December.02.2000 Juche 89

[CONTENTS]

       Greetings to Mexican President

       2nd visiting group of separated families and relatives
       from south leaves

       2nd visiting group of separated families and relatives of
       north side back home

       Mt. Kyongam, favorite public haunt

       Syrian President on friendly relations with DPRK

       DPRK's stand on Japan's crimes related to "comfort
       women for the army" clarified

       Kim Jong Il praised

       Lao ambassador hosts reception

       Japan's moves for reinvasion denounced

       Japan urged to make apology and compensation

       Silver jubilee of LPDR observed



Greetings to Mexican President

    Pyongyang, December 2 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, President of the presidium
of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, yesterday sent a message of greetings
to Vicente Fox Quesada upon assuming his office as President of the United
States of Mexico.
    The message extended warm congratulations to him on taking office.
    Convinced that the friendly and cooperative relations between the two
countries would grow stronger and develop in the interests of the two
peoples, the message wished the President success in his responsible work to
achieve social well-being and economic progress.


2nd visiting group of separated families and relatives from south leaves

    Pyongyang, December 2 (KCNA) -- The second visiting group of separated
families and relatives from the south side led by Pong Tu Wan,
vice-president of the South Korean Red Cross, left here today.
    Members of the visiting group were farewelled by their families and
relatives at Pyongyang Koryo Hotel today.
    The visiting group was seen off at the airport by Ho Hae Ryong,
vice-chairman of the central committee of the Red Cross Society of the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Choe Yun Sik, vice-chairman of the
Pyongyang City People's Committee, and officials concerned.
    At the airport the head of the visiting group released a written
statement on the departure of Pyongyang.


2nd visiting group of separated families and relatives of north side back
home

    Pyongyang, December 2 (KCNA) -- The second visiting group of separated
families and relatives of the north side headed by Jang Jae On, chairman of
the central committee of the Red Cross Society of the DPRK, flew back today.

    They were met at the airport by Kim Yong Dae, chairman of the central
committee of the Korean Social Democratic Party, Ryu Mi Yong, chairperson of
the central committee of the Korean Chondoist Chongu Party, An Kyong Ho,
director of the secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification
of the Fatherland, and other officials concerned.
    They left Seoul after bidding farewell to their families and relatives.
    The head of the visiting group issued a statement on the departure from
Seoul.


Mt. Kyongam, favorite public haunt

    Pyongyang, December 2 (KCNA) -- Mt. Kyongam stands in Sariwon, the
capital of North Hwanghae Province.
    Located in the city's south western part, it is 140 metres high above
sea level. As it is surrounded by the plains on all sides, it looks like a
precipice. On the top of the mountain there is a huge rock shaped like a
cockscomb. Hence the name Kyongam mountain since olden times.
    Every season different flowers blossom and every kind of trees and
plants grow here on the mountain, thereby varying its appearance according
to seasons. The Kyongam pavilion at the northern foot and other historical
relics add a special touch of beauty to the mountain scenery.
    In March Juche 55(1966) President Kim Il Sung came here and proposed
turning it into a recreation ground in which the people could enjoy scenic
attractions. After his visit, recreation and public service facilities, spa
resorts, playing ground, artificial falls and a zoo were built. Fruit trees
and flowering plants were added to send forth delightful fragrance. It is
now a favorite haunt for the local people.


Syrian President on friendly relations with DPRK

    Pyongyang, December 2 (KCNA) -- Syrian President Bashar al Assad
referred to the friendly relations between his country and the DPRK after
receiving credentials from the new DPRK Ambassador E.P. to Syria on November
26.
    He said that the relations between his country and the DPRK are strong
as they are based on the close intimate relations forged between Hafez al
Assad and the President Kim Il Sung.
    Noting that Syria and the DPRK have supported each other and fought
together, he said that in the future, too, his country would make positive
efforts to invariably maintain and develop the friendly relations with the
DPRK.



DPRK's stand on Japan's crimes related to "comfort women for the army"
clarified

    Pyongyang, December 2 (KCNA) -- It is the DPRK government's consistent
stand that Japan should make a governmental apology and compensation to the
former "comfort women for the army," declared Hong Son Ok, chairperson of
the DPRK Measure Committee for Demanding Compensation to "Comfort Women for
the Army" and Victims of the Pacific War, when meeting at Pyongyang Koryo
Hotel yesterday with ex-Prime Minister of Japan Tomiichi Murayama, chairman
of the People's Council for Promoting the Establishment of Diplomatic
Relations between Japan and the DPRK and general director of the "Asia Peace
National Fund for Women", who is on a visit to the DPRK from November 30.
    She said:
    Japan should make a governmental apology and compensation for its
state-sponsored crimes. But Japan let a non-governmental organisation pay a
petty amount of money to former "comfort women for the army" in a bid to
keep its past crimes buried in oblivion and avoid the governmental
responsibility for the sexual slave-related crimes.
    Typical of this move is the "Asia Peace National Fund for Women" which
was created by the Japanese government in 1995.
    What is important in Japan's compensation to the former "comfort women
for the Japanese imperial army" is not the matter of whether victims receive
money or not but the need for the government, the assailant, to own its
legal responsibility and compensate for its crimes.
    Judging from this, the "civilian fund" cannot find a solution to the
legal problem between the Japanese government, the assailant, and the
"comfort women", the victim.
    In other words, whatever money the Japanese government intends to
provide is to come from the "civilian fund" and, therefore, it has nothing
to do with the victims of the former Japanese imperial army from a legal
point of view.
    So, the "civilian fund" plays a mere role of collecting money from
ordinary Japanese citizens and conveying it to victims. The "fund" is no
more than a "broker" and the fund is nothing but charity.
    Therefore, the DPRK government has demanded the Japanese government
immediately give up the "civilian fund" unacceptable from a legal and moral
point of view, stating that it cannot avoid its responsibility for the human
rights abuses it committed against the Korean nation and humankind by
forcing over 200,000 women into sexual slavery.
    Hong expressed hope that Murayama would clearly understand the feelings
of the Korean people and the grudge of the former "comfort women" and
conduct activities so that Japan may make a governmental apology and
reparation for its past crimes instead of using the "civilian fund".



Kim Jong Il praised

    Pyongyang, December 2 (KCNA) -- It is thanks to the outstanding and
seasoned army-first revolutionary leadership of the great Kim Jong Il that
the Korean people have firmly upheld the banner of socialism despite the
imperialists' moves to isolate and stifle the DPRK, said n. Bold who visited
the DPRK as a Mongolian representative for the study of the Juche idea.
    He said: Kim Jong Il put forward the people's army as the main force of
revolution and as a pillar of the country and encouraged it to play a
leading role in socialist construction. This army-first politics provided by
him is the greatest political mode in the era of independence.
    The DPRK is sure to build a powerful nation as Kim Jong Il has provided
the army-first revolutionary leadership with his outstanding wisdom,
unparalled grit and indomitable will, pursuant to this politics, thus
demonstrating the dignity and spirit of socialist Korea.
    Noting that the Mongolian people highly praise Kim Jong Il for the
exploits he has performed on behalf of the era and humankind, he said that
no force on earth can overpower the Korean people, united close around Kim
Jong Il.


Lao ambassador hosts reception

    Pyongyang, December 2 (KCNA) -- Khamkheng Sayakeo, Lao ambassador to the
DPRK, hosted a reception here yesterday on the occasion of the 25th
anniversary of the Lao People's Democratic Republic.
    Present at the reception on invitation were Yang Hyong Sop,
vice-president of the presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim Yang Gon, department director of
the Central Committee of the Worker's Party of Korea, Paek Nam Sun, Minister
of Foreign Affairs, officials concerned and diplomatic envoys of different
countries here.
    Noting that the party, government and people of Laos extend warm
congratulations to the fraternal Korean people on their great successes and
victories achieved in the course of defending the gains of revolution and
building socialism, the Lao ambassador in his speech said that all these
successes and victories are the result of the dynamic and outstanding
leadership of the President Kim Il Sung and the leader Kim Jong Il of the
Korean people.
    The Lao people have always supported the Korean people's will to reunify
the country independently and peacefully, he said.
    He expressed belief that the line of the WPK and the DPRK government and
the struggle of the Korean people to implement it would command widespread
support as it meets the just aspiration of the world peace-loving people.
    Paek Nam Sun in his speech said that the friendship between the DPRK and
Laos is strong as it is based on the deep intimate relations Kim Il Sung
forged with the respected leader of the Lao people Kaysone Phomvihane. This
friendship is daily growing stronger under the deep care of Kim Jong Il and
Khamtay Sipandone, chairman of the central committee of the Lao People's
Revolutionary Party and President of the LPDR, he added.
    The WPK and the DPRK government will as always make positive efforts to
steadily strengthen and develop the long-standing friendly and cooperative
relations between the two countries in the interests of the two peoples and
the cause of socialism in the new century, too, he noted.


Japan's moves for reinvasion denounced

    Pyongyang, December 2 (KCNA) -- Recently a "bill on inspection of ships"
passed through session of the Japanese House of Councilors.
    This bill allows the "Self-Defence Forces" to check up and search and
even use armed forces against ships of other countries in case of
"emergencies in areas surrounding Japan."
    The bill is totally intended for overseas aggression and it shows how
frantically the Japanese militarists are getting overheated in reinvasion,
Pyongyang-based newspapers today say in commentaries.
    Rodong Sinmun says:
    In fact, the Japanese reactionaries had excluded this bill from the
"emergency legislation" for the implementation of the "Japan-U.S. Guidelines
for Defence Cooperation" under the protest from home and abroad when it was
adopted. But the recent carriage of the bill proves that Japan has totally
thrown away the "peace constitution" which existed only in name and
undisguisedly embarked on the road of overseas aggression.
    The adoption of the bill poses great danger as it allows Japan's "SDF"
to use armed forces against any vessel in any waters at its own will.
    The Japanese reactionaries seeking a way for aggression on the continent
with the backing of the U.S. have provided a precondition for staging a
comeback any moment under the pretext of "coping with emergencies in areas
surrounding Japan." Their military aggression will target against vast areas
of Asia.
    Minju Joson in a commentary brands the approval for the bill as part of
the "emergency legislative arrangements" for a war of aggression on the
Korean peninsula and its surrounding areas.
    It is designed to provide a legal and institutional device for overseas
aggression, the commentary notes, warning:
    The Japanese reactionaries should stop such reckless reinvasion moves at
once if they do not want another bitter defeat.


Japan urged to make apology and compensation

    Pyongyang, December 2 (KCNA) -- 33 South Korean "national assemblymen"
from the ruling and opposition parties Tuesday submitted to the "National
Assembly" a resolution urging Japan to make apologies for and repent of its
past harsh colonial rule over Korea before anything else and make
compensation suitable to it, according to Seoul based "Radio No. 1."
    They demanded the Japanese government declare null and void the
"Korea-Japan annexation treaty" and other coercive "treaties" and make
apologies for the aggression on Korea and the issue of the "comfort women
for the army," punish those responsible for them and make compensation.


Silver jubilee of LPDR observed

    Pyongyang, December 2 (KCNA) -- Papers here today observe the silver
jubilee of the Lao People's Democratic Republic.
    Rodong Sinmun in a signed article says that after the proclamation of
the republic, the Lao people became genuine masters of the country and came
to embark upon building new prosperous Laos, taking their destiny in their
own hands.
    It goes on:
    The Lao people have achieved great successes in their vigorous struggle
to consolidate the people's democratic system and accelerate the
socio-economic development, united close around the central committee of the
Lao People's Revolutionary Party headed by Khamtay Siphandone.
    The Korean people sincerely congratulate the Lao people on their
successes made in the building of a new society and voice solidarity with
their just struggle.
    The Korean people wholeheartedly wish the Lao people greater success in
their future efforts to achieve national unity and build a new independent
and prosperous society.
    Minju Joson says that the Korean people will continue to strive to boost
the friendly and cooperative relations with the Lao people.



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