Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Respected KIM JONG UN ,leader upholding the red flag of self-reliance and socialism -special article by Dr Dermot Hudson marking the 3rd anniversary of the election of respected Marshal KIM JONG UN as Chairman of the DPRK SAC


One of the key factors that distinguishes the leadership of respected Marshal KIM JONG UN , the Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is his emphasis on self-reliance .With respected Marshal KIM JONG UN at the helm the Korean people are fighting to carry out socialist construction in the spirit of self-reliance smashing the sanctions of the imperialist and hostile forces . The imperialists have imposed sanctions on the DPRK not because of  the DPRK's possession of nuclear weapons but because they want to bring down the socialist system and turn the DPRK into their colony enslaving its people and plundering its resources . Respected Marshal KIM JONG UN will not allow that to happen ! He is leading the fightback against imperialist attempts at "regime change " and subordination , inspiring the people with his ideas on self-reliance and self development .
 Right from the start of his Chairmanship of the State Affairs Commission of  respected Marshal KIM JONG UN always stressed the self-development first idea and the revolutionary spirit of self-reliance. In his 2017 New Year Address ( the first one made after becoming  Chairman of the State Affairs Commission ) respected Marshal KIM JONG UN said ""Worship of big countries and dependence on foreign forces is the road to national ruin; self-development alone is the road to sustaining the dignity of our country and our nation and to paving a broad avenue for the revolution and construction".This smashed the idea of depending on foreign countries and worshipping big countries , something that had bedevilled Korea in the past . As those who are familiar with the history of Korea will know that in the past the idea of dependence on outside forces and worshipping big powers (which is known as flunkeyism ) was prevalent amongst the feudal ruling class and later amongst some in the nationalist movement and communist movement .Flunkeyism had grave consequences ;it caused Korea to be lose independence and become a colony of Japan , it hampered the fight for national independence and after socialism was established flunkeyists attempted to impair the course of socialist construction . It was for these reasons that President KIM IL SUNG fought hard against flunkeyism and ideas of dependence. In December 1955 he spoke of the need to establish Juche .Later President KIM IL SUNG smashed the flunkeyist traitor factionalists who tried to overthrow the leadership . President KIM IL SUNG led the DPRK along the path of self-reliance
and building an independent national economy . Chairman KIM JONG IL also stressed self-reliance saying that "Self-reliance is the revolutionary spirit and a principle of struggle of the communists in carrying out the revolution by their own initiative. One must believe in one's own strength and depend on it in economic construction, just as in all other activities for the revolution and construction." Respected Marshal KIM JONG UN follows the teachings of the great leaders
President KIM IL SUNG and Chairman KIM JONG IL and works to full implement it .
  At the 4th Plenary meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers Party of Korea , respected Marshal KIM JONG UN emphasised that "Self-reliance and self-supporting national economy are the bedrock of the existence of our own style socialism, the motive power of its advance and development and the eternal lifeline essential to the destiny of our revolution". These words are remarkably wise , self-reliance is indeed the basis of the socialist system of the DPRK , abandoning self-reliance will cause the downfall of socialism in the DPRK but respected Marshal KIM JONG UN does not listen those who tell the DPRK to give up self-reliance but holds high the red flag of self-reliance and socialism. At the 1st session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly  he stated
"Whatever wind may blow and whatever challenges and difficulties may lie ahead, our Republic will, in the future, too, make no concession or compromise over the issues concerning the fundamental interests of our State and people. It will resolve everything on the strength of self-reliance and self-development, stepping up the building of a powerful socialist country in our own way and by our own efforts.".
  Now in the revolutionary spirit of self-reliance and led by respected KIM JONG UN Chairman of the State Affairs Commission , the Korean people are creating new things defying the sanctions and blockade of the imperialists . Whole new streets such as Ryomyong Street, which is the size of a small city , have risen  in the space of one year up despite the predictions of the imperialists that the sanctions would stop the completion of the street .
  Respected Marshal KIM JONG UN ,chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK  is leading the Korean people to a bright future of self-reliance and Juche !
Dr Dermot Hudson
Chairman Juche Idea Study Group of England
President Association for the Study of Songun Politics UK
Chairman UK Korean Friendship Association
Chairman British Solidarity Committee for Peace and Reunification on the Korean Peninsula
hon secretary general International Central Committee for Songun Study


ASSPUK,JISGE , UK KFA and BSCPRKP support DPRK FM statement on US hostile actions

                      26th  of June  Juche 108(2019)
The Association For the Study of Songun Politics UK(ASSPUK), the Juche Idea Study Group of England(JISGE) , the UK Korean Friendship Association(UK KFA) and the British Solidarity Committee for Peace and Reunification in Korea (BSCPRKP)  issued a joint statement in support of the statement of the DPRK Foreign Ministry issued on the 26th of June;
 Recently the US has become even more hostile to the People's Korea whilst trying to hide its true intentions between a curtain of false dialogue and negotiations . The following hostile actions have been made against the sovereign and independent  Democratic People's Republic of Korea(DPRK) ; producing  the "Trafficking in Persons Report" and "International Religious Freedom Report",both of which make false allegations against the DPRK  as well extending the existing US sanctions on the DPRK with the possibility of increasing sanctions on the DPRK.
  The prospect of increasing sanctions on the DPRK was raised by remarks by US secretary of state Pompeo who recently said that 80 per cent of the DPRK economy is sanctioned implying his desire to increase that to 100 per cent . All these hostile actions are a violation of the June 12th 2018 DPRK-US joint statement. Such actions of the US cloud the prospect of improved DPRK-US relations as the DPRK Foreign Ministry points out "it would be difficult to look forward to the improvement of the bilateral relations and denuclearization of the Korean peninsula as long as the American politics are dominated by the policy-makers who have an inveterate antagonism towards the DPRK."
  It has long been the conviction of our organisations that the hostile policy of the US  particularly the sanctions , should be ended . We support this statement of the DPRK Foreign Ministry with its warning that the US should not trample on the sovereignty of the DPRK .

DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Condemns U.S. Hostile Acts

Pyongyang, June 26 (KCNA) -- A spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea released the following statement on Wednesday:

We now see an unusual move of the United States whereby it gets ever more undisguised in its hostility towards us.

Recently, the U.S. viciously slandered the DPRK in its "Trafficking in Persons Report" and "International Religious Freedom Report", both of which are based on all kinds of falsehoods and fabrications, and it also decided to continue for another one year the "National Emergency" that calls for defining us as its enemy and imposing further sanctions.

The U.S. State Secretary Pompeo especially made reckless remarks when asked in a press conference about a possibility of the DPRK-U.S. working-level talks that it is important for everyone to remember that today some 80-plus percent of the North Korean economy is sanctioned, and he let loose a sophistry as if the sanctions are rendering the bilateral talks possible.

If the U.S. sanctions are affecting 80-plus percent of our economy, as Pompeo mentioned, the question is whether the U.S. target is to raise it up to 100 percent.

This is an outright challenge to the DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement adopted at the DPRK-U.S. summit talks held in Singapore and a manifestation of the most extreme hostile acts by the United States towards the DPRK.

All these speak clearly to the fact that the wild dream of the U.S. to bring us to our knees by means of sanctions and pressure has not changed at all but grows even more undisguised.

As for the "National Emergency" strongly advocated by the U.S., it is nothing less than the product of the heinous policy hostile to us, because it was designed to persist with the anti-DPRK sanctions by continuously terming us as an enemy when the U.S. administration had to remove us from the targets of the "Trading With The Enemy Act" in June 2008.

Even though the supreme leaders devote their all for establishing new DPRK-U.S. relations, it would be difficult to look forward to the improvement of the bilateral relations and denuclearization of the Korean peninsula as long as the American politics are dominated by the policy-makers who have an inveterate antagonism towards the DPRK.

The United States should not be mistaken.

As Comrade Chairman of the State Affairs Commission said, we would not thirst for a lifting of sanctions.

Our state is not a country that will surrender to the U.S. sanctions, nor are we a country which the U.S. could attack whenever it desires to do so.

If anyone dares to trample over our sovereignty and the right to existence, we will not hesitate to pull a muscle-flexing trigger in order to defend ourselves. -0-

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

President KIM IL SUNG , the true people's leader who raised living standards-special article by Dr Dermot Hudson


The great leader President KIM IL SUNG who passed away on the 8th of July 1994 was indeed a true people's leader who said that "My God is none other than the people. Only the popular masses are omniscient and omnipotent and almighty on earth. Therefore my lifetime motto is: "The people are my God.". He was always dressed in simple and plain clothes . During the Korean War he said that if people eat millet , then he too would eat millet.
Visiting the Kumsusan Palace of the  Sun , the final resting place of the President KIM IL SUNG , several times ,  I saw the train that President KIM IL SUNG used to give on-the spot guidance (on the spot guidance means visiting units and localities not just giving guidance but learning about the needs of the people). From 1945 to 1994 the great leader President KIM IL SUNG visited 20,600 different units or workplaces in the DPRK travelling a distance of 578 ,000 kilometres the equivalent of travelling around the world many times . He spent 8600 days giving on the spot guidance which means that every almost every second of day of his life was spent giving on -the spot guidance.
  Right up to the end of his physical life  President KIM IL SUNG worked tirelessly for the people . Only two years before he passed away President KIM IL SUNG took the measure of increasing wages , salaries and allowances for the Korean people. On the 13th of February 1992  President KIM IL SUNG had the Decree of the Central People's Committee of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea titled "On Enforcing the Policy of Pay Raises For All Workers. technicians and office employees and of increasing the income of office workers " which was to be effective from the 1st of March ,1992.  Explaining the measures of the decree President KIM IL SUNG wrote ;
  "  Now that new success have been achieved in socialist construction and the country's economic power has been further increased , our Party and the government have taken epoch making measures for markedly raising the pay of all workers , technicians and office employees , increasing the income of the co-operative farmers and granting more state benefits to the people .
  These measures are an embodiment of the long-standing policy of our Party to more satisfactorily provide people with independent and creative lives .These are historic measure which  demonstrate the superiority and invincibility of socialism in our country "
 I remember as a low paid office worker , struggling to pay for rent and food,  reading the news in the "Pyongyang Times " with great excitement . Pay for workers, office workers and technicians was to increase by 43.4 per cent !.To me this was astounding  In my country I could only dream of such a pay rise and even we when we got pay rises they invariably had strings attached to them . Social security payments for pensioners were to be increased by 50.7 per cent .! Again a dream like figure for pensioners in capitalist society . In the UK pensioners ask "will it be eating or heating ? ". The scholarships of students were to rise by 33 per cent . Prices paid to farmers for rice were to be raised by 26.2 per cent and for maize by 44.8 per cent , in order to boost their income . At the same time it was decreed that there would be no increase to the prices of food rations supplied to the people . So the increases to pay and pensions were increases in real terms .
  Also in 1992 flats for 50,000 families ( roughly 150, 000 to 250,000 people , roughly up to the size of  Nottingham in the UK )  were completed in Tongil (Reunification) street in Pyongyang .Thus people enjoyed a great leap forward in living standards thanks the people's policy of President
KIM IL SUNG and the superiority of Juche-based socialist system built under his leadership.
  Some 18 years earlier President KIM IL SUNG had abolished the taxation system in March 1974 making the DPRK the first tax free socialist country and at the same time reduced prices of basic commodities by up to 50 per cent . These measures combined gave Korean working people a huge boost to their income.
  President KIM IL SUNG was a true people's leader who strived all the time to improve the living standards of the people . We will remember him for this.
Dr Dermot Hudson
Chairman UK Committee to Remember the great leader comrade KIM IL SUNG
President Association for the Study of Songun Politics UK
Chairman Juche Idea Study Group of England
Chairman UK Korean Friendship Association
Chairman British Solidarity Committee for Peace and Reunification on the Korean Peninsula
hon secretary general International Central Committee For Songun Study

Commentary on DPRK-China relations by Dr Dermot Hudson


Overall the improvement in relations between the DPRK and China is to be welcomed . In 2017 the relationship was very tense with both countries media carrying critical. articles about each other .However thanks to skilful diplomacy of respected Marshal KIM JONG UN there has been a big improvement in relations .
However some friends of the DPRK have raised concerns about the recent visit of President Xi to the DPRK , worried about China trying to spread capitalist and revisionist influence in the DPRK or trying to dominate the DPRK . Some have even said that China wants to make the DPRK its colony .
People need to understand that the DPRK is totally independent and will defend independence whilst maintaining relations with those countries that are friendly to it. People's Korea , land of Juche , is not a creation of another country and not a satellite or a colony of anyone else and will never be .
On the day the Chinese president arrived , Rodong Sinmun the daily paper of the Workers Party of Korea carried an article saying that "preserving the Juche character and national character is fundamental to ensuring the independent development of a state and herein lies its great significance...
The Juche character and national character are the life of a country and nation that guarantees their prosperity and the victorious advance of the revolution and construction. The historical experience and lesson show that preserving the Juche character and national character is the key issue decisive of victory or failure in the revolution and construction, and the one vital to the destiny of the country and nation.
Preserving the Juche character and national character provides a firm guarantee for the country and nation to defend and glorify their independent dignity and make steady progress with true quality as befits a state."
It is wrong to say that the DPRK will get taken over by China or be influenced by China. The great leader comrade KIM IL SUNG was a sharp critic of Soviet modern revisionism . He wrote a number of articles attacking revisionism . Indeed he was one of the first people to reject glasnost and perestroika (see the speech "For Complete Victory of Socialism ") The USSR even imposed its own sanctions on the DPRK in 1962. However at the same time the DPRK maintained good relations with the USSR . Because the DPRK had good relations with the USSR did not mean it would bow down and accept everything the USSR said .The DPRK had relations with the USSR, Albania and Yugoslavia but did not copy these countries. It is the same with China
Back in 1989 President KIM IL SUNG , no doubt with the experience of the neighbouring country in mind said "'Careless opening may allow mosquitoes and blowflies to fly in and cause damage. We must conduct exchanges and joint ventures with other countries, but we must pitch mosquito nets to prevent those insects from infiltrating "
 It is notable that the mass game that President XI Jinping was taken to watch was called "Invincible Socialism " and stressed the " glorious development course and history of the heroic struggle of the DPRK which has emerged as a socialist state independent in politics, self-supporting in economy and self-reliant in defence, winning great victories and bringing about epoch-making changes under the leadership of the WPK with the peerlessly great men held in high esteem."
Lastly , the visit should be seen in the context that China is rapidly falling out of favour with the imperialists . Rather than being seen as a partner it is seen as a rival and even an enemy as evidenced by a number of factors . Thus China is reaching out to old friends and renewing relationships . Maybe even one day China will wake up to the fact that you cannot build socialism in co-operation with imperialism , only through confrontation and slam the door hard on imperialism !

69 years since the US imperialists started the Korean War


Today is 69 years since the Korean War or Fatherland Liberation War started. The blame for the start of the war lays 100 per cent with the US and its south Korean puppets . In fact John Foster Dulles had visited south Korea a week before the war started and given instructions to south Korea to provoke a war on the 25th of June.

The Fatherland Liberation War provoked by the US imperialists was a barbaric genocidal in which the reactionary and fascistic US imperialist tried to exterminate the Korean nation . The Fatherland Liberation War waged by the Korean people under the leadership of the great leader comrade
KIM IL SUNG  was a just war for independence and freedom of the Korean motherland  , a war for defending people's democracy . It was also a just national liberation war and a war for reunification. It was also a severe class struggle against the enemies of the people .It was also a great war to defend the socialist camp and advance the world revolutionary movement
  During the Fatherland Liberation War the US imperialists and other reactionaries killed millions of innocent Korean people and used truly barbaric methods  including the use of biological weapons .
  We our support  the Korean people in their struggle to defend independence against imperialism and to build a permanent peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula .
To this end US troops should be withdrawn from south Korea and a permanent peace treaty between the DPRK and US signed .

Monday, 24 June 2019

Committees for Election of Deputies to Province (Municipality), City (District) and County Assemblies Start Work in DPRK

Pyongyang, June 24 (KCNA) -- According to the DPRK's Law on the Elections of Deputies to the People's Assemblies at All Levels, election committees were organized at constituencies and sub-constituencies in every province (municipality), city (district) and county and started their work. -0-