Pyongyang, May 24 (KCNA) — Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly, sent a message of greetings to So Man Sul, chairman of the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) today on the occasion of its golden jubilee.
The birth of Chongryon, the brilliant fruition of the idea and leadership of President Kim Il Sung, gave a genuine origin to the overseas Koreans movement of Juche and marked a historic event as it brought about a dramatic turn in developing the movement of Koreans in Japan and carving out their destiny, the message says, and continues:
Over the last five decades Chongryon has highly exalted its destiny and honor as a pace-setter in the patriotic movement, an example of patriotism and loyalty and a worldwide model of the overseas compatriots movement.
The Chongryon thoroughly established the ideological system of Juche in its organizations and rallied the broad masses of compatriots around the DPRK, thus reliably protecting the democratic national rights of the Koreans in Japan. It has built a well-organized national education system to successfully train the young Koreans in Japan into the overseas citizens of Juche Korea.
In recent years it has firmly defended and preserved its organizations and the Korean community in Japan with unshakable patriotic faith and indomitable will despite the ever-more undisguised plots of the reactionaries inside and outside of Japan to undermine Chongryon and the difficult situation there and steadily advanced the movement of the Koreans in Japan along the path of patriotism. This is the precious achievement made by Chongryon.
In the last period, it has made a tangible contribution to carrying out the cause of national reunification, the cherished desire of the Korean nation, through a vigorous mass patriotic movement and fully shown ardent patriotic devotion for the progress and prosperity of the homeland.
The 50 year-long history of Chongryon is a glorious one in which it has hewed the path of the overseas Koreans movement, guided by the Juche idea, and a proud one in which it has performed brilliant patriotic feats for the country and the nation.
The Korean nation is highly proud of having such reliable overseas Koreans organization as Chongryon which has remained intensely loyal to its leader and cause generation after generation.
I highly appreciate Chongryon for having creditably fulfilled its honorable mission and duty courageously weathering out difficulties and trials over the last five decades and extend warm thanks to all the officials of Chongryon and the Koreans in Japan.
Chongryon and the Koreans in Japan are called upon to register the greatest success in the movement of the Koreans in Japan in the Songun era, a new era of the Juche revolution, keeping pace with the grand march of the people in the homeland to attain the high goal of a great prosperous powerful nation.
Chongryon should consolidate its organizations, cement the single-minded unity of its ranks and direct great efforts to the work to promote the life and rights of the compatriots such as democratic national education in order to develop itself into a mass compatriots organization rallying Koreans from all walks of life in Japan under the banner of patriotism.
It should enlist the patriotic enthusiasm and creative ingenuity of compatriots from all walks of life to make a genuine contribution to the independent reunification of the country and the building of a great prosperous powerful nation and conduct positive activities for friendship with the Japanese with a view to boosting the international solidarity with the cause of Juche and the movement of Koreans in Japan.
Only victory and glory are in store for Chongryon and the Koreans in Japan dynamically promoting the patriotic cause in the new century with national pride and self-respect as overseas citizens of the socialist homeland of Juche.
The message expresses the belief that the Chongryon will as ever register greater success in the worthwhile drive to bring about a new phase in the movement of Koreans in Japan, invariably cherishing the faith of Juche and firm will to win sure victory.
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