Wednesday, January 02, 2019

New Year Address made by Supreme Leader KIM JONG UN


Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Comrades,
Last year was a stirring year which witnessed a dramatic change unprecedented in the history of national division spanning over 70 years.
With a determination to usher in an era of national reconciliation, peace and prosperity by putting an end to the abnormal state on the Korean peninsula which had suffered a constant war crisis, we took proactive and bold measures to effect a great turn in north-south relations from the outset of last year.
It is unprecedented that three rounds of inter-Korean summit meetings and talks were held in a year amid great expectations and interest of peoples at home and abroad, and this clearly showed that north-south relations entered a completely new stage.
The Panmunjom Declaration, the September Pyongyang Joint Declaration and the north-south agreement in the military field, which were adopted by reflecting the firm resolve and will to usher in an era of peace in which war exists no longer on the Korean peninsula, are of great significance as a virtual nonaggression declaration in which north and south have committed themselves to terminating fratricidal war based on force of arms.
While sportspersons of north and south displayed the wisdom and strength of the nation by jointly entering international competitions, artistes came and went to Pyongyang and Seoul to fire the enthusiasm for national reconciliation and reunification.
We took the significant first step towards common prosperity of the nation by promoting cooperation projects in various fields including railways, road, forestry and public health while resolutely overcoming manifold obstacles and difficulties.
The surprising changes which took place in inter-Korean relations last year convinced all the fellow countrymen that when they join minds and efforts, they can turn the Korean peninsula into the true home of the nation, which is the most peaceful and will prosper forever.
Though it was the initial step, north and south pooled intentions and wisdom to surely reverse inter-Korean relations in the utmost extremes of distrust and confrontation to those of trust and reconciliation and make in a short time eye-opening achievements which were unimaginable in the past. I am very satisfied with that.
In the New Year 2019 we should make greater strides in our efforts to boost inter-Korean relations, achieve peace and prosperity and reunify the country on the basis of the priceless achievements we made last year which was wonderfully adorned with unprecedented events.
All the nationals should hold high the slogan "Let us usher in a heyday of peace, prosperity and reunification of the Korean peninsula by thoroughly implementing the historic north-south declarations!"
It is our steadfast will to eradicate military hostility between north and south and make the Korean peninsula a durable and lasting peace zone.
North and south, as they agreed, should take practical measures proactively to remove military hostility on the whole of the Korean peninsula, including the ground, airspace and sea, as a follow-up to its ending in the areas of confrontation.
Given that north and south committed themselves to advancing along the road of peace and prosperity, we maintain that the joint military exercises with foreign forces, which constitute the source of aggravating the situation on the Korean peninsula, should no longer be permitted and the introduction of war equipment including strategic assets from outside should completely be suspended.
It is also needed to actively promote multi-party negotiations for replacing the current ceasefire on the Korean peninsula with a peace mechanism in close contact with the signatories to the armistice agreement so as to lay a lasting and substantial peace-keeping foundation.
All the fellow countrymen should unite as one, being conscious that the master of peace on the peninsula is our nation, in order to wage a powerful struggle to check and frustrate all the moves that wreck peace and incite military tension on this land.
Inter-Korean cooperation and exchanges should be expanded and developed in an all-round way so that national reconciliation and unity can be consolidated and all the fellow countrymen can practically benefit from improved north-south relations.
For the present, we are willing to resume the Kaesong Industrial Park and Mt Kumgang tourism without any precondition and in return for nothing, in consideration of the hard conditions of businesspersons of the south side who had advanced into the Kaesong Industrial Park and the desire of southern compatriots who are eager to visit the nation's celebrated mountain.
When north and south join hands firmly and rely on the united strength of the fellow countrymen, no external sanctions and pressure, challenges and trials will be able to hinder us in our efforts to open a broad avenue to national prosperity.
We will never tolerate the interference and intervention of outside forces that stand in the way of national reconciliation, unity and reunification with the design to subordinate inter-Korean relations to their tastes and interests.
North and south should not pass up the favourable atmosphere of today when all the nationals' interest in and aspiration for reunification are growing unprecedentedly, but actively try to find a peaceful reunification plan based on nationwide agreement and direct sincere efforts to this end.
All the fellow countrymen in north, south and abroad should further accelerate in high spirits the nationwide advance for implementing the north-south declarations, and thus glorify this year as a historic one when another radical change is brought about in the development of inter-Korean relations and implementation of the cause of national reunification.
Comrades,
Last year, our Party and the government of our Republic exerted responsible efforts to safeguard the peace and security of the world and expand and strengthen friendship with different countries.
The three rounds of our visit to the People's Republic of China and the Cuban delegation's visit to our country were remarkable events in boosting strategic communication and traditional ties of friendship and cooperation among the socialist countries.
Last year, frequent visits and exchanges were made on Party, state and government levels between the DPRK and many countries of the world, with the result that they deepened mutual understanding and confirmed the stand and will to promote sound development of the international community.
The historic, first-ever DPRK-US summit meeting and talks brought about a dramatic turn in the bilateral relationship which was the most hostile on the earth and made a great contribution to ensuring peace and security of the Korean peninsula and the region.
It is the invariable stand of our Party and the government of our Republic and my firm will to establish a new bilateral relationship that meets the demand of the new era as clarified in the June 12 DPRK-US Joint Statement, build a lasting and durable peace regime and advance towards complete denuclearization.
Accordingly, we declared at home and abroad that we would neither make and test nuclear weapons any longer nor use and proliferate them, and we have taken various practical measures.
If the US responds to our proactive, prior efforts with trustworthy measures and corresponding practical actions, bilateral relations will develop wonderfully at a fast pace through the process of taking more definite and epochal measures.
We have no intention to be obsessed with and keep up the unsavoury past relationship between the two countries, but are ready to fix it as early as possible and work to forge a new relationship in line with the aspirations of the two peoples and the requirements of the developing times.
As evidenced by the reality of north-south relations that made rapid progress last year, nothing is impossible to a willing heart, and dialogue partners will reach the destinations that are beneficial to each other without fail if they put forward fair proposals on the principle of recognizing and respecting each other by abandoning their dogged insistence broadminded and conduct negotiations with a proper stand and the will to settle issues.
I want to believe that our relations with the United States will bear good fruit this year, as inter-Korean relations have greeted a great turn, by the efforts of the two sides.
I am of the opinion that, while meeting and holding talks beneficial to both sides with the US president in June last year, we exchanged constructive views and reached a consensus of understanding for a shortcut to removing each other's apprehensions and resolving the entangled problems.
I am ready to meet the US president again anytime, and will make efforts to obtain without fail results which can be welcomed by the international community.
But if the United States does not keep the promise it made in the eyes of the world, and out of miscalculation of our people's patience, it attempts to unilaterally enforce something upon us and persists in imposing sanctions and pressure against our Republic, we may be compelled to find a new way for defending the sovereignty of the country and the supreme interests of the state and for achieving peace and stability of the Korean peninsula.
The stabilized situation on the Korean peninsula and in the region is never something that has been created with ease, and the countries that are truly desirous of peace have the common responsibility for setting great store by the current situation. The neighbouring countries and international community have to support our sincere stand and efforts for promoting the positive development of the situation on the Korean peninsula and fight against all practices and challenges that wreck peace and run counter to justice.
Our Party and the government of our Republic will continue to bolster up unity and cooperation with the socialist countries and develop relations with all countries that are friendly to us under the ideals of independence, peace and friendship.
Comrades,
We are beginning the journey of the New Year as we brace ourselves once again with the resolve to work devotedly for our country, our motherland, and the happier laughter of younger generations.
What we are convinced of once again as we proudly review the past year when we made rapid progress while paving our way by our own efforts with belief in our own strength in the face of harsh economic blockade and sanctions, is the truth that our state is fully capable of dynamically advancing along the road of development of socialism of our own style by dint of our people's great strength and efforts, without any external assistance or any other's help.
This year, too, we will face constant obstacles and challenges in our progress, but no one can change our determination and will and stop our vigorous advance and our people will successfully achieve their beautiful ideals and goals without fail.
Let us all work energetically and with one mind and will for the prosperity and development of the genuine people's country, the socialist motherland.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Press Statement of Policy Research Director of Institute for American Studies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK

Pyongyang, December 16 (KCNA) -- The policy research director of the Institute for
American Studies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Sunday issued the following statement:

It is a significant event for ensuring peace and security of the region and beyond that the top
leaders of the DPRK and the U.S. committed themselves to improve the DPRK- U.S.  relations at the historic DPRK-U.S.  summit  held  in  Singapore last  June, and the
current DPRK-U.S. relations are advancing along the steadfast will of the top leaders to
follow through on the Singapore DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement in good faith.

However, the continued  commission  by  the United  States  of vicious  anti-DPRK
hostile actions, running  counter to  these developments, prompts  my  shock  and
indignation.

During the past six months since the Singapore DPRK-U.S. summit, the U.S. high-
ranking politicians including the secretary of state have almost every day slandered the
DPRK out of sheer malice, and the State Department and the Treasury Department have
taken anti-DPRK sanctions measures for as many as eight times against the companies,
individuals  and  ships  of not  only  the DPRK  but  also  Russia, China and  other third
countries  by  fabricating  pretexts  of all  hues  such  as  money  laundering, illegal
transactions through ship-to-ship transfer and cyber-attack.

Recently, the U.S. is resorting to anti-DPRK human rights plot in such a way that it
carries deliberate  provocation  by  adding  high-ranking  government  officials  of the
DPRK, a sovereign state, to its unilateral sanctions list, while taking issue with the non-
existent "human rights issue".

Now, the international  society  is  unanimous  in  welcoming  the proactive
denuclearization steps taken by the DPRK and urging the U.S. to respond to these steps
in  a corresponding  manner. And  president  Trump  avails  himself of every  possible
occasion to state his willingness to improve DPRK-U.S. relations.

Far from  the statements  of the president, the State Department  is  instead  bent  on


bringing the DPRK-U.S. relations back to the status of last year which was marked by
exchanges  of fire. I cannot  help  but  throw  doubt  on  the ulterior motive of the State
Department.

If they are a sort of diplomats of "only superpower", they should at least realize from
the past record of the DPRK-U.S. relations that sanctions and pressure would not work
against the DPRK.

The United  States  will  not  be unaware of the self-evident  fact  that  its  threat,
blackmail and pressure against the other side cannot be a solution under the relations of
pent-up  confrontation, mistrust  and  hostility  between  the DPRK  and  the U.S.  and
deterioration of the situation that might be incurred by these hostile actions would not
be beneficial for peace and security of the Korean peninsula and beyond.

Since we know too well that the deep-rooted hostility between the DPRK and the U.S.
cannot be redressed overnight, we have been proposing that the DPRK-U.S. relations be
improved on a step-by-step approach of resolving what is feasible one by one, by giving
priority to confidence building.

If the high-ranking  politicians  within  the U.S.  administration  including  the State
Department had calculated that they could drive us into giving up nuclear weapons by
way of increasing the anti-DPRK sanctions and pressure and human rights racket to an
unprecedented level, which has nothing to do with confidence building, it will count as
greatest  miscalculation, and  it  will  block  the path  to  denuclearization  on  the Korean
peninsula forever - a result desired by no one.

The U.S. should realize before it is too late that "maximum pressure" would not work
against us and take a sincere approach to implementing the Singapore DPRK-U.S. Joint
Statement. 

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Supervises Newly Developed Tactical Weapon Test


Pyongyang, November 16 (KCNA) -- Kim  Jong Un, chairman of the  Workers' Party
of  Korea,  chairman   of  the  State   Affairs  Commission  of  the   Democratic  People's
Republic of  Korea and  supreme commander  of the Korean  People's Army,  visited the
test  ground of  the  Academy  of  Defence Science  and  supervised  a newly  developed
ultramodern tactical weapon test.
After seeing the power of the tactical weapon, Supreme Leader  Kim Jong Un was so
excited to say that another  great work was done by the defence scientists and  munitions
industrial  workers to  increase  the  defence capability  of  the  country and  the  weapon
system whose development  Chairman Kim Jong Il had  chosen personally and directed
step  by step  with his  special  attention paid  to it  was  born at  last.  He added  that the
weapon is just like  a posthumous weapon and he missed Kim  Jong Il very much while
seeing the great success of its test.
Kim  Jong  Un highly   praised  the  officials,  scientists,  technicians  and   munitions
industrial  workers   for  successfully  conducting  the   test  of  an   ultramodern  tactical
weapon, to which the Party has attached importance in ardent expectation.
He expressed  great  satisfaction, saying  the great  success serves  as  another striking
demonstration  of the  validity  of the  Party  policy of  prioritizing  defence  science and
technology  and  the  rapidly  developing  defence  capability  of  the  country  and  as   a
decisive turn in bolstering the fighting capacity of the Korean People's Army.
He was accompanied by Choe Ryong Hae, Ri Pyong Chol, Ri Jong Sik, Jo Yong Won,
Kim Yong Su, Kim Chang Son and Pak Jong Chon.

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Inspects Taegwan Glass Factory


Pyongyang, November 18  (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, chairman  of the Workers' Party
of  Korea,  chairman   of  the  State   Affairs  Commission  of  the   Democratic  People's
Republic of  Korea and  supreme commander  of the  Korean People's  Army, gave  field
guidance to the Taegwan Glass Factory.
Making the rounds  of the room for  the education in the  revolutionary history and the
room dedicated  to  the history  of the  factory, the  Supreme  Leader acquainted  himself
with the ideological education of its employees.
He highly  appreciated  that the  factory built  bases of  ideological education  to  be of
educational significance and is running regularly without fail and effectively conducting
the educational  work among its officials  and employees to  deeply implant the undying
leadership exploits of the WPK in their hearts.
Looking round  valuable  photos of  President Kim Il  Sung and  Chairman Kim Jong
Il and  relics  related  with their  guidance,  he  said  that  the  glass  factory built  on  the
personal initiative  of  the President  has turned  into  the country's  leading optical  glass
production base under  the leadership of Kim Jong Il.  Recalling that the workers of  the
factory have  resolutely upheld  the Party's  policy while  devotedly working  to produce
optical glassware urgently needed for the science, education and economic development
of the country  despite difficult situation  of the state  in the past, he  spoke highly of  the
course covered by them.
Calling at several  production shops of the factory,  the Supreme Leader learned  about
the production  and watched  glassware and optical  apparatuses newly  produced by  the
factory.
Highly estimating the  goods of the factory, he  said with great pleasure  that as he had
said last  time, the  glassware  and optical  apparatuses produced  by the  Taegwan Glass
Factory are flawless to all appearance.
Pointing out that the world is rapidly  changing and developing, he called for directing
steady  efforts  to   putting  the  factory's   overall  production  process   and  process  for
checking goods on a  modern basis and introducing update technology,  not content with
the present success, and thus producing better optical glass and measuring equipment.
He expressed  belief and conviction  that the Party  members and other  workers of the
factory would register bigger success in development and production of new goods, true
to the Party's line of building an economic power.
He was  accompanied by Choe Ryong  Hae, member of  the Presidium of  the Political
Bureau  of  the  Central  Committee  of  the  WPK,  vice-chairman  of  the  State  Affairs
Commission of the DPRK and vice-chairman of the C.C., WPK, Jo Yong Won and Kim
Yong Su,  vice  department directors  of the  C.C., WPK,  and Kim  Chang  Son and  Ma
Won Chun, officials of the State Affairs Commission

WHO DISTURBS FAVORABLY GOING REGIONAL SITUATION:


KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang,  November 16  (KCNA)  --  Japan's  military  moves are  so  noisy  in the region recently. It recently conducted an  interceptor missile test in  league with the U.S. in  the waters off Hawaii.
In October  the Ground  "Self-Defense Force"  staged its  first joint  drill with the  UK army. It was reported that  it is the first time for it to  conduct a joint military drill with a foreign army on the mainland, except the U.S. army.
GSDF staged the first joint drill with the Indian army in a northeastern area of India. As  known,  unprecedentedly  getting  stronger  in  the  region  is  the  joint  effort  for defusing the danger of war and preserving peace and security. However, Japan is keen on disturbing the  regional situation, failing to take part in the brisk regional dialogue but getting more and more isolated.
Worse  still,  the  militarist  fanatics  of  Japan  are  getting  desperate  in  the  reckless military  moves  for  realizing  the  wild  ambition  for  overseas  expansion,  only  to  go against the trend of the times and the public aspiration. This can never be overlooked.
The Abe  regime decided to extend  the sphere of  SDF overseas dispatch  to Asia this year  although  it  was  confined  to Africa  under  the  signboard  of  UN  peace-keeping activities.
It established a  mission in NATO  and is putting efforts  in intensifying "cooperation" with its member states. The overseas advance of SDF  being expanded to across the world means  that Japan's military operation covers the whole world.
This also can be abused to secure a "pretext" for the Japanese  forces to be involved in a war of aggression in any part of the world as was in the past century.
It is  as clear  as noonday  that the  Japanese reactionaries  are seeking  to realize  their dirty  dream at  any  cost by  perfecting  the actual  fighting  capacity  of SDF  under  the pretext of "military cooperation" and "joint drill."
With no sleight of hand the militarist fanatics can ever hide their wild ambition. The international community is seriously concerned of the Japanese reactionaries’ bellicose moves destroying peace in the region and other parts of the world. Japan should never forget that the international community is keeping its sharp eye on such moves.

JAPAN SHOULD ADMIT SEXUAL SLAVERY: KCNA COMMENTARY


Pyongyang, November  16 (KCNA)  -- Films dealing  with the  sexual slavery for  the Imperial  Japanese   Army  hit  the   silver  screen  at   an  international  film   festival  in Washington D.C.
The  first   film  festival  squarely  dealing   with  the  sexual   slavery  has  the  theme "wartime sexual abuses, unhealed wounds." Seeing  this, the  international  community realizes  that  the  settlement of  the  sexual slavery issue  still pending  in  the crime-woven  history of  Japan has  become a  serious question, the solution of which brooks no further delay.
The  sexual  slavery  is  the  heinous  inhuman  crime  which  was  perpetrated  by  the Japanese imperialists with the direct involvement of their government. Many Asian  women including 200  000 Korean  women were raped,  gang-raped and massacred by the  Japanese imperialists in  an organized way. Yet,  today's Japan fails to make an apology and reparation for it, still going with impunity.
Far from making  an apology for  the hideous past crimes  and reflecting on  them, the Japanese reactionaries are behaving so impudently, only to stun the public.
Worse still,  they are working  hard to  cover up the  information related  to the sexual slavery. Principal criminals involved  in the establishment and  operation of the sexual slavery system keep mum, not confessing their crimes.
A lot of classified documents detailing the  sexual slavery run by the military are kept in the  Ministry of Defense, Police  Agency, Ministry of  Health, Labor and Welfare  and Ministry of Finance of Japan.
The ruling quarters  of Japan are disallowing the  description of the fact in  the history textbooks while refusing to declassify the documents. The Abe regime  is talking rubbish  that there is  no information proving  the Japanese army's  forcible   drafting   of  comfort   women,  and   even   terms  the   sexual  slavery "volunteer service for making money."
However, the crime-woven history can be neither written off nor covered up. A  footage   proving   the  heinous   massacre  of   Korean   women  by   the  Japanese imperialists  kept in  the  U.S.  National  Archives was  opened  to  public  recently. And operational records  of the allied  forces dealing  with the gun-killings  of the  30 Korean women dating September 13, 1944 were declassified.
This being  a hard fact,  Japan desperately moves to  push under the  carpet the sexual slavery crime  and evade  the international  responsibility for it  only to  betray its  moral vulgarity.
Japan  should   honestly  apologize   and  atone   for  the   sexual   slavery,  instead   of disregarding the demand of the international community for  the settlement of the sexual slavery issue.
Everything will go uneasy for Japan if it fails to atone for its past crimes.