Monday, April 07, 2014

Kim Jong Un, supreme leader of the DPRK, is now in the spotlight of the international community.
Attention Unprecedented in History
 “The youngest leader who attracted the greatest attention in the shortest span of time in history”, this is a comment on Kim Jong Un by the world mass media.
As soon as he made his official appearance in the political arena with his election as vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea at its third conference in September 2010, he was catapulted to the worldwide fame. Amidst a rush of news on it, the CNN put him on the top ten lists for 2010.
In 2012, too, the world major media nominated him as a “man noteworthy in the year.” The Time, a noted weekly of the United States, gave him a front-cover prominence in its last issue of February.
Google found that the news on Kim Jong Un in the world English press amounted to 67.4 million pieces, 230 000 pieces an hour, for ten days after the demise of Chairman Kim Jong Il of the DPRK National Defence Commission in December last year. If the news given by the non-English press is added, the figure would be beyond imagination. This all shows how much the international community is interested in him.
His speech delivered at the military parade held in celebration of the centenary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung on April 15 evoked great repercussions in the world press.
 “Kim Jong Un made the first public address,” “Kim Jong Un’s era started in Korea”, under such headlines, about 12 000 publications and broadcasts were involved in a war of news coverage on him, attracting hundreds of millions of audience.
The mass media attached big importance to each word and expression of his speech, saying that it is the first time to hear his live voice. According to The New York Times the Korean supreme leader’s delivering of vocal address was an extraordinary event and it was a demonstration of ability of the new Korean leadership, youthful and vigorous.
Al-Jazeera of Qatar, BBC of Britain, and ABC of Australia, NHK of Japan and other TV and broadcasting stations televised the scenes of the Korean soldiers and people responding with stormy cheers to his appeal “Forward towards final victory!”
The speech delivered by Kim Jong Un was the political programme of the new leadership of Korea and a declaration of its grand starting, the world mass media noted, and emphasized that the future of Korea led by the young leader is promising.
Ardent Reverence
The world progressives hold Kim Jong Un as the great heir to the ideas and cause of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il, pioneers and leaders of the cause of global independence.
At the World Congress on the Juche Idea held in April in Pyongyang the participants warmly congratulated Kim Jong Un for his election as the First Secretary of the WPK and declared that they would remain faithful to the ideology and leadership of Kim Jong Un, great successor to the cause of independence.
At the International Festival in celebration of the centenary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung held in Pyongyang a few days after the world congress the participants voiced that the prospect of the cause of global independence is bright as it is led by Kim Jong Un, who has inherited the outstanding ideas, leadership ability and virtues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
A paragraph of the appeal adopted at the festival reads:
The orbit of independence illuminated by the Sun (it means Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il) is invariable and so firm is the faith of the world progressive peoples to accomplish the cause of independence of mankind. Let us vigorously expedite the cause of global independence by entrusting the bright future of mankind to Kim Jong Un who carries forward the cause of the Sun with credit.
The international community expresses boundless reverence for Kim Jong Un.
On the occasion of the centenary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung he was awarded prizes, orders, medals and honorary titles and presented with gifts and congratulatory banners, more than 200 pieces in all.
The African Peace Foundation awarded Peace Prize and its diploma to Kim Jong Un who is making a great contribution to defending world peace by dint of Songun politics.
An Italian presented him with a gift, a glass craftwork “Photometre,” saying; Small metal chips in it go round by the light. Korea, small as it may be, moves the world at the centre of its politics by great strength. As sunlight is motive power for the measuring instrument, so is Kim Jong Un for the world.
Figures in political and social circles and international organizations created artistic works in his praises.
First vice-chairman of the Cuban committee for support of Korea’s reunification and many other personages composed poems, titled, “A new star appeared over Korea,” “Glory to you, Kim Jong Un!” and “Keeping step with General Kim Jong Un”.
Pyongyang, April 6 (KCNA) -- Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, watched a men's football match between the Kalmagi team and the Jebi team together with service personnel of the KPA.
When he appeared in the auditorium, the players and audience enthusiastically welcomed him, shouting stormy "hurrah!"
The Jebi team beat the Kalmagi team 4:2.
The audience applauded the players who fully displayed their high football techniques, strong mental power and stubborn spirit.
When the match was over, Kim Jong Un congratulated the players on their successful match, warmly acknowledging the players and audience.
He set forth important tasks to be served as guidelines in remarkably developing sports of the country, saying that in order to develop sports it is important to make the public pay strong attention to sports by frequently organizing football and other sports matches.
Among the audience were Ri Yong Gil, Jang Jong Nam, Pyon In Son, Kim Su Gil, O Kum Chol, No Kwang Chol, Jo Kyong Chol, Ri Pyong Chol, Kim Myong Sik, Jang Tong Un, Yun Jong Rin, Han Kwang Sang, Hwang Pyong So, Ri Jae Il, Pak Thae Song and Kim Sung Yon

President Kim Il Sung, the founding father of socialist Korea, began his Songun-based revolutionary leadership by organizing the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army (KPRA), the predecessor of the Korean People’s Army (KPA), on April 25, 1932.
For over 80 years since its founding, the KPA has adorned the history of Songun revolution with victory and glory.
It has achieved heroic feats and great victory unequalled in the world history of anti-imperialist struggle.
In the days when Korea was under military occupation of the Japanese imperialists (1905-1945), the KPRA waged an arduous armed struggle against them without any state backing and support from regular armed forces, and defeated the Japanese imperialists, who had styled themselves as the “leader” of Asia, thus achieving the cause of national liberation (August 15, 1945).
After the liberation the KPRA developed into the regular armed forces, the Korean People’s Army. When the United States started a war (June 1950-July 1953) against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which was founded on September 9, 1948, in its attempt to stifle it in its cradle, the KPA shattered to smithereens the myth of “mightiness” of the US that boasted of being “the strongest” in the world and defended with honour the freedom and independence of the country. Though the United States had mobilized in the Korean war its huge armed forces, troops from its 15 vassal states, south Korean army and the remnants of the former Japanese army, it could not but sign the Armistice Agreement which was as good as an instrument of surrender.
After the war critical situations were created in succession on the Korean peninsula, owing to the provocations by the US, including the US armed spy ship Pueblo Incident (January 1968), the large espionage aircraft EC-121 Incident (April 1969) and the Panmunjom Incident (August 1976). Every time the KPA inflicted merciless defeats upon the provokers and safeguarded the security of the country and the gains of the revolution.
In the closing years of the last century socialism collapsed in several countries and, taking advantage of this, the allied imperialist forces concentrated their political and military offensives upon the DPRK. Coping with these worst trials, Chairman Kim Jong Il of the DPRK National Defence Commission held higher the banner of Songun and gave top priority to building up the country’s military capabilities. As a result, the KPA has developed into an elite army which is the strongest in ideology and faith and an invincible armed force which is equipped with state-of-the-art offensive and defensive means with which to repel any aggressors at a single stroke.
In recent years the US has brought dark clouds of a nuclear war over the Korean peninsula by staging various large-scale joint military exercises and enlisting in them a huge amount of troops and advanced military hardware more than enough to fight a war. The KPA, however, has reliably defended the national sovereignty and socialism of the DPRK and peace and security of the region. The international community, an eye-witness to these realities, has more keenly felt that the KPA has always emerged victorious in the struggle against imperialism.
The KPA has made a great contribution to strengthening the country’s political and ideological position in every way, performing its role of the pillar and main force of the revolution.
As everybody knows, the main cause for the collapse of socialism in several countries in the closing years of the last century cannot be explained by the weakness in their military capabilities or economic strength; it must be sought in their weak political and ideological position.
The DPRK, however, has constantly built up its political and ideological position by dint of unity between the army and people based on one ideology. The traditional army-people unity of the DPRK has developed onto a higher level from generation to generation. The army and people are not only helping and loving each other but also has achieved oneness in ideological and spiritual traits and work style.
Noteworthy in this regard is the fact that the army-people unity of the DPRK is based on the revolutionary spirit created and being displayed by the servicepersons. Because of oneness in ideology and work style of the army and people based on the revolutionary soldier spirit, the political and ideological position of Korean society has been strengthened beyond comparison, and thanks to this rock-solid position, socialist Korea is winning one victory after another without the slightest vacillation in spite of all obstacles.
The KPA has also wrought miracles and performed feats in socialist construction, fulfilling its role as the main force.
“Let us take upon ourselves both national defence and socialist construction!”―this is the slogan the KPA soldiers have upheld in developing ore and coal mines and building power stations, factories and other industrial enterprises, schools, hospitals and theatres. They have always made breakthroughs in the postwar reconstruction, socialist construction and building a thriving nation, holding aloft this slogan, thus laying the eternal foundations of a prospering country.
In 2013 alone, they erected the world-class Munsu Water Park, Mirim Riding Club and other bases for mass cultural and emotional life, and Okryu Children’s Hospital, Ryugyong Dental Hospital and other medical bases. The Unha Scientists Street for scientists and technicians, apartment buildings for educationalists of Kim Il Sung University and other homes of the people built across the country are also associated with the service personnel’s feats of labour and precious sweat.
They have recently built the world-class Masikryong Ski Resort. They completed this gigantic project that was expected by common sense to take more than ten years, in a short span of time by creating “the Masikryong speed” never known in history. Supreme leader Kim Jong Un of the DPRK visited the completed ski resort at the end of last year and highly appreciated the soldier-builders, saying the People’s Army had done a great work.
Along with the victorious Songun revolution, the proud history of the KPA will continue.

The building of a thriving socialist country which is under way in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea overcoming all kinds of hardships, holding high the banner of Songun, is associated with the leadership of Kim Jong Il (1942-2011) of the DPRK.
Since he was elected Chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission on April 9, 1993, Kim Jong Il administered the original Songun politics, in the course of which he achieved brilliant exploits that will shine forever in the history.
Chairman Kim Jong Il built up the military capabilities of his country in every aspect through his energetic Songun-based revolutionary leadership.
Having embodied Songun politics since long ago, Kim Jong Il held higher the banner of Songun under the critical situation when socialism collapsed in several countries and the anti-socialist offensive of the imperialists focused on the DPRK in the closing years of the previous century. He formulated Songun politics as the main political mode of socialism and inspected one unit of the Korean People’s Army after another, developing the KPA, core force of the self-reliant defence power, politically and ideologically, militarily and technically.
Under his leadership the KPA was strengthened to be an elite force for the defence of socialism and an invincible army equipped with both offensive and defensive means strong enough to defeat any formidable enemy at a strike at any time. Thanks to the efforts exerted into consolidating the all-people and nationwide defence system, the arming of all the people was realized at an unprecedented level and the whole country was further fortified. The DPRK is capable of producing sufficient amounts of military hardware and combat equipment needed for strengthening the nation’s defence power and has even prepared reliable war deterrent.
Chairman Kim Jong Il also consolidated the country’s political and ideological position as firm as a rock.
Putting forward the KPA as the pillar of the socialist cause and the main force of the revolution, he paid deep attention to building up the political force of the Korean society with the KPA as the core. He promoted the traditional army-people unity of society to a higher level in which they have achieved oneness in ideology and work style based on the revolutionary spirit displayed by the KPA soldiers. He rallied the broad sections of the masses closely around the Workers’ Party of Korea through politics of love and trust, and thus all the service personnel and people have formed an integral whole sharing the will and destiny with the Party.
Single-hearted unity of the whole society is a strong weapon of political and ideological might which is more powerful than an A-bomb, and the DPRK demonstrates its dignity as a political and ideological power that remains undaunted by any hardships.
Chairman Kim Jong Il ushered in a new era of building a thriving socialist country.
Having advanced the line of economic construction in the Songun era―developing the defence industry first while simultaneously developing light industry and agriculture―he ensured that the defence industry played the leading role, giving impetus to the shoring up of the overall national economy and its development. At the same time, he ensured that the KPA made breakthroughs in the most challenging and important sectors of economic construction and all the people, learning from the indomitable revolutionary spirit of the soldiers, created innovations across the country.
Under his leadership the Korean people opened a radical phase for building a thriving country by overcoming the severest economic difficulties. They successfully launched indigenous artificial satellites by their own efforts in 1998 and 2009. They developed world-class CNC technology for the machine-building industry and introduced it into factories. In the steel-making industry a new production system that uses no cokes and scrap iron was established, and the systems of producing vinalon and fertilizers from locally-available fuel and raw materials set up in the sector of chemical industry. The land across the country was realigned into large standardized fields, leaving no traces of previous appearance; gravitational waterways were built one after another; and genetic engineering and bioengineering radically developed. All these provided solid foundations for increased grain output. New establishments were erected across the country, and streets, villages and houses renovated as befits a socialist fairyland. Overall economic and cultural construction in the DPRK was placed onto the track of upswing.
Chairman Kim Jong Il, who continued his inspection tours for the building of a thriving socialist country until the last moment of his life, passed away on a running train.
His cause of Songun and of building a thriving socialist country is now being carried forward with credit.
Kim Jong Un, supreme leader of the DPRK, solemnly declared to the whole world his unshakable will to carry forward Kim Jong Il’s ideology and cause, and is now consolidating the defence power of the country under the banner of Songun, while leading the cause of building a thriving socialist nation to brilliant victory.
Kim Jong Un personally gave guidance to the successful launch of Kwangmyongsong 3-2 in December 2012, thus realizing the instructions of Kim Jong Il to launch the first applications satellite. While visiting many military and civilian units he showed warm love for his soldiers and people, strengthening the single-hearted unity of the Korean society in every way.
Under his energetic leadership, apartment houses for the educationists at Kim Il Sung University, Unha Scientists Street, Munsu Water Park, Mirim Riding Club, Masikryong Ski Resort and other world-class structures have been built in succession. The reality of the DPRK advancing towards the status of a civilized socialist country inspires great admiration in the people of the world.
It is a firm conviction and will of the Korean people to carry out without an inch of deflection the lifetime plans and instructions of Chairman Kim Jong Il whom they revere as the eternal Chairman of the NDC of their country.
April 15, birthday of Kim Il Sung (1912-1994), the eternal President of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is the Day of the Sun which is celebrated with splendour by the Korean peoples and progressive people across the world every year.
President Kim Il Sung is held in high esteem as the eternal sun.
His name literally means the sun in Korean. True to the meaning of his name and the properties of the sun, the President illuminated the future of mankind as brightly as the sun, brought the flower of love for human being into full bloom with warm love and embraced all the people with great attracting power.
He shed light on the way ahead for mankind by authoring the great Juche idea.
The Juche idea, which explains that man is the master of everything and has the power to shape his own destiny, means in other words that the masses of the people are the masters of the revolution and construction and also the motive force of the revolution and construction. This is the first scientific idea in the history of human ideology in that it illumines the road for the masses of the people to follow in accomplishing the cause of independence. The creation of the Juche idea opened up an era of independence in which the working masses, who in the past had been subjected to exploitation and oppression, have emerged as masters of history.
Upholding the banner of the Juche idea, Kim Il Sung liberated Korea from the Japanese military occupation and established a people-oriented democratic state, the first of its kind in the East. He inflicted an ignominious defeat upon US imperialism, which had been boasting of being the “strongest” in the world, for the first time in history and brought about the beginning of its downhill turn. He also develop Korea into a powerful socialist country, independent, self-sufficient and self-reliant in defence.
The Juche idea gripped everybody’s heart with its vitality, and the cause of independence has become a worldwide trend of the times that cannot be checked.
The number of studying groups and advocates of the Juche idea is growing, and the progressive mankind is looking at their future from the perspective of this idea.
President Kim Il Sung embraced people with warm love.
Regarding “People are my God” as his lifelong motto, He dedicated his all for people. Thanks to his love for them, such people-oriented policies as free medical care and education and abolition of tax system are enforced in the DPRK, and the whole society has become a great flower garden of virtue in which everybody helps and leads one another.
He also bestowed his love on foreigners. His noble personality and warm love moved many people over the world.
When the director of the Guinean Broadcasting Station, on his visit to the DPRK, was seriously ill, the President took measures to give immediate medical treatment to resuscitate him. He also saw to it a competent medical team of the DPRK were sent to treat Bruno Kreisky, former Chancellor of Austria, who was suffering from weak legs in his later years, and helped him walk again. Such legendary tales about his human love are numerous. That way why Francisco da Costa Gomes, former Portuguese President, expressed his admiration that President Kim Il Sung was a great man who moved the world with his benevolence.
The great magnanimity of President Kim Il Sung enchanted all the people of the world.
In his lifetime he met over 70 000 foreigners including prominent figures in the political, public and press circles. And whoever met him, be he or she head of state or famous figure in the West and East of the world, was greatly fascinated by his noble personality. Among them were Joseph Stalin of the former Soviet Union, Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai of China, Fidel Castro of Cuba, Sukarno of Indonesia, Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia, Ho Chi Minh of Vietnam, Shin Kanemaru of Japan, LuiseRinser of Germany and Francois Mitterrand of France. Jimmy Carter, former president of the United States, said that President Kim Il Sung was greater than George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, the most illustrious early US presidents, put together.
Endowed with broad magnanimity and lofty sense of international obligation, he rendered unstinted material and spiritual assistance to the peoples in Africa and other parts of the world in their struggle for national liberation, anti-imperialism and nation building.
Though Kim Il Sung passed away, his idea and cause shine forever as the sun is eternal.
The Korean people revere as their eternal leader President Kim Il Sung who is preserved in his lifetime appearance at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun. Even after his demise many heads of state, personages from all walks of life and international organizations have presented him with orders, medals, honorary titles and gifts, while colourful celebrations such as Kimilsungia Festival and April Spring Friendship Art Festival are held with grandeur to mark the Day of the Sun.
President Kim Il Sung is always in the heart of mankind as their eternal sun.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Pyongyang, April 4 (KCNA) -- The UN Security Council recently committed an act of "denouncing" the DPRK's justifiable rocket launching drills at the baton of the United States. This is an outrageous deed and a serious challenge to the universal understanding of the international community since the UNSC, which should regard impartiality as its principle of action, sided with the U.S., an assailant who sued the victim. Anyone can easily discern the reversed logic, if she or he approaches with unbiased view of the situation prevailing on the Korean Peninsula. In fact, it is none other than the U.S. that has cyclically and intentionally screwed up the situation of the Korean Peninsula. Now the danger of war comes from the massive shipment of military hardware into south Korea and the ceaseless nuclear war exercises there, the outcome of the U.S. hostile policy towards the DPRK. As was known, an atmosphere of detente had prevailed in the Korean Peninsula in recent months, thanks to the goodwill steps taken by the DPRK for regional peace and stability and improved north-south relations. But the U.S., displeased with such developments, kicked off the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises with the south Korean puppet forces after introducing its huge aggression troops and lethal weapons into south Korea. Worse still, on March 27 they launched the Ssangryong drill, mainly aimed to "occupy Pyongyang," with the largest-ever forces since 1993 involved. So, it is quite natural for the DPRK's army to have made full preparations under the prevailing grave situation as its mission is to protect the security of the country and its people and defend peace. In particular, the rocket launching of the DPRK was part of the regular self-defensive military drills of its army to cope with the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK that has persisted for decades century after century and its intensified nuclear war games. The U.S. defends its joint military exercises in other's land as "regular" while condemning the self-defensive drills of the DPRK army in its land "provocative". Such gangster-like assertion is not workable on anyone. The U.S. should not run amuck. If a catastrophic event occurs on the Korean Peninsula, the U.S. will never flee from the responsibility for it.

Pyongyang, April 2 (KCNA) -- Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, met the commanding officers of the combined units of the KPA and inspired them on the spot on April 1 after being told that they had successfully completed their study tour of the revolutionary battle sites in the area of Mt. Paektu.
He was accompanied by Choe Ryong Hae, Jang Jong Nam, Pyon In Son, So Hong Chan, Yun Tong Hyon, Ri Pyong Chol, Kim Yong Chol and Pak Jong Chon.
He acknowledged the cheers of the commanding officers and had a talk with them.
He was pleased to hear from them that they learned about the indomitable faith and will of the anti-Japanese revolutionary forerunners, while following their footsteps, and deeply grasped the ardent patriotism and revolutionary optimism with which they pictured the liberated country to themselves while sleeping on snow.
He highly praised them for having renewed through the study tour their firm pledge to become commanding officers of O Jung Hup type who carry out the revolutionary duties given by the party like those of the anti-Japanese guerilla army, shouting the slogan "Forward, following me!" bearing deep in mind the revolutionary spirit of Mt. Paektu.
He was present at the oath-taking meeting of the KPA commanding officers held in front of the statue of President Kim Il Sung of the Samjiyon Grand Monument. It was attended by the commanding officers of the combined units of the KPA who participated in the study tour.
He made a speech before its participants.
He said that, seeing the photos of tour-making commanding officers in sky-spirit every day, he felt as if he were joining them in the tour, adding he renewed his firm will to successfully implement the behests of Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il by steadfastly carrying forward the Juche revolution started in Mt. Paektu.
The commanding officers of the combined units might have experienced snowstorm in Mt. Paektu during the forced march, sleeping and eating outside just as the anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters did, he noted, adding in this course they might have not only deeply grasped the immortal exploits of President Kim Il Sung who ate in the wind and slept in the dews to victoriously lead the great anti-Japanese war but known better about the origin of our revolution and how its tradition was established.
He stressed that the study tour of the revolutionary battle sites in Mt. Paektu area was organized to raise a strong wind of education in the revolutionary traditions throughout the army to complete the Korean revolution in the revolutionary spirit of Mt. Paektu.
The party has very deep trust and great expectation for the commanding officers of the combined units, he said, stressing the need to dynamically wage the struggle to settle accounts with the U.S. imperialists with the arms of the revolution, arms of the working class, which originated from the stormy Mt. Paektu.
He indicated tasks and ways which would serve as guidelines for rounding off the combat preparations and bolstering up the fighting capabilities.
There were speeches to evince their resolutions.
The speakers renewed their firm determination to infuse into the service personnel the indomitable revolutionary spirit of the anti-Japanese fighters, who shouted the slogan for wiping out the enemy even if they died a hundred times, true to the noble intention of the supreme commander who called the young commanding officers to the battle sites of Mt. Paektu and to blow up all strongholds of the U.S. imperialist aggressors and other hostile forces once an order is issued.
A letter to all the service personnel of the KPA was adopted at the meeting.
On the same day Kim Jong Un had a photo session with the commanding officers of the combined units who took part in the study tour.
Pyongyang, April 2 (KCNA) -- Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, enjoyed together with service personnel of the KPA a performance given by the Moranbong Band before its performance tour of Ryanggang Province.
The presenter said in an excited tone: After giving the task to make the performance tour of Ryanggang Province, the supreme commander spared time to watch the performance though he was very busy with the work to protect the destiny of the country and its people from the arrogant and reckless moves of the U.S. imperialists and other hostile forces to stifle the DPRK.
He stressed the need to make rousing cheers for socialism and the WPK heard from the town at the foot of Mt. Paektu where the Korean revolution started. He gave the Moranbong Band an important instruction to powerfully encourage the people in Ryanggang Province in their struggle.
Put on the stage were colorful numbers including female solo "O My Motherland Full of Hope", female duet and pangchang "Our Father", female solo and panchang "We Think of the Marshal Day and Night", violin solo and light music "Attraction and Reverence" and female quartet "We Know Nobody but You".
The performers sang high praises of the exploits General Secretary Kim Jong Il performed by dedicating his all to realizing the ideals of the people and bringing happiness to them till the last moments of his life.
They enthusiastically sang songs emphasizing that the country would prosper forever as Kim Il Sung's and Kim Jong Il's Korea under the leadership of Kim Jong Un who is demonstrating the dignity and spirit of the great Paektusan nation before the whole world.
The performance was warmly acclaimed by the audience for the artistes' cheerful and dynamic voices, unique and enthusiastic instrumental music, perfect ensemble and beautiful melodies representing the spirit of the times.
Kim Jong Un waved back to the cheering performers and audience and congratulated the artistes on their successful performance.
Among the audience were Choe Ryong Hae, Ri Yong Gil, Jang Jong Nam, Pyon In Son, So Hong Chan, Kim Su Gil, Kim Myong Sik, Pak Thae Su, Kim Yong Chol, Jo Kyong Chol and Han Kwang Sang.

Japan Seen Through “Yes” and “No”
Can Japan say “no” to the United States?
Probably, any Japanese with self-respect wants to do it, but the reality hardly tolerates it. Japan is always saying “yes” to the US.

Vain Hope for “Japan That Can Say No”
Narida Kazuo, a Japanese freelancer, wrote in his article titled “Be Japan that can say no.”
“The (Japanese) government turned a deaf ear to its people’s demand for the transfer of the US military bases in Okinawa, assuming servile attitude towards the US. It shows obviously Japan is entirely devoid of independent stand. To become Japan that can say no—it is the primary task set before the government to defend its people and run the state.”
The successive Japanese governments proved the fact.
The Hatoyama-led government of the Democratic Party of Japan (JDP), which took power claiming for the termination of the long-term ruling history of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and for the establishment of relations with the US on an equal basis, resigned in September 2009 with a short life, because it yielded to the US on the transfer issue of the US military base in Japan.
At that time Hatoyama, despite the US pressure, promised to reexamine the bilateral agreement on the issue of transferring the US military base in Futenma which had been signed by former LDP regime, and finish it by May 2010. However, the Japan-US joint statement was issued in May 2010 that the substitute facilities for the US base in Futenma would be relocated in other coastal area in the city of Nago, Okinawa. Accordingly, Hatoyama’s promise to remove the US military base in Futenma outside Okinawa or abroad ended in smoke, making his regime short-lived.
The Noda-led JDP government went counter to public sentiment by allowing the deployment of the “MV-22 Osprey” transport planes in the US military base in Iwakuni.
The “MV-22 Osprey” is under criticism for its instability, and 58 cases of plane accident were reported between 2006 and 2011. The Noda government, notwithstanding that the deployment of this accident-prone aircraft would pose a serious risk to the life and safety of its citizens, gave way to the US pressure.
So is the case with the Abe-led LDP government.
Prior to the visit to the US in February 2013, Abe went to Okinawa and listened to the residents’ demand for the relocation of the US military base in Futenma and opposition to additional deployment of the aircraft. Nevertheless, during his talk to US President Obama in America he expressed his view on pushing forward the Futenma base issue at an early date as was agreed in the Japan-US agreement.

“No” Belongs to the US, “Yes” Only to Japan
It seems an inevitable fate of Japan to answer only “yes” to the unfair demand of the US.
The Japanese authorities describe the bilateral relations between Japan and the US as the political and military alliance on equal terms, but, in fact, Japan is a subordinate to the US that acts at the latter’s beck and call.
That’s why the Japanese governments, though it promised its citizens to eliminate the trouble-making US military base in Futenma from Okinawa, had to give up as it encountered opposition from the US, and had no other choice but to permit the shipment of the US aircraft to Japan. The US stance and assertion are more important and vital to Japan than the urgent demand of its fellow countrymen for the removal of the US military base out of Okinawa, the growing outcry from the victims of sexual assault or robbery committed by the GIs in Japan and the terrible aftermaths of the US plane accident.
The US never tolerates negative answers from Japan, but is rigidly disciplining it to obey unconditionally.
Shortly after the Japanese-US summit talks held in November 2011, the US stated that President Obama welcomed the remarks of Noda, the then prime minister of the Democratic Party of Japan, that all the goods and services would be offered to the free trade negotiations. The Japanese government denied the statement, but the US refused to take it back.
Prime Minister Abe, after coming into power in late 2012, chose America as the first destination in his foreign tour itinerary. But, he was flatly refused by the US on the excuse that it was not ready for talks. Feeling awkward, Abe offered the US a “gift,” that is the lift of the import restrictions of beef from America as the latter demanded.
There is another case. In 2004 Japan agreed with Iran on the joint project of developing an oil field in southwest Iran. This project, too, was aborted, when the US demand for abandoning a nuclear plan met with a strong opposition of Iran in 2006, and, consequently, it urged Japan to withdraw from the oil field. Japan had to bow to the American pressure, which inflicted a telling blow to its economy.
How can this country be called a sovereign state? And this country is bidding for permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council.
Kim Jong Il (1942-2011) is the eternal Chairman of the National Defence Commission (NDC) of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Chairman Kim Jong Il laid firm foundations for the prosperity of the DPRK by establishing a new state structure with the National Defence Commission as its pivot and legalizing Songun politics.
In the closing years of the last century socialist Korea had to face the severest trials in its history caused by the sudden demise of President Kim Il Sung (1912-1994), its founding father. Anti-socialist offensive of imperialists was directed to the DPRK after the collapse of socialism in several countries, and natural disasters hit the country for several consecutive years. Taking advantage of this situation the US and its followers unveiled their attempt to militarily stifle the DPRK.
The critical situation of the 1990s demanded urgently a new state structure should be established based on the army-first principle.
Shouldering the destiny of socialist Korea Chairman Kim Jong Il ensured that the government should direct all its efforts to strengthening the military power of the country and, on its basis, ceaselessly build up the overall national power. To this end, the DPRK’s Socialist Constitution was revised so as to attach importance to national defence, and a new state structure was set up in which the NDC, being responsible for the defence affairs related to the supreme interests of the state, is the highest defence leadership body of state power, and the organ of overall defence administration that commands the entire armed forces of the country, organizes and guides the defence-building industry.
The establishment of the new state structure provided a sure guarantee for the full embodiment of Songun politics in the DPRK and a new turning point for the building of a socialist country.
The consequent reality on the Korean peninsula, the whole course of showdown between the US and the DPRK which drew the world attention in particular, proved that the state structure of attaching importance to national defence established by the NDC Chairman was the most advantageous one which enables the country to defend the sovereignty and dignity by consolidating the overall national power in every way amidst any trials and ordeals.
Chairman Kim Jong Il developed the DPRK into a power with invincible military capabilities.
Since the last decade of the previous century when he began to embody Songun politics to cope with the worst trials the country faced, he built up the army as the one strong in idea and faith and prepared thoroughly for both offensive and defensive through his ceaseless inspections of army units. The number of army units he inspected from 1995 to 2011, the last year of his life, reached over 2 490.
He ensured that the self-reliant defence industry of the country was put on a solid basis of the cutting-edge science and technology by directing preferential efforts to its development, while building up the civilian defence forces to be invincible and turning the whole country into an impregnable fortress.
As the DPRK has prepared its nuclear deterrent countering the reckless threat of preemptive nuclear attack of the US, this put an end to the era when the US, a nuclear super power, would threaten and blackmail the former with atomic bombs and provided a sure guarantee for defending the peace and security not only in the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia but in the rest of the world.
Chairman Kim Jong Il consolidated the country’s political and ideological position as firm as a rock and ushered in a new era of the building of a thriving socialist country.
He ensured that the army and people were fully equipped with the Juche idea and the Songun idea and makes the whole people learn after the revolutionary soldier spirit, thus placing the traditional army-people unity onto the highest level. As a result, single-hearted unity of the whole society has been consolidated rock-solid with which all the service personnel and people are rallied firmly around their leader and share the same idea and destiny.
Through his ceaseless on-the-spot guidance flames of industrial revolution in the new century have been kindled and the potentialities of the self-reliant industry of the country developed to the maximum. Moreover, the whole country has been spruced up and modern production bases for the improvement of the people’s living standards mushroomed. Large-scale projects of land realignment, gravitational waterway construction and reclamation of tidelands changed radically the appearance of the country. A new iron production system without using cokes and scrap iron was introduced in metallurgical industry, one of the major sectors of the economy, and the production lines in the chemical industry, including those of vinalon and fertilizers were modernized, fed by the resources abundant in the country.
In the course of realizing his intention of breaking through the cutting edge, the introduction of CNC technology to the machine-building industry is attaining a higher standard, and medium- and small-sized hydroelectric power stations as well as large ones have been erected and are under construction across the country.
As science and technology develop, the DPRK is now being recognized as a manufacturer and launcher of artificial satellites, which are only a few in the world.
Exploits performed by Chairman Kim Jong Il will shine forever along with the prosperity of the DPRK. 
In December 1948 Tojo Hideki, the vicious war criminal who had done great harm to mankind as much as Hitler had, was hanged after having been indicted and tried before the International Military Tribunal for the Far East. But at present, the international community feels as if Tojo has been resurrected, seeing the spectra of Tojo through Abe Shinzo, prime minister of Japan.
The moment it was reported that Prime Minister Abe visited the Yasukuni Shrine on December 26, 2013, a year after his assuming power, the international community was thrown into great turmoil: Japanese PM’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, where Tojo Hideki and other Japanese A-class war criminals of World War II were enshrined, was nothing less than an open declaration of the revival of Japanese militarism.
Prior to it, Japanese prime minister had presented Cleyera japonica Thuab on the occasion of the annual spring and autumnal festivals and also August 15, the day of Japan’s defeat in the WWII. Following the collective visit of his political aides to the shrine in question, the prime minister himself officially visited it, turning a deaf ear to the international criticism.
Chinese ambassador to Great Britain criticized Japanese PM’s deed, citing the world’s best-selling Harry Potter series by a British writer as an example. Pointing out that in the Harry Potter series a wicked sorcerer kept his evil soul in a container; he said that if Japanese militarism is that wicked sorcerer the Yasukuni Shrine is the very container that keeps its evil soul, the darkest part of the Japanese spirit. He strongly denounced that Abe’s attempt to change the interpretation of the history without correctly reflecting it posed a serious threat to the world peace.
It is as clear as day what the present Japanese PM would have talked with the spectra of Tojo Hideki, the notorious militarist and the architect of the Pacific War, enshrined in the Yasukuni Shrine, and that after 65 years when Tojo was executed: He must have promised that he will revive militarism and realize the wild dream of reinvasion without fail.
It is little wonder that he must have done so, taking into consideration that his maternal grandfather, Kishi Nobusuke, was also a militarist and indicted, together with Tojo, for his war crimes.
Setting to work in 2013, his first year in office, Abe sang out Kimigayo, a song symbolic of militarism, and said it was the first step toward restoration of Japan. At the beginning of this year he stated that he would push forward taking measures to bring back a strong Japan and revise its constitution. By saying so, he revealed before the world the true nature of a war state, throwing away the veil of “peaceful state,” and made an official announcement of Japan’s ambition to realize militarization and reinvasion.
Referring to the issue of comfort women, an A-class anti-human crime former imperial Japanese army committed during WWII, he argued that there was no proof that the former Japanese soldiers had forced women into becoming “comfort women” by breaking into private houses. It enraged the world people with conscience. Asserting that the judgment of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East was not righteous one the international community had made on the Japanese militarism, he also went to extremes of impudently saying that there was not yet a definition of aggression and the academic circles were still in hot dispute over it.
He further made such absurd remarks that the incumbent government had not the slightest intention of carrying forward the former statements by his predecessors Murayama and Kono which expressed remorse and apology for the past Japanese act of aggression, but was preparing a new, “future-oriented” statement on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII (2015).  Abe’s conception of “future-oriented” immediately conjures up for everybody the “future” for reproduction of Japan’s past history of aggression and “orientation” toward realization of its old dream of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.
His ensuing moves proved his words: No sooner had he taken office than he was on a headlong rush to legalize the building of a military giant and overseas aggression, advocating shifting away from the postwar system and revising its pacifist constitution. Availing himself of every opportunity, he insisted that the constitution should be interpreted in a more favorable way for “possessing striking power against the enemy’s military bases” and “exercising right of collective self-defence.” He instigated the Liberal Democratic Party to present the draft for constitutional revision, even making threats that he would not hesitate from dissolving the Diet if it would stand against it. He made reckless remarks that if they would like to call him a militarist, they had better do so.
In December 2013 new defence programme guidelines and a mid-term defence programme were adopted at a Cabinet meeting together with the national security strategy, the first of its kind.
Many people in Japan are worrying that the great military leap envisaged by the Abe-led regime would cause further tensions between Japan and its neighbouring countries and add more factors to the instability in the region.
Foreign experts, too, are expressing their apprehension that Japan is seeking hegemony in the region and the eligibility for war, and warning that if it fails to realize its fault and continues to be in hot pursuit after confrontation, it will surely be doomed to failure.
It is a pity; however, that Abe who is haunted by the spectra of Tojo is deaf to all these warnings.