Statement of Director of Research Institute for Nutrition Care of Children of DPRK
Pyongyang, April 6 (KCNA) -- The director of the Research Institute for Nutrition Care of Children under the Academy of Medical Science of the DPRK Ministry of Public Health released the following statement on Tuesday:
I was extremely astonished and angered at the foreign media news seriously distorting the state of health of the children in our country.
According to the news, a "report" published by a UN experts' group contains such groundless information that many children suffering from malnutrition in our country cannot receive proper treatment due to the state emergency anti-epidemic measures taken to check the inroads of COVID-19.
I, as a person responsible for nutrition care of the children in our country, categorically reject this information, affirming that it, a sheer lie, is utterly baseless.
In our country nutrition care of children is deemed a top priority affair though it is in hardship and everything is insufficient.
But those styling themselves experts under the berets of UN are distorting the situation of our country to give impression that serious "malnutrition of children" exists in our country. This cannot but be viewed as a black-hearted act of hostility to tarnish the image of our country.
I vehemently denounce the hostile forces for abusing even the name of naive children, which should be respected as the most sacred one, for attaining their political purposes.
No matter how desperately the hostile forces may work, they can never write off the bright and happy looks of our children.
Taking this opportunity, I warn the quasi-media of south Korea taking the lead in the anti-DPRK smear campaign by echoing rubbish-like information no one lends ear to.
No matter by whom they were instigated and whatever the reason, they are bound to commit an unpardonable deadly sin against posterity if they seek to incite north-south confrontation by finding fault with even gullible children.
In my opinion, it is necessary to seriously examine whether "humanitarian cooperation" under the signboard of UN and NGOs would truly help us and to take resolute countermeasures against the entity and organizations going about in cahoots with the hostile forces.
Our state takes the whole responsibility for the health and future of our children. -0-
Academy of Defence Science Test-fires New-type Tactical Guided Missiles
Pyongyang, March 26 (KCNA) -- The Academy of Defence Science of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea test-fired newly developed new-type tactical guided missiles on Thursday.
The test was guided by Ri Pyong Chol, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau and secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, officials of the Department of Munitions Industry of the Party Central Committee and leading officials in the sector of national defence scientific research.
The newly developed new-type tactical guided missile is a weapon system whose warhead weight has been improved to be 2.5 tonnes with the use of the core technology of tactical guided missile that was already developed.
The two testfired new-type tactical guided missiles accurately hit the target set in the waters 600 kilometers off the east coast of Korea.
Right after the test-firing, the Academy of Defence Science clarified that the test-firing was very successful just as it had been confidently predicted, adding that the reliability of the improved version of solid fuel engine was confirmed through several engine ground jet tests and their test-firing processes, and that the irregular orbit features of low-altitude gliding leap type flight mode already applied to other guided missile were also re-confirmed.
Ri Pyong Chol said that the test-firing is an important process in implementing the policy of national defence science set forth at the 8th Congress of the WPK and that the development of this weapon system is of great significance in bolstering up the military power of the country and deterring all sorts of military threats existing on the Korean Peninsula.
He immediately reported the successful result of the test-firing to the General Secretary of the WPK and conveyed the congratulations of the Party Central Committee to the sector of national defence scientific research. -0-
It Will Be Hard to See Again Spring Days Three Years Ago
Pyongyang, March 16 (KCNA) -- Kim Yo Jong, vice department director of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), issued the following statement on Monday:
I heard the news that the south Korean authorities, who had long been suffering from stress in a fix, launched a war game against our Republic on Mar. 8.
In other words, they dared to send us a serious challenge. It seems as if they are capable of dealing with the consequences to be entailed by the war drill started despite our entirely just demand and all the fellow countrymen's unanimous protest and condemnation.
Our Party Central Committee has already clarified the stand that whether the inter-Korean relations return to the new starting point of peace and prosperity as witnessed in those spring days three years ago or not depends on the attitude of the south Korean authorities.
Everyone knows that it pointed to the hysteria for war drills manifested in the south every March and every August, and served as a meaningful warning that it might become the last chance for repairing the north-south relations.
The south Korean authorities, accustomed to paying lip-service, are busy billing the drill as "annual" and "defensive one" and a computer-based simulation drill, as in the past. They say that the drill involves no actual maneuvers with its scale and contents drastically "reduced". Perhaps, they are expecting "flexible judgment" and "understanding" from us but it is, indeed, ridiculous, impudent and stupid.
It seems that they were all born with stupidity and have become the dumb and deaf bereft of judgment as they always sit on the fence. Anyhow, we cannot but take note of this.
We have opposed the joint military drills targeting the compatriots but never argued about their scale or form.
It is because the essence and nature of the drills against the compatriots in the north never change despite any change in their forms - whether they are staged behind the scene or they poorly involve only 50 or 100 persons due to widespread malignant epidemic.
They are not ashamed of remaining ignorant of the fact that we are not taken in by their nonsense coating mad dog with sheepskin.
To be frank, we feel sorry about the plight of the south Korean authorities as they are to stake their lot on hostile acts against the compatriots even by resorting to shrunken war games, now that they find themselves in the quagmire of political, economic and epidemic crisis.
Perhaps, their persecution mania resulting from abnormal hostility and distrust toward us has reached the extremes.
They staged 110 big or small war drills in 2018, more than 190 in 2019 and over 170 in 2020 for so-and-so reasons in breach of their promise to halt such drills. We have long been aware of it and are ready to make them pay dearly for it at an appropriate time.
They might know better than anyone else about what impact such continued north-targeted war drumbeats would have on the north-south relations.
We have stressed it several times and offered ample opportunity to them, exercising patience.
Nevertheless, they opted for "war in March" and "crisis in March" again under the eyes of all Koreans, instead of "warmth in March".
They are about to bring a biting wind, not warm wind expected by all, in the spring days of March.
The south Korean authorities should realize that they have chosen a wrong deed of crossing the "red line" by themselves though they also don't like to do so.
Their idea of seeking confrontation with the compatriots in the north and hostile behavior toward the latter, which festered to be a chronic disease, have reached an incurable state. It is the conclusion drawn by us once again that we have nothing to talk with them.
War drill and hostility can never go with dialogue and cooperation.
Given the current situation that the south Korean authorities persist in hostile acts of denying dialogue and completely destroy the foundation of trust through ceaseless war games, we cannot but put on the agenda the issue of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, an organization for dialogue with the south which has no reason for its existence.
We also examine the issue of dissolving the Kumgangsan International Tourism Bureau and other organizations concerned as any cooperation and exchange with the south Korean authorities antagonizing us are no longer necessary.
Such crucial steps have already been reported to our supreme leadership.
We will watch the future attitude and actions of the south Korean authorities. And if they dare resort to more provocative acts, we may take a special measure of resolutely abrogating even the north-south military agreement.
Every action has its own result.
One thing is clear. The south Korean authorities with just some months left in their term of office may find themselves in extreme uneasiness, for the grave challenging act.
As clarified at our historic 8th Party Congress, they will receive as much as they have tried and paid.
We take this opportunity to warn the new U.S. administration trying hard to give off powder smell in our land.
If it wants to sleep in peace for coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step.
Whatever and however the south Korean authorities may do in the future under their master's instructions, those warm spring days three years ago, which they desire so much, won't come easily again. -0-
Report on 2nd Plenary Meeting of 8th Central Committee of WPK
Let Us Adorn First Year's Advance for Implementing Decisions Made at Party Congress with Proud Innovation and Progress
Pyongyang, February 12 (KCNA) -- Amid the great expectations and interest of all the Party members and the people who have turned out in the new revolutionary advance upholding the programme for struggle set forth at the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), the 2nd Plenary Meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the WPK was held from February 8 to 11, Juche 110 (2021).
The 2nd Plenary Meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the WPK was convened in the period when the guidance and the fighting efficiency of the WPK, which leads our own style socialism to new victories with the great idea and the art of leadership, have been remarkably demonstrated and the spirit of all the Party members and the people for struggle who are boundlessly loyal to the Party's cause has been elated.
The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un, general secretary of the WPK, guided the plenary meeting.
As the General Secretary took the platform with members of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee, all the participants raised stormy cheers of the greatest respect for the General Secretary who wisely leads our Party and the people to only victory and glory out of the noble responsibility for the country, revolution and people.
Attending the meeting were members and alternate members of the WPK Central Committee.
Present as observers were vice directors of the relevant departments of the Party Central Committee, leading Party and administrative officials of commissions, ministries and national institutions, senior officials of the leading institutions at provincial level, chief secretaries of the city and county Party committees and leading Party and administrative officials of major industrial establishments. They listened in the tele-conference system.
Kim Jong Un presided over the meeting upon authorization of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK.
Before discussing the agenda items, the General Secretary referred to the main purport of convening the plenary meeting of the WPK Central Committee.
Saying that the Party Central Committee should powerfully lead the masses to the implementation of the decisions made at the 8th Party Congress by giving further momentum to the enthusiasm of the masses who are responding to the idea and spirit of the Party Congress, he stressed the need to provide the Party organizations and members with practical means for innovation which would help bring about practical change and substantial progress from the first year of the five-year plan.
He said that as the decisions made at the Party Congress are mid-and long-term tasks to be fulfilled by all sectors during the coming five years, it is necessary to examine this year's plans down to details at the plenary meeting and fix and issue them as the decisions of the Party Central Committee. He evinced the determination and will of the Party Central Committee to take important measures to push forward the economic construction and provide the people with more stable and improved living conditions despite the persistent emergency anti-epidemic situation, in particular.
He proposed agenda items to be discussed at the plenary meeting, underscoring the need to make a serious study of a series of issues arising in thoroughly overcoming negative elements obstructing the socialist construction at present, and in further consolidating the Party organizationally and ideologically and enhancing the militant function and role of the Party organizations.
The plenary meeting passed the agenda items with unanimous approval.
1. On thoroughly implementing the first year's tasks of the five-year plan set forth at the 8th Party Congress
2. On waging further intensive struggle against anti-socialist and non-socialist practices throughout society
3. On modifying the collection of the slogans of the Party Central Committee
4. On the examination of "Description of Rules of Workers' Party of Korea"
5. An organizational matter
The first agenda was discussed at the meeting.
The General Secretary made an important report "On thoroughly implementing the first year's tasks of the five-year plan set forth at the 8th Party Congress" on the first agenda item.
First, in the report he underlined the need to properly organize the economic work of the first year for implementing the new five-year plan for the national economic development.
Saying that the first-year work is very important in attaining the new prospective goal decided by the 8th Congress of the WPK, he noted that the five-year plan can be finally accomplished with confidence only when the first-year plan is properly set up and fully implemented.
The new five-year plan requires a new start apart from all those old and out of date and all the people in the country are now watching how the work for implementing the decisions made at the Party Congress starts and what kind of change is being made, the report stressed.
In order to successfully do this year's work decisive of the result of the implementation of the decisions made at the 8th Congress of the Party, the plan which is its operational map and a blueprint should be set up in an innovative and effective way and the entire Party, the whole country and all the people should wage a vigorous struggle for its implementation.
However, there are no big changes in this year's quotas for national economy drafted by the Cabinet, analyzed the report, noting that the idea and policy of the Party Congress are not properly reflected in the proposed plan for economic work for this year and innovative viewpoint and clear tactics can't be found although the Party Congress has just made decisions and intensive studies on the document of the Party Congress and discussions for its orientation have been made.
The Cabinet failed to play a leading role in mapping out plans of key economic fields and almost mechanically brought together the numbers drafted by the ministries. And as a result, the plan of one field has been raised subjectively even there is no actual possibility and the plans of other fields have been lowered under the signboard of readjusting and reinforcing even there are tasks that can certainly be accomplished or must be fulfilled.
The report sharply criticized the work of several fields that markedly showed such tendencies.
In the field of agriculture, the goal for grain production has been set high subjectively from the first year of the five-year plan irrespective of present situation where farming condition is unfavorable and the state is unable to supply enough farming materials, thereby making it hard to avoid bureaucracy and bragging from the planning stage just as before.
In contrast with this, the fields of electric power industry, construction and light industry have brought down the production plans for major indices to the level where they would not be blamed in the year-end.
Now major industrial establishments in the fields of metal, chemical and machine industries , local-industry factories across the country and the agricultural field raise the demand for even a bit more electricity, coal and other mines can not but stop production due to electricity and the people feel inconvenience in their living.
This being a fact, the Cabinet, the State Planning Commission and the Ministry of Electric Power Industry mapped out this year's plan for producing electricity lower than the present level under the pretext of adjusting to the present demand on electricity of major industrial establishments and directing efforts to restoring original efficiency of electric generators.
The construction field also lowered the plan for building dwelling houses in the Pyongyang City than the goal decided by the Party Congress under the excuses of the supply of materials and labor. These are seeds of self-protection and defeatism of officials in the field of economy who are trying to find a breather and make pretense of doing work under the pretext of condition and environment.
Noting that the building of dwelling houses is an important work to provide the people with stable and highly cultured life and a political issue to defend the prestige of the Party Congress, the report said that the Party Central Committee was determined to build 10 000 dwelling houses in Pyongyang this year without fail.
The light industry sector was also seriously censured for mapping out an absurdly low plan for this year's shoes production under the excuse of materials provision and giving priority to quality over quantity.
The report stressed the need for other sectors to suggest goals, which can make tangible contribution to economic construction and people's living, with purposefulness of development, dynamism, perseverance and scientific accuracy, far from setting plan low so as to get appraisal of over-fulfilling task at the year-end.
The General Secretary in the report referred to the issue of conducting substantial operation for expanding production capacity and foundation when organizing economic work for this year.
All sectors of the national economy should build new production bases for production growth in the future, upgrade the backward and outdated production processes and reinforce necessary processes so as to push forward the work of expanding production capacity in parallel with the current production.
As suggested in the main task of the five-year plan, we should press ahead with the nationwide work of focusing investment on the metallurgical and chemical industries, regarding them as key links in the whole chain of the national economy, and consolidating the material and technological foundation of the agricultural sector in a planned way from this year.
We also need a method by which we can concentrate efforts in accurately-targeted way on projects which is urgent to us and in which ten achievements can be made from one success.
Stressing that the nationwide, planned and scientific self-reliance should be given special priority and applied innovatively in economic work, the report said that this year's plan mentions about preferentially providing materials demanded in the major sectors of the national economy but only a few have national measures taken for their provision.
Just to tell them to buy and use as much as they can even those goods which don't certainly have to be imported and which are domestically produced, is the most typical expression of dereliction found in the organs for economic guidance characterized by shifting their responsibilities on to the lower units by abusing the slogan "self-reliance."
The continuity of such status would result in gradual disappearance of the economic authority and control power of the state and in pushing state-run enterprises to illegal moneymaking.
Noting that the Cabinet and the State Planning Commission should take centralized and unified control of products from all sectors of the national economy and businesses, and make quick switchover to the work system of fully meeting the demand by establishing production-consumption relations, the report underscored the need to intensively provide labor, equipment, materials and funds to businesses of key industry sectors and the only-son factories, take nationwide encouraging and preferential steps and take detailed measures to ensure import indices with domestic production.
The General Secretary in the report called for giving importance to talents in organizing economic work for this year and paying special attention to bringing up talented scientific and technical personnel and management personnel and Party functionaries in every sector.
The knottiest problem in propping up the national economy now is the shortage of talents and it is an urgent task to bring up new-type talents at present when we are set to make a bold innovation in all work.
Changes should be made in the work of bringing up talents first to make substantial changes in the Party, state and economic work and people's living.
The report said that all sectors and units should regard it as an important task of the five-year plan to bring up able scientific and technical personnel, administrative personnel and Party functionaries who can shoulder each sector of the country in the future and push forward it in a planned way. For this all sectors of the national economy should meticulously organize work on the principle of bringing up talents necessary for their spheres themselves and leading economic officials should hold fast to it as an important methodology to find talents before relying on them in keeping abreast of their own sectors and groping for improvement measures.
It should be the working attitude and traits common to all officials to boldly appoint talents, bring them up in practice and put them forward before the Party and state with a viewpoint that no work can be carried out, to say nothing of the decisions of the Party Congress, without having talents in hand and bringing them up, the report added.
It stressed the need to bring up Party functionaries who are capable of finding out and intentionally bringing up talented management personnel excellent in conceiving ideas and in organizing and conducting and controlling power, and are proficient in work with people.
The General Secretary in the report put important emphasis on waging intensified struggle for putting an end to unit specialization and self-centeredness as the one involving the whole Party, state and society when conducting the first year's work for implementing the decisions of the Party Congress.
The report said that misuse of power, bureaucratism and irregularities and corruption are anti-Party and anti-people acts committed by individuals, whereas unit specialization and self-centeredness are graver anti-Party, anti-state and anti-people acts perpetrated under the veil of unit and organization, stressing these are the biggest obstacle in applying our Party's people-first politics and consolidating our own strength, our internal driving force.
It specially evinced that the practices of unit specialization and self-centeredness which infringe on the interests of the state and people and neglect the implementation of the decisions and instructions of the Party must not be allowed to go at large any longer but be stamped out resolutely by mobilizing the Party authority, legal right and military prerogative.
It expressed the determination of the Party Central Committee to regard unit specialization and self-centeredness as the enemy to the revolution and state tantamount to the misuse of power, bureaucratism and irregularities and corruption and to wage an all-out war against it with the plenary meeting as an occasion, and dealt with the issue for all Party organizations, political and state organs and all the people to be the main force in the war for wiping out unit specialization and self-centeredness.
In the report the General Secretary stressed to organize economic work for this year in the direction of displaying the potential of self-supporting economy and stabilizing the people's living to the maximum while strictly maintaining the state emergency anti-epidemic discipline.
He then suggested the tasks facing the sectors of the national economy for this year.
The report suggested key tasks to be carried out this year by main industrial fields such as metal, chemical, power, coal, development and exploitation of natural resources, machine industry and forestry in reinforcing the production foundation while conducting on-going production, and specified detailed ways for their materialization.
Importantly stressed was the issue of pushing forward the work of improving the railway situation with the focus of this year's work put on adjusting and reinforcing the railways in the field of railway transport.
The report suggested the tasks of conducting on an extensive scale the construction of major projects including the unconditional construction of dwelling houses for 10 000 families in Pyongyang and finishing of infra-network project as planned as well as local construction and of accelerating the work to expand the cement production capacity and meeting the demand for various building materials with responsibility in the field of construction and building materials industry.
In the report the General Secretary underlined the need for the light industrial field holding a big share in solving food, clothing and housing for the people to fully tap all potential and to increase to the maximum the production of people's consumer goods and light industrial goods. He set it as the central part of the work for this year to ensure home provision of raw materials, recycling, recovery of original performance of equipment, creation of new production capacity, and invigoration of local industry and the General Bureau of the Tanchon Area Mining Industry.
The report stressed that it was decided to spruce up local industrial factories in Kimhwa County, Kangwon Province this year to implement the line of strengthening city and county set forth at the 8th Congress of the Party and to set a new standard of local industrial factory. The report proposed the tasks for taking measures for this to the Cabinet, the State Planning Commission and the Ministry of Light Industry.
Along with this it was mentioned to put emphasis on strengthening the material and technical foundation in the fisheries field and to actively carry out fishing, aquatic farming to bring substantial benefits to the people this year.
The report also detailed the major tasks to be carried out this year by the fields of commerce, communications, land and environment, city management, external economic relations and tourism.
The General Secretary in the report stressed the need to unconditionally carry out the plan for agricultural production for this year.
The report called upon the institutions of agricultural guidance including the Ministry of Agriculture to map out a foresighted plan for farming and, in particular, to take measures for coping with the disastrous climate in a scientific and realistic way, stressing the need for the agricultural sector to steadily lay the foundation for stable and sustained development for increased grain output by thoroughly fulfilling this year's plans for cereals production and procurement.
It suggested tasks for breeding high yielding varieties and expanding the area for cultivating them to raise the per-hectare yield, decisively increasing the fertility of soil, ensuring the scientific cultivation method for each farming process in line with the features of each breed and mapping out and pushing ahead with a detailed plan for making the low-yielding fields fertile before farming season.
It called for promoting in a planned way the work for laying material and technological foundation of units producing tractor and farm machines, pushing forward the restoration of irrigation systems and facilities and the expansion of the irrigated areas, accelerating the reclamation of tideland, cultivation of new land and land realignment and increasing the production of livestock products, vegetables, fruit and industrial crops.
It dealt with issues of supplying farming materials on which hinge success or failure of this year's farming in a responsible way in a nationwide scale, stamping out the practices of talking big in the agricultural sector, and bringing about a decisive improvement in the rural ri-Party committees' work.
The General Secretary in the report referred to the tasks to be fulfilled by sectors of science and culture.
The report clarified issues to call upon the field of science and technology to smoothly solve the technological problems arising in consolidating the existing economic foundation of this year and putting the production on a normal basis, and to identify all scientific and technological talents in different sectors, regions and units and to take practical steps for and improving qualification of scientists and technicians.
It said that the secondary educational sector should establish the rational educational system for bringing up the reserve scientific and technological talents in a planned way and that universities train more scientific and technological talents including experts on IT, biological engineering, chemistry and material.
Suggested were important tasks to be fulfilled to bring about a clear improvement by the sector of public health this year.
The public health sector should direct primary efforts into decisively eradicating different kinds of contagious diseases, and should promote as scheduled the construction of new public health facilities and that of pharmaceutical factory, medical appliances factory and medical supplies factory now under progress.
The report roundly exposed the real state of literature and art still in stagnation and hibernation and called for bringing about a real progress in creation activities as required by reality that has entered a new period of turn.
Tasks were suggested for the mass media to wage a vigorous media campaign aimed at inspiring the masses to the implementation of the decisions of the Party Congress, and for the field of physical culture and sports to organize colorful sports events and conduct brisk mass sports activities.
The report stressed the importance for the People's Army and the munitions industry, the sector in charge of affairs with south Korea and the sector in charge of external affairs to thoroughly carry out the fighting goal and plans of this year for implementing the decisions set forth by the 8th Party Congress without an inch of deflection.
The General Secretary in the report made particular reference to the tasks for improving the economic work in an innovative way by decisively enhancing the function and role of the state economic guidance organs.
What should be settled immediately at present is to improve the guidance and management of the Cabinet and state economic guidance organs over the whole economy by restoring the function peculiar to them as economic organizer and their controlling function.
State economic guidance organs should emerge from old-fashioned force of habit by which they used to put the blame on bad condition, complaining lack of authority, and take a hands-off approach towards the national economy and actively wage a campaign for overcoming economical difficulties and obstacles.
It is important to remove obstacles laying in the economic development and make sure the economy of the country is smoothly managed by improving the role of non-permanent economic development committee.
The report called for overcoming obstacles and difficulties by making everything dovetailed from the planning, paying attention to organic contact and cooperation among economic sectors, thoroughly rejecting the evasion of responsibility and self-centeredness existing among state economic guidance organs and actively supporting and supplying each other purposefully, consciously and actively.
It is important to establish strict discipline in the fulfillment of plans and do thorough-going summing up for the substantial organization and command of economic work.
It is necessary for the Cabinet and state organs for economic guidance to raise high demand while providing necessary condition for every production unit to unconditionally carry out their plan for production and supply of materials, and conduct an intensive struggle against such phenomena as bargaining, defaulting and observing discipline in the fulfillment of plans for mere form's sake.
The report also set forth tasks for the Cabinet and state organs for economic guidance to boldly wage the work for improving the economic management method.
It is necessary to prioritize the state-wide seeking and applying of methods for grasping all products and incoming materials in their numbers in a unified way and circulating them in improving the economic management method.
It is necessary to properly combine the political method with economic and technological method and administrative and organizational method to settle the economic management our own way in line with our own situation.
The General Secretary in his report repeatedly emphasized the need for officials of the economic field to decisively enhance a sense of responsibility and role.
Saying that the expectation of the Party and people of economic guidance officials is very big at the present starting point for the five-year plan, and the reality calls upon every official to work with redoubled efforts beyond the limitation of his or her level, ability and potentiality, the report called upon our officials to display mental power and fighting spirit to make a staunch dash toward the future and terminal of the five-year plan while always looking far into the future.
The General Secretary in his report set forth the tasks for guaranteeing the fulfillment of the national economic plan by law.
Saying that nobody has a right to bargain with the national economic plan and they have only a duty to unconditionally carry it out as it is the order of the Party and law of the state, he stressed the need for the law field to set it as the core task to legally, powerfully and closely guarantee the national economic plan for this year and thoroughly carry it out.
He importantly called for concentrating efforts of the Party work on the fulfillment of the tasks for this year.
The report noted that the serious mistakes made in attaining the goals of the five-year strategy for national economic development set forth at the 7th Party Congress were caused by the misguidance by the Party committees at all levels over the economic work and the failure of the Party officials in fulfilling their responsibility and role as the organizer and standard-bearer in implementing the Party's policies.
Mentioned in the report were the principled matters to be maintained in intensifying the guidance of the Party organizations for the economic work for this year.
Party organizations should thoroughly overcome formalism in shaping and adopting Party decisions for implementing the line and policies of the Party.
They should decisively part from the old way of running Party meetings and discuss and adopt the decisions of the Party for carrying out the tasks set forth in the present plenary meeting in line with the intention of the Party Central Committee, will of the masses and realistic condition of their units and to be able to exactly question about the guarantee of their execution and limit of responsibilities.
It is necessary to make wider use of strong points and successes and correct faults and deviations while grasping and reviewing the implementation of the Party's decision on a regular basis after its adoption.
The report called upon the Party organizations to play their role as the helm in substantially providing their political guidance for the successful implementation of the economic tasks for this year.
The role of the Party organizations in carrying out the national economic plan is, in essence, the work of most correctly illuminating the way for ensuring satisfactory economic work as required by the Party's policy and properly leading them not to derail from it.
Party organizations should find out correct methods and map out detailed plans for perfectly carrying out the national economic plan for their units, positively push ahead with the work to make sure that administrative and economic work is done as required by the Party's policy and timely correct the mistakes and deviations.
The Party committees should intensify brainstorming and help their members enhance the responsibility and role to skillfully overcome obstacles and difficulties in carrying out the national economic plan and in particular, leading officials of the Party organizations should do away with subjective and arbitrary practices but fulfill their duty as the political educator and standard-bearer who arouse the masses to implementing the Party's policy.
The Party organizations should regard a monthly production review as a Party meeting of summing up the fulfillment of the Party's decisions, not just a business-like review of the fulfillment of the national economic plan, and hold it to be of political significance and make it a good opportunity in awakening officials and producers, arousing their emulation and generalizing advanced experience.
The report said that it is very important to heighten the role of the Party organizations of the Cabinet, ministries and national institutions in successfully carrying out the economic tasks for this year and set forth relevant tasks.
Party organizations of ministries and national institutions should effectively conduct the organizational and political work for implementing the Party's policies upon their indication and positively back administrative and economic officials with a stand of taking full responsibility for the results of execution.
They should steadily awaken officials by conducting intensive educational and ideological campaign for overcoming such negative phenomena as the one of not devoting themselves to implementing the Party's policy and of failing to boldly do the work while complaining about poor conditions, being seized by defeatism and self-protectionism.
Concluding his three-day report, the General Secretary said that the plenary meeting was convened in an appropriate and necessary period in the sense that it helped rectify mistakes from the stage of planning this year's work and newly decided on the great work for our people and also helped find out and correct the ideological maladies including passivism and self-protectionism latent in officials.
Expressing the expectation that every member of the Party central leadership organ would correctly confirm the work plan for this year through consultative meetings of panels, he called for making the plenary meeting a significant occasion of giving greater confidence and courage to all members of the Party and other people who turned out in implementing the decisions made at the 8th Congress of the Party.
After he finished his report on the first agenda item, all the participants in the meeting raised enthusiastic cheers to pay the greatest tribute to the General Secretary who provided the commanding officials of the revolution, all Party members and other people with the powerful weapon of advance and innovation by unfolding a clear plan for the first year's march for implementing the decisions made at the 8th Congress of the Party with his rare insight and deep thought and by energetically guiding the meeting for days.
His important report full of his absolute confidence in the justice of the socialist cause, spirit of boundlessly serving the people and strong will to win a fresh victory of the revolution serves as a great militant banner for bringing about a new upsurge and change in the socialist construction.
Kim Tok Hun, premier of the Cabinet, Ma Jong Son, minister of Chemical Industry, U Sang Chol, director of the Central Public Prosecutors Office, and Jo Yong Won, secretary of the Central Committee of the Party, made speeches on the first agenda item at the plenary meeting.
Referring to the fact that the General Secretary in his important report comprehensively set forth the struggle tasks for the entire Party and all the people for this year, the speakers deeply analyzed and pointed out mistakes of not properly applying the idea and spirit of the Party Congress from the stage of mapping out the plan.
They expressed their firm determination to set the militant goal for the first year in an innovative and scientific way by bringing about a fundamental innovation in their ideological view and work style in order to repay the great expectation of the Party and people and staunchly put it into practice and thus fulfill their responsibility in the struggle for implementing the decisions made at the Party Congress.
The speakers pledged to conduct a dynamic legal struggle for carrying out the five-year plan and defending the socialist economic system and powerfully propel the implementation of the decisions made at the Party Congress and this year's tasks as a Party and political work by turning the whole Party into an integral whole of loyalists upholding the leadership idea of the Party Central Committee with sincerity and devotion.
Consultative meetings of different panels for drawing up a draft resolution for the first agenda item were held at the plenary meeting.
The consultative meetings, divided into the industrial, agricultural, light industrial and construction panels, deeply studied the contents of the report made by the General Secretary and discussed in depth how to work out plans of different sectors for this year guided by the report.
New reserves and possibilities were actively explored and creative and constructive suggestions were made for innovating work of different sectors amid earnest speculation and efforts, and primary targets submitted to the plenary meeting were upgraded as a whole.
At the plenary meeting, there was a comprehensive report about supplementary suggestions made during the process of drawing up a draft resolution at the consultative meetings of different panels.
The draft resolution drawn up through the consultative meetings was acknowledged to correctly reflect the strategic tasks and policies of the Party Congress and fully carry scientific accuracy, feasibility and dynamism of this year's work direction and targets for different sectors.
" On thoroughly implementing the first year's tasks of the five-year plan set forth at the 8th Party Congress", resolution on the first agenda item, was adopted with unanimous approval at the plenary meeting.
When the important resolution which would bring about an evident change and practical achievements in the struggle and life of our people for implementing the tasks set at the Party Congress was adopted, all the participants manifested their strong support for the resolution of the plenary meeting and absolute will to carry it out with loud applauses.
The second agenda item "On waging further intensive struggle against anti-socialist and non-socialist practices throughout society" was discussed at the plenary meeting.
Kim Jong Un made a report on the second agenda item.
Stressing that our revolution, which has entered the new development stage, strongly calls for more intensified struggle against the anti-socialist and non-socialist practices than ever before, the General Secretary in his report clarified his revolutionary will and determination to definitely remove vicious cancer that threatens our ideology and social system and hinders single-minded unity.
Also suggested in his report was the task of powerfully waging the struggle against anti-socialist and non-socialist practices in the Party organizations, working people's organizations, government organs and law enforcement institutions.
The report noted that powerful combined headquarters should be organized ranging from Pyongyang to provinces, cities and counties so that they could grasp the actual conditions of the struggle against anti-socialist and non-socialist practices in a unified way on one and the same principle and powerfully carry it out in an intensive and diverse way.
It specially stressed the need for the Party organizations to intensively carry out the operation for overcoming abuse of power, bureaucratic behavior and irregularities and corruption among the officials as well as definitely remove those who connive at and fostering anti-socialist and non-socialist acts from the ranks of officials.
It is necessary to set it as the most important task for defending the socialist character of our state and for rooting out the anti-socialist and non-socialist practices to urgently solve economic management problem, and solve them one after another in a strict and resolute manner.
The General Secretary in his report said that all officials should clearly bear in mind that low-keyed struggle done only in words will never end anti-socialist and non-socialist practices and that if so they and our people will be made to pay a dear price. He stressed the need for the officials to fulfill their responsibilities and duties in the struggle for mercilessly curbing and stamping out anti-socialist and non-socialist acts found in their own sectors and units for the destiny of the country, people and younger generation, and consolidating Korean-style socialism.
Listening to the report of the General Secretary, the participants once again inscribed the necessity and urgency of the intensified struggle against anti-socialist and non-socialist acts and received powerful methodology and solutions to them and hardened their pledge to firmly defend Korean-style socialism and add luster to it.
"On waging further intensive struggle against anti-socialist and non-socialist practices throughout society", resolution on the second agenda item, was adopted with unanimous approval at the plenary meeting.
The third agenda item "On modifying the collection of the slogans of the Party Central Committee" was discussed at the plenary meeting.
The collection of the slogans of the Party Central Committee is a political document holding the Party's strategic and policy slogans, and therefore it plays an important role in firmly uniting all the Party members and other people around the Party and in encouraging them to the accomplishment of the revolutionary cause of Juche.
The reality, in which the Party's prestige and leadership are being remarkably strengthened and the socialist construction goes ahead in depth, urges to ensure the political character and refinement of the collection of the slogans set forth by the Party Central Committee in every way.
A report on the modification of the collection was made.
The plenary meeting recognized that as the collection of the slogans set forth by the Party Central Committee was modified with political slogans intensively reflecting the line, strategy and tactics, political doctrine which would always be held fast to by our Party, it would fulfill its mission as an ideological weapon for defending the idea, immortal revolutionary exploits and absolute prestige of the leader, safeguarding the revolutionary character of our Party and victoriously advancing the socialist cause, and adopted a decision on making the modified collection the one of the slogans of the Party Central Committee.
The plenary meeting discussed the fourth agenda item "On the examination of 'Description of Rules of the Workers' Party of Korea'".
The General Secretary referred to the purport of examining "Description of Rules of Workers' Party of Korea" at the plenary meeting.
Noting that the 8th Party Congress modified and supplemented some contents of the Party rules as required by the developing revolution, he said that to compile the handbook on the Party rules is of great significance in consolidating the Party organizationally and ideologically, strengthening the militant function and role of the Party organizations and intensifying the Party life of Party members.
He said that the handbook on the Party rules must be decided at the plenary meeting of the Party Central Committee, which organizes and guides all Party works, at an interval between the Party congresses, stressing that after the handbook was examined and distributed, the Party organizations and members should deeply study it and do every Party work and lead Party life as demanded by the norms of the Party rules.
The plenary meeting, based on the full pre-study by the members of the Party central leadership organ, adopted a decision on having the draft handbook as the one on the rules of the WPK.
It deliberated the fifth agenda item "An Organizational Matter".
Members and alternate members of the Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee were recalled or by-elected.
Ri Son Gwon was by-elected member of the Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee.
Kim Song Nam was by-elected alternate member of the Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee.
A secretary of the Party Central Committee was elected.
O Su Yong was elected secretary and economic department director of the Party Central Committee.
Members and alternate members of the Party Central Committee were recalled or by-elected.
Kim Tong Il, Kim Yong Nam and Kim Chol Su, alternate members of the Party Central Committee, were by-elected its members.
Hong Hyok Chol, Ri Kyong Ho, Choe Yong Jin, Ryong Kun Chol and Jong So Chol were by-elected alternate members of the Party Central Committee.
The General Secretary concluded the plenary meeting.
Saying that the 2nd Plenary Meeting of the 8th Party Central Committee successfully finished the discussion on all agenda items presented, he expressed thanks to the members of leadership body for sincerely attending the discussion on the Party and state work, always keeping themselves tense and prepared for the past four days. He noted that it is a revelation and expression of their will to fulfill their heavy duty entrusted by the times and the revolution by solemnly and thoroughly implementing their pledge made before the people.
He said that every agenda item discussed at the plenary meeting is of special significance in developing the revolutionary work and the Party and clear recognition of important and urgent immediate tasks facing us was shared and definite directions were confirmed at the plenary meeting.
He pointed out that the plenary meeting provided a strong policy weapon to prevail against and eradicate the internal negative factors hindering the existence and development of the socialist system, and a political means to equip and rouse the whole Party.
He said that through the plenary meeting, our Party Central Committee came to further refine its leadership art, with which it has found a correct way out in solving problems and submitted and directed everything to it, and gain precious experience.
He also appreciated that the plenary meeting showed to our people, who are valuing the 8th Party Congress, the firm will of the 8th Party Central Committee to translate the epoch-making tasks decided at the Party congress into reality without fail by mapping out detailed and practical plans.
He said that as we have gone through another requisite and excellent course of development, the Party Central Committee should advance the revolutionary work with correct guidance over and thorough-going execution of the decided tasks, thus making the people feel the renovated reality.
Stressing that officials of every field and unit should bear in mind that to ensure perfection in emergency anti-epidemic work tops important tasks for this year, remain strict and consistent in the anti-epidemic work and rapidly cope with all the circumstances, the General Secretary took new measures to make the state emergency anti-epidemic headquarters keep the highest tenseness and vigilance and to establish strong anti-epidemic discipline throughout the country.
Noting that the Party Central Committee has made preparations in a farsighted way from long ago to provide our people with more bountiful and happy life and give impetus to readjusting, reinforcing and independent development of the state economy, he expressed his expectation that with the plenary meeting as an occasion, substantial changes will be witnessed in the working attitude and way of economic guidance officials, and took decisive measures which will guarantee the implementation of the new five-year plan.
Calling on all the members of the Party central leadership body to value the decisions of the plenary meeting as their life and make every effort to make them be carried out unconditionally and thoroughly, he said that it is time to bring our loyalty under the consideration of our loving people. He earnestly asked all the comrades to turn out as one in the revolution for materializing the grand fighting programme of our Party by making redoubled efforts.
All the participants broke into cheers of "Hurrah!" with stormy applauds in token of their pledge to remain always loyal to the revolution and the people by devotedly upholding the leadership of Kim Jong Un, passionately revering the General Secretary who opened up an avenue toward new progress and victory for our Party and people with his brilliant wisdom and outstanding ideology and theory and provided another epochal milestone to be recorded in the history of the socialist construction.
The 2nd Plenary Meeting of the 8th Party Central Committee guided by Kim Jong Un will be brilliantly recorded in the history of our Party and the Juche revolution as a historic meeting which showed more clearly the revolutionary image of the WPK, which is constantly struggling and making renovations, and gave a strong impetus to the all-people grand march for implementing the decisions of the Party congress. -0-
Resolution of 8th WPK Congress Adopted
Pyongyang, January 13 (KCNA) -- The 8th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), on the basis of an in-depth discussion of the important matters facing our Party and revolution, adopted with the unanimous approval of all its participants the resolution "On thoroughly implementing the tasks set forth in the report on the work of the 7th WPK Central Committee".
The resolution appreciated that the "Report on the Work of the 7th WPK Central Committee" given by the respected General Secretary of the WPK at the congress correctly reviewed the brilliant victories and successes achieved by our Party and people in the period under review and scientifically specified the orientation and ways of the struggle for making an epochal advance of the cause of Korean socialism in the future 5 years.
Reflected in the resolution are new goals of struggle to be attained in all fields, including economy, national defence, culture and management of state and society, to lead the socialist construction to the next stage of victory on the basis of the valuable successes, experience and lessons of our revolution under the prevailing internal and external situations, and innovative ways for implementing them.
The resolution, which was deeply studied and discussed through inter-sector consultative meetings of delegates, comes to be the most important practical programme which comprehends the organizational intention and determination of the entire Party with its scientific accuracy, feasibility and dynamism fully guaranteed.
The resolution noted that the congress made a comprehensive, all-round, anatomical analysis and review of the mistakes manifested in implementation of the decision made at the 7th Congress of the Party for the past five years and their reasons, and discussed in depth the practical ways for setting them right, true to its nature as the congress for work, struggle and advance.
It expressed the unshakable intention of the 8th Congress of the WPK to correct and overcome the mistakes by raising the intensity of struggle throughout the Party and bring about an epochal advance in the development of the Party and the socialist construction.
It also specified the goals for the socialist construction to be attained in the future five years, which reflect the revolutionary aspiration and determination of all delegates and the entire Party members to thoroughly implement the militant tasks set forth by the respected General Secretary in his report on the work of the 7th Party Central Committee.
The adoption of the resolution, which made clear the correct signpost for our state and people to the eminence of great power and prosperity at the crucial time of linking the glorious 75-year-long history of our Party to the one of 80 years, is a manifestation of the revolutionary will of millions of Party members to achieve a new victory of socialism by deeply cherishing once again the idea of believing in the people as in Heaven and the ideas of the single-minded unity and self-reliance.
The resolution adopted by the 8th Congress of the Party at a time when all Party members and other people across the country started their advance in the first year of the 2020s, full of confidence and optimism, will serve as an inspiring militant banner which will lead the new-stage historic struggle for comprehensive development of Korean-style socialism to great creation and changes.
The resolution will be distributed to the Party organizations at all levels as a text for internal use. -0-
12th Plenary Meeting of 14th Presidium of DPRK Supreme People's Assembly Held
Pyongyang, December 5 (KCNA) -- The 12th Plenary Meeting of the 14th Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) took place at the Mansudae Assembly Hall on December 4.
Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, first vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and president of the SPA Presidium, presided over the meeting.
It was attended by Vice-Presidents Thae Hyong Chol and Pak Yong Il, Secretary General Ko Kil Son and other members of the SPA Presidium.
Officials concerned of the Presidium of the SPA and the Cabinet were on hand as observers.
Brought up at the meeting were agenda items "On convening a session of the SPA of the DPRK", "On adopting the DPRK law on rejecting reactionary ideology and culture", "On adopting the DPRK law on introduction of sci-tech achievements", "On adopting the DPRK law on forestry", "On adopting the DPRK law on mobile telecommunications" and "On recalling and electing judges of the Central Court of the DPRK".
First, a decision of the Presidium of the SPA on convening the 4th session of the 14th SPA of the DPRK, which was put on the agenda of the meeting, was adopted with the unanimous approval of its participants.
Then, there was an explanation about the gist of relevant laws deliberated at the Legislation Committee of the SPA.
The law on rejecting the reactionary ideology and culture specifies the principles to be certainly observed by all the institutions, enterprises, organizations and citizens in further cementing our ideological, revolutionary and class positions by thoroughly preventing the inroads and spread of the anti-socialist ideology and culture and firmly maintaining our idea, spirit and culture.
The law on introduction of sci-tech achievements details the issue of tightening discipline in mapping out, notifying, grasping, controlling and reviewing the plans of introduction of sci-tech achievements, the issue of ensuring scientific accuracy, objectivity and correctness in deliberating, examining, estimating and confirming the introduction of sci-tech achievements.
The law on forestry specifies the issue of putting the production of timber on a normal basis while steadily increasing the forest resource of the country by establishing a modern forestry bases with state investment and applying cyclic felling method properly and waging an all-people campaign for planting and nurturing trees, and the issue of thoroughly observing the system and order established in the supply, sale and use of timber.
The law on mobile telecommunications deals with the principled issues arising in the mobile telecommunications including the set-up, management and operation of mobile telecommunications facilities, modern perfection of mobile telecommunications network, diversification of mobile telecommunications, service and use of mobile telecommunications and registration of mobile telecommunications equipment.
On the basis of in-depth study and discussion of the agenda items, the meeting adopted the decrees of the Presidium of the SPA on the adoption of the above-said laws with the unanimous approval of its participants.
Judges of the Central Court of the DPRK were recalled and elected at the meeting. -0-
S. Korean Politician's Dependence on Outsiders under Fire
Pyongyang, October 29 (KCNA) -- The chief of the State Security Office of Chongwadae on his recent secret junket to the U.S. acted so sordidly.
He met White House National Security Advisor OˇŻBrien, U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo and others who were displeased with the "story about discord within the S. Korea-U.S. Alliance" getting worse in recent days in a bid to curry favor with them.
In particular, at a press conference, he made foolish remarks that the relations between the south and the north can not merely be those between the two Koreas and they are those to be settled through discussion and consultation with neighboring countries including the U.S.
We can not but doubt his sanity.
The issue of the inter-Korean relations is not the one to be solved through dependence on outsiders and discussion with foreign countries and with their help as they are an internal matter of the Korean nation to be settled by the north and the south, in the true sense of the word.
A question we'd like to ask him is if he, who is proud of having devoted his all to the improvement of the inter-Korean relations over the past several decades, does not really know that the main key to the settlement of every matter between the north and the south is in independent settlement by the concerted efforts of the Korean nation.
The recent rhetoric which downgraded the sacred north-south relations to be subject to the international relations shows, in essence, the south Korean authorities' wanton denial, perfidy to and an open mockery of the historic June 15 North-South Joint Declaration, its practical programme October 4 Declaration, and Panmunjom Declaration and the September Pyongyang Joint Declaration which specified national independence as a fundamental core.
It is a fact well known to the world that the present stalemate in the north-south relations is due to the south Korean authorities' act of leaving its destiny in the care and under the control of the U.S.
However, not coming to their senses, yet, they are beseeching the very one making a mess of the north-south relations for help, a foolish act little short of asking the robber who broke house property to pieces for help.
The rashness with which he once shouted "theory of driver" and "south and north are responsible for the destiny of the Korean peninsula" is nowhere around now and he is only cozying up to his master, in fear of getting cast aside.
No wonder, the world people jeered him as an "American poodle steeped in pro-American consciousness to the marrows of his bones".
From the level of thinking and behavior of the chief of the State Security Office allegedly in charge of the diplomacy and security, it is nothing strange that he was sent away half way through his visit, after getting the cold shoulder and shame and discredit only.
It is said that shame and humiliation are what one invites oneself.
Whoever goes without independent consciousness is bound to be fools running about, not discerning time and place and the direction.
Clear is what future will be met by those staking their fate on sycophancy toward the U.S. and leaving the destiny of the nation at the tender mercy of outsiders. -0-
18th Meeting of Political Bureau of 7th Central Committee of WPK Held
Pyongyang, September 30 (KCNA) -- The 18th 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 Sept. 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.
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 of departments of the WPK Central Committee, members of the state anti-epidemic field and others concerned.
Upon authorization of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK, Chairman of the WPK Kim Jong Un presided over the meeting.
The meeting pointed out some faults found in preventing the inroads of the malignant virus and had an in-depth study and discussion about the issues on further intensifying the state emergency anti-epidemic work.
A report on worldwide damage by COVID-19 was made at the meeting.
The meeting stressed the need to strictly guard against self-complacency, carelessness, irresponsibility and slackness in the anti-epidemic field and employ home-grown style and wisdom to further toughen anti-epidemic measures. It also called for successfully maintaining a steel-strong anti-epidemic system and order by revving up the mass-based anti-epidemic atmosphere and intensifying the all-people unity of voluntary action.
The Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee examined the Party and state works, which have been conducted on the occasion of the 75th founding anniversary of the Party, and the progress made in the campaign for recovery from natural disasters, before proposing, discussing and determining due organizational steps for ensuring their successful implementation.
The meeting also dealt with organizational matters.
The meeting, chaired by Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, marked an important occasion in devotedly protecting the security of the country and the people and stabilizing and improving their living standard as it took practical measures to celebrate the 75th founding anniversary of the Party as a genuine and auspicious holiday of the people and successfully conclude the campaign this year, the last year of the 5-year strategy for national economic development, despite the unprecedented crisis and natural disasters. -0-
Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Sent Open Letter to All Party Members in Pyongyang
Pyongyang, September 6 (KCNA) -- The following is the full text of an open letter sent by Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un to all the Party members in the capital city of Pyongyang during his inspection of a typhoon-afflicted area in South Hamgyong Province:
To All the Comrade Party Members in the Capital City of Pyongyang
Dear all the comrade Party members in the capital city of Pyongyang, I extend my greetings to you who are working harder than anybody else in the intensive struggle for making preparations for the grand events to be held soon in celebration of the 75th founding anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea and for its historic Eighth Congress.
In hearty response to the major decisions the WPK Central Committee adopted in the face of manifold threats to the security of the state and lives of the people, you are working with devotion for their implementation; thanks to the pivotal role you have played, Pyongyang, the capital city of our revolution, is maintaining its security in the main.
But, as you all have learned through newspaper and radio, various parts of the country suffered severe damage simultaneously from floods and a typhoon that hit them in succession recently, and an intensive struggle is going on to remove the aftereffects.
To make matters worse, typhoon No. 9 followed them, inflicting damage on Kangwon Province and North and South Hamgyong provinces on the east coast.
In particular, dwelling houses and public buildings were submerged or damaged in about ten cities and counties in South Hamgyong Province, including Tanchon, Sinpho and Hongwon, leaving many people homeless.
To take houses alone as an example, more than 1 000 of them collapsed.
I have been reported that North Hamgyong Province suffered no less damage.
Although we had taken all the conceivable preventive measures closely monitoring the typhoon since it was coming up north hundreds of kilometres away, it brought unexpectedly heavy rains and high winds, resulting in great damage.
In this critical situation which admits not a moment of delay and, what is more, when many of the major civilian construction forces and Korean People's Army units have already been deployed in the damaged areas in Kangwon and North and South Hwanghae provinces, the WPK Central Committee has decided to unburden itself of the problem of strongly supporting the reconstruction project sites in North and South Hamgyong provinces to none other than you, Party members in the capital city.
Needless to say, there are also many Party members and organizations and major forces of the working class in these provinces, and it is of my belief that they, too, will fully understand the intention of the WPK Central Committee and do a good job of the reconstruction projects.
However, it is the view of the WPK Central Committee that it would be more meaningful when the core Party members in the capital city, bodyguards who are defending it nearer to it than anybody else, hold aloft a banner and march to the reconstruction project sites.
It is a national trait that all the parts of the country always defend the capital, its heart, in every possible way, but it can also be called our proud national trait that the citizens of the capital city give sincere support and encouragement to the provincial people when they are in difficulties.
Party members in the capital city are the core force that our Party places its greatest trust in.
If they go and work in the damaged areas true to the call of the Party, we will gain great strength which cannot be compared to the economic losses incurred as a result of the destructive natural disaster.
Their arrival at the damaged areas after a forced march from Pyongyang will immediately instil a great encouragement into the Party members and other people there, and the unity of the whole Party will be further consolidated with intention and intimate feelings in the course of their struggle to weather and break through the trials and hardships together.
This year we have experienced special difficulties owing to the continuing worldwide healthcare crisis concurring with the natural disasters, but we are overcoming all these difficulties bravely on the strength of the unity of the Party and the people.
This is never a year of calamity and disaster but a year of struggle, advance and unity, in which we are achieving firmer solidarity through a super-intense, arduous struggle.
Over the past 75 years, our Party flag has fluttered on the victorious hills, never with the wind of those times, but thanks to the ardent feelings of loyalty and patriotism of our Party members, who have turned out whatever the tasks as one to reply to the calls of the WPK Central Committee with outstanding feats.
At this decisive and responsible moment, when a turning point has to be created for achieving another meaningful victory noteworthy in the history of our Party and the revolutionary struggle, the Party members in the capital city should be standard-bearers and a shock-brigade.
The WPK Central Committee requests our Party members in the capital city to turn out and volunteer in high spirits for the reconstruction projects in the damaged areas in North and South Hamgyong provinces in order to resolutely defend the 75th founding anniversary of the WPK and its Eighth Congress.
October 10 is approaching nearer, and even though we are under difficult conditions and time is not enough, we can never leave the many new disaster victims in North and South Hamgyong provinces to greet the holiday outdoors.
The WPK Central Committee calls upon the Party members in the capital city, with the warm care and solicitude of the Party and deep affection of Pyongyang, to wholeheartedly console the people in the damaged areas, help them and work with devotion so that they can get rid of the aftereffects as soon as possible.
Dear comrade Party members in the capital city of Pyongyang,
Now the front where the reconstruction campaign is being conducted to relieve the disaster victims of their inconveniences and sufferings is the forefront to which our Party must direct all its efforts.
That is why the WPK Central Committee has decided to organize elite divisions, involving 12 000 hardcore Party members in the capital city, to be dispatched immediately to North and South Hamgyong provinces, respectively.
Any officials and other Party members of the Pyongyang municipal committee and district committees of the WPK, city-level and district-level institutions, factories and other enterprises can volunteer to join these first-ever combat units, and receive recommendations from their respective WPK committees.
If the divisions, before leaving, hold a rally and harden their resolve in the square in front of the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are preserved in their lifetime appearance, and march to the reconstruction project sites, the great leaders will be very pleased.
Your major task at the reconstruction sites is to be the point men and sparks in implementing the Party's policy in the vanguard of the working youth and soldiers who have turned out to restore the damaged areas.
As befitting core Party members from the capital city, you should be a model for others by displaying burning stamina and performing well-ordered action in all respects of restoration struggle and living during the whole period, from going to the reconstruction sites to withdrawing from them.
Explaining to the people in the afflicted areas the genuine desire of the WPK Central Committee to turn the misfortune into blessings and get them to live in better houses and in a better environment, you should sincerely help them to carry out the reconstruction projects with confidence and optimism.
You should never impose a burden on the local people nor put on airs abusing your assistance, but be modest and behave faithfully; and while learning from the unyielding way of life and temperament of the local people who are braving the difficulties out, you should open-heartedly teach them the good experiences and advanced technical skills created in the capital city.
As the elite divisions of the Party members of the capital city, who are going to be dispatched, are to build mainly houses and public facilities, units under the direct control of the divisions should be organized involving those who served in the army units specializing in construction and therefore are highly skilled in construction.
These units should complete their projects wonderfully, raise the quality of all the reconstruction projects and teach all the advanced construction skills they possess to the local builders not only with advanced construction methods and skills but also with the attitude of an educator who does all their work with a sense of responsibility and assiduousness.
Party members at ministries and central institutions should provide promptly and in good time the materials, equipment and goods necessary for the reconstruction projects with an attitude of being combatants in the restoration areas, so as to fulfil their duties becoming Party members in the capital city.
I am going to dispatch the divisions, formed of excellent Party members in the capital city, to help the people in North and South Hamgyong provinces, but what worries me most is their health.
Even though these Party members have been trained much and tested at the production sites and through practical struggle, they may feel difficult and tired as they have to wage a 24-7 campaign in the autumn winds in the damaged areas.
The commanding officers and political workers who are in charge of the divisions of Party members should show meticulous concern on the health and life of all their members and take care of them with a tender heart, so that they all can finish the projects and come back to the capital city of Pyongyang and their dear houses in good health.
I firmly believe that the elite divisions of our Party members in the capital city organized and dispatched to North and South Hamgyong provinces under the direction of the WPK Central Committee, as a special detachment for staunchly defending the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the WPK and its Eighth Congress, would perform with credit their honourable mission and combat tasks and achieve a great victory.
For our great people,
For our great single-hearted unity,
For our great state,
And for our great October holiday,
Let us launch a brave, sacred struggle!
Forward, comrade Party members in the capital city!
In a typhoon-afflicted area in South Hamgyong Province
Kim Jong Un
September 5, 2020