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Fireworks Display Marks War Victory Anniversary in DPR Korea – PHOTOS [KCNA]

Posted in DPR Korea, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Photos, Pyongyang, Songun policy on July 29, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Pyongyang, July 27 (KCNA) — A fireworks display took place on the banks of the Pothong River on the evening of July 27, the 59th anniversary of the victory of the Korean people in the Fatherland Liberation War.

Various places of Pyongyang including Jonsung Square, Ponghwa Street, An Sang Thaek Street and Moran Hill along the banks of the Pothong River, around the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Memorial Tower, were crowded with spectators.

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Memorial ceremony to Mao Anying held in DPRK [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, Kim Jong Il, Korean War, Mao Zedong, Sino-Korean Friendship on December 3, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

November 25, 2010

A memorial ceremony for martyr Mao Anying was held at the Chinese People’s Volunteers (CPV) cemetery in Hoechang County, South Phyongan Province on Thursday, the 60th anniversary of his sacrifice.

Mao Anying, the son of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong, sacrificed his life in 1950 while fighting with the CPV in the Korean War.

Vice-Chairman of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Kim Yong Chun, Minister of Public Health and president of the Korea-China Friendship Association Choe Chang Sik and Chinese ambassador to the DPRK Liu Hongcai joined a delegation of the production group of the Chinese television drama “Mao Anying” in attending the ceremony.

Wreaths in the name of top leader of the DPRK Kim Jong Il, Chinese Embassy to the DPRK and the drama series production group were laid.

Kim Yong Chun said at the ceremony the DPRK would not forget the CPV’s support. Many CPV martyrs, including Mao Anying, gave their precious lives here.

The CPV fought with the KPA in the tough war and gained a glorious victory, making a great contribution to the peace of Asia and the world. Their heroic feats would not be forgotten by the people and army of the DPRK, he said.

Source:Xinhua

Article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90883/7211502.html

Workers’ Party of Korea conference Backgrounder: Basic facts about DPRK’s ruling party

Posted in DPR Korea, Japan, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, Korean War, Pyongyang, US foreign occupation, US imperialism, USA, Workers Party of Korea WPK, World War II on September 29, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

September 21, 2010

The Worker’s Party of Korea, the ruling party of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), is set to hold a major conference on Sept. 28.

The conference, the first of its kind in 44 years, is expected to elect the ruling party’s highest leading body.  Delegates are expected to discuss and decide the routes, policies and personnel changes of the party.

The following are some basic facts related to the country and the party.

Under the leadership of Kim Il Sung, the people and army of the Korea recovered their homeland from Japan’s occupation as of Aug. 15, 1945, when the Japanese surrendered to end World War II.

After Japan’s surrender, U.S. forces began their occupation of the areas south of the 38th parallel on the Korean Peninsula on Sept. 8, 1945, and the peninsula was thereby divided into two parts.

The Worker’s Party was founded on Oct. 10, 1945, in Pyongyang.

On Sept. 9, 1948, the DPRK was founded in the north of the 38th parallel on the Korean Peninsula.  Kim Il Sung was elected leader of the country.

On June 25, 1950, the Korean War broke out.  Three year later, an armistice agreement was signed on July 27, 1953.

Top leader Kim Jong Il started his job at the Central Committee of the Worker’s Party in June 1964.  He was elected general secretary of the ruling party in October 1997.

The party has previously held two such conferences, in March 1958 and October 1966 respectively.  The upcoming conference will be the third one in the party’s history.

Source: Xinhua

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On 60th anniversary of Korean War: What they don’t want you to know [Workers.org]

Posted in Anti-communism, China, DPR Korea, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Il, Korean War, Mao Zedong, Mao Zedong, Photos, Pyongyang, Sino-Korean Friendship, south Korea, US foreign occupation, US imperialism, USA on June 28, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

 

By Stephen Millies

Published Jun 23, 2010 8:48 PM

The U.S. government launched the Korean War 60 years ago on June 25, 1950.  During three years of massive air attacks and a huge land invasion, more than three million Korean civilians were killed, including hundreds of thousands burned to death by napalm.

U.S. Air Force planes dropped 420,000 bombs on the 400,000 inhabitants of Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea — the socialist northern half of the Korean peninsula.  According to historian Bruce Cumings, the Pentagon came close several times to dropping nuclear bombs on the DPRK.

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U.S.-led forces leveled Pyongyang
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Tens of thousands of Koreans had earlier been incinerated in the U.S. A-bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A least a quarter of the victims there were Koreans used as slave labor by the Japanese imperialists.

It is now nearly 60 years since the U.S. finally had to abandon its immediate goal of conquering all of Korea and signed an armistice in 1953, yet it still occupies South Korea with 29,000 troops. The U.S. Army’s Yongsan Garrison occupies 620 acres in the middle of Seoul. It’s as if a foreign army occupied Central Park in New York City.

The DPRK continues to be a Pentagon target.  No country is slandered more by the U.S. corporate media.

Who started the war?

The biggest lie is that the DPRK started the war by invading South Korea in 1950.  This is no truer than saying that Abraham Lincoln “invaded” the U.S. South.

The Soviet Red Army drove Japan out of northeastern China and Korea in 1945 with the help of Chinese and Korean guerrillas.  Under agreements between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, Korea was to be temporarily divided.

U.S. Army Col. Dean Rusk drew the demarcation line on the 38th parallel.  As secretary of state in the 1960s, Rusk was to help lead the dirty war against Vietnam.

Japan had annexed Korea in 1910 with the approval of the U.S. government.  Theodore Roosevelt “gave” Korea to Japan in the treaty that ended the war between Czarist Russia and Japan in 1905.

The Korean people resisted Japanese rule, which was as vicious as the U.S. occupation of the Philippines or the European colonies in Africa.  Two million Koreans joined the March 1, 1919, movement for independence.  More than 7,000 were killed.

The Korean people launched an armed struggle for freedom.  South Korean textbooks concede the most famous guerrilla commander was communist leader Kim Il Sung.

The liberation forces in northern Korea encouraged people to organize themselves.  More than 600,000 workers joined unions.  Two and a half million acres of land were given to 750,000 peasants.

It was a different story in the South under U.S. rule. Gen. John R. Hodge kept former colonialist Japanese officials and their Korean collaborators.  He even tried to retain Japan’s colonial governor. Continue reading

PHOTOS: Kim Jong Il’s China Visit Marked with Postage Stamps (in DPR Korea) [KCNA]

Posted in Beijing, China, Dalian, DPR Korea, Hu Jintao, Kim Jong Il, Liaoning Province, Postage Stamps, Sino-Korean Friendship, Tianjin on June 5, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

[all photos courtesy Korea News Service / KCNA]

Kim Jong Il’s China Visit Marked with Postage Stamps 
  
  Pyongyang, June 1 (KCNA) — New stamps (one souvenir sheet and three sheetlets) have been brought out in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to commemorate the unofficial visit to the People’s Republic of China paid by General Secretary Kim Jong Il early in May.
Seen in the stamps are national flags of the DPRK and PRC as well as inscriptions “Commemoration of the unofficial visit of the great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il to the PRC,” “May 5 – May 6, Juche 99 (2010),” “Commemoration of the unofficial visit of the great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il to the northeastern part of China,” “May 3 – May 7, Juche 99 (2010)” and “Epoch-making event in the DPRK-China friendship history.”

The souvenir sheet carries pictures of Kim Jong Il meeting with President Hu Jintao and having talks with him.

Printed in the sheetlets are pictures of Kim Jong Il meeting with senior officials of the Chinese party and government and visiting the Boao Biological Co., Ltd. on the outskirts of Beijing and the Dalian Xuelong Industry Group, Tianjin Port, Liaoning Fishery Group and other units in the northeastern part of China.

Kim Jong Il Makes Unofficial Visit to Northeastern China – KCNA

Posted in Dalian, DPR Korea, Hu Jintao, Kim Jong Il, Liaoning Province, Sino-Korean Friendship, Tianjin with tags , , , , , , , on May 8, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

DPRK General Secretary Kim Jong Il receives gift from head of the International Liaison Department of the CPC Central Committee and CPC's Minister of Liaoning Provincial Committee on behalf of Dalian City, Dalian, 2010 May (KNS photo)

DPRK General Secretary Kim Jong Il tours Tianjin port during informal visit to China, 2010 May 5 (KNS photo)

DPRK General Secretary Kim Jong Il visits a Chinese enterprise in an unidentified port city -- Dalian or Tianjin, May 3-7 (KNS)

 

DPRK General Secretary Kim Jong Il tours unidentified northeastern Chinese enterprise, May 3-7 (KNS)

 

DPRK General Secretary Kim Jong Il tours unidentified northeastern Chinese enterprise, May 3-7 (KNS)

 

Sweet & Sour Socialism is archiving the five news reports posted online at KCNA of Kim Jong Il’s 2010 May visit to [Northeast] China as the articles currently aren’t assigned a permanent webaddress at the KCNA site.  This the fifth article of the five. 

Pyongyang, May 7 (KCNA) — General Secretary Kim Jong Il paid an unofficial visit to the People’s Republic of China at the invitation of Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and president of the PRC, from May 3 to 7. 

Party and state leaders and people of China accorded with utmost sincerity warm welcome and cordial hospitality to leader Kim Jong Il who visited China again for boosting the DPRK-China friendship. 

Kim Jong Il toured the northeastern part of China. 

The first leg of his visit was Dalian City in the southern part of Liaoning Province. 

He was warmly greeted in Dalian by Li Keqiang, standing member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and vice-premier of the State Council, upon the authorization of Hu Jintao and the CPC Central Committee. 

Also present there were Wang Min, secretary of the Liaoning Provincial Committee of the CPC; Wang Jiarui, head of the International Liaison Department of the CPC Central Committee; Liu Zhijun, minister of Railways; Liu Hongcai, Chinese ambassador to the DPRK; Chen Zhenggao, governor of Liaoning Province; Xia Deren, secretary of the Dalian City Committee of CPC; Li Wancai, mayor of Dalian; and other leading party and government officials of the capital and Liaoning Province and Dalian City. 

Kim Jong Il met and had a talk with Li Keqiang. 

On behalf of Hu Jintao and the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, Li Keqiang warmly welcomed Kim Jong Il to Dalian which was visited by President Kim Il Sung in 1983. 

Noting that the five visits paid by Kim Jong Il to China in the new century clearly prove how much he values the DPRK-China friendship provided and fostered by the leaders of the elder generation of the two countries, Li Keqiang highly praised him for having made a great contribution to steadily boosting the China-DPRK friendship. 

Thanks to the leadership of Kim Jong Il the Korean people have achieved spectacular successes in the efforts to build a great prosperous and powerful nation and achieve the reunification of the country and in foreign affairs and other fields, Li said, adding that the Chinese people are rejoiced over these achievements as over their own and sincerely hail them. 

The collective leadership of China including Hu Jintao is attaching utmost importance to the China-DPRK friendship, he said, re-clarifying the steadfast stand of the Chinese party and government to steadily boost the traditional relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries. 

Kim Jong Il said that he was very pleased to see for himself while visiting China the progress made by Dalian City making a new history of modernization in the land of China through its hard struggle. He expressed thanks to the leading officials and people of Liaoning Province and Dalian City for warmly welcoming him. 

Li Keqiang gave a grand banquet in honor of Kim Jong Il. 

Conducted by leading officials of the capital, province and city including Li Keqiang, Wang Min, Wang Jiarui, Liu Zhijun, Liu Hongcai, Chen Zhenggao, Xia Deren and Li Wancai, Kim Jong Il visited several units and commanded the night bird’s-eye view of Dalian City whose appearance has undergone a remarkable change. 

He visited the Dalian Bingshan Group, the Dalian Locomotive Production Company, the Liaoning Fishery Group and the Dalian Xuelong Industry Group all in the process of technological updating and congratulated the workers of those industrial establishments on the successes made in building a great many structures to go down in the history of the country. 

Noting that he was deeply impressed to see the changes that have taken place in Dalian City making harmonious progress at the level of cutting-edge science full of energy after doing away with the centuries-old backwardness, he said that the rapid development made by the northeastern region including Dalian City clearly proves the validity and vitality of the strategy for developing the northeastern region laid down by the Chinese party and government. 

Wang Min hosted a grand banquet in honor of Kim Jong Il visiting Dalian City, and Liaoning Province and Dalian City presented him with gifts. 

Kim Jong Il expressed thanks to Li Keqiang for having kindly greeted him in Dalian City far away from Beijing despite the pressure of his work, given a grand banquet and provided every sincerity and convenience by accompanying him in the whole period of his visit. He also thanked leading officials of the province and the city for having accorded sincere and cordial hospitality to him. 

The next leg of his visit was Tianjin, one of China’s four municipalities, which is situated in the northeastern part of the plains of Huapei. 

Kim Jong Il was greeted by Zhang Gaoli, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and secretary of the Tianjin Municipal Committee of the CPC, Huang Xingguo, mayor of Tianjin, and other party and government leading officials of the municipality. 

He had a cordial talk with Zhang Gaoli. 

Zhang Gaoli said it was a great honor of Tianjin Municipality that Kim Jong Il visited again the municipality associated with the giant footprints of President Kim Il Sung, a close friend of the Chinese people, and warmly welcomed his visit to the municipality. 

Saying that Kim Jong Il’s current visit to China is another event of historic significance in the development of the bilateral relations, Zhang Gaoli expressed deep respect for him who has made great efforts to strengthen and develop the Sino-Korean friendship. 

He highly appreciated what the Korean people have done in building a great prosperous and powerful nation and briefed the Korean guests on the development of Tianjin Municipality. 

Kim Jong Il, conducted by Zhang Gaoli, Wang Jiarui, Huang Xingguo, Liu Hongcai and other senior officials of China and the municipality, visited Tianjin Port. 

After looking round the port, which has turned into a large-scale, modern one, and the city full of vim and vigor, he expressed great appreciation of the tremendous changes undergone by the city in years and warmly congratulated the leading officials and working people of the city on their wonderful achievements. 

Zhang Gaoli arranged a grand banquet at a state guesthouse to welcome Kim Jong Il’s visit to the municipality. 

The leader of the DPRK received a sincere and warm welcome from Chinese people wherever he went in China. 

Touring northeastern China, he acquainted himself with the thought and sentiments of the diligent and intelligent Chinese people and the economic, cultural and all other sectors there. 

The unofficial visit to the PRC paid by him this time for the continued development of the DPRK-China friendship was successfully conducted thanks to the particular care and cordial hospitality shown by Hu Jintao and the Chinese party and government. 

Kim Jong Il expressed satisfaction over the result of his visit and extended heartfelt thanks to the leading cadres of the Chinese party and government for their cordial hospitality. 

During his visit to China he was accompanied by Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Kim Yong Chun who is also vice-chairman of the NDC of the DPRK, Secretaries of the WPK Central Committee Choe Thae Bok and Kim Ki Nam, First Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Sok Ju, Department Directors Jang Song Thaek, Kim Yong Il and Kim Yang Gon and First Vice Department Director Ju Kyu Chang of the WPK Central Committee, Department Directors of the NDC of the DPRK Hyon Chol Hae and Ri Myong Su, Chief Secretary of the North Phyongan Provincial Committee of the WPK Kim Phyong Hae and Chief Secretary of the South Hamgyong Provincial Committee of the WPK Thae Jong Su.

Kim Jong Il Sends Message of Thanks to Chinese President – KCNA

Posted in Beijing, CPC, Dalian, Hu Jintao, Kim Jong Il, Shenyang, Sino-Korean Friendship, Tianjin with tags , , , , , , on May 8, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

DPRK Secretary General Kim Jong Il's farewell from Beijing Train Station at conclusion of May 3-7 informal visit to China (KNS)

Sweet & Sour Socialism is archiving the five news reports posted online at KCNA of Kim Jong Il’s 2010 May visit to [Northeast] China as the articles currently aren’t assigned a permanent webaddress at the KCNA site.  This is the fourth article of five.

Pyongyang, May 7 (KCNA) — General Secretary Kim Jong Il sent a message of thanks to Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and president of the People’s Republic of China, on Friday.

The message says:

At this moment when leaving for home after winding up my visit to China, the friendly neighbor, I express deep thanks to you, close comrades of the collective leadership of the CPC and cadres and people of Beijing, Tianjin, Liaoning Province, Dalian and Shenyang for warmly greeting us and according cordial hospitality to us.

During our visit we could see for ourselves the world-startling achievements made by the Chinese people after doing away with the centuries-old backwardness through strenuous efforts to put into practice the scientific outlook on development and the spirit of the 17th Congress of the CPC and feel once again the particular and sincere friendship of the Chinese people towards us.

I am satisfied with the fact that in the course of meetings this time I reconfirmed the steadfast resolution and will to further deepen the understanding and trust and develop on a new higher stage the traditional DPRK-China friendship, a precious legacy and common asset handed down to us by the revolutionary forerunners.

It is my belief that the DPRK-China friendship deeply enshrined by the peoples of the two countries would grow stronger and develop generation after generation full of fresh vim and vigor thanks to the joint efforts of the two parties and two peoples.

I hope that the fraternal Chinese people would ensure stable and sustainable development of the country and make greater progress in building a comprehensively well-off and harmonious socialist society under the leadership of the CPC with you as general secretary and, at the same time, sincerely wish you good health.

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