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By George Burchett

Originally published in CounterPunch dated July 29, 2019


I have watched live on TV all three meetings between Chairman Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump: the first one in Singapore on June 12, 2018, the second one in Hanoi (where I live) on 27-28 February 2019, and the last one at the DMZ on June 30, 2019.

All three meetings were moments of great hope and cause for cautious optimism.

But every time, I am also reminded of what President Kim Il Sung -- Chairman Kim Jong Un's grandfather -- told my father, Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett in Pyongyang, when they first met there in May 1967. This is how my father relates it in his book Again Korea:

"Come and visit us again," said my host. "Bring your wife and have a good holiday here. But I advise you to come soon if you want to see our country as it is now." He waved his hand toward the window which looked out on a broad, tree-lined boulevard of shining new apartment houses and shops. …

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Followings are teleSUR's report dated July 31, 2019:

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro reiterated Tuesday his gratitude to United States' activists who were members of the Protection Collective of Venezuela's embassy in Washington.


"Our gratitude and eternal recognition to the Protection Collective of our diplomatic headquarters in Washington. Their performance reflects high morals for the defense of the dignity and sovereignty of the Venezuelan people," the president tweeted.

The delegation of the Embassy Protection Collective visited Caracas to be part of the 25th edition of the Sao Paulo Forum, which annually gathers left-wing organizations, parties, and governments. During their visit, they personally were greeted and met with President Maduro, who gifted them with a replica of Simon Bolivar's sword.

"It is the replica of the Liberator's sword, used in the Battle of Carabobo, and I want to give you as a token of appreciation of the most v…

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Followings are China Daily's report dated July 31, 2019:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs [of the PRC] on Tuesday denounced the United States for meddling in Hong Kong affairs by showing support for unlawful protests against the now-suspended extradition law amendments.

Hua Chunying, a spokesperson of the ministry, made the remarks after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted when attending an event at the Economic Club of Washington D.C. that the Hong Kong protests were "appropriate" and such incidents were common in the US. He said he hopes China will "do the right thing" and "respect the agreements in place with respect to Hong Kong".

At a daily press conference in Beijing, Hua said radical protesters in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region were seen attacking the police with metal rods and other life-threatening weapons.

Maybe the US could "import" such violent protests and show the world how their democracy handles them, Hua said…

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WORLD
By Min Chol

Recently, the US Treasury imposed sanctions on a state-run oil export-import corporation of Cuba on the pretext that it imported oil from Venezuela.

The US froze the company's assets in its territory and added on the sanctions list several vessels transporting oil from Venezuela to Cuba.

The Cuban government denounced the US for playing on Cuba's support of Venezuela to justify its sanctions, and announced that it would not succumb to the US' unilateral sanctions.

As is already known, the US has persistently pursued the policy of hostility toward the country since the victorious Cuban revolution in 1959.

This year alone, it invoked the notorious Helmz-Burton Act against Cuba and decided to appropriate tens of millions of dollars for the 2020 plan for overthrowing the Cuban government.

Owing to the US' tenacious financial blockade and trade embargo, Cuba has so far sustained a huge economic loss.

In the "2019 Trafficking in Persons Report", t…

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WORLD
By Om Ryong

Israeli troops recently launched missile attacks on Damascus and Homs of Syria, claiming the lives of several civilians and injuring dozens. The Syrian anti-aircraft force intercepted a few missiles launched by Israeli fighter jets.


Syria demanded the UN Security Council call Israel to account for the act of state-sponsored terrorism.

Early on June 12, the Israeli troops mounted a missile attack on Syria and waged electronic warfare to build a barrier on the radar system of Syrian government forces.

The Syrian army now controls most of its territory, with reconstruction being pushed in liberated areas.

Though the international community expresses its positive stand towards the development of the Syrian situation which is winning back peace and stability, Israel is displeased with détente in Syria. On the contrary, it is trying every means possible to drive the situation to a catastrophic level by launching military attacks on Syria on a constant basis.

A Russian news…

KCNA COMMENTARY

The south Korean authorities remain persistent in joint military exercises against the north despite the opposition and denunciation at home and abroad.

In June, the south Korean military warmongers conducted in secrecy a joint infiltration training targeting the DPRK in collusion with U.S. troops in south Korea.

The training was carried out at the U.S. military base in Uijongbu City, Kyonggi Province to get familiar with such provocative military actions as "infiltration and search into underground facilities in the north" and "removal of WMD key components".

On the other hand, the south Korean navy together with warships of the U.S. Seventh Fleet conducted a joint submarine drill codenamed Silent Shark under the simulated conditions of searching, tracking and destroying the "enemy" submarine in the waters off Guam some days ago.

These are dangerous hostile military moves against the trend of peace created on the Korean peninsula.

It is a…

KCNA COMMENTARY

Demands for the abrogation of the south Korea-Japan agreement on protecting military intelligence (GSOMIA, General Security of Military Information Agreement - KR) have become increasingly vocal among various circles of south Korea.

After the south Korean "government" announced the reexamination of the agreement, political parties calling for democratic reforms welcomed it and the south Korean Confederation of Trade Unions and other progressive organizations expressed their support for it, saying that the product of the Cold War era should be abrogated.

This is an expression of anger towards and resistance to the Japanese reactionaries who add sin to the crimes Japan committed against the Korean nation in the past century, far from reflecting on them.

The said agreement is an extremely dangerous agreement for war which poses a grave threat to peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and the region, as it was cooked up by Japan in conspiracy with the Park G…

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The 34th camping began at the Songdowon International Children's Camp in the DPRK with due ceremony on Wednesday.


Present there were Kim Song Il, vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League, Chae Il Ryong, vice-chairman of the Kangwon Provincial People's Committee, officials concerned, camping groups of children from the DPRK, China, Russia, Vietnam, Laos, India and Germany and a camping group of overseas Korean children.


The participants laid a floral basket and bouquets and made a bow before the statues of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il at the camp.

A congratulatory address and speech were made at the ceremony.

During the camping, the children will conduct multifarious activities including maritime sports, amusement games and meetings for national days.

(KCNA - July 31, 2019)

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State academic degrees and titles were awarded to intellectuals, who made contributions to the development of self-supporting economy and improvement of the people's living standard, in the DPRK.


The title of academician went to Ri Sin Ung, researcher at Kim Chaek University of Technology, and Jong Sun Gi, researcher at the Academy of Social Sciences, and the title of candidate academician to Jon Ji Hyon, head of a faculty at Kim Chaek University of Technology, and Yu Pong Suk, head of a department at Pyongyang Han Tok Su University of Light Industry.

Professorship was conferred on Pak Hak Song, researcher at Kim Il Sung University, Jin Tu Ha, teacher at Kim Chaek University of Technology, Han Kum Sil, teacher at Pyongyang Han Tok Su University of Light Industry, Ri Pong Son, head of department at Phyongsong University of Coal Mining, Choe Son Yong, rector of Wonsan Jong Jun Thaek University of Economics, and others.

Doctorate went to Pak Chol and Hong Hye Myong, department heads …

Six years have passed since the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum was reconstructed on July 27, Juche 102 (2013) to mark the 60th anniversary of the victory in the Fatherland Liberation War.

Since then, many historic data, remains and photos have been newly exhibited at the museum.

Among the newly-exhibited more than 70 historic data are documents showing that President Kim Il Sung visited Kwangju of South Jolla Province in August 1950 and gave instructions on strengthening the coast defense in the southwestern area of Korea, restoring and consolidating the party and power organs and hastening the enforcement of the agrarian reform and other democratic reforms in the liberated southern area.

There is also data that the President placed a duty of defending the area along the River Chongchon upon the commander of the Seoul Guards 105th Tank Division of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in Nyongbyon County of North Phyongan Province in October 1950.

Seen in the museum are tens…

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By Kim Song Ok
Rodong Sinmun

What holds the special page in the revolutionary leadership history of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un is that he indicated the path for the Juche-based education of talented scientists and technicians as required by the times and the developing revolution and powerfully aroused all the people to the drive for realizing it.

Today the Korean people keenly feel his great guidance through the hot wind for making all the people well versed in science and technology running high across the country and in the stirring reality of the country advancing and leaping forward by dint of science.

The idea indicated by the Supreme Leader on making all the people well versed in science and technology is, in essence, to prepare all the members of society to be intelligent workers with the knowledge level of a university graduate and the main players for the development of science and technology.

Today, changes have been brought about in the ideological viewpoint, fighting tra…

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Followings are KR's translation, with some addition or adjustment,  from KCNA's Korean edition:

Beijing, July 29 (KCNA) -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying on Monday rejected foreign interference in Hong Kong affairs at a news conference.

Regarding recent remarks by chairman of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs Eliot Engel that he was "deeply concerned the reports of police brutality in  response to the peaceful protests in Hong Kong", Hua refuted his expression of attitude that he entirely "turned white to black" and "confused right and wrong".

"How can some Americans use the words 'peaceful protests' when seeing violent protesters storm the Legislative Council Complex and besiege the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region - KR), not to mention the organized assault on police by lethal weapons?" Hua asked.

Pointing that some European a…

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un sent birthday spreads to Merited Scientist, Candidate Academician, Prof. and Dr. Ri Jong Su, researcher at the Hamhung Branch of the State Academy of Sciences, and Merited Scientist, Candidate Academician, Prof. and Dr. Ri Yong Hwan, researcher at the History Institute of the Academy of Social Sciences, on their 80th birthday.

Ri Jong Su, born as the second son of a poor tenant before the liberation of Korea, graduated from the then Hamhung University of Chemical Engineering under the care of President Kim Il Sung, who liberated the country and opened the door for learning to all people, and worked as an official and researcher at the Hamhung Branch of the State Academy of Sciences for over five decades.

Chairman Kim Jong Il visited the branch on the day of election of deputies to local power bodies, March 7, Juche 88 (1999) and voted for him who was nominated as a candidate for deputy to the South Hamgyong Provincial People's Assembly.

He made a great c…

To respect women is a social trend and a noble trait in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

In this regard, Ri Song Hwan, section chief of the Human Rights Institute under the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences, told KCNA:

The socialist society in our country provides genuine rights to the women.

Their rights have been ensured by such state laws and policies as the Socialist Constitution, the Law on Protection of Women's Rights and the Socialist Labor Law.

President Kim Il Sung promulgated the Law on Sex Equality on July 30, Juche 35 (1946).

Thanks to this law, the women in the DPRK have been playing the role of proud master of society on equal terms with men.

In the sphere of political life, they are free to conduct social activities and make big contribution to the social development. Ordinary women workers become deputies to the Supreme People's Assembly and many women exercise their political rights to the full in party and government organs and working people'…

By So Song Bom
Rodong Sinmun

The women in the DPRK are the most blessed women in the world as they lead a worthwhile life under the benevolent care of the great Party and the mother country which prioritize, take warm care of and put forward them.

It is a pride and strength of Juche Korea to have the excellent women who value the interests of the country more highly than their family affairs and devote their all to the building of a powerful socialist country.

Our women are a strong force performing an important role in building a powerful socialist country.

Now, our women are giving full play to their strength, wisdom and zeal on all fronts of the socialist construction inflamed with the Mallima speed movement.

Our sportswomen have glorified the flag of the DPRK in international games, our women scientists added luster to the honor of the country with their great scientific and technological achievements and our women artistes vividly given a firm demonstration of the developed Juche…

By Pak Song Yong
Rodong Sinun

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Katsura and U.S. Secretary of the Army Taft fabricated the illegal and brigandish "Katsura-Taft agreement" on July 29, 1905.

Japan and the U.S. asserted that the "agreement" was for "peace" and "security" in Asia, but it was sophism.

The "agreement" was just a product of conspiracy between the U.S. and Japan, which reduced Korea into a bargaining chip for the division of their sphere of influence in Asia and legalized their colonial rule over other countries. It became a root cause of new aggression and war, far from helping ensure peace and security.

Under that "agreement", Japan and the U.S. paved each other's path for increasing their aggressor forces across Asia by offering each other Philippines and Korea as advanced bases.

In a nutshell, the "agreement" provided a decisive premise for the Japanese imperialists' occupation of Korea and served as…

KCNA COMMENTARY

Japan is getting more and more undisguised in the moves to fulfill its ambition to become a military power.

Japan recently launched an Aegis ship, the eighth of its kind of the Japan Maritime "Self-Defense Force," in Yokohama City.

Against this backdrop, Japan dispatched the "Self-Defense Forces"(SDF) to the Australia-U.S. joint military exercises so as to make them proficient in the landing and attacks in the sea and on the coasts.

In the meantime, demands for "enacting a new law" over the dispatch of troops to the Middle East have become openly vocal in the political circles.

This clearly shows the black-hearted intention of the Japanese reactionaries to regain the position of the suzerain state by becoming a military power and achieving its ambition for overseas expansion.

Japan has emerged as a dangerous force of war and aggression, challenging mankind desirous of peace after its defeat.

Japan pressed ahead with improving the SDF both …

In the past, the Japanese imperialists enforced their fascist repressive rule over Korea and pursued the policy of obliterating the Korean nation after occupying it.

The main target of the policy was to mentally exterminate the Korean nation.

To this end, the Japanese imperialists forced the Korean people to change their names into Japanese ones from the late 1930s.

They organized an investigation committee for revising judicial law in April 1937 to deal with a "campaign" for changing the Korean people's names into Japanese ones and discussed the ways to step up it at a meeting of the Advisory Council of Japan in June 1939.

In this way they established a legal foundation and a ruling system for changing Koreans' names into Japanese ones in November 1939.

But such campaign could not go smoothly because of the Korean people's strong resistance. So, the Japanese imperialists mobilized their ruling machinery at all levels and the pro-Japanese groups to force the Kore…

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By Song Jong Ho

The relationship between Germany and the US has recently come under international spotlight.

Germany's DPA reported that Washington made a thinly veiled threat against Berlin that it might refuse information sharing with the countries that are going to use networks based on Chinese technology and that the divergence of opinion as to the JCPOA (Iranian nuclear deal) has aggravated the transatlantic tension centering on trade and security.

The US wants European nations including Germany to withdraw from the JCPOA as they dance to its tune, but they insist on adhering to the agreement.

The German foreign minister said European countries are expressing dissatisfaction at the US' unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal, adding its anti-Iran pressure tactics are of no help to anyone.

Based on such viewpoint, Germany, together with France and the UK, established the Instrument of Support of Trade Exchange geared to facilitating financial dealings of the European b…

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Groups of foreign campers, who are to participate in the 34th Songdowon International Children's Camping, visited Mangyongdae, the birthplace of President Kim Il Sung.


They looked round the historical relics, being briefed about the fact that the President was born into a patriotic family and grew up to be a revolutionary.

They visited the revolutionary sites on Mangyong Hill.

They also toured the Munsu Water Park, the Natural History Museum, the Central Zoo, etc.



(Source: KCNA - July 29, 2019)

Teachers and researchers at the Faculty of History of Kim Il Sung University discovered remains of the Old Stone Age in a natural cave in the River Ryesong basin and registered the cave as a site for preservation.

It is the first time that remains of the Old Stone Age was discovered at the River Ryesong basin, one of the central parts of Korea lying between the Ahobiryong and Myolak mountains.

The cave was found in Sajong-ri, Singye County, North Hwanghae Province, where the teachers and researchers unearthed lots of remains dating back to the Old Stone Age, including five stone tools of three kinds, three bone tools and 732 fossil bones of 17 species of mammals, through comprehensive excavation.

Through an archeological study of a stone tool and palaeontological analysis of extinct species, they proved that the remains in the natural cave dates back to the latter term of the Old Stone Age.

The fossil bones of mammals, including weasel, water-deer, bear and lynx, in the site go to pro…

Ornithologists of the DPRK newly found breeding places of national-bird goshawk in Kangwon and North Hwanghae provinces of the country.

This is the first time to find goshawk's breeding places in the central part of Korea.

According to Dr. Kim Kyong Jun, section chief of the Zoology Research Institute under the State Academy of Sciences, goshawk had been known as a bird to breed mainly in the northern part of the country including Ryanggang, Jagang and South Hamgyong provinces.

In May last, a goshawk sitting on eggs in the nest on a pine tree was discovered in the Yangamsan Sanctuary between Sepho and Phangyo counties of Kangwon Province. And one month later, its nestling was confirmed there.

In the meantime, several goshawk nests were found in the Hakbongsan Sanctuary between Thosan County of North Hwanghae Province and Ichon County of Kangwon Province. And a pair of goshawks training their nestlings how to fly was recently observed there.

The facts go to prove that goshawk breed…

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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 armed forces of the DPRK, appreciated a concert given by the National Symphony Orchestra to mark July 27, the day of war victory.


When Supreme Leader of the Party, state and armed forces Kim Jong Un appeared in the auditorium, all the audience shouted "hurrah!" extending the greatest glory to him.


He warmly waved back to the enthusiastically cheering audience.

Put on the stage of the concert which started with orchestra "July 27 March" were symphonic poem "Eternal Ode to Victory", female solo "Peace Is Guaranteed by Our Arms" and female trio "Our National Flag".


Listening to the symphonic poem comprised of wartime songs and contemporary famous songs, the audience recollected the rigorous days of the hard-fought Fatherland Liberation War.


Among the audience were…

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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 armed forces of the DPRK, visited the Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs Cemetery on the morning of July 27, the 66th anniversary of the victory in the great Fatherland Liberation War.

Supreme Leader of the Party, state and armed forces Kim Jong Un put a flower before the cemetery.


He said the undying feats of the war martyrs who saved the country from the crisis of a life or death in the tragic annals under the leadership of President Kim Il Sung will shine long in the history of the country.

He offered a humble tribute to the memory of the martyrs of the People's Army who dedicated their precious lives to the sacred war for safeguarding the freedom and independence of the country and the happiness of the people, praying for the immortality of their great souls on the platform of eternal glory.

(KCNA - July …

By Choe Yong Nam

Most recently, a 40-year-old man rushed into a public institution in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and opened fire on the people inside, killing 12 and injuring 4. The crime sent shock waves throughout the city.

That evening a bloody shooting occurred in West Covina, California, causing four casualties.

The firearms-related crimes are now rampant in the United States as an “epidemic”.

Last year there were a total of about 56 800 gun-related crimes in the US, leaving some 14 600 dead and about 28 000 others wounded. The weapons used by criminals are said to have been legally purchased from the shops.

According to the international arms investigation organization in Geneva, 393 million weapons of all sorts are now at large in the US, the number accounting for nearly 40 percent of those owned by civilians all over the world.

It is self-evident that gun-related crimes occur in succession in the American society where gun ownership is legalized.

In June deadly shootings took p…

By Song Jong Ho

The Japanese defence minister recently bragged that they can intercept the DPRK’s ballistic rockets with the ground-based missile defence system Aegis Ashore.

Now that a trend towards dialogue and peace pervades the Korean peninsula and the region, only Japan is working to incite antagonism and tension in the region as it stages joint military exercises and applies independent sanctions on the pretext of "violation" and "threat".

Japan is planning to turn back the favourable trend of the Korean peninsula situation by making the "threat" from the DPRK a fait accompli and to fish in troubled waters through the escalation of tensions.

In the past, it deliberately strained the peninsula situation while playing up the "threat" from the DPRK in the international arena.

When the DPRK put its satellites into orbit as part of space exploration for peaceful purposes in August 1999 and December 2012, Japan insisted that they were missile te…

By Om Ryong

The US forces in south Korea released a "Strategic Outline-2019" terming Japan one of the "providers" of combat personnel and equipment in case of contingency on the Korean peninsula.

It has greatly infuriated south Korean people of all sections of life. They are denouncing the US forces’ move as a revelation of the scheme to involve Japan into the DPRK-targeted war.

In protest, the party of the people, the Confederation of Democratic Trade Unions, Solidarity for Progress and many other political parties and organizations of south Korea got together in Kwanghwamun Plaza in Seoul for an emergency press conference. The participants demanded an immediate disbandment of the UN Command, asserting that the US is working to make Japan a country with the right of belligerency as it paves the way for the Self-Defence Forces’ advance to the Korean peninsula.

The Americans’ involvement of Japan in the "providers of combat power" has all the more infuriat…

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By Choe Yong Nam

Anti-Japanese sentiments are skyrocketing in south Korea with Japan's unjust trade retaliation as the momentum.


The students' progressive alliance, the Confederation of Democratic Trade Unions and other organizations hold press conferences and rallies in different parts of the country in succession to denounce Japan’s injustice.

Under the circumstances, a variety of anti-Japanese movements have been launched, including a boycott against Japanese goods, the signature collection demanding the cancellation of economic retaliation and the fund-raising for erecting the statue of forcibly drafted worker.

Progressive political parties also join public anti-Japanese protest actions of the public as they jointly propose a resolution for denouncing Abe, calling for resolute and strong response to Japan's restriction on export what they branded as an economic war and aggressive act.


Japan's restriction of export to south Korea is not a simple act of trade retalia…

By Ho Yong Min
Rodong Sinmun

The Japanese reactionaries have persistently refused to admit the past crimes, far from making an apology and reparation for them, but they are brandishing a sword of economic retaliation, export restrictions, at south Korea, describing the issue of the reparation to the victims of the conscript labor forced by the Japanese imperialists as "damage to the confidence-based relations" and "violation of international law."

The export restrictions measure is, in essence, a sinister act of aggression to annex south Korea economically and make it its new colony.

By hitting the south Korean economy, dependent on Japan, on its tender spot through the recent export restrictions to deal a telling blow to south Korea, the Abe's group is cunningly seeking to make south Korea more and more dependent on Japan economically and politically.

Clear is the black-hearted intention of the Abe's group, militarist descendants, who grew up while hearing…

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Performances were given by the State Merited Chorus and the Mansudae Art Troupe on Saturday, the 66th anniversary of the victory in the great Fatherland Liberation War.

Senior officials of the Party and the government including Choe Ryong Hae and Pak Pong Ju and officials of the armed forces organs and Pyongyangites enjoyed the performance.


Among the audience were overseas compatriots and foreigners.

A performance was given by the State Merited Chorus at the People's Theatre.


Put on the stage of the performance which began with prelude "July 27, Our Victory Day" and "Hurrah for July 27, Day of Victory" were such numbers as male solo and male chorus "Cantata to Marshal Kim Il Sung", trombone duet "Three Years of War" and orchestra "Song of Pride of Guards Units".


The performers sang in high praise of the exploits of President Kim Il Sung for the war victory, who set a world example in the history of struggle against imperialism by …

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Wreaths were laid at the Martyrs Cemetery of the Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) in Hoechang County on Saturday, the 66th anniversary of the victory in the great Fatherland Liberation War.


Present at the wreath-laying ceremony were senior officials of the Party and the government Ri Su Yong, Thae Hyong Chol and Ri Yong Ho.


Placed before the monument to the martyrs of the CPV were a wreath from Supreme Leader of the Workers' Party of Korea, the state and the armed forces of the DPRK Kim Jong Un and wreaths in the joint name of the C.C., the WPK, the Central Military Commission of the WPK and the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and in the joint name of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK and the DPRK Cabinet.

The senior officials of the Party and the government paid a silent tribute to memory of the martyrs.

(KCNA - July 27, 2019)

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ARTICLE
By Jang Chol

Japan began to use the name of era "Reiwa" (令和 - KR) on May 1.

Prime Minister Abe pledged to "shape a bright future for Japan in the Reiwa era which succeeded Heisei".

Why then did the Japanese authorities choose "Reiwa" as the new era name?

The Japanese authorities advertise the new era name as they use uncommonly flowery language, saying "Reiwa" means "beautiful harmony".

Abe officially announced it means that "culture is born and grows as people live and help each other with a beautiful mind" and the foreign ministry gave a briefing on it, saying it means "beautiful harmony". Apparently, they are trying to give an "amicable and florid impression" to people at home and abroad.

The publication that the new era name was copied from an old Japanese collection of poems and songs printed in around 760, in particular, seems to be aimed at evoking the pride of the citizens in the "long…

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By DPRK Hero Kim Sung Un

Decades have passed since the Korean war and my hair is all grey, but I can never forget the thrill of victory.

In that war, which is called a confrontation between rifles and A-bombs, our Korean People’s Army gave a telling blow to enemies, who ran amok boasting of their technical superiority, by relying on original tactics of our own style.

A typical example is the anti-aircraft team movement.

In late December 1950 when all soldiers were at a loss how to cope with the enemy's attack since our anti-aircraft firepower was incomparably weak, Supreme Commander Kim Il Sung issued an order to shoot down enemy planes with small arms by organizing anti-aircraft teams.

Accordingly, large numbers of such teams armed with rifles, light and heavy machine guns and anti-tank rifles were organized. A shooter of an anti-aircraft machine gun, I was also involved in the team in my unit.

It was not easy to bring down enemy planes as they flew high in the air and quickly at…