Comrades and friends,
It is a great pleasure to address this international seminar being held to mark the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the glorious Workers' Party of Korea by the great leader comrade KIM IL SUNG , the sun of Juche . The WPK under the leadership of great comrade KIM IL SUNG and eternal chairman KIM JONG IL has traversed a road of victory and glory . The cause of the Juche-orientated party building started by the great leaders comrades KIM IL SUNG and KIM JONG IL is now being dynamically carried forward by the dear respected leader Marshal KIM JONG UN.
The 70th anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea underscores the need to deepen our study of the Juche Idea and Songun Idea and to share experiences in studying the Juche Idea and Songun Idea with other Juche Idea and Songun idea followers gathered here in Pyongyang , the capital of Juche Korea , on this auspicious occasion.
We founded the Juche Idea Study Group of England in 1985 and refounded it in 1990 and 2000. In 2003 we established the Association For the Study of Songun Politics UK. The Association For the Study of Songun Politics(ASSPUK) and the Juche Idea Study Group of England (JISGE) have made considerable progress over the past years, although there are many areas for further improvement . As you are aware the JISGE Group and supporters of People’s Korea generally operate in an extremely hostile environment as Britain is one of the leading centres of capitalism , it was also the first imperialist country and is close ally of US imperialism under the so-called “special relationship “. So we are basically fighting from 'behind enemy lines' The imperialist reactionaries do all they can to impede the study of the Juche Idea and Songun Idea in the UK. There is the unrelenting propaganda campaign against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea , the homeland of Juche and insidious attempts to stifle our activities. In 2014 I was myself victimized my employer for my consistent support for People's Korea and the great Juche Idea and forced to take early retirement from my workplace. We have faced not only hostility from the obvious enemies such as the imperialist reactionaries but also from modern revisionist and dogmatist quarters who oppose the Juche Idea.
Despite all these attempts to stifle and impede our activities we maintained a consistent level of activity. We have the capability to operate in all areas of activity independently, in the spirit of Juche. Over the past few years we have carried out many activities such as holding seminars on the keynote anniversaries of the DPRK such as the Day of the Sun and the Day of the Shining Star . We encourage both collective study and individual study of the works of the President KIM IL SUNG , chairman KIM JONG IL and respected Marshal KIM JONG UN .
"Independence Star", the journal of the Study Group comes out on a regluar basis, at least four times a year. The journal is both published in hard copy and is displayed online. The journal contains various items on the Juche Idea and its application, DPRK news and events. We have also published books and pamphlets such as “The Eternal People's Sun “, “Red Flag Flying High in Juche Korea “ , “ Journey to the Country of the Sun “ and “Who Are the Real Human Rights Abusers “
If an organisation or movement desires to noticed in today's conditions it must take the opportunities offered by the internet. Our websites are:
We also have Facebook pages , Juche Idea Study Group of England , Songun Politics and Juche London .
We issue regular statements on key events and publicise them on the Internet. Recently in August this year we issued statements in support the decision taken by the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea
We work closely with the Korean Friendship Association regarding the Korean Friendship Association as being our dear brother - in - arms.Since its foundation 10 years ago in November 2000 the KFA has done alot of really tremendous work in promoting the DPRK on the Internet and in other media. The Study Group acts in unison with the UK Korean Friendship Association . We have worked with UK KFA to combat anti-DPRK propaganda. On a number of occasions together with UK KFA and other organisations we have picketed the US embassy and the south Korean puppet embassy in London and have plans to do more pickets.
We have contact with the International Institute of the Juche Idea in Tokyo and also with h the European Regional Society for the Juche Idea .We attended a the 2003 European Seminar on the Juche Idea in 2003 in Paris and the 2014 European seminar in Rome in 2014. Also we attended in the International Juche Conference staged in Caracas, Venezuela during September 2005. We were happy and proud to have participated in the World Juche Congress held in Pyongyang in April 2012 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great leader President KIM IL SUNG. .It can be said that the Juche Idea Study Group of England is an integral part of the worldwide Juche Study Movement.
We have consistently co-operated with the Korean Association of Social Scientists . We have participated in Juche Study courses organised by the KASS in Pyongyang and have exchanged views with the KASS both in Pyongyang and other parts of the world . We deeply value our relations with the Korean Association of Social Scientists It is with a great degree of pride that the Study Group now has excellent relations with the social scientists from the Land of the Juche Idea and of Songun Politics.
In order to carry forward our work We aim to do the following
- To Increase Membership Figures.
- To expand the influence and profile of the JISGE and ASSPUK
- To continuously educate the membership of the Study Group in the Juche Idea and in Songun Politics.
- To more actively defend the DPRK , the land of Juche
- To improve co-operation with friendship and solidarity bodies in the UK and elsewhere
- To circulate the classic works of KIM IL SUNG and KIM JONG IL and Marshal
- KIM JONG UN widely among different sectors in the UK.
- To have more delegations from the Study Group visiting the DPRK and attending international Juche conferences.
- To increase the Study Group's work among political activists, anti-imperialist campaigners, trade unionists, academics and students from various quarters from across Britain.
This will not be an easy task as we face several obstacles and challenges . Firstly , there is the continuous anti -DPRK campaign, particularly the so-called “human rights campaign “ being waged by the media and also by the British ruling class which is hand in the glove with the US imperialists and south Korean puppets. The UK has been one of the chief sponsors of the anti- DPRK human rights resolution in the UN.
This hostile campaign aims to turn people against People's Korea and the Juche Idea and makes our work very hard . Additionally some of the so-called “Left “ in the UK are influenced by imperialist propaganda and also oppose the DPRK and actively block the study of the Juche Idea and Songun Idea. All kinds of revisionist, factionalist , sectarian , dogmatic and Trotskyite trends exist which oppose the Juche Idea and Songun Idea and try to stop progressive people from studying the Juche Idea.
There is also a strong tendency amongst the British population to be uninterested in political matters and apathetic or individualist. Some people also believe that all activity can be conducted on the Internet without them going out of their homes participating in activities such as meetings.
In order to counter these challenges we must deepen our study of the Juche Idea and Songun and steel ourselves with revolutionary faith. We must learn from the example set by Korean revolutionaries including the long term unconverted prisoners and the south Korean revolutionaries. Moreover the example of People's Korea led by dear respected Marshal KIM JONG UN is a great example to us and an inspiration. People's Korea is the most independent country in the world , it says what it likes and likes what it says , it does what it says . People's Korea does not give in to pressure from big powers and the US led imperialists. It is the most anti-imperalist and anti-US country in the world ,second to none . It does not compromise with the imperialists.
Improving and deepening our study of the Juche Idea and Songun Idea as well dynamically increasing our activities will be a meaningful way to celebrate the 70 years of victory and glory of the Workers' Party of Korea founded by President KIM IL SUNG and led by dear respected Marshal KIM JONG UN. Moreover the US imperialists and all other reactionaries are stepping up their anti-DPRK campaign . Not a day , not an hour passes without the imperialist media spreading false stories about the land of Juche . The US imperialists and world monopoly capital are desperately trying to stifle People's Korea using the “human rights “ issue even though of course there is no human rights issue in the DPRK and the biggest violator of human rights are the imperialists , US, British and Japanese , themselves ! . It is a vital to step up our activities so as to decisively smash this evil and insidious anti DPRK campaign of the imperialists so we appeal to you, Juche Idea and Songun Idea followers of the world to step up activities a hundred fold and a thousand fold !
LONG LIVE THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WORKERS' PARTY OF KOREA !
LONG LIVE THE JUCHE IDEA AND THE SONGUN IDEA !
LONG LIVE DEAR RESPECTED MARSHAL KIM JONG UN!