DPRK Joint New Year Editorial 2007

Just received from the DPRK embassy

Pyongyang, January 1 (KCNA) — Rodong Sinmun, Joson Inmingun and Chongnyon Jonwi today released a joint editorial under the title “Usher in a Great Heyday of Songun Korea Full of Confidence in Victory” on the occasion of the hope-filled New Year.

DPRK flagThe DPRK has never seen in the annals of the protracted and arduous Korean revolution such year as 2006 in which the position of the country was justifiably raised to the level of powerful one and the dignity of the Korean nation was vigorously demonstrated, the editorial says, proudly reviewing the epoch-making events and historical victories gained last year.

We must glorify this year greeting the 95th birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung as a year of great efflorescence of his wish for a prosperous and powerful country, a year of brisk activities across the country and celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Army as an all-people event that would demonstrate the invincibility and bright future of the Songun revolution, the editorial says.

“Usher in a great heyday of Songun Korea full of confidence in victory!” -this is a slogan we should put up in struggle and advance, it stresses.

All the fellow countrymen should hold high the slogan “Add brilliance to the June 15 reunification era by attaching importance to the nation, maintaining peace and achieving unity!” and bring about the greatest success in the cause of independent reunification, it notes.

We will remain faithful to the last to our historic mission in safeguarding global peace and security and advancing the cause of independence of humanity, and continue to intensify international solidarity with the progressive peoples under the ideals of independence, peace and friendship, the editorial stresses. -0-

– Joint New Year Editorial Hails DPRK’s Access to Nuclear Deterrence as Nation’s Auspicious Event

The joint New Year editorial of Rodong Sinmun, Joson Inmingun and Chongnyon Jonwi says that the DPRK’s access to a nuclear deterrent was an auspicious event in the national history as it meant the realization of the Korean people’s centuries-old desire to have national strength no one could dare challenge.

The DPRK’s nuclear deterrent serves as a powerful force for defending peace and security in Northeast Asia and guaranteeing the victorious advance of the cause of independence.

The invincibility and rosy future of the Korean revolution rest on Songun.

“Usher in a great heyday of Songun Korea full of confidence in victory!” -this is a slogan we should hold in struggle.

We should, as in the past, keep up farming as the great foundation of the country and make an epoch-making advance in solving the problem of food for the people.

We should decisively improve the production of consumer goods by waging a revolution in light industry.

Mining, machine-building, chemical, building-materials and forestry sectors should make steady efforts to revitalize their production.

We should run the economy by our own efforts, our own technology and our own resources with a determination that we must build a socialist paradise by ourselves.

Joint New Year Editorial Calls for Displaying Might of Political and Ideological Power

Nothing is more powerful than the weapon called the single-minded unity in the severe struggle against imperialism and for national prosperity, the editorial notes, and goes on:

We should deal a merciless blow to the enemy’s psychological warfare and their attempt for ideological and cultural infiltration aimed at undermining socialism of our own style from within. The revolutionary principle, the principle of the working class, should be strictly maintained in all fields of the revolution and construction. -0-

Sustained Great Effort for Strengthening Defence Capability has been called for.

The People’s Army that constitutes the key force in the independent defence capabilities should be steadily strengthened politically and ideologically, militarily and technically, the editorial says, and goes on:

It is necessary to arm the entire army with the revolutionary idea of the supreme commander, establish revolutionary commanding system and military discipline and accelerate revolutionisation so as to give fullest play to the traits of the armed forces as the army of the leader and the Workers’ Party of Korea.

The trait of attaching importance to the military affairs should be established without let-up so that all the people would acquire military knowledge and the entire country be turned into an impregnable fortress. Primary efforts should be concentrated on the development of munitions industry for steady consolidation of the material foundations of our military capabilities.

Implementing Three Tasks for National Reunification have been called for

The banner of defending peace should be upheld.

The entire nation should unite.

Koreans in the north, south and abroad should bring the atmosphere of reconciliation and unity to a crescendo under the banner of independent reunification, and further promote solidarity and alliance between different reunification movement organizations with the June 15 All-Korean Committee as the parent body.

All the Koreans in the north, south and abroad should strive to implement the joint declaration without letup in the face of any trials and difficulties, and smash every attempt to emasculate and obliterate it and should staunchly support Songun politics.

Intensified International Solidarity has been called for

The joint editorial notes the present trend of global situation shows that the strong-arm policy and high-handedness of the imperialists are doomed to failure and that the people’s struggle for independence can never be checked.

The People’s Army that constitutes the key force in the independent defence capabilities should be steadily strengthened politically and ideologically, militarily and technically.

Kim Il Sung’s Korea is a formidable socialist power that is dignified by a great idea, powerful with the single-minded unity and ever-victorious with the strong military capabilities. No force can obstruct the vigorous advance of our army and people, who are endeavoring to bring earlier the day when they would enjoy happiness in socialist paradise with nothing to envy in the world.

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