Wednesday, 28 October 2020

KCNA Commentary on Japan's Moves for Reviving Militarism

 Pyongyang, October 28 (KCNA) -- The Japanese reactionaries are openly pursuing the revival of militarism.


Suga, who took office as prime minister of Japan recently, made a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine on the occasion of the autumn ancestral rite day.


This proves that the island country remains unchanged in its black-hearted design to leaving no stone unturned to instill venomous ultra-nationalism into the minds of the Japanese public, just as the former regimes did, and to launch overseas invasion by embellishing the crime-woven past and reviving the departed soul of militarism.


Dancing to the tune of him who revealed the ultra-right colors, other politicians of Japan were busy visiting and making offerings to the shrine and unhesitatingly spouting rubbishes inciting militarism.


Notably, the minister of Defense let out sophism justifying his visit to the shrine, and the boss of the bipartisan lawmakers federation said before journalists after his visit to the shrine that he visited the shrine full of a wish that Japan and the world would be peaceful.


This is an unpardonable mockery to the Korean nation and the Asian people who suffered pain due to Japan in the past.


Far from feeling shame on the thrice-cursed crime and the defeat it committed and sustained in the past and drawing a lesson from it, Japan, harboring extreme grudge, has worked hard to gloss over the international community's demand for its atonement for the hideous crime-woven past, while getting crazy about historical distortion and pursuing reinvasion like the scenario for turning Japan into a military giant.


The regime of Suga is following in the footsteps of the former regime which perpetrated unprecedented "sins."


The present regime has been praised by Abe for "making a very good start." Buoyed by this, it seeks to step up the final completion of the legal and military foundations for launching overseas invasion.


It set up draft-making commission within the Liberal Democratic Party in a bid to make the present constitution a war one. It seeks to shape the draft bill on revision until the end of this year, giving spur to the moves for possessing the "capability for attacking the enemy bases."


Madcap large-scale war drills of the "Self-Defense Forces" are being staged across the Japanese archipelago, waters off it and in the sky as preparations for overseas invasion under the pretext of getting familiar with the methods of operations for defending remote islands, space and cyber warfare and electronic warfare.


No matter how frequently Japan pays lip-service to "global peace" and justify the visits to the shrine and embellish the blood-stained past history, no country would be taken in by it.


Such moves of Japan to turn the world into a theater of aggression and massacre by reviving militarism will only evoke bitterer denunciation and repugnance of the international community.


No matter how much water may flow under the bridge and how frequently one generation may be replaced with another, the Korean nation and mankind will never forget the past crimes of Japan but surely force it to pay dearly for them.


Japan should face up to this and stop running riot. -0-

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Punish the US army

 

Punish the US army

 

 The Progressive Federation of Students had a news conference in demand of a thoroughgoing investigation into the death caused by the US armored vehicle and enactment of bill punishing those who are accountable for it outside the National Assembly on Oct. 13.  

 

The death was caused by the US army. The National Assembly should demand the US to make an apology for the death of south Koreans and request the US for assurances against the recurrence of the death. It is obligation of the National Assembly as it represents the interest of the south Koreans, said Park, a member of the organization.

They strongly urged the National Assembly to enact bill for preventing the death of the people by the US army on the day.

 

Prior to this, the students and civil organizations had a press conference in demand of the investigation into the death of the south Koreans caused by the US armored vehicle and the punishment of those who are responsible for it outside the gate of the US 2nd division in Dongducheon on Oct. 10.

A ceremony for tearing the Stars and Strips bearing the name of the US 2nd division to pieces was held after the press conference.

 

Commentary of AINDF Spokesman-on south Korea's weak attitude to Japan



 


 The south Korean authorities have adopted low-profile diplomacy toward Japan’s undisguised effort for embellishing the unhappy past, only to spark off surging indignation of the nation.


Despite the opposition of the people, the south Korean authorities have spouted a string of rubbish that reciprocal cooperation is urgent and bilateral relationship should be developed step by step.


Broad segments of the south Korean people denounce that the authorities are going to keep the issue of the Japanese past crimes under the carpet of history.  


A few days ago, the newly-appointed Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan openly denied the judgment of the south Korean Supreme Court on indemnity for labor conscription forced by the Japan and threatened that encashment of the Japanese businesses’ attachment would cause sour situation to the south Korea-Japan relationship.


The Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs officially demanded the German government to remove the girl’s statue for peace erected in Berlin. The Japanese Prime Minister openly put pressure upon south Korea that if disposition by sale of the Japanese businesses is not withdrawn, he would not take part in the summit between south Korea, China and Japan.


Moreover, Japan is making frantic bid to seize Dok Island and remains evermore persistent in its moves to pervert historical facts. 


Nevertheless, the south Korean authorities have implored Japan to heal bilateral relations, far from wresting apology and reparation from Japan for its past crimes. It is quite reasonable that the south Koreans are convulsed with towering rage and revulsion at the authorities’ attitude.


The south Korean authorities’ low-profiled attitude toward Japan is gruesome.


The south Korean people from all social standings should not tolerate Japan’s distortion of the past and launch a dynamic action to sweep away the pro-Japanese forces.


 


Oct. 20, 2020

From the Korean Associations for Friendship with European countries-About the 80 Day Campaign

  From the Korean Associations for Friendship with European countries-About the 80 Day Campaign

Our people launched the 80 Days Campaign for new development and prosperity in order to greet the 8th Party Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea(WPK) with glory.


With the firm belief in the victory of the 80 Days Campaign, our people are working day and night filled with the strong emotion of the moment when we were highly praised by our Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un as "Great our people".


"Great our people", this is an expression of endless love, sincerity and faith, a presentation of the most noble emotion one could name. This is a hearty call that makes us to recollect once again with deep emotion the party's love for people and the single hearted unity of the party and people.


It is the general review of the history of the glorious Workers' Party of Korea(WPK) that the people can become the great people who absolutely trust and follow the Party and the miracle changing the history be made when the politics of the Party turn into the ones of love for and devotion to the people.


The history of the WPK can never be thought of apart from the people. The people-first principle is the guiding idea and political ideology and mode of our Party, and the spirit of making selfless, devoted efforts for the good of the people is its mode of existence.


Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un is the great leader of the people who ceaselessly develops the Party into a revolutionary one making selfless, devoted efforts for the good of the people.


Kim Jong Un is the great thinker and theoretician who is thoroughly applying the people-first principle to mapping out the line and policy of the Party. He formulated the essence of kimilsungism-Kimjongilism, the guiding idea of the WPK, as the people-first principle. This is the most vivid expression of the outstanding ideological and theoretical wisdom and the popular personality of kim Jong Un who is paving the true path for the good of the people with his complete command of the revolutionary idea and exploits of President kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il.


He is bringing about a new turn in the party work after setting out the slogan "Let the entire party make selfless, devoted efforts for the good of the great people!"


He is a tender-hearted father of the people who is leading the entire Party to the campaign for making selfless, devoted efforts for the good of the people with his sacrificial devotion and lofty exemplar.


Few months ago, Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un visited Unpa County which was heavily damaged by floods and storms. At the time, even the roads were damaged, but he drove on such dangerous and muddy roads to meet the people of the damaged area. Who would have thought that the first person to visit the damaged places would be our Supreme Leader.


When he was about to leave, his car got into the muddy hole. The farmers who were around rushed to the car to pull it. Our Supreme Leader got out the car and pulled it with them. With the muddy spots on his clothe, he spoke to the farmers that actually he came to help the farmers, but instead he got the help from the farmers, and he said thank you. Upon hearing his words, the farmers who didn't cry even after their houses collapsed by a storm, burst into floods of tears. Our people do not fear any kinds of disasters for we have our Supreme Leader and we bravely break through all the challenges with full confidence in victory.


The victorious and glorious history of our party proved that the great people, who have become a harmonious whole with their great leader and party, can carry forward the cause chosen by themselves to the end by their own efforts despite any adversity.


Our Party and people are inseparable. Party's faith in people and our people' loyalty to the Party are unyielding and unchangeable.


People are eternal and our Party's cause for the people and with the people will be ever-victorious.


We hereby express our expectation that you will consistently show strong solidarity to our people' struggle for 80 Days Campaign to glorify the 8th Congress of WPK and the construction of a socialist power.


 


Yours Sincerely,


on behalf of all the Korean Associations for Friendship with European countries


Outcast

Monday, 26 October 2020

DISCORD LECTURE ON THE DPRK 25.10.2020


Greetings and good evening everyone . I am Dr Dermot Hudson chairman of the UK Korean Friendship Association and Official Delegate of the Korean Friendship Association to the UK since March 2001 , also the Chairman of the British Group for the Study of the Juche Idea since 1985 .I am author of the books ‘ In Defence of Juche Korea’ , “ Korea of Juche ‘ andIn Defence of Songun ‘ and many other books , I am currently working a short book refuting the allegations of a famine in the DPRK during the 1990s.

 I am going to talk tonight about a country which I visited 18 times since 1992 , the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or People’s Korea or Juche Korea or socialist Korea . The media like to refer to the DPRK as north Korea but in fact historically and geographically there is no north and south Korea , the Korean people are one nation and one people. This is one of the first misunderstandings about the country and is basically used to deny the legitimacy of  the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or DPRK which was founded in 1948 not just by the people of the northern part of Korea but the people of south Korea as well . The DPRK is the fruit of the struggle for independence of Korea from Japan that was waged under the leadership of President KIM IL SUNG over a period of many years .


Today the DPRK  is one of the most vilified and demonized countries on the face of the earth  , all because it is the most independent country in the world , once described by former British prime minister  as a country with ‘undiluted sovereignty which was a sort of a backhanded compliment to the DPRK .  When I was a kid years ago I once read a science book which had a section on Britain’s nuclear weapons which said that two keys are needed to fire a nuclear rocket from the UK and one of those keys is held by an American officer ! In People’s Korea , the right to fire the large sized ICBMs that you saw paraded on October 10th is entirely in Korean hands , no other country can make decisions about what weapons the DPRK can or cannot use . The DPRK does not have a single foreign soldier stationed on its soil , however south Korea is occupied by at least 30,000 US troops and even has to pay for the upkeep of the US occupation troops . In the UK we had a referendum about whether to stay in the EU or not ( I voted Leave myself) but in south Korea no referendum has ever been held on whether US troops stay in south Korea or not , South Korea is basically a modern type of colony .

 Of course independence and sovereignty are not simply about what weapons  you can fire  . It is about control of the economy  , of culture etc, Whether people can exercise control over all aspects of society or whether decisions are made by outside forces . As President KIM IL SUNG said ‘ Independence is what keeps man alive. If he loses independence in society, he cannot be called a man; he differs little from an animal. We might say that socio-political life is more valuable to a man than physical life. He is a social being. If he is forsaken by society and deprived of political independence although he seems alive, he is virtually dead as a social human being. That is why the revolutionaries deem it far more honourable to die in the fight for freedom than to remain alive in slavery."

Someone asked UK KFA through facebook about a week ago  about the Central Bank in the DPRK , this is indeed owned by the state and under the control of the people through their people’s government  . The DPRK is not a member of the IMF or World Bank so decisions about the DPRK’s economy are made in Pyongyang not in Washington , Brussels or Tokyo . The DPRK is a planned economy run by the people and in the interests of the people .

The Juche Idea is the basic underpin of the independence of People’s Korea . So what is the Juche idea ?  First I will answer what it is not . It is not simply nationalism  as some claim . The Juche idea is internationalist . The DPRK has given generous assistance to other countries . It has supported revolutionary and anti-imperialist struggles in many countries such as Vietnam , Cuba, Angola and others . Several African countries have monuments built by DPRK for them and in Egypt and Syria there are war museums built by the DPRK .


Juche is not simply Marxism-Leninism applied to Korea as some claim . It contains original features but at the same time inherits features of classical Marxism-Leninism .In People's Korea socialism had to be built through not only struggle against imperialism and class enemies but against a hidden internal enemy , dogmatists and factionalists . These people would argue against different policies of the Workers Party of Korea  either saying that  such and such policy was not in the classics of Marxism -Leninism or that it had not been done in a big country . Such elements claimed to be pure Marxists , purer than pure but in fact their approach was actually extremely reactionary and counter-revolutionary , for example opposing collectivisation. Juche meant that new and original solutions were found to previously unanswered questions. Of course Juche does not reject Marxism-Leninism out of hand .


Basically the Juche Idea is the idea that the people are the masters of the revolution and construction .

It stipulates that humans are the masters of their destiny and have the power to carve it . Juche , therefore, rejects all kinds of superstitious and fatalistic notions about the fate of humans either being predetermined or controlled by an unseen mysterious deity existing outside time and space.

   The Juche Idea was  authored by the great leader of the Korean people , President KIM IL SUNG who first outlined the Juche Idea at the historic Kalun meeting of young Korean revolutionaries in

June 1930. It was systematised and further developed by Chairman KIM JONG IL who wrote  the classic treatise  ON THE JUCHE IDEA in 1982.

    Juche defines humans as social beings with independence , creativity and consciousness. The most important thing is to develop the independence and creativity of people during all stages of the revolution and construction . The key thing is to take the independent stand in the revolution , this

means establishing Juche in ideology, independence in politics , self-sufficiency in the economy and self-reliance in national defence .


Juche was established in People ‘s Korea as a result of the struggle not only against Japanese colonialism  and US domination but also the struggle to be independent from big powers such as the USSR and China which although supposed allies of the DPRK tended to interfere in the DPRK and put pressure on it .The Soviet big-power chauvinists and modern revisionists tried to subordinate the DPRK economy to their own  but President KIM IL SUNG was having none of it and adhered to the line of economic independence .The big power chauvinists tried to induce the DPRK to join the CMEA by offering to supply to the DPRK  electricity from the Lake Baikal power station.

At that time President KIM II SUNG told them: “We will not use electricity generated by the power station; if we become de­pendent on electricity from you and then you fail to supply it, then we would suffer greatly; if we have funds for transmis­sion cables from the power station to our country, it would be more effective for us to use these funds to build another hydroelectric power station in our country. It has become more clear today that our decision to build socialism by our own efforts on the principle of self-reliance and not enter the CMEA was quite correct’.

   In fact the USSR basically cut economic and military aid to the DPRK in 1962.

It is thanks to the independent Juche line that when socialism collapsed in the USSR and other Eastern European countries , the DPRK did not collapse but instead marched on holding high the red flag of socialism and serving as an example to other countries.


 Guided by the Juche idea and led by the Workers Party of Korea guided by President KIM IL SUNG and Chairman KIM JONG IL and now Marshal KIM JONG UN , the Korean people have made great achievements in building a new country.



The economy of the DPRK grew 431 times in terms of industrial output value and 65 times in national income between 1946-1984 ! This is an extremely high rate of growth. Two Western economists Brun and Hersh in their book "Socialist Korea a Case Study in comparative economic development" quoted an economic expert as stating that the DPRK's annual average economic growth rate between 1954 and 1970 was 23.5 % . Probably the highest growth rate in the world and a genuine Korean economic miracle(by the way the term Korean economic miracle was actually used by the eminent Cambridge economist Professor Joan V Robinson in 1964 to describe the DPRK economy). All this was done under conditions of sanctions and blockade by the US and other countries. Moreover it was entirely by the DPRK's own efforts  not by 'aid' from the imperialist countries and certainly not favourable trade terms.

                              At a time when the Western countries had enforced a virtually total sanctions regime and blockade in the late 1950s the DPRK economy grew at a rate of 36.6% per annum between 1957 -1960 . In 1957 its rate of growth hit 44% undoubtedly the highest in the world.


.Free education and free health care were introduced, long ago, indeed the free health system was introduced in the flames of war in 1953. The DPRK has 300 universities compared to 130 in the UK even though the DPRK’s population 

Korean people receive great social benefits such as free housing and taxation was abolished in 1974. Now under the leadership of dear respected Marshal KIM JONG UN the WPK is pushing forward all manner of projects to improve living standards.


    Visiting the DPRK several times since 2012 I have seen with my eyes the fast changing reality of the People’s Korea led by the WPK and Marshal KIM JONG UN . Whole new streets have appeared such as Changjon Street, Mirae Scientists Street and Ryomyong Street . I can remember visiting the DPRK in April 2016 and Ryomyong Street was just bare earth with lorries moving around . One year later I came back in April 2017 a whole new street the size of a town or a new city had appeared . We were told that Professor Ri Mu Il who had been our guide in 2012 had moved into Ryomyong Street . Also new health care facilities such as the Okryu Children's Hospital and the Ryugyong Ophthalmic Hospital were constructed , both of which I have visited .


Today People’s Korea is the only country in the world without Covid 19  . This is not simply an assertion of the DPRK but is confirmed by the World Health Organisation.


2 weeks ago on October 10th the DPRK held a massive military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea .Only People's Korea guided by Juche was able to hold such a large-scale parade at the time of the worldwide pandemic . Moreover People's Korea in the grip of the stranglehold of the reactionary imperialist sanctions . Since 2016 the UN Security Council have imposed 5 rounds of sanctions and also the US , EU and Britain have imposed sanctions on People's Korea . On top of the sanctions imposed by the imperialist hostile forces on People's Korea , the country suffered severe natural disasters such as flood and typhoon .If other countries faced the same situation of the DPRK they would not have been able hold such a magnificent and grand parade . The DPRK recovered from the flood and typhoon damage in double quick time and by its own efforts , without outside aid , in the spirit of self-reliance.

The parade itself had a number of striking features different to previous DPRK military parades . Firstly , it was held at midnight  . This is something quite unprecedented . I have attended five military parades in the DPRK but they have always been during the daytime , usually in the morning , occasionally in the afternoon .This time was different , it was the parade was held before dawn , This shows the strong discipline and devotion to duty of the officers and soldiers of the Korean People's Army . The imperialists like to say that there is no electricity in the DPRK but the parade was bathed in the light of powerful floodlights . Secondly , a fine array of state of the art weaponry was displayed  including a giant Intercontinental  Ballistic Missile that looked far bigger than the old Soviet ICBMs . The DPRK was not 

sweet-talked by the imperialists into unilateral disarmament or the so-called 'Libyan model ' . The DPRK is not soft like the old Soviet Union  which did deals with the imperialists only to be undermined from within by them and destroyed in the end. At the same time it was stressed by Marshal KIM JONG UN that the DPRK's nuclear deterrent is after all a nuclear deterrent and will not be used for a pre-emptive strike . Thus the DPRK's mighty Hwasong 16 is an ICBM for peace , an ICBM for independence .


Finally  I will just answer some common arguments of People’s Korea thrown up by opponents . Firstly , some claim that the DPRK is a dictatorship . Is the DPRK a dictatorship  , the answer is no . Marshal KIM JONG UN is the elected head of state and elected Chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea  is enjoying far more popular support than any Western head of state in history . In the DPRK general election held in March 2019 99.97 percent of all the voters took part  in the election and 100 percent of them voted for the candidates . A demonstration of decisive support, and single-hearted unity . but what of the so-called Western'democracies' ? In the US presidential election in 2016 , voter turnout was only 55 per cent .In the UK General election in December 2019 , 67 percent of electors voted and the ruling party was elected with the votes of 27 percent of electors . Clearly the leaders of the imperialist countries have no real democratic mandate to rule whereas Marshal KIM JONG UN and the Workers' Party of Korea  does . The DPRK is a people's democracy , a socialist democracy . In People's Korea , deputies to the Supreme People's Assembly, the highest organ of power are honorable servants of the people . Ordinary workers are deputies to the Supreme People's Assembly.There is no need to compete for a place in parliamentary easy street but rather a matter of the people choosing the best people for the job , people they will have confidence in . Thus elections in the DPRK are a civilized affair and people dance and sing on election day . In the DPRK people exercise power at all levels from the humble people's neighourhood unit to the Supreme People's Assembly.

From time to time the real rulers in so-called "democracies ' when faced with a serious crisis , dispense with the facade and rule by force , this is what happened in Germany , Italy and other countries in the 1930s . A dictatorship is when the capitalist megacorporations sink their differences and entrust power to one individual or a group of individuals to rule on their behalf . However in the DPRK where social ownership prevails there are no big private corporations so a dictatorship cannot arise.



Secondly  some  criticise the DPRK over human rights .Now on the issue of human rights .

  Well years ago someone told me that human rights are a political football .  You can score a goal in the game against an opposing political and economic system if you kick the ball marked 'human rights ' into the net  and yes it is a bit like that . Human rights can be a weapon of regime change .


 People cite the UN Commission of Enquiry in 2014 .The UN Commission of Inquiry never visited the DPRK even once nor did it actually bother to interview a single DPRK citizen or give the DPRK the chance to answer the allegations . The  Commission of Inquiry was a farce , it produced one of the most one sided and biased and partisan documents in the whole history of the United Nations . What it did show was the UN is a  puppet , a marionette of the United States and other Western imperialist countries.


If you actually read the 'Commission of Inquiry ' report you  find it is actually full of institutionalized anti-communism and anti-socialism .It is basically 'Juche-phobic 'if there is such a thing . The DPRK is actually condemned for being a socialist country .


Visiting the DPRK 18 times I have never seen giant  'forced labour camps' and 'concentration camps'  that the imperialists allege exist in the DPRK ? I could not see such a thing  in fact I didn't even see one barbed wire fence in the countryside nor large numbers of police or security personnel.


The imperialists claim that there are hundreds of thousands of people held in camps in the DPRK , such camps would have to be massive and with a huge number of guards but I did not see such a thing in the DPRK countryside. Moreover the DPRK is very peaceful and calm; you rarely see emergency vehicles rushing through the busy streets. If it what the imperialists say about "human rights " and " forced labour camps " in the DPRK was true, then you would say police or security personnel on the streets arresting many people and putting them in lorries to go to "labour camps " or "concentrations camps " but I saw no such thing happen. I did not see heavily armed police on the streets that you sometimes encounter in London , either on the streets or at railway stations or at airports . Indeed I was able to go for a walk near the Mansudae Assembly Hall, the home of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly  , the highest organ of legislative power in the DPRK and roughly equivalent to the parliament. Now in London the area around parliament is a restricted area where movement is controlled and armed police units patrol. However  in Pyongyang I saw no police or security personnel in the area surrounding the Mansudae Assembly hall. Of course the DPRK is a stable and harmonious unified society based on single hearted unity so there is no terrorism and no riots. In the DPRK there is unity between the  armed forces and civilians  so people do not fear or despise the armed forces.


    In fact the DPRK  has taken a number of measures to consolidate human rights protection such as establishing the DPRK Association for Human Rights Studies on August 27, 1992. In addition to provisions in the constitution on gender equality and the law on sexual equality of 1946, the Law of the DPRK on Protection of Women’s Rights was passed on December 22, 2010 and supplemented in 2011 . Legislation on children's rights and the rights of the disabled was also passed. Recently a general amnesty for those convicted of crimes against the country was announced effective from the 17th of September  2020. So now there are no prisoners at all in the DPRK.



To conclude, People's Korea is hated by the imperialists and a target of industrial scale propaganda and demonisation because it upholds independence , it upholds Juche and is a real socialist country .


Thank you for listening .
















The Social Crisis , Democracy and the Juche Idea by Dr Dermot Hudson chairman British Group for the Study of the Juche Idea( contribution to the online seminar of the European Regional Society for the Study of the Juche Idea 24th of October )


Today Britain and Europe face a most severe social crisis along with a political and economic crisis . At the same time the very limited democratic rights, which are already inherently constrained because  bourgeois democracy is not real democracy but democracy only for the rich, are under threat from creeping fascism or fascistisation by the monopoly capitalist ruling class.


   Many European countries such as Italy , Spain , France and Britain have been severely affected by the Covid 19 pandemic and have been unable to contain or control the Pandemic .

    

  In my own country Britain has been severely affected by Covid 19 . So far officially  42, 875 people have died from Covid 19 but it is thought that in fact the real figure is far higher . At the moment Covid 19 cases in the UK are increasing rapidly , recently 17,000 new cases were reported in just one day . Although the death rate from Covid 19 is not as high as it was in March and April  it has shown signs of rising again .


The Covid 19 pandemic has had a number of serious effects on society in the UK . First of all , it has caused the capitalist crisis to deepen and many people have lost their jobs .It is reported that  1,398,000 are out of work but the figure is probably much higher . Many shops and businesses have closed down permanently . Some areas have become ghost towns almost.It is predicted that UK GDP will fall by 35 per cent ! .If this happened it would be much worse than the recessions in the 1970s and 1980s.


 The lockdown imposed by the authorities from March to June which resulted in many people being stuck at home and isolated resulted in an increase in cases of mental illness as well as family break up and domestic violence .


  The UK government of Boris Johnson has shown itself to be incompetent and unable to deal with the Pandemic . The Johnson regime  was heavily reliant on civil servants and advisors to make decisions and instead of having clear rules for the lockdown instead come out with ambiguous and confusing rules. During the early spring period in the UK the situation was very difficult because some shops closed and there were also shortages of items such as food and toilet paper in some shops as well as rising prices but the government did nothing to help people .


The pandemic situation in the UK and European countries stands in stark contrast to how People’s Korea has dealt with the Covid 19 situation . Today the DPRK is the only country in the world without a single Covid 19 case .What is the secret ? Well the DPRK took early measures against Covid 19 such as closing the border in January before even the WHO declared Covid 19 a pandemic . Other measures included extending school holidays , getting people to wear masks , rigorous disinfection of  public areas , medical checkups for people , health education and quarantining foreigners within the borders of the DPRK.  

  The DPRK ‘s experience in dealing with Covid 19 is a model for other countries to follow .  Really  the 42,875 deaths from Covid 19  in the UK could have been avoided if the UK had done the same as the DPRK and shut the border completely  but instead Heathrow airport remained open during the lockdown , isn’t this completely crazy . Our rulers in the UK are elitist, anti -people and incompetent , they lack the vision to implement simple and direct solutions to problems , whereas Juche Korea follows the people-orientated policy .

Respected Marshal KIM JONG UN , a true people's leader , convened a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea on the 29th of February at which it was discussed "  taking nationwide top-class anti-epidemic steps in a more thorough-going way and strictly putting them into practice in order to cope with the viral epidemic spreading rapidly around the world".   and also   "measures to deter the influx and spread of the infectious disease in a scientific, preemptive and lockdown way." . At the same time respected Marshal KIM JONG UN had officials guilty of bureaucratic behaviour removed from position .This contrasts with the incompetence of many leaders in the capitalist world who failed to take any decisive measures to stop the situation getting out of control .

     Really Covid 19 is a consequence of globalisation , neoliberalism , capitalism and the incompetence of the rulers of capitalist countries . What shines through is the superiority of the Juche-based socialist system of People's Korea . The DPRK based on self-reliance has rejected globalisation and has built a self-reliant independent national economy. The socialist system of People's Korea is based on single-hearted unity ,it can mobilise resources  to fight against epidemics in a way that class-divided ,conflict ridden capitalist societies cannot do so . The fact there are no Covid 19 cases in People's Korea is testimony to the superiority of Juche-based socialism.


Recently the DPRK was able to  hold massive celebrations including a great military parade to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea . The DPRK is the only country in the world able to hold such large scale celebrations. Again this proves the superiority of the people-centred socialist system and the Juche idea.


Even before Covid 19 the UK was facing a deep societal crisis . Many social problems such as family breakdown , drug addiction  , sexual crime and gang violence  are rampant . Cultural levels are falling . For example statistics show that 16 percent of the population is illiterate . I remember even back in the 1970s some people left school without being able to read and write .

Whilst the reactionary authorities have not taken measures to safeguard people against Covid 19 , at the same time they have taken steps to limit the very limited democracy .  For example  legalisation on Covid 19 was rushed through parliament .Local elections have been suspended .  A law giving the legal right to UK intelligence services to kill opponents of the country has been passed.

Measures have been taken for gag dissenters . For example although I do not approve of the views of conspiracy theorists at least one prominent conspiracy theorist was banned from social media . Even more sinister is that some left wing groups have had posts deleted or banned on social media . Recently our  British Group for the Study of the Juche Idea and UK Korean Friendship Association produced a study guide to the Juche philosophy but Facebook banned it  ! 

Also in the UK there has been talk by the government of passing legislation to ban  ‘support for hostile states’ or to ban propaganda ‘on behalf of hostile states’ , this could restrict solidarity activities in support of People’s Korea and the study of the Juche idea . Moreover recently there has been a severe media attack on our Korean Friendship Association making false accusations using heavily edited material from illegal surveillance of the association over many years by a spy.

It is the opinion of some in our British Group for the Study of the Juche Idea that the UK is heading towards fascism .

It is our view that Juche idea followers must fight hard for democratic rights and against fascism .

In today ‘s world  People's Korea led by respected Marshal KIM JONG UN  stands out as an example of true people’s democracy .Marshal KIM JONG UN is the elected head of state and elected Chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea  is enjoying far more popular support than any Western head of state in history . In the DPRK general election held in March 2019 99.97 percent of all the voters took part  in the election and 100 percent of them voted for the candidates . A demonstration of decisive support and , single-.hearted unity . DPRK ? What is the situation in capitalist countries?  In the US presidential election in 2016 , voter turnout was only 55 per cent .In the UK General election in December 2019 , 67 percent of electors voted and the ruling party was elected with the votes of only 27 percent of electors . Clearly the leaders of the imperialist countries have no real democratic mandate to rule whereas Marshal KIM JONG UN and the Workers' Party of Korea  does . The DPRK is a people's democracy , a socialist democracy . In People's Korea , deputies to the Supreme People's Assembly, the highest organ of power are honourable servants of the people . Ordinary workers are deputies to the Supreme People's Assembly.  A street cleaner is even a deputy to the Supreme People’s Assembly.There is no need to compete for a place in parliamentary easy street but rather a matter of the people choosing the best people for the job , people they will have confidence in . Thus elections in the DPRK are a civilized affair  In the DPRK people exercise power at all levels from the humble people's neighbourhood unit to the Supreme People's Assembly.



To conclude  I say let us uphold the example of Juche-based people’s democracy of Juche Korea  ! Let's fight hard for democratic rights and let's oppose fascism !


LONG LIVE PEOPLE”S KOREA !

LONG LIVE JUCHE !

LONG LIVE THE WORKERS’ PARTY OF KOREA !

LONG LIVE RESPECTED MARSHAL KIM JONG UN!