North Korea urges unity behind Kim.1/1/2009 8:00:59 AM
North Korea has marked the start of the new year with a call for its people to unite behind the leadership of Kim Jong-il, but notably avoiding its usual criticism of the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. .
The message, issued in a joint editorial in the country's main state-run newspapers, was seen by some analysts as an indication North Korea may be looking to a fresh start in relations with Washington with the inauguration INAUGURATION. This word was applied by the Romans to the ceremony of dedicating some temple, or raising some man to the priesthood, after the augurs had been consulted. It was afterwards applied to the installation (q.v. of Barack Obama.
"We should continue to put utmost efforts to building up the country's military strength in line with the requirements of the prevailing situation," said the message carried by the country's official Korean Central News Agency The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) is the state news agency of North Korea and has existed since December 5, 1946. The reports mainly consist of propaganda, the personality cult of Kim Jong-il and his father.
KCNA is headquartered in the capital city of Pyongyang. and broadcast by state television.
In repeating its pledge to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons the North hinted at further disarmament talks disarmament talks npl → conversaciones fpl de or sobre desarme if it has improved ties with the new US administration.
"North Korea didn't issue insults for the US in this year's editorial," said Paik Hak-soon, an analyst at the security think-tank Sejong Institute in South Korea.
"That showed North Korea's expectation for the Obama government."
Later on Thursday Kim Ho-nyeon, a spokesman at the South Korean Unification (programming) unification - The generalisation of pattern matching that is the logic programming equivalent of instantiation in logic. When two terms are to be unified, they are compared. Ministry, said the US was also not criticised in the New Year's messages of 1993 and 2001, shortly before Bill Clinton and George Bush were inaugurated respectively.
In other New Year's messages however the North accused the US of plotting a war against it and demanded that Washington withdraw its 28,000 troops from South Korea.
Nuclear stalemate A concept that postulates a situation wherein the relative strength of opposing nuclear forces results in mutual deterrence against employment of nuclear forces.
Last week six-nation nuclear talks ended in a stalemate stale·mate
1. A situation in which further action is blocked; a deadlock.
2. A drawing position in chess in which the king, although not in check, can move only into check and no other piece can move.
tr.v. following North Korea's refusal to put into writing commitments on inspecting its past nuclear activities.
The US called for a halt in heavy fuel oil aid to punish North Korea for its stance which blocked progress on an aid-for-disarmament agreement reached last year.
North Korea has often pledged to get rid of its nuclear programme but has dragged its heels in disarmament talks for about 15 years despite being offered political concessions and economic aid.
In the New Year message the North accused South Korea of an "anachronistic a·nach·ro·nism
1. The representation of someone as existing or something as happening in other than chronological, proper, or historical order.
2. confrontation policy'' and stressed the need to strengthen the country's 1.2 million-member military.
Ties worsened last month as North Korea restricted traffic at the border, expelled some South Koreans from a joint industrial zone and suspended a tour programme to the ancient North Korean city of Kaesong.
There was also no comment on Kim's suspected stroke in August or a hint of a succession plan in Asia's only communist dynasty.
Kim has been the focus of intense speculation since he reportedly suffered a stroke and underwent brain surgery in August.
Pyongyang denies that its 66-year-old leader was ever ill, churning Firing one group of employees and hiring another. As companies move into newer, high-tech ventures, they often eliminate employees with older skills while bringing on new people who have computer programming, networking and Web experience. out a slew of reports and photos depicting him as healthy and active.
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