Monday, 21 September 2020

On the August 1956 Factional Incident -special article by Dr Dermot Hudson , BGSJI, ASSPUK and UK KFA

 "Traitors to the revolution also appeared during socialist construction in our country after the war. Choe Chang Ik, Yun Kong Hum, Ri Phil Gyu and others attempted to place obstacles in the way of our people’s forward movement. Having failed to realize their factional scheme, they chose to betray the Party and their motherland. As they dropped away, our revolution made a fresh upsurge and ushered in the era of Chollima. Since then the world has called our country Chollima Korea."

                                KIM IL SUNG 'With The Century' 

Recently , an ultra leftist website in Norway has revived the subject of the August 1956 Factional incident in People's Korea , earlier some ultra-leftists in another country also dragged up the issue and showering praise on one of the factionalist chieftains praising them to the skies . At the same time the notorious anti DPRK website  the Daily NK, which is funded by the US CIA and south Korean National Intelligence Service, has also praised the factionalists who tried to overthrow the leadership of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK). In many times the factionalists can be considered to be an accident of history and irrelevant as they failed to overthrow the leadership of the WPK .

   Of course with the open anti-DPRK reactionaries like he Daily NK their motive in praising such factional scum is very obvious ; it is to disparage , slander and defame the supreme leadership of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea , vilify the socialist system  and heap calumnies on the great Juche Idea . With the ultra left at best  they are undermining solidarity by creating confusion and at worst pursuing their dogmatic anti Juche agenda by spreading absurd falsifications about the history of People's Korea and the WPK.

Factionalism is hated by Korean people and has a long history . Factionalism in Korea went back to before the beginning of the communist movement in Korea in the 1920s . Factionalism was usually combined with the habit of looking up to big powers , fawning on them and advocating dependence on them . In the 1900s the feudal ruling class in Korea instead of building up industry and national defence forces to counter the menace of Japanese instead split into factions each worshiping foreign powers such as Japan, Tsarist Russia , China and the US . As a result Korea lost its independence and became a colony of Japan , something that was to last for four decades .The bourgeois nationalist movement was no better , it split into factions , each of them not looking to the Korean people for support or trying to mobilise them but instead pinning their hopes on different big powers such as the US and Japan.

     This practice was carried over into the early communist movement in Korea. Instead of uniting and going down among the masses , the communist movement split into factions , largely drawn from people of petty bourgeois,middle class and ruined gentry origin who indulged in empty talk divorced from the masses . Each faction vied with the other to win recognition from the COMINTERN or Third International . As a result the Korean Communist Party was dissolved in 1928.

  The great leader comrade KIM IL SUNG instead of relying on existing factions  ,formed a communist nucleus from revolutionary anti imperialist youth and went deep down among the popular masses.He formed the Down With Imperialism Union as the starting point of the anti Japanese armed struggle .The DIU is the historical root of the WPK.It was the first communist revolutionary organisation which organically combined the struggle for national liberation and independence with the struggle for class emancipation.Thus the two were fused together.

After liberation in 1945 the building of a new People's Korea began and the Workers Party of Korea was founded on the 10th of October 1945 . For the sake of unity as well a gesture of magnanimity  comrade KIM IL SUNG took a broadminded stance and allowed factionalists positions in the leadership even though they had done nothing in the struggle for the liberation of Korea .

 However just as a leopard cannot change its spots , the factionalists did not change their ways but instead worked to undermine the country and party from within. It was during the fierce Fatherland Liberation War against the US imperialist aggressors that the factionalists first showed their hand and their true nature The Pak Hon Yong-Li Sung Yop spy clique who were agents of the US imperialist Central Intelligence Agency were exposed at a Plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the WPK. These factionalists  betrayed the country , caused losses in the war and  planned to overthrow the leadership. The great revolutionary leader  Marshal KIM IL SUNG smashed them and saved the DPRK from being sold out to US imperialism and turned into a colony of the US.

The WPK launched its struggle against modern revisionism in 1955. The WPK saw the struggle against modern revisionism as being very closely tied up to the struggle to defend independence and to avoid copying other countries, or in, other words, to establish Juche. .

As Comrade KIM IL SUNG said:

"In 1955, therefore, our Party set forth the definite policy of establishing Juche, and has been persistently urging an energetic ideological struggle to carry it through ever since. The year 1955 marked a turning point in our Party's consistent struggle against dogmatism. It was also at that time, in fact, that we started our struggle against modern revisionism that had emerged within the socialist camp. Our struggle against dogmatism was thus linked up with the struggle against modern revisionism".

Comrade KIM IL SUNG in his famous and celebrated work 'On Eliminating Dogmatism and Formalism and Establishing Juche in Ideological Work' (December 28, 1955), pointed out that a faction within the WPK, on returning from a visit to the Soviet Union, had demanded that Korea should drop its slogan against US imperialism on the grounds the USSR was following the line of easing international tension. This was an early manifestation of attempts by factionalists within the WPK to spread revisionism.

It was in 1956 that things reached a very critical stage. Khrushchev had made his speech to the 20th Congress of the CPSU heralding the onset of modern revisionism (revisionists surfaced in a number of parties and tried to destroy, for example, the CPGB) and the imperialists launched a fierce international anticommunist campaign. Within Korea, the fascist Syngman Rhee puppet regime went wild, talking of a 'March North'. The DPRK had only just completed the post-war reconstruction and rehabilitation of the economy after the devastation caused by the war. The factionalists who had been lurking in the WPK seized the chance to try and overthrow the leadership with the backing of outside revisionists. Indeed the CPSU fraternal delegate to the 3rd Congress of the WPK (who was none other than a certain L. I. Brezhnev) made a veiled attack on the WPK leadership. All the old factions combined , both 'pro-Soviet' and 'pro Chinese' . They were united by nothing else than a desire to seize power and to make People's Korea dependent on other countries.

Events came to a head in August 1956, when the factionalists tried to stage their coup under the manipulation of the great power chauvinists and revisionists. Their aim was to deny the Party's leadership role and paralyze the dictatorship of the proletariat. They also wished to stamp out the revolutionary conditions of the WPK forged in the flames of the anti-Japanese armed struggle. They even intended to proclaim Korea a pro-American 'neutral nation'. However, Comrade KIM IL SUNG led the people to smash the anti-Party counter-revolutionary factional clique. The WPK launched internally an anti-factional, anti-revisionist struggle. Comrade KIM IL SUNG attacked factionalism and revisionism at a Party Conference on March 6 1958. Referring to factionalism, he said:

"No faction is better or worse than any other. All come from the same mould; they are all products of capitalist influence in the working class movement. And they are a poison that destroys our Party and the working class movement in Korea".

 As to Kim Du Bong who is being praised by some . he had in fact advocated placing the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly higher the Workers Party of Korea ,basically overturning the leading role of the Party and the dictatorship of proletariat , a clear cut revisionist anti-socialist position. As to the so-called Yanan faction , the pro China flunkeys , in reality they had their origins not in the Chinese Communist Party but in the bourgeois KMT !

Some of the factionalist traitors fled to the revisionist USSR later and lived there . When the USSR finally collapsed in 1991 , some of the factionalists became agents of the south Korean puppet regime , a sorry end indeed.

Had the August 1956 factionalist traitors not been defeated the DPRK would not exist today , it as simple as that . By establishing Juche  , by defeating the factionalists and flunkeys and the revisionists  the WPK under the guidance of President KIM IL SUNG and Chairman KIM JONG IL  was able to build an independent power , a socialist paradise , a state that is independent , self-sufficient and self -defensive . The DPRK not only industrialised and improved living standards but became a nuclear power of Juche and an ICBM power . The factionalists have been proved wrong a 100 times and a 1,000 times.

Dr Dermot Hudson

Chairman British Group for the Study of the Juche Idea

Chairman UK KFA 

President Association For the Study of Songun Politics UK

On the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers' Party of Korea- from Korean Associations for friendship with European nations& DPRK Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries

 Dear Comrades and friends,

Warm greetings from Pyongyang.

Soon we are to mark the 75th Founding Anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea in great significance.

Greeting this day, all the Korean people are cherishing the belief in their hearts that the Party is the genuine mother's bosom and holding fast to their conviction to follow the Party to the end.

Since the first day of its birth (10th Oct. 1945), WPK has shared life and death with its peoples and enjoyed absolute support and trust among its people for its peculiar mode of existence in responsible attitude of assuming the fate of its people and in fully devoting selflessly for its people.

WPK carried out the agrarian reform while considering the age-old dream of the peasants who cherished to having their own lands. It also enforced the democratic Labor Law and abandonment of the juvenile labor including the 8-hour working system and set up the workers as masters of the factories by nationalizing the key industries.

The Universal Free Medical Care System, Universal Compulsory Free Education System, Abolition of  the Taxation, providing houses for free of charge... These are the policies carried out for the welfare of its people and WPK maintained these policies even in the severe economic circumstances caused by the sanctions and stifle maneuvers of the allied imperialist forces.

Today the Respected Supreme Leader Comrade Kim Jong Un regards people as the sky just like the Respect Leader Comrade Kim Il Sung and the Great Leader Comrade Kim Jong Il and is upholding the people as the supreme. Thanks to his wise leadership and noble spirit of loving the people, WPK is felt as benevolent mother among its people.

It is vividly seen only with this fact.

Recent floods and typhoons hit several territories of the country and caused severe damage to many houses and families. But it was not hopeless and pessimistic miseries but the voices of full conviction that shouted the people living in the suffered areas.

Upon the report on the suffering people in the flood-hit areas, the Respected Supreme Leader felt heartbreaking and said that we cannot leave over the people to stay homeless even though we have many difficulties and the time is urgently limited. He instructed that the reconstruction struggle of disaster areas are the fore front where the Party should exert all its efforts to.

Now WPK is unfolding a grand plan to offer better housing and better livelihoods endurable to any natural effects and wisely leading the struggle for it.

It is the demand of the Party to fully guarantee the quality of the reconstruction by meeting the need and perspective of the people and giving full priority to the safety and the convenience of the people even if there are a lot of works to do and it takes tens of millions of values.

Thanks to the warm maternal love of the Party, another legend is born on this land in turning misfortune into blessing and, by the on-going struggle for eradicating the aftermath of the natural disaster, the Socialist fairy villages spring up like mushrooms after rain.

Today many of the world peoples suffer from the natural disasters. But it is only the DPRK that attach bigger importance to the suffering of the people than to the economic loss and exert all wealth of the country for it.

Thus, in boundless thankfulness, Korean people are singing songs that their house is the bosom of the Party and thus they are swearing in full conviction to follow the great Party to the end.

With the all-out struggle to significantly greet the birthday of the WPK, October Festival, this year will be glorified as the great victory with the 75th Founding Anniversary of the WPK.

Yours sincerely,


On behalf of Korean Associations for friendship with European nations


UK KFA Media Policy

UK KFA does not have a high opinion of the mainstream media to be honest . However it is not true that we totally exclude interaction with the media . In the past UK KFA Chairman Dr Dermot Hudson has given interviews either in person or by email with the following media outlet ; ' The Diplomat ' , 'Forbes ' , BBC, TRT, Al -Jazzera , Sputnik , VTC of Vietnam , South China Morning Post and AP .

  Of course we do not co-operate with outlets that unfairly attack us . Also we try to take into consideration the safety and security of our members .However we are open to engagement with honest-minded and independent journalists and in particular we would be happy to interviewed by  RT, Sputnik , Morning Star , PressTV , Telesura, Prensa Latina and other outlets.

Saturday, 19 September 2020

People of Kangbuk-ri, Kumchon County of North Hwanghae Province Move to New Houses



Pyongyang, September 18 (KCNA) -- The people of Kangbuk-ri in Kumchon County, North Hwanghae Province hit by natural disaster moved to new houses built as the socialist fairyland and a model socialist farm village by the struggle of service personnel of the People's Army true to the noble intention of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.

A ceremony of moving to newly built houses in the seat of Kangbuk-ri was held on Sept. 17.

Attending it were Pak Chang Ho, chairman of the North Hwanghae Provincial Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, Im Hun, chairman of the North Hwanghae Provincial People's Committee, officials concerned, residents of the seat and solider builders.

Pak Chang Ho made a congratulatory speech.

He said that though Kim Jong Un was very busy with state affairs, he ordered the KPA to urgently dispatch service personnel to the area to facelift the village and settled all the problems arising in the construction, right after receiving a report about the situation in Kangbuk-ri.

The soldier builders who rushed to the damaged area on the order given by Kim Jong Un reconstructed the seat of Kangbuk-ri by waging a fierce struggle and achieved the proud success of making the first report of victory on the front for the recovery from natural disaster to the Central Committee of the WPK, he said.

He noted that the Supreme Leader personally visited Kangbuk-ri, Kumchon County whose looks have undergone a radical change, hoped the residents in the place would settle down in the new village and new dwelling houses to lead a happy life and that the area would always be visited by fortune, and took a benevolent measure of letting the inhabitants move to new houses earlier.

He stressed that all the officials and agricultural workers should bear in mind the boundless loving care and benevolence of the mother Party which would be handed down forever, trust in and follow only our Party to the end with a single mind and defend socialism and our revolution with rice.

House licenses were conferred on the residents in the damaged area at the ceremony.

Resolution speeches were made there.

Speakers said that they would bear in mind the present deep gratitude and happiness forever and thoroughly carry out the Party's agricultural policy for glorifying the 75th founding anniversary of the WPK and its Eighth Congress with the proud success of high-yield.

And the residents entered new dwelling houses amid the congratulations from officials, working people and soldier builders.

The officials of the province and commanding officers of the unit which participated in the construction visited families that moved to new dwelling houses. They congratulated the residents who were excited to move to modern houses with all wonderful living conditions and shared pleasure with them, giving daily necessities.

The gratitude of the people was full of each dwelling house in the socialist fairyland village that was built by removing all traces of great disaster. -0-

KCNA Commentary on Japan's Sinister Intention of Aggression


Pyongyang, September 19 (KCNA) -- The Japanese reactionaries more desperately persist in military buildup, clamoring about "defense vacuum" due to the withdrawal of the plan for deployment of Aegis Ashore.

And they plan to lay down an anti-ballistic missile warship and equip it with over 500 km-range missiles by 2022.

This outlines the possession of "capability of attacking enemy base" that has been claimed by Japan after the withdrawal of the Aegis Ashore plan, a dangerous move to prepare itself for a war of aggression against regional peace and stability.

Japan has already turned all its armed forces into offensive ones, free from the boundaries of "exclusive defense", under the signboard of protecting itself from threats posed by neighboring countries.

Japan is on a par with military powers in capability for long-distance mass transport of aggression army and in air force, space operation force, missile strike capability, etc.

If missile warships of Japan's Maritime "Self-Defense Force" ranges over the five oceans, to say nothing of its surrounding waters, under the signboard of intercepting enemy missiles, it would come to be a grave menace to the world.

Japan can never cover up its sinister intention of aggression, no matter how it desperately depends on tricks under the signboard of "self-defensive counterattack capability" and "active self-defensive capability" in a bid to avoid the censure of the international community.

As well known, Japan's plan for military buildup obviously aims at creating a favorable condition for its reinvasion of the continent by expanding the attack range of its naval force to strike neighboring countries.

All the cabinets of Japan have made such trigger-happy remarks as "The constitution is not meant to let Japan just wait for self-ruin".

Recently, Japanese politicians said that "Japan should make the maritime order-breaking nations pay dear price" and "Japan should possess the capability of checking ballistic missile launch even in its rivals' domains", a clear manifestation of their attempt at preemptive strike.

It is Japan's trite trick to realize step by step its wild ambition for overseas reinvasion by deteriorating the regional situation.

Now, the media of different countries say that the possibility of Japan's use of attack weapons aboard special warships can not be ruled out, thereby posing a serious threat to the regional peace and security, adding Japan's constitution bans its possession of attack weapons, but the situation began being changed.

The international community should not remain indifferent to every military move of crafty war criminal state Japan. -0

Chief Culprit Who Undermines Peace and Stability in the Region

 It is a unanimous desire of all humankind to live in a peaceful and stabilized world.

But there is a country hell-bent on moving against this desire.

It was disclosed by the Japanese government officials concerned on September 3 that Japan is weighing a plan to construct ships exclusively designed to intercept ballistic missiles under the pretext of filling the “defence vacuum” created after its withdrawal of the plan for deploying the ground-based interceptor missile system “Aegis Ashore.”

The ships are reportedly to be mounted with a new type of U.S. radar “SPY-7” and an interceptor missile launcher, and its construction cost for one ship is estimated at approximately hundred millions U.S. Dollars.

In an attempt to avoid criticism from inside and outside the country and cover up its aggressive nature, Japan is arguing that it is exclusively for “interception.” But, it is too apparent that the ship could be converted for an offensive purpose at any moment and it is much more dangerous than the ground-based type in the aspect of operational range and mobility.

More serious is that Japan every time has been drawing up and pursuing such plans on the pretext of “threat” from neighboring countries.

Since the late 1990s of last century, Japan revised the “Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation Guiding Principle” and has been speeding up the legal readjustment to become a military power and send troops overseas under the pretext of “emergency situation around Japan” such as “emergency on the Korean peninsula” and “emergency in Taiwan Strait.” It has also been continuing to modernize “Self-Defense Forces” and reorganize gradually their deployment and structure from self-defensive mode into an attack-oriented one.

In particular, after the inauguration of second Abe regime in 2012, the military capability of Japan obsessed with a wild ambition for military power has far crossed the line where Japan could now be able to perform a full-scale war.

A typical example is that Abe regime changed the interpretation of the constitution and created a leverage for exercising the “right to collective self-defense” in 2014, and adopted the Security Law in 2015 and thereby established a legal framework to intervene in a war between other countries in any part of the world, “total defense”, a Japanese habitual utterance, now reducing into a nominal wording.

And Japan abolished the “three principles of weapon export”, which had prohibited export of weapons in principle and provided the “three principles of defense equipment transfer” in 2014 and thus paved the way for overseas export of defense equipment as well as joint development.

Recently, taking advantage of the withdrawal of “Aegis Ashore” deployment plan, Japan is getting down to an across-the-board discussion on a new security strategy which would include a possession of “capability to attack enemy base” under the pretext of shifts in its surrounding security environment.

There’s a saying: “Gangster shouts ‘stop the gangster!”

Japan is hell-bent on reviving militarism with a wild ambition to “reign” over the region once again, far from liquidating its unprecedented crime committed against the peoples of Asian countries in the past century. It is the height of shamelessness and absurdity that Japan, a war criminal state, dares to mouth “threat” from neighboring countries.

All the above developments attest to the fact that Japan is emerging once again as a dangerous aggression force detrimental to peace and stability of the region, much the same it did a century ago.

Those who like playing with fire are destined to be burnt to death. Likewise, those who are hell-bent on aggression and war will only end in miserable fate.

Japan should not forget the lessons of history.


Kim Sol Hwa

Researcher of Institute for Studies of Japan

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Friday, 18 September 2020