The meeting received a message from Cllr Damien Biggs East of England regional party secretary and National Executive Committee member Socialist Labour Party which read in part
The DPRK stands as an example of what a strong and determined working class who are lead by a party that is ideologically pure of heart can achieve. The capitalist fires that rained down upon the Korean peninsular during the fatherland liberation war gave birth to a rising phoenix who lead the DPRK from strength to strength. Each year as we commemorate the life of the great leader comrade Kim il Sung we remember the lessons learned, the achievements made and the future gained because of his socialist Phoenix spirit. It's through this remembrance that the Socialist Labour Party learns not only how socialist independence can be fought for and won but how it can be maintained. How a socialist island can remain defiant amongst an ocean of capitalist imperialism. We wish full victory comrades to both the DPRK, lead by the Workers Party of Korea under the guidance of the respected marshal comrade Kim Jong Un, and full victory to socialism and the international proletariate! Hasta la Victoria siempre comrades!
Dermot Hudson chairman of the Juche Idea Study Group spoke about the great victorious Fatherland Liberation War of the Korean people he said
"The Fatherland Liberation War referred as the Korean War in the imperialist countries was provoked by the US imperialists on June 25th 1950 and lasted 3 years. It was a most intense war, one of the fiercest wars of the 20th century. Indeed it was a third world war in miniature in which the two systems in the world, capitalism and socialism fought each other. The US imperialists along with troops from 15 of their vassal states attempted to destroy the young Democratic People's Republic of Korea in its cradle, an obscene and barbarous war in which a big power and its minions tried to pulverise into a submission a small country. The Korean people led by the great revolutionary leader Marshal KIM IL SUNG, a true military strategic genius and ever-victorious iron-willed brilliant fought a fierce anti- imperialist, anti- US struggle against US imperialism and the allied forces of international reaction. It was a fierce class struggle against the enemies of the people. The Korean people fought a national liberation war against the Yankee imperialist invaders, a war of justice for independence and freedom and also a war to reunify the sacred motherland. The Fatherland Liberation War of the Korean people proved to a crucible of the Songun idea...
.. The war shattered deep illusions about US imperialism which had become widespread during the period of the Second World War. The US imperialists were exposed as genocidal maniacs before the world , they were the murderers of woman and children , they were the ones who used germ warfare which is illegal. The world revolutionary people came to know that it was no use trying to peacefully co-exist with US imperialism , that the only way to deal with it was by force, Indeed the Fatherland Liberation War showed the basic truth of Songun that the revolution is defended and advanced by means of arms...
The Korean people’s great victory in the Fatherland Liberation War was a brilliant victory of the Juche-oriented, Songun -based revolutionary military strategy of President Kim II Sung, the ever-victorious, iron-willed brilliant commander and gifted military strategist, who been steeled in the protracted arduous anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle and combined a great revolutionary idea, the Juche idea with outstanding leadership ability and brilliant military art. By leading the Korean people to victory in the Fatherland Liberation War the great leader generalissimo KIM IL SUNG made a great contribution to the world revolutionary movement that will shine down the ages."
Shaun Pickford secretary general of the JISGEspoke in detail about his recent visit to the DPRK , giving a spirited and lively speech , he said (excerpts)
I was able to return to the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, after an interval of three years and saw immense improvements in the cultural and living standards of the Korean People. All the progress which is being realized in the DPRK, is based on socialist principles and self reliance. The Supreme Leader of the DPRK, Marshal KIM JONG UN, is working continuously for the welfare of the Korean People and spares nothing for the well-being of the workers, farmers and intellectuals. Such a leader as KIM JONG UN, cannot be found elsewhere in the world, as the DPRK leader is always putting the people first in everything.
When the concept of socialism has become dirty word among some circles, there is one country which upholds socialism and that nation is the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. The DPRK not only defends its socialist system, but is bringing in more socialism, in other words displaying all the material, ideological and cultural advantages of the socialist system. In the space of a nine days in the DPRK (June 16 - June 25)
Visiting and experiencing the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea brings home the actuality of the application of the Juche Idea and of Songun Politics, a thousand times, better than studying Socialist Korea from a distance. I know that travelling to the DPRK through third countries can be very challenging and expensive, but the more Juche Idea adherents and friends of Korea, go out to the Land of Juche, the better, as it strengthens our ideological bonds with our Korean comrades. Indeed anybody, you who calls themselves, a socialist, an anti-imperialist, a peace campaigner and a trade unionist, must show their solidarity with the Korean People and with the DPRK. We must as friends of the DPRK smash the wall of lies and poison put about by imperialism's media machine about Peoples Korea and promote the truth about on that brave socialist country in the East...
...the DPRK was becoming a thriving socialist nation, where material and ideological conditions were rapidly improving, in time for the 70th anniversary of the Glorious Workers' Party of Korea. The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea stands in the international community, as a beacon of human liberation and dignity, the country where human rights are fully realised and practised. The Korean Party and People reject advice and dictates from certain quarters to "open up" and abandon socialism, instead the working people of Korea are militantly advancing under the Juche banner of President KIM IL SUNG and of Chairman KIM JONG IL. Noting is impossible for the courageous and revolutionary Korean People, who are winning victory after victory on the road of Songun, Independence and Socialism, under the leadership of the Respected Marshal KIM JONG UN!
A very lively discussion followed with questions and answers. In response to one of the questions it was revealed that the price of Metro tickets was unchanged for over 60 years.
Dermot Hudson JISGE chairman spoke about the 21st anniversary of the demise
of the great leader President KIM IL SUNG . He said
"President KIM IL SUNG was a great man, a great leader , a great philosopher who created the Juche Idea and authored the Songun idea. He wrote over 1,800 works.. He was the father of modern Korea , indeed Korea is the Kim Il Sung nation He was respected as one of the outstanding leaders of the international communist and working class movement.
In this year which in just over a month sees the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Korea from the dark oppression of Japanese imperialist colonial rule we recall President KIM IL SUNG great exploits in liberating Korea from the dark oppression of Japanese colonialism . It was one of his greatest feats to defeat Japanese imperialism and secure the independence of the Korean people"
Speaking about the 3rd anniversary of the conferment of the title of Marshal on dear respected Marshal KIM JONG UN"Recently under the leadership of dear respected Marshal Kim Jong Un the DPRK successfully a Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile(SLBM)putting the DPRK in the club of SLBM launching countries of the world ! . Marshal Kim Jong Un has continously given guidance to KPA units in rain or shine. He has ensured that the KPA is built not only strong in technique and military hardware but also strong in politics and ideology. Marshal Kim Jong Un maintains a staunch anti-imperialist spirit and the DPRK is well known as the most anti-US country in the world".
Speakers stressed the need to meaningfully celebrate the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation and the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation.
A message to dear respected Marshal KIM JONG UN was adopted.
An exhibtion of the works of great leader President KIM IL SUNG , chairman KIM JONG IL and Marshal KIM JONG UN plus DRPK publications and material from UK KFA and JISGE was organised.
Meeting concluded at 5pm