Keynote Speech: "Juche Korea: 75 Years for Independence, Justice and Defense of Peace"
Hon. Madhav Kumar Nepal, Former Prime Minister of Nepal, Chairman, Communist Party (United Socialist) of Nepal, Co-Chair APRCPRK, Co-Chair OCIFPGPP
I, on behalf of the Organizing Committee of the International Festival in Praise of the Great Persons of Mt. Paektu (OCIFPGPP), would like to extend warmest congratulations to the friendly Korean people marking the 75th founding anniversary of their glorious fatherland – the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). At same time, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to our international friends for your participation in this International E-seminar held on the theme of "Juche Korea: 75 Years for Independence, Justice and Defense of Peace".
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea born as the first people's democratic state in the East after the World War II, has thoroughly embodied independence and justice in its state building, social development, international relations and all other sectors as well as firmly safeguarding the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula and those of the region and world.
The founding father of the socialist Korea, President Kim Il Sung, at the early age of 14, formed the Down-with-Imperialism Union (DIU) which became the origin of the Korean revolution, and by authoring the Juche idea, President illuminated the truth the first time in history that the man is the master of his own destiny and the strength to carve its own destiny is also in the hand of his own.
Self-determination in politics, self-sufficiency in economic matters and self-defence in the protection of the nation ― the principles clarified by the Juche idea have become the unvarying guideline for construction of an independent sovereign state. Korea, at various phases of its revolution and construction, has never followed any established formula or ready-made theory but advanced vigorously only along the road of Juche and independence.
President Kim Il Sung, in a belief that no one can make a gift of independence, had organized and lead the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle for twenty years and achieved the liberation of Korea on August 15, 1945. After liberation, President had put forth the line of founding a country as required by the reality of Korea and in conformity of interests of the Korean people and founded the DPRK on September 9, 1948 by reflecting the general will of the Korean people.
The Korean people who became the master of land, factory and the country, first time in its history, had resolutely repelled the armed invasion of the allied imperialist forces with the US as their ringleader, not to live as a slave again, thus wining a historic victory in the Fatherland Liberation War (1950-1953).
Finishing the post-war rehabilitation just in three years time as everything was turned into the heap of ashes, the heroic Korean people had worked a miracle to realize the industrialization of the country in 14 short years, that took for 50 -100 years by other countries in a normal environment for development, while constantly developing the self-reliant national economy by using its own raw materials, fuel and resource and based upon its own technical forces without admitting into the Council for Economic Mutual Assistance that covered all the socialist countries in those days.
The DPRK has maintained consistent and transparent stand of independence not only in the economic sector but in politics, national defence and international affairs. It has waged a vigorous struggle to combat revisionism and opportunism of all descriptions and to achieve the unity of socialist movement and non-aligned movement as well as assisting peoples of various countries in their struggle for national liberation and safeguarding the national sovereignty, and building a new world.
President Kim Il Sung had given enormous support and assistance to the countries newly extricated oneself from the colonial enslavement, saying that if they are not helped they would be again subordinated by the imperialists, and that even though we are not well-off we have to give them a help hand. In the meantime, to many politician abroad coming to Korea to learn its experience of state building, President instilled in their mind the independence as the lifeline instructing them that no matter how good the experience may be one shouldn't take it as it is but swallow it once it's sweet in your mouth and spit it out if not – everything should done in consonance with their own situation and realities at any case.
Korea, as it has the single-hearted unity of the whole society, unshakable self-reliant national economy, great military strength by thoroughly implementing the line of independence, can victoriously march forward remaining unflinching from any global politico-economic upheavals or sanctions and pressures. In the late last century when socialism was collapsed in the USSR and eastern European countries and the spearhead of attack was directed to Korea, there was only few who believe Korea would remain alive from this assault. However, Leader Kim Jong Il, carried on the cause of President Kim Il Sung, had frustrated the machination of hostile forces to isolate and stifle Korea and provoke a new war by dint of original Songun politics, thus firmly safeguarding socialism in Korea.
The high-handedness of the U.S. and the Western countries not hesitate to carry out armed raid on Iraq, Yugoslavia and other sovereign state turned out to be feeble and toothless before the Songun politics of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Leader Kim Jong Il had inspired the Korean people into the grand march of self-reliance in face of the ferocious maneuvers to stifle and isolate Korea and took the lead in economic construction by ceaseless forced march of super intensity thus raising Korea into a position of the producing and launching country of artificial satellite. Not only that, Leader Kim Jong Il lead the socialist cause and cause of independence against imperialism into a fresh advance and upsurge. As a result in 2000s the heads of the great powers, puffed up with self-importance had visited Korea one after another, and the eye-opening realities were unfold that the Western countries once either hostile to the DPRK or been taking no account of it had successively established a diplomatic relations with Korea.
The history of invincibility and prosperity of the DPRK, that has won victory after victory thanks to President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il, is now carrying on more splendidly by His Excellency Kim Jong Un.
His Excellency Kim Jong Un has decisively brought under control any slightest attempts from outside to infringe upon the sovereignty of the country and nation with consistent independent politics while giving the top-most priority to the interests and convenience of the people by embodying the people-first politics.
Immediately out the outbreak of the global public health crisis, Korea has checked inroad of a malignant virus for as long as two years and three months by blocking its borders and experiencing great national losses for the sake of life and safety of the people. Moreover, when the virus took inroad at last by vicious moves of the hostile forces, His Excellency Kim Jong Un, at the risk of his own life, took the lead in the anti-epidemic war and worked a miracle of completely tiding over the malignant epidemic crisis only in 90-odd days.
Today, Korea is advancing unflinchingly amid the sanctions of super intensity, based on the firm basis of an independent national economy, and in particular, startles the world as expands more in scale every year its unique and best social policy in the world that provides the dwelling houses free of charge to ordinary workers, peasants and office workers.
The DPRK leads the global cause of independence with ideal of Independence, Peace and Friendship and makes a great contribution to safeguarding the peace and integrity of the Korean peninsula and those of the region and world.
As it is universally known, in the Korean War, that can be described as a showdown between an atomic bomb and rifle, the Korean people had defended the dignity, honor and sovereignty of their own state by fighting back heroically against a powerful enemy of several millions with modern armed equipments. Not only that, the Korean people checked strategy of the US for world supremacy as wall as safeguarding peace of mankind by preventing a new world war.
This victory indeed was victory of defenders over aggressors and victory of justice and the progressive over injustice and the reactionary. At the same time, this has shown the truth that army and people that have turned out in a struggle for freedom and justice firmly rallied behind the great leader can not be won by any strong and superior aggressors. After the war, the DPRK has constantly strived to reunify the country divided by the foreign forces and ensure the durable peace by resolutely crushing ceaseless provocation of the US that desperately tried to turn the Korean Peninsula into the largest powder keg and nuclear arsenal in the Far East and perpetuate national division of Korea.
President Kim Il Sung in his early days advanced the most fair and aboveboard line to reunify Korea independently, peacefully and by efforts of its own people, and Leader Kim Jong Il realized the north-south summit meetings first time in its history of division and concluded the north-south joint declarations as well as taking broad-minded and initiative measures.
His Excellency Kim Jong Un, too, after year 2018 only, had three north-south summit meetings and DPRK-US summit meeting first time in history successively thus ushering in a new era of peace and prosperity, reunification never witnessed in the Korean peninsula. However, it is attributable to the persistent confrontation policy of the US administration and bellicose forces in south Korea that a favorable atmosphere settled in the Korean Peninsula with much efforts has ruined, and the DPRK was compelled to decisively push forward the building of the nation's nuclear forces against ever-increasing nuclear threat of the US, the only country to use nuclear weapons and the largest nuclear power in the world.
Today an invincible military might of the DPRK with nuclear forces as its backbone, diametrically opposite to slander and vilification of the West, becomes a reliable means and guarantee that safeguard the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula and the region, moreover, those of the world in ever-increasing nuclear threat of the US. Even though Korea is not a big country, as it is lead by outstanding leaders, it stands fair and square in the front rank of strategic countries and also in the center of the world politics.
Juche-oriented socialism has taken root deeper in the Korean people as their lifeline and living itself, and the world's progressive mankind speaks highly of the DPRK, advancing with a banner of socialism and independence against imperialism aloft, as a bulwark of independence and a beacon of mankind.
To laud and perpetuate the sacred life and exploits of the great persons of Mt. Paektu and to support and advocate the just cause of the Korean people are unanimous desire of the world progressives who love independence, justice and peace and aspire after independence.
Believing that this seminar would serve as an important opportunity to convey the ardent feelings of all the people admiring and following the great persons of Mt. Paektu while expressing our hopes and confidence that the DPRK will build a thriving and prosperous socialist power without fail under the leadership of His Excellency Kim Jong Un, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks once again to every one participated in this event.
Hon. Madhav Kumar Nepal
Former Prime Minister of Nepal
Chairman, Communist Party (United Socialist) of Nepal
Co-Chair, Asia-Pacific Regional Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (APRCPRK)
Co-Chair, Organizing Committee of the International Festival in Praise of the Great Persons of Mt. Paektu (OCIFPGPP)