Pyongyang, January 2 (KCNA) – General Secretary Kim Jong Il received a congratulatory message from Chairman Han Tok Su of the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) on January 1, on the New Year Juche 87 (1998).
On the first morning of the hopeful New Year of fresh victory in the Juche cause and the movement of Koreans in Japan and of happiness Chongryon Central Standing Committee sincerely extends greatest glory and warmest congratulations to General Kim Jong Il, carrying the deepest reverence and warm loyalty and filial piety of all Chongryon officials and Koreans in Japan, the message says, and continues:
Last year, the third year after the death of President Kim Il Sung you great General accomplished the cause of immortalizing the president for all ages on the noblest level, inspected in person the forefront areas including height 1211 and greatly encouraged the whole party, the whole army and all the people to the final charge for finishing the “arduous march” triumphantly.
It was thanks to the great idea, leadership and unlimited solicitude of you General that last year full of hardships inprecedented since the inauguration of Chongryon we could firmly defend Chongryon, the patriotic legacy of President Kim Il Sung, through a courageous struggle against the subversive manoeuvres of the reactionaries in Japan and abroad and conduct patriotic activities with a single heart to safeguard you General in every way.
The message expresses the determination to decorate the coming 18th Congress of Chongryon as a get-together of loyalty and unity and of victors, firmly build up Chongryon into a patriotic organisation loyal to the General’s idea and leadership and further strengthen and develop the movement of Koreans in Japan into a truly patriotic movement serving the Juche cause.
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