The DPRK greeted its 70th founding anniversary on September 9, 2018.
Delegates and delegations from parties and governments as well as those from Juche idea study groups in various countries of the world gathered Pyongyang, joining commemorative events held in a grand manner to celebrate the 70th founding anniversary of the DPRK.
The Korean people’s steps taken to build socialism after the founding of the DPRK were the history of triumph and glory based on the Juche idea, demonstrating to the world people a glorious vista of mankind's cause of independence.
On that occasion, an International Seminar on the Juche Idea and 70 Years of the DPRK was held in Pyongyang, its capital, on September 8.
The international seminar was attended by delegates and delegations from the IIJI, regional institutes of the Juche idea, and Juche idea study groups in various countries of the world.
From the DPRK inside, many scholars and researchers participated in the seminar, including Mr. Pak Kwang Ho, president of the Korean Association of Social Scientists (KASS), who is also vice-chairman of the CC of the WPK.
In his opening address at the International Seminar, IIJI Secretary General Ogami Ken-ichi said as follows:
“This seminar is being held in the moving period when the DPRK is showing its strength as a people’s country of great dignity thanks to the matchless courage, guts and outstanding political ability of Chairman Kim Jong Un. In this regard, I am greatly pleased that this seminar is being held in the DPRK, the homeland of the Juche idea. Believing that this seminar will be a significant occasion to bring about a new turn in studying and disseminating this idea, I declare the seminar open.”
It was followed by a congratulatory address of KASS First Vice-President Ri Hye Jong. She said:
“Independence is the life and dignity of a country and nation, and the symbol of an independent sovereign state.
“The Juche idea is the mighty ideological weapon that enables man to become the master of the world and his own destiny and the banner that guides the building of a new independent and peaceful world. The validity and unbreakable vitality of the Juche idea has been clearly proved through the 70-year long history of the DPRK.
“The Juche idea has been studied and disseminated vigorously and continuously even under the collapse of socialism and the complicated world situation. This shows that the world acknowledges the scientific accuracy and truthfulness of the Juche idea”.
Then, IIJI Deputy Director-General Harish Gupta made a report entitled “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Advancing under Banner of Juche Will Be Ever-Prospering.”
It reads: “70 years of the DPRK are the history in which the DPRK has proved that Juche is the dignity of socialist Korea and the symbol of its victory.
“The DPRK is the people-centered socialist country regarding the people like the God.
“The DPRK is an independent socialist state strong in Juche character and national character.
“In today’s world where dignity of a sovereign state and the right to existence of a nation are ruthlessly trampled down in a single day and reduced to a bargaining of big powers in case it is weak, the daring spirit of the DPRK that reliably defends justice and the truth, world peace and socialism under the banner of independence tells us who have turned out in the building of a new society the truth that self-development knows no limit.
“As proved by the past and present of history, it is important to awaken the masses with the idea of independence in order to accelerate the people’s cause of independence.
“The study organizations in each country should study and disseminate the Juche idea in keeping with the concrete reality of their countries and the demands of their people.
“The people’s cause of independence will win a sure victory as long as they have the Juche idea, the guiding ideology of the 21st century and the world progressive people are awakened with the Juche idea.”
After that, researchers of Juche idea study groups from various regions and countries delivered their speeches.
A letter addressed to Chairman Kim Jong Un was adopted at the seminar.
Commemorative events of the 70th founding anniversary of the DPRK were grandly held on September 9.
On that day, there was a historic event in which Chairman Kim Jong Un through his good offices granted audiences twice to IIJI Secretary General Ogami Ken-ichi.
On September 9, when a military parade and a public procession of Pyongyang citizens for celebrating the 70th founding anniversary of the DPRK took place, the IIJI Secretary General was invited to take a seat at the dais together with the representatives from parties and governments of various countries.
Prior to that, Chairman Kim Jong Un, with his face beaming with smiles, warmly received the IIJI Secretary General in audience at a park area adjacent to the venue.
Greeting each other and shaking hands, the two of them took a commemorative photo.
On the same day, when a grand mass gymnastics and artistic performance entitled “The Glorious Country” took place, Chairman Kim Jong Un attended it. The IIJI Secretary General, who had been invited to take a seat at the dais together with the representatives from parties and governments in various countries, again had an opportunity to greet Chairman Kim Jong Un and Mrs. Ri Sol Ju before the performance started.
It can be said that Chairman Kim Jong Un’s granting audiences to the IIJI Secretary General was a privilege and a historic event for Juche idea researchers throughout the world, and that his deep trust in and expectations for them found expression in that way.
We Juche idea researchers ought to promote the study and dissemination of the Juche idea further vigorously while learning from Chairman Kim Jong Un’s ideology and activities.
The 70th founding anniversary of the DPRK showed that people can overcome any adversity and win a victory only when following the path of Juche under the banner of Kimilsung-Kimjongilism.