Rise of educational expenses rejected in S. Korea

    Pyongyang, January 20 (KCNA) -- General student councils of 15 South Korean universities called a press conference at Seoul National University on Jan. 16 demanding the Ministry of Education withdraw its measure for 5 percent hike of tuition fee and entrance fee and freeze the registration fee, according to Seoul-based Yonhap News (internet). Referring to the fact that the ministry raised the registration fee over two times higher than the price hike rate in 1995 and 1996 and much higher than the one in 1997, the councils rejected its measure.

Korea's reunification supported

    Pyongyang, January 20 (KCNA) -- The Indian center of trade unions in a statement expressed its support and solidarity with the Korean people in their struggle to reunify the country, on behalf of its 3 million members. It was issued on January 13 to support an appeal to the 70 million fellow countrymen adopted at the 2001 meeting for independent reunification of the Korean nation.
    Expressing full support to the appeal, the statement sincerely welcomed the joint appeal adopted at the grand seminar of workers in the north and the south for reunification held in December 200

Preparatory committee inaugurated

    Pyongyang, January 20 (KCNA) -- An inaugural meeting of a preparatory committee was held in Kinshasa on January 13 to celebrate the birthday of leader Kim Jong Il which will fall on February 16. Otete Gaston Mboyo, national chairman of the national movement of the Genuine Lumumbist Combatants of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was elected chairman of the preparatory committee at the meeting.
    The committee set the period from January 13 to February 20 as a celebration period and decided to hold colourful functions including meeting, lecture and film show.

World people urged to unite

    Pyongyang, January 20 (KCNA) -- The victorious advance of the cause of socialism and independence will be ensured only by the united struggle of the popular masses aspiring after it, says Rodong Sinmun today in a signed article. The article goes on: The unity serves as a basic principle and lifeline of socialist politics.
    Socialism is the gains of the revolution made by the working masses through their fierce struggle against the ruling classes' exploitation and oppression and exploiting system.
    Socialism makes a victorious advance thanks to the united strength of the people. Socialism will be deprived of its vitality, if its unity is neglected and weakened even a bit.
    Unity serves as a weapon and banner of struggle that all people advocating independence should tightly hold.
    "Let world people advocating independence unite " this is the internationalist slogan the progressive people of the world should hold aloft in the 21st century, too.
    Only when all the countries and nations advocating independence unite close and put up a joint struggle under this internationalist slogan, is it possible to destroy the unequal and contradictory international order established by the imperialists and build and develop instead new international relations based on independence and equality.
    The dominationist moves of the imperialists will misfire and the cause of global independence advance victoriously when the world people come out as a united force and wage a stubborn struggle under the uplifted banner of independence against imperialism.

Rodong Sinmun on great leadership for national reunification

    Pyongyang, January 20 (KCNA) -- Rodong Sinmun today in a signed article says that credit for today's new heyday of national reunification goes to the outstanding guidance of leader Kim Jong Il. Recalling that the Korean nation has made signal successes in the work for reunification, braving manifold ordeals and hardships, thanks to the outstanding and energetic leadership of President Kim Il Sung, the article goes on:
    Kim Jong Il is successfully carrying forward the cause of national reunification started and led by Kim Il Sung.
    Kim Jong Il has devoted his all to realizing national reunification, regarding it as his lifelong task. It is the fruition of his patriotic will that the north-south summit was arranged and the north-south joint declaration, a landmark of national reunification, was adopted last year.
    He is indicating the road of the movement for national reunification with his scientific ideological and theoretical activities reflecting the desire of the people and the reality.
    The victory in the Korean people's movement for national reunification means the victory of his idea and line of national reunification.
    He has led the movement for national reunification along the road of victory with his outstanding leadership.
    His wise leadership over national reunification finds its expression in achieving victories by strengthening the driving force of national reunification and rejecting the foreign forces with matchless independent forces of the nation.
    As long as Kim Jong Il leads the movement for national reunification it is sure to win.
    He is leading the Korean nation to the struggle for national reunification with his boundlessly noble benevolence and magnanimity.
    He enjoys the absolute trust of the nation. The cause of national reunification is sure to triumph under his leadership.

DPRK SPA delegation leaves for Cambodia

    Pyongyang, January 20 (KCNA) -- A delegation of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK led by its vice-chairman Jang Chol left here today to attend a meeting of the "Asian Parliamentary Association for Peace" to be held in Phnom Penh. The delegation was seen off at the airport by Ryo Won Gu, vice-chairperson of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, and Oum Mannorine, Cambodian ambassador to the DPRK.

Kim Jong Il pays unofficial visit to China

    Pyongyang, January 20 (KCNA) - General Secretary Kim Jong paid an unofficial visit to the People's Republic of China from January 15 to 20 on the invitation of Jiang Zemin, General Secretary of the central committee of the Communist Party of China and President of the PRC. Party and state leaders of China warmly welcomed and cordially received Kim Jong Il on China visit.
    Talks were held between Kim Jong Il and Jiang Zemin in Beijing.
    They informed each other of the situation in their countries in a friendly atmosphere and exchanged their views on the issue of further developing the relations between the two countries and reached a consensus of them on important international matters of mutual concern.
    Kim Jong Il invited Jiang Zemin to visit the DPRK at a convenient time and his invitation was accepted with pleasure.