Pyongyang, January 1 (KCNA) --
The respected Comrade
The message noted that last year Chongryon officials and Korean compatriots in Japan, overcoming the great difficulties in the alien land, launched a courageous march towards a new era of prosperity of Chongryon with its 25th Congress as an occasion, and were sincerely rejoiced at the eye-opening events in the socialist homeland and cheered them up with sincerity.
In the hopeful New Year our people will greet with splendor the 75th founding anniversary of the DPRK and the 70th anniversary of the victory in the great Fatherland Liberation War with high pride and precious memory, the message said.
In the message he expressed the firm belief that Chongryon and the Koreans in Japan would more strikingly demonstrate their true nature as a dignified overseas citizens' organization of our Republic this auspicious year and put the overall patriotic work on a high-pitched track to record a glorious page in the history of the Juche-oriented movement of Koreans in Japan.
We always remember the compatriots in Japan who have shown unsparing sincerity to the prosperity of their motherland and Chongryon, cherishing our national flag even in the windy alien land, the message said, adding that we will as ever reliably defend the dignity and rights and interests of our compatriots and the dreams and future of their children and cultivate them more beautifully with the powerful might and warm blood ties of our state.
The message sincerely wished good health to all the compatriots in Japan and happiness to their families this significant year, too.