As we approach the 22nd anniversary of the passing away of the great leader comrade KIM IL SUNG we remember him for his great achievements which are too numerous and too great to list them them . His biographer the DPRK historian Baik Bong wrote "the flaming rays of his exploits will continue to shine for a thousand years, for ten thousand years,lighting the world for posterity"
One of the great achievements and enduring legacies that I remember President KIM IL SUNG for is the independent national economy , which was a practical application of the great Juche Idea o the field of economics.The DPRK's example of the independent national economy , the example of self-reliance is what the imperialists hate and fear the most.The independent national economy is equivalent to the power of 10,000 H bombs. It serves an as alternative to the crazy prescriptions of the imperialists and their"International Monetary Fund ".
The independent national economy can even serve as an example for the UK which has just voted to leave the European Union.
President KIM IL SUNG was closely and intimately associated with the building of the independent national economy. Right from the start he put forward the line of the independent economy . Even in 1947 he said that "For complete national independence and sovereigntya nd for nationalprosperity and development, one must build an independent nationaleconomy and thus firmly ensure economic independence."
Earlier in 1945 President KIM IL SUNG had laid the foundations for an independent Juche-based muntions industry at Pyongchon , which is now preserved as a revolutionary site which our delegation visited in April 2016. It was at Pyongchon that the new Juche Korea under the leadership of the great leader President KIM IL SUNG established its independent munitions industry . At first some great power chauvinists in a certain country told Korea that they should not establish its own armed forces nor have its own munitions industry. President KIM IL SUNG also insisted that the DPRK should not simply assemble weapons made by another country but should produce its own weapons . This idea goes right back to the days of the anti-Japanese armed struggle when the Korean guerrillas made the Yongil bomb. It had been hoped that the USSR would supply a hand grenade factory but for whatever reason this did not materialise.Thus President KIM IL SUNG was firmly convinced of the need for both an independent munitions industry and an independent national economy
In the late 1950 when the DPRK was just recovering from the severe destruction caused by the US imperialists during the Fatherland Liberation War
the modern revisionists and great power chauvinists tried to put pressure on the DPRK to join the CMEA but it refused to do so maintaining the line of economic independence. The great leader President Kim Il Sung defined the independent national economy as follows ;
building an independent national economy means building a diversified economy equipping it with up-to date technology and creating our solid bases of raw materials,thereby building up an all embracing economic system in which every branch is structurally interrelated so as to provide domestically most of the products of heavy and light industry and the agricultural produce needed to
make the country wealthy and powerful and to improve the people's living condition"
The Soviet big-power chauvinists and modern revisionists tried to subordinate the DPRK economy to their own but President KIM IL SUNG was having none of it and adhered to the line of economic independence .The big power chauvinists tried to induce the DPRK to join the CMEA by offering electricity from the Lake Baikal power station.
At that time President KIM II SUNG told them: “We will not use electricity generated by the power station; if we become dependent on electricity from you and then you fail to supply it, then we would suffer greatly; if we have funds for transmission cables from the power station to our country, it would be more effective for us to use these funds to build another hydroelectric power station in our country. It has become more clear today that our decision to build socialism by our own efforts on the principle of self-reliance and not enter the CMEA was quite correct"The DPRK put self-reliance into effect in many fields. It achieved self-sufficiency
in grain in the early 1960s. The DPRK produced its own "Juche Fibre " Vinalon which was invented by a south Korean scientist Dr Ri . Vinalon is fibre produced
from limestone abundant in the DPRK.
|February 8th Vinalon Complex.|
The DPRK also found ways of producing iron without coking coal .During the period of socialist industrialisation , industrial output value grew by an astonishing 19. 1 per cent per annum. Under the leadership of the great leader President KIM IL SUNG the Korean people built a powerful independent national economy that can turn out all sorts of products from wrist watches to large railway locomotives. Today the independent national economy of the DPRK , the legacy bequeathed by President KIM IL SUNG can build its own atomic weapons and launch its own satellites made with domestic technology and resources.
Respected Chairman KIM JONG UN who inherits and embodies the ideas of the great leader President KIM IL SUNG is holding fast to the principle of self-reliance and has put forward the great self-development first idea .Now the DPRK is building Ryomyong Street defying the sanctions of the imperialists.The DPRK with its independent national economy is a shining example to the world.
The DPRK does not need the 'aid' of the US, EU, IMF or World Bank because
guided by Juche and upholding President KIM IL SUNG's idea of economic independence it will break through all obstacles and win victory.
Dr Dermot Hudson
President Association For the Study of Songun Politics UK
Chairman Juche Idea Study Group of England
Official Delegate UK KFA
Member International Committee for the Study of Songun Politics.