Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
The Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK; KWP] Central Committee Political Bureau met in Pyongyang on February 10 (Tuesday). In attendance was the Political Bureau’s Presidium (standing committee), members and alternate (candidate) members. Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) was not reported to have attended the meeting.
While the WPK Political Bureau meeting agenda most likely included other items, DPRK state media only reported on February 13 (Friday) that “the meeting adopted a resolution” entitled “On Greeting the 70th Anniversaries of the Founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the Liberation of the Country as Revolutionary, Auspicious Events of Military-First Korea Which Is Prospering under the Leadership of the Great Party.”
According to KCNA English:
The resolution stated that our Party, army and people will greet before long the 70th anniversaries of the founding of the glorious Workers’ Party of Korea and the liberation of the country in a meaningful way.
A grand celebration of the anniversaries will constitute an important occasion for exalting the brilliance of the immortal exploits performed by the great Comrades Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il), who achieved the historic cause of national liberation, founded a revolutionary party of the Chuch’e type and led our revolution along the road resplendent with victory, and for demonstrating the high prestige and militant might of our Party, which is adorning the new century of the Chuch’e era with proud victories and prosperity.
Holding fast to the banner of independence, the great Comrade Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) defeated the brigandism Japanese imperialists by fighting a bloody war for 20 years and thus achieved the historic cause of national liberation; and on the basis of the organizational and ideological groundwork of building a party and the glorious revolutionary traditions created in the flames of the anti-Japanese revolution, he founded a revolutionary party of the Chuch’e type, the Workers’ Party of Korea.
By enhancing the leadership role of the Party in the revolution and construction, he led to victory the Fatherland Liberation War (Korean War), postwar reconstruction and two stages of social revolution, built the people-centered socialist system of our own style, achieved socialist industrialization of our country from scratch, and turned it into a powerful socialist country, which is independent, self-supporting and self-reliant in national defense.
The great Comrade Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) formulated Comrade Kim Il Sung’s (Kim Il-so’ng) revolutionary ideology as Kimilsungism and developed our Party into an ideologically pure and organizationally integrated body in which monolithic ideological and leadership systems are firmly established, into a motherly party which has formed a harmonious whole with the masses and serves them, into a seasoned and experienced party which is possessed of a high level of leadership art, and into a promising party which has definitely been assured of the leadership being inherited.
In the days of the Arduous March and forced march, when our people and revolution faced the worst-ever hardships and trials, he developed our Party into the guiding force of the Military-First (So’ngun) revolution, firmly safeguarding the sovereignty of our country and nation, developing our motherland into a single-heartedly united politico-ideological power and into an invincible military giant, which no formidable enemy dares to provoke, and kindling the flames of the industrial revolution in the new century to lay a firm foundation on which we can effect a great leap forward, great innovations, in building our country into an economic giant.
The exploits of the great Comrades Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il), who laid an eternal cornerstone for the victorious advance of our country and revolution by leading the cause of building a party of the Chuch’e type and a prosperous country along the road resplendent with victory, will shine for all ages to come.
It is the steadfast will of the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) to further develop our Party and our Republic, which were founded by Comrade Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and led by him and Comrade Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il), into the party and state that will shine forever together with the ideas and august names of the great leaders.
By formulating Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism as the eternal guiding ideology of our Party and revolution, he has provided a fundamental guarantee for developing ours into the party of the great Comrades Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il), and under the unfurled banner of modeling the whole society on Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism, he is wisely leading to victory in the showdown with the United States and the building of a thriving nation.
Under his outstanding and seasoned leadership, the prestige and authority of our Party are being raised remarkably, and the history and tradition of victory of heroic Korea are being carried forward to the hilt, and the cause of building a thriving nation is advancing full of vigor despite the incessant moves of the imperialist reactionaries to isolate and suffocate our country.
The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) said: “We must hold up the great Generalissimos Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) as the eternal leaders of our Party and people, as the sun of Juche, and step up modeling the whole society on Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism so as to build on this land a dignified, thriving socialist country, a powerful Paektusan (Mt. Paektu) nation, as wished by the great Generalissimos.”
All Party members, service personnel and people, rallied behind the Party ring after ring under the slogan “Let us all turn out in the general offensive to hasten final victory in the revolutionary spirit of Paektu!” must make greater efforts to create a new speed of the times, the speed of Korea, in building a thriving socialist country and demonstrate to the whole world the prestige and mettle of the prospering Military-First (So’ngun) Korea.
The Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea has adopted a resolution on the measures aimed at greeting the 70th anniversaries of Party founding and national liberation as revolutionary, auspicious events of Military-First (So’ngun) Korea which is prospering under the leadership of the great Party by giving full play to the revolutionary spirit and mettle of Paektu. The resolution reads in the following vein:
First, we will hold the great Comrades Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) in high esteem as the eternal leaders of our Party and people and add eternal brilliance to their immortal revolutionary exploits.
We will splendidly lay out the Ku’msusan Palace of the Sun, where the great Generalissimos are preserved in their lifetime appearances, as the eternal sanctuary of the sun and defend it to the death, and have their bronze and colored statues set up at such important units as those visited by them.
We will renovate the Korean Revolution Museum as befits the storehouse of national treasures, where one can learn the revolutionary careers of the peerlessly great men of Mt Paektu and their immortal exploits in a comprehensive way, spruce up other bases for education in revolutionary traditions and intensify educational work through them.
Second, we will strengthen the Party and consolidate rock-solid the single-hearted unity of our Party and revolutionary ranks.
This is a decisive guarantee for carrying forward through the generations and accomplishing under the leadership of the respected Marshal Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) the revolutionary cause of Chuch’e and the revolutionary cause of Military-First (So’ngun) politics pioneered on Paektu.
We will establish stringent organizational discipline whereby the whole Party acts as one under the monolithic leadership of the respected Marshal, and consolidate the political and ideological position of our revolution by taking hold of public sentiments and uniting the masses of the people firmly around the Party.
Third, we will hold fast to the Party’s line of the Military-First (So’ngun) revolution so as to build up our national self-defense capability.
In order to achieve final victory in the showdown with the United States and speed up the building of a thriving socialist country, it is urgent to strengthen the People’s Army, the buttress and main force of the Military-First (So’ngun) revolution, develop defense industry and step up the work of arming all the people and fortifying the whole country on a high level.
We will establish the monolithic command system of the respected Supreme Commander Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) more firmly across the People’s Army and press on with the movement of winning the titles of O Chung Hup-led 7th Regiment and Guards Unit, in order to develop the army into an invincible force of guards who are fully possessed of the spirit of defending their leader and country to the death, the strongest in idea and faith, and capable of winning all battles.
We will display the same spirit and mettle as we did in conquering outer space to manufacture larger numbers of powerful, cutting-edge military hardware of our own style that are of high precision, light, unmanned and intelligent, so that we can cope with modern warfare, and develop defense industry by relying on latest science and technology.
Fourth, we will raise a fierce wind and achieve a major leap forward on all the fronts where we are building a thriving socialist country, in order to usher in a great golden age of Military-First (So’ngun) Korea.
That all sectors and all units of the national economy accelerate the onward march to bring about an upsurge in the building of an economic giant is a sure guarantee for fully demonstrating the country’s might as a politico-ideological and military power and achieving a brilliant triumph in the struggle to build a thriving nation and defend socialism.
We will open up a shortcut to the building of the knowledge-based economy by developing science and technology and going beyond the cutting edge, and bring about a radical turn in improving the people’s standard of living by resolving the food problem of the people with crop cultivation, animal husbandry and fishing as the main thrusts and directing great efforts to developing light industry.
In particular, we will firmly take hold of agriculture as an area of major thrust, enlist and concentrate nationwide efforts for agricultural production, speed up the building of the livestock farming base in the Sep’o area, and make a fresh turn in the development of animal husbandry.
We will open up a new era of “gold sea” and make the whole socialist country permeated with the fragrant smell of fish and other kinds of seafood by decisively bolstering up the fishing sector, and direct uninterrupted efforts to developing light industry so as to increase the production of consumer goods for the people.
We will thoroughly translate the Party’s Chuch’e-oriented idea on architecture into reality and usher in a new golden age of construction by completing without fail and by the dates set by the Party such major projects as building the Sci-Tech Complex, Mirae Scientists Street, second-stage Wisong Scientists Dwelling District, Terminal 2 of Pyongyang International Airport, Building No 3 of Kim Il Sung University, Pyongyang University of Architecture and Secondary School No 1 and renovating the Central Zoo and Mangyo’ngdae Schoolchildren’s Palace.
We will make a leap forward in the vanguard sectors, basic industries, including electric-power generation, coal mining, rail transport and metal, chemical and machine-building industries, and other major sectors of the national economy.
We will direct nationwide efforts especially to expediting the construction of the Paektusan So’ngun Youth Power Station, the multi-tier power stations on the Ch’o’ngch’o’n River and the Wo’nsan Army-People Power Station, and to stepping up modernization of factories and enterprises.
We will bring about a new turn in the fields of education, public health service, art and literature, mass media and sports and in conserving the cultural heritage of our nation and exalting their brilliance by putting spurs to the building of a civilized socialist nation.
We will enlist the whole Party, the entire army and all the people in restoring the forests of the country and improving the work of land administration so as to transform the appearance of the country’s land.
We will arouse the whole society to vigorously conduct mass-based movements like those of winning the titles of Forest of Socialist Patriotism and Model County in Afforestation, and push ahead with the work of covering the whole country with fruit and other trees and flowers on the strength of cooperation between the service personnel and people.
Fifth, we will make a vigorous effort to achieve the historic cause of national reunification and promote international solidarity with our revolution.
Holding aloft the slogan “Let the whole nation join efforts to open up a broad avenue to independent reunification in this year of the 70th anniversary of national liberation!” we will resolutely frustrate the anti-DPRK war moves and nuclear and human rights rackets by the US imperialists and the south Korean puppets and open up a broad avenue to independent reunification by uniting firmly all the fellow countrymen in the north, in the south and abroad under the banner of patriotism, under the ideal of By Our Nation Itself; we will also develop foreign relations in a multilateral and proactive way, and strengthen international solidarity with our revolution.
Sixth, we will organize and hold events in celebration of the 70th anniversaries of Party founding and national liberation as grand political festivals.
We will hold in grand style a parade of the service personnel of the ground, naval, air and anti-aircraft and strategic forces of the Korean People’s Army and a procession of Pyongyang citizens in celebration of the Party’s 70th anniversary so as to fully demonstrate at home and abroad the might of the service personnel and people united single-heartedly behind the respected Marshal.
We will also hold different political events in a meaningful way to mark these landmark anniversaries.
The resolution, in its last part, stressed the need for Party organizations and other political organs at all levels to thoroughly implement the tasks set forth in the resolution by scrupulously arranging organizational and political work to carry it out and regularly keeping up-to-date with the progress of the work, and for the Cabinet and other relevant organs to take administrative and practical measures to carry out these tasks.
Looking back with deep emotion upon the immortal revolutionary exploits the peerlessly great men of Mt Paektu performed for the development of the Party and the building of a prosperous country, our service personnel and people are now filled with a firm determination to work harder to achieve the final victory of the revolution under the leadership of the great Party.
Invincible is the cause of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the party of the great Comrades Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il), which is advancing under the leadership of the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) holding aloft the banner of independence and Military-First (So’ngun), and certain is the final victory of the building of a thriving socialist nation, a powerful Paektusan nation.