Thursday, 10 May 2018

Friday, 4 May 2018

Korea is One!


Democratic Korean leader Kim Jong Un took a giant step for peace last week when he crossed the Armistice line in Panmunjom for talks with the south Korean leader, Moon Jae In. Their joint declaration and modest first steps to north–south normalisation that have followed will, hopefully, pave the way for the “new era of peace” that both leaders have pledged to work for.
Moon Jae In is responding to the demand for peace on the street that propelled him into office at the last election whilst his party reflects the views of realistic circles within the south Korean ruling class that want an end to American-inspired confrontation and a return to economic co-operation with the people’s government in the north.
Kim Jong Un is following in the footsteps of great leader Kim Il Sung, who first proposed the establishment of a united confederal republic based on the principle of ‘one country, two systems’ back in 1980. That’s the principle that led to the peaceful return of the former British and Portuguese colonies of Hong Kong and Macau to People’s China in 1997, and it’s one that clearly would end the imperialist imposed partition of the Korean peninsula.
Last week’s summit showed that the Korean people as a whole can resolve their problems without outside interference. Whether or not they will depends on US imperialism, which has regularly intervened in south Korean politics since 1945 to prop up venal, puppet leaders willing to do the bidding of Washington, and whose troops continue to occupy south Korea and threaten the north.
US president Donald Trump has been claiming credit for the north–south summit and some of his supporters are campaigning for a Nobel Peace Prize for the war-lord in the White House. The peace prize is discredited by the fact that past recipients include former US president Barack Obama, Henry Kissinger – the chief henchman of disgraced US president Richard Nixon – and Mikhail Gorbachov, as well as three Israeli leaders. But the immensely vain Donald Trump clearly wants it as another trophy achievement. Well, if he wants it let him earn it when he meets Kim Jong Un in the near future by taking genuine steps for peace on the Korean peninsula and withdrawing all US troops from south Korea.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Day of the Sun in Minsk


Dermot and other delegates outside the National Library in Minsk
By New Worker correspondent

Korean solidarity activists from around the world honoured the memory of great leader Kim Il Sung at an international conference in Minsk, the capital of the Republic of Belarus, last week. Dermot Hudson, chair of the UK Korean Friendship Association (KFA), took part in the solidarity meeting that included delegates from Europe, Australia, Egypt, Japan and Mexico, as well as diplomats from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) embassy in Minsk and a team from Democratic Korea’s Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

The Day of the Sun in London

Andy Brooks remembers Kim Il Sung

 By New Worker Correspondent

Comrades honoured the life-time achievements of Kim Il Sung at a Korean Friendship Association (KFA) meeting in central London last weekend. Kim Il Sung founded the communist movement that liberated the country from Japanese colonialism, defeated the might of US-led imperialism in the Korean War and led the drive to build the modern, socialist republic that exists today in the north of the divided peninsula.
Kim Il Sung was born on 15th April 1912 and his birthday has long been celebrated as the Day of the Sun by everyone who stands by the DPRK. The Day of the Sun is the biggest public holiday of the year in Democratic Korea and last weekend solidarity activists gathered at a hall in Kings Cross to join the Korean masses in honouring the immense contribution that Kim Il Sung made to the world communist movement throughout his long life.
The meeting was opened by KFA Chair Dermot Hudson who welcomed the other speakers that included diplomats from the DPRK embassy and New Communist Party leader Andy Brooks. Dermot spoke about Kim Il Sung’s life of struggle in the service of the people while Stoke KFA activist Shaun Pickford focused on the work of Korea’s militant trade unions. Kim Song Gi from the DPRK embassy said Kim Il Sung was a true people's leader and always at one with the people while Andy Brooks spoke at length about his meeting with President Kim Il Sung in 1990 and shared many interesting anecdotes about the great leader of the Korean Revolution.