Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Short Biography of Kim Jong Il

Kim Jong Il, the great leader of the Korean people, is General Secretary of the Workers’s Party of Korea, chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army.

- Born the son of President Kim Il Sung and the anti-Japanese heroine
Kim Jong Suk at the Mt.Paektu secret camp on 16 February 1942.

- Finished general education from September 1950 to August 1960.

- Completed higher education at Kim Il Sung University from September 1960 to March 1964.

- Admitted to the Worker's Party of Korea (WPK) on July 22 1961.

- Appointed an official of the WPK Central Committee in June 1964 and successively held the posts of section chief, deputy department director and department director of the CC until September 1973.

- Elected member of the WPK CC at the Fifth Plenary Meeting of the Fifth CC in October 1972, and secretary of the CC at the Seventh Plenum of the Fifth CC in September 1973.

- Elected to the Political Committee of the WPK CC and acclaimed heir to President Kim Il Sung at the Eighth Plenum of the Fifth CC in February 1974.

- Elected member of the Presidium of the Political Committee of the WPK CC, secretary of the CC and member of the Party Central Military Commission at the Sixth Party Congress in October 1980.

- Elected to the 7th to 11th Supreme People's Assemblies (SPA) of the DPRK between February 1982 and September 2003.
- Elected first vice-chairman of the National Defence Commission at the first session of the Ninth SPA in May 1990.

- Appointed Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army in December 1991.

- Awarded the title of DPRK Marshal in April 1992.

- Elected chairman of the National Defence Commission at the fifth session of the Ninth SPA in April 1993.

- Elected general secretary of the WPK in October 1997.

-Re-elected chairman of the National Defence Commission at the first session of the 10th SPA in September 1998 and at the first session of the 11th SPA in September 2003.

- Published a great number of works, including those compiled in the 14-volume “Kim Jong Il’s Selected Works” and the 10-volume “For the Accomplishment of the Revolutionary Cause of Juche”, through his energetic and brilliant ideological and theoretical activities.

- Awarded the title of DPRK Hero three times in 1975, 1982 and 1992, the
Kim Il Sung Order three times in 1978, 1982 and 1992, the Kim Il Sung Prize in February 1973, and many other decorations and medals.

- Received a large number of decorations and medals, honourary titles, titles of honourary professor and doctor from many countries

GUIDE OF THE CAUSE OF INDEPENDENCE

The independent cause of mankind is invariably advancing even in the grin trials of history, which is unthinkable apart from leader Kim Jong Il of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Extraordinary Ideological and Theoretical Activities

The Korean leader formulated the revolutionary ideas of President Kim Il Sung (1912-1994) into the integrated system of the idea, theory and method of Juche. This was a noteworthy event in accomplishing the independent cause of mankind.

Kim Jong Il wrote a number of works, including On the Juche Idea (March 1982),

To develop in depth the Juche idea authored by the President and systematizes it in a comprehensive way. The Juche idea which was rapidly propagated around the globe has been widely recognized as a guiding idea for independent cause. This has made it possible for the progressive people to possess the powerful ideological and theoretical weapon for building a new world, free from all sorts of oppression, restriction, domination and subordination.

He formulated the idea and theory on a socialism perfectly.

When several socialist countries collapsed in succession in the closing year of the last century and the imperialists, availing themselves of the opportunity, made a fuss about the “end of socialism,” he made public a number of works, including The Historical Lesson in Building Socialism and the General Line of Our Party (January 1992), Abuses of Socialism are intolerable (March 1993), Socialism Is a Science (November 1994) and Giving Priority to Ideological Work Is Essential for Accomplishing Socialism (June 1995), thereby providing the truth and correctness of theory on socialism and inevitability of its triumph and delineating in a comprehensive way the theoretical and practical problems arising in accomplishing the independent cause of mankind.

Original Mode of Sogun Politics

The imperialist forces led by the United States that claimed itself as the sole superpower in the world, taking advantage of the destruction of equilibrium of forces on the planet, made frantic efforts to stamp out the independent cause of mankind once and for all. They nakedly perpetrated their aggression and intervention against other countries, being indulged in their arbitrary actions in international arena. Especially, they launched an all-round offensive in all fields of politics, military affairs, the economy, culture and external affairs against the DPRK which is advancing along the road to socialism under the unfurled banner of independence against imperialism.

To cope with such situation, the Korean leader, holding aloft the banner of Songun, has formulated Songun politics as the basic mode of socialist politics.

Thanks to his Songun politics, the DPRK, by further strengthening its defense capabilities, has been able to demonstrate its might as a military power that no enemy, however formidable, dares to attack.

This provides a sure guarantee for safeguarding its sovereignty and socialism and maintaining the peace and security of the Korean peninsula and other Northeast Asian regions, to say nothing of the world.

Today Songun politics is fully demonstrating its historical meaningfulness and position for its justness and validity as the days go by, and it is a tendency of the times to model after it.

Energetic External Activities

Kim Jong Il’s energetic external activities make a great contribution to providing an international environment favorable for the DPRK, establishing fair international relations and accomplishing the independent cause of mankind.

He puts forward independence, peace and friendship as the basic principles of the DPRK’s external activities and directs a deep concern to building a new, independent world. He positively carried on external activities for strengthening the independent force of the world which is opposed to imperialism. At the outset of the new century, he paid visits to China on several occasions, and met with the central leadership members of China who visited DPRK. His activities gave a stimulus to the common struggle of the peoples of the two countries who are channeling energy into consolidating the developing traditional DPRK-China relations, and safeguarding the cause of socialism and the global peace. Two rounds of visit to Russia in the early years of the new century and the visit to Russia’s Siberia and Far East in August 2011 injected fresh vitality in putting the relationship between the DPRK and Russia onto a new higher phase and contributed to international efforts for building an independent world.

He met the general secretary of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Communist Party, the president of the Republic of Indonesia and the king of Cambodia Kingdom, who visited Korea, and thus greatly contributed to promoting friendly and cooperative relations among the developing countries in line with the demand of the new century.

Kim Jong Il, who paid great attention to improving the relations with the Western countries, met the highest-ranking delegation of the EU and former President Bill Clinton. This opened a new phase; countries that had so far shunned and despised Korea began to improve their relations with it.

Within a few years from 2000, the DPRK has established or resumed diplomatic relations with 20-odd countries including almost all the Western countries such as Italy, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain, and the EU, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand, Kuwait and Bahrain.

His external activities embrace wide fields, ranging from political circles to the press and economic circles. Among those who were honored with audience of him are the members of delegation of financial group council of international foreign exchange of Italy, chairman and CEO of the Orascom Telecom Holding of Egypt and president of the “The Washington Times.”

Great Man Kim Jong Il

The international community praises Kim Jong Il, leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as a peerlessly great man.

He is an excellent thinker and the theoretician.

He formulated the revolutionary ideology of President Kim Il Sung, founder of socialist Korea, as an integral system of idea, theory and method of Juche. His work On the Juche Idea made public in March 1982 has become the first must-read book for the advocates of the Juche idea around the world.

He has incessantly engaged in ideological and theoretical activities to develop and enrich the Juche idea as required by the times and revolutionary development.

He advanced a large number of new ideas and theories, such as the revolutionary philosophy of Juche, and the theories on modeling the whole society on the Juche idea, on carrying forward the revolutionary cause, on People-centred socialism and on building a Juche-oriented party and revolutionary armed force. All his ideas and theories are the strategic lines of defending national independence and sovereignty and accomplishing the cause of socialism and cover every domain of social life-politics, the economy, military affairs, the art and literature, and science and education.

Kim Jong Il, busy as he is leading the country and the people, has provided comprehensive and perfect answers to the theoretical and practical problems that are required by the times and reality. In the years when the socialist system was abolished in Eastern European countries and the ideal of socialism was under severe criticism, he made public such works as The Historical Lesson in Building Socialism and the General Line of Our Party (January 1992), Abuses of Socialism Are Intolerable (March 1993) and Socialism Is a Science (November 1994), thus instilling in the world progressive people great encouragement and dealing a heavy blow to imperialists and socialist renegades.

Particularly noteworthy in his ideological and theoretical activities is that he has developed in depth the Songun idea. He has formulated Songun politics as the basic political mode of socialism by developing in depth the Songun idea rooted in the Juche idea to meet the new conditions of the present times. Thanks to him, a powerful ideo-theoretical foundation has been laid for the victorious advance of socialism under whatever fortuitous circumstances and conditions.

Kim Jong Il is the master of leadership.

He has achieved the single-hearted unity of the Korean society, the first of its kind in the history of world politics. He has equipped all members of society with the Juche idea and pursued benevolent politics, all-embracing politics, thereby further consolidating the traditional unity of the Korean society an ideology and purpose, morality and obligation.

He solves all problems in such a way to ideologically motivate people by giving top priority to ideological work over all other affairs. He puts forth appealing slogans to encourage the army and people, and gives fullest play to the inexhaustible creative ability of the masses by initiating various kinds of mass movements. As he has attached importance to the power of ideology and wisely led to its maximum display, Korea witnessed last century the 8km West Sea Barrage constructed across the sea and socialism defended with credit despite the excessive economic blockade and sanctions of the imperialist allied forces and severe natural calamities. In recent years alone in this country the construction project of the large-scale Huichon Power Station that had been estimated to be finished in over ten years was completed within three years.

Through his incessant trips of field guidance he is always among the people, shares with them life and death, and greatly inspires them to the struggle for accomplishing the socialist cause. His Songun-based revolutionary leadership started with his inspection of a unit of the Korean People’s Army on August 25, 1960, and continues today, visiting the army and people even on Sundays, holidays and on his birth anniversary days.

Thanks to his unexcelled political ability and energetic leadership Korea has developed into a politico-ideological and military power, and is making miraculous achievements day after day in its drive to build an economic power.

Kim Jong Il is the great veteran of independent politics.

At the close of the last century, when socialism collapsed in several countries he initiated that the Pyongyang Declaration, titled, Let Us Defend and Advance the Cause of Socialism, was adopted signed by scores of political parties aspiring after socialism. The declaration has proven its great vitality in overcoming the temporary frustration of the world socialist movement and bringing about its fresh upswing. Socialism has expanded its scope of influence even to many Latin-American countries, once called the “quiet backyard” of the United States, far from having met its end as imperialists had clamored about. As of the present day, the declaration has been signed by over 270 political parties.

Kim Jong Il has made great contribution to the defense of the global peace and security and the building of a new independent world with energetic external activities. The DPRK-Russia Moscow Declaration adopted during his visit to Russia in 2001 was a historic declaration that indicated the direction of independent development in the new century and made a breach in the United States; attempt for uni-polar global integration. Several rounds of his recent visit to China and the Russian Federation are also recognized to be of great significance in easing the tense situations in Northeast Asia, realizing the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, aspiring after peace and stability of the world, and putting the international community along the democratic and independent track.

It is therefore quite natural that the world mass media pay special attention to and provide wide coverage to Kim Jong Il’s foreign activities.

He dedicated all his life to the inheritance and accomplishment of the revolutionary cause of Juche and energetically worked day and night for the prosperity of the socialist homeland, happiness of people, reunification of the country and global independence. He passed away too suddenly to our profound regret.

His sudden demise at a historic time when an epochal phase is being opened for accomplishing the cause of building a powerful and prosperous socialist state and the Korean revolution is making steady victorious progress despite manifold difficulties and trials is the greatest loss to the WPK and the Korean revolution and the bitterest grief to all the Koreans at home and abroad.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Notice to All Party Members, Servicepersons and People

Pyongyang, December 19 (KCNA) -- The Central Committee and the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea, the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly and the Cabinet of the DPRK on Saturday announced the following notice to all party members, servicepersons and people:

The Central Committee and the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea, the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly and the Cabinet of the DPRK notify with bitterest grief to all the party members, servicepersons and people of the DPRK that Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, passed away of a sudden illness at 08: 30 on December 17, Juche 100 (2011) on his way to field guidance.

He dedicated all his life to the inheritance and accomplishment of the revolutionary cause of Juche and energetically worked day and night for the prosperity of the socialist homeland, happiness of people, reunification of the country and global independence. He passed away too suddenly to our profound regret.

His sudden demise at a historic time when an epochal phase is being opened for accomplishing the cause of building a powerful and prosperous socialist state and the Korean revolution is making steady victorious progress despite manifold difficulties and trials is the greatest loss to the WPK and the Korean revolution and the bitterest grief to all the Koreans at home and abroad.

Kim Jong Il, who was born as a son of guerillas on Mt. Paektu, the holy mountain of the revolution, and grew up to be a great revolutionary, wisely led the party, the army and people for a long period, performing undying revolutionary feats on behalf of the country, the people, the times and history.

Kim Jong Il possessed of personality and qualifications as a great man on the highest and perfect level was an outstanding thinker and theoretician who led the revolution and construction along the path of steady victories with his profound ideologies and theories and remarkable leadership. He was also peerlessly political elder and outstanding and illustrious commander of Songun and peerless patriot and tender-hearted father of the people who recorded the whole history of the revolutionary struggle with ardent love for the country and its people and noble dedication.

Considering it as his lifelong mission to carry to completion generation after generation the revolutionary cause of Juche started by President Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il pushed forward the revolution and construction in line with the idea and intention of the President as the dearest comrade and the most loyal comrade-in-arms of the President.

Kim Jong Il comprehensively developed in depth the immortal Juche idea, Songun idea, fathered by the President and glorified it as the idea guiding the era of independence with his clairvoyant wisdom and energetic ideological and theoretical activities. He firmly defended and carried forward the revolutionary traditions of Mt. Paektu with pure mind, thereby giving a steady continuity to the Korean revolution.

Kim Jong Il, genius of the revolution and construction, developed the party, army and state to be the party, army and state of Kim Il Sung, put the dignity and power of the nation on the highest level and ushered in the golden days of prosperity unprecedented in the nation's history spanning 5 000 years under the uplifted banner of modeling the whole society on the Juche idea.

Kim Jong Il, supreme incarnation of the revolutionary moral obligation, set a great example in perpetuating the memory of President Kim Il Sung unknown in human political history, thus making sure that the august name of the President, his undying revolutionary career and exploits always shine along with the eternal history of Juche Korea.

Kim Jong Il, great master of politics and illustrious commander born of Heaven, honorably defended the socialist gains, noble heritage bequeathed by the President, by dint of Songun politics despite the collapse of the world socialist system, the demise of the President which was the greatest loss to the nation, the vicious offensive of the imperialist allied forces to stifle the DPRK and severe natural disasters. He turned the DPRK into an invincible political and ideological power in which single-minded unity has been achieved and made it emerge a nuclear weapons state and an invincible military power which no enemy can ever provoke.

True to President Kim Il Sung's behest, Kim Jong Il set a gigantic goal to build a prosperous and powerful country and led an all-people general advance for attaining it, thus making the drive for a great revolutionary surge rage throughout the country and bringing about great innovations and leap forward on all fronts of socialist construction.

Kim Jong Il, father of the nation and lodestar of national reunification, led all the fellow countrymen to the road of independence and great national unity with his rock-firm will to implement the instructions of the President for national reunification and ushered in the June 15 era of reunification in which the noble idea of "By our nation itself" is materialized.

As a great guardian of socialism and justice, he conducted energetic external activities for the victory of the socialist cause, global peace and stability and friendship and solidarity among peoples under the uplifted banner of independence against imperialism, thus remarkably raising the international position and prestige of the DPRK and making immortal contributions to the human cause of independence.

In the whole period of his protracted revolutionary guidance, he valued and loved the people very much and always shared weal and woe with them. He continued to make difficult forced march for field guidance, making unremitting efforts and working heart and soul to build a thriving country and improve the standard of people's living. He died from repeated mental and physical fatigue on a train in that course.

The whole life of Kim Jong Il was the most brilliant life of a great revolutionary who covered an untrodden thorny path with his iron will and superhuman energy, holding aloft the red flag of revolution. It was the life of the peerless patriot who dedicated his all to the country and its people.

He passed away to our regret before seeing the victory of the cause of building a thriving nation, the national reunification and the accomplishment of the revolutionary cause of Juche so ardently desired by him, but laid a strong political and military base for ensuring the steady advance of the Korean revolution through generations and provided a solid foundation for the eternal prosperity of the country and the nation.

Standing in the van of the Korean revolution at present is Kim Jong Un, great successor to the revolutionary cause of Juche and outstanding leader of our party, army and people.

Kim Jong Un's leadership provides a sure guarantee for creditably carrying to completion the revolutionary cause of Juche through generations, the cause started by Kim Il Sung and led by Kim Jong Il to victory.

We have the invincible revolutionary army of Mt. Paektu faithful to the cause of the Workers' Party of Korea, the great unity of the army and people closely rallied around the Party, the best Korean-style socialist system centered on the popular masses and the solid foundation of the independent national economy.

Under the leadership of Kim Jong Un we should turn our sorrow into strength and courage and overcome the present difficulties and work harder for fresh great victory of the Juche revolution.

Our army and people will hold leader Kim Jong Il in high esteem forever with unshakable faith and noble sense of moral obligation. True to his behests, they will make neither slightest concession nor delay on the road of the Juche revolution, the Songun revolution but resolutely defend his undying feats and glorify them for all ages.

All the party members, servicepersons and people should remain loyal to the guidance of respected Kim Jong Un and firmly protect and further cement the single-minded unity of the party, the army and the people.

Under the uplifted banner of Songun, we should increase the country's military capability in every way to reliably safeguard the Korean socialist system and the gains of revolution and make the torch lit in South Hamgyong Province, the drive for the industrial revolution in the new century, rage throughout the country and thus bring about a decisive turn in building an economic power and improving the standard of people's living.

We will surely achieve the independent reunification of the country by concerted efforts of all Koreans by thoroughly implementing the Three Charters for National Reunification and the north-south joint declarations.

Our party and people will strive hard to boost friendship and solidarity with the peoples of different countries, guided by the idea of independence, peace and friendship, and build an independent and peaceful, new world free from domination, subjugation, aggression and war.

Arduous is the road for our revolution to follow and grim is the present situation. But no force on earth can check the revolutionary advance of our party, army and people under the wise leadership of Kim Jong Un.

The heart of Kim Jong Il stopped beating, but his noble and august name and benevolent image will always be remembered by our army and people and his glorious history of revolutionary activities and undying feats will remain shining in the history of the country forever.-0-

Notice of National Funeral Committee

Pyongyang, December 19 (KCNA) -- The National Funeral Committee released a following notice on Saturday:

It notifies that it decided as follows so that the whole party, army and people can express the most profound regret at the demise of leader Kim Jong Il and mourn him in deep reverence:

His bier will be placed at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace.

Mourning period will be set from Dec. 17 to 29, Juche 100 (2011) and mourners will be received from Dec. 20 to 27.

A farewell-bidding ceremony will be solemnly held in Pyongyang on Dec. 28.

A national memorial service for Kim Jong Il will be held on Dec. 29.

Mourning guns will be boomed in Pyongyang and in provincial seats timed to coincide with the national memorial service in Pyongyang and all the people will observe three minutes' silence and all locomotives and vessels will blow sirens all at once.

All institutions and enterprises across the country will hold mourning events during the mourning period and all provinces, cities and counties will hold memorial services timed to coincide with the national memorial service in Pyongyang.

The institutions and enterprises will hoist flags at half-mast and musical and all other entertainments will be refrained.

Foreign mourning delegations will not be received. -0-

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

DEAR LEADER COMRADE KIM JONG IL PASSES ON

December 19 2011


His Excellency KIM JONG UN
Supreme Leader of Korean People

Pyongyang


I sincerely express my most profound regret at the demise of the leader KIM JONG IL on behalf of all adherents of Juche Idea in Nigeria .
As a great guardian of peace and justice, he conducted energetic activities for global peace and stability and friendship and solidarity among peoples of the world under the uplifted banner of independence, thus making immortal contributions to the human cause of independence.
I am fully convinced that Korean people will turn their sorrow into strength and courage and overcome the present difficulties and work harder for great victory of the Juche revolution under the leadership of Your Excellency.
Please accept the assurances of my highest consideration.

Dr. Alhassan Mamman Muhammad
National Chairman
Nigeria National Committee on the Study of the Juche Idea

Abuja

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Kim Jong Suk, Praised Forever
Kim Jong Suk (1917-1949)is a Korean woman who enjoys the eternal admiration of not only Korean people but many world personages.
Legendary Woman Guerrilla General
Kim Jong Suk was born into a poor farm family in Osandok-dong, Hoeryong City, North Hamgyong Province in the part of korea, on December 24, 1917. At the time when she was born, Korea was under the Japanese military occupation (1905-1994).
Born in such a state of national sufferings, Kim Jong Suk embarked on the road of struggle in her teens to save her country and fellow people. At the age of 18, she joined the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army led by Kim Il Sung (1912-1994).
Since then she fought bloody battles with arms in her hands, winning fame as an anti-Japanese woman general, for over ten years until the country was liberated (August 15, 1945).
During the days many anecdotes were told of her. They included the stories that her marksmanship was so mysterious that it looked as if her bullets had an eye, how she lured many enemy soldiers single-handed to defend the security of her unit, how she made the enemy shudder by leading a song while a few members of a sewing unit and by a few sewing machines in a forest only for 20 days, and how she aroused the board sections of the masses to the sacred anti-Japanese war by her skilled, sophisticated activities behind the enemy lines, and so on.
It is quite natural that she was called an anti-Japanese heroine, a woman guerrilla general, for she was possessed of extraordinary resourcefulness, peerless courage and mysterious marksmanship..
The following is among the slogans that anti-Japanese fighters wrote on the barked trees at the time:
“Twenty million countrymen, generals for liberating Korea are Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Suk,” “Kim Jong Suk, anti-Japanese woman general of Mt. Paektu, is a heroine of the century that Korea has produced,” and “A woman general of Mt. Paektu beats the Japs, being elusive in her movements and acting swiftly.”
Immortal Exploits
People linger in front of a picture in the Korean Revolutionary Museum on Mansu Hill in the heart of Pyongyang, the capital of the DPRK. The picture depicts a fact that happened near Dashahe in Northeast China in the days of the anti-Japanese armed struggle.
Commander Kim Il Sung commands a battle there standing high on a rock, five or six enemy soldiers steal up on him with their rifles aimed at him, and at this critical moment Kim Jong Suk flies herself to him, shields him and shoots enemy down with a Mauser held fast in her hand.
The moment must have been only a few seconds. But every second was telling: it would decide Korea’s destiny.
Similar events were witnessed not only near Dashahe. During many battles she safeguarded Kim Il Sung from danger at the risk of her life.
For her, Kim Il Sung was the heart of Korea, destiny of Korea, whom she had to defend at all costs, even by sacrificing herself.
Throughout her short life, she devoted her all for the sake of Kim Il Sung’s safety and good health. The stories about how she dried his wet clothes against her body in the winter cold during the consecutive fierce battles, how she thinned her hair to make liners for his shoes and how she made overcoat for him with floss-silk that is said to be bullet-proof, still move the listeners.
Even after Korea’s liberation she regarded herself as a bodyguard of Kim Il Sung, and reliably defend his personal safety as he was guiding the building of a new country in difficult circumstances. To say nothing of preparing his meal, she knitted his socks or gloves for herself. The preparing of soybean paste and kimchi for which he had a special liking took much effort, but she spared no effort for doing it by herself.
She lived only for four years after the country’s liberation, and she visited as many as hundreds of units on over 700 occasions t assist Kim Il Sung in his cause of building a country.
In order to hand down her exploits forever, the Korean people named after her many areas and units, such as Kim Jong Suk County, Kim Jong Suk Naval University, Kim Jong Suk University of Education, Pyongyang Kim Jong Suk Silk Mill, Kim Jong Suk Sanatorium and Kim Jong Suk Nursery.
Mother’s Wish
Brazilian newspaper Hora do povo once wrote:
“Chairman Kim Jong Il of the NDC of the DPRK answered questions raised by a Russian newswoman. He counted among his most intimate persons his mother who passed away when he was a child.
My mother was a woman revolutionary fighter. She wished a good success of all her son’s work…… I owe a big debt of gratitude to her.”
This afforded international society an opportunity to dwell on Kim Jong Il’s memory of his mother.
Kim Jong Suk wrapped him in a patched quilt and brought up her son not in a soft cradle in a quiet house but in a small log cabin in a secret camp on Mt. Paektu (the highest mountain in Korea. The Korean people call it the ancestral mountain from olden times), amidst severe snowstorm and gun reports of the anti-Japanese armed struggle.
She would put her pistol in his small hands and taught him how to shoot it, saying with deep meaning that the country should be liberated and defended by forces of arms. After Korea’s liberation, she would visit army units and military schools together with her son, and tailored him a general’s uniform.
In her lifetime she used to request him to grow up to become an excellent general like his father; a few hours before she died, she showed him the military uniform of Kim Il Sung.
Her pistol and Kim Il Sung’s military uniform that were handed over to young Kim Jong Il by Kim Jong Suk-these were valuable inheritances associated with her wish that Kim Jong Il should carry forward Kim Il Sung’s cause down through generations, defend Korea and exalt Korea’s dignity by force of arms.
Her wish is being put into brilliant practice in the DPRK leaping towards a great, prosperous and powerful country under the ever-victorious Songun leadership of Kim Jong Il.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

DPRK rich in rare earth resources

A series of scientific research projects have been undertaken in the country to develop and make effective use of rare earth resources.
Rich natural resources are material wealth and priceless asset for rapidly developing the national economy.
The rapid development of the frontier technologies throughout the world is sparking fierce scramble for securing natural resources.
Rare earths are called seasoning powder of industry, vitamins of materials and “treasury of new materials” for the distinctive role they are playing in developing the economy and cutting-edge technologies.
In particular, they are highly regarded as strategic resources of the 21st century as they are used as core materials in making state-of-the-art equipment.
The DPRK has abundant rare earth deposits.
The estimated deposits of rare earths in the country amount to tens of millions of tons in content.
Statistics show that the world deposits of rare earths are 150 to 160 million tons in content and it is predicted that the country would be advanced in the world ranking in terms of estimated amount of deposit.
The Korean rare earth resources are mostly distributed in North Pyongan, Kangwon and South Hwanghae Provinces.
Rare earth(RE) ores are bastnaesite, monazite and britholite. There are also pyrochlore and other ores containing RE and other rare elements.
The country has a dozen large deposits in which bastnaesite, britholite, monazite and ilmenite with zircon, and fergusonite are main minerals.
The Jongju deposit, for example, in a britholite deposit containing some ten RE minerals and it has over a dozen million tons of rare earths.
In the past experts established an industrial method of processing bastnaesite and developed RE microelement fertilizers and different kinds of additives for stockbreeding, fish culture, sericulture and for the cultivation of tree samplings, medicinal herbs and muchroom, RE welding rods, RE dyeing additives, RE plastic stabilizers, RE metal refining agents, RE permanent magnet, RE alloys and RE medicines and medical appliances.
They have recently launched a joint research project on the chemistry of RE materials and its application. It includes research into RE compounds and materials by quantum chemistry, RE-titanic dioxide(TiO2)photo catalyst, RE-zeolite catalyst and other catalysts, RE fluorescent materials and long-life afterglow materials, bio-functional substance in the form of RE-organic complex and the making of RE nano materials by using supercritical fluid.
Research is also going on to comprehensively process britholite, pyrochlore and other useful mineral resources abundant in the country and collect all valuable elements such as zirconium, niobium, tantalum and apatite as well as rare earths.
The country is promoting the development of new kinds of high-tech products urgently needed for the national economic construction and the improvement of the people’s living standard through the development of RE functional materials and making effective use of them.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Life devoted to Women’s Emancipation
Kim Jong Suk (December 24, 1917 – September 22, 1949), who is held in high esteem by the Korean people as an anti-Japanese heroine, was an outstanding woman activist who devoted her whole life to women’s social emancipation and the development of their movement.
In the days fo the colonial rule of Japanese imperialism (1905-1945), she led the Korean women to turn out in the struggle for the country’s liberation and the women’s emancipation.
Kim Jong Suk participated in the anti-Japanese war commanded by Kim Il Sung, founding father of socialist Korea, winning the fame as an anti-Japanese heroine and woman general of Mt. Paektu. Thanks to her warm care, many women were trained to be excellent revolutionaries.
It happened when she was engaged for several months from April 1937 in underground activities in Taoquanli, northeast China. She taught the village women, who had been under darkness and ignorance, their letters, brought home to them the fundamentals of the revolution, and formed the Anti-Japanese Women’s Association by involving them. Saying that in order for the women to be freed from rightlessness and inequality and achieve social emancipation they should turn out in the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle led by Kim Il Sung , she ensured that they assisted the KPRA (Korean People’s Revolutionary Army) in every way. Along with this, she made sure that they played a big role in reconnoitring the enemy movements for successful military operations of the KPRA. Exploits of Kim Jong Suk and other women were permeated in the victorious Phochonbo Battle on June 4, 1937, which announced to the world that the Korean nation would not live as slaves of Japanese imperialism and would surely win back their country’s independence by fighting Japanese imperialism.
In the early 1940s, when military and political training for final battle for national liberation was underway, she stood in the van of such drills as parachuting, river-crossing and skiing, which even men soldiers, found difficult, encouraging women guerrillas to gain excellent marks.
After the country’s liberation(August 1945), she, while actively assisting Kim Il Sung in his work, motivated women to turn out in the effort for building a new society.
Just from the stage of formulating its programme after the country’s liberation, the Korean women’s movement encountered various assertions: some insisted that the theory of defending human rights and the programme advocated by women the socialist women campaigners of the past should be copied mechanically. Having learned of this fact, she presented her view that the foremost task of the Democratic Women’s Union of North Korea was to enlist women in the effort to found the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the major political task of the Worker’s Party of Korea. She enlightened officials of the women’s union, saying that the programme of the union should contain such issues as thorough liberation of women from the colonial and feudal exploitation, elevation of their political and economic positions, abolishing of the feudal evils of maltreating women and their emancipating from centuries-old ignorance and darkness. The first programme drawn up under her deep care won the unanimous approval at the First Conference of the DWUNK held in May 1946, and the Korean women and the DWUNK organizations were able to confidently advance with their clear objective.
Kim Jong Suk also paid her deep attention to building up the DWUNK and rallying the broad sections of women around it. She said to officials of the union that the DWUNK should be political organization in which all Korean women, who loved the country, were rallied as one to strive for the building of a new country, adding that if women who accounted for half of the total population were united as one they could display their great strength. As a result, the union whose membership numbered 150 000 as of November 1945 increased to a million by late 1946.
With a great importance attached to improving the women’s political and ideological standards, she used to go deep among them to conduct the explanatory and publicity work.
She visited many factories, including the Pyongyang Cornstarch Factory and the then Pyongyang Silk Mill, to arouse women in the efforts to build a new country. She took a lead in the Pothong River improvement project, the first nature-harnessing project in liberated Korea, with a pannier on her back, arousing women in the patriotic work and, through this, encouraging them to display their strength.
True to Kim Il Sung’s instructions that it would be advisable for the women’s union to train women officials needed for nation building, she actively helped the work to set up model technical school for training women officials and technicians. Thus, competent women officials were trained in a short period in the liberated country to become pillars for the building of a new society.
The undying exploits she achieved for women’s emancipation and the strengthening and development of the women’s movement will shine forever with the history of ever-prospering socialist Korea.


Supreme Commander and Soldier’s Families
The relationship between Supreme Commander Kim Jong Il and soldiers’ families in the DPRK is one between parents and their children, in which they share the same destiny.
Followings are few examples.
Family with Eight Officers
There is a family whose eight sons are serving in the army.
The eldest, Pak Yong Chol, determined to defend his motherland and fellow people with arms throughout his life like his father, became an officer of his father’s former unit; the second son, following in the steps of his elder brother, also became an officer; the third volunteered for service in the army when the situation in the Korean peninsula was brought to the brink of war owing to the incident caused by the Pueblo, US armed spy ship which had intruded into the Korean territorial waters and been captured by the People’s Army; and the fourth refused the recommendation to a university after military service, and decided to continue serving in the army; the other four younger brothers also became officers in keeping their family tradition of defending the country.
In October 1992, when the youngest brother was assigned to a post in the frontline and so all eight brothers became officers, they wrote to Supreme Commander Kim Jong Il a letter reading as follows in part:
“ We will only trust and follow you and cast our lots with you whatever howling wind may blow and even if the sky and land may change hundreds of times. It is our determination to remain as eight officers who defend you, the Supreme Commander, with arms of the revolution in our hands forever. If harsh ordeals crop up, we, eight brothers, will become a bulwark and shield that defend you at all costs, and in a decisive battle we will bravely fight the enemy at the risk of our lives, shouting ‘Long live General Kim Jong Il.’
“ ‘Let’s be eight human rifles and eight human bombs that defend the respected Supreme Commander!’ This is our faith and oath. …”
The Supreme Commander, after reading their letter, raised the eight brothers as pioneers of soldiers’ families, saying that they greatly encouraged him.
Afterwards, many soldier’s families, such as Ri Chong Song and his four brothers, Li Jong Un and five brothers, and Ri Jang Ung and his six brothers and sister, were born in Korea.
A Blessed Soldiers’ Family
One November day in 1997, Supreme Commander Kim Jong Il gave field guidance at a women’s coastal battery. While looking round the company with affection, he learned that a daughter of a former artillery woman, who had presented a bouquet of flowers to President Kim Il Sung 25 years ago on his inspection of the company, was serving in the same company.
Pleased, he called her to his side and asked how old she was and what her parents and brother and sister were doing. She answered that her father was on officer, her mother was working as a civilian in an army unit, and her brother was serving in the army. The Supreme Commander highly praised her family, saying that it was the manifestation of patriotism that all her family members were guarding the post of national defence. He was so proud of the girl for defending her mother’s former post that he posed for a photograph with her.
That day he said to officials that all the members of society should take their cue from the girl’s family for national defence, and that he would meet her parents later.
One week later, busy as he was, he met the girl’s mother, Om Pok Sun, and her father and inquired into their work and life, and even the future of their youngest daughter, still a secondary-school student.
In February 2000 he met the family again; by now, the youngest daughter had enlisted in the army, Om Pok Sun reenlisted in the army. He highly praised them for serving in the army, and posed for a souvenir photograph with them.
The family of Om Pok Sun is now as a model of revolutionary soldiers’ families in the DPRK.
There are many such families in the country.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Answers to Questions Raised by ITAR-Tass of Russia
October 13, 2011
I offer my thanks to ITAR-Tass for having put a written question as to my successful visit to the Siberian and Far East Regions of the Russian Federation.
You have asked several questions and I am going to answer them by groups for the sake of convenience.
First, I would like to refer to my impression of the Russia visit and the prospects of the development of the DPRK-Russia relations.
I am very glad to have visited Russia, a friendly neighbour, in August and met President Dmitri Anatoliyevich Medvedev.

I cannot forget the fact that President Medvedev travelled thousands of kilometres to Ulan-Ude from the capital of Moscow to warmly welcome us and officials from Moscow and local areas and the Russian people accorded us warm hospitality everywhere I visited. And I pleasantly recollected the days of the early new century when I met former President Vladimir Putin on several occasions and deepened friendship between us.
I was deeply moved as I visited again after nearly a decade the meaningful Far East and Siberian regions bearing vividly the noble traces of the great President Kim Il Sung who had established the precious traditions of the DPRK-Russia friendship and made an undying contribution to strengthening and developing them.
During the third visit to Russia in the new century we looked round the Bureya Hydropower Station, a giant power producer in the Russian Far East, Lake Baikal, a scenic attraction of Siberia, different cities and economic and cultural facilities and in the course of this we witnessed the achievements the Russian government and people were making in building a powerful state with deep emotion and had a better understanding of the thoughts, feelings and customs of the brave and diligent Russian people.
To continue to develop in depth the history and traditions of the DPRK-Russia friendship accords fully with the interests of the peoples of our two countries and is of great significance in defending peace and stability in Northeast Asia.
The DPRK-Russia summit meeting and talks held in Ulan-Ude marked an important occasion in further expanding and developing the traditional relations of bilateral friendship and cooperation in conformity with the aspirations and wishes of the peoples of the two countries. At the summit meeting and talks we reached a common understanding that to develop bilateral relations of economic cooperation in different fields including the building of gas pipeline and the linking of railways accords with the interests of the peoples of the two countries and will go a long way towards regional prosperity. Accordingly, the two countries are now briskly pushing ahead with the practical measures to achieve cooperation in the energy sector, including the building of the gas pipeline.
I am confident that the relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries will be further expanded and cemented in all the fields of politics, the economy, culture and military affairs on the basis of the agreements reached at the recent summit meeting and talks and the spirit of the DPRK-Russia Joint Declaration, the DPRK-Russia Moscow Declaration and the DPRK-Russia Treaty of Friendship, Good-Neighbourliness and Cooperation. The government of our Republic highly values the traditional DPRK-Russia friendship and will make joint efforts with the Russian side to steadily consolidate and develop the relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries and the two peoples.
Next, I would like to speak on the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula and the resumption of the six-party talks.
To make the whole Korean peninsula nuclear-free was the behest of the great President Kim Il Sung, and it is the consistent stand of the government of our Republic.
The nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula arose as a result of the United States constantly threatening the sovereignty and security of our people.
Sovereignty is the lifeline of a country and nation. We have possessed nuclear deterrent to protect our sovereignty from the blatant nuclear threat of the United States and its increasingly hostile policy.
As agreed at the recent summit talks, there is no change in our principled stand to strive to make the whole Korean peninsula nuclear-free by resuming the six-party talks as early as possible with no strings attached and implementing the September 19 Joint Statement in an all-round and balanced way on the principle of simultaneous action.
We will make continued efforts with the Russian side to oppose high-handed and arbitrary practices on the international arena, establish a fair international order and defend peace and security of Asia and the rest of the world.
As for the prospect of normalizing relations between our country and the United States and Japan, it depends entirely on the standpoint and attitude of the United States and Japan.
It is a consistent foreign policy of our Republic to further develop relations favourably with all the countries that are friendly to it in conformity with the ideals of independence, peace and friendship.
In the new century, too, as it did in the past, the United States is persistently pursuing policies hostile towards the DPRK, while stepping up its pressure on it in all aspects and driving the situation to a dangerous line.
As the present reality testifies to the history of antagonistic DPRK-US relations, any sort of US acts of hostility and manoeuvres of invasion and disintegration will cut no ice with us and always meet with failure.
If the US, though belatedly, abandons its policy hostile to the DPRK and approaches it with good faith, we are willing to improve our relations with it.
What is primary in promoting relations between our country and Japan is that Japan should atone for the crimes it committed against our country and people in the past.
If Japan takes a resolute step towards the redress for its dubious past and the abandonment of its policy hostile towards us, it may lead to the normalization of the bilateral relations.
Russian friends displayed much interest in the fact that our people are making epochal progress in their efforts to build a thriving country.
During my visit to Russia, President Medvezev conveyed his kind greetings to our people who are making devoted efforts to effect fresh changes in their efforts to build a thriving country to mark the centenary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung, expressing his support for the positive measures we have taken to develop the country’s economy and improve the people’s standard of living as well as his conviction that our people will achieve greater successes in their drive to build a prosperous and powerful country. This serves as a great encouragement to our cause.
Today our people are all out to implement the cause of building a prosperous and powerful socialist country, the lifetime wish of President Kim Il Sung, and particularly they are directing all their efforts to improving their standard of living.
We will brilliantly achieve the cause of building a thriving nation without fail on the strength of single-hearted unity of the Party, army and people, and the solid potentialities of our independent national economy.
It is my greatest wish to enable our people to live with nothing to envy at the earliest possible date, and it is my greatest pleasure to work energetically, sharing my joys and sorrows with our people, on the road of translating my wish into reality.
Availing myself of this opportunity, I extend again my friendly greetings to the Russian government and people and wish them great success in their efforts to build a powerful state.
Since WPK Conference
A little more than one year has passed since the Conference of the Worker’s Party of Korea was held in September 2010. What has taken place in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea over the period is in the limelight of the world community. It is because in the past a Party conference would always be followed by events of great significance.
The WPK would call a conference, when necessary, between the intervals of Party congresses in order to either discuss urgent issues concerning its lines and policies, strategy and tactics or decide organizational issues. It called its first conference in March 1958.
In those days, the Chollima Workteam Movement was sweeping the whole country as a campaign to educate the working people in socialist ideology and bring about innovations in economic construction by giving free rein to mass heroism. The movement resulted in such miracles that the Korean working people rolled 120 000 tons of steel plate by using a blooming mill with a 60 000-ton capacity and produced 270 000 tons of pig iron at a blast furnace with a 190 000-ton capacity.
The Party conference held in this situation put forth specific tasks of the Five-Year Plan (1957-1961) for laying the foundations of industrialization and the ways to implementing them, and adopted relevant decisions. The conference opened up a bright vista for the Korean people and instilled greater conference and courage into them.
After the conference the DPRK further promoted the drive to transform the relations of production in urban and rural areas along socialist lines, thus finishing the agricultural cooperativization in August that year to be followed by the completion of socialist transformation of private handicraft economy and individual trade commerce. Consequently, a socialist system was established in Korea. The above-said movement was launched more vigorously throughout the country to carry out the Five-Year ahead of schedule, with the result that eye-opening achievements were made in the overall economic construction, including the establishment of heavy industry centers based on machine-building industry.
The WPK called its second conference in October 1966.
The conference adopted as its decision the line of simultaneously carrying on the building up of the economy and defense under such grave situation that the US became evermore pronounced in its moves for aggression, giving rise oo the Cuban Crisis and the Incident of Gulf of Tonkin in Vietnam.
All the Korean people turned out in implementing the WPK’s line to the letter.
Rapid progress was made in industrial production during the period of the First Seven-Year Plan; by the end of the plan the DPRK was in a position to turn out in only 12days the goods manufactured in one year of 1944 before Korea’s liberation. The Korean people carried out the historic tasks of industrialization in a matter of 14 years(1957-1970), thus striking the world with admiration.
The DPRK made marked achievements in the defense upbuilding as well, thus consolidating its defense capabilities in every way. The fact is well proved by the following incidents: In January 1968 the US armed spy ship Pueblo was captured while intruding into the territorial waters of the DPRK. EC-121, a large US espionage plane, was shot down in April 1969. Whenever such incidents happened, the US made much ado as if to start a war at once by developing huge armed forces including nuclear aircraft carriers around the Korean peninsula. Their attempts, however, ended in failure every time, overpowered by determined will and inexhaustible military power of the DPRK, which returns retaliation for “retaliation” and all-out war for all-out war.
These facts foretell a new event in DPRK, in that the third conference of the WPK was held in September 2010.
The new event may be that the DPRK will open the gates of a prosperous and powerful country in 2012, marking the centenary of birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung, the founding father of socialist Korea.
As a matter of fact , the Korea is registering miraculous economic achievements with each passing day after the WPK conference.
In December 2010, the Kim Chaek Iron and Steel Complex perfected a new steel-making system of using no cokes and is now normalizing its production on a high track. Coal gasification projects have been brought to completion, thus mass-producing fertilizers, by relying on coal abundant in the country. The Huichon Ryonha General Machine Factory, a producer of high-performance CNC machine tools, has facelifted itself into a plant of green architecture type. The construction of the Huichon Power Station, a gigantic project which would take more than ten years, is nearing its completion, only three years after its groundbreaking. The Pyongyang Wheat garments, have been reconstructed on a modern basis, opening up an avenue to bring about a fresh turn in improving the people’s standard of living. Fish farms breeding sturgeon, rainbow trout and other rare fishes and large-size fruit farms have been set up in several parts of the country.
New achievements are being made in the sectors of cutting-edge technologies, including IT, bioengineering and nano technology, on the basis of experience of having held supremacy of CNC technology
The construction of modern dwelling houses including 100 000 flats in Pyongyang, road-building, landscaping and other land management work are in swing in all parts of the country, with the result that the country is facelifting its appearance as befits a prosperous and powerful nation.
The international community will witness a new event that the Korean people open the gates of a thriving nation in 2012 under the leadership of the WPK.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Anniversary of the Election of Kim Jong Il

as the General Secretary of the WPK

Kim Jong Il was elected the general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea on October 8, 1997. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was in a difficult situation that time.

The US- led imperialist forces were intensifying than ever before their political and military pressure, economic sanctions and blockade against socialist Korea, with a view to completely stamping out the existence of the globe after the collapse of socialism in the Eastern European countries in the late 1980s and the early 1990s. The Korean people suffered the greatest national loss on July 8, 1994—the death of Kim Il Sung who had led the country over half a century. To make things worse, they encountered the worst economic difficulties and shortage of food caused by the natural calamities which hit the country for several consecutive years. The DPRK had to launch a severe struggle to defend socialism. Given the situation, Kim Jong Il unfolded the blueprint for the bright future for the Korean people---plan for building a great, prosperous and powerful socialist country whose national power is strong, and where everything prospers and the people live with nothing to envy in the world. The successful launch in August 1997 of the artificial earth satellite, Kwangmyonsong No. 1 , which was made entirely by its own efforts, was the solemn declaration which heralded the start of the building of a thriving nation.

In order to crush the aggressive maneuvers of the imperialists by strengthening the politico-ideological might and military strength of the country, he formulated Songun politics as the basic political mode of socialism, and thoroughly applied it through his continuous field inspections of army units.

The WPK adopted measures to establish the atmosphere of attaching importance to military affairs throughout society and emulate the revolutionary soldier spirit.

The Korean people responded to his Songun politics with all their heart. The army broke through the economic difficulties standing in the van and the civilians supported the army more sincerely in the course of which the traditional single-hearted unity of the Korean society has reached a new, higher plane. The overall national power of the country has been strengthened remarkably, with the result that it came to possess a powerful nuclear deterrent.

The WPK’s policies of developing the economy of the country at the earliest possible date have been realized brilliantly one by one.

Numerous hydroelectric power stations have been built in the country. The Korean people realigned the paddy and non-paddy fields across the country into the standardized plots and built gravitational waterways to the brilliant implementation of the decision of the WPK on strengthening the foundations of the agricultural development.

True to Kim Jong Il’s aphorism of keeping their feet firmly planted on their land and looking out over the world and WPK’s idea of pushing back the frontiers of science and technology, the Korean people secured the supremacy in the CNC technology and are achieving marvelous success in such domains as the nuclear, space, and bioengineering technologies. The WPK’s line of building an independent national economy is also being implemented with credit as a new steel-making system using no cokes and scrap iron has been established, the line of producing fertilizer based on coal gasification installed and the line of producing vinalon fiber renovation to rely on the resource abundant in the country.

In 2011, too, Korea set it as its key goal to improve the people’s living standards and focus its investment on developing light industry and agriculture. Every province, not to mention the capital city of Pyongyang, has built a general foodstuff factory equipped with modern facilities and run them at full capacity; renovated factories of light industry are producing daily necessities of high quality. The construction of 100, 000 flats is under way full steam in Pyongyang, and the large-scale Huichon Power Station, which was scheduled to be finished by 2012, is near completion.

In a word, it can be said that the Korean people have already laid possible foundations on which to translate into reality the goals set by the WPK, to open the gates of thriving nation by 2012, greeting the centenary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung, founding father of socialist Korea.

The Conference of the Worker’s Party of Korea convened in September 2010 adopted a decision on reelecting Kim Jong Il to the helm of the Party. When the decision was made public the whole country was instantly thrown into a festive mood, and everyone came outside to dance and cheer.

These were a vivid picture of the Korean people, who absolutely support and trust their leader and entrust their destiny and future entirely on the WPK headed by him.