Korean leader charts the way forward

by our Asian Affairs correspondent

DEMOCRATIC Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called on the Korean people to make a fresh leap forward on all fronts to build a thriving country with confidence in victory. He called for a fresh upsurge in all economic sectors in a forward march that is an extension of historical progress of the Korean revolution under the uplifted banner of constant innovation and continued progress while highlighting the paramount need to end the partition of the country stressing that that national reunification is the lifetime desire and behests of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il and supreme task of all Koreans.

The leader of the Workers’ Party of Korea highlighted last year’s victories on the agricultural, industrial, construction, scientific and defence fronts that had guaranteed the country’s independence while continuing to raise the living standards of the people of the DPR Korea.

“Last year was a proud year in which the entire Party, the whole army and all the people waged an all-out offensive in support of the Party’s new line of developing the two fronts simultaneously and thus achieved brilliant successes in building a thriving socialist country and defending socialism,” Kim Jong Undeclared in his greeting to the people of the DPRK and “my compatriots in the south, who are fighting for independence, democracy and national reunification, to my compatriots abroad, who are devoting their all to the prosperity of their motherland, and to the progressive peoples of the world and other foreign friends, who love justice and peace.”

The Party and the people were united, the Korean communist leader, said referring to the traitors who were purged from its ranks last month.

“In the seething period of the effort for building a thriving country, last year we took the resolute measure of removing the factionalists lurking in the Party. As our Party detected and purged the anti-Party, counter-revolutionary factionalists at an opportune time and with a correct decision, the Party and revolutionary ranks were further consolidated and our single-hearted unity was solidified to the maximum. Through this struggle our Party affirmed that as a party that serves the people, it will fully discharge the honourable mission it has assumed for the times and history and devote its all to the good of the people by enhancing its militant functions and role,” Kim Jong Un declared.

Last year saw a rise in the people’s standard of living on all fronts.

“True to the Party’s intention of building our country into a sports power, a strong wind of conducting sports swept the country, and our trustworthy sportspeople won gold medals in international competitions and thus highly exalted the honour of their motherland.

“Preparations for enforcing a universal 12- year compulsory education were successfully promoted, many achievements made in the sector of science and technology. And up-to-date medical facilities were introduced for the improvement of medical services for the people.

“The sector of musical art created many famous works of our times, inspiring loyalty in all the service personnel and people and encouraging them to wage a dynamic struggle and perform great feats”, Kim Jong Un said.

“The shining victories and successes we achieved last year can be ascribed to the fact that the entire Party, the whole army and all the people, in support of the revolutionary and people-oriented lines and policies of our Party and its wise leadership, waged a heroic struggle with an indomitable faith and will to build a thriving socialist country without fail.”

While the DPR Korea developed its defence it will always strive for peace.

“Nothing is more precious for our people than peace,” Kim Jon Un said. “But it is not something that can be achieved if we simply crave and beg for it. We can never just sit back with folded arms and see the dark clouds of a nuclear war against us hovering over the Korean peninsula. We will defend our country’s sovereignty, peace and dignity by relying on our powerful self-defensive strength.

“Holding fast to the ideals of our foreign policy — independence, peace and friendship — our Party and the government of the DPRK will, in the future too, strive to expand and develop relations of friendship and cooperation with all the countries that respect our sovereignty and are friendly to us, and safeguard global peace and security and promote common prosperity of mankind.

“The tasks facing us are gigantic and difficulties stand in our way.

“However, our revolutionary cause is sure to emerge victorious as we advance under the great banner of Kimilsungism- Kimjongilism.

“Let all of us strive for greater victory in the New Year, filled with high ambition and unwavering confidence and firmly united behind the Party with a single heart.”