Kim Jong Un, general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, on October 10 made the important speech “Let Us Further Improve Party Work in Line with the Demands of the Period of Fresh Development of Socialist Construction” at a lecture to commemorate the 76th founding anniversary of the WPK.
The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un in his speech congratulated the participants in the lecture on the 76th founding anniversary of the WPK, and clarified important principled issues and ways for carrying them out for our Party to enhance its leadership and fighting efficiency in all the fields of the revolution and construction as required by the developing revolution.
He told about the intention of organizing the Party-wide lecture on the occasion of the Party founding anniversary.
Noting that through several important meetings held in recent years, detailed discussions of the present reality of the state and the future orientation of struggle were repeatedly made and short-, mid- and long-term duties and the tasks and ways for their implementation assigned, he said that the success in the state work for carrying out the strategy and tactics reflective of the organizational will of the whole Party depends on how correct leadership over the overall work of the revolution and construction our Party would provide and how it would enlist the infinite might of the whole Party and all the people.
He said that the successes of relevant units hinge on how the Party organizations at all levels would accept and implement the revolutionary idea and fighting policies of the Party Central Committee and that only when such successes are organically linked and amplified, can our Party display its correct leadership over the revolution and construction and steer their dynamic development. He stressed that the Party-wide lecture was organized to comprehensively re-explain to the leading officials of the whole Party the main fighting policies which have already been set forth and to put emphasis on the principle of work, working spirit and style of work to be thoroughly maintained at present.
First, he referred to the fact that our Party has written the longest history spanning 76 years as a socialist ruling party and performed great feats while leading the most arduous and complicated Korean revolution along the road of victory.
Briefing on the policies toward socialism that our Party with the strong root of the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle advanced from the very day of its foundation, its preparations made for the birth of the people’s power and the historic revolutions and grandiose changes that the Party has brought about while firmly maintaining the independent line and the strategic and tactical policies, he appreciated the exploits of the WPK which has defended the dignity, honour and heroic nature of our state and proved the viability of true socialism with its seasoned leadership, breaking through the unprecedented fateful difficulties facing the country.
He said the greatest exploit our Party performed in the whole course of leading the revolution is that it has brought up the people of a distress-torn nation, small and weak, to be a great and excellent people rallied around the Party and the leader single-heartedly with strong self-esteem and creativity, adding that as it has always given precedence to educating, training and rallying the popular masses, the motive force of the revolution, it could have preserved the true nature of socialism and advanced the Korean revolution in the vortex of troublous history.
Making an analysis that the key to our Party’s great ever-victorious record lies in that it has pioneered and invariably followed the most correct and scientific path of party-building, he stressed that in order to successfully lead the revolutionary struggle and construction, it is necessary to strengthen our Party itself, the General Staff of the revolution, into the steel-strong vanguard and continuously deepen its strengthening along with the change of the times.
He noted that our Party has displayed its originality in solving the issue of party-building and firmly kept the orbit proper to its development from the very start of its activity.
He said that our Party defined the realization of the popular masses’ independence as the essence of the revolutionary struggle and socialist and communist construction and made clear the justification for its existence as the Party that was formed and is struggling for the people, noting that from this, the great Juche idea with the ideal of “The People Are God” and the people-first principle as its core was established as the guiding ideology of our Party and has been steadily deepened and developed to meet the demands of the times and the developing revolution and our Party’s ultimate programme on modeling the whole society on the Juche idea was decided.
He said that President Kim Il Sung’s autograph given for the first graduates of one-year course of the Central Party School in August 1948 reflects well the character and work style of our Party, adding that this proposition, indicating that Party and state work which is apart from people and does not rely on them are meaningless, is a great one of eternal value as it intensively enshrines the immutable guideline and principle consistently maintained in our Party building and activities.
He highly appreciated the fact that as our Party has consistently introduced into its building and activities the principles of the Juche idea–the popular masses are the masters of the revolution and construction and they are also the motive force of the revolution and construction, unconditional service for the people was entrenched as the unique Party climate and our Party was honoured with the title of the motherly Party for the first time in the history of building a revolutionary party.
He said that the principle and stand of our Party have remained firm in the work for strengthening its leadership system, noting our Party made it clear that the Party’s leadership system based on democratic centralism is, in essence, the leader’s unified ideological and leadership system over the revolution and construction and laid down the establishment of the Party’s unified leadership system as the basic line of the party building, thereby hardening the ideological and theoretical backbone and the political backbone for thoroughly overcoming mistakes and inclinations in the work.
He brought to light the brilliant achievements made in our Party building for the last ten years.
He made an analysis of the fact that entering the new period of carrying forward the cause of the Party and the revolution, the period of development, the party building for strengthening our Party into the powerful General Staff of the revolution, the guiding force, has been further deepened and thus the guiding ideology of our Party was formulated as Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism to meet the fresh demands of the developing revolution and its leadership and fighting efficiency was comprehensively and concretely rearranged.
He said that the overall work of the Party and the state has been propelled and developed at a clear moment and with dynamic power in accordance with the innovative measures taken for increased leadership function and role of the Party and that the authority and fighting efficiency of the Party leading the development of the revolution have been drastically raised.
He noted that the work to form the ranks of cadres and rank-and-file members of the Party with elite ones was promoted, the missions of Party organizations at all levels ranging from the Party Central Committee to primary Party committees and Party cells were more clearly defined and the work to establish the well-organized work system and tougher discipline throughout the whole Party was intensified.
He made clear that with the 8th Party Congress as an occasion, our Party revised the Party Rules, the main standards of the Party building and activities, as required by the developing revolution and the Juche-based principle of party building and that the true nature and popular character of our Party have become more clear in the struggle for establishing the devoted service for the people as the revolutionary Party climate.
He stressed that our Party has built up the firm system and foundations for preserving its character and true nature as the militant General Staff leading the revolutionary cause of Juche despite any hardships, the genuine Party serving the people, and continuously strengthening its leadership by determinedly carrying forward the Juche-based idea of party building and exploits of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il. This is a brilliant success gained in Party building for the last ten years, he said.
Noting that our Party faces the task of the times to build the Party more healthily and powerfully in response to the present revolutionary situation, he made analysis of the subjective and objective environment of the unprecedented difficulties facing our revolution and of the significance of thoroughly implementing the important policy tasks set forth at the Party Congress and other important Party and state meetings to bravely break through the difficulties.
Huge tasks for adjusting and developing the state economy in an overall way require correct development plan and scientific guarantee, he said, adding that the only way for dynamically pushing forward the unprecedented crucial work despite grim situation is for the entire Party to get united in single mind and concentrate the Party guidance on one direction true to the fighting line and fighting principle set forth by the Party Central Committee.
Any tasks set forth by our Party and government can be certainly carried out if the Party organizations are mobilized and the masses turn out, he said, noting that if all the units ranging from those in the capital to those in the local areas creditably fulfil the revolutionary duties entrusted to them, our advance will be expedited several times more than it is now and better tomorrow craved by our people will come earlier as much.
He set forth important tasks for all the Party organizations and the leading officials of the entire Party in dynamically hauling the new development of socialist construction by further improving the Party work, being well aware of the main fighting line and policies of the Party Central Committee and the government of the Republic.
He called for continuing to intensify the work for establishing the unified leadership system of the Party Central Committee, which constitutes the invincible and ever-victorious might of our Party.
Having established the unified leadership system in the entire Party is the noblest political achievement our Party has made in the grim and harsh struggle, he said, stressing that the might of the WPK, which has firm core of the leadership, unity and cohesion and by which firm uniformity of ideology and leadership has been achieved and in which all the people are united around the Party Central Committee in single mind, constitutes the inexhaustible might which can surmount whatever hardships and challenges.
In the 1960s, the work of strengthening the unified leadership system was intensified as the task of top priority in the Party building under the gifted far-sightedness and outstanding leadership of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, he said, adding that the high prestige and authority of our Party and the state shining all over the world today and all the miraculous victories won by our people in socialist construction and in the struggle for defending socialism would be unthinkable apart from the Party’s unified leadership system. He continued that herein lies the shortcut to the prosperity of our state and the happiness of tens of millions of people.
To defend at the cost of one’s life and thoroughly establish the unified leadership system of the Party Central Committee, which symbolizes the dignity and might of the Party and the state, is a sacred and bounden duty of all the Party organizations and members and all the citizens on this land, he clarified.
The ideal goal of establishing the unified leadership system of the Party Central Committee is to make sure that the entire Party and the whole society form one head and one body, i.e. to make the whole country a single organism which shares the same thought and intention with the Party Central Committee and ensures uniformity in action with it, he emphasized, referring to the important issues for the Party organizations and the leading officials of the Party to be well aware of the requirements arising in establishing the unified leadership system at present and make it the main line of their work.
He clarified the importance of putting efforts into inner Party work in improving and strengthening the Party work at present.
The inner Party work is the one for strengthening the Party organizationally and ideologically and for rallying broad masses around the Party, and this is directly linked to the destiny of the Party and the revolution, he said, stressing that the prevailing subjective and objective situations and the huge and heavy fighting tasks facing us demand that efforts are put into the inner Party work to increase the leadership ability and militant efficiency of the Party in every way.
He specified principled issues to be maintained in the Party organizational work including the issue of solidly building up the ranks of cadres, the issue of transforming the Party ranks into those of elites and strengthening Party life organization of and guidance over the Party members, the issue of doing the work with the people well to suit the changed environment and the mental state of the people, the issue of strengthening control, inspection and guidance and the issue of strengthening Party inspection and guidance, all this with emphasis put on the inner Party work to meet the requirements of the changed times and the developing reality.
He clarified the need for the Party organizations and leading officials of the Party to improve and strengthen ideological work.
Ideological construction is a prerequisite to the existence and development of our Party and it is a fundamental guarantee for ensuring political guidance over the revolution and construction, he said, noting that ideology is the most powerful and unique weapon for our revolution which has to blaze an untrodden path and accomplish the great cause of building a powerful and prosperous country with its own efforts.
Improving and strengthening ideological work becomes vital requirements, today when great changes are seen in the people’s awareness and in the social environment, he said. He added that in recent years the people-first principle has definitely converted into the Party climate, national trait and social climate, and our state-first era has opened, further inspiring the loyalty, self-esteem and patriotic enthusiasm of our people.
Ideological work is the core item of the Party work that requires maximum attention and efforts all the time and there can never be any limit in enhancing its efficiency, he said, calling on the Party organizations and leading officials of the Party to deeply analyze the situation of ideological work in their fields and units and take decisive measures to improve the Party ideological work.
The main requirement of our Party ideological work at present is to prepare all the members of society to be genuine loyalists and ardent patriots who cherish the Party Central Committee’s revolutionary idea as an article of their faith and life and, at the same time, to bring about steady innovation in it to meet the needs of the times and the developing revolution while keeping the ideological work going nonstop at a high level.
The most important task proceeding from the basic requirements of the Party ideological work is to dynamically step up the work of imbuing the whole Party and the entire society with the revolutionary idea of the Party Central Committee, he said, adding that the Party organizations and the leading officials of the Party should thoroughly establish and keep ratcheting up the traits for raising enthusiasm for studying to firmly arm the Party members and other working people with the revolutionary idea of the Party Central Committee.
He gave detailed explanation about the issue of combining this work with the practical struggle for implementing the Party policies, the issue of steadily carrying on in depth the work of correctly conveying and disseminating new Party’s policies from the central organs down to the lowest units in time, the issue of making sure that all the Party members and other working people regard the revolutionary idea of the Party Central Committee as the firm creed and absolute standard of their thinking and activities and the issue of substantially conducting five-point education.
He said that socialism is what keeps us alive and it represents our life and future, emphasizing the need to pay attention to strengthening education in faith in socialism.
He stressed the need to explain in principle the justice and invincibility of socialist cause, reactionary nature of capitalism and inevitability of its ruin, and noted that Party organizations should actively do good things for the promotion of well-being of working people in the regions under their charge and those in their units so as to make people keenly feel the gratitude for our social system. He also underlined the need to put efforts into education in advantages and vitality of collectivism peculiar to our own-style socialism so as to make sure that the noble collectivist spirit and traits are given full play.
He said that one of tasks which should always be given importance in our Party ideological work is to make sure that the three revolution red flag movement becomes a powerful mass movement propelling socialist construction, an efficient motive power for the development of relevant units.
The three revolution red flag movement is the mass movement of the highest form to which the Party organizations gives guidance with a direct grip on it, he said, stressing that the information and publicity departments of the Party committees at all levels holding direct charge of this movement should work out detailed plan and correct executive measures to conduct the movement on a high level as required by the times, steadily intensify guidance over the lower units and thus make the whole country seethe with the making of the three revolutions.
He clarified a series of tasks arising in dynamically unfolding the Party ideological work.
He specified all the problems for the advance of the Party ideological work including the issue for the Party organizations to actively explore and apply new and efficient ideological work style and methods suited to the specific situations and characteristics of their own areas and units while complying with the mentality and desire of the people and the trend of the developing times, the issue of fully displaying the might of the information and publicity forces and means, the issue for the field of culture and art holding a big share in educating the masses and inspiring revolutionary enthusiasm to rise up and kindle the new flame of the revolution at an early date and the issue for the full-time Party information officials and primary information officials to raise their roles.
He also referred to improving and strengthening Party’s leadership over the administrative and economic work.
He called on all the leading officials of the Party to admit that the state of their own fields and units means the guiding level and ability of their own Party organizations and themselves, and make redoubled efforts to bring about spectacular improvement in the Party’s guidance over the administrative and economic work.
A key in the Party’s guidance over the administrative and economic work is to firmly and consistently maintain the principle of political guidance and policy-oriented guidance, he said, stressing the need for the Party organizations to play a proper role of a steering wheel in guiding the economic work of relevant units and, to this end, to properly operate the Party committee and strengthen collective negotiations and collective guidance.
A key element deciding the success of the economic work is the mental power of the popular masses and science and technology, he said, calling on the Party organizations and officials to arouse the enthusiasm of the working people by ensuring logistic supply while thoroughly maintaining the stand of giving precedence to political work in carrying out the economic tasks, and to augment their own scientific and technical force.
He stressed the need to enhance the role of Party organizations of ministries and national institutions in carrying out the Party’s economic policies, and for the Party organizations and officials, chief secretaries of provincial, city and county committees of the WPK in particular, to deepen the Party guidance over law enforcement organs.
He noted the Party organizations and leading officials of Party should bear in mind that the Party guidance over working people’s organizations is an important part of the Party work and do Party guidance over them well.
The Party organizations and leading officials of the Party should put the main emphasis of guidance on making sure that the working people’s organizations fulfill their mission as ideological and educational organizations, and build up the ranks of the officials of the working people’s organizations well and provide guidance and support in every way so that they can discharge their duty as political organizations loyal to the Party, he added.
In order to improve and strengthen the Party work, it is important for all the leading officials of the Party to maintain revolutionary, militant and healthy work style and fully display it, he stressed.
Whether the Party’s line and policies are correctly carried out or not entirely depends on how the Party officials accept those line and policies and what fighting spirit they work with, he said, stressing that our Party demands that the Party officials renew their fighting spirit, revolutionary mettle and work style in implementing the fighting programme, line and policies for the new victory in socialist construction.
He dealt with issues concerning the senior Party officials, i.e. the need to firmly arm themselves with the revolutionary idea of the Party Central Committee and Party policies before anyone and enhance the political awareness, the need to make it a habit to thoroughly implement the Party policies at any cost, the need to thoroughly apply our own traditional work method which displayed a tremendous might in developing our Party and victoriously advancing our revolution, and the need to maintain the popular character in the Party work and possess wholesome morality and personality.
He earnestly said that the ideas and policies of our Party, the motherly Party and the Party serving the people, which exists for the people and absolutely serves them without any condition, are conveyed to the people through the Party organizations and officials and that the dignity, authority and image of the Party are shown to the people by the traits of Party officials.
Stressing that senior Party officials should certainly become models in preserving the popular character of our Party and realizing the people-first politics, he noted that they should always consider whether their organization of work infringes upon the interests of the people or causes trouble to the people, and deal with the arising issues from the stand of the people on the principle of providing convenience to the people.
The Party officials who find new things to do for the people in trifling words of the people, strive for giving a solution to the problems awaited by the people and share bitters and sweets with them can win support from the popular masses and be successful in their work, he noted. He also stressed that it is an important issue consistently emphasized by our Party for the Party officials to be upright and honest in life without wishing for any privilege and preferential treatment.
Saying that our Party which serves the people can never tolerate the acts of infringing upon the interests of the people and divorcing the Party from the popular masses, he underlined the need to make strict precautions against deviations manifested in the Party work.
Stressing the need for the senior Party officials to respect the people and practice modesty with noble moral virtues, he said that it is the demand of the Party Central Committee that the Party officials become the revolutionaries transparent in idea and best in moral virtues.
Saying that to be on guard against self-pride and self-admiration and to always worry about and rack their brains while self-reproaching and self-reflecting is a good step in checking the degeneration of officials and promoting the development in their work, he emphasized that those Party officials, who discipline themselves while reviewing their daily work to see if they fulfilled what they had planned to do that day and if there was any fault in their behaviour, would not degenerate. He added that it is necessary to make stricter demand for oneself and be always on alert and steadily build up one’s character, especially those who are promoted to higher positions and those at high positions.
He called upon the senior Party officials to become examples in improving their attitude towards Party organizations, voluntarily take part in the Party life and respect the dignity of the Party organizations.
Saying that the leadership of the Party Central Committee over the revolution and construction is realized through its departments, and the leading role of our Party is decided by how those departments fulfill their duties, he called upon them to increase their roles.
He clarified again the determination and will of our Party to make the period of five-year plan set forth at the 8th Congress of the Party the efficient five years in boosting the national economy and solving the people’s food, clothing and housing problems and the five years of great innovation bringing about great change of the country by racing against time and thus build a powerful socialist nation envied by the world by successively unfolding a great project of the next stage.
Saying that the fundamental guarantee for accomplishing the above-said sacred cause as soon as possible lies in signally strengthening the leadership and militant efficiency of the Party, the guiding force of the revolution, and also greatly depends on the role of the senior officials of the Party committees at all levels, he stressed that all the participants should become true Party officials who cherish unconditional faith in our cause, who can feel great pride in the hard work, who can feel happy at the laughter of the people, and who can take to heart the slightest inconvenience of the people and who regards it as the due obligation and the greatest honor to repay their expectation.
Noting that the WPK has the irresistible might like the valuable trust of all the people and great single-minded unity, he ardently appealed to the participants to devote their wisdom and passion to bring about rapid progress in socialist construction guided and encouraged by ever-victorious Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism and bring earlier a great era in which the ideal and desire of the people are translated into reality.
The historic speech made by Kim Jong Un at the lecture to commemorate the 76th founding anniversary of the WPK serves as an immortal programme of great significance in leading the construction of Korean-style socialism to a brilliant victory by further developing the Party building and activities and overall Party work as required by the new era of building a great and prosperous power which wins victory after victory on the people-first principle.