The Road the DPRK Will Follow For Ever
Following the road of independence, Songun and socialism is the eternal strategy of the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea). This is a reflection of the steel-strong will of the people of the DPRK.
The viability of independence, Songun and socialism has been proved in the modern history of the country.
The DPRK was built and has advanced on the strength of independence.
The government, from its first days, has adhered to the stand of independence and formulated all its lines and policies in conformity to the specific situation in the country and the demands of its people. When building a new society after its liberation (August 1945) from Japanese military occupation, the country opted for the road of progressive democracy of the Korean style, not the style of any other country, and for the line of building an independent national economy. When everything was reduced to ashes during the Korean war (1950-1953), it held fast to the original line of economic construction―giving priority to the development of heavy industry and developing light industry and agriculture simultaneously and advocated the line of building an independent national economy by rejecting the pressure of the outside forces that were attempting to enroll it in the COMECON. When socialism was imploding in the Soviet Union and other countries, the country remained unperturbed and invariably followed the road of socialism.
Most recently, the US and its followers, in an attempt to check the DPRK from growing stronger, picked a quarrel with its announcement to launch a peaceful satellite and kicked up a racket for international “sanctions”; however, it launched the satellite, and to cope with the challenges of the hostile forces, it took such a resolute measure as advancing the line of conducting building up its nuclear forces and economic construction simultaneously. The world realized once again that the DPRK is thoroughgoing in its independent stand, that it would not flinch even a little whoever says what on the road of achieving the country’s prosperity and defending the nation’s supreme interests.
It is quite natural that the people of the DPRK, who have learned the truth that independence is their dignity and victory, will follow that road invariably.
The DPRK has emerged victorious and demonstrated its dignity on the strength of Songun.
In the Korean war the young DPRK repulsed the armed invasion by the US, self-styled “strongest” country in the world, defending with honour its sovereignty and dignity. During the six decades after the war it frustrated the ceaseless military threat and aggressive moves by the US at each step, registering only victory. It was possible because it had directed primary effort to building up its military capability under the banner of Songun.
In the closing years of the 20th century the allied imperialist forces, availing themselves of the collapse of socialism in several countries, directed the spearhead of their anti-socialist offensive at the DPRK. The country, in turn, held the banner of Songun higher, formulating Songun politics as the basic political mode of socialism and making its military capability invincible. The Korean People’s Army has now become a matchless army, strong in ideology and faith and prepared for both attack and defence. The DPRK is equipped with a powerful war deterrent, with which it can deal an annihilatory blow at those who dare to provoke it wherever they are.
As long as the people of the DPRK hold aloft the banner of Songun invariably, no force in the world will be able to check their advance.
The DPRK is a thoroughgoing socialist state centred on the masses.
In the country the masses exercise their rights as masters in all domains of social life, the socialist ownership and collectivist principle are being maintained, and the whole country is brimming over with respect and love for the people, the principle of giving definite precedence to people’s interests and convenience and regarding them as being absolute. Exploitation and oppression of man by man, the phenomenon of rich getting richer and poor getting poorer and other social problems cannot be found, and the people are supplied by the state and society with everything they need in the living. Taxation has long been abolished, and all the working people choose their jobs according to their wishes and aptitudes, and these jobs are guaranteed by the state. The state also builds houses at its own expense and provides them to the people free of charge. It enforces universal 12-year compulsory education, free medical care and other people-oriented policies.
Today the people are striving to build theirs into a thriving socialist country, a civilized socialist country, where their wishes and dreams would be realized. Eye-opening successes are being achieved in the space science and other frontier science sectors, and the economy, based on the latest scientific and technological achievements, is developing by leaps and bounds. The Munsu Water Park, Masikryong Ski Resort, Songdowon International Children’s Camp and other world-class bases for the cultural and emotional life of the masses have sprung up one after another in various parts of the country, which resound with people’s laughter of happiness, with their cheers for socialism.
Can they abandon this kind of socialism of themselves?
The road of independence, Songun and socialism is the road the people of the DPRK will follow for ever.