Kim Jong Il enjoys celebration performance of KPA merited chorus

Pyongyang, July 28 (KCNA) --General Secretary Kim Jong Il enjoyed a performance given by the merited chorus of the song and dance ensemble of the KPA to mark the 45th anniversary of the victory in the Great Fatherland Liberation War. Seeing the performance together with him were KPA generals Kim Ha Gyu, Hyon Chol Hae and Pak Jae Gyong and other general officers and Secretary Kim Kuk Thae of the WPK Central Committee. The programme included "Long live Generalissimo Kim Il Sung," "My song on the ditch" and "We will defend the headquarters of revolution with our lives." The Supreme Commander congratulated the performers upon their successful performance and waved to the cheering audience. He was much pleased with the excellent performance which was vibrant with the revolutionary spirit of servicemen and of high ideological and artistic value. He showed high appreciation for the successes gained by the artistes of the merited chorus in greatly encouraging the army and people to a new victory through revolutionary, militant art activities as they did on the heights in the thick of battles during the Great Fatherland Liberation War.

S. Korean puppets had better mind their own business

Pyongyang, July 28 (KCNA) -- Recently, South Korean venal media alleged that there were a "demonstration" and "purge of cadres" in Pyongyang. The groundless allegation is another despicable propaganda of the South Korean authorities seeking to impair the prestige of the north. Pyongyang, the capital of Juche Korea, and all other towns and rural communities have been all afire with the atmosphere of the election to the 10th Supreme People's Assembly. Seen everywhere are people, men and women, old and young, dancing and singing. They are willing to steadfastly defend the people's government, which always provides them with a happy and worthwhile life. The South Korean puppets, however, are persistently resorting to the anti-north smear campaign, afraid of the South Korean people becoming aware of the happy life of those in the north and invincibility of its socialism. Finding it difficult to lull the escalating anti-"government" demonstrations in South Korea, the puppets have attempted to diverse public attention to the north. As for protests and demonstrations, they have become a daily occurrence in South Korea. Unemployed and other people of various social strata have staged anti-"government" demonstrations in front of the Seoul city hall and in all other parts of South Korea. The puppets, instead of resorting to anti-north smear campaign and spreading rumours about "purge of cadres," had better solve South Korea's unemployment problem and promptly stop the fascist suppression of workers and other people and man-hunting.

Japan-resident Koreans vow to uphold Kim Jong Il

Pyongyang, July 28 (KCNA) -- The Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon), representing unbounded reverence and intense loyalty of all its officials and 700,000 Koreans in Japan, extended the greatest glory and warmest felicitations to General Secretary Kim Jong Il, who was elected deputy to the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA). In a July 27 congratulatory message to Kim Jong Il, it said that his election is a clear manifestation of the Korean people's deep respect for and absolute trust in him and a great glory and happiness to Chongryon officials and Koreans in Japan, overseas citizens of the DPRK, as well as the people in the homeland. The message expressed the resolution of the Chongryon officials and Koreans in Japan to ardently love and resolutely defend the socialist homeland and share their destiny with the homeland in closer unity around the DPRK government, with Kim Jong Il at the head of sovereign power.

Victory day observed in Korea

Pyongyang, July 28 (KCNA) -- The 45th anniversary of the victory in the Great Fatherland Liberation War has been significantly celebrated in Korea. Colorful events took place in Pyongyang and other parts of the country to commemorate the day of victory in the war, the second liberation day. An evening of youth and students in Pyongyang was held at Kim Il Sung Square on July 27. Present there were Pak Song Chol, Kim Yong Nam and other senior party and state officials. The participants danced to the tune of songs such as "Long live Generalissimo Kim Il Sung", "Our general is the best" and "We have won". Foreigners and overseas compatriots joined them in dancing to celebrate the day of victory in the war. The day was also marked by an evening gala of the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces, a festive concert and evening of the Ministry of Public Security, and a festive stage of agricultural workers. And men and officers of the three services of the Korean People's Army met in front of the sculpture "victory", the main theme of the monument to the victory in the Fatherland Liberation War, to renew their determination to firmly prepare themselves to be human bombs and bullets in devotedly defending General Secretary Kim Jong Il. The celebrations also included a meeting of trade union members, a performance given by workers' art propaganda team of the Central Committee of the General Federation of Trade Unions, a meeting with DPRK heroes and young builders of the capital, and an oratorical contest and a poem recital of Pyongyang youth and students. Art performances were given before full houses at theatres in the capital and local places to commemorate the anniversary.

U.S. warned to act with discretion

Pyongyang, July 28 (KCNA) -- Minju Joson today comes out with a commentary castigating the United States for concentrically deploying vast nuclear military facilities and armed forces in the sea near the Korean peninsula. Condemning this deployment as an open military provocation and declaration of a war against the DPRK, the commentary warns U.S. warmongers to clearly know the other party and act with discretion. It further says: The reckless military moves show that the United States intends to start a second Korean war through a surprise strike at the DPRK. Even if the U.S. kindles a war of aggression on the DPRK right now, the Korean people will not be frightened. They will not be in the least alarmed even though it commits worse deeds than war. If the U.S. and their stooges dare infringe upon the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK even a bit, the Korean People's Army and people will daringly turn out in a sacred war to smash the aggressors and demonstrate the honor of heroic Korea. Even if the earth may break during the war, the servicemen and people of the DPRK will fight it out and mercilessly annihilate the aggressors to the last.

Servicemen vow to remain faithful to Kim Jong Il

Pyongyang, July 28 (KCNA) -- Soldiers of the three services of the Korean People's Army (KPA) met here on Monday, the 45th anniversary of the victory in the Great Fatherland Liberation War, and vowed to prepare themselves as human bombs for defending General Secretary Kim Jong Il. Addressing the meeting, First Vice Minister of the People's Armed Forces Kim Il Chol said a system of the Supreme Commander's leadership, a revolutionary morale of moving as one on his order and an indomitable spirit of implementing the party's policies to the letter should be established thoroughly in the whole army. He called on all the servicemen to make full combat preparations and increase the combat power of the army in every way, annihilate the enemies who dare invade the DPRK again and reliably defend the socialist homeland of Juche. Representatives of the three services in their speeches vowed to mercilessly annihilate the invaders in the spirit of human bombs, human fortress and suicide attack as the heroes of the '50s did and see Kim Jong Il on the platform of the square where the reunification would be hailed.

S. Korean authorities urged to apologize for hostile remarks

Pyongyang, July 28 (KCNA) -- The spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland urged the South Korean authorities to immediately withdraw Chon Yong Thaek's remarks hostile to the north, make an apology and reprimand the warhawk. Chon, "Minister of Defence," said they will consider the north as "sworn enemy until the north and the south of Korea are unified." In a statement released on Monday, the spokesman said Chon was the first South Korean military boss to openly make such hostile remarks and that his bellicose and anti-national utterances revealed the South Korean authorities' stand towards the north. The spokesman continued: The South Korean authorities not only defined the north as "sworn enemy" but openly said they would defeat the north by such violent means as war. This means that they would no longer regard the north as their dialogue partner. They should be held wholly responsible for dialogue and contact which can hardly be expected between the north and the south of Korea.

Korean socialism will surely emerge victorious

Pyongyang, July 28 (KCNA) -- General Secretary H. S.Surjeet of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Central Committee, President Rakotovao Andriantiana and General Secretary Gisele Rabesahala of the Party of the Congress for the Independence of Madagascar, and leader Korn Dabaransi of the Thai Party for National Development met with the Korean ambassadors to their countries and stressed that Korean socialism will surely emerge victorious. H. S. Surjeet said his party believes that socialism of Korea will certainly win victory and its reunification will surely be achieved as long as Korea is wisely led by General Secretary Kim Jong Il, who has successfully carried forward the revolutionary cause of President Kim Il Sung. Rakotovao Andriantiana said that in recent years the Korean people have achieved great success, undaunted by political, economic and military pressure of the imperialist allied forces and natural disasters. This is a result of Kim Jong Il's brilliant wisdom and outstanding leadership, he stressed. He said that they will fully support the Korean people in their struggle for defending the best Korean socialism, accelerating socialist construction and promoting national reunification. Korn Dabaransi said the politics of the supreme leader of the Korean people Kim Jong Il is, indeed, admirable. He hoped that the Korean people will tide over the temporary difficulties and make great success in accomplishing the cause of the leader.

Victory is in store for Korean people

Pyongyang, July 28 (KCNA) -- Debarajan, member of the Secretariat of the All-India Forward Bloc, made public a press statement on July 23 on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the victory of the Korean people in the war. He said in the statement that the Korean people will always emerge victorious under the guidance of General Secretary Kim Jong Il. The Korean people's victory in the war is attributed to the outstanding leadership of Kim Il Sung who had matchless grit and iron will, he said, and went on: The revolutionary armed forces of Korea are now greeting the most glorious new era in their development as they are holding of General Secretary Kim Jong Il in high esteem as Supreme Commander. The United States should draw a lesson from its defeat in the Korean War and correct its anachronistic Korea policy.

Rodong Sinmun on successful election of deputies to SPA

Pyongyang, July 28 (KCNA) -- Rodong Sinmun today runs an editorial captioned "government of DPRK which enjoys unquestioned support of popular masses will be thriving forever" in the wake of the successful holding of the election of deputies to the 10th Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Upon hearing the news with deep emotion that General Secretary Kim Jong Il has been elected a deputy to the SPA, all the people of the country extend the greatest honor and warmest felicitations to him, the editorial says, and goes on: The recent election marked a historic occasion in building the people's government of the DPRK into an invincible socialist government and increasing the potentials of Korean socialism in every way as demanded by the Korean revolution which has reached a new stage of its development. All the electors took part in the election with a high degree of political zeal and voted for the candidates. This fully proves once again how deep the Korean people's trust in Kim Jong Il is and how powerful and solid the monolithic unity of the people around him in one thought and purpose and with moral obligation is. The supreme power body of the republic has been built with true representatives of the people in accordance with the will of the entire people. As a result, the socialist, government established in north Korea struck its roots deeper into workers, farmers, servicemen, intellectuals and people of other social standings and the function and role of the people's government in uniform guidance over all aspects of social life have been enhanced considerably. The editorial underlines the necessity to steadily strengthen and develop the government of the republic into a revolutionary government for carrying Kim Jong Il's ideas into practice and ensuring his guidance.

Symposium on Korea's reunification

Pyongyang, July 28 (KCNA) -- A symposium on Korea's reunification was co-sponsored on July 16 by the British Association for Independence Studies and the British Association for Friendship with Korea in the month of international solidarity with the Korean people. Introduced in the symposium were solidarity messages to the symposium from members of parliament from the British Labour Party, the General Secretary of the Britannic Communist Party, the Chairman of the British National Committee for Disarmament and missions of various countries in London. Speakers at the symposium called for having a proper understanding on Korea's reunification and expressing support and solidarity for the struggle of the Korean people.

Chief of NDFSK mission in Cuba supports library of national reunification

Pyongyang, July 28 (KCNA) -- Pak Kwang Gi, Chief of the Mission in Cuba of the National Democratic Front of South Korea (NDFSK), had an interview with the Prensa Latina on July 24 on the occasion of the first anniversary of the publication of Kim Jong Il's famous work "Let Us Carry Out the Great Leader Comrade Kim Il Sung's Instructions for National Reunification" (August 4). In the work Kim Jong Il clearly indicated the way for national independence and reunification, he said, and went on: "We will devote ourselves to defending the Juche character and national character and realizing national independence in line with the three charters for national reunification and the five-point policy of great national unity clarified by him." "As he leads the cause of national independence, the day is coming when the country is reunified and all the fellow countrymen live a harmonious and happy life."

S. Korean religionists urge repatriation of POWs

Pyongyang, July 28 (KCNA) -- South Korean religionists under the Catholic Human Rights Committee and "Korean Catholic Priests' Association for Justice" demanded that the old Kim In So, Kim Yong Thae and Ham Se Hwan, unconverted long-term prisoners of war, be repatriated to the north without delay, according to a South Korean paper. They said in a statement that the old men of the north origin were taken prisoners in the south during the June 25, 1950 war and should have been sent back after the war. But, the authorities are refusing to send them back and imposing sufferings on them, which is contrary to the world public opinion on human rights, they said. They expressed their resolution to continue the struggle for human rights until the POWs are sent back to the north.

Physical culture and sports in Korea

Pyongyang, July 28 (KCNA) -- Remarkable successes have been made in physical culture and sports in the DPRK in the past 50 years. DPRK athletes have carried off more than 470 gold medals in world championships, Olympic Games and other major international tournaments during the period. The total number of medals is over 1,200. Scores of world champions and seven Olympic gold medallists have been produced. Among them are Pak Yong Sun, the queen of world table tennis, and wrestlers Kim Chol Hwan, Ri Jae Sik and Kim Yong Sik, who are two-time world champions. Sin Kum Dan made new world records 11 times in women's races and Ri Hung Chon and Han Kyong Si four times each in weight lifting events. Gymnasts Ri Song Sop (man), Ri Chol Hyon (man) and Kim Kwang Suk (woman) created the gymnastic movements named after them. More than 100 sports groups have been formed in Pyongyang and all the provinces, cities and counties and at major industrial establishments, which have been specialized in sports on a high level. 200 reserve athletes on an annual average are trained up through over 7,200 sports circles organised at schools at all levels. Taekwon-do for health and mass rhythmic gymnastics are popularized among people and defence and folk sports games are encouraged to make sports part and parcel of their life. The state has awarded the title of labour hero and other titles of honor to the athletes who have contributed to the sports development, and showed them solicitude. Five labour heroes, more than 80 people's athletes and over 430 merited athletes were produced in the field of physical culture and sports in the past.