series of worst-ever hostile acts against the DPRK since the greatest loss suffered by the Korean nation and thus compelling it to bolster up its nuclear force.

Since the year 2012, soon after the passing away of the great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il, the U.S. began to openly pursue the objective to politically stifle the DPRK and overthrow its system by all means, the memorandum said, and went on:
Blatant remarks denying the DPRK's government, system and policy were made by high-level officials of the U.S. and even Obama himself has constantly heaped malicious slander and criticism on the DPRK in his public appearances.

This fully reveals the true nature of the policy of "strategic patience" pursued by the Obama administration, which is none other than an aggressive and heinous "strategic suffocation" policy against the DPRK.
By this time, the "human rights" racket which the U.S. has long made against the DPRK has grown so reckless as to attempt to put their wild ambition of overthrowing the DPRK's system into practice.

The U.S. has gone so far as to breach the basic principles of international laws and ditch its dignity of a superpower by pleading with other countries to join their pressure racket against the DPRK through downgrading or severing ties with it.
Giving an account of the fact that the U.S. revealed its intention to deliver a preemptive nuclear strike against the DPRK and intensified its military threats against the DPRK at a maximum pace during the last five years, the memorandum said:

To take an example of the Key Resolve joint military exercise, one of the typical joint military drills of the U.S. and the south Korean puppets, 2 100 U.S. troops participated in the exercise in the year 2012, but the U.S. steadily increased the number of troops to 3 500 in 2013, 5 200 in 2014 and 8 600 in 2015, and in 2016, 27 000 troops participated in the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle 16 joint military exercises.

Beside the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises, the U.S. conducted over 40 provocative and aggressive military drills under various names on annual basis including Ulji Freedom Guardian joint military exercise, Max Thunder joint air force exercise, Double Dragon joint landing exercise and multilateral RIMPAC naval exercise, joint naval strike exercise, joint special force exercise, joint live firing exercise and so on. The total number of troops the U.S. has committed to these exercises reached over 500 000.

Since the year 2012, the U.S. has consistently conducted various kinds of military drills against the DPRK, deploying its naval forces into and around the Korean peninsula including nuclear carriers, nuclear submarines, Aegis cruisers, Aegis destroyers and guided missile destroyer.
In addition, the U.S. moved B-1B, B-2, B-52 nuclear strategic bombers from the U.S. mainland to Guam and they flew to south Korea several times to conduct drills for landing and dropping nuclear bombs with the purpose of getting ready for a surprise nuclear preemptive strike against the DPRK.

The U.S. proceeded with the deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) to south Korea in full-scale.
The maneuvers of the U.S. to impose sanctions on the DPRK to suffocate it in the last five years was indeed unprecedented in its pace and intensity.
The U.S. made an issue of the DPRK's legitimate right to peaceful development of outer space and its buildup of self-defensive nuclear deterrence and made frantic attempts to fabricate heinous "sanctions resolutions" by usurping the United Nations Security Council.

Through the so-called UN "sanctions resolutions", the U.S. seeks to prevent the DPRK from its routine financial transactions with other countries; put all the channels linked to the DPRK under tight control; force the inspection of any vessel sailing to and from the DPRK and prohibit entry of such vessel into ports of other countries; have other countries deny permission to any aircraft of the DPRK to take off from, land in and overfly their territory.

The U.S. went so far as to devise a provision for the "ban on export and import of luxury goods" and prevented import of sport apparatus which has nothing to do with development of arms and even included daily necessities and children's toys in the list of "banned goods".
Pursuant to the anti-DPRK "sanctions resolutions" it has forged, the U.S. is running amuck to impose unilateral sanctions while forcing other countries to get on board.

All the facts above clearly substantiate the truth that the root cause of escalated tension on the Korean peninsula lies with the U.S. hostile policy and nuclear threats against the DPRK, not the latter's nuclear and missile tests.
The U.S. should face up to the new strategic position of the DPRK and take actual measures to show that they are willing to scrap its anachronistic hostile policy and nuclear threat against the DPRK. -0-