Self-reliance is a tradition of struggle in the Korean revolution

By Ri Chol Ung

Philosophy Faculty, Kim Il Sung University ,


The whole course of the Korean revolution is the history of victory that has been achieved by dint of self-reliance under the leadership of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il.


Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un said:


"We should bring about a revolutionary upsurge on all fronts of socialist construction by regarding self-reliance as a treasured sword for-prosperity, a spirit which has always been a banner of struggle and driving force for a leap forward in the whole course of the Korean revolution."


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Self-reliance is the spirit of national self-sustenance and the spirit of going beyond the cutting edge to lead the whole world with our own efforts, resources and technology.


Only when one is firmly armed with the revolutionary spirit of self-reliance, can one go on along the way of revolution without the slightest vacillation in any adversity and work out solutions to the problems arising in the revolution and construction.


Under the wise leadership of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il, the Workers' Party of Korea and the Korean people have advanced the revolution and construction by displaying the revolutionary spirit of self-relinace to the full in the whole course of the Korean revolution.


The revolutionary spirit of self-reliance has been the banner of struggle and the dynamic force for a leap forward in the whole course of the Korean revolution.


We Korean people have carried on the revolution so far amid the encirclement of the anti-socialist forces since the first period of the revolution and opened the path of the revolution in direct confrontation against the most powerful and outrageous US and Japanese imperialists.


The history of the Korean revolution is the history which has started and won victories by relying on self-reliance. Self-reliance is just the Korean people's tradition of struggle and the ever-victorious revolutionary spirit whose might has been confirmed throughout the whole course of the revolution.


The revolutionary spirit of self-relinace and its tradition were created as early as the period of anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle. The then Korean revolutioanries did not depend on others but fought with the steadfast standpoint that those responsible for the Korean revolution were none other but themselves, although the struggle was very arduous.


In the early days of the anti-Japanese armed struggle, some people thought that handgrenades were necessary in the battles against the enemies and sent a country a letter requesting assistance in building a handgrenade factory. But they were not given any replies. They were given neither the promise of help nor a notice of refusal. It made the Korean revolutionaires have a firm standpoint that self-reliance was the only way to find a way out and that what was decisive in pushing forward the revolution was to enlist their own strength to the full. On the strength of the revolutionary spirit of self-relinace, they deprived the enemies of their weapons with bare fists and armed themselves. And they built their own arms factory and made even gunpowder in the harsh condition of no State backing and won the war against the strong Japanese imperialists.


The revolutionary spirit of self-relinace created during the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle became the tradition and spirit of the Korean people's struggle and opened up a new era of producing from nothing what was needed.


And it brought about the great enthusiasm of building a new country after liberation and gave birth to the spirit of the Chollima after the Korean War.


On the ruins of war, the Korean people gave full play to the spirit of self-relinace and fortitude with tightened belts to carry out the postwar rehabilitation successfully. Thus we realized the socialist industrialization in a short period of only 14 years and turned the country into a socialist State with the foundations of self-supporting economy and self-defense capacities, which was an epoch-making turn.


When we were trying to build an independent economy, some countries argued against us that it was "nationalism", "isolated economy" and "contrary to international cooperation".


When we began to make a bold attempt to manufacture the electric locomotives on our own, some foreigners said that they would even broil their hands if the Korean people managed to make them. And when our working class tried to make tractors, some countries stood against it and refused to give the designs, telling us to buy their tractors.


Howerver, our people didn't yield to any temptation or pressure but advanced straight along the way of self-reliance. Our workers and technicians built a lot of new factories and succeeded in producing several kinds of modern means of transport and equipment such as electric locomotives, tractors, trucks, large-size water pumps and excavators on their own.


In this way, we have overcome all the difficulties and built the diversified and comprehensive national economy which can produce on its own the heavy and light industrial and agricultural goods needed to enrich the country and improve the people's living standard.


As we have laid firm foundations of self-supporting economy, we can carry out the huge-scale plans of construction without fail in the face of the sanctions-and-blockade moves the hostile forces perpetrated more viciously than ever before to stamp out the rights to sovereignty, existence and development of the DPRK.


In the days of building socialism by our own efforts, our Party and people underwent unprecedented ordeals and difficulties, but we were loaded with all honours we could not enjoy through the history of the nation spanning thousands of years. Had we abandoned the principle of self-reliance succumbing to the pressure by outside forces, the Juche-oriented socialism would not have been born on the earth and the name of our country would have suffered eclipse along with the collapse of the worldwide socialist system. On the track of self-reliance Chollima rose up on the ruins of war and such a miracle as the birth of a manufacturer and launcher of an earth satellite and nuclear state was wrought. It is a miracle of great significance in the national history.


We have great sense of pride and self-confidence as we have built a powerful socialist country independent, self-sufficient and self-reliant in defence which gurantees our bright future by means of self-reliance.


The ever-victorious history of the Korean revolution shows clearly that there is no insurmountable difficulty and no fortress we can not overcome or occupy when we rely on the strength of self-reliance.


Our people, as we did in the past, will uphold the banner of self-reliance and build a prosperous socialist power on this land without fail.


(KISU - April 6, 2019)

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