The Association for the Study of Songun Politics UK, Juche Idea Study Group of England and UK Korean Friendship Association held an extremely successful meeting on the 11th of February 2017 to celebrate the Day of the Shining Star the 75th anniversary of the birth of the great leader comrade KIM JONG IL. The meeting was attended by members of the ASSPUK, JISGE and UK KFA. The meeting was also honoured by the presence of Prof Dr Harish Gupta director general of the International Institute of the Juche Idea and head of the Asian Regional Institute of the Juche Idea.
Dr Dermot Hudson president of the ASSPUK and Chairman of the JISGE opened the meeting bidding a warm welcome to those who had travelled from afar to the meeting . He said that they were celebrating the 75th anniversary of the birth of the great leader comrade KIM JONG IL. He said that the birth anniversary of the great leader comrade KIM JONG IL is celebrated all over the world because comrade KIM JONG IL developed and systematised the Juche Idea and turned the DPRK into a socialist military giant .
Dr Hudson made the keynote address saying as follows (excerpts )"The hostile forces chiefly the US imperialists predicted the collapse of People's Korea and the end of Juche socialism but comrade KIM JONG IL skilfully led the Korean people through the difficult period of the "arduous march " when the DPRK faced unprecedented natural disasters , the disappearance of the world socialist market and sanctions of the imperialists. He turned the situation around and put the DPRK on the launchpad to becoming a thriving socialist nation.
Basically great comrade KIM JONG IL developed the great Juche Idea which had been authored by the great leader President KIM IL SUNG and made People's Korea into a socialist military giant that every day defies the US ...it can be said that comrade KIM JONG IL found a Korea with rifles and artillery and left with atomic weapons and long range missiles ...
The great leader comrade KIM JONG IL systematised the Juche Idea in the classic treatise "ON THE JUCHE IDEA " ...KIM JONG IL for the first time in the history of philosophy defined man as having independence ,creativity and consciousness...
Thus as we approach the significant 75th anniversary of the birth of the great leader comrade KIM JONG IL we recall his great exploits developing the Juche Idea and the Songun Idea. To conclude the best way to mark the birth anniversary of the great leader comrade KIM JONG IL is to more actively disseminate the Juche Idea and Songun idea "
David , UK KFA Organisation secretary said "Kim Jong Il always stands out for his humility in his classic khaki suit away from military clothing and medals, and with his old coat, the only one he worn for more than 10 years since the Arduous March, during the years of building socialism he brought happiness and self-reliance to his people. Comrade Kim Jong Il said that his coat symbolizes the Songun revolution and the Arduous March and that he would not take it off so this hard episode is not forgotten and that will always lead him to the final victory!
After the collapse of the socialist block comrade Kim Jong Il wrote his great work ´´Giving Priority to Ideological work is essential to accomplishing socialism´´19 of June, 1995. One work that I always recommend to study every year in his anniversary, where comrade Kim Jong Il exposed that socialism can only be build prioritizing ideology over all other factors to achieve the communist consciousness and not to fall into revisionism, opportunism and capitalist road.
This proves that the Korean people are the only country that fully developed the Ideological consciousness and the advance of socialist construction towards communist society....
Another great achievement of comrade Kim Jong Il was the highest step to achieve the reunification of the Korean peninsula between 2000 till 2008"
Prof Dr Harish Gupta said that 2017 is a most significant year as it will be the 105th anniversary of the birth of the great leader President KIM IL SUNG and the birth anniversary of the great leader comrade KIM JONG IL. Dr Gupta said that comrade KIM JONG IL made a massive contribution in the field of philosophy. Dr Gupta said that the US is threatening the DPRK with military exercises and if the US president is sincere he should withdraw the US troops from south Korea.
Shaun Pickford secretary general of the JISGE said that 75 years ago it was snowing on Mt Paektu and today the snowstorm of Juche and anti-imperialism continues . Comrade KIM JONG IL is associated with the politics of love and trust also benevolence.
Alexander Meads KFA UK Commissar said that the great leader comrade KIM JONG IL was born in humble circumstance that his family were very poor . When he was firstborn he was wrapped in parts of old uniforms of women guerrillas.
Dr Dermot Hudson spoke about the 69th anniversary of the foundation of the regular revolutionary armed force the Korean People's Army saying that " It is some 69 years since the Korean People's Revolutionary Army which had fought the marauding and aggressive Japanese imperialists , was transformed into a standing regular armed force by the great leader President Kim Il Sung
The KPA is the unique Juche based and Songun based revolutionary armed force of the Korean people. It is an army of the people, an army of the revolution and an army of the working class and Workers' Party of Korea.
The great leader President Kim Il Sung, an ever-victorious iron-willed brilliant commander and gifted military strategist , put forward the line of building the army after the liberation of Korea and developed the Korean People's Revolutionary Army into the Korean People's Army, modern regular armed forces, performing the undying feats in the history of the building of the revolutionary armed forces.
The KPA, the regular revolutionary armed force founded by the great leader President Kim Il Sung followed a glorious road. In the 1950s the KPA beat back the U.S. imperialists' invasion to swallow up the DPRK in its cradle and demonstrated the dignity and honour of the DPRK and Korean people during the Fatherland Liberation War. Later the regular revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK inflicted defeats on the US imperialists during the "Pueblo Incident ", the EC121 Incident, the Panmunjom incident of 1976 and the 1994 helicopter incident"
A discussion was held on advancing the activities of the ASSPUK, JISGE and UK KFA . The importance of skype meetings was stressed.
A message to the dear respected Marshal KIM JONG UN was adopted.
An exhibition of the works of President KIM IL SUNG, Chairman KIM JONG IL and Marshal KIM JONG UN as well as publications of the UK KFA and JISGE was held.
Refreshments were served.
Meeting concluded at 16.45
Some comrades went on to reception at the Embassy