WPK Delegate Meets Venezuelan President

Pyongyang, August 3 (KCNA) — Ri Sung Gil, DPRK ambassador to Venezuela, who attended the Fourth Congress of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela as a delegate of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), met with Nicolas Maduro Moros, president of Venezuela and chairman of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.

The delegate conveyed the greetings from Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, to Nicolas Maduro Moros, chairman of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.

Nicolas Maduro Moros expressed deep thanks for it and asked the delegate to convey his heartfelt warm greetings to Chairman of the WPK Kim Jong Un who sent a WPK delegate to congratulate the congress. -0-

 

The Sinister Truth Behind the Abduction of the 12 Waitresses Revealed

The 12 Waitresses that were abducted by the National Intelligence Service(NIS) of south Korea in April 2016, are still being held in south Korea against their free will. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea(DPRK) have demanded their return to their families in Pyongyang, but the south Korean authorities have claimed that it was a matter of defection. The DPRK have always claimed that this was an operation orchestrated by the NIS. The truth can no longer be covered up, no matter how much the criminal authorities of the puppet regime is trying. Tomás Ojea Quintana(Argentina), the United Nations special rapporteur, said Tuesday at a news conference in Seoul, the South’s capital, that some of the women who defected had confirmed part of that version of events in interviews with him. The abduction took place under the corrupt rule of Park Geun Hye, whom was later impeached and sentenced to two consecutive sentences of a total of 32 years behind bars for abuse of power and corruption. During her rule, trade unionists were sentenced to long prison sentences, trade unions were banned and also the third largest party in south Korea, the Unified Progressive Party, was banned.

The neo-liberal policies and authoritarian rule of Park Geun Hye, was popular among the big corporations, but not among the Korean people in the south. She was impeached in 2017, after a popular rising. The abduction took place about a year prior to her impeachment. It is now confirmed that it was indeed an operation carried out by the NIS, and Park Geun Hye executed the order. In an interview in May of 2018 with the south Korean news channel JTBC, the women’s manager, Heo Kang Il, said he had conspired with NIS officers to bring the women to the south. Heo Kang Il was a part of the traitorous group of Jang Song Thaek who conspired to “opening up” the DPRK (aka the restoration of capitalism). He told the waitresses they were being transferred to another restaurant in Southeast Asia from their then current location, Ningbo, China. He also said: “It was luring and kidnapping, and I know because I took the lead”. Neither Tomás Ojea Quintana nor JTBC have been able to interview all of the 12 abductees. Mr. Heo said he decided to speak out because after he defected, Park was impeached and the NIS never gave him the rewards it had promised. He said he also realized, after arriving in the South, that the timing of the group’s defection was moved up more than a month to help rally conservative votes in parliamentary elections.
“They had me believe that this was a big patriotic operation,” he said. “But they used me and then shot me in the back.”

While the UN investigation backs up the line of the DPRK which contradicts the south Korean officials, who still claim that it was a case of defection, facts remains- south Korean authorities have committed serious crimes and gross human rights violations. While inter-Korean progress are being made since Moon Jae In took office as president of south Korea, and family reunions is being a hot topic, it goes without saying that no new abductions can take place and these recent crimes of the Park Geun Hye regime can not be covered up for by the new administration of Moon Jae In.

Even do south Korean president, Moon Jae In, moves towards reunification is applauded by all progressive forces on the Korean peninsula, the crimes of Park Geun Hye must never be forgotten. The common practice of capitalist countries of pardoning rich and influential criminals so they can go unpunished for their crimes, will never be tolerated. Park and her henchmen must be punished for their crimes against the Korean people!

KFA Ireland Delegation to Pyongyang, April 2017

Between April 13 – 20 2017, the Official Delegate of the Korean Friendship Association in Ireland, Andreas Engström, participated in the activities and celebrations in and around Pyongyang, by invitation of the Korean Association of Social Scientists (Kass). Delegates from all over the world participated in this gesture of international solidarity. During the visit, the delegates participated in seminars, as well as more casual activities, such as games and sports activities. On April 14, the delegates participated in great seminar in the People’s Palace of Culture, hosted by the International Institute of the Juche Idea.

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On April 15, Day of the Sun, one of the most impressive parades the world has ever seen took place. Millions participated from all walks of life, and both civilian organisations as well as branches of the Korean People’s Army participated in this great demonstration of the and unbreakable will and power of a united people. The ground were literally shaking when the Korean masses were marching across the Kim Il Sung Square. Present were also Marshal Kim Jong Un. The might of his appearance that day and the love shown by the Korean people and the international guests were of undescribable measures. In the evening, a banquet was hosted for the delegates as well as party officials. Present were also the Kim Ki Nam, Vice Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea. 

Over the week you could see Koreans all over Pyongyang in a festive mode to celebrate the Day of the Sun and the good mode of the people was easily picked up by anyone present. Later that week, another banquet hosted by the Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, also took place. Present were also the chair woman of the Committee, Kim Jong Suk. Every single Korean you’d get to see were all among the most humble of people you can ever imagine, and their love for the people as well as international friendship is something they deeply care for.

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Juche Idea followers from all over the world. Together with Kim Jong Suk (in the center).

One of the highlights of the stay were the visit to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum. People in the West usually have no understanding of atrocities committed by the US-imperialists in countries, even though they are still today committing these crimes against the peoples of the world. By visiting the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, you’d get to realize the evils carried out by the US-imperialists against the Korean people, where everyone was a target, including children.

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Okryo Children Hospital was also a great place to visit. It doesn’t come across as a hospital, as it is covered in nice colours, playgrounds and cartoon characters. Even Disney characters are imaged on the walls of the Okryo Children Hospital, and apparently, Disney movies are popular among children in the DPRK, not unlike other countries. There’s even a school in the hospital for children that have to stay in the hospital for a longer period of time, so the children won’t fall behind in school.

The most fascinating part of Pyongyang though is not only a truly happy people or the dynamic nature of the city, new apartments and other building projects – all provided to the citizens for free – but the harmony of the people. The absence of homelessness and different addictions related to drugs etc., those things we’re taking for granted in the capitalist world, weren’t present. To go to Korea and experience the socialist, classless society and the single minded unity of a united people is one of the most rewarding experiences ever, for anyone. To experience a highly developed socialist society, where the people are working together for the wellbeing of the whole people, and not only for the wealth of the 1%, is the most incredible and utopian, yet still realistic and scientifically proven of all societies of the world today. To experience a society free of racism and discrimination and where international solidarity is constantly practiced and continuously developed, both in People’s Republic of Korea’s domestic and foreign policies, is truly encouraging for all progressive peoples from all over the world.

ON HAVING A CORRECT UNDERSTANDING OF NATIONALISM-KIM JONG IL

Talk to the Senior Officials of the Central Committee
of the Workers’ Party of Korea

February 26 and 28, Juche 91 (2002)

It is important to have a correct understanding of nationalism. Only when they have such an understanding can people achieve national unity, champion the interests of the nation and contribute to the shaping of its destiny.

Nationalism came into being as an ideology for defending the interests of a nation in the course of the latter’s formation and development. Although nations differ from one another in the period of their formation, every nation is a social community which has been formed and consolidated historically on the basis of a common kinship descent, language, residential area and culture, and is composed of various classes and strata. There is no person in any country or in any society who exists outside his or her nation, separate from it. Every person belongs to a class or stratum, and at the same time to a nation, endowing that person with both a national and a class character. Class character and national character and the demands of classes and nation are inseparable from each other. As a matter of fact, the classes and strata of a nation entertain different demands and interests owing to their different social and economic functions. However, all the members of a nation have the same stake in championing the independence and character of the nation and attaining national prosperity without distinction of the interests of their classes and strata. This is because the destiny of a nation is precisely the destiny of its individual members; in other words, the latter is dependent on the former. None will be happy with the sovereignty and honour of his or her nation being trampled upon and national character disregarded. It is the common ideological feeling and psychology of the members of a nation to love their nation, cherish its characteristics and interests, and yearn for its prosperity. Nationalism reflects this feeling and psychology. In other words, nationalism is an ideology that advocates love for the nation and defence of its interests. Since people carve out their destiny while living within the nation-state as a unit, genuine nationalism constitutes patriotism. The progressive nature of nationalism lies in the fact that it is a patriotic ideology which advocates the defence of national interests.
Nationalism emerged as a progressive idea along with the formation and development of each nation. However, it was understood in the past as an ideology that defends bourgeois interests. It is true that in the days of the nationalist movement against feudalism, the newly-emergent bourgeoisie, upholding the banner of nationalism, stood in the van of the movement.

At that time, the interests of both the masses of the people and the newly-emergent bourgeoisie were basically coincident in their struggle against feudalism. Therefore, the banner of nationalism seemed to reflect the common interests of the nation. As capitalism developed and the bourgeoisie became the reactionary ruling class after victorious bourgeois revolutions in various countries, nationalism was used as a means of defending the interests of the bourgeois class.

The bourgeoisie disguised their class interests as national interests, and used nationalism as an ideological instrument for solidifying their class domination. This led nationalism to be understood, among the people, as a bourgeois ideology that runs counter to the national interests. We should distinguish clearly between true nationalism that loves the nation and defends its interests and bourgeois nationalism that advocates the interests of the bourgeois class. Bourgeois nationalism reveals itself as national egoism, national exclusivism and big-power chauvinism in the relationship between countries and nations; it is reactionary in that it creates antagonism and disagreement between countries and nations, and checks the development of friendly relations between the various peoples of the world.

The original revolutionary theory of the working class failed to give a correct explanation of nationalism. It paid major attention to strengthening the international unity and solidarity of the working class all over the world-the fundamental problem in the then socialist movement-failing to pay due attention to the national problem. It went so far as to regard nationalism as an anti-socialist ideological trend, because bourgeois nationalism was doing great harm to the socialist movement. This is why progressive people in the past rejected nationalism, considering it incompatible with communism.

It is wrong to view communism as incompatible with nationalism. Communism does not advocate only the interests of the working class; it also advocates the interests of the nation-hence it is an ideology of loving the country and the people. Nationalism is also an ideology of loving the country and the people, as it defends the interests of the country and the nation. Love of the country and the people is an ideological emotion common to communism and nationalism; herein lies the ideological basis on which they can ally with one another. Therefore, there is no reason or ground to pit one against the other, and reject nationalism.

Nationalism does not conflict with internationalism. Mutual help, support and alliance between countries and nations-this is internationalism. Every country has its borders, and every nation has its identity, and revolution and construction are carried on with the country and nation as a unit. For this reason, internationalism finds its expressions in the relationships between countries and between nations, a prerequisite for which is nationalism. Internationalism divorced from the concepts of nation and nationalism is merely an empty shell. A man who is unconcerned about the destiny of his country and nation cannot be faithful to internationalism.

Revolutionaries of each country should be faithful to internationalism by struggling, first of all, for the prosperity of their own country and nation.

For the first time in history, the great leader President Kim Il Sung gave a correct explanation of nationalism, and elucidated the relationship between communism and nationalism and between communists and nationalists in his revolutionary practice of carving out the destiny of his country and people. He said that in order to be a true communist one must first become a true nationalist. With a determination to devote his life to his country and fellow-countrymen, he embarked on the road of revolution in his early years and created the immortal Juche idea, on the basis of which he established a Juche-oriented outlook on the nation, and scientifically expounded the essence and progressive character of nationalism. Through a correct combination of class character with national character and of the destiny of socialism with that of the nation, he realized an alliance between communists and nationalists, cemented the class and national positions of our socialism and led the nationalists to join the efforts for socialist construction and national reunification. Attracted by his broad magnanimity and noble personality, many nationalists took the patriotic road to national unity and national reunification, making a clean break with their erroneous pasts. Kim Ku, a life-long anti-communist, allied with communists, a patriotic changeover, in the twilight of his life, and Choe Tok Sin, a nationalist, was able to find salvation as a patriot in the leader’s embrace. The great leader treasured and championed the independence not only of our nation but also of the peoples of the rest of the world. He devoted all his efforts to the cause of making the whole world independent, as well as to the Korean revolution. We can say that there has been no man in the world as great as him, who devoted his whole life to the nation’s independence and prosperity, and a bright future for mankind. He was the most steadfast communist and, at the same time, a peerless patriot, true nationalist and paragon among internationalists.

I also assert, as the leader instructed, that one must be an ardent patriot, a true nationalist, in order to become a genuine revolutionary, a communist. The communist who fights for the realization of the independence of the masses of the people must first of all be a true nationalist. Those who fight for their people, their country and their homeland are genuine communists, true nationalists and ardent patriots. Those who do not love their own parents, brothers and sisters cannot love their country and compatriots. Likewise, those who do not love their own homeland and people cannot become communists.

We are inheriting with fidelity the great leader’s noble idea of loving the country, the nation and the people, and making every effort to rally all the sections of the nation by dint of all-embracing politics, and lead them to the road of patriotism.
It is not communists but imperialists who oppose nationalism and place obstacles in the way of the independent development of nations at present. The imperialists are manoeuvring cunningly to realize their dominationist ambition on the plea of “globalization” and “integration.” They claim that the ideal of building a sovereign nation-state or the love for country and nation is a “national prejudice lagging behind the times,” and “globalization” and “integration” are the trend of the times in the present situation, when science and technology are developing rapidly and economic exchanges between countries are being conducted briskly on an international scale. Today, when every country and nation is carving out its own destiny with its own ideology, system and culture, there can never be a political, economic, ideological and cultural “integration” of the world. The manoeuvres of the US imperialists for “globalization” and “integration” are aimed at turning the world into what they call a “free” and “democratic” world styled after the United States, and thus bringing all countries and nations under their domination and subordination. The present era is one of independence. Human history is propelled by the struggle of the masses of the people for independence, not by the dominationist ambition and aggressive policy of the imperialists. The manoeuvres of the imperialists for “globalization” and “integration” are doomed to failure, as they are opposed by the vigorous efforts of the world’s peoples aspiring after independence.

We should resolutely oppose and reject the manoeuvres of the imperialists for “globalization” and “integration,” and staunchly fight to preserve the excellent characteristics of our nation and safeguard its independence. We frequently emphasize the Korean-nation-first principle so as to preserve the national character and defend the independence of the nation.

A most important task facing us today in championing and realizing national independence is to reunify the country. Our nation, which has inherited a time-honoured history and culture and the tradition of patriotism, has been divided into north and south by foreign forces for more than half a century. The division of the territory and the nation is blocking the way for the nation’s concerted development, and inflicting untold misery and hardship upon it. National reunification is not only a vital demand of our people but also the unanimous will and aspiration of the entire nation.

The historical Pyongyang Meeting and the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration ushered in a new era of great national unity and independent reunification. The North-South Joint Declaration stipulates all the principles and ways for solving the problems arising in reunifying the country independently by the united efforts of our own nation. The declaration is a programme of national unity and a general principle of national reunification, based on the idea of “by our nation itself” and permeated with the spirit of loving the country and people. The substantial guarantee for independence, peace and national reunification lies in supporting and thoroughly carrying out the declaration. Holding aloft the North-South Joint Declaration as a general principle of reunification, the entire nation must launch a nationwide struggle to accomplish the historic cause of national reunification.

Korean Jurists Committee Hits out at Malaysian Side’s Unfriendly Attitude

Pyongyang, February 23 (KCNA) — A citizen of the DPRK bearing a diplomatic passport suddenly fell into a state of shock before boarding an airliner and died on the way to a hospital in Malaysia on February 13.

At that time the Foreign Ministry of Malaysia and the hospital side informed the DPRK embassy in Kuala Lumpur exercising the right to consular protection of DPRK citizens that they confirmed he died of heart stroke and decided to transfer his body to the embassy and get it cremated.

So the DPRK embassy confirmed his identity and asked the Malaysian side to transfer his body.

However, no sooner had south Korean conservative media published a false report that he was “poisoned to death”, citing it as “source from the government” that night, than the Malaysian secret police got involved in the case and recklessly made it an established fact, only to make matters complicated.

The DPRK embassy made it clear that autopsy is not necessary as his death had already been confirmed as the one due to heart stroke and autopsy should never be done as he enjoyed extraterritorial right according to the Vienna Convention as a carrier of diplomatic passport.

Nevertheless, the Malaysian side, in disregard of the DPRK’s just demand and international law, made an autopsy of the body without any prior agreement with the DPRK side and its presence. Moreover, the Malaysian side clamored for the second autopsy without publishing the results of the first autopsy.

A spokesman for the Korean Jurists Committee in a statement on Wednesday termed this undisguised encroachment upon the sovereignty of the DPRK, a wanton human rights abuse and an act contrary to human ethics and morality.

The statement said:
What merits more serous attention is the fact that the unjust acts of the Malaysian side are timed to coincide with the anti-DPRK conspiratorial racket launched by the south Korean authorities.

Conservative media of south Korea began spreading wild rumors that the DPRK citizen was “poisoned to death by two women agents of the General Reconnaissance Bureau of north Korea” and it is undoubtedly its “deed” before the results of the autopsy were published.

On February 14, a day after his death, Chongwadae of south Korea kicked up a fuss over it and the south Korean authorities were busy holding a ministerial meeting on February 16, showing an excessive response. Moreover, they openly discussed the issue of THAAD deployment though it has nothing to do with the death of a DPRK citizen.

This proves that the south Korean authorities has long expected the case since it worked out a scenario for it.

It is, indeed, regretful that only Malaysia is denying such fact.

The biggest responsibility for his death rests with the government of Malaysia as the citizen of the DPRK died in its land.

The unfriendly attitude of the Malaysian side found a more striking manifestation in the matter of transferring his body to the DPRK side.

Malaysia is obliged to hand his body to the DPRK side as it made an autopsy and forensic examination of it in an illegal and immoral manner. However, it has not yet handed the body under the absurd pretext that it cannot do so unless the family of the deceased presents a DNA sample in accordance with its law.

This proves that the Malaysian side is going to politicize the transfer of the body in utter disregard of international law and morality and thus attain a sinister purpose.

In the early days when the incident happened Malaysia widely publicized that it arrested suspected persons but now keeps mum about it.

What sounds more alarming is that the suspected persons allegedly stated that the DPRK citizen was poisoned to death when “oil like lotion was put on his head with their hands.” That means the woman survived even after having poison on her hand while leaving only the poisoned man dead.

The DPRK has already proposed a joint investigation for properly probing the incident and clarified that it is ready to dispatch a delegation of its jurists.

Its aim is to meet the suspected persons and hear their statements, confirm who ordered them and meet the arrested citizen and survey in detail the scene of the incident and its video footage and thus conclude the investigation into the incident in a fair way.

The DPRK will never allow any attempt to tarnish the image of the dignified power of independence and nuclear weapons state but make a thorough probe into the truth behind the case.

It will watch the future attitude of the Malaysian side. -0-

The Police Killing of Baek Nam Gi

This story have its beginning in last years massive demonstrations against the government of Park Geun Hye. The marches, organized by labour, civic and farmers’ groups, brought together protesters from all walks of life, against the government of conservative President Park Geun Hye, including her capitalist-friendly anti-workers policies and a decision to require middle and high schools to use only state-issued and history revisionist textbooks starting in 2017.

Han Sang Gyun who were one of the main organisers of the protests were sentenced to five years in prison. South Korean riot squad attacked protesters with water cannons and tear gas. Many times the water cannons were used against single protestors, among them were Baek Nam Gi. On Saturday November 14th, 2015, Mr. Baek were rushed to the hospital. After 10 months in a coma as a result of head injuries suffered after being hit by water cannon, he passed away on Sunday, 25 September, 2016.

Over the past ten months as he lay in hospital, Baek Nam Gi’s family has been trying all possible avenues to seek accountability. They filed a criminal case against seven officers involved in the killing, and brought a separate lawsuit against the state demanding compensation. The National Police Agency of south Korea conducted an internal investigation but did not release findings. To date, the south Korean authorities have accepted no responsibility for the incident, and not a single police officer involved in the incident has faced any charges for the killing.

Baek Nam Gi was expelled from school twice for protesting the rule of the current president Park Geun Hye father – military dictator Park Chung Hee. He was expelled from university in Seoul in 1971 for leading a demonstration against Park’s deployment of troops on college campuses to harass student activists. He was later allowed to re-enroll but was soon on the run from the police for organizing protests against Park’s constitutional revision aimed at extending his presidency.

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Picture shows Park Chung Hee in Imperial Japanese Army uniform in 1944. Park is the father of the current south Korean puppet ruler Park Geun Hye and was the fascist military dictator of south Korea from 1961 to 1979 (when his own side shot him)

The same family of fascists that have a long tradition of banning opposition and in 1975, simultaneously as Mr. Baek was expelled, fascist dictator Park Chung Hee, issued a directive to police and local officials to “purify” the streets of undesirables. Police officers, assisted by shop owners, rounded up panhandlers, small-time street merchants selling gum and trinkets, disabled, orphans and other poor children dissidents, including a college student who’d been holding anti-government leaflets. Those who by the fascist regime considered as undesirables where taken to concentrations camps, that first in recent years has been revealed. Tens of thousands of people have died fighting the repressive puppet governments of south Korea. This is not the first time that the south Korean government should be held accountable for its crimes against its own citizens, and won’t be the last. In 1980, Mr. Baek was expelled a third time and sentenced to two years in prison for his activities.

Mr. Baek was born in 1947 in Boseong County in a rural community. Unlike former student activists who entered politics and became national figures in south Korea, Mr. Baek devoted himself to fighting for the rights of poor rural farmers. Outside the room that held Baek’s casket in Seoul National University Hospital over 500 people gathered to mourn, the same day as they found out that Mr. Baek passed away. Yoo Young-hoon, 64, said, “This is a very sad day. We think that the government should investigate the exact cause of Baek’s death and should apologize sincerely.”

Yoo had known Mr. Baek since 1987, through their work with the Korean Catholic Farmers Movement. He said he will fondly remember Baek as a kind man. “He was someone who sacrificed, who fought for our country’s democratization,” Yoo said.

The struggling people of south Korea will always carry the spirit of Mr. Baek. The south Korean authorities have caused the Baek family and friends great harm and distress, taking away a husband and father of two daughters and one son.

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Dear comrade. We will never forget you, how you unselfishly dedicated your life to fight for the rights of the poor and oppressed. You fought against a powerful enemy for decades. When the oppressors couldn’t get you to fall to your knees, they went so far as they did on September 25, and took your life.

May you rest in peace.