Kim Jong Il
Kim Jong Il

It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Kim Jong Il, leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, General Secretary of the Workers Party of Korea and son of legendary freedom fighter Kim Il Sung, who was born nearly 100 years ago on 15 April 1912, and who led the struggle of the tiny but defiant Korean nation to defeat the goliath of US imperialism.

The Korean people have never been forgiven for dealing this psychologically and militarily crushing blow to the arrogant imperialists, who continue to harass, threaten, bully and bludgeon all who stand in the way of their strategy of global domination.

The DPRK, with its 23 million population, may have the full force of the western propaganda machine and US/Nato military might ranged against it, but its entire history is one of struggle, and it has proven itself no easy nut to crack.

The US is winding up its rhetoric and looking for signs of weakness in order to recommence its colonial campaign in the north of Korea, to match its conquests in the already subjugated south. But as our own delegation found during party-to-party talks in Pyongyang in September 2010, the Workers Party of Korea is strong, has tremendous courage and understanding, and the Korean people stand united and defiant with an uplifting spirit of ‘single-hearted unity’ that is their abiding strength.

The people of north Korea are not, of course, isolated. As well as enjoying support amongst the vast masses of the south Korean people, they have strong links with people from oppressed and socialist countries worldwide, including, but not limited to, their mighty Chinese neighbours, the Cubans, Venezuelans, Zimbabweans, Vietnamese, and more.

As a matter of fact, much of the hostility shown towards the DPRK is in fact directed at China on the one hand and Russia on the other. Without the alleged ‘threat’ from the DPRK, the real reasons for US bases in Japan and south Korea become apparent. Namely, the military, diplomatic, and strategic domination of the entire region, and the bullying and threatening of China and Russia. Indeed, Nato’s recent war against Libya can be seen in very much the same light.

In reality, it is the USA, not north Korea, that is the real and existential threat to world peace. We have seen it time and again and will not be fooled by the latest wave of propaganda. Our enemies lie rather closer to home, and we will deal with them in time.

It is not our job to tell the people of the DPRK how to manage their affairs. We are confident that the party and people of north Korea remain strong and that their chosen leader, Comrade Kim Jong Un, will continue to defend the interests of the Korean workers and the international proletariat against the megalomaniacal schemes of US imperialism, whether under the helmsmanship of an Obama, a Bush junior, a Bush senior, a scion of the Kennedy clan or some other figurehead of the US imperialist free-market fundamentalists.

We send our deepest condolences to our friends and comrades in the Workers Party of Korea and to the people of the DPRK on the tragic loss of this much loved and lamented leader of their party and their nation. As the upholder of the Korean revolution, he was not only a great Korean but also a great leader of the world proletariat and peasantry in our common struggle against imperialism and for socialism.

Long live the memory of Kim Jong Il!

Long live the memory and legacy of Kim Il Sung!

Long live the Workers Party of Korea!

Long live the DPRK!

Long live the friendship between British and Korean workers!

Fight warmongering imerialism!

Korea is One!

CPGB-ML: Red salute to the Korean people on the news of the death of Comrade Kim Jong Il
http://www.cpgb-ml.org/index.php?secName=statements&subName=display&statementId=48

VIDEO REPORT: North Korea, reality check
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF0A58F439EC60467&feature=view_all

PRESS TV: Korea: A threat to world peace?
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL423C5A7AF37898FE&feature=view_all

Official notice of the death of Comrade Kim Jong Il
http://blog.cpgb-ml.org/official-notice-of-the-death-of-comrade-kim-jong-il/

Kim Jong Il’s Russia visit: an all-round gain for the DPRK
http://www.cpgb-ml.org/index.php?secName=proletarian&subName=display&art=765