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DPRK celebrates Kim Jong-il's 69th birthday

02-16-2011 08:18 BJT

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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has held a national meeting to celebrate the 69th birthday of the country's leader, Kim Jong-il.

Senior officials at the gathering praised what he has done for their country, and accused South Korea of preventing improvements in relations between the two sides.

The celebration took place at Pyongyang's Indoor Stadium Tuesday.

Senior party, army, and state officials, as well as representatives from other public organizations and ministries, attended the gathering.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has held a national meeting to celebrate the 69th
birthday of the country's leader, Kim Jong-il.

Kim Yong Nam, President of the Supreme People's Assembly complimented his leader.

Kim Yong Nam, President of the Supreme People's Assembly, said, "Amid tumultuous circumstances, we are pushing hard to build a powerful and big country, and enhance people's lives. Today, we are celebrating the birthday of our great leader Kim Jong-il."

Kim Yong Nam says the DPRK plans to develop friendly and cooperative relations with countries that foster ties with it. He says independence, peace, and friendship are positive contributions to the process of global success.

He then said the DPRK was putting efforts into holding talks with South Korea, but claimed the South ruined any chance of talks, adding a warning.

Kim Yong Nam, said, "If South Korean authorities fail to hold talks, and continue taking the confrontational road, it will be fully responsible for the catastrophic results. South Korea will have to face consistent condemnation from peace-loving people worldwide."

Pyongyang and Seoul have just held their working level military talks. But their first colonel-level talks since the fire exchange at Yeonpyeong Island ended with no progress.

Seoul insisted the high-level talks must discuss the sinking of a South Korean warship and the shelling of its Yeonpyeong Island. DPRK officials instead suggested discussing both sides "halting military acts" considered to be aggressive.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has held a national meeting to celebrate
the 69th birthday of the country's leader, Kim Jong-il.


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