Saturday, 23 March 2019

KIM IL SUNG GREAT INTERNATIONALIST HERO !-special article by Dr Dermot Hudson

   As we approach the 107th anniversary of the birth of the great leader President KIM IL SUNG,on the 15th of April , we reflect on his many achievements . President KIM IL SUNG was the founder of Juche Korea , the father of modern Korea and the author of the immortal Juche idea which captivates great interest across the globe.
   President KIM IL SUNG was a great internationalist who fought not only for the Korean people  but for the world revolution , for the liberation of all of humanity from exploitation and oppression. Throughout his life  President KIM IL SUNG gave unstinting support for peoples fighting for independence and met many different leaders and fighters from across the globe including very distinguished figures such as Stalin, MaoZedong , Zhou En Lai,Che Guevara , Fidel Castro , Col Gadhafi, Hafez Al Assad , Allende, Norodom Sihanouk, Enver Hoxha , Erich Honecker ,Yasser Arafat  and many others .
 Right from the start President KIM IL SUNG always stressed internationalism and fought for not just for the interests of the Korean people but for the interests of the struggling peoples of the whole world ,whilst at the same time stressing independence and self-reliance. Juche does not mean rejecting internationalism , far from it . As President KIM IL SUNG pointed out "Our adherence to the Juche Idea does not in any way mean that we have become chauvinistic .The Juche Idea we advocate does not conflict with internationalism . Instead it is designed to promote internationalism for it leads to the development of sciences and the building of the economy to suit our particular conditions and thus contributes to increasing the strength of our country and the might of the socialist camp as a whole "
  President KIM IL SUNG put up the slogan of "Defend the Soviet Union " during the anti-Japanese armed struggle . In 1929  he roused youth, students and other sections of the masses for the fight to defend the Soviet Union in order to hold in check the anti-Soviet machinations of the Kuomintang government and the reactionary warlords who had provoked  at the instigation of the Japanese imperialists. President KIM IL SUNG later wrote in his autobiography "With the Century " that  "Our activities in connection with the Zhongdong railway incident represented an internationalist struggle to defend the Soviet Union politically. At that time we regarded the first socialist system established on Earth as a beacon of hope and considered it our solemn internationalist obligation as communists to fight in its defence"
 Later in 1938 and 1939 President KIM IL SUNG led the anti-Japanese guerrillas to defend the Soviet Union , the first workers and peasants state against Japanese aggression.
 The Anti-Japanese guerrillas fought shoulder with their Chinese comrades after imperialism . After Korea was liberated in 1945  President KIM IL SUNG made sure that unstinting support was given to the Chinese People's Liberation Army and Chinese communists in their revolutionary war against the KMT reactionaries .He sent his best fighters such as Kang Gon as well as troops and materials to assist in the Chinese PLA and allowed them to use the northern part of Korea as a rear base. 
 During those heady days of the 1960s and 1970s President KIM IL SUNG ensured that the DPRK punched well above its weight , giving support to many liberation movements and newly independent states .During the Caribbean Crisis of 1962 the DPRK stood by Cuba where the revisionists and big power chauvinists abandoned it. DPRK diplomats and students in Cuba armed themselves ready to fight side by side the Cuban people. President KIM IL SUNG called for international volunteers to be sent to Vietnam and sent the best pilot of the air force of the Korean People's Army to Vietnam as well as tunnelling experts plus material assistance as well. During the 1973 October War between the United Arab Republic and the Israeli Zionists , a squadron of KPA pilots was sent to assist the Arab people in their fight against Zionist aggression.President KIM IL SUNG also supported the Grenadian revolution . He had DPRK construction experts sent to Grenada and the DPRK gave a generous amount of military aid to the People's Revolutionary Government of Grenada , in fact in per capita terms  the DPRK gave more aid to Grenada than the USSR did.
   President KIM IL SUNG was the great friend of the third world who sent agricultural technicians and engineers to many third world countries such as Madagascar , Tanzania , Togo, Central Africa, Benin ,Guinea, Egypt , Rwanda , Burkina Faso, Ghana and the Seychelles . Agricultural institutes bearing the name of KIM IL SUNG were established in Guinea and Tanzania . This was genuine aid as opposed to the fake aid of the imperialists which aims only to corrupt and enslave newly independent countries .
  President KIM IL SUNG  bestowed benevolent favours on foreign revolutionaries such as the Cuban woman journalist Candelaria Rodriguez and the famous Latin American Juche Idea follower
 Genaro Carnero Checa, former secretary general of the Federation of Latin American Journalists.
   Thus the life of President KIM IL SUNG is associated lofty and boundless internationalism.
Dr Dermot Hudson
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 of Korea
Hon secretary general International Central Committee for Songun Study,

Friday, 22 March 2019

DPRK SPA Session to Be Convened

Pyongyang, March 22 (KCNA) -- The Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Mar. 21 made public a decision to convene a SPA session.
According to the decision, the First Session of the 14th SPA will be convened here on Apr. 11, Juche 108 (2019). -0-

Thursday, 21 March 2019

DPRK Tax free Socialist Country

45 years ago today on the 21st of March 1974 , the DPRK passed the law on the abolition of taxation becoming the first tax-free socialist country in the world .
It is worth pointing out that at the same time that the DPRK abolished taxation it lowered prices by 20-30 per cent on average and even up to 50 per cent . This was done at time when the capitalist countries were experiencing massive inflation.
In the DPRK people do not know the word tax but in many capitalist countries tax is a heavy burden on working people. In the UK on top of PAYE and VAT we have to pay council tax as well which hits low income people hard .
The UK should follow the DPRK's example and abolish taxation and lower prices !

KCNA Commentary Censures Japan for Checking Trend towards Peace

Pyongyang, March 21 (KCNA) -- Japan reveals its true colors as the one that does not want peace with each passing day.

It is childishly acting by implicating France in naval interception against the DPRK, not content with going busy with it together with the riffraff while talking about the possibility of the latter's transshipment.

Appreciating France's joining with Japan as a part of supporting an operation for monitoring the said transshipment, the Japanese ministry of Defence announced that "it hails France in view of the united efforts of the international community and will as ever closely cooperate with the relevant countries".

Japan's disgraceful behavior is being strongly denounced by the public as it is the last-ditch effort to check the trend towards peace on the Korean peninsula and in the region.

It is the trend of the times and unanimous demand of the world community to defuse tension and ensure permanent and durable peace on the peninsula.

That's why many countries including those around the peninsula express support for the development of the positive situation in the peninsula and the region and strongly call for lifting the sanctions against the DPRK.

Nevertheless, Japan incites the pressure upon the DPRK, swimming against the trend.

Clear is its aim of eagerly inveigling countries out of the region into its moves for escalating tension.

As known, Japan has been isolated and rejected by the regional states since long ago, owing to its ambition for a military giant and overseas expansion.

Moreover, the atmosphere of d├ętente created by the DPRK's proactive measures brings Japan's bad image as the destroyer of peace into bold relief and throws a shadow over its moves for reinvasion.

Japan, much upset by this, is making desperate efforts to get rid of a dilemma while turning its attention to "cooperation" with countries out of the Asia-Pacific region.

It is the real intention of the Japanese reactionaries to show their existence by inveigling countries out of the region into monitoring the DPRK's activities under the pretext of the implementation of the UN Security Council's "sanctions resolutions" and thus provide an environment favorable for militarization.

However, the more persistently the Abe group resorts to its hostile policy towards the DPRK, the more clearly it shows its miserable position marginalized by the trend of situation.

The people in the region and world community will never pardon the Japanese reactionaries hell-bent on laying a grave obstacle on the way of peace on the Korean peninsula with their reckless moves for naval interception against the DPRK.

Japan will be left out of the positive situational trend and thus lose even its miserable existence. -0-

Demand for dissolution of LKP

Demand for dissolution of LKP

The Daejeon Headquarters of the Movement for Achieving People's Rights and Removing Evils grouping 85 organizations in Daejeon held a press conference on March 7 outside the building of the Daejeon City branch of the Liberty Korea Party, in which it urged the dissolution of the LKP, a cesspit of all evils.

It said that there is no need for the LKP to exist any longer as it tries to reverse the history, far from apologizing and reflecting on its crimes against the people.
On March 14, members of 66 civic organizations held a press conference outside the building of the Daegu City branch of the Liberty Korea Party, to demand the dissolution of the LKP denying the impeachment of Park Geun-hye and distorting the history of May 18 popular resistance.
We demand the dissolution of the LKP distorting the history of candlelight resistance and democracy and laying a chill on the efforts for peace on Korean Peninsula, they stressed.
On March 16, civic bodies including the April 16 Solidarity held a rally in Seoul to demand the dissolution of the LKP and liquidation of conservatism, denouncing former president Chun Doo-hwan and floor leader Na Gyong-won of the LKP.
We cannot assume an indifferent attitude toward denial of a 17 million-strong candlelight resistance fuelled by democracy and justice and violation of the era of national sovereignty, they noted. The dissolution of the LKP, liquidation of conservative forces and sweeping reform of the society are the desire and order of the candlelight resistance, they pointed out.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Report of UK KFA Skype Meeting 18.03.2019

The UK KFA and Juche Idea Study Group of England held a Skype Meeting on the 18th of March at 1900 hours  which was participated in by members of the UK KFA and JISGE from London, Peterborough , Stoke On Trent and Glasgow .

Dr Dermot Hudson, chairman of UK KFA opened the meeting . He said that the visit of respected Marshal KIM JONG UN to Vietnam was a great success and also that respected Marshal KIM JONG UN had won a moral victory at the DPRK-US summit as he had shown his will to negotiate with the US and achieve a peaceful settlement  but at the same time he had taken a principled stand  maintaining the DPRK's independence.

Dr Hudson said the UK KFA must be ready to support any measure that the DPRK may take in the near future. He said that UK KFA and associated organisations should be ready to issue a statement , possibly do a youtube broadcast and a possible picket of the US embassy . Participants in the Skype meeting should the respected Marshal KIM JONG UN  have shown great confidence when meeting the US president.

Dr Hudson explained the DPRK electoral system to participants . Dr Hudson stated that the DPRK is the only country in the world to have a 100 per cent affirmative vote in elections and he had read as child about this fact in the "Guiness Book of Records ". Dr Hudson pointed said "  People's Korea antagonistic classes have been eliminated so no divisions in society . There is no alienated , oppressed underclass in the DPRK , everyone feels that they have a stake in society (UK KFA delegations have witnessed this for themselves visiting the DPRK ) , Thirdly , in the DPRK the election process starts with mass electors meetings at which candidates are nominated , basically no one who does not have the support of the people can forward to the final ballot" Participants said that the elections in the DPRK demonstrate the single-hearted unity of the society .

Dr Hudson reported on the successful KFA meeting in Manchester which went very well . Dr Hudson urged other KFA branches and locations to hold meetings . Staffordshire said they may hold a meeting later in the year .

Preparations for events such as the April 6th Meeting , the poster exhibition at the end of April and the June meeting in Glasgow were discussed . It was proposed to hold a picket of the BBC on May 18th and possibly a picket of the US embassy in June.

Meeting concluded at 21.40 hours

UK KFA hold meeting in Manchester


UK KFA held its first Manchester meeting,on the 12th of March , for 10 years with the aim of starting a new KFA branch for the Manchester area. The meeting was held despite the Quakers banned KFA from their meeting room.
 The meeting was chaired by Daniel Giblin of the new KFA Manchester branch and addressed by Dermot Hudson , UK KFA chairman.
 Dermot Hudson made reference to the recent DPRK-US summit pointing out that the blame was solely on the US . Marshal Kim Jong Un had taken a decisive step for peace by holding the summit with the US president and showed courage by negotiating directly with the US . Dermot explained what KFA is and spoke about his visits to the DPRK including the most recent one in February . He said how impressed he was the single hearted unity of the DPRK . Everyone in the DPRK has a stake in society and considers themselves part of society , this was evidenced by the way the problem of sudden snowfall was dealt by DPRK workers . Dernot pointed out that the DPRK hast independent national economy based on self-reliance which means that the DPRK can withstand sanctions. Dermot also spoke about his visit to an eye hospital and a Kimchi factory .
 There was lively discussion afterwards with many interesting questions and others in the audience who had been to the DPRK . It was resolved to hold quarterly meetings of KFA in Manchester and to have cultural activities. Our thanks to KFA Manchester for organising this.