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    North Korea Issues Wartime Guidelines

    By SANG-HUN CHOE

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea has ordered its citizens to be ready for a protracted war against the United States, issuing guidelines on evacuating to underground bunkers with weapons, food and portraits of leader Kim Jong Il.

    The 33-page ``Detailed Wartime Guidelines,'' published in South Korea's Kyunghyang newspaper on Wednesday and verified by Seoul, was issued April 7, 2004, at a time when the communist regime was claiming it was Washington's next target following the Iraq war.

    The manual - the first such North Korean document made public in the outside world - was signed by Kim Jong Il in his capacity as chairman of the Central Military Committee of the ruling Workers' Party. That ended speculation over whether Kim has assumed the top military post following the 1994 death of his father, President Kim Il Sung.

    Analysts said the guidelines reflected Pyongyang's fear over a possible U.S. military strike amid stalled talks on its nuclear weapons programs. They said the guidelines were also meant to whip up a sense of crisis among its 22 million people, reportedly growing discontent amid economic hardship.

    ``The United States has cooked up suspicion over our nuclear programs and is escalating an offensive of international pressure to strangle and destroy our republic,'' the booklet said. ``If this tactic doesn't work, it plots to use this (nuclear) problem as an excuse for armed invasion.''

    Kyunghyang did not clarify where it acquired the document classified as ``top secret.''

    Seoul's National Intelligence Service said in a one-sentence statement: ``We believe the document reflects North Korea's wartime preparations.''

    The manual urged the military to build restaurants, wells, restrooms and air purifiers in underground bunkers, which government offices and military units will move into if war breaks out.

    When North Koreans evacuate to underground facilities, they should make sure that they take the portraits, plaster busts and bronze statues of Kim and his parents so that they can ``protect'' them in a special room, the guidelines say.

    The Kim family has ruled North Korea for more than a half century, creating a powerful personality cult. Portraits of Kim and his father hang side-by-side on the walls of every house.

    Since the Korean War ended in 1953, North Korea has built a 1.1 million-member military, the world's fifth largest, although most of its weapons are outdated. It already keeps vital military facilities in an estimated 10,000 underground tunnels and bunkers, South Korean officials say.

    The Pyongyang subway is hundreds of yards below the surface to double as an air raid shelter, and the North's military has dug ``invasion tunnels'' across the border with the South.

    North Korea is locked in a dispute with Washington and its allies over its nuclear weapons programs.

    Pyongyang escalated its threats after the United States invaded Iraq, which President Bush termed as an ``axis of evil,'' together with Iran and North Korea. North Korean villages are festooned with slogans exhorting the people to prepare for a war with ``our sworn enemy, the U.S. imperialists.''

    ``The North has real fear that it may become the next Iraq under the Bush administration,'' said Kim Tae-woo, a senior fellow at Seoul's Korea Institute for Defense Analyses. ``The guidelines also appear aimed at tightening domestic control on the people as the economic difficulties erode the regime's grip on power.''

    Kim said Washington is building more powerful missiles that could destroy underground military targets in countries like North Korea.

    On Tuesday, North Korea accused the United States of planning to deploy those missiles in South Korea for a ``preemptive attack'' on the North. Washington says it wants to end the nuclear dispute peacefully.


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    It's a shame they don't put all that effort into improving their country.
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    Too good to be true? The most promising thing is that Curt Weldon is involved. If he brought the fire service together, the North Koreans should be a piece of cake.


    North Korea says it's ready to resume nuclear talks, treat U.S. as a "friend"
    04:53 PM EST Jan 14
    SANG-HUN CHOE

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea told a visiting U.S. Congressional delegation that it is ready to return to six-party nuclear talks and would treat the United States as a "friend" if Washington doesn't slander the rule of totalitarian leader Kim Jong Il.

    The North Korean overture on Friday came shortly after a bipartisan U.S. Congressional delegation concluded talks with senior communist officials in Pyongyang. The delegation called the meeting an "overwhelming success," and said in Seoul that North Korea appeared ready to negotiate within weeks.

    "Our unanimous impression is that the DPRK is ready to rejoin the six-party process," said Republican Rep. Curt Weldon, vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, using the acronym for the North's official name, Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

    Weldon led a delegation of six American lawmakers who met with North Korea's No. 2 leader, Kim Yong Nam, Foreign Minister Paek Nam Sun and Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, who is also North Korea's chief representative to nuclear negotiations.

    "Our focus was on the process to get the six-party talks moving again, to reassure the leaders of the DRPK that we wish them no ill will, to reinforce the fact of what our president has said, that we do not wish to have a regime change, that we will not pre-emptively attack the North, but we do need to resolve the nuclear issue," Weldon told a news conference in Seoul.

    North Korea told the American lawmakers that "the DPRK would opt for finding a final solution to all the outstanding issues between the two countries, to say nothing of the resumption of the six-party talks and the nuclear issue, if what U.S. congressmen said would be formulated as a policy of the second Bush administration," said the North's official news agency, KCNA.

    North Korean officials stressed the "need to take a future-oriented approach toward improving the bilateral relations," it said.

    "The DPRK side expressed its stand that the DPRK would not stand against the U.S. but respect and treat it as a friend unless the latter slanders the former's system and interferes in its internal affairs," KCNA said.

    The North Korean gesture, although attached with conditions, was highly unusual, coming after months of harsh anti-American rhetoric.

    The United States, North and South Korea, China, Japan and Russia have struggled to arrange a new round of talks aimed at persuading the North to abandon its nuclear weapons programs. The three prior rounds, hosted by China since 2003, made no breakthroughs. The last round was held in June.

    "I am convinced, as are all my colleagues, that if in fact we move along the process that we are moving today, the six-party talks can and will resume in a matter of weeks, as opposed to months or years," said Weldon, who spoke on behalf of his delegation.

    KCNA said North Korea has decided to resume the six-way talks after closely following what a policy the second Bush administration would shape.

    "And they are looking to see if any other comments would come out of Washington that would be negative or that would cast a negative aspect or negative feeling about the DPRK and its leaders," Weldon said.

    Weldon's delegation flew from Pyongyang to Seoul earlier Friday to brief South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon, Defence Minister Yoon Kwang-ung and local lawmakers on its Pyongyang trip.

    North Korea has cited a "hostile" U.S. policy as the key stumbling block to ending the two-year nuclear standoff and demanded Washington provide a nonaggression treaty and compensation in return for ending its nuclear programs. Weldon's group urged North Korea to meet the U.S. demand for a "total and complete" removal of its nuclear programs.

    The Congressional trip came amid rising hopes that the nuclear talks could resume after Bush's inauguration.

    Besides the Weldon delegation, one led by Rep. Tom Lantos, the top Democrat on the U.S. House International Relations Committee, recently met with senior North Korean officials in Pyongyang.

    Washington has reportedly decided to remove one of its harshest critics of Pyongyang's totalitarian regime, Undersecretary of State John Bolton, from the next administration.

    Bolton took a vehement stand against North Korean leader Kim. His removal was expected to appease Pyongyang, which has called him "human scum" and refused to accept him as a dialogue partner.

    The nuclear dispute erupted in late 2002 when Washington accused North Korea of running a secret uranium enrichment program in violation of international nonproliferation accords and cut off free oil shipments. North Korea denied the claim, quit the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and restarted its mothballed plutonium weapons program.
    The Canadian Press, 2005

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    I hope thoese portraits of Kim Jong Il are bulettproof

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