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March 2005 North Korea Special Weapons News



  • NOKOR/HUMAN RIGHTS VOA 31 Mar 2005 -- Human Rights campaigners say North Korea has the world's worst human rights record. Lisa Schlein reports from Geneva that the campaigners are urging the UN Human Rights Commission to condemn North Korea for gross violations of human rights including abductions, torture, arbitrary arrest, summary and extra-judicial executions.
  • Scientists Meet to Vow Their Loyalty KCNA 31 Mar 2005 -- Scientists visiting the old home of leader Kim Jong Il in the secret camp of Mt. Paektu, the holy land of the revolution, held a meeting to vow their loyalty in front of his old home on Mar. 26.
  • Fiction Floated by U.S. under Fire KCNA 31 Mar 2005 -- Some days ago, a senior researcher of the U.S. Congressional Research Service in a report on the relations between the U.S. and south Korea published "information" to the effect that north Korea started to massively purchase equipment related to the highly enriched uranium after the influx of Hyundai fund in 1999 and the fund is instrumental in purchasing parts of weapons of mass destruction and materials for their production.
  • NOKOR/NUCLEAR TALKS VOA 31 Mar 2005 -- North Korea says it wants talks on ending its nuclear programs turned into arms reductions negotiations, saying the United States should cut its nuclear forces. VOA's Kurt Achin reports on the latest demand from Pyongyang, which has stalled on returning to nuclear negotiations for nearly 10 months.
  • Bird Flu Appears in North Korean Poultry Washington File 30 Mar 2005 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) is acknowledging official reports of bird flu in poultry in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
  • Kim Jong Il Sends Wreath KCNA 30 Mar 2005 -- Leader Kim Jong Il sent a wreath to the bier of the late Song Se Chang, former counselor of the Central Committee of the Korean Social Democratic Party and a son of Song Si Baek, a pro-reunification revolutionary martyr, on Monday to express deep condolences over his death on March 28.
  • U.S. Plan Falcon Assailed KCNA 30 Mar 2005 -- Some days ago the commander of the Space Command of the U.S. Air Force, addressing the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, opened to the public the U.S. plan codenamed Falcon to have the capacity to strike any part of the world.
  • Chinese and German Delegations Here KCNA 30 Mar 2005 -- A friendship delegation of the Communist Party of China led by Ma Wen, deputy secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CPC, and a delegation of the German-Korean Parliamentary Group headed by Hartmut Koschyk, member of the Bundestag (Federal Assembly) of Germany and chairman of the group, arrived here Tuesday.
  • Bumper Kelp Crop in DPRK KCNA 30 Mar 2005 -- Kelp harvest is in full swing on the offshore farms on the west coast of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
  • NOKOR HUMAN RIGHTS VOA 30 Mar 2005 -- A special United Nations envoy has presented a report critical of North Korea to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. As VOA's Kurt Achin reports from Seoul, the report says that those who flee North Korea to seek food become political refugees because they risk severe punishment when they go home.
  • UN health agency offers aid to DPR of Korea in bird flu epidemic UN News Centre 29 Mar 2005 -- The United Nations health agency has offered assistance to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in preparing a response to an epidemic of bird flu among chickens.
  • Work Brisk to Prevent Damage by Yellow Dust Storm KCNA 29 Mar 2005 -- In Korea there was the first yellow dust storm in the year on Mar. 17.
  • U.S. War Exercises Staged in S. Korea Flayed KCNA 29 Mar 2005 -- Foal Eagle and RSOI joint military exercises staged by the U.S. bellicose elements in south Korea were in every respect a military adventure perpetrated to launch military intervention not only against the DPRK but against other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • CHINA-NOKOR VOA 29 Mar 2005 -- China has sent what it calls a "goodwill delegation" to North Korea as efforts continue to get Pyongyang to return to multi-nation talks on its nuclear ambitions. The visit comes as Washington's point man on the talks questions whether Pyongyang is serious about resolving the issue.
  • Entry of U.S. Nuclear Submarine into S. Korean Port Disclosed KCNA 28 Mar 2005 -- It was disclosed that the U.S. nuclear submarine "Los Angeles" entered into Jinhae Port, South Kyongsang Province, south Korea on March 16, according to south Korean KBS.
  • Adherence to Principle of Impartiality in International Relations Called for KCNA 28 Mar 2005 -- It is an important way of settling the abnormal situation in the international arena today and promoting socio-political and economic development in the new century to strictly adhere to the principle of impartiality in dealing with international problems.
  • U.S. Increased Threat of Nuclear War Assailed KCNA 28 Mar 2005 -- The United States recently brought attack nuclear-powered submarine Los Angeles to the Jinhae naval base in south Korea.
  • Dynamic Work under Way in DPRK to Combat Bird Flu KCNA 28 Mar 2005 -- A dynamic work is now under way in different parts of the country to combat bird flu that plagues the world.
  • Premier Pak Pong Ju Returns Home KCNA 28 Mar 2005 -- Pak Pong Ju, premier of the DPRK Cabinet, returned home by a special plane Sunday after winding up his six day-long official goodwill visit to the People's Republic of China at the invitation of Premier of the State Council of the PRC Wen Jiabao.
  • Nuclear War Exercises Assailed KCNA 28 Mar 2005 -- The United States staged large-scale war exercises, a combination of RSOI and Foal Eagle joint military drills, in south Korea from March 19 to 25, worsening the U.S.-DPRK relations and derailing the resumption of the six-way talks, says Rodong Sinmun today in a signed commentary.
  • U.S. Reorganization of Its Troops in S. Korea Assailed KCNA 28 Mar 2005 -- The U.S. imperialist aggression forces in south Korea are being reorganized into combat forces with a new mission.
  • Meeting of Korea-China Hydro-Power Company KCNA 28 Mar 2005 -- A decision of the 56th meeting of the Board of Directors of Korea-China Hydro-Electric Power Company was signed in Pyongyang on Mar. 25.
  • KCNA on Rice-Proposed Reunion KCNA 28 Mar 2005 -- U.S. State Secretary Rice, addressing Congress, referred to the issue of the reunion of south Korean Americans with their divided families in north Korea and said that she would certainly examine the way of including the issue in the agenda items to be taken up for discussion at the negotiations with the north.
  • Visits KCNA 28 Mar 2005 -- A delegation of the Korean General Federation of Science and Technology headed by Choe Sang Gon, vice-chairman of its Central Committee, left here Saturday to visit China.
  • Weekly on North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service Mar. 21 - Mar. 27, 2005
  • NOKOR/BIRD FLU VOA 27 Mar 2005 -- North Korea has announced it has culled hundreds of thousands of chickens to halt an outbreak of avian influenza. It is the first time the country has acknowledged the presence of the disease.
  • Pak Pong Ju Meets Mayor of Shanghai KCNA 26 Mar 2005 -- Pak Pong Ju, premier of the DPRK Cabinet, on an official goodwill visit to China met and had a friendly talk with Han Zheng, mayor of the Shanghai Municipal People's Government, on Mar. 24.
  • Quality Drinking Water Provided to People in DPRK KCNA 26 Mar 2005 -- Quality drinking water is amply supplied to the people in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea though the water issue has been raised as a serious problem in the world.
  • Extensive Tree-planting Campaign in DPRK KCNA 26 Mar 2005 -- The tree-planting campaign in spring is in full swing in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
  • 'NUCLEAR WEAPONS STATES' FOMENT WORLD-WIDE 'DISQUIET' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 25 Mar 2005
  • RUSSIA AND CHINA HAVE COMMON VIEWS ON SOLUTION OF NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR PROBLEM RIA Novosti 25 Mar 2005 -- Russia and China have formed a common position on the solution of North Korean nuclear problem, Russian deputy foreign minister Alexander Alekseyev told the journalists at the end of a round of consultations with Chinese officials in Beijing.
  • 7th Kimilsungia Festival to Be Held KCNA 25 Mar 2005 -- The 7th Kimilsungia Festival will be held in Pyongyang on the occasion of the Day of the Sun (birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung) and the 40th anniversary of its appearance as a flower representing the sun.
  • Pak Pong Ju Pays Courtesy Call on Hu Jintao KCNA 25 Mar 2005 -- Pak Pong Ju, premier of the DPRK Cabinet, on an official goodwill visit to China paid a courtesy call on Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and president of the People's Republic of China, at the Great Hall of the People on Mar. 23.
  • Reactionary and Dangerous Nature of U.S. Aid Disclosed KCNA 25 Mar 2005 -- Those countries that value independence should clearly see through the reactionary and dangerous nature of the U.S. aid and solve all the problems arising in their social life by their own efforts.
  • Pak Pong Ju Meets Jia Qinglin KCNA 25 Mar 2005 -- Premier of the DPRK Cabinet Pak Pong Ju on an official goodwill visit to China had a friendly talk with Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, at the Great Hall of the People on March 23.
  • DPRK Delegation Leaves for Laos KCNA 25 Mar 2005 -- A delegation of the Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea led by its Chairman Choe Thae Bok left here on March 24 to visit Laos and participate in the 112th general meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union to be held in Philippines.
  • KOREAS EXECUTION VOA 25 Mar 2005 -- A South Korean lawmaker has shown a video allegedly depicting public executions taking place in North Korea. Human-rights groups say the South Korean government is not giving the video the recognition it deserves, but officials are defending their policies toward Pyongyang.
  • Premier Pak Pong Ju Arrives in Beijing KCNA 24 Mar 2005 -- Premier of the DPRK Cabinet Pak Pong Ju arrived in Beijing Tuesday morning by special plane to pay an official goodwill visit to the People's Republic of China.
  • Talks between DPRK and Chinese Premiers Held KCNA 24 Mar 2005 -- Talks between Premier of the DPRK Cabinet Pak Pong Ju and Premier of the State Council of China Wen Jiabao were held at the Great Hall of the People Tuesday afternoon.
  • Agreements on Cooperation Signed between DPRK and Chinese Governments KCNA 24 Mar 2005 -- An agreement on encouraging and protecting investment and an agreement on cooperation in the environmental protection between the DPRK and Chinese governments were signed in Beijing Tuesday.
  • Chinese Premier Hosts Banquet in Honor of DPRK Premier KCNA 24 Mar 2005 -- Premier of the State Council of China Wen Jiabao hosted a banquet at the Great Hall of the People Tuesday evening in honor of Premier of the DPRK Cabinet Pak Pong Ju.
  • All Koreans Urged to Remain True to Idea of "By Our Nation Itself" KCNA 24 Mar 2005 -- The idea of "By our nation itself" is a source of vitality of the three forms of cooperation for national independence, peace against war and reunification and patriotism.
  • Reorganization of U.S. Forces Assailed KCNA 24 Mar 2005 -- The bellicose elements of the United States are working hard to reorganize its forces in south Korea into "task forces operating in the wide region" while speeding up the moves to modernize nuclear weapons and build the missile defense system.
  • Attention Paid to Prevention of Damage from Abnormal Weather in DPRK KCNA 24 Mar 2005 -- A great effort has been channeled into preventing damage from abnormal weather in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
  • World Meteorological Day Observed KCNA 24 Mar 2005 -- Minju Joson today observes the World Meteorological Day. A well-organized hydrometeorological management system has been established in the DPRK under the state care, the paper notes, and continues:
  • Pak Pong Ju Visits Different Parts of Beijing KCNA 24 Mar 2005 -- Premier of the DPRK Cabinet Pak Pong Ju on an official goodwill visit to China today visited the Yanqing Beer Factory on the outskirts of Beijing.
  • CHINA-NOKOR VOA 24 Mar 2005 -- China says there has been no breakthrough yet in its efforts to get North Korea to re-join multi-nation talks on ending its nuclear weapons program. Chinese officials say they have thus far failed to draw a commitment on the talks from Prime Minister Pak Pong Ju, who is on a six-day visit to China.
  • NOKOR/ECONOMY VOA 24 Mar 2005 -- A new report says North Korea is making progress in market reforms, as it looks to China and elsewhere for economic expertise.
  • US-KOREA NUCLEAR VOA 24 Mar 2005 -- The Bush administration said Wednesday it has set no deadline for resumption of the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program. President Bush told reporters in Texas he is taking a patient approach to the stalled negotiations, hosted by China.
  • Reorganization of U.S. Forces Assailed KCNA 23 Mar 2005 -- The Bush bellicose forces are absorbed in reorganizing the Second Division of the U.S. forces in south Korea into a new combat system.
  • U.S. Imperialists' Anti-DPRK Moves under Fire KCNA 23 Mar 2005 -- The U.S. is getting evermore undisguised in its moves against the reunification of Korea, while leaving no means untried to isolate the DPRK and destroy its socialist system centered on the popular masses, says Rodong Sinmun Tuesday in a signed article.
  • KCNA on Reorganization of U.S. Troops in S. Korea KCNA 23 Mar 2005 -- The commander of the U.S. second division in south Korea when interviewed by the Stars and Stripes recently said that the majority of his division would be converted into a combat division with increased air and artillery power by this summer strong enough to execute a long-range operation single-handedly.
  • Frequent War Exercises Bound to Lead to War KCNA 23 Mar 2005 -- Thick clouds of war are hovering over the Korean peninsula again.
  • New Kimilsungia Cultivation Method Developed KCNA 23 Mar 2005 -- Scientists of the Experimental Biological Institute of the Branch Academy of Biology under the Academy of Sciences of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea have developed a new method of cultivating Kimilsungia.
  • Anti-U.S. Actions Called for KCNA 22 Mar 2005 -- anti-U.S. struggle is a primary common task to be waged by the Koreans for national dignity and interests and peace and reunification of the country.
  • U.S.-S. Korea Military Exercises Assailed KCNA 22 Mar 2005 -- The U.S.-south Korea large-scale war exercises, a combination of RSOI and Foal Eagle, are, to all intents and purposes, a product of their criminal attempt to invade and stifle the DPRK by force, says Rodong Sinmun Monday in a signed commentary.
  • Glass Factory Construction, Token of Korea-China Friendship KCNA 22 Mar 2005 -- The construction of the Taean Friendship Glass Factory is progressing apace as a token of friendship between the peoples of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and China.
  • Water Resources Conserved in DPRK KCNA 22 Mar 2005 -- Various activities are being conducted in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on the occasion of the World Day of Water (March 22).
  • CHINA-NORTH KOREA VOA 22 Mar 2005 -- Chinese state media report that North Korea's prime minister says his country is not opposed to continuing multi-nation negotiations on its nuclear weapons programs. The comments come during Pak Pong Ju's visit to China.
  • Rice Urges North Korea To Return to Six-Party Talks Washington File 20 Mar 2005 -- North Korea should return to talks aimed at creating a nuclear weapons-free Korean Peninsula as a step toward ending that country's international isolation and improving the lives of its people, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said March 20.
  • Rice Says Six-Party Talks Are Best Forum for North Korean Issues Washington File 20 Mar 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon on March 20 expressed strong support for the Six-Party Talks as the best forum to resolve issues concerning North Korea.
  • SOUTH KOREA / RICE VOA 20 Mar 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says Washington and Seoul agree North Korea should rejoin nuclear disarmament talks without delay. Speaking in Seoul Sunday, Ms. Rice said security guarantees for the North are possible, but she ruled out bilateral talks with Pyongyang, insisting negotiations should be multinational.
  • Weekly on North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service Mar. 14 - Mar. 20, 2005
  • RICE/SPEECH VOA 19 Mar 2005 -- U.S Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in Tokyo as part of a six-nation Asian tour, has urged North Korea to return to the stalled six-nation talks on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. In later remarks, Ms. Rice also gave a hint that there are limits to Washington's patience.
  • Projected U.S. Combined War Exercises under Fire KCNA 19 Mar 2005 -- The United States brought to south Korea a carrier flotilla, a nuclear strike force, and other forces after announcing a plan for large-scale combined war exercises aimed to invade the DPRK at a time when the nuclear issue between the DPRK and the U.S. has reached an extreme phase.
  • DPRK Delegate Clarifies Its Stand on Disarmament KCNA 19 Mar 2005 -- It is necessary to put a definite end to the negative political stand in order to revive the disarmament conference that has remained paralyzed for almost ten years, declared a delegate of the DPRK, addressing the plenary session of the UN Disarmament Conference held in Geneva on March 10.
  • Adherence to Principle of Independence Called for KCNA 19 Mar 2005 -- The international arena is now witnessing the mounting struggle to destroy the centuries-old international political order of domination and subordination and build instead a new international political order whereby all countries and nations can make progress as equal members of the international community.
  • Nampho Eel Farm KCNA 19 Mar 2005 -- The Nampho Eel Farm of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is breeding eels in an intensive and scientific way.
  • KCNA Blasts U.S.-led Large-Scale War Maneuvers KCNA 19 Mar 2005 -- It is reported that U.S.-led large-scale military exercises, a combination of Foal Eagle joint military drill and RSOI, will be staged across south Korea from Saturday.
  • Korea Affected by First Storm of Yellow Sand KCNA 19 Mar 2005 -- The first dust storm this year was observed in Korea on March 17.
  • Songun Politics Praised as Engine Advancing Era of Reunification KCNA 18 Mar 2005 -- The Songun politics serves as a just treasured sword for defending the sovereignty of the nation and peace and security of the country and an engine advancing the era of independent reunification.
  • U.S. Sabre Rattling Blasted KCNA 18 Mar 2005 -- U.S. carrier Kitty Hawk entered Pusan Port and its several cruisers and destroyers also made portcalls on south Korea on March 14 at a time when the situation on the Korean Peninsula is inching close to the phase of explosion owing to its hostile policy toward the DPRK.
  • Boosting of DPRK-Russia Ties Called for KCNA 18 Mar 2005 -- Papers here today mark the 56th anniversary of the inter-governmental agreement on economic and cultural cooperation between the DPRK and the former Soviet Union (March 17, 1949).
  • Anniversary of Kim Jong Il's Famous Work Observed KCNA 18 Mar 2005 -- Rodong Sinmun today dedicates an article to the 8th anniversary of leader Kim Jong Il's famous work "On Learning from Revolutionary Soldier Spirit".
  • Brisk Campaign against Yellow Sand Damage in DPRK KCNA 18 Mar 2005 -- With the advent of spring, activities to prevent possible yellow sand damage are being conducted in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Members of the Feb. 17 Shock Brigade of Scientists and Technicians are engaged in observing sand storm and its movement and finding out its physical and chemical components.
  • U.S. Carrier Enters S. Korean Port KCNA 17 Mar 2005 -- The U.S. aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk anchored at Pusan Port on Monday to participate in the U.S.-south Korea joint war exercises codenamed RSOI and Foal Eagle, which will start on March 19, according to south Korean Yonhap Ne
  • Message to Kim Jong Il from Hu Jintao KCNA 17 Mar 2005 -- Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission, Monday received a message sent by Hu Jintao, general secretary of the C.C., the Communist Party of China and president of the People's Republic of China, replying to his congratulatory message upon Hu's election as chairman of the PRC Central Military Commission.
  • Spokesman for DPRK FM Blasts U.S. State Secretary's Reckless Remarks KCNA 17 Mar 2005 -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to the question put by KCNA on Mar. 16 as regards a string of vituperation let loose by U.S. State Secretary Condoleezza Rice against the DPRK. Rice, when interviewed by Reuters and the Washington Times recently, told rubbish that she would not apologize for the remark terming the DPRK "an outpost of tyranny."
  • Taean Friendship Glass Factory Presents Grand Sight KCNA 17 Mar 2005 -- The Taean Friendship Glass Factory which is under construction amid the deep concern of the peoples and builders of the DPRK and China has begun to show its imposing appearance.
  • Fullest Play to Politico-Ideological Might Called for KCNA 17 Mar 2005 -- Korean-style socialism has won victory after victory in the fierce stand-off with the U.S. imperialists as the DPRK has increased its politico-ideological might in every way.
  • U.S. Urged to Cancel Its Projected Sabre Rattling KCNA 17 Mar 2005 -- The warlike forces of the U.S. and south Korea are expected to stage large-scale joint military exercises with south Korea as their operational theatre.
  • KCNA Flails Entry of Kitty Hawk into S. Korea KCNA 17 Mar 2005 -- U.S. carrier Kitty Hawk entered Pusan Port in south Korea on Mar. 14 to participate in south Korea-U.S. joint military exercises, according to a news report.
  • N. KOREA /BIRD FLU VOA 17 Mar 2005 -- The World Health Organization is investigating a possible outbreak of avian influenza in North Korea. The suspected outbreak is already affecting North Korean export plans.
  • DPRK FM Spokesman Denounces U.S.-S. Korea Joint War Exercises KCNA 16 Mar 2005 -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA Tuesday denouncing the U.S. and the south Korean warlike forces for planning to stage large-scale war exercises, the combination of Foal Eagle and RSOI, across south Korea.
  • U.S. Despicable Misuse of Int'l Law Assailed KCNA 16 Mar 2005 -- The U.S. has recently misused the international humanitarian law and human rights convention in a bid to perpetrate armed intervention against anti-U.S. independent and sovereign nations and bring down their systems.
  • Reunification Is Only Way Out for Korean Nation: Rodong Sinmun KCNA 16 Mar 2005 -- It is the most urgent and important national historic task of the Korean nation today to rejoin the severed blood veins of the nation and achieve reunification at an early date, says Rodong Sinmun Tuesday in a signed article.
  • Premier of DPRK Cabinet to Visit China KCNA 16 Mar 2005 -- Premier of the DPRK Cabinet Pak Pong Ju will soon pay an official good-will visit to the People's Republic of China at the invitation of Premier of the State Council of the PRC Wen Jiabao.
  • DPRK Government Economic and Trade Delegation Leaves for China KCNA 16 Mar 2005 -- A government economic and trade delegation of the DPRK headed by Ri Ryong Nam, vice-minister of Foreign Trade, left here Tuesday to participate in the first meeting of the DPRK-China Committee for Economic, Trade, Scientific and Technological Cooperation to be held in China.
  • NOKOR NUCLEAR TALKS VOA 16 Mar 2005 -- Just days before U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is due to arrive in the South Korean capital, North Korea says it will not rejoin nuclear talks unless she apologizes for comments she made several weeks ago.
  • CONGRESS / NORTH KOREA VOA 15 Mar 2005 -- A key U.S. official is warning North Korea that the United States may seek other ways to halt Pyongyang's nuclear program if there is no progress in negotiations toward that end. The top U.S. negotiator to the talks, Ambassador Christopher Hill, made his comments on Capitol Hill Tuesday
  • NORTH KOREA / NUCLEAR VOA 15 Mar 2005 -- The international community is united in the belief that North Korea should rejoin the six-party talks on its nuclear weapons program. But the unity is not complete, as Pyongyang announced last month that it would no longer be involved in the talks. At a recent meeting in Washington, officials and analysts from the United States, China, Japan, South Korea and Russia discussed the best way to get North Korea back to the negotiations.
  • Moves of U.S. and Japan to Tighten Their Military Alliance under Fire KCNA 15 Mar 2005 -- The U.S. and Japanese reactionaries have systematically supplemented and rounded off the joint military operation plan and the order of action under the pretext of "ensuring security" and "coping with threat" since the demise of the Cold War.
  • Rodong Sinmun on Sure Victory of Korean Revolution KCNA 15 Mar 2005 -- The solidity of the party and the state and the prospect of socialism, the ideal of humankind, depend on the ideological and moral strength of the army and the people, says Rodong Sinmun today in a signed article.
  • Kaechon-Lake Thaesong Waterway Pays off KCNA 15 Mar 2005 -- The Kaechon-Lake Thaesong Waterway, built in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in the era of Songun politics, has paid off over the last two years.
  • Projected U.S.-S. Korea Joint Military Drills Assailed KCNA 15 Mar 2005 -- A spokesman for the Korean National Peace Committee issued a statement Monday and bitterly denounced the U.S. and the south Korean authorities for their plan to stage RSOI and Foal Eagle military exercises from March 19 to 25, branding them as an unpardonable move to ignite a war of aggression and inflict the terrible holocaust of a nuclear war on the Korean nation.
  • State Department Releases Report on North Korean Asylum Seekers Washington File 14 Mar 2005 -- On March 11, the State Department publicly released the first of six reports mandated by the North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004 (NKHRA). The report details the status of North Korean asylum seekers and U.S. government policy toward them.
  • U.S. Ambition for Domination over Whole of Korea Assailed KCNA 14 Mar 2005 -- Rodong Sinmun Saturday in a signed article brands the U.S. occupation of south Korea as a revelation of its ambition for domination over the whole of Korea.
  • Vigilance Must Be Heightened against U.S. Abuse of International Law: KCNA KCNA 14 Mar 2005 -- The United States is getting more outspoken in its interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states and its schemes of military intervention against them under the cloak of "anti-terrorism", "non-proliferation of mass-destruction weapons", "freedom and democracy" and "protection of human rights".
  • Kim Jong Il Sends Congratulations to Hu Jintao KCNA 14 Mar 2005 -- Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission, Sunday sent a congratulatory message to Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and president of the People's Republic of China, on his election as chairman of the Central Military Commission of the PRC.
  • NOKOR RIGHTS COMMISSION VOA 14 Mar 2005 -- Several groups in South Korea are getting ready to go to Switzerland for the annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. They hope to raise international pressure on North Korea over its alleged abuses of human rights.
  • Weekly on North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service Mar. 7 - Mar. 13, 2005
  • U.S. Human Rights Abuses Assailed KCNA 12 Mar 2005 -- Rodong Sinmun Friday carries a signed commentary denouncing the United States for persistently pulling up other countries over "human rights abuses".
  • ICM National Demonstration Project in DPRK KCNA 12 Mar 2005 -- A national demonstration project is going on in Nampho City, South Phyongan Province, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea under the Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) program.
  • Planned U.S.-S. Korean Military Drills Slashed KCNA 12 Mar 2005 -- The United States and the south Korean authorities should not act rashly but promptly cancel the planned reckless military exercises against the DPRK, pondering over the grave consequences to be entailed by such war maneuvers, demanded a spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland in a statement Friday.
  • U.S. Prepared to Resolve Issues with North Korea, Revere Says Washington File 11 Mar 2005 -- The United States is prepared to resolve differences with North Korea, but only within the context of the Six-Party Talks and only if North Korea is prepared to abandon its nuclear weapons ambitions, says Evans Revere, the acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs.
  • North Korea Could Improve Its Security Without Nuclear Weapons Washington File 11 Mar 2005 -- North Korea, by renouncing its nuclear weapons program, could improve its own security, improve the lives of its people, and normalize relations with the United States and other countries of the world, says Joseph E. DeTrani, the U.S. special envoy for Six-Party Talks.
  • Cancellation of Plan for North-Targeted War Exercises Demanded KCNA 11 Mar 2005 -- south Korea-U.S. "Combined Forces Command" announced that it would stage RSOI and Foal Eagle joint military exercises from March 19 to 25.
  • U.S.-Advertised "Freedom and Democracy" Debunked KCNA 11 Mar 2005 -- The "commitment to the diffusion of freedom and democracy" advertised by the U.S. imperialists is a slogan of aggression and interference to gratify their ambition for world supremacy, says Rodong Sinmun in an article today.
  • CONGRESS/NORTH KOREA VOA 10 Mar 2005 -- Former U.S. officials and experts testifying on Capitol Hill say North Korea must return to six-nation talks on resolving the impasse over its nuclear weapons program. At the same time, a U.S. lawmaker who has had high-level talks in Pyongyang in the past says he is waiting for official word from North Korea regarding plans for another visit.
  • U.S. Reckless Military Maneuvers under Fire KCNA 10 Mar 2005 -- The United States is planning to stage RSOI and Foal Eagle joint military exercises in south Korea from March 19 to 25 in the wake of its joint anti-submarine drill staged in the East Sea of Korea with south Korea.
  • RS. on Movement for Tripartite Solidarity and Three Forms of Cooperation KCNA 10 Mar 2005 -- A few days ago an inaugural ceremony of the preparatory committee for joint functions of Koreans in the north, the south and abroad took place in Mt. Kumgang, a picturesque mountain of Korea, to implement the June 15 joint declaration and its first meeting was held, at which an inaugural declaration and a joint press release were adopted.
  • Torch of Songgang Demonstrates Might of Unity KCNA 10 Mar 2005 -- The torch of Songgang is blazing up in the Korean people's general onward march of Songun revolution, inspiring them to a new great revolutionary upsurge.
  • China's North Korea Envoy To Visit United States Washington File 09 Mar 2005 -- Following is the State Department response to a question taken at the March 8 daily press briefing:
  • National Meeting Marks Anniversary of Kim Jong Il's Work KCNA 09 Mar 2005 -- A national meeting took place at the People's Palace of Culture Monday to mark the tenth anniversary of leader Kim Jong Il's famous work "The Women Are a Powerful Force Pushing Forward the Revolution and Construction".
  • Kim Jong Il Greets Syrian President KCNA 09 Mar 2005 -- Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, Monday sent a message of greetings to Bashar al''Assad, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Syrian Baath Arab Socialist Party and president of the Syrian Arab Republic.
  • Japan's Anti-DPRK Campaign Accused KCNA 09 Mar 2005 -- The Japanese Democratic Party recently presented what it called a "bill on preventing the human rights abuses in north Korea" which calls for putting an end to the "issue of abduction and human rights abuses by north Korea" to the House of Representatives.
  • International Red Cross Official Here KCNA 09 Mar 2005 -- Reter Meister, chief representative for Asia-Pacific of the International Committee of Red Cross, arrived here today.
  • Kim Jong Il Receives Commemorative Medal from Putin KCNA 09 Mar 2005 -- Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, received a medal commemorating the 60th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War presented by Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, president of the Russian Federation.
  • Kim Jong Il Visits Russian Embassy KCNA 09 Mar 2005 -- Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, Tuesday visited the Russian embassy here at the request of the Russian ambassador to the DPRK.
  • Rodong Sinmun on Top-Priority to Things for People KCNA 08 Mar 2005 -- The Korean socialist system is the most superior one under which everything serves the people and priority is given to everything popular and mass-based, declares Rodong Sinmun in a signed article today.
  • Rodong Sinmun on Independent Reunification KCNA 08 Mar 2005 -- All the Koreans in the north, the south and overseas should wage a dynamic struggle against the U.S. domination, interference and moves for a war of aggression with the unshakable will to fight the U.S.
  • U.S. Ambition for World Domination under Fire KCNA 08 Mar 2005 -- The U.S. bellicose elements are persisting in their moves to beef up their military forces for aggression, regarding the strategy of strength as an important means for realizing their ambition for world domination. Rodong Sinmun Sunday said this in a signed article.
  • Kim Jong Il Watches Performance of State Merited Chorus KCNA 08 Mar 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, appreciated a performance given by the KPA State Merited Chorus.
  • Destruction of Cold War Structure in Northeast Asia Called for KCNA 07 Mar 2005 -- Rodong Sinmun Saturday in a signed commentary calls upon the countries in Northeast Asia to take joint actions against the U.S. in order to dismantle the Cold War structure in the Korean Peninsula and the rest of the region and turn it into a nuclear-free zone.
  • Improvement of Economic Management System Called for KCNA 07 Mar 2005 -- It would be possible to dynamically push forward the building of a great prosperous powerful socialist nation only when an original economic management system suitable to the developing reality and the specific conditions of the country is established and full play is given to its vitality, says Rodong Sinmun Saturday in a signed article.
  • Spring Sowing Expected to Be Late for Abnormal Weather KCNA 07 Mar 2005 -- Wheat and barley sowing would be started in late February or early March every year in Korea.
  • Agrarian Issue Solved Successfully in DPRK KCNA 07 Mar 2005 -- The land of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has taken on a new look suitable to the features of the powerful socialist country. Large-scale standardized fields of the country provide a glimpse of imperishable feats performed by President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il for a solution to the agrarian issue in the country.
  • Foreign Ministry Spokesman Refutes U.S. Report on Human Rights KCNA 07 Mar 2005 -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave an answer to a question raised by KCNA Saturday in which it accused the United States of groundlessly pulling up the DPRK over the "human rights issue".
  • Rodong Sinmun on Socialism KCNA 07 Mar 2005 -- Socialism is a science and an ideal of humankind as it put the position and role of man on a high level and realizes his idea of independence and brings his political, economic and ideological and cultural life into full bloom in all aspects in keeping with his intrinsic nature, says Rodong Sinmun Sunday in a by-lined article.
  • NOKOR/FOOD AID VOA 07 Mar 2005 -- The World Food Program and the U.N. children's agency say there are signs that malnutrition is beginning to ease in North Korea. However, they say the reclusive Communist country is still falling far short of feeding its people adequately
  • Weekly on North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service Feb. 28 - Mar. 6, 2005
  • CHINA-NPC-NOKOR VOA 06 Mar 2005 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing says he hopes multi-party talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons programs will resume soon.
  • Planned War Game Flailed KCNA 05 Mar 2005 -- The U.S. imperialists and bellicose forces of the south Korean military announced that they would stage the RSOI and Foal Eagle, large-scale joint military exercises, from March 19 to 25, according to the south Korean KBS.
  • Heroic Feats in General March for Songun Revolution Vowed KCNA 05 Mar 2005 -- Meetings were held at the Ministry of Railways and industrial establishments and farms across the country for fulfilling up to the hilt the tasks laid down in the appeal of the meeting for the general march for the Songun revolution to all the servicepersons and people.
  • UN nuclear watchdog urges DPR of Korea to resume six-party talks UN News Centre 04 Mar 2005 -- Declaring actions by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) a "serious challenge" to efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency has called on the country to resume at an early date, without preconditions, six-party talks seeking a peaceful solution to the crisis.
  • Memorandum of DPRK Foreign Ministry KCNA 04 Mar 2005 -- The Foreign Ministry of the DPRK released a memorandum on March 2 to clearly explain why it has decided that it would go out to the talks only when there are justification to participate in the six-party talks and mature conditions for them. Follows the full text of the memorandum:
  • Immediate Scrapping of Provocative "Emergency Plans" Urged KCNA 04 Mar 2005 -- The "emergency planning chairman" of south Korea at the National Assembly shortly ago let loose the awfully provocative remarks that "it is under discussion to include in the Chungmu plan, the south Korea-U.S. joint operation plan, etc. clauses on coping with a nuclear situation" as "they were worked out to confront a contingency in the north on the premise of a non-nuclear situation".
  • Respect for Sovereignty Essential for World Peace Order KCNA 04 Mar 2005 -- The basic condition for the establishment of a world peace order is respect for the sovereignty of the countries and nations. Respect for sovereignty is the foundation of peace and stability and fundamental guarantee of harmony and unity among countries and peoples.
  • Tree-planting Day Marked in DPRK KCNA 04 Mar 2005 -- Spring tree planting started this significant year. Meetings of working people of different strata and school youth and children were held in the provinces, cities and counties on March 2, the tree-planting day, to plant trees on an extensive scale and thus cover the whole land with forests and gardens, true to the land upbuilding plan of the Workers' Party of Korea.
  • SPA Session to Be Postponed KCNA 04 Mar 2005 -- The Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK Thursday announced a decision on postponing the third session of the 11th SPA.
  • NORTH KOREA VOA 04 Mar 2005 -- North Korea has postponed a session of its parliament, an unusual move that follows hints this week that it might resume testing missiles.
  • S. Korean Army Accused of Opening Fire at North Side KCNA 02 Mar 2005 -- South Korean army fired a machine gun at a post of the north side in the area near the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) on Feb. 28, according to military sources.
  • Over 190 Cases of U.S. Aerial Espionage Committed in February KCNA 02 Mar 2005 -- The U.S. imperialists committed more than 190 cases of aerial espionage against the DPRK in February, according to a military source. Strategic and tactical reconnaissance planes with various missions were involved in the espionage.
  • DPRK's Stand on Six-party Talks Reclarified KCNA 03 Mar 2005 -- We will go to the talks any time if the U.S. takes a trustworthy sincere attitude and moves to provide conditions and justification for the resumption of the six-party talks.
  • Meetings Held to Vow to Fulfill Appeal KCNA 03 Mar 2005 -- A Kangwon provincial mass rally and meetings of employees of industrial establishments and co-op farmers were held to swear to thoroughly implement the tasks set forth in the appeal to all the servicepersons and people adopted at the meeting for the general march of the Songun revolution.
  • More Provincial Rallies Held KCNA 02 Mar 2005 -- Mass rallies were held in North Phyongan, North Hwanghae and North Hamgyong Provinces on Feb. 28 to vow to thoroughly implement the tasks set forth in the appeal to all the servicepersons and people adopted at the meeting for the general march of the Songun revolution.
  • Japan's Territorial Claim to Tok Islet Refuted KCNA 02 Mar 2005 -- Japanese Ambassador in Seoul Takano at a recent press interview asserted that Tok Islet belongs to Japan. Earlier, a draft act on instituting Feb. 22 as "Day of Tok Islet" was submitted to the Shimane Prefectural Assembly of Japan.
  • Anniversary of March First Popular Uprising Observed KCNA 02 Mar 2005 -- Papers here Tuesday dedicate editorials to the 86th anniversary of the March First Popular Uprising.
  • U.S. Policy of Occupation of South Korea under Fire KCNA 02 Mar 2005 -- The U.S. imperialists' occupation of south Korea is an offspring of the aggressive Asia strategy of the United States.
  • Anniversary of Kim Jong Il's Work Marked KCNA 02 Mar 2005 -- Rodong Sinmun Tuesday dedicates an article to the 12th anniversary of the publication of leader Kim Jong Il's famous work "Abuses of Socialism Are Intolerable".
  • Abe's Political Hysterics Flayed KCNA 02 Mar 2005 -- Acting Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan Abe these days never opens his mouth without blustering about "economic sanctions against north Korea."
  • NOKOR HUMAN RIGHTS VOA 03 Mar 2005 -- The United Nations special rapporteur on North Korean human rights is calling for the communist state to resolve issues concerning Japanese citizens kidnapped by its agents. The U.N. official also says Pyongyang does not recognize his mandate and has failed to cooperate with requests for information.
  • US/NORTH KOREA TALKS VOA 03 Mar 2005 -- The top United States delegate to multilateral talks on North Korea's nuclear programs says nuclear weapons are no answer to the country's problems and that returning to the negotiating table is the only way forward for Pyongyang.
  • CHINA KOREA TALKS VOA 02 Mar 2005 -- The senior Chinese delegate to the negotiations has arrived in Seoul as diplomatic efforts continue to bring North Korea back to nuclear disarmament talks. He will take part in three days of meetings with South Korean and U.S. diplomats.
  • North Korea: Six-Way Talks Seen As Neither Success Nor Failure RFE/RL 01 Mar 2005 -- "Neither a breakthrough nor a breakdown." That's how one analyst characterized the latest round of six-party talks aimed at ending North Korea's suspected nuclear-weapons program. The talks in Beijing ended on 28 February with conflicting reports from participants on how successful they were.
  • IRNA chief confers with N Korean minister of culture IRNA 01 Mar 2005 -- Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) Managing Director Abdollah Nasseri in his meeting with the North Korean minister of culture here on Monday discussed ways of strengthening cultural relations and information dissemination between Tehran and Pyongyang.
  • March of Young People in Pyongyang KCNA 01 Mar 2005 -- A grand march of participants in the meeting of the young vanguard of Songun and youth and students in Pyongyang was held here on Feb. 27.
  • Demonstration of Might of Songun Young Vanguard Called for KCNA 01 Mar 2005 -- Rodong Sinmun Monday in an editorial dedicated to the holding of the meeting of the young vanguard of Songun calls upon the youth to demonstrate once again to the world the might of the young vanguard of Songun who have grown up under the care of leader Kim Jong Il in the on-going general march.
  • KCNA Slams Japan's Perfidy to DPRK-Japan Pyongyang Declaration KCNA 01 Mar 2005 -- The ultra-right wing forces of Japan are spreading the false rumor that the DPRK abrogated the DPRK-Japan Pyongyang Declaration, peddling "abduction, nuclear and missile issues".
  • Kim Jong Il Enjoys Performance Given by State Symphony Orchestra KCNA 01 Mar 2005 -- Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, enjoyed a performance given by the State Symphony Orchestra.
  • Yang Hyong Sop Meets Iranian Delegation KCNA 01 Mar 2005 -- Yang Hyong Sop, vice-president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, today met and had a friendly conversation with the IRNA delegation led by its President Abdollah Naseri Taheri at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.
  • Nanhutou Meeting, Turning-point in Korean Revolution KCNA 01 Mar 2005 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is dynamically advancing along the road of independence, frustrating the moves of the imperialists to isolate and stifle it.
  • Young People Distinguish Themselves in Economic Construction KCNA 01 Mar 2005 -- Young people of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea are standing in the van in the efforts for building a great prosperous socialist powerful nation as a vanguard and shock-brigade.
  • S. Korean Military Warned against Anti-north Provocation KCNA 01 Mar 2005 -- The Navy Command of the Korean People's Army issued a press release Monday to accuse the south Korean army of its continued military provocations in the West Sea of Korea.
  • KOREA UPRISING PROTEST VOA 01 Mar 2005 -- South Koreans are celebrating their country's Independence Day holiday. Some South Koreans, particularly members of the older generation, also used the occasion to lobby the government for a firmer approach in dealing with North Korea.
  • JAPAN/NORTH KOREA SHIPS VOA 01 Mar 2005 -- A new Japanese law has come into force that effectively bars most North Korean ships from docking in Japan - a move seen as a de facto sanction against the communist state.



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