Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Spokesperson for DPRK Foreign Ministry on DPRK-U.S. Working-level Talks

Pyongyang, July 16 (KCNA) -- A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on July 16, with regard to the DPRK-U.S. working-level talks.

At present, there are widespread public opinions across the world concerning an opening of the DPRK-U.S. working-level talks.

The United States is going to conduct a joint military exercise "Alliance 19-2" with south Korea in contravention of the commitments made at the highest level at a time when the working-level talks between the DPRK and the U.S. are on the agenda, which has been made possible by the DPRK-U.S. summit meeting in Panmunjom.

If the military exercise really goes ahead, it would affect the DPRK-U.S. working-level talks.

We will formulate our decision on the opening of the DPRK-U.S. working-level talks, while keeping watch over the U.S. move hereafter. -0-

Japan Can Not Flee from Atonement for Past: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, July 16 (KCNA) -- Days ago, civic organizations in Saitama Prefecture held a rally on the occasion of the 82nd anniversary of "the July 7 incident" provoked by the Japanese imperialists.

At the rally, the participants denounced the crimes committed by the Japanese imperialists in the past and demanded that the present Japanese government have correct perceptions of the history of aggression and honestly reflect on it.

It shows that time is not a medicine for people's curse and hatred against the brutal aggression by militaristic Japan.

The thrice-cursed crimes Japan committed in the last century were unprecedented in terms of brutality, atrocity and unlawfulness.

On July 7, 1937, Japan engineered the "Lugou Bridge incident" to provoke a general war against China. It plunged China into sea of blood and committed all sorts of atrocious crimes including slaughter, plunder and arson for nearly 3 000 days.

Earlier, in 1905 the Japanese imperialists illegally occupied Korea and enforced brutal colonial rule in a bid to turn the Korean Peninsula into a springboard to invading the continent.

They abducted and forcibly drafted 200 000 Korean women and over 8.4 millions of young and middle-aged Koreans to reduce them into sexual slaves, bullet-shields and talking labor tools, and massacred more than one millions of innocent Korean people. Such heinous crimes committed by Japan still evoke towering anger of the Korean nation.

So, Japan should make thorough apology and reparation for inflicting untold misfortune and pain upon the Korean people and other peoples of Asian countries.

However, the behavior of the island country is too shameless.

While justifying the war of aggression, Japan still denies the thrice-cursed crimes it committed against humanity.

Far from drawing a lesson from the filthy and disgraceful history, it is keen on revision of laws and arms buildup for reinvasion.

In fact, Japan has already turned itself into a war-capable state and is waiting for a chance of reinvasion.

But, Abe group's moves sharpen the vigilance of the international community over Japan and harden the will to settle accounts with Japan.

Mankind will never pardon those posing grave threat to global peace and security and trying to bring miserable disaster to the region again, and will force them to dearly pay for it.

Japan can never flee from the atonement for the past. -0-

Traitors Have No Room for Existence: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, July 16 (KCNA) -- The DPRK-U.S. summit meeting and talks held with surprise at Panmunjom, the symbol of hostility and confrontation, served as an occasion to build unprecedented trust between the DPRK and the U.S., which made all the Koreans and the whole world brim with excitement and emotion.

But the south Korean conservatives, displeased with the world-stirring event, are getting impatient to downplay its significance.

The conservative groups including the "Liberal Korea Party" and the "Parun Mirae Party" slander the recent DPRK-U.S. summit meeting, letting loose such invectives as "it is merely for show" and "there is no change in reality and essence despite the U.S.-north Korea summit meeting".

Their slander is no more than a death cry of traitors who are marginalized by the trend of peace with no room left for their existence for having staked their fate on confrontation, hostility, tension and war.

Peace and security of the Korean peninsula are vital to the Korean nation and global peace and security.

The recent DPRK-U.S. summit meeting and talks, held at Panmunjom representing the long history of distrust, misunderstanding, conflict and antagonism, heralded a new history of reconciliation and peace all over the world.

The international community, therefore, hails and supports the Panmunjom DPRK-U.S. summit meeting as an epoch-making event that brought about a radical turn in achieving peace and prosperity of the Korean peninsula, the region and the rest of the world.

Nevertheless, the conservative traitors dare challenge all the Koreans and the world.

They are making desperate efforts to check the trend of national reconciliation and unity and peace on the Korean peninsula, obsessed with greed for power and indifferent to the destiny and future of the fellow countrymen, while slandering the historic inter-Korean declarations and crying out for total repeal of the north-south agreement in military field.

The total denial of the stirring event recognized by the world people goes to prove that "peace" much touted by the conservatives is no less confrontation and war.

They are, indeed, the shame on the Korean nation as they still run mad to find a way out in anachronistic dependence on outsiders and confrontation with the fellow countrymen, unaware of the trend of the times.

The LKP, a dreg of history, and other conservatives can never block the trend of the times towards peace, prosperity and reunification whatever their efforts.

Sure to come is the day when the traitors plotting permanent national division and living upon confrontation with fellow countrymen will meet ruin. -0-

Rodong Sinmun and Kulloja Say Self-Reliance Serves as Eternal Lifeline of Korean Revolution

Pyongyang, July 13 (KCNA) -- Rodong Sinmun on Saturday carries a joint article of Rodong Sinmun and Kulloja (magazine).

The joint article says that self-reliance serves as a revolutionary mode and the principle of struggle of the Korean people who regard independence and self-respect as their life.

It goes on:

All victories and glory the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and the Korean people have won through severe trials and difficulties for the last decades are the noble fruition of self-reliance.

Self-reliance is not just a tactical countermeasure for meeting a requirement of the changed situation and overcoming a temporary obstacle standing in the way of advance, but the invariable political line the WPK and the Korean people have confirmed and consistently maintained as a fundamental orientation and the mode of development in building socialism.

The banner for independence with one's own efforts the first generation of the Korean revolution upheld in the thick forests of Mt Paektu in the severe period when the nation's destiny stood at the crossroads of life and death has been more firmly inherited as the banner of independence and self-support in the whole course of solidifying the foundation of democracy and building socialism from scratch with one's own efforts.

Today, the political line of self-reliance clarified again by the Party serves as a treasured sword of building up a rich country with a strong army for defending the gains of socialism which can not be bartered for anything else in the world and accomplishing the cause of building a powerful country by fully displaying the potential for the development of the DPRK.

Self-reliance serves as the eternal lifeline of the Korean revolution which can never be abandoned as long as the DPRK and its people exist.

Thanks to Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un who makes total dedication with the lifelong will to build the great Kim Il Sung's nation and Kim Jong Il's Korea into an independent power to be admired by the world, Juche Korea is making a vigorous advance along the road of self-reliance.

The way of self-reliance in which the Korean people shared joy and sorrow with Kim Jong Un under his leadership represented the days when they have been united around him with the same intention and feelings with keen realization of the greatness of the leader.

The Korean people have entered a new stage of socialist construction with more confidence than any period in history.

The history will certainly witness how glorious today's era was when the road of advance for building a powerful socialist country was paved by self-sustenance and self-support despite the worst challenge and blockade and what great feats the Party and the people achieved when opening up the era.

The article calls upon all to make a vigorous advance towards the bright future of Juche Korea, holding aloft the banner of self-reliance under the leadership of the great Party. -0-

U.S. Hit for Seeking to Wage Joint Military Drill against DPRK

Pyongyang, July 16 (KCNA) -- A spokesperson for the DPRK Foreign Ministry made public the following press statement on Tuesday:

The United States and south Korea are going to defiantly conduct a joint military exercise "Alliance 19-2" targeting us in August.

Outwardly, the U.S. is trumpeting that this exercise is a simulation to verify whether the south Korean army is capable of taking over wartime operational control. But, it is crystal clear that it is an actual drill and a rehearsal of war aimed at militarily occupying our Republic by surprise attack and rapid dispatch of large-scale reinforcements under the cloak of "containment" and "counter-offensive" in time of emergency.

The suspension of joint military exercises is what President Trump, commander-in-chief of the U.S., personally committed to at the DPRK-U.S. summit talks in Singapore under the eyes of the whole world and reaffirmed at the DPRK-U.S. summit meeting in Panmunjom, where our Foreign Minister and the U.S. Secretary of State were also present.

Our discontinuation of the nuclear and ICBM tests and the U.S. suspension of joint military exercises are, to all its intents and purposes, commitments made to improve bilateral relations. They are not a legal document inscribed on a paper.

In order to implement the DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement, we already took crucial steps, followed by the humanitarian measures without any precondition.

Less than a month now since the DPRK-U.S. summit meeting in Panmunjom, the U.S. is going to resume joint military exercise which it directly committed to suspend at the highest level.

This is clearly a breach of the main spirit of June 12 DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement and an undisguised pressure upon us.

We are viewing this matter with vigilance.

We really have many things to say about the facts that the U.S., together with Japan, south Korea and other countries, staged the "Proliferation Security Initiative" exercise targeting our country in early July and continues to bring highly sophisticated war equipment into south Korea.

With the U.S. unilaterally reneging on its commitments, we are gradually losing our justifications to follow through on the commitments we made with the U.S. as well.

I wonder whether there would be such obligation or law that one side alone has to continue to cling to when it is clear that a unilateral adherence would not bring any gains because the other side neither honors nor minds them. -0-

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Reflections on the Alek Sigley Affair -by Dr Dermot Hudson

                     Sao Paulo,Brasil 09.07.2019
On Saturday  6th of July , the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)  of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea announced that  Alek Sigley , an Australian studying for an MA at KIM IL SUNG University and the head of the company Tongil Tours ,had been arrested and expelled from the DPRK for espionage and anti state  as an  Investigation revealed that at the instigation of the NK News and other anti-DPRK media he handed over several times the data and photos he collected and analyzed while combing Pyongyang by making use of the identity card of a foreign student.
  Predictably that have been howls from the imperialist corporate media as well as scornful outpourings from liberals and so-called Korea experts who deny that Sigley and NKNews are spies . On arriving back from the DPRK , Sigley was totally silent on what had happened . Was this a case of the guity wishing to remain silent whilst the innocent wish only to speak. Some five days after his return  Sigley broke his silence and denied being a spy even though he had actually confessed to being a spy to the DPRK authorities. It is is likely that someone prompted Sigley to issue a denial of his spying activities.
  Of course no spy ever admits to being a spy publicly. H,AR Philby the famous British double agent repeatedly denied he was a Soviet agent until he defected to the USSR and settled there.Moreover people have the wrong perception of what a spy or an agent is, they think of 007 James Bond , of a figure with gadgets ,elaborate electronic equipment ,suicide pills , guns disguised as a pens and a licence to kill. The reality is different of course. Rather than high powered professional agents , actual spies and agents are usually really glorified informers are under the control of handlers from whichever intelligence service.Spies may not actually gather information on opposing contries ,they can act as agents of influence within an opposing country or entity and work covertly to undermine or subvert or to change policies . This is a point I will return to later
   Sigley was resident in the DPRK as  a student  not a journalist . To report from the DPRK he should have had a journalist visa and have been accredited as a journalist . Basically by writing for NKNews  he broke the rules of his residence in the DPRK .
 What of NKNews .They repeatedly deny that the CIA is behind them and that they are very anti-DPRK .This is quite ridiculous .It is like the US trying to claim that the  USS Pueblo was just an oceanographic research ship or that the EC121 was in international airspace when the KPA shot it down. In fact NKNews is the worst anti DPRK fake news outfit working under the control of the CIA, south Korean National Intelligence Service and British MI6. Chad O Carroll its founder and CEO who was also known as Tad Farrell once worked for the  German Marshall Fund a well known CIA front . Ex US army and ex south Korean army officers are on the staff of NKNews. A former Murdoch press journalist  Oliver Hotham who is thought to have family connections with British intelligence, the foreign office and the British military , is the editor  of NKNews . Traitors to the DPRK , so-called ~defectors~ work for NKNews . It is a well known fact that such people are paid by and are under control of the south Korean National Intelligence Service .
 NKNews consistently attacks the socialist system of the DPRK It is hostile to theDPRK despite what they may say. Some of their articles about the DPRK border on racism.It also defames and slanders those organisations that support  the DPRK and support the Juche idea . Recently NKNews carried out a classic CIA smear operation against this author. NKNews enjoy the protection of the authorities against libel action.
  As well as writing for NKNews  Sigley was connected with two Russian anti-DPRK pseudo-academic hack writers Petrov and Lankov
 These two vile characters regularly slander the DPRK .
  Had Sigley been  a real friend of the DPRK he would have steered well clear of NKNews, Lankov and Petrov.
It is likely that Sigley also ooperated with the CIA and Australian ASIO.

 People need to ask themselves how on earth , Sigley a student had the money to run a travel company. I suppose the non sinister explanation of this is that he is from a wealthy and privilieged background .
 So what of the actual writings of Sigley in NKNews which some defend as being fair and objective . From what I saw of them , a lot of them had a typical cynical NKNews type , post modernist narrative feel about them. Sigley claimed talked of ~consumerism~ and a ~middle class ~ in the DPRK basically seeking to undermine the image of the DPRK a socialist country ,as an egalitarian society . Sigley also wrote very approvingly of how after the June 12th 2018 anti US posters were removed from public display and how this was a good thing . This is the true face of Sigley , a so-called engager , a believer in ~changing the regime~ .Sigley and others want to see the DPRK drop its militant anti-imperialism and eventually dismantle the socialist system , for the DPRK to adopt ~reform~and ~opening up~ like a certain neighbouring country . Sigley was a basically an agent of influence .
 The imperialists during the cold war evolved the strategy of ~peaceful transition~ or ~peaceful conversion~ to undermine and subvert socialist countries from within . Allen Dulles the director of the CIA  is reputed to have said ~"We shall arm comedians with jokes that laugh out their present and future. Poison the soul of the youth with disbelief in their purpose in life, awaken their interest in sexual problems, bait them with such lures of the free world as fancy dances, pretty clothing, special records, verses, songs. Sow discord between the youth and the older generation..."
  With the change in the situation around the Korean peninsula due to the peace loving efforts of respected Marshal KIM JONG UN, the imperialist may move away from the strategy of military confrontation and ~maximum pressure ~ but instead switch to the strategy of ~peaceful conversion~ of trying to undermine the DPRK from within and effect regime change or its sugar coated variant
~çhanging the regime~. This is where  NKNews and a number of other shadowy outfits come into play , ghey are working to overthrow the socialist system in the DPRK and restore capitalism.
 It is good that the DPRK has been vigiliant and detected class enemies in time.

We believe that the action of the DPRK is a totally correct one to defend its socialist ystem.Moreover the DPRK has acted in a firm but fair manner and show due leniency to Sigley who confessed to his actions..
Dr Dermot Hudson
President Association for the Study of Songun Politics UK
Chairman Juche Idea Study Group of England
Chairman UK Korean Friendship Association
Chairman British Solidarity Committee for Peace and Reunification on the Korean Peninsula
Hon Sec Gen International Central Committee for Songun Study

Hack Media of S. Korea Urged to Uphold Impartiality in News Coverage: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, July 9 (KCNA) -- Representatives of the world's six leading news agencies openly criticized the south Korean conservative media's anti-DPRK reporting activities at a recent international seminar in Seoul.

Pointing to the misrepresentation of the DPRK by the conservative media, they said most of false stories about the DPRK are "cooked up by those seeking a regime change in north Korea and financial interests."

"Any important news about north Korea" from the conservative media must be verified thoroughly and it is better not to report things unconfirmed, they stressed.

Progressive media of south Korea strongly urge the ultra-right conservative media, which are obsessed with "hostility, hatred and prejudice about the north," to stop false reporting, blaming them for making up stories by exploiting the fact that it is impossible to confirm the truth.

It is quite natural for the reptile media to be rejected by the international community and the south Koreans as they becloud people's eyes and ears and disturb the media through anti-DPRK news stories packaged in falsity, deception and fabrication.

Objectivity, impartiality and accuracy are the lifeline of media.

Media can be trusted by the people only when they tell truth.

The media, which belong to the nation undergoing the tragedy of division, are obliged to hold high the writing brush of justice for national reconciliation, unity and reunification.

The south Korean conservative media have been branded as "trash media exploiting division" at home and abroad as they acted the trumpeter for the anti-reunification forces to malignantly slander the DPRK and stir up confrontation with the fellow countrymen.

They can never write off their inglorious past when they were branded as a wicked waiting maid serving the power, being lost to their obligation and appearance as proper media.

Particularly, when the nation suffered the great loss, they rubbed salt into the wounds of the compatriots in the north with all sorts of vituperation, a thrice-cursed crime against humanity.

By acting the servant for the group of conservative traitors like the "Liberal Korea Party", they have become the main player of the anti-DPRK farce which cavil at the historic north-south declarations and call for overall nullification of the north-south agreement in the military field.

Even at this moment, the conservative media are floating all sorts of ungrounded misstatements in their desperate bid to mar the image of the DPRK and stop the trend toward the national reconciliation and unity and peace on the Korean peninsula.

No wonder, voices calling on the south Korean media to boost objectivity in their news coverage with responsibility to contribute to building peace mechanism on the Korean peninsula are heard from the international arena.

Falsity can never win truth and no one can undermine the dignity of the DPRK nor can stem the dynamic advance toward independent reunification.

It is the truth of history that there is no future ahead of the traitors to the nation.

The reptile media seeking to bring the north-south relations back to the past days of confrontation should be wiped out immediately together with the conservative group. -0-