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 O¡¯Brien, 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
16th Meeting of Political Bureau of 7th Central Committee of WPK Held
Pyongyang, August 14 (KCNA) -- The 16th 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 August 13.
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, first vice directors and vice directors of departments of the WPK Central Committee, vice-premiers of the Cabinet, ministers, chairpersons of provincial Party committees, chairpersons of Party committees of ministries and national institutions, commanding officers of the armed forces organs and members of the Central Emergency Anti-epidemic Headquarters.
Upon authorization of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK, Supreme Leader of the Party, the state and the armed forces Kim Jong Un presided over the meeting.
The meeting discussed and decided on the issues of eradicating the flood damage and providing stable living conditions to the people as early as possible by concentrating all efforts, and on further strictly maintaining the state emergency anti-epidemic system in the face of the worldwide public health crisis, perfecting the regular commanding system for anti-epidemic work, on lifting a lock-down of the frontline area including Kaesong City, and on organizing a new department in the Party Central Committee, and examined the state event preparations for marking the 75th Party founding anniversary with splendor, before studying and discussing relevant measures.
There was a briefing on the damage by the recent disastrous heavy rains and floods.
During the rainy season 39 296 hectares of crops were damaged nationwide including Kangwon, North and South Hwanghae Provinces and Kaesong City, at least 16 680 dwelling houses and over 630 public buildings were destroyed or inundated, lots of roads, bridges and railway sections broken, a dam of a power station gave way and there were other severe damage in various sectors of the national economy.
A particular mention was made of the fact that inhabitants in the areas with severe damage including Kimhwa, Cholwon, Hoeyang and Changdo counties in Kangwon Province and Unpha and Jangphung counties in North Hwanghae Province are living in the evacuated areas, undergoing great pain in their living.
Briefing on a general situation of flood damage, the Supreme Leader said that the flood-stricken people must be suffering great as they are living in temporary dwelling places with their houses and family properties lost. He earnestly said that it is a crucial time that our Party must be responsible for their living and we have to go closer to them to share the pain with them and to relieve them of their sufferings.
Our state faces two challenges: anti-epidemic work to thoroughly cope with the world public health crisis and unexpected sudden natural disaster, he said, pointing out that our Party and the government must set forth correct policy direction to overcome these two crises at the same time and display excellent leadership arts in the three-dimensional and offensive campaign.
Stressing the need to rapidly organize and take all necessary measures no matter how long the state emergency anti-epidemic work may last and how many obstacles and difficulties may lie ahead, the Supreme Leader called on all the Party organizations and the power bodies at all levels to properly discharge their roles.
Saying that we can not make the flood-affected people celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Party homeless, he set forth tasks for different sectors to eradicate the damage of the flood and bring the living of the people to normal at an early date. He specified detailed ways for this.
He said that the flood damage rehabilitation should not just be confined to mere construction for removing the damage caused by natural disaster and restoration of the living conditions but should be carried out as an important political work for celebrating the 75th birth anniversary of the Party as a genuine holiday of the people and a revolutionary holiday cementing the single-minded unity.
He emphasized that we should spruce up the flood-damaged area to meet not only the desire and wish of the people but also the high standard of the times, and ensure qualitative construction in appropriate places based on the opinions of the inhabitants so that no damage can occur even though there come more natural disasters and flood in the future.
The situation, in which the spread of the worldwide malignant virus has become worse, requires us not to allow any outside aid for the flood damage but shut the border tighter and carry out strict anti-epidemic work, he said, adding that information work should be conducted well so as to prevent any violation of anti-epidemic rules among inhabitants in the flood-hit area and those mobilized for the rehabilitation work.
He said that through the active rehabilitation drive we have to prove in practice once again the revolutionary nature of our Party which shares misfortune and pain with the people and protects them by removing all those pains, the advantages of our social system. He repeatedly stressed the need for our Party to fulfill its sacred duty so that it won't feel ashamed of itself before the people and surely live up to the trust and expectation of the people.
He suggested issuing a decision of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and the joint order of the WPK Central Committee, the Party Central Military Commission and the State Affairs Commission reflecting the immediate fighting tasks for finishing the most part of the flood damage rehabilitation and stabilizing the people's living by October 10 through the coordinated operation of the army and people loyal to the leadership of Party based on the great unity.
The Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee expressed a unanimous approval for the ardent appeal of the Supreme Leader.
The meeting agreed on an issue of introducing new machinery for setting up nationwide regular anti-epidemic work system, now that the emergency anti-epidemic work has assumed prolonged nature. It also mentioned the issue for the new machinery to correctly exercise the authority it has been vested with and enhance its responsibility and role.
The meeting also decided to lift the lock-down of the front line area, including Kaesong, which has been enforced from July 24 following the emergency incident in the forefront area, based on the scientific verification and guarantee by a professional anti-epidemic organization.
Saying that following the past over 20 days of lockdown of the front line area it has been proved the situation of anti-epidemic work has been kept and controlled stably, he expressed thanks in the name of the Party Central Committee to the people in the locked-down area for having remained faithful to the measure taken by our Party and government, despite of inconvenience in their living under quarantine, and to soldiers, public security officers, security men and members of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards for having performed their duty of locking down the area with responsibility, despite of heavy rains and sultry weather.
The meeting also heard a report on how the preparations for state events in celebration of the 75th birth anniversary of the WPK according to the decision made at the 5th Plenary Meeting of the 7th WPK Central Committee proceed, checked the issues arising in preparing every event and took due measures to prepare at the best level all the celebrations with peculiar style as a great political festival to be provided as an excellent gift to the 75th birth anniversary of the WPK.
The meeting discussed and decided on the affair to set up new department in the Party Central Committee and defined its function and role.
The Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee expressed belief that the department to be newly established will make tangible contribution to safeguarding the dignity and interests of the state and people, reliably supporting and guaranteeing the political stability and order of the society and impregnably defending our class position and socialist construction.
The meeting also discussed an organizational matter.
Members of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee were elected.
Kim Tok Hun and Ri Pyong Chol were elected as members of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee.
The meeting re-called and by-elected a member and alternate members of the Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee.
Pak Thae Dok was by-elected as a member of the Party Central Committee and member of the Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee.
Pak Myong Sun and Jon Kwang Ho were by-elected as alternate members of the Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee.
According to a proposal of the Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee, the Chairman of the DPRK State Affairs Commission relieved the premier of the DPRK Cabinet and appointed new premier by exercising the power he has been invested with under the Socialist Constitution.
The Chairman of the DPRK State Affairs Commission appointed Kim Tok Hun as the premier of the DPRK Cabinet.
The meeting elected vice-chairmen of the Party Central Committee.
Kim Jae Ryong and Pak Thae Dok were elected as vice-chairmen of the Party Central Committee.
It also dismissed the directors of some departments of the Party Central Committee and appointed new directors.
Kim Jae Ryong, Pak Thae Dok, Pak Myong Sun, Jon Kwang Ho and Kim Yong Su were appointed as department directors of the Party Central Committee.
Chairmen of the provincial committees of the WPK were appointed.
Kim Chol Sam was appointed as chairman of the North Hamgyong Provincial Party Committee and Ri Jae Nam as chairman of the Nampho City Party Committee. -0-
Answer of Spokesperson for DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Pyongyang, July 11 (KCNA) -- A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on July 11 with regard to the release by the United Kingdom of so-called "Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations-2020" where the UK has pointed its fingers at the several countries including the DPRK.
The United Kingdom, a puppet of the United States, committed a provocation of designating our Ministry of State Security and Ministry of Public Security as prime targets of sanctions through what is called "UK's first autonomous human rights sanction regime" issued on July 6, all contents of which are based on fabrications provided by the "defector" scum.
This act of the UK is a despicable political scheme which follows in the footsteps of the U.S. hostile policy towards the DPRK. Its clear evidence is that the U.S. State Department has stated its welcome position to it on the following day.
The UK, not being content with its policy to follow the U.S. tail, is hell-bent on committing a brazen act of putting the organs for internal security of a country on the list of its sanctions.
We resolutely condemn and reject the designation by the UK of our organs in charge of state security as targets of sanctions, as it constitutes blatant interference in the internal affairs of our state.
If the UK withdrew from the EU, asserting its "identity," it should not blindly follow the U.S. tail but behave itself on its own viewpoint instead.
The UK will be definitely made to pay the price. -0-
South Korean Military Warned against Imprudent Acts
Pyongyang, June 24 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Chol, vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, made public the following statement on June 24:
As was reported, at the preliminary meeting for the fifth meeting of the Seventh Central Military Commission of the WPK held on June 23, the military action plans against the south referred to the fifth meeting by the General Staff of the Korean People's Army was put on hold and a measure was taken to suspend some actions against the south which had been on the way.
Now is a critical moment when we can foresee the prospects of inter-Korean relations from the south Korean authorities' future attitude and approach. Taking the advantage of this, the south Korean minister of "Defense", busied himself to save his face and acted a fool making a bluff. This is very pitiful.
Detente of military tension on the Korean Peninsula can not be expected from the self-restraint and good-faith acts practiced by one side only. It can truly be ensured and guaranteed only by efforts and patience of both sides based on mutual respect and trust.
By availing itself of this opportunity, the south Korean military intentionally tried to give impression that it buckled down to propaganda about "alert posture". On the other hand, it, accentuating its stand to take actions of strongly conflicting military dimension like "thorough-going watch on the north" and "boosting alert posture", groundlessly let out extremely rattling expressions like "provocation" in reference to our action.
At the so-called plenary meeting of the Legislation and Judiciary Committee held in the building of the "National Assembly" on June 24, Defense Minister Jong Kyong Du made such thoughtless statement that our military action plan must be completely "withdrawn", not just suspended. We can not but issue a warning against his imprudent behavior.
It is too foolish and inappropriate attempt, if he has an idea to convince others that the south's hard "efforts for crisis control" and "military alert posture" contributed to ensuring peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.
When the "Defense Ministry" of south Korea practiced indiscreet words and acts similar to the recent ones in the past, we commented that scared dog barks noisier.
It has to think and behave wisely if it does not want to see us using those coarse languages when we state our official stand on the south.
It may sound threatening, but nothing will turn out favorable when our "suspension" becomes "reconsideration".
The south Korean "Defense Ministry's" untimely slip of the tongue must not result in greater crisis in the north-south relations.
It has to realize that self-control is the "key" to tiding over the crisis. -0-
Our Army Will Provide Sure Military Guarantee for All External and Internal Measures of Party and Government: Spokesman for KPA General Staff
Pyongyang, June 17 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army (KPA) said as follows on Wednesday:
Our army will provide a sure military guarantee for all external and internal measures to be taken by Party and the government.
The KPA General Staff issued an open report on the direction of military action plans of the next phase on Tuesday.
The KPA General Staff clarifies the following clearer stand in line with the detailed military action plans under examination as of June 17:
Units of the regiment level and necessary firepower sub-units with defence mission will be deployed in the Mt Kumgang tourist area and the Kaesong Industrial Zone where the sovereignty of our Republic is exercised.
Civil police posts that had been withdrawn from the Demilitarized Zone under the north-south agreement in the military field will be set up again to strengthen the guard over the front line.
The artillery units deployed on the whole front line including the southwest naval front will reinforce those on combat duty, upgrade the level of the front guard duty to top class combat duty system throughout the front line and will resume all kinds of regular military exercises in the areas close to the boundary.
Areas (districts) favorable for scattering leaflets against the south will open on the whole front line and our people's drive for scattering leaflets will be guaranteed militarily and thorough-going security measures will be taken.
The KPA General Staff will work out these military action plans against enemy in more detail and present them to the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea for ratification at an earliest date. -0-
Answer of Spokesperson for Ministry of Foreign Affairs of DPRK
Pyongyang, June 11 (KCNA) -- A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on June 11 in respect of the nonsensical expression of "regret" by the Secretary-General of the United Nations over the latest development of inter-Korean relations.
On June 10, the UN Secretary-General, borrowing the mouth of his spokesperson, made nonsensical expression of "regret", claiming that communication channels are necessary to avoid misunderstandings and miscalculations, while taking an issue of our measures for completely cutting off inter-Korean communication channels.
We cannot but express our astonishment over such reckless remarks - devoid of the common sense of judgment, let alone the basic knowledge of inter-Korean relations - coming out from the center of the United Nations.
I would not know whether it is an expression of his ignorance, but Guterres, as the UN Secretary-General, must have expressed his viewpoint, cognizant at least of the fact that the situation unfolding between the north and the south of Korea has not been triggered because of the absence of communication lines or contact channels.
It is only the UN Secretary-General himself who would know whether he is pretending to blind himself to the articles of inter-Korean agreement on ceasing all hostilities against the other party or pretending to be knowingly drunken. Anyway, his latest remark of "regret" cannot be overlooked.
It is the shabby and double-dealing behavior of the UN Secretary-General that he does not say a word when the sovereignty of the DPRK, a full-fledged member of the UN, is severely infringed, yet he never misses opportunity to raise his subservient expression of "regret" whenever the U.S. and its vassal forces are picking on our self-defensive measures.
No matter how eager he is to speak and clap his hands to side with the U.S. and its vassal forces, he will have to bear at least a slice of his duty as the UN Secretary-General.
Such an expression of inappropriate and biased views by the UN Secretary-General adds not only to the international acknowledgment that UN is being reduced into a political tool and a servant of certain privileged forces, but also to the mistrust of international society in the sacred UN organization and especially, the Secretary-General himself.
The sacred UN is not a mouthpiece of certain privileged forces, let alone an arena where the high-handedness and arbitrariness of such forces are permitted to be rampant.
If the Secretary-General truly desires peace and stability of the Korean peninsula, he shouldn't reel off such nonsense as "regrets", but harshly reprimand south Korea, even at this belated time, that threw away the North-South Agreement like worn-out shoes and connived at the evil deeds of the human scums.
We never pardon anyone who dares to point finger at our most precious and sacred Supreme Leadership.
We advise the UN Secretary-General to approach all members of the UN on an equal footing, true to the principles of the UN activities, their lifeline being impartiality and objectivity, and properly discharge his responsibility and perform his role in a way that the UN forum would not be dirtied by injustice and falsity. -0-
SPA Presidium Sends Greetings to Chongryon
Pyongyang, May 25 (KCNA) -- The Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) of the DPRK sent a message of greeting to the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) on May 25 on the occasion of its 65th anniversary.
The message extended warm congratulations and compatriotic greetings to Chairman Ho Jong Man and all other Chongryon officials and Koreans.
The formation of Chongryon, a dignified organization of overseas citizens of the DPRK, was the precious fruition of President Kim Il Sung's unique idea on the overseas compatriots' movement and guidance on the movement, and the formation was a historic event which brought about a fundamental turn in the development of the movement of Koreans in Japan and carving out the destiny of Koreans in Japan, the message said.
It said that the 65 years after Chongryon formation were the period of victory and honor when the organization paved and glorified the new path of the overseas compatriots' movement in the era of independence under the guidance of President Kim Il Sung, Chairman Kim Jong Il and Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, adding that the years were also a patriotic period during which Chongryon made a great contribution to the country and nation.
The message said that Chongryon has thoroughly applied the immortal Juche idea to the building of the organization and all its patriotic activities with the idea as the only guidelines so as to strengthen and develop it into an patriotic organization in which the ideological system of Juche, the leadership system, was thoroughly established and which has the might of the single-minded unity. Chongryon has also prepared its officials and compatriots as people strong in ideology and faith and ardent patriots who are boundlessly loyal to their leader and motherland, the message added.
In the face of the persistent moves of the enemies at home and abroad for stifling the organization, Chongryon officials and compatriots in Japan have reliably defended their organization, the legacy of patriotism left by Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and demonstrated to the whole world its true nature and might as an organization of overseas citizens of Juche Korea, the message said.
The message expressed the belief that the officials of Chongryon and compatriots in Japan would, in the future, too, add lustre to the organization, which shines by the august names of the peerlessly great men, as the patriotic pioneer, the example of patriotism and loyalty and the paragon of the movement of the overseas compatriots in the world. -0-
Kim Yo Jong, First Vice Department Director of WPK Central Committee, Issues Statement
Pyongyang, March 22 (KCNA) -- Kim Yo Jong, first vice department director of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, issued the following statement Sunday:
We received a personal letter sent to Chairman of the State Affairs Commission Kim Jong Un by President of the United States of America Donald Trump.
We regard it as a good judgment and proper action for the U.S. president to make efforts to keep the good relations he had with our Chairman by sending a personal letter again at a time as now when big difficulties and challenges lie in the way of developing the bilateral relations, and think that this should be highly estimated.
In the personal letter, President Trump said he was glad to hear that his congratulations to Chairman on his birthday was correctly conveyed, and wished the family of the Chairman and our people wellbeing.
In the letter, he also explained his plan to propel the relations between the two countries of the DPRK and the U.S. and expressed his intent to render cooperation in the anti-epidemic work, saying that he was impressed by the efforts made by the Chairman to defend his people from the serious threat of the epidemic.
Saying that he values his relations with Chairman Kim Jong Un, President Trump said that there were difficulties in letting his thoughts known because communications were not made often recently. He expressed his willingness to keep in close touch with the Chairman in the future.
We view such a personal letter of President Trump as a good example showing the special and firm personal relations with Chairman Kim Jong Un.
Chairman Kim Jong Un also mentioned his special personal relations with President Trump again and appreciated the personal letter.
Fortunately, the personal relations between the two top leaders are not as far away as the relations of confrontation between the two countries, and they are very excellent.
But the relations between the DPRK and the U.S. and their development should not be judged in haste in the light of the personal relations between the two top leaders, and furthermore, neither predictions nor expectations should be made based on them.
As they are the close relations between the two men representing the two countries, they would have positive impact but nobody knows how much the personal relations would change and lead the prospective relations between the two countries, and it is not something good to make hasty conclusion or be optimistic about it.
If impartiality and balance are not provided and unilateral and greedy intention is not taken away, the bilateral relations will continue to aggravate.
In my personal opinion, I think that the bilateral relations and dialogue for them would be thinkable only when the equilibrium is kept dynamically and morally and justice ensured between the two countries, not merely by the personal letter between the two leaders.
Even at this moment we are working hard to develop and defend ourselves on our own under the cruel environment which the U.S. is keen to "provide".
We try to hope for the day when the relations between the two countries would be as good as the ones between the two top leaders, but it has to be left to time and be watched whether it can actually happen.
However, we will never lose or waste time for nothing, but will keep changing ourselves to be more powerful for that time just as how we made ourselves for the past two years.
At the end I would like to extend sincere gratitude to the U.S. president for sending his invariable faith to the Chairman. -0-
Statement Issued by Advisor of DPRK Foreign Ministry
Pyongyang, January 11 (KCNA) -- Kim Kye Gwan, advisor of the DPRK Foreign Ministry, issued the following statement on Saturday:
From the outset of this year, the south Korean authorities have become too busy, talking about urgent conveying of the U.S. president's birthday greetings to the Chairman of our State Affairs Commission.
This is what the U.S. president asked for to be surely conveyed to the Chairman when he met the person concerned of Chongwadae in Washington, the south Korean authorities said in an extremely urgent notice they sent. But they seem not to know that there is a special liaison channel between the top leaders of the DPRK and the U.S.
The birthday greetings from the U.S. president that reached us by care of the excited south Korean authorities through the notice is what we already got through the personal letter of the U.S. president.
South Korea, not a member of the U.S. clan, went so frivolous as to convey the greetings from the U.S. president. It seems it still has lingering hope for playing the role of "mediator" in the DPRK-U.S. relations.
To forge personal relations between heads of state is a diplomatically natural thing between states. However, it is somehow presumptuous for south Korea to meddle in the personal relations between Chairman of the State Affairs Commission Kim Jong Un and President Trump.
As acknowledged by the world, it is true that the personal relations between the Chairman of our State Affairs Commission and President Trump are not bad.
But, it is absentminded to think of either making us return to the dialogue with the U.S. by taking the advantage of such relations or creating an atmosphere for it.
We have been deceived by the U.S., being caught in the dialogue with it for over one year and a half, and that was the lost time for us.
Although Chairman Kim Jong Un has a good personal feelings about President Trump, they are, in the true sense of the word, "personal". The Chairman of the State Affairs Commission would not discuss the state affairs on the basis of such personal feelings, as he represents our state and its interests.
What is clear is that we will never lose our time again, being taken in by the U.S. trick as in the past.
There will never be such negotiations as that in Vietnam, in which we proposed exchanging a core nuclear facility of the country for the lift of some UN sanctions in a bid to lessen the sufferings of the peaceable people even a bit.
There is no need for us to be present in such talks, in which there is only unilateral pressure, and we have no desire to barter something for other thing at the talks like traders.
It can be said that the reopening of dialogue between the DPRK and the U.S. may be possible only under the condition of the latter's absolute agreement on the issues raised by the former, but we know well that the U.S. is neither ready nor able to do so.
We know well about the way we should go and will go on our way.
Under these circumstances, the south Korean authorities had better not dream a fabulous dream that we would return to the dialogue with thankful feelings for the birthday greetings like someone. They are well advised to behave prudently not to be reduced to a fool heading nowhere. -0-
Chairman of Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee Issues Statement
Pyongyang, December 9 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Chol, chairman of the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, issued the following statement on Dec. 9:
The U.S. president continues using inappropriate and highly risky words and expressions even after our Dec. 5 warning.
On Dec. 5 we made clear our stand that we would keep watching the U.S. president whether he repeats irritating expressions stoking the atmosphere of confrontation or not, and that we would view the issue from a different angle in case he deliberately uses odd words and expressions against us again.
As well known to the world, at a press interview and in an article he posted on December 7 and 8, Trump let out loads of words and expressions with implicit threat to someone without any calculation that he doesn't think north Korea wants to interfere in the U.S. election but will keep watching it, he will be surprised if north Korea takes hostile action and it will lose everything if it does so.
Such language is, indeed, disappointing.
This naturally indicates that Trump is an old man bereft of patience.
From those words and expressions we can read how irritated he is now.
As he is such a heedless and erratic old man, the time when we can not but call him a "dotard" again may come.
We make clear once again that the Chairman of our State Affairs Commission has not used any irritating expression towards the U.S. president as yet.
Of course it could be a sign of self-restraint but there has not been any yet.
But if thing continues to go this way, our Chairman's understanding of Trump may change, I think.
If Trump's acts and words were meant to be addressed toward us, he must understand that his own style bluffing and hypocrisy sound rather abnormal and unrealistic to us and that every word made by him is heard with derision.
After receiving his erratic utterances, we have no intention to reconsider what we should do in the future, and will not feel worried about our future action.
Trump has too many things that he does not know about the DPRK.
We have nothing more to lose.
Though the U.S. may take away anything more from us, it can never remove the strong sense of self-respect, might and resentment against the U.S. from us.
Trump said that if we undertake an action, he would be surprised, and of course he will be astonished.
Our action is for his surprise. So, if he does not get astonished, we will be irritated.
This year is closing.
If the U.S. has will and wisdom to stop the second-hand of clash, it would be a better option for it to spend time to calculate in anguish for it rather than choosing bluffing and threatening expressions as now.
Stalling for time is not a ready-made solution.
If the U.S. has no will and wisdom, it can not but watch with anxiety the reality in which the threat to its security increases with the passage of time. -0-
DPRK Foreign Ministry Roving Ambassador Gives Answers to Questions Put by KCNA
Pyongyang, November 19 (KCNA) -- Kim Myong Gil, roving ambassador of the DPRK Foreign Ministry, on Tuesday gave the following answers to the questions put by KCNA as regards the DPRK-U.S. dialogue:
Question: Could you comment on U.S. media's recent report that the DPRK-U.S. working negotiations are quite likely to open in December?
Answer: As we have already reiterated several times, the DPRK-U.S. dialogue is impossible unless the U.S. makes a bold decision to drop the hostile policy towards the DPRK.
Question: It is said that the special representative of the U.S. Department of State for north Korea policy suggested having a meeting again within December through a third country. Which country is it?
Answer: It is Sweden.
Question: The United States asked Sweden to deliver the suggestion, not having direct contact with the DPRK. What is the reason?
Answer: In my opinion, the U.S. side traded on Sweden not to give impression that it fawns on the DPRK.
The DPRK appreciates the Swedish side for offering the venue for the DPRK-U.S. working negotiations and convenience early in October.
Now that the DPRK and the U.S. know each other's stand so well, Sweden no longer needs to work for the DPRK-U.S. dialogue, I think.
I am not sure that Sweden is either interested in the improvement of the DPRK-U.S. relations or beseeched by the U.S., but if the Swedish side behaves like a back-seat driver, it might be regarded as unreasonable.
It is not for lack of communication channel or mediator that the DPRK-U.S. negotiations have not yet been held.
The Swedish side would be well-advised to properly understand the situation and behave itself.
The U.S. should no longer pretend it is interested in the DPRK-U.S. dialogue, having the third country stand for it. -0-
Statement of Spokesman for DPRK State Affairs Commission
Pyongyang, November 13 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea released the following statement on Wednesday:
We explicitly defined the joint military drill being planned by the U.S. and south Korea as a main factor of screwing up tensions of the Korean peninsula and the region out of control, and have expressed deep concern over it and repeatedly warned them to stop it.
Despite our repeated warnings, the U.S. and the south Korean side decided to push ahead with the military drill hostile to the DPRK at the most sensitive time. This has further enraged our people, making it hard for them to keep the patience they have so far exercised.
The U.S. Defense Department and Joint Chiefs of Staff, asserting that they would adjust the scale of the projected U.S.-south joint air drill and not stage it in consideration of north Korea's anger, openly said now is just the time to launch a joint drill of such type and it is aimed to gird itself for going into a war even tonight.
The U.S. is not accepting with due consideration the year-end time limit that we set out of great patience and magnanimity.
Such moves of the U.S. constitute an undisguised breach of the June 12 DPRK-U.S. joint statement adopted on the basis of mutual trust and an open denial of the Singapore agreement which evoked great sensation worldwide.
We have so far tried hard to recognize the U.S. as our dialogue partner, halted different actions that the U.S. was concerned about, and have taken all possible confidence-building measures, true to its commitment to stop military actions irritating and antagonizing the dialogue partner during the goodwill dialogue between the DPRK and the U.S. By such efforts of us, successes termed by the U.S. president his exploits at every opportunity could be possible.
We, without being given anything, gave things the U.S. president can brag about but the U.S. side has not yet taken any corresponding step. Now, betrayal is only what we feel from the U.S. side.
The U.S. persists in the trite and unreasonable mode after overturning even the official stand of its president to handle the "nuclear issue of north Korea" out of a new calculation method, raising higher the obstacles to the improvement of the DPRK-U.S. relations and the end of the hostile relations.
This year alone, it staged Key Resolve and Foal Eagle with changed codename Alliance 19 in March and Ulji Freedom Guardian with changed codename "drill for examining wartime operation control transfer" in August. Whenever it was given opportunities, it waged a series of dangerous hostile military acts in a disguised mode, namely special operation drills.
Such acts of perfidy of reciprocating the good faith with evil have already put the DPRK-U.S. relations on the verge of a breakdown. Still it is mulling about combined aerial drills targeting the DPRK, the dialogue partner, under such situation only to further aggravate the situation. Our official stand is that we can no longer remain an onlooker to such a reckless act of the U.S.
At present when one party backpedals on its commitments and unilaterally takes hostile steps, there is neither reason nor any excuse for the other party to keep itself bound to its commitments. What's more, there is no sufficient time left.
Now that the physical movement of threatening our sovereignty and the security environment is clearly seen, it is the exercise of the full-fledged self-defensive right of a sovereign state to take countermeasures to contain it.
It is our intention and will to answer dialogue with dialogue and recourse to force in kind.
To look back on the past hours which we let them pass with patience, we no longer feel the need to exercise any more patience.
The U.S. has to ponder over what it can do during the short last hours left.
The U.S. had better behave itself with prudence at a sensitive time when the situation on the Korean Peninsula could go back to the starting point due to the joint military drills between the U.S. and south Korea, the biggest factor of the repeating vicious circle of the DPRK-U.S. relations.
The U.S. will have to meditate on what influence the "new way" we can be compelled to take will have on the "future of the U.S."
It will face greater threat and be forced to admit its failure, being put into trouble before long if it doesn't do anything to change the trend of the present situation. -0-
Exclusion of Korean Children from Supporting System Is Undisguised Hostile Move towards DPRK
Pyongyang, October 24 (KCNA) -- A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea issued the following statement on Thursday:
Anti-Japanese sentiments of our people are flaring up because of the unjust step by the Japanese government to have finally excluded the infant classes of Korean schools from the "free infant education and child upbringing" system.
Not satisfied in having excluded the Korean children in Japan from the high school supporting system, the Japanese government has now completely refused education support even for the children at infant classes. This is an undisguised hostile move towards the DPRK and an intolerable reckless act of inhumane nature.
The despicable acts of the Japanese authorities towards the Korean residents in Japan did not happen merely one or two times in the past. But, the latest heinous and reckless act of bruising even the minds of infants was not seen before.
Such an unprecedented atrocity is a manifestation of vicious attempt to throw the whole of the Korean residents in Japan into a crucible of national exclusion and obliterate their nationality by all possible means.
We never tolerate anti-DPRK hostile acts to suppress and obliterate the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon), a legitimate overseas organization of the dignified DPRK, and the Korean residents in Japan, members of our nation. There is not a slightest change in this position.
Though repeatedly talking about an ¡°unconditional dialogue,¡± Abe regime will never be able to step across the threshold of our Republic as long as it only chooses to do evil deeds against the trend and pursues hostile policy towards the DPRK. Abe regime should bear this in mind and behave with discretion. -0-
Fate of DPRK-U.S. Dialogue Depends on U.S. Attitude: DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesperson
Pyongyang, October 6 (KCNA) -- The spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea issued the following statement on Sunday:
The DPRK and the U.S. held working-level negotiations in Stockholm, Sweden on Oct. 5 after the preliminary contact on Oct. 4 under an agreement between the two sides.
We approached the negotiations with expectations and optimism that the U.S. side would think and act in a proper way as it had persistently requested for the opening of the negotiations by sending repeated signals that it was ready for dialogue based on "a new method" and "creative solution".
However, the trite stance shown by the delegates of the U.S. side at the negotiations venue made us feel that our expectations were no better than an empty hope and rather increased a doubt as to whether the U.S. truly has a stand to solve the issue through dialogue.
At the negotiations, the U.S. side maintained its former stand, seemingly showing that it has brought no new package, but repeated equivocal insistence that consecutive and intensive negotiations are necessary, yet not presenting any signs of calculation and guarantee.
The U.S. has actually not made any preparations for the negotiations but sought to meet its political goal of abusing the DPRK-U.S. dialogue for its domestic political events on schedule.
So, the delegate of the DPRK side to the negotiations opened a press conference and clarified our principled stand on the negotiations.
However, the U.S. is misleading the public opinion, insisting that the press conference given by the delegation of the DPRK fell short of accurately reflecting the contents and the spirit of the negotiations and that they had wonderful discussion with the DPRK side.
The greater the expectations, the greater the disappointment.
The recent negotiations have left us skeptical about the U.S. political will to improve the DPRK-U.S. relations and made us think if it isn't its real intention to abuse the bilateral relations for gratifying its party interests.
The U.S. is spreading a completely ungrounded story that both sides are open to meet after two weeks but as it has conceived nothing even after the passage of 99 days since the Panmunjom summit, it is not likely at all that it can produce a proposal commensurate to the expectations of the DPRK and to the concerns of the world in just fortnight.
We have no intention to hold such sickening negotiations as what happened this time before the U.S. takes a substantial step to make complete and irreversible withdrawal of the hostile policy toward the DPRK, a policy that threatens the security of the country and hampers the rights to existence and development of its people.
We have already made it clear that if the U.S. again fingers at the old scenario which has nothing to do with new calculation method, the dealings between the DPRK and the U.S. may immediately come to an end.
As we have clearly identified the way for solving problem, the fate of the future DPRK-U.S. dialogue depends on the U.S. attitude, and the end of this year is its deadline. -0-
DPRK First Vice Foreign Minister Issues Statement
Pyongyang, September 9 (KCNA) -- Choe Son Hui, first vice foreign minister of the DPRK, issued the following statement on Monday:
I gave heed to the recent repeated remarks of high-ranking U.S. officials leading the negotiations with the DPRK that they are ready for the DPRK-U.S. working negotiation.
Kim Jong Un, chairman of the State Affairs Commission, clarified his stand at the historic Policy Speech in April that it is essential for the U.S. to quit its current calculation method and approach us with new one and we will wait for a bold decision from the U.S. with patience till the end of this year.
I think the U.S. has since had enough time to find the calculation method that it can share with us.
We have willingness to sit with the U.S. side for comprehensive discussions of the issues we have so far taken up at the time and place to be agreed late in September.
I believe that the U.S. side will come out with a proposal geared to the interests of the DPRK and the U.S. and based on the calculation method acceptable to us.
If the U.S. side fingers again the worn-out scenario which has nothing to do with the new calculation method at the DPRK-U.S. working negotiation to be held with so much effort, the DPRK-U.S. dealings may come to an end. -0-
DPRK Foreign Ministry Denounces S. Korean Authorities
Pyongyang, August 22 (KCNA) -- A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea issued the following press statement on Thursday:
Dangerous and unusual military moves are now on the horizon, which would trigger a new cold war on the Korean peninsula and in the region.
One such move is the introduction yet again by the south Korean authorities of "F-35A" stealth fighters from the United States shortly after the end of joint military exercises, despite our repeated warnings.
This act of continuously introducing the cutting-edge lethal equipment is a grave provocation that has openly denied the joint declarations and the military agreement between the north and the south of Korea, and as such, it only serves to graphically reveal again the hypocrisy and double-dealing conduct of the south Korean authorities who are noisily talking about making "efforts to do things more useful yet less harmful to dialogue."
Escalating hostile military moves by the United States and the south Korean authorities are reducing the dynamics of dialogue for building a lasting and durable peace on the Korean peninsula, and this compels us to weigh a realistic way of turning our attention more to strengthening the physical deterrence.
Furthermore, the reality - that the United States has recently test-fired the intermediate-range cruise missile and plans to deploy a large quantity of offensive military equipment such as "F-35" stealth fighters and "F-16V" fighters in Japan and other surrounding areas of the Korean peninsula, thus adding to the regional arms race and confrontation - calls for our greatest vigilance.
We have underlined time and again that the joint military exercises and the build-up of armed forces in south Korea are dangerous acts detrimental to peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.
We remain unchanged in our position to resolve all issues in a peaceful manner through dialogue and negotiation. However, dialogue accompanied by military threats is of no interest to us. -0-
Spokesperson for Ministry of Foreign Affairs of DPRK Issues Press Statement
Pyongyang, August 6 (KCNA) -- A spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea made public the following press statement on Tuesday:
Despite our repeated warnings, the United States and south Korean authorities have finally started the joint military exercise targeting the DPRK.
This is an undisguised denial and a flagrant violation of June 12 DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement, Panmunjom Declaration and September Pyongyang Joint Declaration, all of which are agreements to establish new DPRK-U.S. relations and build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean peninsula.
Although the U.S. and south Korean authorities are playing all sorts of tricks to justify the joint military exercise, its aggressive nature can neither be covered up nor whitewashed in any manner.
The first joint military exercise "Focus Lens" was conducted in south Korea in 1954, the year after the conclusion of the Armistice Agreement. All the U.S.-south Korea joint military exercises which have been annually conducted during the past 65 years since then were unexceptionally aggressive war exercises simulating the surprise and preemptive attack on the DPRK.
What is more serious is that the U.S. increases hostile military tension against us by deploying a large amount of latest offensive military equipment in south Korea, in disregard of its commitment to suspend joint military exercises made at summit level on such occasions as the Singapore DPRK-U.S. summit and the Panmunjom DPRK-U.S. summit.
Even after the Singapore DPRK-U.S. summit, the U.S. and south Korean authorities continuously staged all kinds of aggressive war exercises targeting us, such as Marine Corps Joint Exercise, "Alliance 19-1", Joint Aerial Drill, "Proliferation Security Initiative", and the U.S. did not hesitate to conduct the missile interception test simulating an interception of our ICBMs and the test-fire of ICBM "Minuteman-3" and SLBM "Trident 2 D-5."
The U.S. also made clear, in "its nuclear deterrence policy report," its policy position to oppose the ban on nuclear first use against our country and it dared to expose the repugnance towards us by branding our country as a "rogue state" and a "proliferator" of nuclear technology, chemical weapons and ballistic missiles.
Recently, "F-35A" stealth fighters were brought into south Korea and the U.S. nuclear strategic submarine "Oklahoma City" came into port of Pusan. In the meantime, the U.S. is pushing forward the move to introduce even high-altitude reconnaissance drone "Global Hawk" into south Korea. All these put us on our guard.
All the above facts prove that the U.S. and south Korean authorities do not have political will at all to implement the joint statements whereby they committed to improve the DPRK-U.S. relations and the inter-Korean relations, and that they remain unchanged in their position to continue to face us as an enemy.
Since the hostile military moves of the U.S. and south Korean authorities have reached the danger line, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea makes clear the following principled position, strongly condemning and denouncing the above moves.
First, the U.S. and south Korean authorities will, under no circumstances, evade from their responsibilities for compelling the DPRK to take countermeasures for eliminating the potential and direct threats to its state security.
The U.S. and south Korean authorities know too well that the joint military exercise will cause a backlash from us. Then what is its ulterior motive to conduct it at any cost which only provokes and threatens us?
We have already warned several times that the joint military exercises would block progress in the DPRK-U.S. relations and the inter-Korean relations and bring us into reconsideration of our earlier major steps.
There is no such a law that one side might be allowed to walk away from its commitment and our side only should be bound by the commitment.
As the U.S. and south Korean authorities take every possible occasion to claim that the joint military exercises are "defensive" in nature, an "essential element" for combat preparedness, etc, so we are compelled to develop, test and deploy the powerful physical means essential for national defence. The U.S. and south Korean authorities cannot counter this even though they have ten mouths.
If south Korea finds itself so distressed by "security threat," it would be much more expedient for it not to commit such an act that will only make a rod for itself.
Second, we remain unchanged in our stand to resolve the issues through dialogue. But the dynamics of dialogue will be more invisible as long as the hostile military moves continue.
The prevailing situation is dramatically dampening down our desire for implementing the DPRK-U.S. agreements and the inter-Korean agreements, which also affects the prospect of future dialogue.
It is too axiomatic that a constructive dialogue cannot be expected at a time when a simulated war practice targeted at the dialogue partner is being conducted, and there is no need to have a fruitless and exhausting dialogue with those who do not have a sense of communication.
The U.S. and south Korean authorities remain outwardly talkative about dialogue. But when they sit back, they sharpen a sword to do us harm. If this is what they call "creative approach" and "imaginative power beyond common sense", we will be compelled to seek a new road as we have already indicated.
If the U.S and south Korean authorities trust to luck, disregarding our repeated warnings, we will make them pay heavy price which will in turn make them very much difficult. -0-
DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Condemns U.S. Hostile Acts
Pyongyang, June 26 (KCNA) -- A spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea released the following statement on Wednesday:
We now see an unusual move of the United States whereby it gets ever more undisguised in its hostility towards us.
Recently, the U.S. viciously slandered the DPRK in its "Trafficking in Persons Report" and "International Religious Freedom Report", both of which are based on all kinds of falsehoods and fabrications, and it also decided to continue for another one year the "National Emergency" that calls for defining us as its enemy and imposing further sanctions.
The U.S. State Secretary Pompeo especially made reckless remarks when asked in a press conference about a possibility of the DPRK-U.S. working-level talks that it is important for everyone to remember that today some 80-plus percent of the North Korean economy is sanctioned, and he let loose a sophistry as if the sanctions are rendering the bilateral talks possible.
If the U.S. sanctions are affecting 80-plus percent of our economy, as Pompeo mentioned, the question is whether the U.S. target is to raise it up to 100 percent.
This is an outright challenge to the DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement adopted at the DPRK-U.S. summit talks held in Singapore and a manifestation of the most extreme hostile acts by the United States towards the DPRK.
All these speak clearly to the fact that the wild dream of the U.S. to bring us to our knees by means of sanctions and pressure has not changed at all but grows even more undisguised.
As for the "National Emergency" strongly advocated by the U.S., it is nothing less than the product of the heinous policy hostile to us, because it was designed to persist with the anti-DPRK sanctions by continuously terming us as an enemy when the U.S. administration had to remove us from the targets of the "Trading With The Enemy Act" in June 2008.
Even though the supreme leaders devote their all for establishing new DPRK-U.S. relations, it would be difficult to look forward to the improvement of the bilateral relations and denuclearization of the Korean peninsula as long as the American politics are dominated by the policy-makers who have an inveterate antagonism towards the DPRK.
The United States should not be mistaken.
As Comrade Chairman of the State Affairs Commission said, we would not thirst for a lifting of sanctions.
Our state is not a country that will surrender to the U.S. sanctions, nor are we a country which the U.S. could attack whenever it desires to do so.
If anyone dares to trample over our sovereignty and the right to existence, we will not hesitate to pull a muscle-flexing trigger in order to defend ourselves. -0-
CPRC Reunification and Agitation Department Exposes Sordid Nature of LKP
Pyongyang, May 25 (KCNA) -- The Reunification and Agitation Department of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country (CPRC) of the DPRK released an indictment on May 24, revealing the sordid nature of the "Liberal Korea Party" (LKP) keen on covering up their high-profile crimes and taking power again under the pretext of the "people's livelihood" and "security".
The LKP is a group of gangsters that have inherited the "tradition" of fascist dictators.
Far back in the past at the time of its first predecessor "Liberal Party", it enforced fascist dictatorship by invoking the "Security Law". At the times of the "Democratic Republican Party", it instituted "anti-communist law", "yusin constitution" and "social security law". In the 1980s it enacted a "draft law on assembly and demonstration". Through the fabrication of more than 100 fascist laws as such, the party turned south Korea into a prison without bars characteristic of the conservative party.
The long line of the names ranging from the "Democratic Justice Party", "Democratic Liberal Party", "New Korea Party", "Grand National Party", "Saenuri Party" to the "Liberal Korea Party" that the party has taken up has accompanied corresponding rallying and dismissing.
In fear of the candlelight demonstrators that flared up, it changed the name "Saenuri Party" into the "Liberal Korea Party" and claimed "repentance", "shake-up", "parting with the past" and "modification". But a crow is never whiter for often washing.
Exposing the essence of the "people's livelihood" cited by the traitorous party, the indictment continued:
The crippled south Korean economy and the impoverished people's livelihood are entirely the product, consequence and miserable result of the unpopular rule pursued by traitors Lee Myung Bak and Park Geun Hye during their term from the conservative party.
Lee Myung Bak who presented himself as an "economy-minded president" brought unprecedented pain and sufferings to the south Koreans with the production of more than 5.2 million unemployed and over 10 million poverty-stricken masses.
Park Geun Hye visited other countries for the conclusion of the humiliating "Free Trade Agreement", spending three million USD at one time, allegedly to achieve "diplomatic performance" only to plunge the subservient bubble economy of south Korea into an abyss beyond control.
The indictment censured the shameful "security" rhetoric uttered by the harassers of peace. It continued:
The traitorous party has now gone desperate, justifying itself as "security guard" and "peace guard" everywhere in south Korea.
Insulting the historic north-south summits and declarations as "strategy risking security" and "meeting devoid of details of nuclear dismantlement deal" and "declaration that was dictated by the north" and "unilateral declaration reflective of the north's interests only", they viciously slandered them, stressing the need to "stop pleading for dialogue and to tighten sanctions and pressure on the north".
The sinister aim behind the rackets of the "leftist dictatorship" and confrontation with the fellow countrymen touted by the LKP under the signboard of "security" is to round up conservative elements through stereotyped coloring offensive, revive fascist dictatorship, hobble the north-south reconciliation efforts and create the phase of acute crisis of war far back in the past.
The LKP is a group of traitors that have to be thrown overboard together with the kingpins of evil doings.
Hwang Kyo An is the No. 1 target of the abolition of evils out of the LKP group keen on pushing back the wheel of history under the excuses of the "people's livelihood" and "security".
No matter how loudly the LKP group including Hwang may cry out for "people's livelihood" and "security", they can never cover up their sordid nature as the fascist party, the group of sycophantic traitors and confrontational maniacs and hotbed of evils.
It will be hard to realize new politics and new life wished by the south Koreans nor will it be possible to expect improvement in the north-south relations and peace and prosperity on the Korean peninsula with the cancer-like entity and group of traitors like LKP left intact.
However hard the traitorous party may try to find a way-out by citing "people's livelihood" and "security", they are destined to meet ruin, in the face of the fierce resistance and severe punishment by the people, the indictment concluded. -0-
First Vice Foreign Minister of DPRK Flails Sophistry by U.S. Secretary of State
Pyongyang, April 30 (KCNA) -- Choe Son Hui, First Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on April 30, as regards the sophistry let loose by Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State concerning the issue of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula:
At an interview with CBS on April 24, Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State, talked about so-called "change paths."
This is a foolish and dangerous idea designed to bring down our system at any cost even by resorting to the military means, as their maximum pressure and economic blockade are not working against us.
In his historic policy speech made at the First Session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly, Comrade Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, articulated the stand that the United States needs to put aside the current method of calculation and approach us with a new method of calculation and we would wait until the end of this year to see whether the U.S. makes a courageous decision or not.
In other words, he set a time limit for the settlement of nuclear issue which could be possible if the U.S. comes up with a proper method of calculation before the end of this year.
At the DPRK-Russia summit talks held on April 25, Comrade Chairman of the State Affairs Commission strongly berated the unilateral and dishonest attitude of the United States and stated that the peace and security of the Korean peninsula will be entirely dependent on the future American attitude and the DPRK will be prepared to deal with every possible scenario.
Our determination for denuclearization remains unchanged, and when the time comes, we will put it into practice. But, this is possible only under the condition that the U.S. changes their current method of calculation and formulates a new stand.
As for the so-called "change paths" talked about by the United States, it is not a privileged right that pertains only to the U.S., but it could also be our choice at our own will.
In case the U.S. is messing the problem and wandering along the other road like now, and would not formulate their position anew within the time frame set by our side, they will indeed face an undesired consequence.
We are well aware of the road we are to follow but we are merely holding back our decision because we have provided the time frame for the U.S.
The United States might better choose their path ahead, taking deep to their hearts the meaning behind the year-end time frame provided by our side. -0-