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KCNA: Text of Hu Jintao’s Speech during KJI Visit to China

May 10, 2010

Speech Made by Hu Jintao at Banquet

Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) — Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and president of the People’s Republic of China, made the following speech at a banquet:

“You, Comrade Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and chairman of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, have visited China with the friendly feelings of the Korean party, government and people toward their Chinese counterparts in this beautiful spring season.

I, on behalf of the party, government and all the people of China, warmly welcome your visit to China.

It is my belief that your current visit to China would be recorded in the history of the development of the bilateral relations as an important occasion in boosting the traditional friendship.

Last year our two countries grandly celebrated the 60th anniversary of the establishment of China-DPRK diplomatic relations and held successful events to mark the “year of China-DPRK friendship,” the first of its kind in history, demonstrating the vibrant bilateral ties.

The six-decade-long history has proved that the bilateral relations can certainly make steady progress, weathering difficulties caused by the complicated international situation, if the two countries adhere to the correct orientation of the development of the bilateral relations in the spirit of “inheriting tradition, facing up to the future, building good neighborly friendship and strengthening cooperation”, help and cooperate with each other for mutual benefits and common prosperity from a broad perspective and in a far-sighted way, jointly push forward the socialist cause through an active exchange of views and close collaboration and pool efforts to defend interests common to the two countries and the two peoples.

The traditional China-DPRK friendship is a valuable asset of the two parties, the two countries and the two peoples and it is, therefore, our historic responsibility to advance the friendship with the passage of time and convey it down through generations.

The Chinese party and government have consistently defended and developed the relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries on a strategic level, attaching utmost importance to them.

It is an unshakable policy of the party and government of China to steadily boost the bilateral friendship and cooperation.

They will exert joint efforts with their Korean counterparts to make a greater contribution to putting the relations between the two countries on a new, higher level, bringing bigger happiness to the two peoples and achieving a lasting peace and common prosperity in the region.

The diligent and resourceful Korean people are now working hard to greet the 65th anniversary of the WPK with fresh achievements.

We, as your friendly neighbor, dear comrade and true friend, sincerely hope that the DPRK would enjoy political stability, make economic growth and bring a happy life to its people.

I believe that the Korean people, under the resolute leadership of the WPK headed by you, would explore a road of development suited to the actual conditions of the country and certainly register fresh and greater achievements in their cause of building a great prosperous and powerful nation.”

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KCNA: Text of Kim Jong-Il’s Speech in China

May 10, 2010

“Speech of Kim Jong Il at Banquet Hosted by Hu Jintao ”

Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) — Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and chairman of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, made the following speech at a banquet:

“I am very pleased to visit China again at warm invitation of Comrade General Secretary Hu Jintao and have meaningful meetings with you and other Chinese comrades.

Allow me to express, first of all, my profound thanks to you for having arranged this grand banquet for us and made such excellent speech despite your very tight schedule.

I would like to express, at the same time, gratitude to you for having organized detailed and meticulous itineraries for our visits to Dalian and Tianjin. My thanks also go to comrades in Beijing and local areas for having warmly greeted and accorded cordial hospitality to us.

We came to your country in this beautiful season when it greeted spring after standing heaviest snowfall and bitterest cold in several decades. We toured northeastern China which we had long wished to see, keenly feeling the friendship of the fraternal Chinese people warmer than spring sunshine, the gift of nature.

During our visit we saw for ourselves fresh world-startling changes brought about by the people in northeastern China in political, economic, cultural and all other fields, pursuant to the strategy to develop the northeastern region, an old industrial base, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China with you as its general secretary.

We were deeply impressed particularly by the new appearance of Dalian and Tianjin which have undergone a remarkable change after doing away with the centuries-old backwardness; these cities were once harshly exploited and trampled down after being reduced to settlements of the imperialist powers and theatres of scrambles for expanding the sphere of their influence in the 19th century.

Witnessing the stirring reality in which hundreds of millions of Chinese people, who had been subject to all sorts of contempt and insult in the past, are now building a rich and powerful socialist country in the vast land of China full of energy, we came to know well that the policies of the Communist Party of China are very just ones suited to the actual conditions of China and they are fully displaying their vitalities wherever one goes in China.

These eye-opening events taking place in socialist China at present once again prove the truth that “There Is No New China without the Communist Party” just as one can know from the song of the same title.

The fact that everything goes well in China, our fraternal neighbor, hardens the faith that socialism chosen and defended by us is sure to triumph.

It is our firm belief that the fraternal Chinese people will unite closer around the CPC Central Committee with you Comrade Hu Jintao as its general secretary and thoroughly embody the spirit of the 17th Congress of the CPC, guided by the Deng Xiaoping’s theory, the important thought of “three represents” and the scientific outlook on development under the uplifted great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics and thus build a harmoniously developed socialist society and certainly achieve the complete reunification of the whole country.

We sincerely hope that they will thoroughly implement the tasks set forth at the 3rd Session of the 11th National People’s Congress for the present to fully attain this year the goal of economic and social development envisaged in the period of the 11th Five-Year Plan, maintain stable and sustained economic development, and successfully host the Shanghai World Expo that opened with splendor and the forthcoming Guangzhou Asian Games and thus demonstrate once again the national power of prospering China before the whole world.

Touring this time northeastern China, which bears historic witness to the DPRK-China friendship, we could realize once again the value of DPRK-China friendship, the common wealth of the two countries which President Kim Il Sung provided while waging the hard-fought anti-Japanese struggle together with Chinese revolutionaries of the elder generation in his early years and bequeathed to us.

We are very grateful to the collective leadership of the Chinese party for having paid deep attention to boosting the friendly relations with the DPRK while consistently attaching importance to the bilateral relations from a strategic point of view and rendered sincere support and encouragement to the socialist cause of the Korean people.

The traditional DPRK-China relations of friendship that stood all tests of history century after century have powerfully encouraged the peoples of the two countries in their efforts to accomplish the socialist cause and made great contributions to protecting peace and stability in Northeast Asia including the Korean Peninsula and, furthermore, in the rest of the world.

Our two countries fixed last year as “year of DPRK-China friendship”, the first of its kind in history, and successfully organized visits of high-level delegations and significant events, powerfully demonstrating the unbreakable DPRK-China friendship internally and externally.

I am pleased that the DPRK-China friendship deeply enshrined by the two peoples has steadily grown stronger. I am very satisfied with the fact that my visit to China, in particular, provided a good occasion in further deepening the trust between the two countries and boosting the mutual understanding.

Our Party and government will as ever make every possible effort to inject fresh vitality into boosting the DPRK-China friendship, the common treasure, in all fields.”

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North Korean News Agency [KCNA] Reports on Dance Party

March 8, 2010

Something fun from KCNA, North Korea’s news agency:
Dancing Party Held in Hamhung

Pyongyang, March 6 (KCNA) — A dancing party of youth and students in Hamhung was held in Hamhung Square on Saturday in celebration of the completion of a modern vinalon factory.

Among the spectators were persons of labor innovators of organs related to the February 8 Vinalon Complex, officials of the party and power bodies and working people’s organizations in South Hamgyong Province.

In the dancing party started with song “Glory to General” the participants danced to the tune of such songs as “Lets’ Sing of General Dear to People”, “His Ideal”, “It Is a Great Auspicious Event of the Country”, “Let’s Drink a Toast” and “Arirang of Prosperity”.

They enthusiastically danced to the tune of “Appearing in the East and in the West, It’s the Anti-Japanese Guerilla Style” and other songs recollecting with deep emotion the great exploits of leader Kim Jong Il.

Presented on the ground of the square were large letters reading “CNC” representing the pride of Songun Korea which is making great innovations and leap forward on all the fronts of building a great prosperous and powerful nation. Then followed merry peasant dances spiced with national flavor which added to the festive atmosphere of the dancing party

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Swedish Amb Raised Detained AmCit in DPRK?

December 30, 2009

KCNA reports Mats Foyer [Swedish Amb. to DPRK] gave KJI a floral basket in honor of new year – did he also mention detained AmCit Park? [see KCNA report below]

Congratulations to Kim Jong Il from Foreign Diplomats

Pyongyang, December 30 (KCNA) — Leader Kim Jong Il received a floral basket and a congratulatory letter from the diplomatic corps here on the occasion of the New Year.

They were handed over to Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun by Mats Foyer, Swedish ambassador to the DPRK who is doyen of the corps, on Wednesday.

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POST: What to Expect from Stephen Bosworth’s Trip to the DPRK

December 8, 2009

This week, Stephen W. Bosworth goes to Pyongyang. As the highest US administration official to visit the once termed “hermit state” since Assistant Secretary Chris Hill visited  in October 2008, media speculation is running rampant. But what seems to be consistent in the calculated guesswork not only of the fourth estate as well as former administration officials, academics, and other North Korea watchers, are low expectations. “An immediate return to Six-Party Talks, complete denuclearization, and the singing of the angels” – this is not going to be the tag line of any forthcoming story on US-DPRK negotiations for some time. But, then, why is he going?

Although the tone of some in the international community and many pundits has been somber, agreement is also pervasive that when the North accepts an offer to meet and extends a formal invitation, one doesn’t put it at the bottom of the Holiday Party invite pile and move on. One accepts. For lack of a better option, we have to accept. This is due purely to the fact that no movement by either side during a meeting still allows both sides to shake hands, take some pictures, and appear to be moving towards some common goal. It’s likely to be mostly lip-service – but that’s okay, and here’s why.

This morning, in a briefing given to press at the Korea Economic Institute in Washington, former Bush Administration Special Envoy to North Korea Jack Pritchard laid out the impressions he and colleagues received in a recent trip to the DPRK. Other than the insight into North Korean daily life that we all enjoy and, dare I say it, crave, he also bluntly stated that he doesn’t expect a breakthrough during Ambassador Bosworth’s trip. The North, he stated, are reverting to their 2005 LWR (light water reactor) stalling tactic, this time citing the preemptive need for a US-DPRK peace treaty before returning to the Six-Party process. The headlines are almost identical – “US will only discuss LWR after NKorea rejoins nuclear treaty” from Sept. 19, 2005 mirrors “South Korea Wednesday questioned North Korea’s calls for a peace treaty with the United States, declaring its real aim is to buy time to make more nuclear weapons” from this morning.

These lackluster expectations are echoed by many previously involved in North Korea negotiations, including Georgetown Professor (woot!) and former Director for Asian Affairs at the NSC Victor Cha. In a interview with Politics-Pwn3d he stated that this trip is  “not likely to lead to any major breakthrough, but what it will be effective at doing is moving the Chinese” because only then will the US be able to go to them, after a failure to bring them back to talks and say, “All right, we did it.  Now, help us get ‘em back to the Six Party Talks.” In a nutshell, his trip is “a good way of demonstrating U.S. leadership, U.S. initiative, U.S. political commitment, to the talks and the negotiations, but it’s also a good way of getting the Chinese to work a little harder.”

This is an old tactic and the administration knows it. In the daily briefing to press at the State Department this afternoon, Asst. Sec. PJ Crowley stated that “we have a fairly good understanding of how North Korea operates in these kinds of settings. It’s unlikely their response will be, ‘yeah, we’ll meet you a week from Tuesday.'” He also acknowledged that the administration would not be surprised if superfluous issues came up during the Bosworth talks, but continued to state that these issues would and could be dealt with at a later date.

So what now? Well, due to North Korean being “the dark side of the moon” as Mr. Crowley characterized today, contact with Bosworth will be extremely limited until Thursday, when he is (planned to) fly back to Seoul via Beijing where he will address awaiting press. Most envision future consultations and much stalemating by the North before any decisions are made on the future of the Six-Party process and, hand-in-hand, US-DPRK relations. But this is okay. Both sides are sitting down at the table and after the disastrous Hill visits of the ‘noughties’ and the North’s nuclear test this year, not much can be worse.

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POST: South Korean Satellite Launch Signals Warming Relations AND Why Barney Frank Rocks

August 19, 2009

So I couldn’t decide which story to write about today, so, hell, I’ll just write about both.

First, a let’s take a little time out to speculate about today’s delayed launch of the South Korean rocket, supposedly holding a satellite in tow. Most news sources are pegging this as what it seems to be, a glitch that caused the rocket launch to be delayed just eight minutes before it’s scheduled take-off. Yesterday at the State Department, Spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters that this launch, eerily similar in stated purpose to the North Korean “satellite” launch a few months ago, is no cause for concern due to the “very open, transparent way” in which South Korea’s space program has taken shape.

The rocket, in a file photo from April of this year, is a formidable sight.

The rocket, in a file photo from April of this year, is a formidable sight.

The North Koreans, on the other hand, are “under a number of U.N. Security Council sanctions relating to their ballistic missile program, and the U.N. Security Council called on them to suspend all activities relating to the missile program.” In brief, I completely agree, but should we take the “glitch” at face value, or should we speculate that North Korea’s recent publicly stated outrage that the South wasn’t being questioned for its launch has caused the South to delay the program – a political glitch, you might say. 🙂

The other story, that I just have to put in for the pure joy that it brought me last night, is Congressman Barney Frank‘s (D-Mass) unabashed and, finally, total rejection of the Nazi characterization that is being put forth by birthers, deathers, and all the other crazies that are showing up at town hall meetings across the country. In response to the question “Why are you supporting this Nazi policy?” Rep. Frank responds, “On what planet do you spend most of your time?” Characterizing her, and others’ use of Nazi symbols in the health care debate “vile, contemptible nonsense,” he called attention to his own Jewish heritage and ended with, “Ma’am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like arguing with a dining room table.”

I absolutely love it. Just another proof (if the below picture isn’t enough) that he is still a cool cucumber. For the video, here‘s is the link to the Huffington Post article on the same subject.

[UPDATE: Bill Richardson on MSNBC made the claim that the South Korea satellite launch delay (or ‘cancellation’ as they said) was a tip of the hat to North Korea’s warming relations with the South, especially in the wake of former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung’s death and the North’s decision to send a team to his funeral in homage. Interesting. I guess it was more than just a glitch. Also see this blog for further speculation.]

Gravely voice, steely demeanor.

Gravely voice, steely demeanor.

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POST: Politics – Pwn3d! – “Journos are Not Heroes?”

August 5, 2009

Welcome to Politics – Pwn3d! In case you’re not aware, ‘pwn’ (variations: ‘pwnd,’ ‘pwn3d’) is an extremely nerdy, slightly outdated tech-y word that means ‘owned.’ [Owned in this case denoting mastered, appropriate, conquer, gain ownership, etc] Therefore, ‘pwn3r’ means ‘owner,’ or one who has mastered such and such.

I’ve never done a serious one of these…well, since I was a nerdy young kid in LA writing on Xanga.  Back then I was KitCat, then I was LaurenWntsaBagel, now it’s all about the politics, baby.

I’m not even going to START on this whole Laura Ling and Euna Lee thing though.  That’s all I lived, breathed, and even woke up to. Personally, I am torn on the issue. Before knowing the ins and outs of the issue, I felt like most everyone else felt – angry that they were arrested, shocked that there wasn’t more media coverage (a colleague of mine, Katty Kay of BBC, even brought it up on Bill Maher‘s late night show, asking “If these were two blonde women, of course there’d be much more of a fuss made about it in the press here”), and hopeful that they would be released.

Journalists must be more aware of the danger into which they put themselves and the probability that they will be used as bargaining chips if arrested by a rogue regime, failed state, or anything in between.  This struck me – and struck a cord with me. But I have yet to see which opinion I side with more.  As a (budding) journalist, the chance to catch a scoop about North Korean trafficked women (the topic of Lee and Ling’s report) would be very enticing as well (although probably not as much as the possibility of not spending time in a NKn gulag). It seems that only Christiane Amanpour somehow remains unscathed in dangerous situations – who I love btw, if it must be said.

We have yet to see what the political outcome of this release will be.  Many, including noted North Korea expert (and fellow Georgetown alumn), Victor Cha, are saying the trip was worth it, even that it is a sign that broader military talks will begin, perhaps even in the highly coveted bilateral context that the U.S. continues to deny an expectant North Korea. However, even more are taking the other stance – that this ‘humanitarian’ effort on the part of Bill Clinton (facilitated for weeks by White House and Congressional staff) will undermine the current hard policy that the Obama administration has been taking towards the dear leader’s provocative actions, “[running] against the dominant tone” and is ultimately “a significant propaganda victory for North Korea.”

Time will tell what the official meaning of this will be, but this morning in Nairobi, Secretary Hillary Clinton reiterated the administration’s enduring stance that ” there would be a chance to discuss bilateral matters with the North Koreans within that regional context [the Six-Party Talks] and that is still the offer today.”

We will wait…patience will be needed.

[side note: I guess I did ‘start’ on the whole Lee/Ling story…and it ended up being the content of my entire first blog entry. oh well, you live and learn not to count your chickens…blah blah blah]