Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, gave field guidance to the Kumsong Tractor Factory which successfully carried out the task for production of new-type tractors, entrusted by the Party, in the revolutionary spirit of self-reliance. He looked round the room for education in the revolutionary history and the room dedicated to the history of the factory. Noting that President Kim Il Sung visited the factory 34 times and leader Kim Jong Il ten times, he said that, through the figures alone, one can well know about the immortal guidance feats performed by the great leaders for the development of the Juche-based tractor industry. Seeing with deep emotion the photos of Kim Il Sung watching the Chollima tractor made by the workers of the factory on Nov. 14, 1958 and Kim Jong Il giving important instructions for the factory's development before the newly-made tractor Chollima-2000, he stressed it is thanks to their devoted efforts that the factory could register brilliant successes in the struggle to realize the comprehensive mechanization of agriculture over the past years. The respected Supreme Leader examined new-type 80 h.p. tractors, Chollima-804, produced at the factory. Watching with a bright smile on his face hundreds of blue-pained tractors standing in rows, he said with high appreciation that it is very spectacular and that the factory made a great success.  He personally rode on a tractor and drove it to learn in detail about its performance and technical specifications. Saying that the workers of the factory who set the great era of Chollima in a ferment with the production of the first Chollima tractor are adding shine to the present era of Mallima with the production of new-type tractor Chollima-804, he stressed that the buzzing sound of the 80 h.p. tractor, a proud creation of the era of Mallima, represents the grand march of Socialist Korea. Then he went round processing and assembling workshop, sheet metal processing workshop, casting workshop and other parts of the factory and set forth its tractor production assignment for next year as well as the task for its modernization. Another revolution should be made in positively propelling the development of the country's vehicle industry through a project of upgrading the Kumsong Tractor Factory, he said, showing benevolence for the renovation of the factory and promising that he would dispatch a powerful building force of the people's army. He had a photo session with the labor innovators of the factory. Accompanying him were Pak Pong Ju, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK, vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and premier of the Cabinet, O Su Yong, vice-chairman of the C.C., WPK, and Jo Yong Won, vice department director of the C.C., WPK.
Monday, November 20, 2017
An opinion has recently been raised that some of our social scientists had expressed a wrong view contrary to our Party's idea in explaining the Juche philosophy, and that this view had been disseminated abroad as well.
These social scientists still attempt to explain the basic principles of the Juche philosophy from the point of view of the general law of the development of the material world, instead of explaining them in the direction of clarifying the law of social movement. The proponents of this view say that their argument is aimed at proving that the Juche philosophy is a new development also of Marxist materialistic dialectics. In explaining and propagating the Juche philosophy we do not need to convince people that the Juche philosophy is a new development of Marxist materialistic dialectics. It is true that our Party has not taken a dogmatic approach to Marxist materialistic dialectics but analysed it from the point of view of Juche and has given new explanations to a number of problems. However, some development of materialism and dialectics does not constitute the basic content of the Juche philosophy.
The Juche philosophy is an original philosophy which has been evolved and systematized with its own principles. The historic contribution made by the Juche philosophy to the development of philosophical thoughts lies not in its advancement of Marxist materialistic dialectics, but in its clarification of new philosophical principles centered on man.
The Marxist philosophy raised the relationship between material and consciousness, between being and thinking, as the fundamental question of philosophy and proved the primacy of material, the primacy of being and, on this basis, elucidated that the world is made of material and changed and developed by the motion of material. The Juche philosophy has raised the relationship between the world and man, and man's position and role in the world, as the fundamental question of philosophy, clarified the philosophical principle that man is the master of everything and that he decides everything and, on this basis, illuminated the absolutely correct way of shaping man's destiny. The Marxist philosophy rose as its major task the clarification of the essence of the material world and the general law of its motion, whereas the Juche philosophy has risen as its important task the elucidation of man's essential characteristics and the law of social movement, man's movement. Therefore, the Juche philosophy is an original philosophy which is fundamentally different from the preceding philosophy in its task and principles. That is why we should not understand the Juche philosophy as a philosophy that has developed materialistic dialectics, nor should we attempt to prove the originality and advantages of the Juche philosophy by arguing one way or the other about the essence of the material world and the general law of its motion which were clarified by the Marxist philosophy. You cannot explain the Juche philosophy in the framework of the preceding philosophy because it is a philosophy that has clarified new philosophical principles. If you attempt to do so, you will not only fail to prove the originality of the Juche philosophy, but instead make it obscure and fail to understand the essence of Juche philosophy correctly.
Having defined the essential qualities of man for the first time in history, the Juche philosophy has held up man as the best qualified and most powerful being in the world and advanced a new idea on the world that the world is dominated and transformed by man.
The new outlook on the world established by the Juche philosophy does not deny the world outlook of dialectical materialism. The Juche philosophy regards the world outlook or dialectical materialism as its premise. The Juche view of the world that the world is dominated and transformed by man is inconceivable separately from the materialistic dialectical understanding of the essence of the objective material world and the general law of its motion. From the idealistic view that the world is something mysterious you cannot draw the conclusion that man dominates the world, and from the metaphysical view that the world is immutable you cannot infer that man can transform the world. The Juche view of the world that the world is dominated and transformed by man can only be established when the materialistic dialectical understanding of the world that the world is made of material and ceaselessly changes and develops is recognized. In spite of a number of limitations and immaturities of the Marxist materialistic dialectics, its basic principles are scientific and valid. That is why we say that the Juche philosophy regards materialistic dialectics as its premise.
That the world outlook of the materialistic dialectics is the premise for the Juche philosophy does not mean that the Juche philosophy has merely inherited and developed the materialistic dialectics. Although it would be impossible to acquire a scientific understanding of the world and transform it without the materialistic dialectical understanding of the objective material world, you cannot draw the conclusion that man is the master of the world and plays a decisive role in transforming the world simply from the proposition of materialism that the world is made of material and from the dialectical principle that the world ceaselessly changes and develops. Only on the basis of the clarification of man's essential qualities which distinguish man radically from all the other material beings can man's outstanding position and role as the master of the world capable of transforming the world be clarified. Only on the basis of man's essential qualities as a social being with independence, creativity and consciousness as scientifically clarified by the Juche philosophy has the basic principle that man is the master of the world and plays the decisive role in transforming the world been clarified.
By establishing the Juche outlook on social history, the Juche view of history, on the basis of the man-centered philosophical principle, the Juche philosophy has overcome the limitations of the preceding socio-historical view and effected a radical change in the socio-historical view and standpoint.
Marxist philosophy established socio-historical view of dialectical materialism, historical materialism, through the application of the general law of the development of the material world to social history. Of course, we do not deny the historic merit of historical materialism. Historical materialism made an important contribution to defeating the reactionary and unscientific socio-historical view which was based on idealism and metaphysics. In addition, since man lives in the objective material world and society is inseparably linked with nature, the general law of the development of the material world acts on social phenomena. However, if you overlook the social movement being governed by its own law and apply the general law of the development of the material world mechanically to social phenomena, you cannot avoid acquiring one-sided understanding of social history.
The social movement changes and develops according to its own law.
The social movement is the movement of man who dominates and transforms the world. Man transforms nature to dominate and transform the objective material world. By transforming nature man creates material wealth and material conditions for his life. Transforming nature and creating material wealth is the endeavour to satisfy people's social demands and this work can only be done through people's social cooperation. People transform society to improve and perfect the relations of social cooperation. It is man who transforms both nature and society. While transforming nature and society, man transforms and develops himself continuously. The domination and transformation of the world by man are realized after all through the transformation of nature, society and himself, and the popular masses are the motive force of this undertaking. The popular masses create all the material and cultural wealth of society and develop social relations.
The social movement, the driving force of which is the popular masses, has characteristics which are different from those of the motion of nature. In nature motion takes place spontaneously through the interaction of material elements which exist objectively, whereas the social movement is caused and developed by the volitional action and role of the driving force. Therefore, if you apply the principles of materialistic dialectics which explain the general law of the development of the material world mechanically to social history, you cannot clarify correctly the essence of society and the law of social movement. The major limitation of the materialistic conception of history is that it failed to correctly expound the peculiar law of the social movement and explained the principles of the social movement mainly on the basis of the common character of the motion of nature and the social movement in that both of them are the motion of material.
Marxist materialistic conception of history broke down society into social being and social consciousness and attached determining significance to the social being; it also broke down the social structure into productive force and production relations, foundation and superstructure, and attached decisive significance to material production and economic relations. This means an unaltered application of the principle of materialistic dialectics to society, the principle that the world is of material and changes and develops in accordance with the general law of the motion of material. The world, viewed by the founders of Marxism when applying the general law governing the material world to social history, is integrity of not only nature but also man and society in that they are material beings. If you consider man as a part of the world, a material integrity, not as a social being with independence, creativity and consciousness, and apply the general law of the movement of the material world to social history, you cannot avoid seeing the socio-historical movement as a process of the history of nature.
Of course, society, too, changes and develops in accordance with a certain law, not by man's own will. But the action of law in society is fundamentally different from that of the law of nature. In nature the law works spontaneously regardless of man's activity, but in society the law works through man's independent, creative and conscious activities. Some of the laws of society govern every society in general irrespective of social systems, and some of them govern a particular society. Because all the social laws work through man's activity, they may work smoothly or their actions may be restrained or limited depending on man's activity.
When I say that social laws function through man's activity, I do not deny the objective character of social laws and possible spontaneity in the social movement. If a certain socioeconomic condition is created, a social law corresponding to it functions inevitably and therefore it assumes an objective character as a natural law does. Spontaneity in the social movement is due to a relatively low level of man's independence, creativity and consciousness and to the absence of the social system under which people can display them to the full. With the growth in man's independence, creativity and consciousness and with the establishment of the social system which ensures a full display of these qualities, man will work better in keeping with the objective laws and the range of spontaneity will narrow. Social development is the process of the development of the masses' independence, creativity and consciousness. With the growth in these qualities and with the consummation of the social system capable of meeting their requirements, the society will develop more and more through the purposeful and conscious activities of the popular masses. This means that the law peculiar to the social movement, which changes and develops by the volitional action and role of the driving force, will work on a full scale.
Although the founders of Marxism established the materialistic dialectical concept of social history by applying the general law of the development of the material world to social history, they themselves came across many problems in the practical social movement, problems which could not be resolved only by the general law of the development of the material world. So they attempted to overcome the one-sidedness of the materialistic dialectical concept of social history by advancing some theories, for example, that although social consciousness emerges as the reflection of the material and economic conditions, it reacts on these conditions and that although politics is defined by the economy, it reacts on the economy. However, the Marxist materialistic concept of history is, in essence, a view on social history which considers the common character of the motion of nature and the social movement as the main factor. This theory was unable to avoid the limitation of identifying the process of social development with that of natural history.
The fundamental difference between the Juche philosophy and the preceding philosophy results, in the final analysis, from a different understanding of man.
The Marxist philosophy defined the essence of man as the ensemble of social relations, but it failed to correctly expound the characteristics of man as a social being. The preceding theory explained the principle of the social movement mainly on the basis of the general law of the development of the material world, because it failed to clarify the essential qualities of social man. For the first time, the Juche philosophy gave a perfect elucidation of the unique qualities of man as a social being.
As clarified in the documents of our Party, man is a social being with independence, creativity and consciousness and nobody has expressed doubt about it. However, some social scientists maintain a wrong view in understanding how man became a social being with these qualities. Regarding the question of man's essential characteristics as the issue of the level of his development as a material being, they still assert that the origin of man's independence, creativity and consciousness should be sought in the diversity of the material components and the complexity of their combination and structure. This is, in fact, a view regarding man's essential qualities as the extension of natural and biological attributes, as their development and consummation. When talking about man as an organism, one can consider him in comparison with
other organisms, or discuss the characteristics of his biological components and their combination and structure. However, the man who is deliberated by the Juche philosophy is not only a highly developed organism but also lives and works with independence, creativity and consciousness which no other creatures have acquired. The origin of man's essential qualities must be sought not in the development of his features common with those of other material beings but in the characteristics unique to him. Man has acquired independence, creativity and consciousness, because he is a social being who forms a social collective and lives and works in a social relationship. These qualities of man are social attributes which are formed and developed through the socio-historical process of his working in the social relationship. Of course, these qualities of his would be inconceivable without his highly developed organic body. In the sense of his highly developed organic body, man can be said to be the highest product of evolution and the most developed material being. However, if man had not formed a social collective and had not lived and worked in the social relationship, he could not have developed as an independent, creative and conscious being no matter how developed his organic body may be. Without physical life man cannot have social and political integrity. However, it is not man's physical life itself that gives birth to his social and political integrity. Likewise, without his developed organic body his independence, creativity and consciousness would be inconceivable, but his biological characteristics themselves do not produce his social attributes. Man's social attributes can take shape and develop only through the process of his emergence and development as a social being, in other words, through the process of the historical development of his social activity and his social relationship. The history of social development is the history of development of man's independence, creativity and consciousness. This means that man's independence, creativity and consciousness are social attributes which are formed and developed socially and historically. Therefore, the philosophical consideration of man must start from the fact that man is a social being.
Nevertheless, some of our social scientists argue about the material components and their combination and structure, and relate them to man's essential qualities, preaching that the biological factors constitute the major content of the Juche philosophy. Their argument is a deviation that explains the Juche philosophy within the framework of Marxist dialectical materialism. It is only an attempt to justify the wrong evolutionary view which regards man's essential qualities as the development and consummation of biological attributes.
Regarding man's essential qualities, it is important to have a correct understanding of the social being. The founders of Marxism, while raising the question of man's essence in social relationship, used the phrase social being as a concept meaning the material conditions and economic relations of social life which exist objectively and are reflected on social consciousness.
Since they regarded man as a component of productive forces, as the ensemble of social relations, the phrase social being they used implied man as well. However, they did not use it as one having the particular meaning that defines man's essential qualities. Systematizing the Juche philosophy, we used the term social being as one having the particular meaning that defines man's essential qualities. In the theory of the Juche philosophy man is the only social being in the world. Some social scientists, however, still insist that social wealth and social relations should also be included in the social being, obscuring the difference between man and social wealth and social relations. Social wealth and social relations are created and developed by man. Therefore, they cannot be included together in the concept that defines man's essential qualities. When referring to the Marxist philosophy, the phrase social being can, of course, be used as the founders of Marxism meant. But, if we understand the term social being in its conventional meaning when referring to the Juche philosophy, it will result in obscuring the understanding of man's essential qualities. The Juche philosophy is a new philosophy which has its own system and content, so its categories must not be understood in the conventional meaning.
One of the main reasons why these social scientists have committed a deviation in explaining and propagating the Juche philosophy is that they have not studied philosophical problems from the point of view of the requirement of revolutionary practice. Theory must be based on practice and serve practice. A theory divorced from practice cannot correctly elucidate truth and is of no use. The great leader Comrade Kim II Sung always studied philosophical problems proceeding from the demand of revolutionary practice and evolved the Juche philosophy in the course of giving scientific answers to urgent ideological and theoretical problems arising in revolutionary practice. Our Party has generalized the rich and profound experiences of revolutionary practice, systematized the Juche philosophy in a comprehensive way and developed it in depth.
Revolutionary practice is a struggle to realize independence for the popular masses and it is the masses that carry out the struggle. Therefore, it is important in the study of philosophy to reflect the demands and aspirations of the popular masses correctly, evolve the theory by generalizing their experiences of struggle and make it the theory of the popular masses themselves. In the exploitative society the reactionary ruling class makes use of philosophy for defending and rationalizing their reactionary ruling system, trying to make it the monopoly of the philosophers who act as spokesmen in their interests. They consider the popular masses to be ignorant people who have nothing to do with philosophy.
With a viewpoint and attitude that the popular masses are the masters of everything and the wisest people, our Party has evolved the Juche philosophy by reflecting their demand and aspirations and generalizing their struggle experiences, further developed it in depth and made it their weapon of struggle. This is the reason why the Juche philosophy is an absolute truth which meets the people's desire for and aspirations to independence and a popular philosophy which the masses easily understand and regard as their own weapon of struggle. However, some of the social scientists are arguing about the questions which are of little practical significance in illuminating the road of shaping the destiny of the popular masses. We study philosophy essentially for the purpose of clarifying the principles and methodology by which to develop the society and shape the destiny of the popular masses. The development of society is guided by politics and it is none other than the Juche philosophy which clarifies the basic principles of politics which lead social development in the straightest way. In this sense, the Juche philosophy can be called a political philosophy.
Some social scientists say that they have explained the Juche philosophy as a philosophy which developed the dialectical materialism of Marxism in order to present the Juche idea to suit the characteristic of the external world. We must give a clear understanding of the Juche philosophy as a new revolutionary philosophy, not as a mere development of the preceding philosophy. It is a mistake to explain the Juche philosophy within the framework of the preceding philosophy on the grounds that it is presented to suit the characteristic of the external world or to disseminate the Juche philosophy with ideas which do not accord with the fundamental principle of the Juche philosophy. Moreover, why should we argue about questions which are of no political importance and hardly of any theoretical and practical significance, shutting eyes to the demand of reality in the international arena, when internationally we have many theoretical and practical questions which urgently await correct answers to be given on the basis of the principles of the Juche philosophy? In presenting the Juche idea to the external world, we must explain correctly in relation to actual problems that the Juche philosophy is thoroughly an original philosophy and a new revolutionary philosophy. We must get rid of such a deviation not only in external dissemination but also in the research, study and education on the Juche philosophy.
The Juche philosophy is a revolutionary philosophy and political philosophy of our Party which illuminates the philosophical basis of the Juche idea and fundamental principles of the revolution. How to approach the Juche philosophy does not merely concern philosophical theories, but is related to the viewpoint and attitude towards the Party's ideology. We must accept the Party's ideology as the absolute truth, defend it resolutely and keep it as a revolutionary conviction, and thus understand, interpret and propagate the Juche philosophy correctly.
We must feel a great pride and confidence in having such a great political philosophy as the Juche philosophy, deeply understand its principles and apply them fully to the practical activities of the revolution and construction. We must analyse and judge all the social phenomena thoroughly on the basis of the principles of the Juche philosophy and dynamically accelerate the revolution and construction by uniting the popular masses solidly around the Party and enhancing the role of the motive force as the Juche philosophy requires.
Our scientists and people must study and follow the Juche philosophy, but they must also know the philosophical ideas of Marxism-Leninism. The social scientists in particular must be well acquainted with the preceding philosophy. In studying the preceding philosophy, it is important to distinguish limitations and immaturity, along with progressive and positive aspects.
Only when we know correctly not only its historical achievements but also limitations of the period and ideo-theoretical immaturity can we prevent deviations of dogmatic attitude towards preceding theories and acquire a deep understanding of the originality and superiority of the Juche philosophy. Social scientists must study and master the Juche philosophy and on this basis and in the light of its principles, pay deep attention to seeing clearly the limitations and immaturity of the preceding philosophy along with its merits.
In addition, we must strictly guard against all heterogeneous trends of philosophy which are contrary to the Juche philosophy and ensure the purity of the Juche philosophy. The Juche philosophy is the most advantageous and viable philosophy which reflects the demand of the revolutionary practice and the truthfulness and validity of which have been proved by revolutionary practice. The fact that the Juche philosophy is attracting more attention on the international arena and the followers of the Juche idea are increasing in number clearly demonstrates that the Juche philosophy gives absolutely correct answers to the questions of revolutionary practice. Our social scientists must have an unshakable conviction of the scientific accuracy, truthfulness, originality and superiority of the Juche philosophy and analyse and judge all the philosophical theories with the Juche philosophy as a guideline, thus preventing infiltration of any heterogeneous trend of philosophy into the Juche philosophy. All the social scientists must study the Juche philosophy in depth and breadth and propagate it in line with the Party's intention and, by doing so, exalt its greatness and further increase its attraction.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Pyongyang, November 11 (KCNA) -- A spokesperson of the DPRK Foreign Ministry Saturday made public the following statement:
Trump went on his first tour of Asia since he took office and is bustling about in the surrounding region of our country from the 5th day of this month.
His current trip to our surrounding region is a warmonger's visit for confrontation to rid the DPRK of its self-defensive nuclear deterrence. It is also nothing but a business trip by a warmonger to enrich the monopolies of the U.S. defense industry by milking the moneybags from its subordinate "allies".
Trump, during his visit, laid bare his true nature as destroyer of the world peace and stability and begged for a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula.
What cannot be overlooked is the fact that Trump, not long after his lunatic remarks of totally destroying the DPRK at the United Nations General Assembly in September this year, made his conceived attempt yet again to alienate our people from the government and keep up rivalry between the DPRK and the international society by "demonizing" our country while making nonsensical remarks of completely denying our ideology and system.
He boasted about the "overwhelming superiority of U.S. power" and "peace through strength". But, he needs to be well advised that it is the stand of the DPRK to defend our sovereignty and rights to existence and development by keeping a real balance of force with the U.S.
The historical lessons in decades-long history of the DPRK-U.S. showdown such as the U.S. ignominious defeat in the 1950's Korean War, the incident of the U.S. armed spy-ship "Pueblo", the incident of "EC-121" reconnaissance plane and so on, give a clear answer to the question: Who is the one that should not underestimate or try its opponent.
The DPRK's possession of nuclear weapons was a righteous and inevitable choice to defend our national sovereignty and dignity and our people's rights to existence and development from increased nuclear threats and blackmail by the U.S. and its hostile moves against the DPRK.
Time is now gone forever when the U.S. used to threaten and blackmail us with nuclear weapons.
The reckless remarks by a dotard like Trump can never frighten us or put a stop to our advance. This rather gives us an assured conviction that our choice to embark on the road of simultaneously promoting the economic construction and the up-building of the nuclear force was all the more righteous one, and it pushes us to speed up the efforts to accomplish the great cause of completing the state nuclear force.
The DPRK remains strong in courage and faith and it will surely win the final victory in the showdown with the U.S. as it is under the distinguished guidance of the great leader and has the single-minded unity of the army and people rallied closely around their leader as well as the invincible military strength.
Pyongyang, November 9 (KCNA) --A spokesperson for the National Coordinating Committee of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA on Thursday as regards the fact that an international financial supervisory body once again made a scene of adopting anti-DPRK statements:
A plenary meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Anti-Money Laundering, an international financial supervisory body, was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from November 1 to 3.Adopted at this meeting were an "open statement", that runs through with stereo-typed allegations such as the DPRK's failure to address the deficiencies in its anti-money laundering, and an additional "statement" calling for effective implementation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) "resolutions" in order to stop the DPRK's financing of proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs).We strongly reject these statements as an unjust measure taken by the FAFT which has become extremely politicized due to the pressure from the U.S. The U.S. tried to justify its financial sanctions against the DPRK by sticking the "accusation of money laundering" to our country, making an evil use of the international financial supervisory body, and now it is making a wicked move to block financial transactions of our country by establishing the UNSC "sanctions resolutions" against the DPRK as "international standards" and coercing the member states into their implementation. The fact that the additional "statement" on "the threat posed by the DPRK's financing of proliferation of WMDs" adopted at the meeting copied relevant paragraphs word for word from the UNSC "sanctions resolutions" against the DPRK is a clear testimony to that.
Behind the scene of adopting FATF statements lies the ulterior criminal motive of the U.S. to block all financial activities of our country, whether they are for civilian or military purpose, by calling them as a violation of the UNSC "sanctions resolution" against the DPRK in order to hinder the strengthening of our nuclear forces.If the DPRK's possession of nuclear weapons, a righteous means for self-defense, should be branded as proliferation of WMDsand as a result its normal financial transactions with other countries be labeled as financing proliferation, it is palpably clear that the U.S., who has deployed tens, even hundreds of nuclear weapons in all parts of the world and even now is lavishing astronomical amount of funds on their maintenance and modernization, is indeed the chief culprit in financing proliferation of WMDs.The DPRK, as a responsible nuclear weapons state, will continue in the future to actively join the international efforts for anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism and proliferation of WMDs. However, we will never tolerate any attempt to deprive us of nuclear weapons.
Pyongyang, November 5 (KCNA) -- The DPRK permanent mission to the UN Office and international organizations in Geneva on Nov. 2 issued the following press release:
A press release issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on 27 October 2017 mentioned that the sanctions against the DPRK imposed by the UN Security Council (UNSC) have a negative impact on the population of the country.
Today the U.S.-led racket of brutal sanctions and pressure against the DPRK constitutes contemporary human rights violation and genocide and raises concern and condemnation of international community as it threatens and impedes the enjoyment by the people of DPRK of their human rights in all sectors.
The "sanctions resolutions" against the DPRK which were adopted illegally yielding to the interest and high-handedness of certain countries are illegitimate and unprecedented documents against human rights and remain contravention of universal principles of international law in terms of legal basis, motivation and content.
Under the pretext of implementation of such "sanctions resolutions" some unprincipled countries have blocked the delivery of medical equipment and medicines for treatment of patients and for the health of mothers and children destined to the DPRK and created obstacles to the production of educational equipment and nutritional food for children.
The despicable sanctions and pressure by hostile forces have even caused abnormal situation whereby most of the assistance activities of international humanitarian organizations which have continued their operation in the DPRK for over 20 years have been thwarted or reduced.
The indiscriminate application of sanctions against the DPRK in total disregard of a slightest reference in the UNSC's "sanctions resolution" that prohibits any acts affecting the livelihood of population and humanitarian activities represents nefarious human rights violations infringing upon the principles of humanitarianism and international human rights treaties including the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
If the OHCHR and other human rights mechanisms are truly and genuinely devoted to international efforts for promotion and protection of human rights, they should embark on moves to punish and end the U.S.-led inhumane acts of sanctions and pressure, the barbarous human rights violations which are aimed at overthrowing the state and social system of sovereign state rather than taking up non-existent "human rights issue" of the DPRK.
All acts of sanctions which run counter to the international promotion and protection of human rights and lofty ideal of humanitarianism should never be justified under whatever circumstances and all types of anti-human rights and inhumane sanctions against the DPRK should be terminated immediately and thoroughly.
Pyongyang, November 9 (KCNA) -- A spokesman of the Consultative Council for National Reconciliation gave an answer to a question raised by KCNA Thursday in connection with the fact that the south Korean authorities announced a "proposal for independent sanctions on the north".
The puppet authorities made public the "proposal", timed to coincide with U.S. President Trump's visit to south Korea, the spokesman said, and went on:
This is another unpardonable provocation to the DPRK and a hideous act of escalating confrontation with the fellow countrymen.
The "proposal" was announced one day before Trump's visit. This is a servile and clumsy act of brownnosing the master to flatter him.
The puppet regime itself admitted that the "independent sanctions" have neither effectiveness nor significance. But they are now trumpeting about "contribution" and "effect". This is a ridiculous and foolish act disclosing their poor position as colonial stooges who can prolong their remaining days only by currying favour with their master.
Their farce of slapping "sanctions on the north" is an act as foolish as trying to pump up water with net, and to expect any "sanctions effect" is as foolish as waiting for the sea water to dry.
No matter how desperately the U.S., all sorts of hostile forces and the puppet forces may try in their efforts to put pressure on the DPRK, nothing can check the army and people of the DPRK dynamically advancing toward the final victory with the might of single-minded unity under the uplifted banner of Juche.
The south Korean puppet forces should clearly understand that the "independent sanctions" are as suicidal as tightening the noose already put around their neck.
They will be made to pay a dear price for having committed cursed crime before the nation to serve the gangster hanger-on who just spends a night in south Korea.
Pyongyang, October 8 (KCNA) -- The Second Plenum of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea took place in the capital city of Pyongyang on Oct. 7, Juche 106 (2017).
Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), guided the meeting.
Attending the meeting were members and alternate members of the WPK Central Committee and members of the Central Auditing Commission of the WPK.
Present as observers were leading officials of the WPK Central Committee and ministries, national institutions and provinces, cities and counties and officials of major industrial establishments.
The plenary meeting dealt with the following agenda items:
1. On some immediate tasks to cope with the prevailing situation
2. Organizational matter
The first agenda was discussed.
Attending the meeting were members and alternate members of the WPK Central Committee and members of the Central Auditing Commission of the WPK.
Present as observers were leading officials of the WPK Central Committee and ministries, national institutions and provinces, cities and counties and officials of major industrial establishments.
The plenary meeting dealt with the following agenda items:
1. On some immediate tasks to cope with the prevailing situation 
2. Organizational matter
The first agenda was discussed.
Chairman Kim Jong Un made a report on the first agenda.
In his report he made an analysis of the complicated international situation prevailing around the DPRK and the important matters arising there from and mentioned the orientation of our Party's immediate activities and economic development to cope with the prevailing situation and set forth the strategic tasks and ways for its materialization.
He referred to the fact that the U.S. imperialists are making last-ditch efforts to completely stifle the sovereignty and the rights to existence and development of the DPRK by cooking up UNSC "sanctions resolutions" one after another with mobilization of their vassal forces.
He solemnly declared: The nuclear weapons of the DPRK are a precious fruition borne by its people's bloody struggle for defending the destiny and sovereignty of the country from the protracted nuclear threats of the U.S. imperialists. And they are powerful deterrent firmly safeguarding the peace and security in the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia and reliably guaranteeing the Korean nation's sovereignty and rights to existence and development and a treasured sword of justice to remove the nuclear clouds of tyranny bringing a horrible disaster to mankind and make it possible for the people to lead an independent and happy life under the clear and blue sky.
He noted with appreciation that the country's science and technology have developed by leaps and bounds and the national economy has grown on their strength this year, despite the escalating sanctions of the U.S. imperialists and their vassal forces.
This year's struggle for implementing the decision of the Seventh WPK Congress gave valuable experience that we can readily blaze our path as long as there are perfect independent economic structure of the country and its solid foundations no matter what sanctions the enemies may impose, he said.
The Chairman affirmed that the prevailing situation and the reality shows that our Party was absolutely right when it dynamically advanced along the socialist road of Juche, holding fast to the line of simultaneously pushing forward the economic construction and the building of nuclear force and that our Party should invariably keep to this road in the future, too.
Clarifying the Party's principled stand and revolutionary strategy to put an end to the U.S. imperialists' nuclear blackmail and threat and pave a broad avenue to the building of a socialist economic power by further enhancing the might of the self-supporting national economy, he stressed the need to further strengthen the power of the country under the unfurled banner of independence and self-reliance and thus decisively frustrate the reckless nuclear war provocation and sinister sanctions and pressure of the enemies.
Stating that the WPK will victoriously conclude the standoff with the U.S., which has lasted century after century, and bring earlier the victory in the socialist cause by giving full play to its correct leadership ability, the Chairman set forth the orientation and tasks for bringing the revolutionary struggle to a new great upsurge.
He emphasized the need to further cement the might of single-minded unity between the Party and the masses.
The single-minded unity is the cornerstone for existence of our Party and State and the most powerful weapon of the Korean revolution, he said, adding that it is important to direct and submit all activities of the Party and the State to strengthening the single-minded unity of the revolutionary ranks and steadily make the revolutionary climate of devotedly serving the people prevail throughout the Party.
He stressed the need to continue thoroughly implementing the Party's line of simultaneously developing the two fronts so as to successfully accomplish the great historic cause of building the state nuclear force.
He also called for effecting fresh upswing in the building of a socialist economic power with the great spirit of self-reliance and self-development as the dynamic force and by dint of science and technology.
The main key to foiling the extremely vicious sanctions and pressure of the U.S. imperialists and their vassal forces and turning misfortune into a blessing is just self-reliance and the sci-tech strength, he said, underscoring the need to strengthen the independence and Juche character of the national economy in every way.
Saying that unyielding efforts should be made to develop the country's economy into an independent economy relying on its own efforts, technology and resources under the line of making the national economy Juche-based and the slogan of self-reliance and thus the process of overcoming today's difficulty should be made an opportunity to bring a decisive turn in building a self-supporting economic power, he mentioned detailed tasks facing the economic sections.
Noting that science and technology is an engine steering the building of a powerful socialist country, he stressed the need for all sectors and units to thoroughly implement the Party's economic policy by giving definite priority to science and technology and enlisting the energy and wisdom of their sci-tech forces and producers.
He said that the Cabinet and all the economic guidance organs should conduct well operations and command to strictly implement the revolutionary responding strategy.
He set it as an important way to enhance the militant function and role of the Party organizations at all levels in every way in order to realize the Party's revolutionary line and strategy.
The whole Party should pay efforts to strengthening the primary party committees and party cells and thus make all the basic party organizations move in a militant and viable manner at all times under the unified leadership of the Party Central Committee and wage a dynamic drive to carry out the Party's line and policies, he said.
The present situation is stern and we are faced with ordeals but our Party always remains confident and will firmly adhere to the independent line and open the ever-victorious road despite any upheaval as it enjoys absolute support and trust from the entire army and all the people, he stressed.
Our cause is invincible as long as there are the solid self-supporting economic foundation laid by President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il, a large contingent of scientists trained by our Party, the army and people armed with the revolutionary spirit of our Party and the tradition of self-reliance, he said, calling for dynamically struggling for the final victory of the revolution, more closely united around the Party Central Committee.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Pyongyang, October 13 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, made a congratulatory visit to Mangyongdae Revolutionary School on its 70th founding anniversary.
Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un was greeted by Army Major General O Ryong Thaek, rector of the school, and other leading officials of the school.
He paid tribute to the statues of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il at the school.
He had a photo session with the teaching staff and students of the school and congratulated them on its 70th founding anniversary.
He expressed expectation and belief that the teaching staff and students of the school would in the future, too, stoutly carry forward the lineage of Mangyongdae and always play a core role in the sacred struggle to achieve the final victory of the socialist cause.
Going round the newly-built revolutionary museum, several lecture rooms, comprehensive gymnasium and swimming pool furnished with modern educational environment and scientific and educational equipment under the benevolence of the Party, he acquainted himself in detail about the construction and education.
He highly praised Mangyongdae Revolutionary School which was built and strengthened under the care of the peerlessly great persons has preserved and glorified the character and nature as the school of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il, trained many steadfast and dependable cores boundlessly faithful to the Party and revolution and thus recorded the proud course in the history of carrying forward the revolutionary cause over the past 70 years.
He noted that the graduates from the school who grew up, drinking water and breathing air at Mangyongdae are successfully discharging their mission and duty as the pillars and cores of revolution in the confrontation with imperialism and the U.S. and at each worksite for building a socialist powerful nation.
Underlining the need to make new progress in the work for training students into the revolutionary talents who acquired many-sided knowledge in conformity with the mission and duty of the school training scores and backbone force who will inherit the lineage of the Juche revolution, he set forth the important tasks which would serve as the guidelines in education, management and operation of the school.
He was accompanied by Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and vice-chairman of the C.C., WPK, and Ri Il Hwan, Kim Yong Su, Kim Yo Jong and Jo Yong Won, leading officials of the C.C., WPK.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
LET US BRILLIANTLY ACCOMPLISH THE REVOLUTIONARY CAUSE OF JUCHE, HOLDING KIM JONG IL IN HIGH ESTEEM AS GENERAL SECRETARY OF OUR PARTY
KIM JONG UN
LET US BRILLIANTLY ACCOMPLISH THE REVOLUTIONARY CAUSE OF JUCHE, HOLDING KIM JONG IL IN HIGH ESTEEM AS GENERAL SECRETARY OF OUR PARTY
Talk to the Senior Officials of the Central Committee
of the Workers’ Party of Korea
April 6, Juche 101 (2012)
As we approach the significant Day of the Sun marking the centenary of the birth of the great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung, we will be holding the Fourth Conference of the Workers' Party of Korea amid the great expectations and keen interest of our people and people overseas.
The conference will discuss and decide on acclaiming General Kim Jong Il as the eternal General Secretary of the WPK and glorifying forever his revolutionary career and immortal revolutionary exploits, and will amend the Rules of the Party accordingly. It will also recall some members of the central leadership body of the Party and hold an election to fill the vacancies, which is a regular undertaking at a Party conference.
We should ensure that the conference serves as an epochmaking event that establishes an important milestone in holding up General Kim Jong Il, together with President Kim Il Sung, as the eternal leader of our Party, and in carrying out the ideology and cause of the President and the General with credit.
Through the conference, we should clearly demonstrate the faith, will and moral obligation with which we, the descendants of the President and the soldiers and devoted followers of the General, hold them in high esteem and our determination to carry out their ideology and cause.
We should hold the General up unswervingly as the General Secretary of our Party.
To hold him in high esteem as the eternal General Secretary of our Party is, in principle, a demand for consistently holding fast to his ideology and policies and advancing our revolutionary cause to victory.
Holding him up as the eternal General Secretary of the WPK can never be a symbolic act. It means having him as the General Secretary of the Party invariably and conducting Party building and Party activities in accordance with his ideology and intentions.
His ideology and policies are the permanent guiding principles for our Party and revolution and banners of victory, and their justness and vitality have been proved through our revolutionary practice. Without them, the victorious advance and accomplishment of the cause of our revolution would be inconceivable.
If our Party is to lead the Korean revolution along the road of victory and glory as it did in the past, it should hold the General in high esteem as its eternal General Secretary and adhere to strictly and thoroughly implement his ideology and policies.
To hold him up as the eternal Genera l Secretary of our Party is natural in view of the immortal exploits he performed for the times and revolution while leading it for so many years.
The period, during which he developed our Party into the party of President Kim Il Sung with his unexcelled ideas and theory and outstanding leadership, spanned more than half a century. He developed our Party into a revolutionary party in which the leaders’ ideological and leadership systems are firmly established, into a motherly party which has formed a harmonious whole with the masses of the people and serves them, and into an invincible party with iron discipline and fighting efficiency, and he demonstrated the dignity and might of Kim Il Sung's Korea to the whole world; these constitute his most distinguished achievements, and they should be brilliantly etched in the annals of our Party.
It is because our Party is strong and the army and people are united around it with a single heart that we can continue to ensure the political stability of the country and carry out all our work without the slightest deviation, even though the supreme posts of the Party and the state remain vacant after the demise of the father of the nation. This would be unthinkable apart from the exploits of the General in leading our Party and revolution, and it showcases the greatness and eternal vitality of these exploits. He was an outstanding leader and peerless veteran statesman who developed the WPK into the organizer and guide of all our people's victories and led our revolution along a road paved with victory.
To hold him in high esteem as the eternal General Secretary of our Party conforms with the noble ideological feeling and desire of all Party members and other people, and is natural from the point of view of moral obligation.
Though he devoted his all throughout his life to the prosperity of the country and the happiness of the people, he left nothing for himself. He was on the most intensive forced march, taking not a moment's rest, until he breathed his last on a moving train. Such a leader has never been witnessed anywhere in the world. He lives on as the father of the nation and General Secretary of our Party in the hearts of our people and service personnel, who believed in him as in heaven, and the world's people recognize this. The benevolent image of him as the General Secretary of the WPK will always remain in the hearts of our Party members and other people.
Our officials, including those present here, along with other Party members, service personnel and people, are all the General's soldiers and devoted followers who grew up in his embrace. It is our natural duty and moral obligation to hold the man, who brought us up, in high esteem as our eternal leader and great teacher. Although he was the leader of the Party, the state and the army, he regarded himself all his life as a revolutionary soldier of President Kim Il Sung, held the President up as the eternal leader of the Party and the people and devoted his all to the realization of the latter's cause. The General's noble traits and moral obligation are a paragon which we should all learn from.
Only when we hold him in high esteem as the eternal General Secretary of our Party can we brilliantly accomplish the revolutionary cause of Juche by dynamically pushing forward the revolution and construction as we did in the past. The post of General Secretary of the WPK should be occupied only by General Kim Jong Il, even though one generation is replaced by another. For this reason, we are going to adopt a historic decision on acclaiming him as the eternal General Secretary of our Party, the eternal leader of the Party and people, and include it in the Rules of the Party at the Party conference.
Our Party, with him as its eternal General Secretary, can carry the revolutionary cause of Juche and the revolutionary cause of Songun to brilliant completion with a solid organizational and ideological guarantee for leading the revolution and construction to victory.
We intend to discuss the matter of acclaiming him as the eternal Chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK at a session of the Supreme People's Assembly to be held following the Party conference.
At the conference we intend to proclaim the WPK as the glorious party of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
The history of the WPK is the history of the great revolutionary activities of the President who founded it, as well as of the General who brilliantly carried forward the President's ideology and cause. Our Party's high prestige, invincible might and great exploits in the revolution and construction are associated with the names of the President and the General, and
their names will be immortal along with the development of our Party. The WPK is the party of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, who are its eternal leaders.
The guiding ideology of the WPK is the great Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism. It is a glorious KimilsungistKimjongilist party whose guiding ideology is KimilsungismKimjongilism and which struggles for its realization.
By energetically conducting ideological and theoretical activities with unexcelled ideological and theoretical wisdom and extraordinary ability to explore, the General formulated the President's revolutionary ideology as Kimilsungism, and ensured that it shone more brilliantly as a great ideology guiding the era of independence. In particular, he developed the President's idea of giving priority to arms into the idea of the Songun revolution and the theory of Songun politics, and advanced the theory of building a thriving socialist nation, thus significantly enhancing the attraction and viability of Kimilsungism and clearly verifying its justness in the revolutionary practice.
Because the General managed the unique achievement of developing Kimilsungism as required by the times and the developing revolution , our Party members and other people could combine the President's ideology with the General 's, calling them Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism and recognizing it as the guiding ideology of our Party. However the General, who was boundlessly humble, sternly forbade his name from being associated with the guiding ideology of our Party , saying that nothing would be seen other than Kimilsungism, no matter to what extent one delved into Kimjongilism.
Today our Party and revolution demand that KimilsungismKimjongilism be held fast to as their permanent guiding ideology.
Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism is an integral system of the idea, theory and method of Juche, and a great revolutionary ideology representative of the Juche era. Guided by Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism, we should conduct Party building and Party activities in such a way as to sustain the revolutionary character of our Party and advance the revolution and construction in line with the ideas and intentions of the President and the General.
Imbuing the whole society with Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism is the highest programme for our Party. It is a revolutionary inheritance of the imbuing of the whole society with Kimilsungism and its development onto a new, higher stage.
Just as we set imbuing the whole society with Kimilsungism as the highest programme for the Party and made strenuous efforts to realize it under the wise guidance of the General, we should, in the future, make more strenuous efforts to imbue the whole society with Kimilsungism- Kimjongilism.
We have travelled a road resplendent with brilliant victories by braving every manner of historical trial, but we still have a long, arduous revolutionary road to follow. Owing to the vicious schemes of the imperialists and reactionaries to isolate and stifle our style of socialism that is centred on the masses of the people, the situation is as tense as ever, and we are faced with the grave task of giving fuller play to the advantages and might of socialism and building a thriving socialist country by solving in full the problems arising in developing the economy and improving the people's living standards.
However difficult and huge our revolutionary task may be, we are sure to emerge victorious as long as we are with our outstanding leaders whom we revere as the eternal sun of Juche, are guided by the ever-victorious WPK and are supported by the people and the invincible revolutionary army of Mt. Paektu, which are boundlessly faithful to their Party and leaders.
We should hold the great General in high esteem as the eternal leader of our Party and people and add lasting brilliance to his revolutionary career and immortal revolutionary exploits.
He was a great leader, a peerless patriot and the benevolent father of our people, who devoted his all solely to the country's prosperity and the people's happiness with absolute loyalty to the President and warm affection for his country and people. His was the most brilliant life of a peerlessly great man who performed immortal exploits for the Party and the revolution, the country and the people, true to the noble intentions of the President.
We should maintain a pure conscience and a sense of moral obligation in pushing forward all undertakings that are aimed at holding the General in high esteem for all eternity and realizing the cause of immortalizing him.
We should make sure that the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where the President and the General lie in state, shines forever as the sanctuary of the sun. The palace is the beacon of our revolution, our permanent psychological mainstay and the symbol of victory. Our officials, service personnel and people should make the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun the sanctuary of the eternal sun, and live and work with the beaming images of the President and the General always in their minds.
We should staunchly safeguard the General's ideology and exploits and solve all the problems that arise in the revolution and construction true to his ideology and intentions and in the same way as he did. In his lifetime he specified the tasks to be tackled by our Party and people in the revolution and construction and the ways they should be implemented. We should regard his instructions as our guideline and carry them out unconditionally without any deviation and without any concession, so as to bring his plans and desires to brilliant fruition.
We should continuously develop the WPK into the eternal, glorious party of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
Developing our Party into the eternal party of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il means holding fast to KimilsungismKimjongilism as its guiding ideology and promoting its development and activities in strict accordance with their ideology and intentions.
What is important in this regard is to establish more firmly the monolithic leadership system of the Party.
We should make this the major task of Party work, and work with perseverance to this end to meet the requirements of the new, higher stage of the development of our Party and revolution.
All Party members, service personnel and people should support the Party's ideology and leadership with faith and conscience, unite closely behind the Party Central Committee in ideology, purpose and moral obligation, and share the same destiny with our Party in ordinary times and when things are most difficult.
Party organizations should create a revolutionary atmosphere of implementing the Party's policies, decisions and directives unconditionally and to the letter. They should take proactive steps to establish revolutionary discipline and the working style of promptly transmitting the Party's policies, decisions and directives, making careful arrangements so that they can be implemented thoroughly and reporting back on the results promptly.
It is important to establish throughout the Party the strict revolutionary discipline of acting as one under the monolithic leadership of the Party Central Committee. Party organizations should analyse and assess the problems that arise in the revolution and construction from the point of view of the interests of the revolution and with the attitude that they are taking responsibility for them before the Party, the state and the people, report them to the Party Central Committee and deal with them according to the latter's decision.
We should continue to direct great efforts to building up the ranks of cadres.
Cadres are the leading personnel of the revolution and the backbone of the Party; the development of the Party is decided by the qualitative composition of the ranks of cadres.
We should radically improve personnel administration and build up the ranks of cadres with faithful and able persons who are ready to share the destiny of the Party forever. In personnel administration, the main emphasis should be put on people's ideological preparedness, qualifications and ability. We should build up the ranks of cadres with those who are promising, have organizing ability and drive, and never fail to see a task through to the finish once they are entrusted with it.
We should intensify the ideological education and organizational activities of cadres and constantly train them through revolutionary practice so as to ensure that they discharge their responsibilities and duties as befits the leading personnel of the revolution.
We should consolidate the Party's ranks.
We should strictly observe Party principles in increasing Party membership so as to admit to the Party those who are politically and ideologically sound, are responsible and enthusiastic in fulfilling their revolutionary tasks, are upright and honest in their economic and moral lives and enjoy a good reputation among the masses.
Party organizations should decisively raise the level of the Party life of its members so that they remain always faithful to the oath they took before the Party flag, becoming models for the masses at their posts and playing the vanguard role in fulfilling their revolutionary tasks.
We should strengthen the single-hearted unity of the Party and the revolutionary ranks in every way and defend it completely.
The single-hearted unity is the most valuable revolutionary heritage bequeathed by the General and the great foundation of our revolution. Our single-hearted unity, formed by the leader, the Party and the masses with a great ideology and warm feelings and affection, is the greatest wealth and cannot be compared to millions of tons of gold.
We should boundlessly respect the people, regard their interests as supreme and take care of them with maternal affection.
True to the noble will of the President and the General, who regarded "The people are my God" as their motto, we should regard the people as our God, boundlessly respect them, give prominence to them and conduct every undertaking with their demands and interests at the centre.
Party organizations, out of maternal feelings, should always value and love the people, guarantee their political integrity to the last and help them add lustre to it. Just as a mother does not abandon an ugly or mischievous child but is more anxious and concerned about him or her, so Party organizations should ensure that all the people are embraced by the Party and feel the General's affection. They should not turn their backs on those who make mistakes while performing their tasks, but embrace them and educate them perseveringly so that they can add lustre to their life in the ranks of the revolution.
We should ensure that the noble and beautiful moral trait of helping and leading one another forward prevails throughout the country so that our society is turned into a large, harmonious family that is united with a single heart.
A few months ago, Pak Thae Son, a miner at the Kumgol Mine, and Ri Chang Son, a farmer at the Ohyon Cooperative Farm, Yonan County, sacrificed their lives without hesitation to save their comrades. Their heroic deeds greatly moved people. They can be performed only by people in our era who have grown up under the care of the President and the General, and they are an example which all of us should learn from.
Party organizations should ensure that all Party members and other working people, with a revolutionary view of life, devote themselves to society, the collective and their comrades, and thus imbue themselves with the spirit of the era of actively contributing to the unity and harmony of their collectives. They should bring into fuller bloom across society the fine traits of respecting the revolutionary forerunners, holding up the heroes and people of merit of the era, loving the younger generations and looking after those people who are in need of society's care.
Party organizations should grasp the public sentiment and ensure that every undertaking is oriented towards and subordinated to strengthening the single-hearted unity of the revolutionary ranks.
Single-hearted unity that is separated from the public sentiment is inconceivable. Party organizations should listen to the opinions of the people, promptly solve any problems they raise, and wage a struggle against the practices of slighting or neglecting the public sentiment.
Whenever they are organizing an undertaking or dealing with a matter that is vital to the people, they should examine whether it is conducive to single-hearted unity or not, and approach it prudently on the principle of strengthening that unity.
We should resolutely frustrate the pernicious machinations of the enemy aimed at undermining our single-hearted unity.
What the enemy fears most is our single-hearted unity; he persistently resorts to underhand plots to destroy it. With the enemy resorting to every conceivable scheme to check the pure-hearted aspiration of our people who follow their Party and to alienate the Party from them, we should further intensify the education of the people and, at the same time, wage a positive struggle to foil the enemy's moves.
We should hold fast to the Party's line of the Songun revolution and increase the country's all-round military capabilities.
Songun is our independence, dignity and lifeblood. We should not forget the bitter lessons of history that our people learned in the past when they lost their country and were subjected to the misery of colonial slavery because of their weak military strength. It is the stark reality of today that if a country is weak militarily it cannot defend its independence and its right of survival and will ultimately fall prey to the imperialists. Therefore, we should make consistent efforts to increase our military capabilities.
We should continue to direct great efforts to strengthening the People's Army. The might of Songun is the might of the People's Army, and the key to increasing our military capabilities is to strengthen the People's Army.
We should establish throughout the army the leadership system of the Party, the command system of the Supreme Commander, and a revolutionary military ethos, thus developing it into the army of the leader, the Party and the Supreme Commander.
The People's Army should further consolidate the political, ideological, military and technological might of our revolutionary armed forces by vigorously conducting the movement to win the title of 0 Jung Hup-led 7th Regiment, regarding this as the general task of its political and military work. By intensifying political and ideological education, it should prepare all the service personnel to be strong in their ideology and faith, and to be boundlessly loyal to the Party's leadership and ready to risk their lives in fighting for the Party and the leader, the country and the people.
It should establish an atmosphere of intensive training as befits the army of Mt. Paektu so as to enhance its combat efficiency to the maximum, and make sure that all service personnel maintain constant readiness for battle. The secret of becoming a-match-for-a-hundred combatants lies in strict training. In wartime a soldier who is exemplary in battle is a hero, but in peacetime a soldier who is good at training is a hero. Service personnel should prepare themselves to be steel-strong, a-match-for-a-hundred, versatile combatants with great mental strength, unyielding fortitude and high combat efficiency and qualifications by training themselves in the atmosphere of an actual battle. They should always be deeply aware of their noble mission as defenders of the country, and if the enemy intrudes by even an inch into the sacred sky, land or sea of our Republic, they should never forgive him.
The People's Army, the main force of the revolution, should always be the standard-bearer and shock brigade not only in defending the country but also in carrying out the Party's plan for building a thriving nation and the advance guard in creating and disseminating the Songun culture of the new century.
We should provide our service personnel with better living conditions. The people have entrusted their children to the care of the Supreme Commander and officers; we should take good care of their lives, treating them as our own family, true to the intention of the General who bestowed all his affection on them as their own father would do.
The work of cementing the great army-people unity should be further intensified. Holding fast to the slogan "Help the people!" the People's Army should play the leading role in achieving army-people unity by loving and respecting the people and volunteering to help them. The people should positively emulate the revolutionary soldier spirit and fighting mettle of the People's Army, be wholehearted in their support for it, and if necessary share the same destiny as the service personnel in the same trench.
We should put the defence industry on a highly Juche-oriented, modern and scientific footing, so as to guarantee the country's defence capabilities materially and technically.
The history of our defence industry is the history of the revolutionary activities of President Kim Il Sung and General Kim Jong Il. The might of the defence industry we have so far built up under their wise leadership is indeed great.
We should safeguard the imperishable exploits they performed in developing the defence industry and give priority to the development of the defence industry in keeping with the requirements of the line of economic construction in the Songun era, so as to increase the country's military capabilities in every respect. We should further consolidate the self-supporting character of the defence industry and establish cutting-edge scientific and technological foundations for it. The workers, scientists and technicians in the defence industry should develop more state-of-the-art military hardware of our own style and produce it at the highest qualitative level, thus further modernizing the military hardware of the People's Army.
An atmosphere in which military affairs are given priority should be created throughout society, and the all-people, nationwide defence system consolidated so that the whole country is turned into an impregnable fortress. Members of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards and Young Red Guards should make full preparations for defending their homes and villages and their socialist motherland by intensifying their military training.
We should make radical progress in improving the people's standard of living and building the country into an economic giant.
To improve the people's standard of living and boost the country's economy is essential in the struggle to translate into reality the General's intention to build a thriving country.
The General saw to it that everything was subordinated to developing the country's economy and improving the people's standard of living, and laid solid foundations for making the people better off and boosting the country's economy. We should ensure that the priceless assets bequeathed by the General through a painstaking effort fulfil their potential, thus making our people who have invariably trusted and followed our Party the happiest in the world. This was the ardent desire of the General, and is the firm determination and will of our Party.
We should satisfactorily solve the food problem for the people.
At present, various steps are being taken to solve the food problem; we should radically increase state investment in agricultural production and encourage the entire Party, the whole country and all the service personnel and people to turn out and carry out to the letter the Party's policy on the agricultural revolution. We should conduct farming in a scientific and technological way so as to increase the per-unit area yield and thereby meet the target for agricultural production put forward by the Party without fail, and organize food procurement and administration to the minutest detail so as to ensure a regular food supply for the people.
Efforts should be directed to developing light industry in order to solve the problem of consumer goods. We should take thorough measures for supplying raw and other materials so that light-industry factories can maintain regular production; we should also increase the production of consumer goods and improve their quality, so that everybody will want commodities made in our country. In addition, we should see to it that all the goods we produce are supplied to the people.
Priority should be given to solving the urgent problems facing the people, such as those of houses, drinking water and fuel, so that they do not experience any inconvenience in their lives.
We should make the flames of Hamnam blaze higher and launch a determined offensive to boost the vanguard sectors of the national economy, the basic industries, as soon as possible, thus consolidating the foundations for economic development and bringing about a great upsurge in production in all sectors of the national economy.
The electric-power, coal-mining and metallurgical industries and rail transport sector should be given precedence; only then can the national economy be given a boost and the people's standard of living stabilized and improved.
By channeling major efforts into the vanguard sectors of the national economy, the electric-power industry in particular, we can radically increase power production, make the most of the electric power we generate to develop the country's overall economy and improve the people's living standards, and strengthen the control over its use. We should bear in mind the will and intention of the General who visited the construction site of the Huichon Power Station several times a year to ease the power shortage, and decisively boost the electric-power industry.
We should thoroughly implement our Party's grand strategy for achieving prosperity by giving definite precedence to the vanguard sectors and bringing about a great upsurge in production in all sectors and units of the national economy.
Amid the flames of the industrial revolution in the new century, we should build our country into one with a knowledge-based economy.
It is the world trend to put the economy on a knowledge basis, and we are faced with the epochal task of transforming our national economy into one that develops by dint of knowledge.
We should struggle with a high aim and ideal, true to the intention of the General to keep our feet firmly planted on our land and look out over the rest of the world, and beat the world in all aspects. By vigorously waging a drive to achieve a cutting edge with the same pioneering spirit and creative attitude displayed by the developers of the Ryonha machine tools in producing the latest CNC machine tools, we should raise the overall standard of our technical equipment to the world level and perfect our economic structure as required in the era of the knowledge economy.
We should create an atmosphere in which definite precedence is given to science and technology, they are brought closer to production, and all the problems that arise in economic construction are solved by relying on science and technology; by so doing, we should guarantee the economic development of the country by means of science and technology.
We should direct efforts to land management so as to turn our country into a people's paradise which is more beautiful and better to live in.
Land management is a patriotic undertaking of everlasting significance for the prosperity of our country, our motherland, and for the well-being of all the generations to come. The whole Party, the whole country, the entire army and all the people should turn out and plant trees so that the whole land is thickly covered with forests in the coming few years. Along with this, they should turn the country into a socialist paradise by bringing about a decisive turn in land management, including the improvement of the rivers and roads, and urban management.
In order to bring about a revolutionary turn in improving the people's living standards and building an economic giant, we should establish rigid discipline whereby all the problems that arise in economic work are brought to the Cabinet and solved according to its coordinated command.
As the headquarters in charge of the country's economy, the Cabinet should work out economic development targets and strategy on a scientific and realistic basis and in a far-sighted manner, and positively push forward its supervision and guidance of overall economic work in a unified manner.
All sectors and units should solve the problems in economic work after consulting the Cabinet, and carry out to the letter its decisions and directives aimed at implementing the Party's economic policies.
Party committees at all levels should wage a struggle against any practices which hinder the strengthening of the Cabinet responsibility system, the Cabinet-centred system, and fully support the Cabinet and other administrative and economic organs at various levels, so that they can satisfactorily discharge their duty and role as masters and executors of economic work.
Efforts should be focused on holding fast to socialist principles in economic work and enhancing the sense of responsibility and role of the working people, who carry out production and construction, so as to increase production to the maximum.
We should also effect an uninterrupted revolutionary upsurge in all fields of cultural construction, including education, public health, literature and the arts, and sports, so as to add lustre to our country as a cultured socialist country.
By increasing state investment in education, putting education on a modern basis, radically improving the level of general secondary education and intensifying university education, we can train in larger numbers world-class scientific and technological personnel who will shoulder the building of a thriving socialist country. We should give full play to the advantages of our country's socialist healthcare system, create and disseminate greater numbers of excellent literary and artistic works of the times, make sports mass-based and create a wave of enthusiasm for sports across the country. In this way, we should ensure that our people become creators and enjoyers of socialist culture that is noble and civilized, and the whole society brims over with joy and optimism.
In order to bring about a decisive turn in the building of a thriving socialist country as was the intention and desire of General Kim Jong Il, we should, first of all, enhance the militant function and role of Party organizations.
Party organizations are the political staff of the units concerned, and their basic task is to enlist officials, Party members and other working people in carrying out the Party's lines and policies without fail. Success in the work of each sector and unit depends entirely on how its Party organization performs its function and role.
Party organizations should thoroughly implement the ideas and lines of the General by firmly establishing policy-oriented principles and conducting energetic political and organizational work. They should conduct a profound study of the General's intentions and plans, the tasks facing their respective units to materialize them and the ways of implementing them, arrange their work in a scrupulous manner, organize Party guidance over administrative and economic work to the last detail and rouse officials and the broad sections of the masses of the people to carrying out the General's instructions.
Party organizations should intensify Party guidance over the law-enforcement organs, such as the judicial, procuratorial and people's security organs.
The effort to build a thriving socialist country is accompanied by a serious class struggle to eliminate everything that is hostile and non-socialist. Party organizations should ensure that law-enforcement organs discharge their sacred mission and duty by staunchly safeguarding the socialist system and the gains of the revolution and reliably defending the people's lives, property and security.
Party organizations should intensify Party guidance over the working people's organizations to ensure that all these organizations and their members turn out as one in the ongoing general march.
True to the Party's idea of focusing on young people, Party organizations should give prominence to young people and always pay close attention to working with them. They should lead the youth league organizations to glorify the immortal exploits performed by the President and the General for the youth movement of Korea and step up the education of their members so that our revolution can be steadily carried forward through the generations. Young people should always advance straight forward following the Party; a prosperous tomorrow will be achieved earlier by our young people taking vigorous steps.
Party organizations should give proper Party guidance to trade union and union of agricultural workers organizations so that our trustworthy working class and agricultural working people fulfil their duties as the masters of factories and farms and production workers.
Our women constitute a powerful force that pushes ahead one of the two wheels of the revolution. Party organizations should provide effective Party guidance to the women's union organizations so as to ensure that women fully discharge their duties for the prosperity of the country and the harmony and happiness of society and their families and continue to exalt their honour as the flowers of the era.
Next, officials should perform to the full their responsibility and role as the leading personnel of the revolution.
Officials must defend the Party's policies and lines unto death, standing in the vanguard, and rouse the masses to implementing them, and they must also organize and direct today's general onward march.
Officials should perform their work in a revolutionary way, on the standpoint that they are entirely responsible for the work in their respective sectors and units. In particular, senior officials should work with a firm determination to prove themselves worthy of the love and trust of the Party and people that have brought them up and raised them to prominence.
They should become as honest and able as Kim Chaek, who performed with credit any task however difficult it was, in support of Kim Il Sung.
Officials should work with a creative and enterprising attitude and style. They should plan and organize their work with a far-reaching target and ideals, and be pioneers and forerunners in creating and introducing new things. They should also be men of action who carry any undertaking through to completion once they set about doing it. All officials should be resolute in doing away with the outdated ideological viewpoints and backward methods and styles of work. The position our officials should occupy today is in the vanguard of the ranks; they should be the point-men in blazing the trail and an engine propelling the masses forward.
They should devote their all to the people. The people do not exist for the sake of officials, but officials exist for the sake of the people.
By learning from the President's and the General's view of the people, all officials should go among the people, sharing good times and bad with them, and make tireless efforts for their good. They should always put the people first in their consideration, direct primary concern to their livelihood, always think and work sincerely to solve the problems in their lives and do more for their benefit. They should be true servants of the people who know nothing other than working for the people, are faithful and effective in undertaking it and find pleasure and pride in the efforts they make for them.
By implementing the intentions and instructions of the President and the General, we should accomplish the historic cause of national reunification without fail. And true to their strategy and plan for our external activities, we should proactively contribute to achieving the cause of global independence.
Keeping in mind that the President and the General are always with us and are encouraging us, we should redouble our efforts to realize their plans and desires with credit and glorify the new century of the Juche revolution as an era of victory and glory.
For the present, when we are about to hold the Party conference and various other events to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the President, we should scrupulously organize the work to ensure that they are a success. In addition, we should pay close attention to ensuring that our people enjoy themselves on the Day of the Sun in a meaningful way, and make detailed arrangements for it.
WPK’s Mode of Politics
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is not a big country in terms of territory and population, but it continues to develop day by day despite unprecedented sanctions and pressure by the US and its vassal countries.
The international community finds the answer from the mode of politics pursued by the Workers’ Party of Korea, the leading force of the country.
The politics of the WPK is characterized by independence.
Guided by the Juche idea that man is the master of his own destiny and he also has the strength with which to shape his own destiny, the WPK has consistently and firmly adhered to the line of independence in politics, self-sufficiency in the economy and self-reliance in national defence.
In July this year, the WPK ensured that a test-firing of ICBM was conducted as part of its efforts to put an end to the high-handedness and arbitrariness of the US, which had been engrossed in pursuing its policy hostile towards the DPRK and blackmailing it with nuke for over half a century. This was a righteous self-defensive measure for safeguarding the sovereignty of the country and the right to existence of the nation. However, picking a quarrel with this, the US again inveigled the UN Security Council into adopting a sanctions resolution unprecedented in history. To cope with this, the DPRK government issued a statement, in which it denounced the resolution as a violent infringement upon the sovereign right of the country and rejected it categorically. It also declared that it will not give up strengthening its nuclear forces whoever says what unless the US stops hostile manoeuvrings and nuclear threat against the country.
Former US president Jimmy Carter, who had visited the country, said:
North Korea (the DPRK) is quite a unique society. It is a society where the people believe in the philosophy of independence as a religion. Imposing sanctions to north Korea is a very counter-productive method.
The WPK’s politics is also characterized by Songun.
The DPRK achieves its victory and demonstrates its dignity on the strength of Songun.
With a firm conviction that the sovereignty and dignity of the country and nation and the peace and security in the region can be defended only on the strength of arms in today’s world, where the high-handedness and aggression of the imperialists cut a wide swathe, the WPK has strengthened its armed forces by regarding Songun politics as the basic mode of socialist politics.
In the face of constant nuclear threat and reckless moves to ignite a war by the US, the DPRK, possessed of the state-of-the-art means of attack and defence, now developed A-bomb, H-bomb and ICBM capable of striking the US proper, thus joining the ranks of a few military powers of the world.
The WPK pursues benevolent politics.
Under the benevolent politics, in the DPRK the interests of the people are regarded as the basis of all its policies and lines, and they are defended in a thoroughgoing way in any conditions and environment.
Thanks to the policy of respecting, prioritizing and loving the people, such social issues as exploitation and oppression of man by man and rich getting richer and poor getting poorer cannot be found anywhere in the country. All the conditions needed for living including food, clothing and housing are provided by the state, and such people-oriented policies as universal 12-year compulsory education and free medical care are enforced at state expense.
In recent years, world-class bases for mass cultural and emotional life including the Munsu Water Park, Mirim Riding Club and Masikryong Ski Resort, and such medical service bases as the Ryugyong Dental Hospital and Ryugyong General Ophthalmic Hospital have been erected for the working masses. Modern flats including those in Unha Scientists Street, Wisong Scientists Residential District, Mirae Scientists Street and Ryomyong Street have been built and provided to scientists, technicians and other working people free of charge.
It is not mysterious divine power that works a miracle but the unquenchable power of the people, and nothing is impossible if it respects the people as in heaven and relies on their strength–this is the firm conviction of the WPK.
By firmly believing in the strength of the people and giving fullest play to their inexhaustible mental strength, the WPK is now giving strong impetus to the building of a powerful socialist country, a civilized socialist power, in which the people’s dreams and ideals would be realized at the highest level.
Kim Il Sung and Down-with-Imperialism
The Down-with-Imperialism Union (DIU) is the first revolutionary organization, Kim Il Sung (1912-1994), eternal president of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, formed with the determination that he would devote his all to the sacred cause of liberating his country from the Japanese imperialists and winning back freedom and emancipation of his people.
In June 1926 Kim Il Sung entered Hwasong Uisuk School, a two-year military and political school for training cadres for the Independence Army. In that period, he demonstrated his remarkable abilities with outstanding humanity and diligence, uncommon faculty of thinking and judgment, extraordinary courage and leadership ability.
Once there was a football match between the school and another school. When the match was about to end, a player of the school team collided with a player of the other team, and got injured. Kim Il Sung carried him on his back to the doctor’s. From that day on, he shared board and lodging with the student every night and took care of him; he obtained medicines as well as tasty dishes for him, and explained what he had learned for the patient’s study and wrote them down on his book. Thanks to his sincere devotion, the student’s injured leg was completely treated. Students of the school began to follow Kim Il Sung, and decided to share the same will with him.
Kim Il Sung rallied these like-minded students. In those days the school banned progressive books; when a student was found reading such books a strict punishment was meted out. Despite the school’s policy hostile towards the progressive trend of the times, he propagated advanced ideas among the students, insisting that it was wrong that the school authorities blocked the way to the truth. During a class seminar, he boldly said that when Korea was liberated, neither feudal society nor capitalist society but a society free from exploitation and oppression, a society where the working masses like workers and peasants can live happily, should be built in the country, thus receiving full support of the students. In the course of this, he transformed his schoolmates one after one into his comrades of sharing the same will and destiny in the revolution.
Rallying them behind him, he formed the DIU.
When he formed it on October 17, 1926, he was in his teens. All other members of the organization were over 5-10 years older than him and some even had fathered children, but they elected young Kim Il Sung their leader and pledged to become his eternal revolutionary comrades.
The formation of the DIU was the proclamation of a decisive battle to overthrow Japanese imperialism and the declaration of a showdown with all the imperialist forces throughout the world. It was also the starting point of the struggle to found a party in Korea. The independent principle set by the DIU became the principle in conducting party building and its activities, and DIU members, the young people of a new generation, constituted the backbone in the activities for founding the party.
Many people were recorded in human history for their great exploits, but such a leader as Kim Il Sung, who formed a revolutionary organization in his teens, has never been witnessed.