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Let us brilliantly accomplish the revolutionary cause of Juche, holding Kim Il Jong in high esteem as the Eternal General Secretary of our Party, Talk to Senior Officials of the Central Committee of the Worker’s Party of Korea – April 6 Juche 101 (2012), 23 pages.

Let us march forward dynamically towards final victory, holding higher the Banner of Songun, Speech delivered at the Military Parade in celebration of the centenary of the birth of Generalissimo Kim Il Sung – April 15 Juche 101 (2012), 11 pages.

The great Kim Il Sung is the Eternal Leader of our Party and our People, Treatise published to mark the Centenary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung – April 20 Juche 101 (2012), 22 pages.

On bringing about a Revolutionary turn in land administration in line with the demands for building a thriving Socialist Country, Talk to Senior Officials of Party and State Economic Organs and Working People’s Organisations – April 27 Juche 101 (2012), 26 pages.

Become pillars supporting a prosperous future Korea, Congratulatory Speech at the National Meeting of the Korean Children’s Union held in celebration of the 66th anniversary of its founding – June 6 Juche 101 (2012), 6 pages.

Let us step up the building of a thriving country by applying Kim Jong Il’s Patriotism, Talk to Senior Officials of the Central Committee of the Worker’s Party of Korea – July 26 Juche 101 (2012), 14 pages.

The sons and daughters of revolutionary martyrs should become the backbone of the Songun revolution and the reliable heirs of the lineage of Mangyongdae, the lineage of Paektu, Letter to teaching Staff and Students at the Mangyongdae Revolutionary School and the Kang Pan Sok Revolutionary School on the 65th Anniversary of the schools’ founding – October 12 Juche 101 (2012), 18 pages.

Our social sciences should render an active contribution to accomplishing the cause of modelling the whole society on Kimilsungism-Kim jongilism, Letter to Scientists and Officials of the Academy of Social Sciences on the 60th Anniversary of the Academy’s Founding – December 1 Juche 101 (2012), 18 pages.

Concluding speech at the March 2013 Plenary Meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea – March 31 Juche 102 (2013), 4 pages.

Let us add eternal brilliance to Comrade Kim Jong Il’s great idea of and achievements in the Songun Revolution, Talk to the WPK organ Rodong Sinmun and the KPA organ Joson Inmingun to mark the Day of Songun – August 25 Juche 102 (2013), 14 pages.

Let us usher in a great golden age of construction by thoroughly applying the Party’s Juche-orientated idea on architecture, Letter to those attending the Grand Short Course of Officials in the Constriction Sector – December 8 Juche 102 (2013), 17 pages.

Let us bring about innovations in agricultural production under the unfurled banner of the Socialist rural theses, Letter to those attending the National Conference of Sub-workteam Members in the agricultural sector – February 6 Juche 103 (2014), 19 pages.

Let us hasten final victory through a revolutionary ideological offensive, Speech at the Eighth Congress of Ideological Workers of the Workers’ Party of Korea – February 25 Juche 103 (2014), 22 pages.

Young people, be vanguard fighters who are unfailingly faithful to the Party’s revolutionary cause of Songun, Letter to those attending the Fourth Conference of Primary Officials of Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League – September 18 Juche 103 (2014), 16 pages.

National heritage conservation is a patriotic undertaking for adding brilliance to the history and traditions of our nation, Talk to Senior Officials of the Central Committee of the Worker’s Party of Korea – October 24 Juche 103 (2014), 12 pages.

Let us live and work in the revolutionary spirit of Paektu, the spirit of the blizzards of Paektu, Talk to Senior Officials of the Party and the Army – October 27 Juche 103 (2014), 11 pages.

Let us expedite the construction of the livestock farming base in the Sepho area and bring about a fresh turn in developing husbandry, Talk to Senior Officials of the Party State Economic Organs – January 28 Juche 104 (2015), 14 pages.

Let the entire Party, the whole Army and all the people conduct a vigorous forest restoration campaign to cover the mountains of the country with green woods, Talk to Senior Officials of the Party, Army and State Economic Organs – February 26 Juche 104 (2015), 11 pages.

Let us usher in a new golden age of building a sports power in the revolutionary spirit of Paektu, Letter to those attending the Seventh National Congress of Sportspeople – March 25 Juche 104 (2015), 15 pages.

Let us usher in a new golden age of the movement of Koreans in Japan true to the intention of the great Comrade Kim Jong Il, Letter to Chongryon and Korean residents in Japan on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of Chongryon’s Founding – May 25 Juche 104 (2015), 11 pages.

War veterans are our precious revolutionary forerunners who created the indomitable spirit of defending the country, Congratulatory Speech delivered at the Fourth National Conference of War Veterans – July 25 Juche 104 (2015), 10 pages.

The Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station is a proud and grand monument to our youth and as a symbol of youth power, Speech delivered at the inauguration ceremony of the Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station – October 3 Juche 104 (2015), 10 pages.

The cause of the Great Party of Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il is ever-victorious, on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea – October 4 Juche 104 (2015), 19 pages.

Making selfless, devoted efforts for the good of the people is the mode of existence and source of invincible might of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Speech delivered at the Military Parade and public procession of the Pyongyang citizens in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea – October 10 Juche 104 (2015), 11 pages.

Let us bring about a fundamental turn in the Three-Revolution Red Flag Movement in line with the demands of the Developing Revolution, Letter to those attending the Fourth Conference of Frontrunners in the Three-Revolution Red Flag Movement – November 20 Juche 104 (2015), 19 pages.

Let us usher in a golden age of Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism Youth Movement, Speech at the Ninth Congress of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League – August 28 Juche 105 (2016), 21 pages.

On the basic task facing Kim Il Sung University in the new era of the Juche Revolution, Letter to the Teaching Staff and Students of the Kim Il Sung University on the 70th Anniversary of its founding – September 27 Juche 105 (2016), 16 pages.

On the duties of the Working Class of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il for the times and the tasks facing trade union organizations, Letter to those attending the Seventh Congress of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea – October 25 Juche 105 (2016), 15 pages.

Let us further intensify the work of the Women’s Union under the banner of modelling the whole society in Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism, Letter to those attending the Sixth Congress of the Democratic Women’s Union of Korea – November 17 Juche 105 (2016), 17 pages.

On improving the role of the UAWK in accomplishing the Juche-orientated Socialist cause, Letter to those attending the Eighth Congress of the Union of Agricultural Workers of Korea – December 6 Juche 105 (2016), 16 pages.

Let KCU members become the true sons and daughters, young revolutionaries, of the Socialist Country, Speech at the Eighth Congress of the Korean Children’s Union – June 6 Juche 106 (2017), 7 pages.

On the occasion of the 70th Founding Anniversary of the Korean People’s Army, Congratulatory Speech at the Military Parade celebrating the 70th Founding Anniversary of the Korean People’s Army – February 8 Juche 107 (2018), 9 pages.

Kim Jong Un and Korean Society

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un in the year 2013, Foreign Languages Publishing House, Pyongyang, Juche 103 (2014), 154 pages.

Kim Jong Un – Aphorisms 1, Pyongyang, Juche 105 (2016), 72 pages.

Son of the People, DPR Korea, Juche 107 (2018), 111 pages.

Kim Jong Un in the year 2018, Foreign Languages Publishing House, Pyongyang, Juche 108 (2019), 96 pages.

The Leader seen from his field guidance, Foreign Languages Publishing House, DPR Korea, Juche 108 (2019), 142 pages.

Young people of Korea in Kim Jong Un’s era, Foreign Languages Publishing House, DPR Korea, Juche 108 (2019), 68 pages.

Making Selfless, Devoted Efforts for the Good of the People, Foreign Languages Publishing House, Pyongyang, Juche 109 (2020), 59 pages.

People’s Leader – 2020, Juche 109 (2020), 85 pages.

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What sort of future for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea?

Korean Reunification

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What sort of future for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea?

When I was in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) at the end of 2017 the international situation was very different from what it is now – at least on the surface. So many negotiations go on in the background that the rhetoric of leaders has to be taken with a sizeable pinch of salt. Unfortunately the world-wide capitalist media concentrates on such outlandish statements and in the process present a picture that confuses rather than informs. What will come out of the meeting on June 12th 2018 between the DPRK leader Kim Jong-un and the US President Trump remains to be seen but it might be worth while reminding people of the historical background to these talks and the complex international situation that will follow whatever happens in Singapore.

Some historical background

The ‘Korean War’, known by the people of the DPRK as the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War, took place between the 25th June 1950 and 27th July 1953. I don’t intend to discuss who started that war here as, at the moment, it’s not really relevant. All I’ll say here is that the decision taken at the United Nations meant that all the resources of the capitalist world (21 countries took part on the side of US imperialism) were mobilised against the North. It might also be worthwhile reminding readers that the decision taken by the UN Security Council – where all permanent members have the right of veto – was taken when the Soviet Union was boycotting the UN in support of the People’s Republic of China being the proper representative of the Chinese People and not the tiny island of Taiwan – a fascist regime at the time and the mere puppet of the US. I’m sure that the aggression against the North at a time when both its principal allies were absent from the supposedly representative international organisation of the UN is just a mere coincidence. (In 1950 the population of China was about a quarter of the total throughout the world and the USSR covered one sixth of the world’s land mass.)

That relatively short war caused millions of deaths and untold destruction on the Korean peninsula. As in the Vietnam War – another war of aggression promoted by the US and its sycophantic allies – the main reason the struggle didn’t end in ignominious defeat for the United Nations’ forces was due to the overwhelming superiority the US had in air power. Again as history is often forgotten in these circumstances, its worth remembering that the war broke out less than a year after Chairman Mao’s Declaration of the People’s Republic of China (after almost 20 years of warfare) and only five years after the end of the Second World War – known by the Soviet People as the Great Patriotic War – where the USSR had suffered unbelievable losses, both in people and material.

If the US wanted to achieve its aims then there was no better time to attempt to gain control of the Korean Peninsula. They failed.

One of the true facts that have been widely disseminated in the last few months when it comes to Korea Is the fact that the war didn’t end with a treaty but with an armistice. That armistice was signed in a rapidly constructed hut just outside one of the command bunkers in the virtually razed to the ground city of Pyongyang, in the DPRK. In politics the location of the signing of such agreements is important and making the UN commanders come to the North to agree that they would cease hostilities says a lot.

Since the armistice

But all imperialisms don’t like losing and after the armistice and the end of open hostilities they set about given the maximum support to the fascist regime in Seoul and have maintained an aggressive and threatening stance against the DPRK ever since.

If we look at the DPRK we see that although the aggressive rhetoric increased throughout 2017, and the first few months of 2018, the situation has been on a knife-edge ever since the end of the Geneva Conference in June 1954.

The openly fascist government of Syngman Rhee, supported by the Americans after the end of hostilities, was more than happy to accept the permanent placement of foreign soldiers on South Korean soil – local security forces could suppress any opposition from the people whilst the border along the Demilitarised Zone would be patrolled by US forces. This presence has not diminished in the more than 50 years since the fighting stopped and now there are something like 30,000 US troops in various parts of South Korea – most close to the border, the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ).

Most people just lap up the pap that’s fed to them by the various media in their respective countries when reference is made to the development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in the DPRK. They see it as an aggressive and belligerent stance by a ‘desperate and unstable dictatorship’ – the sort of descriptions used by their ‘democratic’ leaders. However, how many of them will know that it was the Americans, not satisfied with the number of conventional weapons that they had in South Korea, were the ones to break the Armistice Agreement by first introducing nuclear weapons into the Korean Peninsula in January 1958?

There was a partial withdrawal of these weapons in October 1991, when the US administration of George Bush decided to remove all land based nuclear weapons. However at the same time weapons which could be deployed from aircraft, from air bases in South Korea, were excluded. And, anyway, the fact that the US nuclear arsenal is so huge, and distributed throughout the world in a manner unique to any other country, this means that the nuclear threat is only slightly mitigated – aircraft or submarines, based in other submissive countries close by, could be close to the DPRK within a matter of hours.

The situation now

So that’s now 50 years when the people of the DPRK have been under threat of nuclear annihilation from the most powerful (militarily) country on the planet – and this doesn’t even take into account the massive ‘war games’ that take place a couple of times each year, on land, sea and in the air right next to the border. Although classified as exercises these are obviously no more than acts of intimidation, the classic tactic of a bully which the US has assumed with even more openness since the (temporary) weakening of Russia when the people accepted the full-scale restoration of capitalism in their country.

If the American workers who have supported (and still support) Trump had half a brain between them they might start to question why, even in times of ‘austerity’, there is always money made to feed into the bottomless maw of the military-industrial complex.

No other country in the world has to experience this implied military threat on a regular and ongoing basis. For decades. And not knowing if or when the exercise might turn into a full-scale military attack.

It’s the hypocrisy of the west that is astounding in these situations. Those in Britain only have to think back to October 2016 when a small Russian naval fleet passed through (in international waters) the ‘English’ Channel. It was treated in some quarters as tantamount to a threat to the security of the country but when huge war games are taking place on the border of another sovereign country it’s OK if they are carried out by the US and its allies.

Added to this (up to a couple of months ago) for the best part of a year, with Trump trying to establish his credentials as a ‘hard man’, the world has had to listen to the threats of the bully in the White House declare that the DPRK should expect ‘fire and fury’ if it does not abide by the wishes of the US; that the country ‘would regret it fast’ if it carries along its chosen path; going as far as to state, earlier in 2018 that the region was close to war.

Faced with all this what is the DPRK to do? Back down and then suffer the humiliation that all bullies shower on their victims or stand up and face the aggression with dignity? Their development, therefore, of a nuclear capability makes sense in the face of such continued hostility. Their level of technological expertise has long been known, and they have successfully launched satellites in Earth orbit – something the British have been unable to do alone.

The capitalist countries argue that the DPRK shouldn’t have the right to develop and possess nuclear weapons. They argue about non-proliferation treaties and try to force such a stance on all nations, especially ones that are prepared to stand up and refuse to do what they are told. But at the same time the major nuclear powers openly develop and improve their nuclear stocks (with the UK and the renewal of Trident and with Trump’s recent statements about a similar upgrade of the massive stocks the US already holds) which goes in direct contravention of the same non-proliferation treaties they so espouse.

Trump is going to the meeting on the 12th June claiming the only reason such a meeting has been possible is due to his own hard line. Like many others he forgets history and doesn’t seem to accept that there has long been desire within the south of the peninsula for an easing of tensions – which have been exacerbated by the attitude of various United States administrations in the past. The US might also underestimate that there’s a growing feeling in the south that being virtually occupied by a foreign power, who not only lives in your country but carries out actions that might – one day – lead to a devastating civil war, has gone passed its sell by date. Although there are US bases in Japan and have been there since the end of the Second World War they don’t play the same aggressive role as they are, and have been, in South Korea.

The US President also has already declared that he will not accept anything less than total submission from the DPRK on the matter of de-nuclearisation – a somewhat strange negotiating stance but not a surprise taking into account the individual concerned. That would be a hard one for Kim Jong-un to sell back home as there was definitely a sense of pride from the few people I had the opportunity to talk to during my short visit to the country. If nothing else the people in the DPRK have, and value, their independence. Relying on the goodwill of a President who continually reneges on past agreements could be a bit dodgy – whatever the assurances.

In a sense the DPRK has little to lose in these ‘negotiations’. Obviously sanctions hurt – even more when they are enforced by the erstwhile friend of the People’s Republic of China. China signing up to the most recent round of sanctions hurt, not just economically but also as the Chinese People’s Volunteers had played such a fraternal role during the Fatherland Liberation War. In Dandong, at the Chinese end of the Friendship Bridge across the Yalu River in the north-west of the DPRK, there are a couple of monuments celebrating the sacrifice of the people of China who went to fight on the side of their comrades in North Korea.

If Trump doesn’t get what he wants then as far as the US goes the situation hasn’t changed. He might ramp up the rhetoric to the same level as the end of last year but unless he can prove that Kim has been totally unreasonable this will give both China and Russia a get out clause in the continued imposition of sanctions.

International politics are getting even more complicated at the moment with allies bring pushed away, as was seen in the G7 summit that has just finished in Canada. China and Russia have been getting closer in certain economic and military fields and if the US is not careful they might find that they are the ones who are being isolated internationally.

The US is not the power it once was and even though Russia isn’t in the same situation as it once was as the revisionist and renegade country to Socialism during its latter days as the USSR it is not the sick man it was even ten years ago. And China’s economy is such a threat to the US that trade wars are very much on the cards.

American arrogance, which is merely being personified by its present President, might lead to the country’s comeuppance. Empires fall when their leaders, and possibly many of their population, think they are invincible.

The consequences of the meeting in Singapore might be different from what Trump might think – whether he is smiling when he gets back on Air Force One or not.

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