DPRK overpowers sanctions with self-reliance

By Jong Tang Song

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, in the historic policy speech he delivered at the First Session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, said that as we put an end to the prolonged nuclear threat by dint of nukes, we must frustrate the hostile forces' sanctions on the strength of self-sufficiency and self-reliance.

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(Uriminzokkiri file photo: Mass rally of Pyongyangites against imperialist sanctions)

Self-sufficiency and self-reliance are a proud tradition of the DPRK.

Over the past decades the hostile forces have persisted in political, military and economic pressure and blockade in a bid to impede the DPRK which has advanced along the road of independence, self-sustenance and self-reliance in defence. But Juche Korea has made victorious progress by crushing all their manoeuvres.

President Kim Il Sung, founder of socialist Korea, created the Juche idea to clarify the philosophical principle that the master of one’s destiny is oneself and one has the strength to shape one's own destiny, and thoroughly applied it to the revolutionary struggle.

Under the banner of the Juche idea the country victoriously carried out the anti-imperialist, anti-feudal democratic revolution and the socialist revolution and has consistently followed the line of building an independent national economy.

After liberation from Japanese military rule in 1945, Korea only took over the lopsidedness of colonial economy and backward agriculture, and worse still everything was devastated by the war in the 1950s. But the DPRK performed the miracle of realizing socialist industrialization in a matter of 14 years, which was the great fruition of self-sufficiency and self-reliance.

In the course of this, the Korean people engraved in their hearts the philosophical principle that one should solve all problems arising in the revolution and construction with one's own effort by taking full responsibility for them, and this conviction has been carried forward generation after generation.

They manufactured by themselves lorries, tractors, bulldozers, water pumps, excavators and electric locomotives, which had been the exclusive property of advanced countries, thereby demonstrating the spirit of Chollima Korea to the world. And afterwards when the hostile forces viciously intensified sanctions and isolation moves, the Koreans turned out such creations of self-reliance as Juche iron, Juche fertilizer and Juche vinalon and CNC machine tools as well.

The spirit of self-sufficiency, self-reliance and creation has always served as a banner of struggle and the motive power of leap forward throughout the Korean revolution, and it is now being given fuller play.

"Self-reliance", "self-development" and "self-sufficiency" are the slogans that are found everywhere in the DPRK. By displaying such a fighting spirit the Korean people built lots of modern streets and cultural and welfare facilities in recent years, including Ryomyong Street, Mirae Scientists Street, the Wisong Scientists Dwelling District, Masikryong Ski Resort, Munsu Water Park and Okryu Children's Hospital, and made light aircraft, metro cars, trolley buses and tramcars.

As there are the solid foundations of the independent economy that has been built up for decades and the scientific and technical force that gets more powerful amid the campaign to make all the people well versed in science and technology, the DPRK will continue to write a new history of prosperity as it foils the hostile forces’ sanctions by dint of self-sufficiency and self-reliance.

(Pyongyang Times -  August 4, 2019)

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