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Under Banner of Songun

Marshal Kim Jong Un guides drone attack, self-propelled flak rocket drills
Under Banner of Songun

The history of the Korean revolution is the one pioneered and advanced victoriously by arms.

The formation of the Down-with-Imperialism Union (DIU) by President Kim Il Sung in October 1926 was the historical declaration of a new start of the Korean revolution, the declaration of the life-and-death struggle to overthrow the Japanese imperialists by means of arms and the one of an all-out war against imperialism.

Having clarified the principle of the Juche idea and the Songun idea at the historic Kalun Meeting held in 1930, he put forward the slogan “Weapons are our life and soul! Arms for arms!” and made preparations for an armed struggle. On this basis, he proclaimed the founding of the Anti-Japanese People’s Guerilla Army (the predecessor of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army) on April 25, 1932.

The President, who accomplished the historic cause of founding the revolutionary armed force, liberated Korea in August 1945 by leading the anti-Japanese armed struggle to victory. 

After liberation, Korea was divided by foreign forces.

President Kim Il Sung regarded arms as the best weapon to defend the country and the people and as the lifeblood for the building of a prosperous country. He paid primary attention to the development of the revolutionary armed force and the continuous strengthening of the self-supporting national defense industry, thus making it possible to always secure the victorious advance of the revolution and construction militarily.

The Korean people could defend the sovereignty of their country and nation in the Fatherland Liberation War (1950-1953) by defeating the armed invasion of the US-led imperialist allied forces. In the 1960s, in order to implement the President’s strategic policy of simultaneously carrying on economic construction and defense building, they rose as one to establish an all-people and nationwide defense system and increased the country’s defense capabilities, under the slogan “Rifle in one hand and hammer or sickle in the other!”

Thanks to his wise leadership over the defense building, the Korean People’s Army and the people could creditably defend the gains of the revolution in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s when the US imperialists’ various joint military exercises brought the danger of nuclear war.

The President also paid deep attention to the effort to inherit and complete the revolutionary cause of Juche, or the cause of Songun through generations.

In April 1993, the DPRK people elected Kim Jong Il, who had been faithfully defending and pursuing the President’s idea and policy on self-reliant defense, as chairman of the DPRK National Defense Commission.

He defined Songun politics as the main political mode of socialism in the 1990s and administered Songun politics in an all-round way.

He developed the KPA into the strongest and boldest one, fully prepared politico-ideologically and militarily and technically and strengthened the self-supporting national defense industry in every way as required by Songun politics. 

In April last year the KPA and the Korean people acclaimed the dear respected Marshal Kim Jong Un, who had been on the road of Songun with Kim Jong Il, as first chairman of the DPRK National Defense Commission.

Kim Jong Un put forth a new strategic line on carrying out economic construction and building nuclear armed forces simultaneously under the prevailing situation and to meet the legitimate requirement of the developing revolution at the historic March, 2013 plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

The new line is not a temporary countermeasure for coping with the rapidly changing situation but a strategic line to be always held fast to, in the supreme interests of the Korean revolution.

Gone never to return are days when the US freely threatened and blackmailed the DPRK with nuclear weapons.

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