Pyongyang, August 29 (KCNA) — The U.S. defense secretary, William Cohen, said in an interview with Kyodo news on August 25 that the United States will keep some 100,000 U.S. troops in East Asia for “an indefinite period” even after the Korean peninsula is “reunified.”
This year he had on several occasions laid stress on the need to station U.S. forces in South Korea and Japan. What he means is that the U.S. troops should be kept in South Korea and Japan for an “indefinite period” because they are helpful toward “regional security.”
This is an open challenge to the people who want lasting peace and stability in the Korean peninsula and East Asia and a sing General Secretary Kim Jong Il’s election as President of the DPRK and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the DPRK continue to be formed in different countries.
Figuring large in the press is news of achievements made in different domains of the national economy with the Approach of the 50th anniversary of the DPRK.
Papers give an account of symposiums of officials of people’s government organs and the railway sector held on this occasion.
Rodong Sinmun comes out with an article saying that socialism will win only when ideology is held fast to.
Minju Joson in an article deals with the outstanding leadership feats performed by Kim Jong Il in the struggle to exalt the dignity and honor of Juche Korea.
It is reported in the press that senior party and government officials enjoyed the day of youth together with the young people.
The national people’s art festival was opened to mark the 50th anniversary of the DPRK, says the press.
Rodong Sinmun informs the readers that a new chairman of the Central Committee of the Korean Social Democratic Party was elected at the 19th plenary meeting of its 6th Central Committee.
Seen in the paper is news of a commissioning ceremony of the UNDP-assisted project for modernizing the Anju area mining engineering institute in South Phyongan Province.
A commentary of the paper brands the Ulji Focus Lens joint military exercise staged by the United States and the South Korean authorities for ten odd days as a test nuclear war against the north.
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