Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Che Guevara and People's Korea-translation of article from KFA Argentina

                          Kim Il Sung with Che Guevara in December 1960

In December 1960 the Argentine and Cuban revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara traveled to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) within the framework of the international tour that he carried out as a member of the Cuban government for which he toured different countries of the socialist camp in order to learn from the experience of other socialist countries and use it for Cuba's socialist construction /
In the capital of the DPRK Pyongyang, Che Guevara was received by the Korean revolutionary leader Kim Il-Sung, President of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and after his stay in the Korean nation, Che left his words about his experience and what he felt about the Korean people and the development of socialism in the DPRK.They are reproduced below
                                                   Che Korea
Of the socialist countries that we visit personally, Korea is one of the most extraordinary. Perhaps it is the one that impressed us most of all of them. It has only ten million inhabitants and is the size of Cuba, a little less, about one hundred and ten thousand square kilometres. The same land area as the southern part of Korea, but half the population, was plagued by a war so fantastically destructive that nothing remained of its cities, and when one says nothing, it is nothing. It is like the small towns of guano that Merob Sosa and Sánchez Mosquera and those people burned here, and of which there was nothing left but ashes. Thus, for example, Pyonyang, which is a city of a million inhabitants, remained. Today there is not a single remnant of all that destruction, everything is new. The only memory that remains is, on all roads,

naenarakimilsung119They showed me many of the factories, all rebuilt and others made new, and each one of those factories had supported between 30 and 50 thousand bombs. If we get an idea of ​​what were 10 or 12 bombs thrown around us in the Sierra, which meant a terrible bombardment, and you had to have your courage to endure those bombs, which meant 30 thousand bombs dropped in one ground space, sometimes less than a cavalry!

Korea came out of the war without a standing industry, without a standing house, even without animals. At a time when the air superiority of the Americans was so great, and it no longer had anything to destroy, aviators had fun killing oxen, killing what they found. So it was a veritable orgy of death that hung over North Korea for only two years. In the third year the Mig-15 appeared and things have already changed. But those two years of war meant, perhaps, the most barbaric systematic destruction ever done.

Everything that can be said about Korea seems like a lie. For example, in the photographs you see people with hatred, that hatred of the peoples when it reaches the deepest part of the being, which is seen in the photos of caves where 200, 300 and 400 children, of an age of 3 or 4 years old, they are murdered there with fire and other times with gas. The dismemberment of the people, killing pregnant women with bayonets to make the child come out of the bowels, burning the wounded with flamethrowers ... The most inhumane things that the mind can imagine were carried out by the US Army of occupation. And it went almost to the edge of Korea with China, and it occupied, at one point, almost the entire country. Added to that, in the retreat they destroyed everything, we can say that North Korea is a country that was made of deaths. Naturally, he received the help of the socialist countries, especially the aid of the Soviet Union, in a generous and very extensive way. But what most impresses is the spirit of that people. They are a people that emerged from all this after thirty years of Japanese domination, from a violent struggle against Japanese domination, without even having an alphabet. In other words, it was one of the most backward peoples in the world in that sense. Today it has a national literature and culture, and a national order and practically unlimited development of culture. They have secondary education, which is up to the ninth grade, compulsory for everyone. They are a people that emerged from all this after thirty years of Japanese domination, from a violent struggle against Japanese domination, without even having an alphabet. In other words, it was one of the most backward peoples in the world in that sense. Today it has a national literature and culture, and a national order and practically unlimited development of culture. They have secondary education, which is up to the ninth grade, compulsory for everyone. They are a people that emerged from all this after thirty years of Japanese domination, from a violent struggle against Japanese domination, without even having an alphabet. In other words, it was one of the most backward peoples in the world in that sense. Today it has a national literature and culture, and a national order and practically unlimited development of culture. They have secondary education, which is up to the ninth grade, compulsory for everyone.

It has in the whole industry a problem that we wish we had today -which we will have in 2 or 3 years-, which is the problem of lack of labour. Korea is rapidly mechanizing all of agriculture to increase productivity and to realize its plans, and is also preparing to bring the product of textile factories and others to South Korea's brothers to help them bear the brunt of colonial rule. North American.

It is really the example of a country that thanks to a system and extraordinary leaders, such as Marshal Kim II-Sung, has been able to emerge from the greatest misfortunes to be an industrialized country today. North Korea could be for anyone here in Cuba, the symbol of one of the many backward countries in Asia. However, we sell them a semi-processed sugar such as raw sugar, and other still unprocessed products, such as textiles and they sell us milling lathes, all kinds of machinery, mining machinery, that is, products that need a high technical capacity to produce them. So it is one of the countries that we are most excited about.
Che in North Korea
Our thanks to KFA Argentina .

Translation by UK KFA

Echo of May

Monday, 25 May 2020

SPA Presidium Sends Greetings to Chongryon

Pyongyang, May 25 (KCNA) -- The Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) of the DPRK sent a message of greeting to the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) on May 25 on the occasion of its 65th anniversary.

The message extended warm congratulations and compatriotic greetings to Chairman Ho Jong Man and all other Chongryon officials and Koreans.

The formation of Chongryon, a dignified organization of overseas citizens of the DPRK, was the precious fruition of President Kim Il Sung's unique idea on the overseas compatriots' movement and guidance on the movement, and the formation was a historic event which brought about a fundamental turn in the development of the movement of Koreans in Japan and carving out the destiny of Koreans in Japan, the message said.

It said that the 65 years after Chongryon formation were the period of victory and honor when the organization paved and glorified the new path of the overseas compatriots' movement in the era of independence under the guidance of President Kim Il Sung, Chairman Kim Jong Il and Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, adding that the years were also a patriotic period during which Chongryon made a great contribution to the country and nation.

The message said that Chongryon has thoroughly applied the immortal Juche idea to the building of the organization and all its patriotic activities with the idea as the only guidelines so as to strengthen and develop it into an patriotic organization in which the ideological system of Juche, the leadership system, was thoroughly established and which has the might of the single-minded unity. Chongryon has also prepared its officials and compatriots as people strong in ideology and faith and ardent patriots who are boundlessly loyal to their leader and motherland, the message added.

In the face of the persistent moves of the enemies at home and abroad for stifling the organization, Chongryon officials and compatriots in Japan have reliably defended their organization, the legacy of patriotism left by Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and demonstrated to the whole world its true nature and might as an organization of overseas citizens of Juche Korea, the message said.

The message expressed the belief that the officials of Chongryon and compatriots in Japan would, in the future, too, add lustre to the organization, which shines by the august names of the peerlessly great men, as the patriotic pioneer, the example of patriotism and loyalty and the paragon of the movement of the overseas compatriots in the world. -0-

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Introductory Course on the Juche Idea for new members of Juche Idea Study Groups

This course is aimed at new people coming into Juche idea study organisations . It includes both online and hardcopy reading material.

1 . Introduction 

What really is Juche ?- in answer to the Daily Mirror- by Dr Dermot Hudson Chairman Juche Idea Study of England


Man’s Destiny and the Juche Idea 


2. The Core of Juche Idea and its basic principles


On Establishing the Juche Outlook on the Revolution  KIM JONG IL 

On Some Problems in Education in the Juche Idea - KIM JONG IL 
(not online)
What is the View of the Juche Idea on the World”

The Torch of Juche that Illuminates Human Society”,

Guiding Light of Destiny 


Volumes 2 and 3 are not online but can be obtained second hand through booksellers

The Immortal Juche idea- Kim Chang Ha - 1984 -not online but second hand copies on Amazon

3. Application of Juche in practice /defending Juche 

Fundamentals of Rise and Fall of Country and Nation”

The Building of a Thriving Socialist Country”

In Defence of Juche-based socialism 

Juche-based economics work !-special article by Dr Dermot Hudson



Supplementary Material/Appendices
  1. Relationship of Juche to Marxism-Leninism
What is the Interrelationship Between the Juche Idea and Marxism-Leninism and What is the View of the Juche Idea on Marxism?

  1. The DPRK’s independent and Juche-orientated development

Modern Korea- Kim Byong Sik

DPRK: Seven Decades of Creation and Changes-

  1. SONGUN 
Questions and Answers on the Songun Idea


Let Us Add Eternal Brilliance to Comrade Kim Jong Il's Great Idea and Achievements of the Songun Revolution- KIM JONG UN
In Defence of Songun - Dermot Hudson

Punish homicide!

Punish homicide!

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Gwangju Popular Uprising, broad segments of south Korean people launched their action in demand of punishment of Chun Doo-hwan who turned Gwangju into a bath of blood and killed five thousand citizens brutally.


   Democracy would not come true as long as Chun and his group and the United Future Party, a remnant of the military dictatorial group, remain unpunished. It called for the people to greet a new morning of democracy by liquidating the conservative elements, the Solidarity for People’s Sovereignty noted in a statement issued on the 40th anniversary of Gwangju Popular Uprising on May 17.
Saying that putting an end to the US intervention in south Korean affairs and achieving national independence are the way to realize the desire of the uprisers, the statement called for building a new society by driving the US, the wire-puller of the Gwangju massacre, out of south Korea.

Order of Chairman of WPK Central Military Commission Issued

Pyongyang, May 24 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), signed an order on promoting the military ranks of commanding officers.

The order issued on May 23 is as follows:

It is the fixed faith and unshakable will of our party to firmly defend the sovereignty and dignity of the country, break through head-on the grim unprecedented hardships and win new victory in building a powerful socialist country in reliance on the strong militant spirit and the invincible might of the revolutionary armed forces.

Today the armed forces of the DPRK face a heavy historic task to further arm with the revolutionary idea, line and policies of the WPK as required by the prevailing situation, to reliably defend the party, the revolution, the country, people and socialism by bolstering the invincible military force in every way and to fully display the might as the pioneer of the times and the performers of miracles in the grand advance for achieving prosperity by dint of self-defence.

All the commanding officers of the armed forces of the DPRK must open the breakthrough of advance in the van of the gigantic struggle to significantly celebrate the 75th founding anniversary of the glorious WPK by holding fast to the party's leadership as lifeline and work unprecedented innovative successes in carrying out the cause of building a powerful army and the cause of socialist construction as a whole so as to glorify the noble honor as members of the great party's army, the great people's army.

I order to promote the military ranks of the major commanding officers as follows, firmly believing that all the commanding officers, key backbones of the armed forces of the DPRK, would honor their noble mission and duties in the sacred struggle to defend the party, the revolution, the country and the people.

According to the order of the supreme commander, Pak Jong Chon was promoted to vice marshal, Jong Kyong Thaek to general and Choe Tu Yong, Kim Jong Gil, Kwon Yong Jin, Kwon Thae Yong, Choe Kwang Jun, Han Sun Chol and Kim Pyong Sop were promoted to colonel general, Kim Kuk Chang, U Myong Nam, Sin In Yong, Kim Chun Gyo, Om Song Il, Kim Ju Sam, Jong Myong Do, Ri Kyong Chon, Ri Yong Chol, Hong Jong Duk, Jon Sung Nam, Ryo Chol Ung, Kim To Un, Pak Song Chan, Ro Yong Gil, Ri Il Nam, An Kwang Nam, Kim Chun Won, Kim Chun Bom and Rim Yong Chol to lieutenant general and Ri Song Min, Kim Pong Ho, Pak Yong Gwan, Kim Kuk Hyon, Ju Tong Chol, Jo Kwang Sok, Kim Kang Il, Pak Kyong Ho, Kim Hyo Nam, Kim Tong Chol, Ri Kyong Chol, Ri Chang Ho, Kim Chon Hyok, Ri Yong Chol, Ha Chol, Sin Kum Chol, Choe Chang Hu, Pak Song Ryol, Jon Chol, Nam Chol, Hyon Un Chol, Sin Chol Ryong, Mun Kwang Guk, Sim Tong Jun, Kim Yong Gun, Pak Il Hak, Kim Chol Man, Choe San Ho, Paek Ki Chol, Pang Kwang Nam, Yun Pok Nam, Kim Ryong Chol, Yun Il Nam, Yun Hwang Chol, Kim Hak Chol, Hwang Nae Yun, Jong Myong Nam, Sim Won Chol, Han Ju Song, Jon Kyong Sang, Kim Sun Chol, Ko Jong Chol, Jang Kun Pil, Pak Tong Gyu, Kim Myong Ho, Ri Jong Chol, Pak Il Su, Sim Song Bin, Han Yong Bom, Kim Kwang Hun, Ham Hyo Sik, Kim Myong Ho, Kim Kwang Su, Pak Song Ju, Kim Won Bong, Hong Myong Sok, Choe Hang Mun, Yun Chol Ho, So Kang Chol, Ri Chun Sam, Kim Myong Nam, Pang Ryong Il, Yun Hyo Song, Kang Kum Chol, Ri Yong Sop, Kang Chol Hyon, Kim Kyong Jung, Pae Tong Nam and Ri Ju Ho to major general. -0-

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Guides Enlarged Meeting of WPK Central Military Commission

Pyongyang, May 24 (KCNA) -- The Fourth Enlarged Meeting of the Seventh Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) took place at a stirring time when the entire Party and the whole society are pushing ahead with the great revolutionary advance for glorifying this year marking the 75th founding anniversary of the WPK as a year of opening up an epoch-making phase in the path of the development of the Korean-style socialism, true to the line and policy for achieving prosperity by self-reliance set forth by the great Party.

The meeting was guided by Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the WPK.

Attending the meeting were members of the WPK Central Military Commission, members of the Executive Committee of the Korean People's Army Committee of the WPK, commanders and commissars of the services and corps of the Korean People's Army, commanding officers of the Ministry of State Security, the Ministry of People's Security, the Guard Headquarters and other armed forces organs at all levels and vice directors of major departments of the WPK Central Committee.

The meeting discussed important military steps and organizational and political measures to further bolster up the overall armed forces of the DPRK politically and ideologically and in military technique to be able to firmly defend the political stability and sovereignty of the country and reliably contain the persistent big or small military threats from the hostile forces in view of the essential requirements to bring about further progress in developing the national defence capabilities and war deterrent under the internal and external situation created in the vital period in the development of our revolution, and dealt with an organizational matter.

The meeting reviewed and analyzed a series of drawbacks in the military and political activities of the overall armed forces of the DPRK including the People's Army, and discussed methodological issues for overcoming them and bringing about drastic improvement. Also discussed at the meeting were the issue of examining and setting right the unreasonable machinery and compositional defects and the core issues for further increasing the capabilities for militarily deterring the threatening foreign forces by rapidly increasing the self-reliant defence capabilities and organizing new units.

The meeting stressed once again the tasks facing the different sectors to thoroughly carry out the revolutionary military line and policies of the party.

Set forth at the meeting were new policies for further increasing the nuclear war deterrence of the country and putting the strategic armed forces on a high alert operation in line with the general requirements for the building and development of the armed forces of the country.

Taken at the meeting were crucial measures for considerably increasing the firepower strike ability of the artillery pieces of the Korean People's Army.

The meeting elected a vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the WPK and recalled or by-elected some of its members.

Ri Pyong Chol was elected as vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the WPK.

The organizational matter was tabled at the meeting on dismissing or transferring or newly appointing commanding officers in major posts of the armed forces institutions.

The CMC of the WPK decided to promote the military ranks of major commanding officers of the People's Army in high recognition of their devotion and efforts to glorify this year marking the significant 75th anniversary of the glorious WPK as the first year of great victory in the frontal breakthrough.

The respected Supreme Leader put main emphasis on thoroughly realizing the party's monolithic leadership over the People's Army by consolidating the party organizations and political institutions at all levels within the People's Army and enhancing their function and roles, and on providing party leadership to conducting military, political, logistic and defence and all other affairs in line with the ideology and intention of the party under whatever circumstances. He specified key issues to be constantly maintained in the military and political performance of the armed forces of the DPRK, and tasks and ways.

He signed seven orders including the orders on new military measures discussed and decided at the Party CMC, an order on draft reorganization of machinery for enhancing the responsibility and roles of the major military educational institutions, the order on reorganizing the military commanding system to meet the mission and duty of the security institutions, and the order on promoting the military ranks of commanding officers.

The Fourth Enlarged Meeting of the Seventh Central Military Commission of the WPK organized and led by Kim Jong Un served as a historic turning point of great significance in increasing the capabilities of the revolutionary armed forces in every way and laying a solid foundation for further powerfully propelling the victorious advance of the revolutionary cause of Juche by dint of the invincible military force under the outstanding army-building idea and strategic plan of the WPK. -0-