Independence and dependence


DPRK External Relations

The aspirations of humankind for living and developing independently are now growing higher day after day, and a number of developing countries are channeling their great efforts into the work for getting rid of the shackles of outdated and unequal international economic order and building a self-supporting national economy.

Mongolian Prime Minister, referring to the long-term goal and orientation for the development of national economy for 2050 at a press conference on September 21, stated that, if this goal is implemented, his country could ensure the economic independence and thus produce everything necessary by itself and improve the people’s livelihood, without begging others.

At the Cabinet meeting held in September, the President of Cuba emphasized that it is of overriding importance to attain self-sufficiency by focusing on the increased productivity of local areas, particularly on food production. And Nigeria funnels big efforts into fulfillment of the goal for supplying food by themselves through, inter alia, setting up a governmental system for providing farming materials to the farmers in bad need.

Many other developing countries including Algeria, Zimbabwe, Congo, Mauritania are also making active efforts for overcoming the vulnerabilities of their economies now heavily dependent on importation, and for building self-sufficient economies.

This is probably the most appropriate measure to build an independent economy which would no longer be bound by the hardly predictable international political situation and the unequal economic relations, thus ensuring political and economic stability and development of the country.

It is undoubtedly essential to develop national economy through exchanges and cooperation between or among the countries, and a formation of trade relations aimed at substantial cooperation could be conducive, to a larger extent, to economic development of the developing countries.

But some specific countries with control over the current economic relations are forcing the developing countries to sell their resources and labor at a cheap price and paradoxically, imposing economic instability, environmental destruction and unmanageable debt burdens upon them, thus pushing their economic situation to the worst.

This can be partly illustrated by the fact that Algeria had to suffer a bitter experience of witnessing the violation of its sovereignty and the tragic socio-economic chaos after it had received the loan from the International Monetary Fund on the condition of readjusting its economic structure in the 90s of the last century.

In September, the Nigerian President said at a meeting of the National Food Security Council that he learned a lesson that dependence upon other countries is fated to face the limits, and the Prime Minister of Mauritania stated in an interview with “AMI” news agency in June that he gained an important lesson that anything in the hands of others can never become to be his own and one has to survive on one’s own efforts at any cost.

One cannot defend his dignity unless one has something of his own, and dependence on others will inevitably end in submission.

Certain specific states are now abusing their privileged position, technological edge and economic muscle as a means for realizing their hegemony and domination. This reality is giving a lesson to the developing countries that if they truly want to achieve political independence and economic prosperity, they should discard dependence on others and build and develop their societies on the principle of self-sustenance.

When all countries of the world aspiring for independence and justice work together to establish a fair and equitable international economic order and build their national economies relying on their own strength and technology, they could guarantee their dignity and national power.

Self-sustenance is a difficult road, yet it is a way leading to prosperity, while dependence is an easy way but a noose of slavery.

(DPRK MFA - October 30, 2020)

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