Vice-Director of Information and Publicity Department of WPK Central Committee Kim Yo Jong Releases Statement
Pyongyang, March 30 (KCNA) -- Kim Yo Jong, vice-director of the Information and Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), made public the following statement on March 30:
Whenever I hear rhetoric from south Korea beyond the demarcation line, I am struck speechless, especially when the south Korean chief executive personally utters something about us over a mike before audience.
His speech at the so-called "ceremony for commemorating the day of defending the West Sea" on March 26 again astonished the people of the DPRK.
Over our test-fire of new-type tactical guided missiles, he said "I am well aware that all of you deeply worry about the recent test-fire of missiles by the north. It is high time that the south, the north and the U.S. all had to endeavor to do things for dialogue. Things causing difficulty to creating atmosphere for dialogue are something truly undesirable."
He meant that the step taken by us to bolster the capabilities for national defence, exercise of the legitimate sovereign right pertaining to the DPRK, has aroused apprehension among the south Koreans and caused trouble and obstacle to the efforts to create the atmosphere favorable for dialogue.
This is height of effrontery.
Still we clearly remember what the south Korean chief executive said during his visit to the Defence Science Institute of south Korea on July 23, 2020.
He said that "I was greatly excited to see the giant structure of missile and to see it accurately hitting the target in the sea without the slightest deviation. I felt really reassured to see the ultra-modern strategic weapons equipped with the world's highest accuracy level and powerful destructive power. Now we have reached the point of developing ballistic missiles with firing range and which are loadable with warhead with weight of the world's highest level enough to defend peace of the Korean peninsula."
This "speech" stands a striking contrast to the commemorative speech a few days ago.
He meant the test-firing of ballistic missiles conducted by the Defence Science Institute of south Korea is for peace and dialogue in the Korean peninsula but that conducted by the Academy of Defence Science of the DPRK is something undesirable that arouses serious concern among the people in the south and chills the atmosphere for dialogue. We can hardly repress astonishment at his shamelessness.
He doesn't have even the elementary logic and face.
Such illogical and brazen-faced behavior of south Korea is exactly the same as the gangster-like logic of the U.S. faulting the right of the DPRK to self-defence as a violation of the UN "resolutions" and "threats" to the international community.
He can not feel sorry for being "praised" as a parrot raised by America.
This could be what is described as self-contradictory and being caught in one's own trap.
He is advised to sometimes think about how he is viewed by the world. -0-
Respected Comrade Kim Jong Un Receives Verbal Message from President Xi Jinping
Pyongyang, March 23 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and president of the State Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), received a verbal message from Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and president of the People's Republic of China.
Xi Jinping expressed his gratitude to Kim Jong Un for sending a verbal message in which he notified the accounts of the 8th Congress of the WPK, and extended warm greetings. He congratulated again the successful Party Congress.
Stressing that the traditional China-DPRK friendship is a valuable asset common to the two parties, two countries and two peoples, he said that he has intent to successfully defend, consolidate and develop the China-DPRK relations, propel the new continuous achievements in the socialist cause of the two countries and provide the peoples of the two countries with better life by making efforts together with comrades of the DPRK under the new situation.
Saying that the international and regional situations are undergoing grave changes, he expressed his willingness to make new positive contributions to defending peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and achieving peace, stability, development and prosperity in the region. -0-
Enlarged Plenary Meeting of Cabinet Held
Pyongyang, February 26 (KCNA) -- There took place an enlarged plenary meeting of the Cabinet on February 25 via tele-conference system to thoroughly carry out the important tasks set forth at the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea and the 2nd Plenary Meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the Party.
Kim Tok Hun, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK and premier of the Cabinet, presided over the meeting.
Attending the meeting were members of the Cabinet including Vice-premiers Pak Jong Gun and Jon Hyon Chol.
Present there as observers were officials of organs under direct control of the Cabinet, officials of ministries, chairpersons of the provincial, city and county people's committees and officials of organs for agricultural guidance, major factories and enterprises.
Discussed at the enlarged plenary meeting was the agenda "On thoroughly implementing the decisions made at the 8th Congress of the WPK and the 2nd Plenary Meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the Party".
Pak Jong Gun, vice-premier of the Cabinet who doubles as chairman of the State Planning Commission, made a report.
The report analyzed and reviewed the reasons why the Cabinet and state economic guidance organs revealed again passive and self-protective tendency in drawing up this year's national economic plan for implementing the decisions made at the Party congress.
It brought up the measures for purposefully conducting the economic operations on the basis of the essentials of this year's economic work and carrying out without fail the national economic plan.
It put main stress on the need for ministries, national institutions, provincial, city and county people's committees and enterprises to establish the system of the state's unified guidance over economic work, as required by the Cabinet-responsibility system and Cabinet-centered system, and on the need to establish the system and order to work after defining their duty, authority and scope of work.
It underlined the need to put production on a normal track and positively promote upgrading and home production of raw and other materials and recycling by dint of science and technology by working out in a reasonable way and carrying out in a strenuous manner the goals of sci-tech development in all fields, which must be attained in the period of the five-year plan, on the principle of strategic concentration.
It urged officials to intensify the study on the methodological issues in improving the economic management, as required by the objective economic law, and timely correct deviations manifested in practices and wage an intensified struggle for putting an end to unit specialization and self-centeredness that breach the state law and infringe upon the interests of people.
It set forth tasks for taking stronger measures to make constant efforts to complete the method of planning in accordance with the changing reality, level of development in productivity and the development of science and technology, and to ensure economic condition and legal environment for enterprises to independently and proactively conduct production and management activities, give full play to their creativity and promptly react to changing environment.
It stressed the need for the economic guiding officials to surely orient the economic work to encouraging fresh innovation, bold creation and ceaseless advance, bearing in mind the way of carrying out the goals of this year's struggle lies in bringing about a fundamental improvement in their traits of struggle and working manner.
The enlarged plenary meeting heard speeches made by Kim Kwang Nam, manager of the Kim Chaek Iron and Steel Complex, Ma Jong Son, minister of Chemical Industry, Ri Song Hak, vice-premier of the Cabinet, Choe Ryong Gil, vice-chairman of the State Planning Commission, Ju Chol Gyu, vice-premier of the Cabinet and minister of Agriculture, and others.
The speakers referred to detailed ways to carry out the goals to be attained by their fields and units in the period of implementing the five-year plan set forth at the Eighth Party Congress and to fulfill their tasks set forth at the Second Plenary Meeting of the Eighth Central Committee of the Party.
They expressed their resolution to make epochal achievements in attaining this year's goals by displaying extraordinary working ability, enthusiasm and devotion, always remembering the deep trust and expectations by the Party and the people.
The meeting discussed such issues as concentrating manpower, equipment, materials and fund on factories and enterprises in the fields of metal and chemical industries, solving technical problems arising in producing iron and steel with domestic fuel and improving the management control, business administration as required by the socialist system of responsible business operation.
It confirmed chronological plans for pushing ahead with the strengthening of their technical forces in close liaison with the scientific research field and realizing home-production of raw and other materials.
Also discussed at the meeting were proposals for finding out factors hindering the production and management activities and taking measures against them and studying and introducing realistic ways for putting production on a steady basis at all enterprises.
The meeting underlined the need to increase the production of consumer goods by recycling idle materials, by-products and waste materials and making a positive use of substitute raw materials and to tighten the connection of production and consumption among all fields and enterprises.
It also discussed such practical issues arising in unconditionally fulfilling the agricultural production plan as decisively improving the methods of management control with main emphasis on laying productive foundations of cooperative farms, and as restoring irrigation facilities and cropland.
The meeting stressed the need for the Cabinet to perform its duty as the economic headquarters of the country, and for all economic guiding officials to set forth the improvement of socialist economic management and promotion of sci-tech development as the essential ways of implementing the new five-year plan and fulfill their responsibilities and duties in the struggle for the economic construction and improvement of the people's standard of living.
On the basis of in-depth discussions, decisions of the Cabinet "On thoroughly implementing the five-year plan for national economic development set forth at the 8th Congress of the WPK" and "On thoroughly implementing the important tasks set forth at the 2nd Plenary Meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the WPK" were adopted with unanimous approval at the meeting. -0-
2nd Plenary Meeting of 8th C.C., WPK to Be Held
Pyongyang, February 7 (KCNA) -- The Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) decided to convene the 2nd Plenary Meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the Party within the first ten days of February to examine and decide the 2021 working plans of all fields for thoroughly carrying out the strategic tasks set forth at the 8th Congress of the WPK.
A relevant resolution of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK was issued on Saturday. -0-
Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Makes Opening Speech at 8th WPK Congress
Pyongyang, January 6 (KCNA) -- Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un made an opening speech at the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK).
The full text of the speech is as follows:
The Eighth Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea, for which millions of our Party members have made preparations with sincerity and to which they have so looked forward with their hearts burning with patriotism and loyalty, has been convened at an important and crucial time in the development of our revolution.
First, in reflection of the boundless loyalty of you, dear delegates, and all other Party members, people and service personnel across the country, I pay the noblest respect and greatest glory to the great Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, the founder and builder of the Workers' Party of Korea and the eternal leaders of our Party, state and people.
Five years have passed since our Party and all our people started a new advance to attain the immediate goals and tasks the Seventh Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea set forth for socialist construction.
In this period the unprecedented, worst-ever trials put great obstacles on the road of advance of our revolution, but our Party achieved great successes through tenacious and accurate practical activities aimed at implementing its fighting programmes.
During the period under review our internal force further expanded and strengthened, and the external prestige of the country was raised remarkably. This is a clear signal that a period of a new upsurge, a period of gigantic transformation, has arrived for socialist construction.
The Sixth Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the WPK held in August last year made an in-depth analysis and judgment of the new trend of our developing revolution and the demands of the prevailing objective and subjective situations, and decided to convene the current congress of the WPK.
The convocation of the congress in the present-day arduous circumstances is a noteworthy political event of great significance in view of the influence it would exert on the change and development of the internal and external situations and of the future struggle of our Party, a socialist ruling party.
When the decision on holding this congress was made public, all the people across the country, engulfed by a great emotion, warmly supported it, and it dealt a telling blow to the reactionary forces of all hues, who were hostile to our cause and attempted to check its advance.
It was because the convocation of the highest-level meeting of the WPK was an expression of its definite self-confidence in its capability for leading the revolution to another stage of victory, and constituted demonstration of its ardent will and solemn pledge to live up to the people's great trust and expectations by shouldering the future of the state and fully discharging its responsibilities and duties.
The Central Committee of our Party made it clear at home and abroad that it would make this congress a congress for work, struggle and progress.
This was a promise to the Party members and other people that it would strictly review its work in the period under review, explicitly decide once again the correct orientation and tasks of struggle for achieving fresh victories in building our style of socialism and take substantial measures to this end.
Never little are the successes our Party achieved in the revolutionary struggle and construction work over the last five years of arduous, yet glorious struggle.
By achieving miraculous victories and events noteworthy in the 5 000-year history of our nation after its Seventh Congress, the WPK provided a sure guarantee for reliably defending the destiny of the country and the people generation after generation and simultaneously achieved some meaningful and precious successes and foundations on which to promote economic construction and improve the people's standard of living.
However, though the period of implementing the Five-Year Strategy for the National Economic Development ended last year, almost all sectors fell a long way short of the set objectives.
Still existing are the various external and internal challenges that hamper and hinder our efforts and advance for fresh and continuous victories in socialist construction.
The key to breaking through the existing manifold difficulties with utmost certainty and speed lies in consolidating our own strength, our internal force, in all respects.
Proceeding from the principle of finding the cause of mistakes not in the objective conditions, but in the subjective conditions, and resolving all problems by enhancing the role of our motive force, the current congress is going to make a comprehensive and profound analysis and judgement of the experiences, lessons and mistakes we have made during the period under review and, on this basis, define the scientific goals and tasks of struggle, which we can and must accomplish without fail.
The successes we have already achieved are priceless for us, and so are the bitter lessons that have been accumulated.
All these are things that cannot be bartered even for gold, and constitute valuable assets for achieving fresh victories in the future.
We should further promote and expand the victories and successes we have gained at the cost of sweat and blood, and prevent the painful lessons from being repeated.
In particular, we should be bold enough to recognize the mistakes which, if left unaddressed, will grow into bigger obstacles and stumbling blocks, and take resolute measures against their repetition.
This congress has been convened on the basis of this pluck and commitment.
If the Eighth Party Congress, a congress for struggle, carries out its work in a substantial manner and puts forth a correct line and strategic and tactical policies, the Korean revolution will greet an era of a new leap forward and upswing.
Also, the WPK's struggle for achieving national prosperity and people's happiness will switch over to a new stage with the congress as a watershed.
To make this congress a substantial congress for work, struggle and progress, the WPK Central Committee focused on the following issues over the past four months.
First, it conducted the work of making a comprehensive, three-dimensional and detailed analysis and review of how the decisions of the Seventh Party Congress were implemented and drawing experiences and lessons for future progress and development.
To this end, the Party Central Committee formed a non-permanent central inspection committee and sent it to lower units on a mission to learn about the actual situations there and carefully listen to the opinions of workers, farmers and intellectuals who are Party members and work in the field.
The non-permanent central inspection committee conducted the work in the way of dispatching its teams to provinces and, after grasping the actual situations there, dispatching them to ministries and central institutions by direction and sector to make brisk, comprehensive and detailed inspections.
The teams thoroughly examined all aspects of the actual situation including what was wrong, what was neglected among what could be carried out and what was implemented in a profitable way or formalistic way in executing the decisions of the Seventh Party Congress, and if there were shortcomings, what were their causes and what were the defects in Party guidance.
During the days when the Party congress was prepared, departments of the Party Central Committee and other Party organizations across the country submitted to the Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee and the preparatory committee of the congress reports of their work over the last five years and innovative and detailed opinions on the goals and plans of struggle in the future.
In the course of this, we confirmed once again the priceless truth that the masses are excellent teachers, and were convinced that it was right indeed that we had decided to take heed of the opinions of Party organizations and its members for the preparation of the congress.
What we did is of great significance in making this congress a revolutionary and militant one, both in name and reality, in which the general will of all the Party members will be embodied, and the decisions to be adopted by it become an organizational will of the entire Party.
As part of the preparations for the Party congress, we analyzed and reviewed the finances of the Party over the last five years and studied the measures for improving them.
And we made a profound study aimed at putting to rights the problems in Party Rules, which were a mechanical repetition of the outdated of the past or of others' and did not suit the present reality, in conformity with the requirements of the developing revolution and the principles of building a Juche-oriented party.
We also comprehensively appraised the work of the members of the leadership body of the Seventh Central Committee of the WPK, and evaluated how much contribution they made to strengthening and developing the Party and the revolution.
In the lead-up to this Party congress, the basic Party organizations, provincial, city and county Party committees and the Party committees performing the same functions as the latter reviewed the work of their leadership bodies in an effective way and held successful meetings for electing delegates to the Party congress with the main emphasis on selecting the Party members who could play core roles in implementing the decisions of the Party congress in the future.
For the Eighth Party Congress, which would illuminate the road ahead of a new struggle for the Korean revolution, all the Party members and all other people across the country achieved brilliant successes by turning out as one in the 80-day campaign of loyalty after glorifying the 75th anniversary of the Party founding as a great auspicious event through a frontal attack for achieving a breakthrough, thus ensuring its successful opening.
The high political zeal of our Party members and other people, who made sincere efforts to add glory and strength to their dignified Party before its congress, is an eruption of their extraordinary revolutionary spirit which can never be found elsewhere in the present world.
Last year was a quite difficult year; in the circumstances of the world public health crisis that lasted unprecedentedly long in history, they consistently ensured a thoroughgoing stable situation in infectious disease prevention by stubbornly overcoming the difficulties, maintaining the conscious unity of all the people in the effort and regarding it as a patriotic duty devolving on them; they also rose up in the struggle for recovering from the natural disasters and built more than 20 000 new splendid houses in different parts of the country. This great achievement left another proud page in our Party's record of struggle.
In addition, our Party members and other working people from all walks of life sent to the Party Central Committee the reports full of valuable successes they made at many theatres of struggle across the country.
I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks and militant greetings to all the Party members and other people and service personnel across the country, who firmly defended the Eighth Congress of the Party with burning patriotic devotion and great victory by demonstrating on a higher level the might of their firm unity around the Party in the flames of arduous struggle for overcoming manifold difficulties.
And as I stand on this glorious podium, I would like to extend warm greetings to the organizations of our overseas compatriots, including the General Association of the Korean Residents in Japan, and all other overseas compatriots.
On behalf of the Eighth Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea, I extend a noble tribute to all the patriotic martyrs, recollecting with deep reverence the revolutionary comrades who devoted their precious lives to the development of the Party, the prosperity of the country, the happiness of the people and the future of posterity, the unforgettable comrades-in-arms who failed to be present here.
Now we have gathered at this significant venue at a quite important and crucial moment with a very honourable and sacred mission.
We stand at a great turning point of leading the revolutionary cause of Juche pioneered in Mt Paektu to another fresh victory and at a decisive moment of firmly linking the 75 years of ruling history of the glorious Workers' Party of Korea to its 80 years; we are here representing the destiny, future, resourcefulness and wisdom of millions of members of the Workers' Party of Korea and tens of millions of the Korean people.
We are all entrusted with an important mission to make our country more powerful and wealthy and indicate to our people a shortcut to happiness in this world full of severe challenges and instability.
At this moment, the interest, expectations and hope of all the Party members and other people across the country are very great and high for this congress which will review the revolutionary work of the last five years and decide the lines of struggle and strategic and tactical policies for opening up a new road.
We should display the highest sense of responsibility and passion in the work of the congress in order to live up to the great trust and expectations of the people who have always shared their destiny with the Party, absolutely trusted and supported the Party and defended the Eighth Congress with unsparing, devoted efforts.
Attending this congress are 250 members of the leadership body of the Seventh Party Central Committee and 4 750 delegates elected by organizations at all levels throughout the Party.
Among them, 1 959 are delegates of Party and political workers, 801 delegates of state administrative and economic officials, 408 delegates of service personnel, 44 delegates of officials of the working people's organizations, 333 delegates of officials in the sectors of science, education, public health, art, literature and the mass media and 1 455 delegates of hardcore Party members involved in field labour.
Of them, women delegates number 501 and account for ten per cent.
Present at the congress are 2 000 observers.
Solemnly pledging, on behalf of all the participants in this congress, which constitutes the eighth one in the sacred history of the Workers' Party of Korea, that the current congress will remain thoroughly faithful to the revolutionary ideas and cause of the great Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il,
Fully convinced that this congress will serve as a stepping stone and a historic milestone in making a radical leap forward in the struggle for strengthening and developing our Party, accomplishing the socialist cause, building up the national strength and improving the people's living standards, and
Hoping that all the delegates will participate in the congress with sincere, responsible and proactive attitude,
I declare the Eighth Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea open. -0-
20th Enlarged Meeting of Political Bureau of 7th Central Committee of WPK Held
Pyongyang, November 16 (KCNA) -- The 20th Enlarged Meeting of the Political Bureau of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) was held at the office building of the Central Committee of the WPK on Sunday at a time when the 80-day campaign of loyalty is vigorously underway toward the new victory by tiding over manifold challenges and difficulties in our advance toward the 8th Congress of the WPK under the leadership of the great Central Committee of the WPK.
Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, was present at the meeting.
Attending the meeting were members of the Presidium and members and alternate members of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee.
Present there as observers in the video conference system were officials of relevant departments of the WPK Central Committee, chairpersons of the provincial Party committees, minister of Public Security, the director of the Central Public Prosecutors Office and the members of the state emergency anti-epidemic sector.
Upon authorization of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK, Supreme Leader of the Party, state and armed forces Kim Jong Un presided over the meeting.
The meeting discussed in depth the issue of further tightening the state emergency anti-epidemic system in the face of the ever-worsening worldwide health crisis.
The Supreme Leader analyzed and assessed the serious worldwide spread of COVID-19 and the state anti-epidemic situation and clarified the tasks for the Party, military and economic fields to further tighten the emergency anti-epidemic front, the major front of the 80-day campaign, and ways for doing so. He also stressed the need to keep a high alert, build a tight blocking wall and further intensify the anti-epidemic work, being aware of the important responsibility for the security of the state and the well-being of the people.
The meeting reported the analysis of non-socialist practices in educational organizations and in society as a whole, and seriously discussed the issues to decisively root them out.
Sharply criticized at the meeting were the Party committee of Pyongyang University of Medicine which committed a serious crime, and the irresponsibility and extreme dereliction of duty of relevant departments of the Central Committee of the WPK, judicial and procuratorial organs and security organizations which shielded, connived and fostered the crime by failing to tighten the Party guidance over the university and by failing to strengthen the system of handling complaints, legal monitoring and control.
The enlarged meeting of the Political Bureau emphasized the need to awaken the Party organizations at all levels once again and wage a fierce Party-wide struggle to root out practices against the Party, the people and socialism and the need for the law enforcement organs, in particular, to upgrade the law enforcement so as to make sure that beautiful socialist traits are maintained in the overall socio-political, economic and moral life.
The Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee made deep study and discussion of agenda items referred to it and set forth important tasks and adopted relevant decisions with unanimous approval. -0-
Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Delivers Speech at Military Parade
Pyongyang, October 10 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, supreme leader of the Party, state and armed forces of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, delivered a speech at the military parade held in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea.
The following is the full text of the speech:
All the people and service personnel of the country, who are greeting the auspicious October holiday,
Officers and men of the Public Security Forces and members of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards and Young Red Guards,
Delegates to the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea and Pyongyang citizens,
Officers and men of the units participating in the military parade held in celebration of the glorious October holiday,
The founding anniversary of our glorious Party has come.
The night of great glory has come.
At last on this glorious night we are greeting the Party's founding anniversary of this year, which was beset with unprecedented difficulties; I don't know why, but this fact alone moves me too much.
Greeting the 75th founding anniversary of our great Party, I, on behalf of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, extend heartfelt congratulations to all those who have glorified this October holiday with great honour and pride.
I extend warm thanks and congratulations to all our people.
On this night of the great holiday, the streets in the capital city and this square are so splendid and seethe with pleasure and pride, but we must not forget that this glorious moment of today is being defended by the many Party members, workers and service personnel of our revolutionary armed forces who are performing unassuming efforts and devotion across the country.
How many people have made devoted efforts overcoming harsh circumstances this year so as to bring about and defend this glorious moment of today!
How many challenges have we overcome to come as far as here!
In particular, our service personnel performed devotion on the anti-epidemic front and the front of removing the aftereffects of natural disasters which we had to face this year unexpectedly. No one would approach their patriotic and heroic devotion without shedding tears of gratitude.
They would say that defending their country, people and revolution is a task inherent to the People's Army, but the pains they have taken are too great.
They have undertaken to perform too many tasks and have taken too great pains.
This is why I feel deep regret for them, and I feel pain in my heart as they are not all here at this glorious night with us.
At this very moment, many of our service personnel are courageously striving on the anti-epidemic front and at the rehabilitation project sites far away from this glorious Kim Il Sung Square in defence of the security of the state and safety of the people.
Our army is performing its mission as a motive force of national defence with such credit in the face of unforeseen challenges posed by the epidemic and the forces of nature, as well as the military threats by the hostile forces.
I extend the highest tribute to their ardent loyal and filial devotion to our state and people and warm thanks to all the service personnel.
I also offer my militant encouragement and thanks to my most dependable combatants of the divisions of the WPK members from the capital city, our hardcore force. They are patriots who deserve to be present here, but they volunteered, after completing their tasks in rehabilitation projects, to other disaster areas instead of returning to Pyongyang where there are their dear homes.
My militant greetings and thanks go also to other working people across the country.
I hope that only happiness and joy will come to the families that have settled down in new villages and homes after getting rid of the aftereffects of the natural calamities, and to other families across the country.
I hope that our children's happy dreams will come true all the time.
Availing myself of this opportunity, I offer my heartfelt consolation to all those around the world who are still combating the disease caused by the malignant virus, and do pray from the bottom of my heart that health, happiness and laughter of all people would be guaranteed.
I also send this warm wish of mine to our dear fellow countrymen in the south, and hope that this health crisis would come to an end as early as possible and the day would come when the north and south take each other's hand again.
We all have gathered on this October celebration square with valuable successes and fruits of labour, which we have achieved with all our effort.
It was not so easy for us to come as far as here.
We had to fight one arduous struggle after another and overcome countless ordeals.
Although the 75-year-long history of our Party was fraught with difficulties, every day and every step was truly arduous and trying from the outset of this year in particular as unexpected grave challenges and obstacles cropped up.
We have come to this meaningful place with the pride and honour of having braved them all.
This gathering, which the world people would admire, demonstrates that we have overcome all the calamities that troubled us and blocked our way and that we have attained with success our justifiable fighting goals.
Today we are greeting the 75th founding anniversary of our Party on a grand scale.
No other country in the world would celebrate a party's founding anniversary as a happy holiday and grand auspicious event of all its people as our country does.
As I stand here tonight, which is emotive and delightful and brims over with the great joy of all our people, I am afraid that I don't know what to say first to them.
I thought over what I would say first at this moment, when we will be looking back upon every page of our Party's 75-year history filled with glory, but my heartfelt, sincere word for our people is only one, thanks.
First of all, I thank them for being healthy free from disease.
I wanted to say this without fail.
I thank them for their good health without any one of them having fallen victim to the malignant virus.
The fact that we have defended all our people from the harmful epidemic disease sweeping the whole world can be said to be a natural duty and success of our Party.
However, I am moved by this success, and as I see their healthy appearance, I can find no word other than thanks.
Today's victory that is striking the world with admiration is a great victory achieved by our people themselves.
For our Party, the life of every one of our people is more precious than anything else, and their good health means the very existence of our Party, state and everything on this land.
In this world, however, there are too many unstable elements threatening and attempting to harm the priceless life of our people.
So, as a matter of fact, at the beginning of this year, I had big worries and fear owing to the onset of the world health crisis and unfavourable situations around us.
However, our people got rise to their feet with great perseverance in absolute support of and trust in the measures taken by the Party and the state, and not only safeguarded their destiny resolutely but also bravely overcame severe hardships and trials with animation.
But for such excellent people who worry, care and protect one another and but for the socialist society, in which these people live in cooperation with a high sense of patriotism and a high level of self-consciousness, we would not have prevented the horrible catastrophe.
As all our people turned out as one in the struggle for defending their state, themselves and their children, becoming the motive force of the anti-epidemic work of their own accord, the country's anti-epidemic sector which was backward and lacking in everything could be revitalized, and anti-epidemic stability which is inconceivable to others could be maintained.
It is very grateful and encouraging for me that everybody lives in a large harmonious family although life is not affluent yet and they are healthy without even one of them having fallen victim to the evil virus.
There are no grateful people in the world other than ours who truly understand the difficult situations facing the state and cope with them, regarding them as their household affairs.
On this planet at present, our country is the only one that is faced with huge challenges and difficulties, like dealing with the anti-epidemic emergency and recovering from the catastrophic natural disasters, when everything is in short supply owing to the harsh and prolonged sanctions.
All of these hardships are undoubtedly a heavy burden and pain for every family and every citizen in our country.
However, our people are grateful patriots who place national affairs before their family ones, share every difficulty experienced by the state with it, and firmly support their country with their sincere sweats and efforts.
That is why our Party braves all sorts of national hardships by believing in and relying on them, who always turn out as one if it unburdens itself of the situations of the country.
Our people have always been grateful to our Party, but it is none other than themselves who surely deserve a bow of gratitude.
Over the past 75 years our people have supported the Party single-heartedly and defended our sacred revolutionary cause by shedding sweat and even their blood unsparingly and unhesitatingly.
The secret of how our Party, which has followed the revolutionary road, most arduous and beset with trials, has adorned this bloody road with victory and glory is that our people have sincerely trusted and supported it and defended its cause.
No one can think about even a moment of our Party's glorious 75-year history without our great people, an omnipotent creator of history. They have always provided it with wisdom and resourcefulness as a wise mentor, infused it with inexhaustible strength and courage, defended it at the cost of their lives, supported it sincerely and turned its plans and lines into reality.
When it called on them to bring about a great upsurge, the great people responded to it with the mettle of Chollima; when it mapped out an operation for grand construction, they responded to it with the speed campaign; they thus translated the Party's decisions without fail going through fire and water.
As these great people have always been with our Party, it has always been firm and able to record miracles in the annals of this land whatever the adversity.
Seeing the images of our people who have won victory for the great October holiday overcoming all manner of hardships with boundless loyal and filial devotion, indomitable fighting spirit and sincere efforts, I feel with great pride the almighty strength with which they would follow and defend the Party for another 75 years, nay, 750 years and even 7 500 years.
Our people have placed trust, as high as sky and as deep as sea, on me, but I have failed to always live up to it satisfactorily. I am really sorry for that.
Although I am entrusted with the important responsibility to lead this country upholding the cause of the great Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il thanks to the trust of all the people, my efforts and sincerity have not been sufficient enough to rid our people of the difficulties in their life.
Our people, however, have always believed and absolutely trusted me, and supported my choice and determination, whatever it is.
Even if it may mean suffering more, our people's trust in me and our Party is always absolute and steadfast.
Such ardent and sincere trust and encouragement is the most valuable wealth for me, which cannot be bartered with any fame and millions of tons of gold, and inexhaustible strength which encourages me to have no fear and know no impossibility.
As I enjoy this greatest trust which no one in this world can ever expect, I have been able to confront without hesitation all manner of challenges remembering the mission and will to make selfless, devoted efforts for the good of the people, jump into do-or-die battles, which would lead even to a war, and uncompromisingly cope with the disasters unprecedented in history.
I will cherish it as the highest honour to have, serve and struggle for such excellent people.
I solemnly swear once again in this place that I will live up to the people's trust without fail even if my body is torn and crushed to pieces on the way of defending their great trust and that I will remain faithful to that trust.
Dear guests and other people across the country,
Thank you, indeed.
I extend my heartfelt thanks to you with humble reverence along with the hearts of Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
It is our Party's and my first and foremost mission and steadfast will to firmly defend our people, hold them in greater respect and make them lead a happy life envying nothing.
Our Party has already built up the strongest military capability of safeguarding peace, with which to firmly defend socialism, the dignity and lifeline of our people, and to make our people enjoy the benefits of prosperity generation after generation on this land, eternally free from war.
Today's ranks of military parade lined in gallant array will clearly show how the Workers' Party of Korea has trained its revolutionary army and how powerful the army's strength is.
As everyone will clearly see today, comparing it with the military parade held in this place in celebration of the 70th founding anniversary of the WPK only five years ago, the modernity of our military forces has remarkably improved and anyone can easily guess the speed of its development.
We have a powerful large contingent of faithful and competent personnel in the sector of defence science and technology and workers in the munitions industry, who are firmly equipped with their Party's revolutionary ideology and truly serve the interests of their revolution.
Our military capability has developed and changed to such an extent that no one can make little of and keep parallel with it.
We have built a deterrent with which we can satisfactorily control and manage any military threats that we are facing or may face.
Our military capability is changing in the rate of its growth and in its quality and quantity in our own style and in accordance with our demands and our timetable.
Our Party defined the military capability with which to overpower in advance the forces that may dare to threaten or infringe on the rights to independence and existence of our state and people as the most assured and strong national defence capability. And it has made every effort to possess military forces that can achieve the purpose and is now attaining the upgraded targets steadily.
We will continue to strengthen the war deterrent, the righteous self-defence means, so as to contain and control all the dangerous attempts and intimidatory acts by the hostile forces, including their sustained and aggravating nuclear threat.
Our war deterrent, which is intended to defend the rights to independence and existence of our state and safeguard peace in the region, will never be abused or used as a means for preemptive strike.
But, if, and if, any forces infringe upon the security of our state and attempt to have recourse to military force against us, I will enlist all our most powerful offensive strength in advance to punish them.
I never want that our military strength would aim at someone else.
We clarify that our war deterrent is being developed not for aiming at others.
We are developing it in order to defend ourselves.
If we don't have our own strength, the only thing we have to do is to wipe the streaming tears and blood though our fists are clenched.
Our Party, with powerful military strength, will guarantee the sovereignty of the country and reliable security of its territory and safeguard the eternal safety, peace and future of the state and people.
Thanks to our revolutionary armed forces equipped with the revolutionary ideology of the WPK, unbounded loyalty and filial piety to the country and people and powerful up-to-date weapons embodying the strength and soul of our people, any aggressive force will never be able to make little of our sacred country nor dare to check the advance of the Korean people.
What is left now is to ensure that our people enjoy a sufficient and civilized life to the full free from difficulties any longer.
Our Party will invariably administer and ceaselessly expand the advantageous policies and measures, which are aimed at improving the people's wellbeing and providing more benefits to them, and bring as earlier as possible the ideal society of prosperity that our people are dreaming of.
Sharing destiny with the people in the face of severe trials and experiencing the united strength of our people till now, our Party has come to know well what it should do in the future.
The Eighth Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea will advance plans and detailed targets for doing it, and our Party's struggle for providing the people with happiness will develop onto a new stage.
The further we develop, the more rampant the reactionary forces of all hues may become, and more unexpected trials may face us. However, they will be nothing compared with what we have experienced until now and we have the strength and confidence with which to overcome them all.
The single-hearted unity of the Party and the masses of the people consolidated in the long course of the struggle and the talent force and asset for self-sustenance provided by our socialism?these will surely become a powerful force that propels and accelerates our advance.
Our Party and people, who have achieved everything that others would not have dared to attempt by surmounting all manner of immeasurable trials and hardships that others had never experienced, will start their advance towards new development and prosperity with greater courage and confidence, unusual passion and preparedness.
I will ensure that all Party organizations, the government and power and military organs make more and more strict demands on themselves, direct strenuous efforts and work with sincerity for our people and for bringing a better tomorrow to them.
The ideal of our people is great, and the day when it is realized will surely come.
I will direct all my efforts to realizing the great ideal so as to ensure that innovations, development and substantial changes which everyone can feel are made in the struggle for attaining higher targets in socialist construction.
Comrades, we have become strong and are becoming stronger in the midst of trials.
Time is by our side.
Let us all advance vigorously towards a bright future of socialism, towards a fresh victory!
Last, I once again extend thanks to all the people for being in good health free from any disease.
And I also extend my heartfelt thanks to them for invariably trusting in our Party.
Long live our great people! -0-
History of Japan's Aggression on Korea
Pyongyang, September 18 (KCNA) -- One hundred and forty-five years have passed since the Japanese aggressors cooked up "Unyo-maru" incident on September 20, 1875.
The incident was a provocation premeditated by Japan to invent an excuse of its armed invasion of Korea.
After "the 1868 Meiji Restoration", Japan brought up "theory of the conquest of Korea" in a bid to secure huge funds needed for consolidating a foundation of capitalism and building "a wealthy country with a powerful army" through aggression on Korea.
To this end, it stepped up the preparations for aggression on Korea and masterminded "Unyo-maru" incident.
In May 1875, three warships of Japan including "Unyo-maru" sailed into the coastal waters of East and South Seas of Korea to perpetrate espionage and bombardment under the pretext of firing training.
In September that year, the "Unyo-maru" intruded into the waters off Kanghwa Island in the Weat Sea of Korea under the pretext of surveying sea route. On the plea of "finding drinking water" on September 20, the warship approached close to the Chojijin fortress in Kanghwa Island, a point of military importance in the West Sea of Korea.
So, the guards of the fortress took punitive action against it. Availing themselves of this action, the Japanese invaders fired guns to the fortress and turned other islands of Korea with weak defensive power into ashes.
In order to conceal the truth of criminal "Unyo-maru" incident, Japan shifted all the blames on to the Korean feudal government and militarily forced the latter to conclude a "treaty" under the veil of exacting "apology" and "reparation".
After all, "Kanghwa Island Treaty", a subordinate and unequal treaty, came into being in February next year.
As seen above, the "Unyo-maru" incident provoked by Japan was aimed to make a "legal basis" for subjugating Korea through the coerced conclusion of an unequal treaty. -0-