Pyongyang, May 24 (KCNA) — A national meeting to mark the golden jubilee of the formation of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) was held here Tuesday.
The meeting was attended by Choe Thae Bok and Kim Jung Rin, secretaries of the C.C. the WPK, Kim Yong Dae, chairman of the C.C., the Korean Social Democratic Party, and other officials and a group to express thanks and a delegation and members of the visiting group of Chongryon staying in the socialist homeland and diplomatic envoys and staff members of foreign embassies here.
Yang Hyong Sop, vice-president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK, in his report said that the inauguration of Chongryon, a dignified overseas citizens organization of the DPRK and the first-ever overseas Koreans’ organization guided by the Juche idea, on May 25, Juche 44
(1955) was a brilliant fruition of Kim Il Sung’s idea of Juche-oriented overseas Koreans’ movement and his leadership. The event marked a historic occasion that brought about a dramatic turn in developing the movement of Koreans in Japan and shaping their destiny, he noted, and continued:
The formation of the organization helped develop the movement of Koreans in Japan into a patriotic national movement serving their homeland and the nation on the basis of a correct programme and scientific leadership methods guided by Juche idea and enabled it to make dynamic progress along the orbit
of Juche undeterred by whatever storms.
Recalling that Kim Il Sung clearly indicated the ways to be followed by the patriotic cause of Chongryon in each period and at all phases of the developing revolution and worked heart and soul for the growth and progress of the movement, the reporter emphasized the past five decades covered by Chongryon has been a history of a great victory gained thanks to the President’s Juche-based idea and theory of overseas Koreans’ movement and his outstanding leadership and a glorious history of patriotism associated with legends about his noble love for the fellow countrymen and patriotism.
Pointing to the patriotic road characterized by victory and glory that has been traversed by Chongryon and great feats it has performed before the country and the nation in the past five decades, true to the Juche-based idea of overseas Koreans movement and leadership of the President and Kim Jong Il, the reporter went on:
The most valuable achievement made by Chongryon in the past is that the organization has grown to be a Juche-type overseas citizens organization intensely loyal to the leaders, the homeland and the nation.
Chongryon established a well-regulated organizational and working system that meets the need of the organization championing the life and rights of Koreans in Japan and has fulfilled its sacred duty to look after them as a mother in the homeland would do over the last five decades.
It has preserved advantageous national culture and tradition and brought them into full bloom even in an alien land with the national pride and self-esteem of being led by the great leaders.
It has made a great contribution to the sacred struggle for the homeland and the nation, considering it as its noble mission and obligation to render services for the country’s reunification and prosperity.
It has boosted the friendship between the peoples of Japan and the DPRK and international solidarity with the world progressive people through its active work to implement the DPRK governments’ policy of independent external activities, thereby helping expand the ranks of supporters and sympathizers with the Korean revolutionary cause and raise the international prestige of the DPRK.
There are many overseas citizens’ organizations but none is so patriotic and powerful as Chongryon not only in view of its intense loyalty to their
homeland and the nation but in the light of its scale, scope of its activity, the might of its unity and militancy.
Chongryon has made a dynamic advance along the road of Juche in this period despite stern trials and hardship in history and adorned its proud history with victory and glory. This is ascribable to the extraordinary ideological and theoretical wisdom and outstanding leadership of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
Kim Jong Il has developed Chongryon to be a powerful and patriotic organization rare to be found in any other part of the world and embraced Chongryon officials and Koreans in Japan and has shown warm paternal loving care and solicitude for them.
The reporter called on them to firmly defend, preserve and glorify the immortal exploits performed by Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in the history of the Juche-oriented overseas Koreans’ movement and undertake all its work as intended and wished by the President, true to Kim Jong Il’s idea and leadership.
Nam Sung U, vice-chairman of the Central Standing Committee of Chongryon, took the floor next.
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