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Thousands brave chill for DPRK rally

01-04-2011 08:47 BJT

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People in the DPRK have turned out for a huge rally in support of national policies contained in the country's 2011 "Joint New Year Editorial." About 100-thousand people packed central Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square for Monday's event.

Mun Gyong Dok, DPRK Official, said, "The joint new year editorial on bringing about a decisive turn in the improvement of the people's standard of living and the building of a great prosperous and powerful country by accelerating the development of light industry once again this year is a vigorous trumpet of the onward march which calls the entire party, army and people to a new general offensive and it is a militant banner for us to hold fast to this year."

Economic development is emphasized as one of the main goals in 2011. The DPRK has also set 2012 -- the 100th anniversary of the DPRK's founder Kim Il Sung's birth -- as its target to become "a strong and prosperous nation."

Meanwhile, the DPRK's leading newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, is calling for improved relations with South Korea through dialogue.

It says this decade should be a period of hope for ending the tragedy of division, while achieving unification and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula.



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