By New Worker correspondent
NEW COMMUNIST Party comrades joined other communists at seminar last week at the John Buckle Centre in south London to celebrate the 66th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK).
The seminar at the London HQ of the RCPB (ML), called by the Friends of Korea co-ordinating committee, heard contributions from Korean solidarity activists on the achievements of the WPK and its great leaders Kim Il Song and Kim Jong Il, over the years.
It was chaired by Dermot Hudson of the UK Korea Friendship Association and the discussion began with contributions from Michael Chant of the RCPB (ML), NCP general secretary Andy Brooks and DPR Korea London diplomat Mun Myong Sin on the importance and relevance of the Korean revolutionary experience to the world communist movement in the 21st century.
The NCP leader praised the feats of the WPK and denounced the hostile propaganda of imperialism against the DPRK in his contribution, which focused on the relevance and meaning of independence and self-sufficiency in Juche thinking.
Michael Chant spoke about the importance and significance of the WPK and the great role of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and Dermot Hudson gave a succinct history of the Korean communists’ revolutionary struggle from the beginning of the struggle against Japanese colonial rule in the 1920s.
After a round-table discussion the seminar concluded with the unanimous agreement to send the following congratulatory message to Democratic Korean leader Kim Jong Il.
Message of Congratulations
Adopted at the Seminar organised by Friends of Korea, October 6, 2011 (Juche 100)
To Comrade Kim Jong Il
General Secretary, Workers’ Party of Korea
Dear Comrade Kim Jong Il
This Seminar convened to celebrate the 66th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea conveys to you its warmest and most fraternal greetings. It also wishes you the very best for your continued successes on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of your election as the General Secretary of the Party, and on the occasion of the 85th anniversary of the formation of the Down-with-Imperialism Union by the great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung.
The DPRK has the inviolable right to defend its sovereignty and independence, and develop the human and material resources to do so. It is the US military presence which has been a threat to peace and security on the Korean Peninsula for more than 60 years, since the division of the nation following the Second World War. The aspiration and task taken up for solution by the Korean people, under your leadership and that of the Workers’ Party of Korea, is to reunify and denuclearise the Korean Peninsula under the banner of “By our nation itself”, which reflects the united will of the Korean people. Korea Is One!
These are difficult times for the world’s peoples, but the continued defence by the DPRK of its sovereignty, and its refusal to conciliate with the arrogant bullying of US imperialism, is a very great contribution to the people’s struggles. Our hearts go with you every step of the way in your great work.
The work of progressive people in Britain, in this regard, is to counter the slanders and disinformation spread about the DPRK, and to unite everyone in solidarity and friendship. US imperialism, closely supported by the British government, is escalating military tension on the Korean Peninsula, and our struggles here are also to hit at this Anglo-American chauvinism and trouble-making.
The Workers’ Party of Korea under your leadership is the sure weapon to defend the achievements of the Korean people and to thwart all the plans of Anglo-US imperialism to stifle and wipe out the beacon of the DPRK.
May we wish you on this occasion good health and long life, and assure you that we stand shoulder to shoulder with you in our common cause of building a new world, the world of peace, independence and socialism.
With warmest fraternal regards
Seminar organised by the Co-ordinating Committee of Friends of Korea