Thursday, September 18, 2014

Association for Human Rights Studies Spokesman on Report on Human Rights Performance in DPRK
Pyongyang, September 13 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Association for Human Rights Studies Saturday gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA as regards a report on the human rights policy pursued in the DPRK and its human rights mechanism:
A report of the DPRK Association for Human Rights Studies was released amid concern and expectation of the public at home and abroad. It reflects the characteristics of the socialist system of the DPRK, its human rights policy and actual human rights performance.
The U.S. and its followers, steeped in repugnancy toward the DPRK, faked up an "investigation committee", not content with pulling up it over its "human rights issue". They prodded the "committee" into releasing a "report" based on false data cooked up by riff-raffs, further intensifying the anti-DPRK "human rights" campaign.
The report made public by the "Committee for Investigating Human Rights Situation in Korea" is no more than a dead document as it is peppered with "testimonies" made by swindlers who "defected from the north," speculation and enmity, not mentioning the human rights policy and mechanisms in the DPRK.
Now that the hostile forces are abusing the human rights issue to tarnish the image of the dignified DPRK and emasculate the idea and social system chosen by the Korean people, the Association released the report to probe the truth and properly inform the world of the actual human rights performance in the DPRK.
The report gives historical, comprehensive and systemic account of all consistent efforts made by the DPRK to let the people enjoy genuine human rights while giving top priority to the rights and interests of the popular people and absolutizing them since its foundation. It also discloses that the anti-DPRK human rights campaign by the U.S. and other hostile forces is an act of encroaching upon the human rights of the people of the DPRK.
The report also clarifies the DPRK's stand on the international cooperation for protecting and promoting human rights.
What the DRPK has opposed is the human rights dialogue which was used by some states as a means to realize their vicious political purposes such as interference in other's internal affairs and act to topple governments. The DPRK has made sincere efforts for the international cooperation in the field of human rights.
The report was worked out with positive cooperation among domestic institutions, NGOs, academic organizations, human rights experts in various fields and individual citizens of the DPRK. It will be conducive to make the world have a clear understanding of the DPRK's human rights policy and mechanisms and know about the deceptive and reactionary nature of the anti-DPRK human rights campaign by the hostile forces.

The DPRK will as ever do its best to lay bare and frustrate the anti-DPRK human rights campaign by the hostile forces and provide the people with better conditions to enjoy human rights, and promote the international dialogue and cooperation for ensuring the genuine human rights.
HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE DPRK

All citizens who have reached the age of 17 have the right to elect and to be elected, irrespective of sex, race, occupation, length of residence, property status, education, party affiliation, political views or religious belief.
Workers accounted for 12.7% of the deputies to the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly (parliament) of the DPRK elected in March this year, while farmers 11.1% and women 16.3%. These figures intuitively show on how high a level the people’s political rights are displayed.
In the DPRK all the people conduct free political activities affiliated with various political parties including the Workers’ Party, Social Democratic Party and Chondoist Chongu Party and social organizations.
 The country provides legal guarantee to the rights to speech, the press, assembly, demonstration and religious belief. Let us take religious belief as an example. There are many legal religious organizations in the country. Typical religious buildings are Jangchung Cathedral, Pongsu Church, Jongbaek Orthodox Church and Pohyon Temple in Mt. Myohyang.
The country has already solved such social problems as exploitation and oppression of man by man and the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. Provided with every condition necessary for living by the state and society, all people lead an equal and stable life.
From their childhood they take it for granted that they lead a stable life at the expense of the state. In the DPRK every member of society is fully provided with all rights of a social being including the rights to work, rest, free education and free medical care.
The country’s labour law reads in part; Unemployment has disappeared in the DPRK once and for all. In fact, a jobless person is nowhere to be seen in the country. Any person able to work has the right to select a job in accordance with his hope and aptitude and the state provides all the people with stable jobs. Honoured disabled ex-soldiers and weak and disabled persons are also provided with corresponding jobs.
The country enforces a free universal 12-year compulsory education system, which is considered to be the highest level of education in the world. There is a school in any place where there are children of school age, be it an out-of-the-way mountainous area and a small lighthouse islet. University and college students study, even receiving stipends.
Every citizen in the DPRK receives medical treatment free of charge on equal terms, be he or she, a government official, an ordinary worker or a farmer and irrespective of sex, age, place of residence, occupation and property status. The country’s free medical care system is a perfect and thoroughgoing one by which all that are necessary for medical treatment are offered free of charge. Under the free medical care system a daughter of a road maintenance worker was cured of her paraplegia free of charge and a chartered plane carried an ordinary worker’s wife pregnant with triplets to the Pyongyang Maternity Hospital. Such phenomena, which are difficult to find in other part of the world, have become a daily occurrence in the DPRK.
Regarding the construction of dwelling houses as an important undertaking to provide the people with conditions for a cultural and stable life, the state pays close attention to it. Of particular note here is that the state builds all the houses at its expense and provides them to the people gratis. Over the recent years ordinary lecturers, researchers and other working people moved to new homes in modern Changjon Street, Unha Scientists Street and apartment blocks for the lecturers of Kim Il Sung University.
The elderly, disabled and children with no one to support them are taken care of at the expense of the state.
In the DPRK women have equal social positions and rights with men and enjoy special social benefits. Through various policies like granting maternity leave, shortening working hours of mothers with several children and building more maternity houses, nurseries and kindergartens, the state takes special care of mothers and children. Prolific mothers are awarded the title of Mother Hero.
Marriage and the family are protected by the law. Citizens are guaranteed inviolability of the person and the home, privacy of correspondence and all other human rights.
That human rights are excellently ensured in the DPRK is because the country is guided by the Juche idea.
The Juche idea, a man-centred world outlook, holds up man as the most powerful and precious being in the world and demands that everything serves the people. It is quite natural that human rights should be ensured on the highest level in a country which is guided by such an idea.
It is not fortuitous that a US evangelist Billy Graham said after he visited the DPRK; I did not think it necessary to evangelize the country. Both Old and New Testaments are permeated with the God’s love for man. However, the country pursued philanthropy running through the Testaments as state policies. Then why did I need the Testaments in such a country?     


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

US FORCES IN S. KOREA ARE CANCER-LIKE ENTITY
A spokesman for the Institute for Disarmament and Peace of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK released the following statement on September 5 on the lapse of 69 years since the US occupied south Korea: The upcoming September 8 marks 69 years since the US forces occupied south Korea.
After illegally occupying south Korea under the pretext of "disarming the Japanese army"  following Japan's unconditional surrender at the end of the Second World War, the US forces in south Korea took the lead in carrying out Washington's strategy for escalating confrontation and tensions on the Korean peninsula and in the rest of Northeast Asia during the Cold War.
The landscape of the relations in Northeast Asia has undergone a drastic change since the demise of the Cold War but the US forces are still present in south Korea. This cannot but be an anachronistic mistake. What is most serious in the activities conducted by the US forces in south Korea are the joint military exercises that cause an evil cycle of tensions on the peninsula. The US and the puppet forces in south Korea try to justify those joint military exercises as "annual and defensive ones", but even the Western countries admit that they pose a serious threat to peace and security on the peninsula. The US-led joint military exercises can never be tolerated as they are very dangerous sabre-rattling that can cause catastrophic consequences on the peninsula in the light of their nature, scale and frequency.
Before and after the Cold War there took place in Europe frequent joint military exercises between the eastern and western blocs but coercive measures were taken to restrict their scale. Each party undertook not to carry out simultaneously more than three military activities, each involving over 13 000 troops. No party was allowed to carry out within two calendar years more than one military activity involving over 40 000 troops. The 1986 Stockholm CSBM Document stated that they would refrain from the threat or use of force against any state, regardless of that state's political, social, economic or cultural system. No words like drills for occupying capital of other country and drills for a preemptive nuclear attack could ever be found. More importantly, normal state-to-state relations existed among regional countries and regular communications channel existed.
But the joint military exercises under various codenames which the US forces in south Korea stage in collusion with the south Korean puppet forces number more than 40 each year and the troops involved in them reach over 500 000. They apply even the "tailored deterrence strategy" aimed at a preemptive nuclear attack on the
DPRK and openly stage the drill of "occupying Pyongyang" with the involvement of strategic nuclear bombers, nuclear carrier and nuclear-powered submarines.
As retaliation against the US step taken in 2001 to adopt it as its policy to mount a preemptive nuclear attack on the DPRK, the latter was compelled to have access to nuclear weapons. As the US and the south Korean puppet forces made a decision to apply the preemptive nuclear attack on the DPRK to a substantial operation in 2012, the DPRK was also compelled to acquire preemptive nuclear attack capabilities to cope with it.
Now on the Korean peninsula the Armistice Agreement was ratified and the channel for communication is in a fragile state due to the US, to say nothing of normalizing relations between the two hostile parties. Under this situation the confrontation between the two sides armed with nuclear weapons can easily lead to the misunderstanding of the other party and nuclear disaster. This indicates that the danger of joint military exercises which the US regularly stage on the peninsula is incomparably bigger than in any other region.
The joint military exercises are held on the peninsula, not in the land of the US because of the aggressive nature of the US forces in south Korea. The US should have sought the settlement through negotiation of the questions of the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Korea, the peaceful settlement of the Korean question within three months and have had its forces withdrawn from south Korea as was stipulated in the 1953 Korean Armistice Agreement. It was also obliged to immediately implement the resolution made at the 30th Session of the UN General Assembly in 1975 that called for disbanding the "UN Command" and pulling the US forces out of south Korea. In 1992 the north-south agreement was adopted and an alternative arrangement was also provided as requested by the US.
And the north and the south agreed on their political will and ways for solving the question of  the country's reunification and peace by the Koreans themselves in the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration in 2000 and the October 4 Declaration in 2007. This left the US with no justifications to keep its forces in south Korea. It is, therefore, self-evident that had the US forces pulled out of south Korea, the situation would not have deteriorated due to the military exercises on the peninsula.
But the US concluded the "mutual defense treaty" with south Korea, introduced nuclear weapons into south Korea, formed south Korea-US "Combined Forces Command", staged Team Spirit, Key Resolve, Foal Eagle and Ulji Freedom Guardian joint military exercises and attempted to reorganize the "UN Command" on an expansion basis, thus highlighting the aggressive nature of its forces in south Korea.
The US forces in south Korea are not under the control of the UN nor peace-keeping forces sent to dispute-torn areas under the UN resolutions. The purpose of their presence in south Korea and the program of their operations are all aimed to invade the DPRK and hold a military edge in Northeast Asia.
They are the root cause of instability not only on the Korean peninsula but in the rest of Northeast Asia. To cope with the joint naval exercises staged among the US, Japan and south Korea every year from 2012, neighbouring countries also staged regular joint naval military exercises in the waters around the peninsula. The US attempt to deploy in south Korea THAAD under the pretext of "protecting" its forces in south Korea has sparked off a serious concern among neighbouring countries that south Korea will become the target of a nuclear attack by other countries, thereby creating a serious situation.

As the US increases its military pressure on the DPRK with its forces in south Korea as a main player, the DPRK is also taking measures for self-defence on an annual and regular basis. Not only the neighbouring countries but the UN and the international community should pay a due attention to the joint military exercises seriously threatening the peace and security on the peninsula and in the region and the US forces in south Korea which play a key role in them.

Kim Jong Un Enjoys Concert of New Music Pieces Given by Moranbong Band
Pyongyang, September 4 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, together with Ri Sol Ju, enjoyed a concert of new music pieces given by the Moranbong Band at the Mansudae Art Theatre on Wednesday.
Among the audience were Hwang Pyong So, Kim Ki Nam, Choe Ryong Hae, Kim Yang Gon, Kim Yo Jong, Ri Jae Il and other senior party and army officials.
Also enjoying the performance were officials, creators and artistes in the field of art of the army and society, officials and writers of the Ministry of Culture, the C.C., the General Federation of the Unions of Literature and Art of Korea and the C.C., the Writers Union of Korea and teachers and researchers in the field of art education.
The concert began with female trio "The Dear Name Called by People."
Its repertoire included female solos and pangchang "Song of Big Fish Haul" and "Voice of My Heart", a series of light music "The Glorious Motherland" and "Ode to the Motherland" and female solo and pangchang "Sea of Apples at Foot of Chol Pass".
He congratulated the performers on their successful performance, waving back to the enthusiastic cheers of the performers and audience.
He said that the revolutionary and militant creative style of the Moranbong Band is characterized by the do-or-die spirit in which it carries out the task assigned by the party most successfully at the best level even by spending so many sleepless nights, the unique and forward looking creative zeal to ceaselessly create something new free from ready-made styles and formulas from an innovative point of view, and the collectivist hot wind of competition to conduct a campaign of ability, helping each other, adding that such a work style has been fully displayed through the concert.
He said the Moranbong Band not only created recently such new works as the song "Sea of Apples at Foot of Chol Pass" but also made tireless efforts to improve their ability and skill, not resting content with its success already made and thus brought about big progress in the creation and representation of works.
Calling on the officials, creators and artistes in the field of literature and art to bring about innovations in their activities to create arts by learning from the creative style of the Moranbong Band, he gave them precious instructions to do so.
He underlined the need for the creators and artistes in the field of literature and art to hold high the slogan "Let's uphold the Songun leadership of the party by creating a lot of masterpieces!" and create more masterpieces fully representing the breath of the times.
He gave an instruction to channel efforts into creating folk songs from the firm viewpoint that the Korean-style melody and tune are the best and conduct a dynamic campaign for creating art works suited to the emotional feelings of the people including the Korean-style popular music.

He expressed expectation and belief that all officials, creators and artistes in the field of literature and art including those of the Moranbong Band would turn out as one in the efforts to usher in a new heyday of the development of the Juche-oriented literature and art with strong confidence and courage and thus successfully discharge their honorable mission and duty for the era and the revolution.

US Forces in S. Korea Are Cancer-like Entity
A spokesman for the Institute for Disarmament and Peace of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK released the following statement on September 5 on the lapse of 69 years since the US occupied south Korea:
The upcoming September 8 marks 69 years since the US forces occupied south Korea.
After illegally occupying south Korea under the pretext of "disarming the Japanese army" following Japan's unconditional surrender at the end of the Second World War, the US forces in south Korea took the lead in carrying out Washington's strategy for escalating confrontation and tensions on the Korean peninsula and in the rest of Northeast Asia during the Cold War.
The landscape of the relations in Northeast Asia has undergone a drastic change since the demise of the Cold War but the US forces are still present in south Korea. This cannot but be an anachronistic mistake.
What is most serious in the activities conducted by the US forces in south Korea are the joint military exercises that cause an evil cycle of tensions on the peninsula.
The US and the puppet forces in south Korea try to justify those joint military exercises as "annual and defensive ones", but even the Western countries admit that they pose a serious threat to peace and security on the peninsula. The US-led joint military exercises can never be tolerated as they are very dangerous sabre-rattling that can cause catastrophic consequences on the peninsula in the light of their nature, scale and frequency.
Before and after the Cold War there took place in Europe frequent joint military exercises between the eastern and western blocs but coercive measures were taken to restrict their scale. Each party undertook not to carry out simultaneously more than three military activities, each involving over 13 000 troops. No party was allowed to carry out within two calendar years more than one military activity involving over 40 000 troops. The 1986 Stockholm CSBM Document stated that they would refrain from the threat or use of force against any state, regardless of that state's political, social, economic or cultural system. No words like drills for occupying capital of other country and drills for a preemptive nuclear attack could ever be found. More importantly, normal state-to-state relations existed among regional countries and regular communications channel existed.
But the joint military exercises under various codenames which the US forces in south Korea stage in collusion with the south Korean puppet forces number more than 40 each year and the troops involved in them reach over 500 000.
They apply even the "tailored deterrence strategy" aimed at a preemptive nuclear attack on the DPRK and openly stage the drill of "occupying Pyongyang" with the involvement of strategic nuclear bombers, nuclear carrier and nuclear-powered submarines.
As a retaliation against the US step taken in 2001 to adopt it as its policy to mount a preemptive nuclear attack on the DPRK, the latter was compelled to have access to nuclear weapons. As the US and the south Korean puppet forces made a decision to apply the preemptive nuclear attack on the DPRK to a substantial operation in 2012, the DPRK was also compelled to acquire preemptive nuclear attack capabilities to cope with it.
Now on the Korean peninsula the Armistice Agreement was ified and the channel for communication is in a fragile state due to the US, to say nothing of normalizing relations between the two hostile parties. Under this situation the confrontation between the two sides armed with nuclear weapons can easily lead to the misunderstanding of the other party and nuclear disaster. This indicates that the danger of joint military exercises which the US regularly stage on the peninsula is incomparably bigger than in any other region.
The joint military exercises are held on the peninsula, not in the land of the US because of the aggressive nature of the US forces in south Korea.
The US should have sought the settlement through negotiation of the questions of the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Korea, the peaceful settlement of the Korean question within three months and have had its forces withdrawn from south Korea as was stipulated in the 1953 Korean Armistice Agreement. It was also obliged to immediately implement the resolution made at the 30th Session of the UN General Assembly in 1975 that called for disbanding the "UN Command" and pulling the US forces out of south Korea. In 1992 the north-south agreement was adopted and an alternative arrangement was also provided as requested by the US. And the north and the south agreed on their political will and ways for solving the question of the country's reunification and peace by the Koreans themselves in the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration in 2000 and the October 4 Declaration in 2007. This left the US with no justifications to keep its forces in south Korea. It is, therefore, self-evident that had the US forces pulled out of south Korea, the situation would not have deteriorated due to the military exercises on the peninsula.
But the US concluded the "mutual defense treaty" with south Korea, introduced nuclear weapons into south Korea, formed south Korea-US "Combined Forces Command", staged Team Spirit, Key Resolve, Foal Eagle and Ulji Freedom Guardian joint military exercises and attempted to reorganize the "UN Command" on an expansion basis, thus highlighting the aggressive nature of its forces in south Korea.
The US forces in south Korea are not under the control of the UN nor peace-keeping forces sent to dispute-torn areas under the UN resolutions. The purpose of their presence in south Korea and the program of their operations are all aimed to invade the DPRK and hold a military edge in Northeast Asia.
They are the root cause of instability not only on the Korean peninsula but in the rest of Northeast Asia. To cope with the joint naval exercises staged among the US, Japan and south Korea every year from 2012, neighbouring countries also staged regular joint naval military exercises in the waters around the peninsula. The US attempt to deploy in south Korea THAAD under the pretext of "protecting" its forces in south Korea has sparked off a serious concern among neighbouring countries that south Korea will become the target of a nuclear attack by other countries, thereby creating a serious situation.
As the US increases its military pressure on the DPRK with its forces in south Korea as a main player, the DPRK is also taking measures for self-defence on an annual and regular basis.
Not only the neighbouring countries but the UN and the international community should pay a due attention to the joint military exercises seriously threatening the peace and security on the peninsula and in the region and the US forces in south Korea which play a key role in them.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Kim Jong Un Gives Field Guidance to October 8 Factory
Pyongyang, August 31 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, provided field guidance to the October 8 Factory built as an icon and standard of the DPRK's industrial establishments.
Enjoying a bird's eye view of the factory, he expressed great satisfaction, saying he could hardly find any trace he saw last year, it did not look like a factory but a rest home as it turned into a thick woodland and greenery and park and the culture of workers was in full bloom in all its worksites.
He went round a monument to the revolutionary activities of the peerlessly great persons of Mt. Paektu, hall of culture, e-library, cutting shop, finishing shop, products show room, gymnasium, Unjong health complex, canteen, rest home, workers' hostel and various other places of the factory to learn in detail about the construction and production there.
He said that it was his intention to turn the October 8 Factory into a factory representing the nation's industrial establishments, a factory meeting the requirements of the age of knowledge-based economy and befitting the appearance of highly civilized socialist country and the one to be proud of in the world. Its builders successfully carried out the plan of the Central Committee of the WPK, he added.
He said that the factory has perfect computer-aided integrated production system, is equipped with latest facilities and fitted with cooling and heating system depending on geothermal power, thereby emerging an industrial establishment put on an IT and digital basis and becoming an energy-saving one.
He set forth the tasks to be implemented by the factory.
He noted with pride that the construction of the factory proved once again that with the might of great unity of army and people they can do anything in the world.
He sent thanks to soldier-builders of Large Combined Unit 593, Unit 101, Unit 489 and Unit 462 of the KPA and people who performed labor feats in the construction of the factory and personally proposed awarding high state citations to those of merit.
He had a photo session with officials and employees of the factory.
He was accompanied by Hwang Pyong So, Han Kwang Sang, Hong Yong Chil and Kim Jong Gwan.

Kim Jong Un Has Photo Session with Service Personnel
Who Took Part in KPA Drills
Pyongyang, August 30 (KCNA) -- Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, had a photo session with service personnel who participated in the actual parachuting and striking drills of paratrooper units of the KPA.
The drills were staged from August 27 to 29.
He showed such loving care as having a photo taken with paratroopers of sub-units under 323 Unit, 162 Unit and 252 Unit and airpersons of 858 Unit of Air and Anti-Air Force of the KPA who performed military feats in the above-said drills.
He came out to the photographing site and waved back to enthusiastic cheers of the participants.
He encouraged the service personnel who successfully carried out their difficult tasks in combat training which called for overcoming the biggest physical burdens under the worst conditions by making the training part of their life and habit as intended by the party.
He had a photo session with them, expressing his expectation and conviction that they would firmly prepare themselves as a-match-for-a-hundred fighters possessed of perfect fighting capabilities by undergoing intensive trainings under the simulated conditions of an actual war in the future, too.
Present there were Hwang Pyong So, Ri Yong Gil, Pyon In Son, O Kum Chol, Ri Pyong Chol, Kim Myong Sik, Pang Kwan Bok, Jang Tong Un and Pak Thae Su.


President Kim Il Sung and Zhang Weihua
A passage from With the Century, reminiscences by President Kim Il Sung (1912-1994), peerlessly great man in the 20th century, reads as follows:
I have expressed for a long time my wish to visit Fusong. This wish remains. I want to visit Zhang Weihua’s grave in Nandianzi, Fusong, but I am afraid that it may remain a mere desire. If I fail to accomplish this desire, I hope that I manage to visit him in my dreams.
 “Song Ju, Weihua”
Zhang Weihua was the son of a rich Chinese man who owned dozens of hectares of land and many insam fields and private soldiers.
The ties between Kim Il Sung and Zhang Weihua were formed in their boyhood when the President was staying in China with his father who was conducting activities for the liberation of Korea from the Japanese military occupation.
Since primary school days in Fusong in Northeast China they had kept friendly relations, playing tennis and going swimming together. They promoted friendship while frequently visiting each other’s houses to study and enjoy foods together.
It was, indeed, an anomalous link that Kim Song Ju (President’s real name), an unlucky boy from a ruined country, and Zhang Weihua, the son of a millionaire, studied in the same class and established unprecedented friendship.
Zhang, however, was much fascinated with the President’s personality from his childhood. He was enrolled in the Down-with-Imperialism Union, the first vanguard organization of Korean revolutionaries of the new generation, and the Young Communist League, which were both organized by the President, felt sympathy with his idea and cause and absolutely worshipped and followed him. When the President organized the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army and led the anti-Japanese armed struggle, he sent many weapons and aid materials to the KPRA.
When they met in the spring of 1936 in Miaoling, Fusong County, China, the following conversation passed between them.
“From now on I will call you General or Commander as others do.”
“Please call me Song Ju, even though others address me commander. I, too, will call you Weihua, rather than Mr. Zhang. Song Ju, Weihua… .”
After making a promise to meet again, Zhang returned to Fusong and gave more active support to the KPRA. In October 1936 he was arrested by the enemy who had been informed by a turncoat. Though he was paroled by his father’s agency, he saw through the Japanese police’s attempt to learn clues of the whereabouts of the KPRA Headquarters and committed suicide by swallowing a doze of corrosive sublimate used in film development. At that time he was 25 years old.
He said to his wife as he faced death.
“I regret and lament that I cannot continue the anti-Japanese struggle together with General Kim Il Sung. I decided to guarantee the safety of my comrades with my death and prove worthy of the trust and friendship of General Kim Il Sung. Don’t grieve too much.”

Eternal Friendship

Here’s a part of President Kim Il Sung’s reminiscences.
It would not be correct to think that my friendship with Zhang Weihua ended with his death. If a man’s friendship ends with his friend’s death, can such a bond be considered a sign of real friendship? If a living man remembers his dead friend, the friendship remains alive and vibrant.
When the anti-Japanese war ended in victory, Zhang Weihua was the first man the President recalled from countless fallen comrades and benefactors.
In 1959 a visitors’ group from Korea was sent to old anti-Japanese battlefields in Manchuria. Before the departure the President assigned the officials of the group the task of learning the news of Zhang’s bereaved family. He was very pleased to be informed of how Zhang’s family had lived. In May 1984, when he was passing through Northeast China by train on his way to visit former Soviet Union and other socialist countries in East Europe he recalled Zhang and sent a gift to his son Zhang Jinquan as a token of his best wishes.
In April 1985 Zhang’s son and daughter visited Pyongyang. The President greeted them by saying that he welcomed them and showed parental affection for them. In January 1993 he visited the lodging house of Zhang’s eldest grandson and granddaughter studying in a university of Pyongyang to learn about how they were studying and living. In May 1994, a few months before he passed away, he met again Zhang’s eldest granddaughter and other descendants to do them a favour.
Always keeping in mind Fusong where Zhang’s grave was located, he sent a monument to his grave on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of his death in October 1992. Its unveiling ceremony was held in grandeur in Fusong. The epitaph for the monument in his handwriting reads:
The revolutionary exploits of the martyr Zhang Weihua constitute a bright symbol of the friendship between the Korean and Chinese peoples. His noble revolutionary spirit and services to the revolution will live on for ever in the people’s minds.
Kim Il Sung
October 27, 1992

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Acknowledgement of Church Leader
“Why didn’t you, the Reverend, deliver Bibles in Korea?”
The question was put by a reporter to the Reverend Billy Graham, American church leader who was called the boss of conservatives of the world religious circles after the latter visited Pyongyang.
Billy Graham answered:
“I feel no necessity to preach in Korea. Books of Bible are all containing the will of God to love human beings. But human love is a national policy in that country. Believing in the people as in Heaven, President Kim Il Sung practices state polices such as free education, free medical care, and responsibility for food, clothing and housing. The Korean people support him as Heaven. Who needs a book of Bible in such a country?”
The reply was not accidental for a pastor who preaches religious doctrine as his mission.
The DPRK, as he saw, was a world of people which embodies the Juche Idea that puts forward as the motive force of history and heavenly beings the people who had been only the object of exploitation and oppression.
This country is called the People’s Republic, its power the people’s power and its army the People’s Army.
Monumental edifices such as Grand People’s Study House, People’s Palace of Culture, People’s Theatre, People’s Hospital and the most honorable titles such as People’s Teacher and People’s Artist are all named after people.
“The people are my God” or believing in people as in Heaven is a favorite theory and motto of President Kim Il Sung. It is also a basic ideal of the Party and state building in the DPRK.
Kim Il Sung in his lifetime said if he had any hobby, it was going among the people and listening to them, and the people are the most admirable teachers.
With this point of view Kim Il Sung in an advanced age of 80 toured factories and rural villages without let-up, devoting his all for the welfare of people.
From the days of building a new Korea after liberation till the last period of his life he toured as long as over 578 000km, equal to 14.5 rounds of the earth.
The period includes Sundays, holidays and his birthdays, over 2 530 days in all.
The figures tell of the life of the President who dedicated all his painstaking efforts for the people with the conception of “The people are my God” as his lifelong motto and became the father of a large family of the nation.
The Korean people reverentially called him “father leader” rather than the President.
It was an irrepressible eruption of their hearty feelings.
They believed in President Kim Il Sung as in Heaven and spoke highly of him as human sun amid the admiration of the world people.
President Kim Il Sung who devoted his whole life for the welfare of the Korean people will be alive in their hearts as their eternal leader.
Great Citizen

President Kim Il Sung founded the DPRK on September 9, Juche 37(1948).
Since then the Korean people have been freely participating in all fields of state administration and the exercise of sovereignty with a pride of being citizens of the Republic.
Kim Il Sung who bestowed the genuine honor of citizen of the Republic on the Korean people had a higher degree of consciousness of citizenship than anybody else.
The following happened on the morning of the day of elections of deputies to the 3rd Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK.
Leaving home to go to a polling station, Kim Il Sung suddenly stopped to ascertain whether he was carrying his citizenship card with him.
The official accompanying him said it would not matter if he did not carry his citizenship card with him.
He had thought that there would be no problem even if the President did not carry his citizenship card with him because he was the head of state held in high esteem by all people of the country.
Reading his mind, Kim Il Sung said;
“Citizenship card is a voucher of citizen of the Republic. So everybody should carry his citizenship card with him when going to a polling station to elect deputies. I am also a citizen of the Republic as all of you are.”
At this official could not repress excitement.
He found the noble traits of the President who was regarding not only pride, but duties and self-consciousness as the mission of citizen.
President Kim Il Sung was indeed a great citizen who kept the title of citizen of the Republic in his heart.
Posterity-First Outlook

Marshal, Kim Jong Un, First Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea stressed the need to thoroughly embody the serviceableness-first, the aesthetics-first and the posterity-first outlook in architecture.
Posterity-first outlook is a synonym for love of the WPK for posterity and a new expression of the times representing the fighting objective and ideal of the DPRK advancing towards socialist civilization.
Recently built structures in the DPRK reflect the love for the future of the nation.
The Okryu Children’s Hospital is reminiscent of a fairy tale’s world rather than hospital.
The Munsu Water Park is provided with a swimming pool for children and children’s parks are all installed with swings for toddlers.
Amusement apparatuses for children can be found in the indoor relaxation ground of Kim Il Sung University lecturers’ apartments that are sky scraping.
Children foster their courage on pony’s back in the indoor riding-drill ground of the Mirim Riding Club and in the Masikryong Ski Resort campers glide along the elementary and intermediate tracks.
Every structure should reflect the dream and ideal of the younger generation, the future of the nation.
Every inside decoration should help children grow the fervent feelings of love for the country in their minds and harbor an ambition to lead the world.
Those are the standard of creation of Marshal Kim Jong Un who ushers in a new heyday of architecture with a noble outlook on posterity and his new world of aesthetics.
Under his leadership the DPRK will great a brighter and rosier future.