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PYONGYANG, January 28 (Itar-Tass) - The 4th National Conference of the Secretaries of Party Chapters opens in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Monday. The chapters are formed according to the territorial principle and constitute the backbone of the WPK.
The North Korean press refers to the forum as a "momentous event
in the history of the WPK and an important stage on the road to creating a prosperous society in the Republic".
The DPRK's present leader Kim Jong Un, the Korean Central News Agency reports, considers it necessary to devote much attention to the role of the Party chapters and of their Secretaries "in the interests of strengthening the position of the WPK in accordance with the requirements of the times and the developing revolution".
Along with Party-related matters, those present at the forum will probably discuss ways to accomplishing the economic tasks that were set out in the New-Year Address by Kim Jong Un. The Supreme Leader of the DPRK urged the Party and the People "to bring about a decisive change in the current year in the cause of turning the country into an economic giant and raising the living standards of the people". He pointed out that in all branches of the national economcy it is essential "to launch a general advance with a view to giving a radical boost to production output", as well as to draw special attention to the development of the coal and metallurgical industries, the energy sector, and transport.
The delegates are certain to be informed of the tense atmosphere that has developed around the Korean Peninsula after the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) last Tuesday approved a resolution envisaging the widening of sanctions against the DPRK.
The slogan "Death to the American imperialists, the sworn enemies of the Korean people!" is voiced in the republic's all regions, where people regard the document as the one adopted on the initiative of the United States and its allies. Martial music and popular patriotic songs extolling the services of the country's leaders -- Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, and Kim Jong Un -- are broadcast over the radio and on television channels.
These days, many Koreans opted to join the WPK ranks. Newspapers quote the opinions being expressed by representatives of the Armed Forces, members of the scientific community, workers and peasants who unanimously declare in favour of a "quick conduct of a regular, a third one, nucleat test in this country and a continuation of the launchings of rockets in reply to the US provocative policy".
The UNSC resolution "leaves us no other choice but carry out a nuclear test", points out the country's leading newspaper Rodong Sinmun. "A nuclear test is the demand of our people", says the paper which expresses the opinion of the ruling WPK.
The UNSC resolution which extends the list of sanctions against Pyongyang was adopted in connection with the launch of the Unha-3 carrier rocket which deployed an artificial satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 into the Earth's orbit in December last year. The country's leadership stated that they do not recognize and do not intend to abide by the provisions of that document which had been adopted in breach of the norms of internantional law.
Kim Jong Un confirmed the DPRK's intention to take "vigorous physical countermeasueres to uphold the dignity of the nation and the sovereignty of the country". He spoke at a consultaitve conference of the chiefs of security-related agencies and the leading officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Those present discussed the situation around the Korean Peninsula following the UNSC resolution's entering into force. "In the current situation it is required to to take resolute measures on a national scale," Kim Jong Un said. According to a media report, the Supreme Leader of the DPRK "set specific tasks to the participants in the conference".