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Report on 4th Plenary Meeting of 8th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea

The end-of-year report from the Party plenary meeting, sourced from Rodong Sinmun and knca.kp. NKNews has alternative takes on the report: “North Korea vows military buildup due to ‘destabilizing’ situation on peninsula” and also “Plenum’s agriculture focus suggests dire food shortages in North Korea” Let Us Strive for Our Great State’s Prosperity and Development and … [Read More]

Kim Jong Un’s 2021 New Year letter

Kim Jong Un’s 2021 New Year message is simple and brief, taking the form of a hand-written letter to his people. Below is the official release sourced from the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. The Rodong Sinmun has also posted on its website a facsimile of the letter, and an image of Kim Jong … [Read More]

Kim Jong Un’s 2020 New Year message

Notes of a speech given by Chairman Kim Jong Un at the Plenary Meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea serves as this year’s New Year address. Text sourced from dprktoday.com Report on 5th Plenary Meeting of 7th C.C., WPK​ Pyongyang, January 1 (KCNA) — The 5th Plenary Meeting of the … [Read More]

Kim Jong Un’s 2019 New Year Address

The following is the text of Kim Jong Un’s 2019 New Year Address, sourced from Rodong Sinmun: New Year Address of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un for 2019 Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un made the New Year Address for 2019. The full text of the New Year Address reads: Dear people and service personnel … [Read More]

Kim Jong Un’s 2018 New Year Address

The following is the text of Kim Jong Un’s 2018 New Year Address, sourced from Rodong Sinmun: Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un made the New Year Address for 2018. The full text of the New Year Address reads: Dear fellow countrymen and brave service personnel of the People’s Army, Dear compatriots, Today, recollecting with … [Read More]

Kim Jong Un’s 2017 New Year Address

The following is the text of Kim Jong Un’s 2017 New Year Address, sourced from Rodong Sinmun: Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, made his address on the New Year, Juche 106 (2017). The … [Read More]

Kim Jong Un’s 2016 New Year address

Here is the text of Kim Jong Un’s 2016 New Year Address, as published in today’s Rodong Sinmun: Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, made his address on the New Year, Juche … [Read More]

Kim Jong Un’s 2015 New Year address

Here is the full text of Kim Jong Un’s 2015 New Year address, kindly provided by the DPRK embassy in London. Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, made a New Year address … [Read More]

Kim Jong Un’s 2014 New Year Address

The traditional new year address, which seems to have replaced the formerly traditional Joint New Year Editorial. I’m wondering what construction project resulted in the fatalities mentioned in the third main paragraph. Pyongyang, January 1 (KCNA) — Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission … [Read More]

Kim Jong Un’s 2013 New Year Address

The following is the full text of Kim Jong Un’s New Year Address. As in previous years, we have provided links to the Joint Declarations where these are mentioned in the speech. Dear comrades, Officers and men of the heroic People’s Army and all the beloved fellow countrymen, Dear compatriots, Having seen out the year … [Read More]

2012 Joint New Year Editorial: “The entire army should place absolute trust in Kim Jong Un and defend him unto death”

The customary New Year joint editorial published by the major North Korean newspapers serves to reinforce the position of Kim Jong Un, who is mentioned 15 times in this 5,700-word exhortatory message. “The whole Party, the entire army and all the people” is encouraged to “become human bulwarks and human shields in defending Kim Jong … [Read More]

2010 Joint New Year Editorial: “Hooray for socialism and singing of Arirang of prosperity”

The DPRK’s joint new year editorial celebrates revolutionary upsurges, an orbiting satellite and the economic upturn. Here is the version published on the KCNA website Joint New Year Editorial Pyongyang, January 1 (KCNA) — Rodong Sinmun, Josoninmingun and Chongnyonjonwi Friday published a joint editorial titled “Bring about a radical turn in the people’s standard of … [Read More]

2009 Joint New Year Editorial: Pyongyang marches for “socialist fairyland”

The BBC yesterday published the above photo of a demonstration in Pyongyang in support of the DPRK’s traditional joint New Year editorial. Here’s the some of the text from the KCNA website. Pyongyang, January 1 (KCNA) — Rodong Sinmun, Josoninmingun and Chongnyonjonwi Thursday issued a joint editorial titled “Glorify this year as a year of … [Read More]

DPRK new year editorial 2008

A Joint New Year Editorial of the leading DPRK newspapers, recently forwarded by the DPRK embassy. Pyongyang, January 1 (KCNA) — Rodong Sinmun, Joson Inmingun and Chongnyon Jonwi today released the joint New Year editorial “Glorify This Year of the 60th Anniversary of the Founding of the DPRK as a Year of Historical Turn Which … [Read More]

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. The DPRK has never seen in the annals … [Read More]