The H-bomb test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is now shaking the world, rousing a meaningful echo across the international community.
What has made the DPRK, a small country, exalt the brilliance of its sovereignty and prestige while standing face to face with the world’s biggest nuclear-armed country? How is peace defended in the Korean peninsula, in which a touch-and-go situation prevails constantly?
To look back, the US levied nuclear blackmail on the DPRK before the radioactive fallout over Hiroshima and Nagasaki had settled. During the Korean war, which the US started in the early 1950s to occupy the country in its ambition for world hegemony, US President Truman said the US was actively reviewing use of A-bombs in the theatre of war, and MacArthur, commander of the US army in the Far East, publicly said that the US was planning to drop 30-50 A-bombs over an area bordering the DPRK and China.
After the war the US turned south Korea into the largest nuclear arsenal in the Far East, a nuclear logistics base, and has constantly threatened the independent development of the DPRK and its peace and security by staging nuclear war games without letup.
Having emerged as the “sole global hegemon” after the end of the Cold War, it threatened by wielding nuclear weapons the countries that aspired after self-determination. It went to the length of publishing the list of target countries of its nuclear preemptive strike, which of course included the DPRK.
This brought about a boomerang effect: the DPRK, as a countermeasure against the attempted US nuclear strike, possessed nuclear deterrent for self-defence and steadily beefed up its own nuclear arsenal against the intensified US nuclear threat.
Claiming that the DPRK’s nuke presented a “threat to world peace,” the US insisted that the DPRK give up its nuke and in return it bring “benefits” to the latter.
If the DPRK had given up its nuke, would the US have made it a present of peace and security in the Korean peninsula and a colossal amount of material wealth for its people as it had claimed it would?
History and the reality provide a negative answer to this question.
Deceived by the US appeasement and trickery, Iraq and Libya destroyed their missiles, crystallization of their peoples’ sweats and blood, and even gave up their nuclear programme. But the return from the US is the national sovereignty and human rights becoming a mess in these countries and their plunge into bloody feuds. A deluge of refugees from the Middle East is making the European and other countries panic-stricken.
Peace can never be achieved by petition or at the conciliatory dialogue table.
The DPRK is the first country to learn this truth and inscribe it in its memory. Convinced that arms only can defend its sovereignty and prestige and global peace and security in today’s world where the imperialists’ high-handedness and aggression cut a wide swathe, it has consolidated its military capability in every way by dint of its unique Songun politics.
The US is trembling with fear before the DPRK’s formidable military capability, its nuclear deterrent in particular. The war maniacs are held in check by the country’s determination to turn the US proper into a lake of fire should it violate even an inch of its territorial airspace, waters and land and by its capability to do so.
Peace and security in the Korean peninsula is directly linked with global peace and security.
The Armageddon between the DPRK, which says it prizes national sovereignty like life itself, and the US, which seeks to achieve global hegemony, will inevitably entail an unprecedented thermonuclear war.
If such a war breaks out in the Korean peninsula, the three gigantic transformations―material prosperity, technological leap and spiritual civilization―which many countries have achieved at the highest level through thousands of years of labour will be vanished in an instant from the planet. Military commentators have calculated that four major catastrophes will sweep the world―economic loss of USD 20 trillion, destruction of 500 metropolises, one billion persons dead and desertification of the earth. They had already predicted that 30-50 years were needed for Europe to recover its original state after the Second World War and, if another world war or a world thermonuclear war breaks out, the world will be put on a recovery track after going through 100-200 years of a primitive stage.
As the DPRK has now possessed H-bombs and joined the ranks of nuclear-armed countries on its own terms, a war in the Korean peninsula is a nightmare for the US. The country, whose territory is only one-eightieth of that of the US, is defending global peace standing face to face with the empire of evil.
The DPRK’s nuclear deterrent that neutralizes the reckless US nuclear hysteria is the most powerful, treasured sword for peace in the Korean peninsula and the rest of the world.
Peace is not something to be begged for. Genuine peace is guaranteed by arms of justice.
The H-bomb test by the DPRK echoes this truth throughout the world.
Kim Jong Un Provides Field Guidance to Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang Textile Mill
Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, provided field guidance to the Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang Textile Mill.
He, to begin with, went round varieties of bags for students made with bag cloth produced at the mill.
The longer one sees bags for students, the more fashionable they look, he said, adding their styles and colors are diverse and can match ones of other countries in all aspects such as convenience, usage and beauty.
He looked round the newly built bag cloth production process.
Noting with great satisfaction that the process is the locally manufactured production process, Korean style production process desired by the Workers' Party of Korea, he said it is possible to produce bag cloth with home-made tetron rayon yarn produced by flexible rapier looms, high-temperature, high-pressure roller dyeing machines, etc. manufactured with indigenous efforts and technology. He appreciated it as a proud success in building production processes with locally produced equipment.
After going round the rayon fabric shop, general weaving shop, general dyeing shop and other places, he gave important instructions to be implemented to manage and operate the mill including the issue of boosting the production of quality clothing materials and varieties of clothes such as cloth for school uniforms.
How nice to see the modern bag cloth production base built with locally manufactured equipment, he said, adding with a broad smile on his face that he felt satisfied and pleased when picturing to himself students going to and from school with cheerful laughter, carrying with them locally produced fashionable bags.
Noting that he was encouraged to see the mill operating in full capacity, he emphasized that the machines running to keep production at a high rate and the spirit of self-reliance displayed at the mill herald the victory of the revolution as they instill the conviction of sure victory and optimism into the people who will enjoy all blessings in the world in the near future and deal deadly sledge-hammer blows at the enemies working with bloodshot eyes to block the advance of the DPRK.
He expressed expectation and conviction that the officials and employees of the Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang Textile Mill, the model mill in implementing the party's policies, would greet the 7th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea with great successes in production, keeping pace with the vibrant breath of the times.
He was accompanied by An Jong Su, Jo Yong Won and Pak Myong Sun.