Kim Jong Il’s Works Introduced by Italian Organization



Pyongyang, February 24 (KCNA) — The Milano Center for the Study of the Juche Idea of Italy posted leader Kim Jong Il’s works “Let Us Further Strengthen Our Single-Hearted Unity and Give Full Play to the Korean-Nation-First Spirit”, “Let Us Live Not Merely for Today But for Tomorrow” and “On Imbuing the Whole Society with Communist Moral Traits” on its website on February 15 to mark the Day of the Shining Star, his birth anniversary. -0-

Korean Jurists Committee Hits out at Malaysian Side’s Unfriendly Attitude

Pyongyang, February 23 (KCNA) — A citizen of the DPRK bearing a diplomatic passport suddenly fell into a state of shock before boarding an airliner and died on the way to a hospital in Malaysia on February 13.

At that time the Foreign Ministry of Malaysia and the hospital side informed the DPRK embassy in Kuala Lumpur exercising the right to consular protection of DPRK citizens that they confirmed he died of heart stroke and decided to transfer his body to the embassy and get it cremated.

So the DPRK embassy confirmed his identity and asked the Malaysian side to transfer his body.

However, no sooner had south Korean conservative media published a false report that he was “poisoned to death”, citing it as “source from the government” that night, than the Malaysian secret police got involved in the case and recklessly made it an established fact, only to make matters complicated.

The DPRK embassy made it clear that autopsy is not necessary as his death had already been confirmed as the one due to heart stroke and autopsy should never be done as he enjoyed extraterritorial right according to the Vienna Convention as a carrier of diplomatic passport.

Nevertheless, the Malaysian side, in disregard of the DPRK’s just demand and international law, made an autopsy of the body without any prior agreement with the DPRK side and its presence. Moreover, the Malaysian side clamored for the second autopsy without publishing the results of the first autopsy.

A spokesman for the Korean Jurists Committee in a statement on Wednesday termed this undisguised encroachment upon the sovereignty of the DPRK, a wanton human rights abuse and an act contrary to human ethics and morality.

The statement said:
What merits more serous attention is the fact that the unjust acts of the Malaysian side are timed to coincide with the anti-DPRK conspiratorial racket launched by the south Korean authorities.

Conservative media of south Korea began spreading wild rumors that the DPRK citizen was “poisoned to death by two women agents of the General Reconnaissance Bureau of north Korea” and it is undoubtedly its “deed” before the results of the autopsy were published.

On February 14, a day after his death, Chongwadae of south Korea kicked up a fuss over it and the south Korean authorities were busy holding a ministerial meeting on February 16, showing an excessive response. Moreover, they openly discussed the issue of THAAD deployment though it has nothing to do with the death of a DPRK citizen.

This proves that the south Korean authorities has long expected the case since it worked out a scenario for it.

It is, indeed, regretful that only Malaysia is denying such fact.

The biggest responsibility for his death rests with the government of Malaysia as the citizen of the DPRK died in its land.

The unfriendly attitude of the Malaysian side found a more striking manifestation in the matter of transferring his body to the DPRK side.

Malaysia is obliged to hand his body to the DPRK side as it made an autopsy and forensic examination of it in an illegal and immoral manner. However, it has not yet handed the body under the absurd pretext that it cannot do so unless the family of the deceased presents a DNA sample in accordance with its law.

This proves that the Malaysian side is going to politicize the transfer of the body in utter disregard of international law and morality and thus attain a sinister purpose.

In the early days when the incident happened Malaysia widely publicized that it arrested suspected persons but now keeps mum about it.

What sounds more alarming is that the suspected persons allegedly stated that the DPRK citizen was poisoned to death when “oil like lotion was put on his head with their hands.” That means the woman survived even after having poison on her hand while leaving only the poisoned man dead.

The DPRK has already proposed a joint investigation for properly probing the incident and clarified that it is ready to dispatch a delegation of its jurists.

Its aim is to meet the suspected persons and hear their statements, confirm who ordered them and meet the arrested citizen and survey in detail the scene of the incident and its video footage and thus conclude the investigation into the incident in a fair way.

The DPRK will never allow any attempt to tarnish the image of the dignified power of independence and nuclear weapons state but make a thorough probe into the truth behind the case.

It will watch the future attitude of the Malaysian side. -0-

Statement of DPRK Ambassador to Malaysia

Reported Statement of DPRK Ambassador to Malaysia
“Malaysian side initially informed our embassy that a DPRK citizen was dead due to a heart attack while he was on the evacuation to the Putrajaya Hospital and requested us to confirm that he is a DPRK citizen. We confirmed it. Then they claimed a postmortem on him that we rejected because he is a diplomatic passport holder and our citizen who is under the consular protection of the DPRK. But, the Malaysian side forced the postmortem without our permission and witnessing, we will categorically reject the result of the postmortem conducted unilaterally excluding our attendance.

This is the culmination of the violation of the human rights of and infringing upon our citizen disregarding the elementary international laws and the consular laws. After concluding the postmortem the Malaysian police side said that they would release the body which they didn’t need any more if we submit a document through Wisma Putra (MFA) and Wisma Putra too requested us to do it and we did it. But Malaysian side did not answer after one day passed since then. Today I met with the high officer of the Malaysian Police and strongly demanded him to release the body without further delay but he rejected our demand raising the issue which has nothing to do with clarification of the cause of death. This strongly suggests that the Malaysian side is trying to conceal something which needs more time and deceive us and that they are colluding with the hostile forces towards us who are desperate to harm us of malice.

We doubt whether the Malaysian side was asked to do like this by someone else. The south Korean puppet authorities are desperate to escape from their miserable state of the largest ever political scandal. They are distorting the public opinion resorting to the tricky plots to defame the image of the DPRK with this incident. The public opinion of the South Korean people, too, are suspicious that the conservative forces might mop up this incident to save the Park Geun Hye regime and to find out an excuse to force the “THAAD” deployment which has been strongly opposed within and without.

That’s why we strongly urge and demand the Malaysian side not to be entangled in a political plot of the hostile forces and to release the body and the result of the postmortem to us without further delay. We don’t see this incident simple, further we will not tolerate at all the attitude of the Malaysian side in collusion with the hostile forces towards our Republic. We will respond strongly to the moves of the hostile forces towards us with their intent to besmirch the image of our Republic by politicising this incident and sue file this to the International Court.”

Source: UK KFA

The Importance of International Solidarity: DPRK’s Support for Hezbollah

The relationship between Hezbollah and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) range back to the 1980’s Israeli occupation of Lebanon. As a militant anti-imperialist organisation, Hezbollah is feared by the likes of Israel and the US. Now recently, they have fought alongside the Syrian Arab Army against terrorists who have received immense support from the imperialist bloc – US, UK, Israel, Qatar and Saudiarabia in particular. Like the DPRK, Hezbollah have been demonized by the West for its firm stand against imperialism, and for justice. Hezbollah have been accused of anti-semitism because of its anti-zionism that has been growing in relation to Israel’s hold of Lebanon. Worth noting is that the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, have stated on behalf of his organisation that Hezbollah is not seeking to build an Islamic state in Lebanon due to its multicultural environment and that it is not the wish of the vast majority at the moment, and probably never will. Nasrallah also meant that not only a democratic majority of 51% is enough to build an Islamic state, but the support of the vast majority is needed. Hezbollah representatives in the Lebanese parliament have also stated that “Hezbollah has never been against religions. Hezbollah supports all religions, it supports interfaith dialogue, and it has no problem with any religion. Hezbollah considers Zionism to be the enemy, not the Jews as a people or a religion.” Hezbollah have defended freedoms of minorities, both at home and abroad, like in Syria. To call Hezbollah anti-semite is nothing but vile and vicious lies.31iht-ednisman31-jumbo

According to a survey released by the “Beirut Center for Research and Information” on July 26 during the 2006 Lebanon War, 87% of Lebanese support Hezbollah’s “retaliatory attacks on northern Israel”, a rise of 29% points from a similar poll conducted in February the same year. Hezbollah have been portrayed as a Shia nationalist organisation, however, the level of support for Hezbollah’s resistance from non-Shiite communities was huge. 80% of Christians polled supported Hezbollah, along with 80% of Druze and 89% of Sunnis. Also from the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories and in Jordan, a vast majority consider Hezbollah a legitimate resistance organisation. This might give an idea why a popular group like Hezbollah is under constant attack by the West.

The relationship between Hezbollah and the DPRK started when Israel invaded Lebanon and with the Israeli occupation of Southern Lebanon when Israel set up a “buffer zone” in the occupied area, and created Israeli loyal militias, made up from segments of the Christian population. The Christian militias – among them the notorious South Lebanon army – carried out ethnic cleansings, mainly against the Druze and Palestinian minorities. The Korean People’s Army (KPA) have provided support to their brothers-in-arms ever since. General-Secretary Nasrallah himself visited the DPRK for training purposes during this time. Among other noted Hezbollah members who underwent training in the DPRK was Mustafa Badreddine, who served as the movement’s counter-espionage chief in 2006, when Israel attacked Lebanon once again, and Ibrahim Akil, head of Hezbollah’s security and intelligence service. It has also been said that about 100 commandos from Hezbollah have received training by the KPA during the same period. It is even claimed that Korean instructors travelled to Lebanon in 2004 and provided Hezbollah with critical assistance in building an extensive and sophisticated fortified tunnel network in the area south of the Litani River and bordering Israel.

After the Israeli aggression of 2006 against Lebanon, the Zionists have started to fear the training of Hezbollah fighters that is taking place in the DPRK with KPA special forces, as well as counter espionage and intelligence training. The post-2006 training of Hezbollah fighters have proven to be very important for the defense of the Lebanese people. The KPA have continuously assisted Hezbollah, and today they are one of the most efficient non-state actors, not only in the Middle East, but in the world. The imperialists just hate it.
Since 2007, Israel went great lengths to stop the development of nuclear power plants in Iran and Syria and to spread fear among the respective populations. Iranian nuclear engineer Majid Shahriari, was most likely assassinated by Mossad agents… On 29 November 2010, unidentified assailants riding motorcycles launched separate bomb attacks, killing Shahriari and injuring nuclear scientist Fereydoon Abbasi, a professor at Shahid Beheshti University, where Shahriari also taught. Dr. Abbasi’s wife was also wounded. The killers had attached bombs to the professors’ cars and detonated them from a distance. According to The Guardian, Shahriari “had no known links to banned nuclear work” and according to Al Jazeera he “was a quantum physicist and was not a political figure at all” and he “was not involved in Iran’s nuclear programme”. The Zionist regime only objective is to spread terror and fear. Dozens of DPRK citizens have also been killed by the Zionist regime while working on sites in Syria. For example, in March 2007, Mossad agents broke into the Vienna home of Syria’s Atomic Agency director, where they found pictures taken inside a nuclear reactor in Syria. On September 6 the same year, eight Israeli fighter jets dropped 17 tons of explosives on the Syrian site, destroying it. Only some countries are allowed to possess nuclear weapons, while others are not even allowed to have nuclear energy.

More DPRK citizens have also been killed by Israel while working in Syria, like in 1982, during the Lebanese civil war, the DPRK government dispatched special operations forces to Syria to provide training for guerrilla operations, some killed by the Israeli military. It was also claimed by the “moderate” islamist Assad al-Zoubi, that in June 2013, the terrorist held town of Qusair was shelled at dawn with a massive rocket, artillery and mortar fire barrage, and overrun by Syrian armed forces backed by Hezbollah militants. Arab-speaking KPA advisors were integral to the operational planning of the surprise attack and artillery campaign execution during the battle for Qusair, and allied Hezbollah fighters, changing the dynamics of the war in Syria. The victory in Qusair represents a significant military and symbolic victory for the Syrian government and a humiliating defeat for the terrorists.
It is worth mentioning that during the islamist rule of Qusair, that was backed by the West against the legitimate government of Syria, that the military chief of the “armed opposition”, general Abdel Salam Harba, ordered the remaining thousand of the prior ten thousand Christians to leave Qusair after they carried out an ethnic cleansing in the town.

Mother Agnes Miriam of the Cross, Mother Superior of the Monastery of St. James at Qara in the Diocese of Homs, was interviewed on Irish Radio back in June 2012, where she confirmed that the Western backed rebels in Syria were terrorizing Syria’s Christian community. Asked whether it was the Free Syrian Army that was telling Christians to get out, Mother Agnes Miriam answered “yes…it was commander on the ground Abdel Salam Harba who decided that there was to be no more negotiations with Christians.” She said that Christians are being targeted because they are refusing to back the rebels and instead prefer to keep out of either side of the conflict. She said that the rebels are specifically targeting government troops in Christian areas and are taking Christians as human shields. Read the full story

Reactionaries claims that the DPRK is an isolated country and have lost most of its friends since the end of the Cold War, but nothing could be further from the truth. The anti-imperialist connection between the DPRK and other states, and in some cases, like Hezbollah’s, non-state actors, is unbreakable and grow stronger every day. It is not the last time that the US-Israeli pact will try to ruin a peaceful country and encourage sectarian violence in the region. Just like the British imperialists have been using divide and conquer tactics to rule over the people of the occupied six counties, so have Israel done in Lebanon and that is what the imperialists are doing right now in Syria. Today is religion a tool in the hands of the imperialists. We know how the US have been using Christian missionaries in the DPRK to smuggle equipment such as radios, weapons and other illegal things along with their bibles. Religious minorities can live in peace and enjoy religious freedoms and practice their religion in the DPRK as well as Syria, Lebanon and Iran. Civil liberties is something that is unthinkable of though under US-occupation.
Hezbollah is a consequent and advancing organisation that will keep the imperialist hands of the independent states of the Middle East and safeguard the rights of minorities.

In 2012, the Lebanese TV channel Al-Manar aired a television special praising an 8-year-old boy who raised money for Hezbollah and said: “When I grow up, I will be a communist resistance warrior with Hezbollah, fighting the United States and Israel, I will tear them to pieces and drive them out of Lebanon, the Golan and Palestine, which I love very dearly.”

The friendship and solidarity between the DPRK and Hezbollah will forever flourish.

The Imperialists Fear DPRK’s ICBMs

Every time when the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) successfully launches missiles, the imperialists always goes bananas. They do everything from imposing new sanctions, to threaten DPRK’s sovereignty. Now with the DPRK’s newly and successful launch of their intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), Pentagon have announced on behalf of the worst of imperialist scum, that the US have only a “limited capability to defend” its homeland from a small number of “simple” missiles. Donald Trump, who’s still waiting for the presidential inauguration on January 19, but still acts like he is the actual president, have already showed(or maybe “tweeted” is a better choice of words) his North American arrogance.

The US imperialist simply just don’t want others than themselves and their imperialist stooges to possess the missiles. To hear Pentagon admit that they have only a “limited capacity to defend” their pathetic country explains a lot. They really don’t want the DPRK to possess ICBMs, but at the same time don’t want to stop the military provocations against the DPRK. Every time when the US are engaging in provocative military “drills” at DPRK’s borders, DPRK always warned the US, telling them not to violate the sovereignty of the DPRK. The US are always trying to push it further and further, to see how far they can push it, just like a child. It’s never until when the DPRK shows the US that enough is enough, that the provocations ceases.

If the US now really were interested in solving the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula, they really had their best opportunity to do so when the Clinton administration reached the Agreed Framework between the United States of America and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The objective of the agreement was the freezing and replacement of DPRK’s indigenous nuclear power plant programme with more nuclear proliferation resistant light water reactor power plants, and the step-by-step normalization of relations between the US and the DPRK. DPRK fulfilled their part of the agreement and froze the programme. The only problem was that the US didn’t. Later on, the former Clinton administration admitted to that they never had the intentions to replace the nuclear power plant programme with light water reactors, nor did they intend to normalize the relations with the DPRK. The Clinton administration meant that they could reach the agreement that they were never intending to fulfill as they believed that the DPRK would collapse before they would ever have to do anything. Ever since have different Republican and Democratic administrations tried different vicious methods to have the DPRK cease the research. Now, the US have to fear the Korean ICBMs and they know that once they have crossed the line, the US will have a taste of their own medicine.