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February 2005 North Korea Special Weapons News

  • Human Rights Report Cites Continued Abuses in North Korea Washington File 28 Feb 2005 -- One of the congressionally mandated "2004 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices," released by the Department of State on February 28, paints a grim picture of conditions in North Korea.
  • Faith in Socialism and Scientific World Outlook KCNA 28 Feb 2005 -- It is the steadfast conviction of the Korean army and people that nothing can block the advance of history to independence and socialism and socialism will surely win victory.
  • Rodong Sinmun on Single-Minded Unity KCNA 28 Feb 2005 -- Single-minded unity is the basic source of and a decisive guarantee for all our victories, stresses Rodong Sinmun Saturday in a signed article.
  • Young Vanguard of Songun Meet KCNA 28 Feb 2005 -- A meeting of the young vanguard of Songun was held here Saturday.
  • Japan's Dangerous Attempt at Preemptive Attack under Fire KCNA 28 Feb 2005 -- Japan's recent move to purchase Tomahawk cruise missiles and revise the "law of Self-Defense Forces" under the pretext of intercepting ballistic missiles is not for "defence" but for a preemptive attack and it is a dangerous military move which runs counter to the present constitution prohibiting a war.
  • Japan Strongly Warned against Its Application of Sanctions against DPRK KCNA 28 Feb 2005 -- Acting Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan Abe in a recent lecture blustered that "now is the time for Japan to impose economic sanctions upon north Korea," saying "it should apply them against it even this month".
  • KCNA Blasts Japanese Heavyweight's Cry for Economic Sanctions against DPRK KCNA 28 Feb 2005 -- The cry made by Acting Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan Abe for applying economic sanctions against north Korea is stirring up public furor nowadays.
  • Weekly on North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service Feb. 21 - Feb. 27, 2005
  • KOREA NUCLEAR TALKS VOA 26 Feb 2005 -- The United States, Japan and South Korea have urged North Korea to return to six-nation talks on its nuclear weapons program. Washington and its top Asian allies also want China to do more to lure Pyongyang back to the negotiating table.
  • CHINA IS READY TO RESUME NEGOTIATIONS ON DPRK NUCLEAR PROBLEM RIA Novosti 25 Feb 2005 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing considers it possible to resume the six-sided negotiations on the nuclear problem of the DPRK.
  • Independence, Banner of Victory KCNA 25 Feb 2005 -- The Korean revolution has developed all along, going through all trials of history under the banner of Juche, the banner of independence.
  • S. Korea-U.S. Joint Anti-Sub Exercise Staged KCNA 24 Feb 2005 -- U.S. and south Korean warmongers staged a joint anti-submarine exercise in the East Sea of Korea from February 12 to 18, according to south Korean KBS.
  • Report: Pyongyang Would Return to Six-Party Talks Under Right Conditions VOA News 23 Feb 2005 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-il reportedly told a visiting Chinese envoy Tuesday that Pyongyang would return to six-party talks on its nuclear program under the right conditions.
  • Chinese Delegation Wraps Up Its Visit to DPRK KCNA 23 Feb 2005 -- A delegation led by Wang Jiarui, head of the International Liaison Department of the C.C., the Communist Party of China, left here today after concluding its four-day visit to the DPRK.
  • Kimjongilia Festival Closes KCNA 23 Feb 2005 -- The 9th Kimjongilia Festival that opened on Feb. 12 on the occasion of the February holiday closed at the Kimilsungia-Kimjongilia Exhibition today with due ceremony.
  • Pyongyangites Vow to Bring about Great Revolutionary Surge KCNA 23 Feb 2005 -- At least 100,000 Pyongyangites gathered at Kim Il Sung Square today to vow to thoroughly implement tasks set forth in the appeal to all the servicepersons and people made at the meeting for the general march for the Songun revolution.
  • Kim Jong Il Receives Head of Intl. Liaison Department of CC., CPC KCNA 22 Feb 2005 -- Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, Monday received Wang Jiarui, head of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on a visit to the DPRK.
  • Selection of University Students in DPRK KCNA 22 Feb 2005 -- The selection of students for the new academic year is under way at all universities and colleges in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
  • No Peace and Reunification without National Independence: Rodong Sinmun KCNA 22 Feb 2005 -- It is indisputable that the reunification and peace of the country can be achieved only through independence which is manifested in the transparent awareness of national independence calling for solving the issue of the reunification and peace of the country by the efforts of the nation on its own responsibility, says Rodong Sinmun Monday in a signed article.
  • Kim Yong Nam Meets Congratulatory Group of Koreans in Japan KCNA 22 Feb 2005 -- Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, met a congratulatory group of Koreans in Japan led by Nam Sung U, vice-chairman of the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan
  • Joint Dictionary Compilation Committee Inaugurated KCNA 22 Feb 2005 -- An inaugural ceremony of the Joint Compilation Committee for "Large Korean Dictionary" was held at Mt. Kumgang resort on Feb. 20. Congratulatory addresses and speeches were made.
  • Korean People Learn from Kim Il Sung's Revolutionary History KCNA 22 Feb 2005 -- Activities to learn from the revolutionary activities of President Kim Il Sung have been intensified in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea from the beginning of the year.
  • NORTH KOREA/TALKS VOA 22 Feb 2005 -- North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Il, has said Pyongyang may yet return to multilateral talks on nuclear disarmament. South Korean officials welcome the comments, which come less than two weeks after its Stalinist neighbor said it would not attend talks.
  • CHINA-NORTH KOREA VOA 22 Feb 2005 -- China is calling on the United States and North Korea to show more flexibility in efforts to resolve the North Korean nuclear dispute. The comments follow reports that North Korea is backing away from early statements that it would not take part in disarmament talks.
  • S. Korean Military Authorities Hit for Escalating Tensions KCNA 21 Feb 2005 -- Minju Joson Sunday in a signed commentary denounces the south Korean military authorities for continuously infiltrating battleships into the waters of the north side in the West Sea of Korea to deliberately escalate tensions.
  • Japan's Plot for Reinvasion of Korea Flailed KCNA 21 Feb 2005 -- The Japanese militarists' efforts to justify the adoption of their new "defense program" and the permission of the exercise of the "right to collective self-defense" under the pretext of "military threat" from the DPRK are nothing but a plot to reinvade Korea in league with the United States.
  • Reception Given in Honor of Chinese Delegation KCNA 21 Feb 2005 -- A reception was given at the Mansudae Assembly Hall on Saturday in honor of the visiting delegation of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.
  • Kim Yong Nam Meets Again Chinese Delegation KCNA 21 Feb 2005 -- Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, Sunday again met the delegation of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) led by Wang Jiarui, head of the department, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.
  • Gift to Kim Jong Il from Chinese Delegation KCNA 21 Feb 2005 -- Leader Kim Jong Il was presented with a gift from the head of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on a visit to the DPRK.
  • U.S. Imperialists' Intrigues Slammed KCNA 21 Feb 2005 -- Plot breeding is a trite trick used by the United States to launch aggression and war.
  • Koreans Called Upon to Intensify Struggle for U.S. Forces' Withdrawal from S. Korea KCNA 21 Feb 2005 -- It is an unanimous resolution and will of all the Koreans to make this year, 60 years since the U.S. occupation of south Korea, the year of the U.S. forces' withdrawal from south Korea without fail through a vigorous nationwide struggle, says Rodong Sinmun Saturday in a signed article.
  • Kim Ki Nam Meets Chinese Delegation KCNA 21 Feb 2005 -- Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, today met and had a friendly conversation with the delegation of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) led by Wang Jiarui, head of the department, who paid a courtesy called on him at the Mansudae Assembly Hall Saturday.
  • Chinese Delegation Here KCNA 21 Feb 2005 -- A delegation of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China arrived here Saturday.
  • Six-Party Talks Could End North Korea's Isolation, Rice Says Washington File 20 Feb 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the Six-Party Talks involving North Korea, South Korea, China, Japan, Russia and the United States are the best way to end North Korea's nuclear programs and the only way for Pyongyang to achieve better relations with other countries.
  • Weekly on North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service Feb. 14 - Feb. 20, 2005
  • U.S., Japanese Leaders Discuss Security Situation in Asia AFPS 19 Feb 2005 -- The United States and Japan today urged North Korea to return to the Six-Party Talks, and both countries pledged to work more closely to defeat terrorism and ensure peace in Asia.
  • U.S., Japan Urge North Korea to Return to Six-Party Talks Washington File 19 Feb 2005 -- The United States and Japan have called on North Korea to return "expeditiously and without preconditions" to the Six-Party Talks aimed at dismantling its nuclear programs.
  • Rice, Machimura Call on North Korea to Rejoin Talks Washington File 19 Feb 2005 -- The United States and Japan have urged North Korea to return to six-party talks and make a commitment to dismantle all its nuclear programs.
  • US/JAPAN NOKOR VOA 19 Feb 2005 -- Japan and the United States are urging North Korea to return to regional talks over ending its nuclear weapons program. The U.S. Secretaries of State and Defense met with their Japanese counterparts in Washington Saturday, where they also expressed concerns about Taiwan.
  • Kim Jong Il Watches Performance Given by Russian Dancing Troupe KCNA 19 Feb 2005 -- Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission (NDC), Thursday watched a performance given by the Russian State Academy Beriozka Dancing Troupe Named after N. S. Nadezhdina on a visit to the DPRK.
  • CHINA / NORTH KOREA VOA 19 Feb 2005 -- A Chinese envoy flew to North Korea Saturday to urge Pyongyang to reconsider its decision to abandon talks on its nuclear weapons program.
  • NORTH KOREA /DIPLOMACY VOA 18 Feb 2005 -- The diplomat leading the U.S. delegation in nuclear talks with North Korea says China will press Pyongyang to come back to the table. The comments come as diplomats from several nations work to find a way to revive the negotiations, which North Korea has abandoned.
  • Letter to Kim Jong Il from Former Unconverted Long-term Prisoners KCNA 18 Feb 2005 -- Leader Kim Jong Il received a letter from the former unconverted long-term prisoners on Feb. 16 on the occasion of his birthday.
  • Letter to Kim Jong Il from Former Unconverted Long-term Prisoners KCNA 18 Feb 2005 -- Leader Kim Jong Il received a letter from the former unconverted long-term prisoners on Feb. 16 on the occasion of his birthday.
  • 14th Intl. Figure Skating Festival for Paektusan Cup Closes KCNA 18 Feb 2005 -- The 14th international figure skating festival for Paektusan Cup that opened at the Ice Rink in Pyongyang on Feb. 15 on the occasion of the auspicious February holiday closed on Feb. 17.
  • NORTH KOREA / OPTIONS VOA 17 Feb 2005 -- Experts have told a congressional committee that options are limited on how to deal with North Korea, but the United States must work harder with key allies (China, Russia, South Korea and Japan) in the six-nation talks to resolve the dispute over North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
  • NORTH KOREA /TRAUMA VOA 17 Feb 2005 -- The international aid group Doctors Without Borders says at least half of all North Korean asylum seekers have probably been psychologically damaged by their attempts to leave their homeland.
  • NORTH KOREA / DIPLOMACY VOA 17 Feb 2005 -- Top U.S. and South Korean negotiators have met with Chinese officials in Beijing (Thursday) as part of stepped up efforts to get North Korean nuclear talks going again.
  • Congratulatory Message to Kim Jong Il from Putin KCNA 17 Feb 2005 -- Leader Kim Jong Il received a personal congratulatory message from Russian President V. V. Putin on Wednesday, his birthday.
  • New Historic Materials on Display at Korean Revolution Museum KCNA 17 Feb 2005 -- New historic materials on the immortal exploits performed by leader Kim Jong Il in accomplishing the cause of modeling the whole army on the Juche idea have been put on display at the Korean Revolution Museum.
  • Brilliant Commander of Mt. Paektu KCNA 17 Feb 2005 -- The Korean people unanimously revere leader Kim Jong Il as a brilliant commander of Mt. Paektu.
  • Joint Meeting of KCU Held KCNA 17 Feb 2005 -- A joint national meeting of the Korean Children's Union organizations was held at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on Feb. 16, the birthday of leader Kim Jong Il.
  • Evening Galas Held KCNA 17 Feb 2005 -- An evening gala of the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces to celebrate the birthday of leader Kim Jong Il took place at Jonsung Square on Tuesday.
  • 14th International Figure-skating Festival for Paektusan Cup Opens KCNA 17 Feb 2005 -- The 14th International Figure-skating Festival for Paektusan Cup opened here to mark the birthday of leader Kim Jong Il.
  • NOKOR NUCLEAR VOA 16 Feb 2005 -- As North Korea celebrated Kim Jong Il's birthday, South Korea and its neighbors continued diplomacy to restart multi-lateral nuclear talks that Pyongyang has abandoned.
  • NORTH KOREA: THE 'CRISIS FROM HELL' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 15 Feb 2005
  • UN / ANNAN / KOREA VOA 15 Feb 2005 -- .N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan says it is in North Korea's best interest to return to the six-party talks on its nuclear program. Mr. Annan is urging Pyongyang to take a more conciliatory approach.
  • Public Presentation Held KCNA 16 Feb 2005 -- A public presentation of experience gained in cultivating Kimjongilia was held at the Kimilsungia-Kimjongilia Exhibition Monday.
  • Art Performances Given KCNA 16 Feb 2005 -- Art performances were given on Feb.14 to celebrate the birthday of leader Kim Jong Il (February 16).
  • Diplomatic Envoys and Representatives of Int'l Organizations Feted KCNA 16 Feb 2005 -- The DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs arranged a reception on Monday on the occasion of the birthday of leader Kim Jong Il.
  • Congratulations to Kim Jong Il from Mil. Attaches Corps and For. Embassy Officials KCNA 16 Feb 2005 -- Leader Kim Jong Il was presented with floral baskets and congratulatory letters by the military attaches corps and officials in charge of cultural and friendly relations of foreign embassies here on the occasion of his birthday.
  • Colorful Activities Conducted to Celebrate February Holiday KCNA 16 Feb 2005 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea finds itself in a festive mood on the eve of the birthday of leader Kim Jong Il (February 16), the most auspicious holiday of the nation.
  • Kimjongilia Festival Going On Successfully KCNA 16 Feb 2005 -- The 9th Kimjongilia Festival which was opened on February 12 in Pyongyang is going on with success amid deep interest of Koreans and foreigners.
  • National Meeting Celebrates Birthday of Kim Jong Il KCNA 16 Feb 2005 -- A national meeting was held at the April 25 House of Culture here Tuesday to celebrate the birthday of leader Kim Jong Il (February 16).
  • NORTH KOREAN BOMB PRIOR TO THE BRATISLAVA SUMMIT RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2005 -- Alexei Arbatov, director of the International Security Department at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences, for RIA Novosti
  • NOKOR/MISSILES VOA 15 Feb 2005 -- South Korea and Japan continue to develop their responses to North Korea's decision to pull out of nuclear disarmament talks. Seoul wants high-level military talks with Pyongyang, while Japan is taking steps to ensure it is able to defend itself against a possible missile attack.
  • CONGRESSMAN/NORTH KOREA VOA 14 Feb 2005 -- A key congressional critic of North Korea, giving details of his visit to Pyongyang in January, says he believes the regime might be persuaded to give up its nuclear weapons development if the United States changes, what he calls, the tone of its approach toward the North. The comments by Tom Lantos, top Democrat on the House International Relations Committee, come amid heightened concern on Capitol Hill about North Korea's recent declaration that it has nuclear weapons
  • US/KOREA/NUCLEAR VOA 14 Feb 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon Monday urged North Korea to return to the Chinese-sponsored six-party talks on its nuclear program. But U.S. officials said there should be no incentives offered to lure Pyongyang back to the bargaining table, after it said last week it possessed nuclear weapons.
  • Ambassador Named Head of U.S. Delegation to Six-Party Talks Washington File 14 Feb 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has appointed Christopher Hill, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, to head the U.S. delegation to the Six-Party Talks on North Korean nuclear weapons programs, the State Department announced on February 14.
  • North Korea: Is Pyongyang's Claim To Have Nuclear Arms An Idle Boast? RFE/RL 14 Feb 2005 -- North Korea surprised the world with its assertion last week that it already has nuclear weapons and is withdrawing from the six-country talks dealing with its nuclear program. But is this only a bluff by the isolated and secretive North Koreans? South Korean officials note there is not proof the weapons actually exist. Nevertheless, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has warned of a possible "cascade" of countries acquiring nuclear weapons in the coming years if firm action is not taken now.
  • Scientists Promote Economic Construction KCNA 15 Feb 2005 -- The February 17 Shock Brigade of Scientists and Technicians has done its bit in solving important scientific and technical issues arising in economic construction in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
  • Workers and Trade Union Members Hold Celebration Meeting KCNA 15 Feb 2005 -- A meeting of workers and members of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea took place in front of the Monument to the Party Founding on Sunday to celebrate the significant February fete, the birthday of leader Kim Jong Il.
  • Meeting Held in Mt. Paektu to Vow Loyalty to Kim Jong Il KCNA 15 Feb 2005 -- A meeting to vow loyalty to leader Kim Jong Il was held in front of his old home in the secret camp in Mt. Paektu Sunday on the occasion of his birthday (Feb.16).
  • NORTH KOREA/HUMAN RIGHTS VOA 14 Feb 2005 -- The South Korean government has played down North Korea's assertion that it possesses nuclear weapons, and says it will keep trying to engage the North. The comments came as delegates to a human rights conference in Seoul charged that in its eagerness for engagement, the South is also overlooking Pyongyang's human rights record.
  • BUSH/IRAN/NORTH KOREA VOA 13 Feb 2005 -- President Bush is getting ready for a key round of talks with European leaders talks that could focus to a large extent on Iran and North Korea. There are renewed concerns about these two countries and their nuclear ambitions.
  • Koreans Called Upon to Cement Single-minded Unity KCNA 14 Feb 2005 -- -- Rodong Sinmun Saturday carries an editorial article titled "Single-minded Unity Serves as the Strongest Weapon in the Songun Revolution."
  • Kim Jong Il Praised as Master of Cinematic Art KCNA 14 Feb 2005 -- Foreigners have expressed their strong admiration for leader Kim Jong Il who has provided wise and dynamic leadership to the field of cinematic art when they visited the revolutionary museum at the DPRK Ministry of Culture.
  • U.S. Policy of Aggression and Dominationism Unjustifiable KCNA 14 Feb 2005 -- The United States keeps invading independent countries and interfering in their internal affairs in disregard of norms governing international relations and principles of equality, mutual respect and non-interference in others' internal affairs under the pretext of an "anti-terror war," etc.
  • 9th Kimjongilia Festival Opens KCNA 14 Feb 2005 -- The 9th Kimjongilia Festival opened in grand style at the Kimilsungia-Kimjongilia Exhibition here on Feb. 12.
  • S. Korean Military Authorities Warned against Military Provocations KCNA 14 Feb 2005 -- The Navy Command of the Korean People's Army issued the following press release Saturday warning the south Korean military authorities over their continued infiltration of a battleship into the waters of the north side in the West Sea of Korea, a move to deliberately strain the situation
  • Weekly on North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service Feb. 7 - Feb. 13, 2005
  • CHINA-US NOKOR VOA 13 Feb 2005 -- China has told U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice it will work to resume multi-party negotiations on North Korea's nuclear programs.
  • JAPAN/NOKOR VOA 12 Feb 2005 -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichro Koizumi has resisted calls for formal economic sanctions against North Korea, which says it will boycott further six-party talks on its nuclear weapons program. But a new Japanese law that takes effect next month will effectively cut into North Korea's maritime trade with Japan - a significant source for Pyongyang of both cash and consumer goods
  • DPRK Is Not Frightened by Japan's Disgusting Drama KCNA 12 Feb 2005 -- Minju Joson Friday comes out with a commentary hitting at the outcries of the Japanese reactionaries over the "human rights" issue in the DPRK.
  • North Korea: Nuclear Standoff Intensifies RFE/RL 12 Feb 2005 -- The standoff over North Korea's nuclear-weapons program is intensifying. North Korean media has been calling today for national unity, urging people to rally around leader Kim Jong Il. The commentary comes after the United States rejected Pyongyang's demand for direct two-way talks over its nuclear program. North Korea on 10 February announced for the first time it has nuclear weapons and is pulling out of six-party talks aimed at curbing its nuclear ambitions.
  • UN / NORTH KOREA NUCLEAR VOA 11 Feb 2005 -- The top United Nations envoy to the Korean peninsula is downplaying Pyongyang's demand for direct talks with Washington on its nuclear weapons program. The envoy predicts an eventual return to six-party negotiations.
  • UN intensifies efforts to bring DPR of Korea back to nuclear talks, envoy says UN News Centre 11 Feb 2005 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) withdrawal from six-party talks on its nuclear weapons programme is "a very real bump in the road" and the United Nations is intensifying efforts to secure a resumption of negotiations since the alternative to a peaceful solution is "so horrendous," the top UN envoy on the issue said today.
  • BUSH / NOKOR VOA 11 Feb 2005 -- The White House says there will be no direct talks with North Korea over ending its nuclear weapons program, unless such talks occur within the framework of broader regional negotiations. A North Korean diplomat at the United Nations says direct talks with the United States would show that Washington is changing what he called its hostile policy toward North Korea.
  • NORTH KOREA'S STATEMENT ABOUT POSSESSION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2005 -- Russian senator Mikhail Margelov calls North Korea's official statement that it possesses nuclear weapons "extremely dangerous."
  • NORTH KOREA / NEXT STEPS VOA 11 Feb 2005 -- Asian leaders are pondering their next move after North Korea's announcement Thursday it would indefinitely suspend multilateral talks on its nuclear weapons program. The focus remains firmly on peaceful means to resolve the dispute.
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY SECRETARY-GENERAL’S ENVOY FOR KOREAN PENINSULA United Nations 11 Feb 2005
  • North Korea: Is Pyongyang Bluffing About Its Nuclear Weapons? RFE/RL 11 Feb 2005 -- Efforts to convince North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions suffered a setback yesterday with Pyongyang's admission that it already has nuclear weapons and is withdrawing from international negotiations. Reaction around the world was swift in condemning the statement and urging officials to continue diplomatic efforts.

  • DPRK FM on Its Stand to Suspend Its Participation in Six-party Talks for Indefinite Period KCNA 11 Feb 2005 -- The DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement Thursday to clarify its stand to cope with the grave situation created by the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK. (...) We had already taken the resolute action of pulling out of the NPT and have manufactured nukes for self-defence to cope with the Bush administration's evermore undisguised policy to isolate and stifle the DPRK.

  • S. Korean Military Urged to Have Proper Stand toward North KCNA 11 Feb 2005 -- The decision made by the Defence Ministry of south Korea to use the expression of the "most kernel enemy" meaning the north internally within the south Korean army or the phraseology of "substantial military threat" in documents for overseas distribution is, in essence, another conception of the "principal enemy" which antagonizes against their fellow countrymen in the north.
  • RUMSFELD / NORTH KOREA VOA 10 Feb 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says North Korea's claim that it has nuclear weapons is "worrisome" because of the country's leadership and its history of proliferation.
  • North Korea Poses Double Threat, Rumsfeld Says AFPS 10 Feb 2005 -- With regard to nuclear weapons, North Korea poses a two-fold threat, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.
  • Annan calls on DPR of Korea's partners to bring it back to nuclear talks UN News Centre 10 Feb 2005 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the countries engaged in the talks with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to bring the country back to the negotiating table as quickly as possible following its announcement that it had pulled out indefinitely from discussions on its nuclear weapons programme.
  • White House Report, February 10: North Korea Washington File 10 Feb 2005 -- White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said that North Korea's announcement that it possesses nuclear weapons did not change the framework within which future negotiations would take place.
  • BRITAIN / ANNAN / NORKOR VOA 10 Feb 2005 -- U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan is appealing for North Korea not to give up on multi-lateral disarmament talks. He issued his reaction in London, where he got strong government backing for his leadership despite a major U.N. scandal under his watch.
  • North Korea: Pyongyang Claims It Has Nuclear Weapons, Pulls Out Of Six-Party Talks RFE/RL 10 Feb 2005 -- For the first time since the standoff over its nuclear program began more than two years ago, North Korea publicly admitted today that it possesses nuclear weapons. At the same time, North Korea vowed not to return to six-nation talks aimed at persuading Pyongyang to halt its nuclear ambitions.
  • NORTH KOREA MAY HAVE NUKES RIA Novosti 10 Feb 2005 -- It is quite possible that North Korea has nuclear weapons, Pavel Zolotaryov, Deputy Director of the USA-Canada Institute, said in Thursday's interview with RIA Novosti.
  • NORTH KOREA WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS - MAIN THREAT TO REGION RIA Novosti 10 Feb 2005 -- The chairman of the State Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee, Konstantin Kosachov, is concerned about North Korea's statement of developing nuclear weapons.
  • Q & A: NORTH KOREA / NUCLEAR VOA 10 Feb 2005
  • RICE/KOREA NUCLEAR VOA 10 Feb 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says North Korea is only deepening its international isolation by suspending its role in six-party talks on its nuclear program. Ms. Rice, in Luxembourg for talks with European Union officials, called the move "unfortunate," and said Pyongyang should reconsider.
  • NORTH KOREA NUCLEAR TALKS VOA 10 Feb 2005 -- North Korea says it will not return to multilateral talks on ending its nuclear ambitions and has repeated its earlier assertions that it has already manufactured nuclear weapons. South Korean, Japanese and U.S. officials are pushing Pyongyang to resume talks.
  • North Korea Says It Has Nuclear Weapons RFE/RL 10 Feb 2005 -- North Korea has for the first time publicly acknowledged that it has nuclear weapons.
  • Ten-day Film Show Opens KCNA 10 Feb 2005 -- A ten-day film show opened to celebrate the birthday of leader Kim Jong Il (February 16).
  • Sports Contest for Paektusan Cup Closes KCNA 10 Feb 2005 -- The 10th Sports Contest of officials of national institutions for Paektusan Cup, which opened on Jan. 25 to celebrate the auspicious February holiday, closed with due ceremony at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium Tuesday.
  • Kimjongilia Shows Open KCNA 10 Feb 2005 -- Kimjongilia shows opened at the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces and the Ministry of People's Security on the occasion of the birthday of leader Kim Jong Il.
  • National Seminar on Kim Jong Il's Songun Revolutionary Feats Held KCNA 10 Feb 2005 -- A national seminar on leader Kim Jong Il's undying Songun revolutionary feats was held at the People's Palace of Culture on Tuesday.
  • Fifth Anniversary of Signing of DPRK-Russia Treaty Marked KCNA 10 Feb 2005 -- Papers here today mark the fifth anniversary of the signing of the DPRK-Russia Treaty of Friendship, Good-neighbourliness and Cooperation.
  • Floral Baskets Laid before Statues of Kim Il Sung KCNA 10 Feb 2005 -- Floral baskets were laid before statues of President Kim Il Sung today by people and servicepersons across the country on the lunar New Year's Day.
  • Messages of Greetings Exchanged between DPRK and Russian FMs KCNA 10 Feb 2005 -- DPRK Foreign Minister Paek Nam Sun and his Russian counterpart S. Lavrov exchanged messages of greetings on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the signing of the DPRK-Russia Treaty of Friendship, Good-neighborliness and Cooperation.
  • JAPAN-NOKOR SOCCER VOA 09 Feb 2005 -- Host Japan, with a late goal (in injury time in the second half), defeated a North Korean team, mainly composed of army players, 2-1 in an Asian (Group B) qualifier for soccer's World Cup. Japanese officials took extraordinary security measures inside and around the stadium amid worries that any clashes between rival supporters could trigger an international incident.
  • NOKOR FOOD SHORTAGE VOA 09 Feb 2005 -- Even as millions of Asian families are celebrating this week's Lunar New Year holiday with feasts, North Korea remains in the middle of an acute food crisis. And there are signs the country's dependency on outside aid may be growing even stronger
  • Youth and Students Vow Their Loyalty KCNA 09 Feb 2005 -- A meeting of youth and students from across the country was held in front of the old home of leader Kim Jong Il in the secret camp of Mt. Paektu Monday to vow their loyalty with the approach of his birthday.
  • Public Presentation on Kim Jong Il's Greatness Held KCNA 09 Feb 2005 -- A public presentation on the greatness of Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong Il was held at the April 25 House of Culture Monday on the occasion of his birthday (February 16).
  • Senior Officials Visit Tongyang Spring Water Factory KCNA 09 Feb 2005 -- Senior officials of the Party, the state and the army and members of the Cabinet of the DPRK visited the Tongyang Spring Water Factory on Feb. 6.
  • China-Korea Friendship Farm Donates Vehicles to Its Korean Counterpart KCNA 09 Feb 2005 -- The China-Korea Friendship Hongxing Farm in Beijing donated vehicles to the Korea-China Friendship Thaekam Co-op Farm in Sunan District, Pyongyang. A presentation ceremony was held at the Thaekam Co-op Farm Monday.
  • Upholding Songun Politics Called for KCNA 09 Feb 2005 -- President Kim Il Sung was a peerless illustrious commander who established the glorious tradition of Songun revolution while leading the revolutionary struggle and construction and laid the precious foundation of the Songun politics of the Workers' Party of Korea, says Rodong Sinmun Tuesday in a signed article.
  • DPRK on Eve of Lunar New Year's Day KCNA 09 Feb 2005 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is in festive attire on the eve of the lunar New Year's Day.
  • Unconditional Implementation of UN Resolution Demanded KCNA 08 Feb 2005 -- The delegation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea demands that all the UN peace-keeping activities be conducted strictly on the principle of respect for sovereignty and noninterference in other's internal affairs and not be misused in attaining a sinister political purpose of an individual country and that the UN Resolution calling for the dissolution of the "UN Command" in south Korea be implemented unconditionally, declared the DPRK delegate at a meeting of the special committee on the UN peace-keeping operation on Feb. 1.
  • All-out Charge to Greet Grand Festivals of Victors Called for KCNA 08 Feb 2005 -- Rodong Sinmun Monday editorially calls upon all the people of the country to thoroughly implement the appeal of the meeting for general march of the Songun revolution calling on them to turn out as one in the all-out charge to glorify the 60th anniversaries of the Workers' Party of Korea and the liberation of Korea as grand festivals of victors in the Songun revolution, hailing the success of the meeting which provided a landmark for bringing about an epochal turn in building a great prosperous powerful socialist nation and accomplishing the cause of Juche.
  • S. Korean Military Warned against Touch-and-Go Situation in West Sea KCNA 08 Feb 2005 -- We warn the south Korean military authorities against acting rashly, mindful that if they persist in their reckless military provocations, it will cause unpredictable consequences.
  • JAPAN NOKOR SOCCER VOA 08 Feb 2005 -- Japan and North Korea will clash on a soccer field outside Tokyo on Wednesday evening. Extraordinary security precautions are being taken to avoid an international incident at the World Cup regional qualifying match.
  • U.S. Ambition for World Domination Blasted KCNA 07 Feb 2005 -- The U.S. newspaper Defense News said that the U.S. Department of Defense is now working out scores of new "war plan scenarios".
  • U.S. Economic Sanctions against DPRK under Fire KCNA 07 Feb 2005 -- The United States is using economic sanctions as leverage for undisguised interference in the internal affairs of other countries and blockade against them and such sanctions and blockade against the DPRK, in particular, have reached their height in their harsh and persistent nature.
  • All Koreans Called upon to Remain True to Idea of "By Our Nation Itself" KCNA 07 Feb 2005 -- The idea of "by our nation itself" serves as a banner and a powerful weapon for successfully realizing the three forms of cooperation--cooperation for national independence, cooperation for peace against war and cooperation for reunification and patriotism-- and a patriotic idea to be held fast to by the Korean nation in its struggle.
  • U.S. Attempt to Pursue Hegemony under Fire KCNA 07 Feb 2005 -- The U.S. army and Japan Ground Self-Defence Force staged joint military exercises in Hokkaido, Japan from Jan. 25 to Feb. 1.
  • Participants in Meeting for Gen. March of Songun Revolution See Performance KCNA 07 Feb 2005 -- The participants in the meeting for the general march of the Songun revolution saw a performance given by the State Merited Chorus of the Korean People's Army (KPA) at the April 25 House of Culture on Friday.
  • Letter to Kim Jong Il from Chinese Technicians in DPRK KCNA 07 Feb 2005 -- Leader Kim Jong Il on Feb. 4 received a letter from the members of the group of Chinese technicians working for the construction of the Taean Friendship Glass Factory to be donated by China to the DPRK.
  • Weekly on North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service Jan. 31 - Feb. 6, 2005
  • Marchers to Mt. Paektu Vow Loyalty KCNA 05 Feb 2005 -- The members of a group of study march of the Ministry of People's Security to the old home of Supreme Commander Kim Jong Il in the secret camp of Mt. Paektu held a meeting in front of the home on Thursday to vow to remain true to his Songun idea and leadership.
  • New Stamps Issued in DPRK KCNA 05 Feb 2005 -- The Korea Stamp Corporation has issued an individual stamp and a sheetlet consisting of six stamps in celebration of the birthday of leader Kim Jong Il (February 16).
  • Signal Economic Successes Made in First Month KCNA 05 Feb 2005 -- The people of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea have made a great success in socialist economic construction in the first month of the year through the efforts for implementing the tasks set forth in the joint New Year editorial.
  • KPA Navy Command Once Again Warns S. Korean Military KCNA 05 Feb 2005 -- The Navy Command of the Korean People's Army in a press release Friday once again warned the south Korean military authorities over the intrusion of a battleship of the south Korean forces into the waters of the north side in the West Sea of Korea this day.
  • Kim Jong Il Meets Participants in Meeting for General March of Songun Revolution KCNA 05 Feb 2005 -- Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, met and congratulated the participants in the Meeting for the General March of the Songun Revolution.
  • Meeting for General March of Songun Revolution Closes KCNA 04 Feb 2005 -- meeting for the general march of the Songun revolution, the first of its kind in the DPRK, closed Thursday after successfully concluding its work.
  • All Servicepersons and People Called upon to Speed up Gen.March of Songun Revolution KCNA 04 Feb 2005 -- Let all the Party members, servicepersons and people turn out in the general march of the Songun revolution with redoubled courage and vigor and wage a decisive struggle to celebrate with great pride and honor the 60th anniversaries of the foundation of the Workers' Party of Korea and the liberation of the country as grand festivals of victors and auspicious great events in the history of the nation!
  • Sharp Increase of Participants in Flower Festival Expected KCNA 04 Feb 2005 -- It is expected that more and more units will participate in the forthcoming 9th Kimjongilia Festival that will be larger in scale than the last one, said Ri Pyong Pha, a department director of the Korean Kimilsungia-Kimjongilia Committee in an interview with KCNA.
  • Kimjongilia Estimated as King of Flowers KCNA 03 Feb 2005 -- Immortal Kimjongilia is now appreciated by people at home and abroad as a "flower of the sun revered by all people", "valuable flower representing the times", "the best flower in the world", "king of flowers", etc.
  • Mosaic Erected at Kimilsungia-Kimjongilia Exhibition KCNA 03 Feb 2005 -- A mosaic portraying President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il was erected at the Kimilsungia-Kimjongilia Exhibition.
  • Young People Urged to Become Shock Force in Building Prosperous Country KCNA 03 Feb 2005 -- The 30th Plenary Meeting of the Central Committee of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League was held here on Tuesday, at which tasks facing the youth league organizations to carry through the militant tasks laid down in the joint editorial for this year were discussed.
  • Japan's Plot to Scrap DPRK-Japan Pyongyang Declaration Blasted KCNA 03 Feb 2005 -- The Japanese government is now contemplating a tightened "report and information system on remittance to north Korea and taking out money to it" as part of economic sanctions against the DPRK over the "issue of abductees whose fate remains unknown."
  • Meeting for General March of Songun Revolution Opens KCNA 03 Feb 2005 -- A meeting for the general march of the Songun revolution, the first of its kind in Korea, was opened at the 6,000-seater theatre of the April 25 House of Culture here today.
  • Papers Call for Spurring on General March of Songun Revolution KCNA 03 Feb 2005 -- Papers here Wednesday editorially hail the opening of the meeting for the general march of the Songun revolution.
  • New Books Off Press in DPRK KCNA 03 Feb 2005 -- The Literature and Art Publishing House of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has brought out "Frequently Crossing the River Amnok", a collection of scenarios written by a famous writer Paek In Jun.
  • Intensified Pro-reunification Activities KCNA 03 Feb 2005 -- It is the unanimous will of the entire Korean people to force U.S. troops out of south Korea and achieve the independent reunification of the country in 2005 in which the 60th anniversary of national liberation and the 5th anniversary of the publication of the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration fall.
  • NOKOR/SUCCESSION VOA 03 Feb 2005 -- A recent North Korean broadcast indicates North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is laying groundwork for one of his sons to succeed him.
  • U.S. / Korea Nuclear VOA 02 Jan 2005 -- The State Department expressed concern Wednesday that North Korea "may be tempted" to export nuclear materials, as it has done in the past with missiles and missile-related technology. The comments follow newspaper accounts that U.S. intelligence officials believe that Pyongyang may have sold processed uranium to Libya.
  • Over 180 Cases of U.S. Aerial Espionage in January KCNA 02 Feb 2005 -- The U.S. imperialists committed over 180 cases of day and night aerial espionage against the DPRK in January by mobilizing strategic and tactical reconnaissance planes with various missions, according to a military source.
  • Increased Agricultural Production Called for KCNA 02 Feb 2005 -- The 49th plenary meeting of the C.C., the Union of Agricultural Workers of Korea was held on Monday to discuss the tasks facing the union organizations to carry through the militant tasks laid down in the joint New Year editorial. T
  • Posters for 9th Kimjongilia Festival Produced KCNA 02 Feb 2005 -- Posters for the 9th Kimjongilia Festival have been produced. Seen in the upper part of the posters are letters reading "Celebration of February 16" and in the lower part letters "9th Kimjongilia Festival" and the period of the festival.
  • Commemorative Stamps Issued KCNA 02 Feb 2005 -- The Korea Stamp Corporation recently issued stamps in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the "250-mile Journey for National Liberation" made by President Kim Il Sung in his teens and the 45th anniversary of the Chongsan-ri spirit and the Chongsan-ri method provided by him.
  • NOKOR TALKS VOA 02 Feb 2005 -- When President Bush gives his annual "State of the Union" address on Wednesday, authorities in both North and South Korea will be listening closely for any signs of a new attitude toward Korean security issues.
  • NOKOR URANIUM SALE VOA 02 Feb 2005 -- For the first time, there are reports that North Korea may have sold or transferred nuclear fuel to another country. U.S. experts have long warned that Pyongyang might trade its nuclear materials, and the latest reports could raise tensions between Washington and North Korea.
  • Fullest Play to Might of Single-Minded Unity Called for KCNA 01 Feb 2005 -- The single-minded unity of the Party, army and people, the greatest pride of the 60-year-long history of the Workers' Party of Korea, serves as an everlasting mainstay of the Korean revolution, an ever-victorious treasured sword for the prosperity of the country, something more powerful than a nuke, says Rodong Sinmun today in an editorial.
  • KCNA Assails Japan's Anti-DPRK Farce KCNA 01 Feb 2005 -- The truth about another anti-DPRK burlesque staged by Japan has been disclosed recently to stun the world people.
  • End to U.S. Military Occupation of S. Korea Called for KCNA 01 Feb 2005 -- To put an end to the U.S. military occupation and domination of south Korea with the vigorous struggle against outsiders is an urgent historical task assigned to the Korean nation and people in the north, south and overseas.
  • U.S., Wrecker of Peace on Korean Peninsula KCNA 01 Feb 2005 -- Sixty years have elapsed since the U.S. occupied south Korea in September 1945. Since then the U.S. has persistently wrecked peace on the Korean peninsula and stood in the way of Korean reunification.
  • Broadcasting Tower KCNA 01 Feb 2005 -- An increasing number of people have visited the Tower of the Pyongyang TV Broadcasting Station to command a bird's eye view of the beautiful scenery of Pyongyang, the capital city of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.



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