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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 88 (January 7, 2010)
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Gist of 2010 Joint New Year Editorial of Leading Newspapers in DPRK (KCNA/ January 1, 2010)

- Rodong Sinmun, Josoninmingun and Chongnyonjonwi on Jan. 1 published a joint editorial titled "Bring about a radical turn in the people's standard of living by accelerating the development of light industry and agriculture once again this year that marks the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea" on the occasion of the New Year.

   - Today our service personnel and people greet the New Year Juche 99 (2010) with the pride of being victors, who wrote a new history of great revolutionary upsurge.

   - Kim Jong-il is leading the campaign for the building of a Kangsong Taeguk (great, prosperous and powerful nation) to a brilliant victory as he steers the efforts to effect a great revolutionary upsurge on the strength of single-minded unity.

   - Now all the service personnel of the (North) Korean People's Army and all the people are offering their heartfelt thanks and the greatest glory to him who is shaping the brilliant future of the country and the revolution with unflagging energy and untiring leadership, and are filled with a firm determination to support the Party's cause to the last with intense loyalty and heroic feats.

   - Last year Juche 98 (2009) was a year of dramatic change, when a phenomenal age of realizing all the ideals of the people has come. Kim Jong-il worked out a grand plan for making a decisive turn in the Korean revolution and the building of a thriving nation by effecting a new revolutionary upsurge and wisely led the efforts of the service personnel and people.

   - Last year's struggle etched in their hearts the truth that his decision is precisely practice and they will always emerge victorious when they follow him. Last year witnessed one remarkable event of knocking on the gate to a thriving nation after another.

   - The economy of the country entered the stage of full-scale upturn as all the people staged a life-and-death struggle under the leadership of the Party. The 150-day and 100-day campaigns were an unforgettable struggle that wrote the most brilliant chapter in the history of our great upsurge.

   - New Year Juche 99 (2010) is a year of general offensive, when all-Party and nationwide efforts should be concentrated on improving the people's standard of living on the basis of the laudable victory and achievements of the great revolutionary upsurge.

   - Kim Jong-il said: "Our building of the country into an economic giant is aimed, to all intents and purposes, at radically improving the people's standard of living. When the people's living standards are decisively improved, hooray for socialism and singing of Arirang of prosperity can ring out louder across the country and the gate to a prosperous nation be opened."

   - This year marks the 65th anniversaries of the founding of the glorious Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK) and the country's liberation. The anniversary of the founding of the WPK will be an important occasion for demonstrating the mounting national spirit and mettle of the (North) Korean army and people, who are adding brilliance to the undying exploits performed by President Kim Il-sung in building the Party and carrying out the revolutionary cause of Juche and the human cause of independence, and are speeding up the building of a thriving socialist nation on the strength of the single-minded unity around the leadership of the revolution.

   - We should celebrate the anniversary as a great revolutionary event to be written down in the history of Kim Il-sung's nation by giving the fullest play to our ardent loyalty to the Party, great guide, that has opened up a bright future for the country and people. The great upsurge we are bringing about as we make unheard-of creation and leap forward under the leadership of the Party has entered a new phase.

   - Now, based on the brilliant achievements of the great revolutionary upsurge, the Party is unfolding unprecedentedly grand plans and operations to bring about a decisive turn in the people's standard of living. It is the firm determination and will of the Party to enable the people, who have braved severe hardships together with the Party, to enjoy the blessing of socialism to their hearts' content by getting them relish the substantial fruits of the present great upsurge and realize without fail the noble intention and desire of President Kim Il-sung who devoted his heart and soul to the people all his life. True to the intention of the Party, which regards it as the supreme principle in its activities to steadily improve the people's standard of living and spares nothing for them, we should channel all our efforts to improving the people's standard of living.

   - To launch a sweeping campaign to bring about a drastic turn in improving the people's standard of living in the flames of the great revolutionary upsurge--this is the general orientation of this year's efforts. We should conduct an all-Party and nationwide drive for improving the people's standard of living to ensure that the achievements of the great upsurge are followed by greater ones and this year becomes a prosperous year filled with the people's happiness.

   - This year marks the 10th anniversary of the publication of the historic June 15 North-South Joint Declaration. The North-South Summit and the publication of the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration in 2000 were a historic event that is of great significance in accomplishing the cause of national reunification.

   - Under the banner of the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration, a new era of independent reunification has been opened, and great, unprecedented successes were achieved in the development of inter-Korean relations and the national reunification movement.

   - The previous ten years since the publication of the June 15 joint declaration followed by the publication of the October 4 declaration for its implementation, during which the Korean nation has advanced along the road for independent reunification and peace and prosperity, has clearly confirmed that these declarations are the most reasonable reunification programmes and the ideal of "By our nation itself" is the very national spirit and the one and only ideal in the June 15 reunification era.

   - The way for improving the North-South relations should be opened. Unshakable is our stand that we will improve the North-South relations and open the way for national reunification on the basis of the historic June 15 joint declaration and October 4 declaration. If the South Korean authorities continue to negate the June 15 joint declaration and cling to the policy of confrontation in collusion with the foreign forces, the relations between the North and the South will never be improved.

   - National reconciliation and cooperation should be promoted actively. Reconciliation should be promoted with the common national interests given precedence, and cooperation should be encouraged through travel and contacts between the people from all walks of life. All sorts of legal and institutional mechanisms that hinder the projects for common interests and prosperity of the nation should be abolished and free discussion and activities of the broad sections of the people for reunification should be fully ensured.

   - The entire Korean nation should crown the year 2010 as a year of opening a new phase of independent reunification by frustrating all challenges of the anti-reunification forces with their concerted efforts and stepping up the grand nationwide march toward reunification.

   - The fundamental task for ensuring peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the rest of Asia is to put an end to the hostile relationship between the DPRK and the USA. It is the consistent stand of the DPRK to establish a lasting peace system on the Korean Peninsula and make it nuclear-free through dialogue and negotiations.

   - Our Party and the government of our Republic will strive to develop relations of good-neighbourliness and friendship with other countries and achieve global independence under the unfurled banner of independence, peace and friendship.

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