The Korean people will celebrate the 70th founding anniversary of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on September 9 2018. As a co-chair of the Asia-Pacific Regional Committee for Korea's Peaceful Reunification, I am fully confident that this e-seminar will serve as an significant chance for us to look back on the 70 years of Korea's contemporary history and meaningfully celebrate this day with the Korean people who will be also celebrating in a festive mood the 70th anniversary of the formation of their sovereign state.
History of the DPRK, which was founded on September 9, 1948, was the history of struggle to develop despite constant and persistent threatening of the US Regime. If we study the history of Korea on an historical basis, the DPRK is an official name of the legitimate government representing all parts of Korea- both the north and south.
Nowadays, due to the distorted propaganda of the West and forced misunderstanding about Korea, the ordinary people associates this name of country, the DPRK, to the north Korea, however, I assert that the DPRK is a legitimate government established by the general election actively participated in by Koreans both in the north and south Korea.
"Divide et impera", otherwise "divide and rule" has been the main method of the US to infringe upon the sovereignty of countries and because of this policy a tragic history of national division and two "governments" is lasting on the Korean peninsula, the country of a homogeneous nation. Moreover, there have been puppet regimes of the US in the south Korea, to safeguard the interests of the US in the region.
Although the DPRK, founded by President KIM IL SUNG, pushed ahead the building of the independent state, opposing the intervention of the foreign forces ever since its formation, this has been also the struggle to fight back against military aggression and blackmail, economic sanctions and blockades of the US and other imperialist forces.
Koreans in their struggle to defend the system and society opted by themselves came to fully realize that only when they develop the strong nuclear deterrent, can they safeguard its sovereignty and also peace and security on the Korean peninsula. The DPRK has become a nuclear power similar to several other nations.
Recently, the US made a great fuss about the possession of nukes by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. It claims that as the DPRK has developed nuclear weapons, the situation on the Korean peninsula has become aggravated and so it has been forced to pursue a policy hostile against the country.
It is a far-fetched theory that distorts the facts and history, an attitude to camouflage the origin and unjustness of its DPRK policy.
The US hostile policy towards the DPRK is deep rooted.
Far before the outbreak of the "nuclear issue" on the Korean peninsula, the US had pursued a hostile policy towards the DPRK.
The end of the Second World War led to the opening of a cold war between East and the West. The US felt the necessity to check the Soviet "southward advance" in Asia and have a springboard for invading the Eurasian continent. For these purposes, it gave birth to a demarcation line on the 38th Parallel on the Korean peninsula, and occupied its southern half as a "liberator" on the excuse of "disarming" Japanese troops.
From that day on, the US has pursued a hostile policy towards the DPRK to realize its strategy of dominating Asia by swallowing the whole of Korea with south Korea as a springboard.
The US has defined the DPRK, from the day of its inception, as its enemy state and refused to recognize its sovereignty. In the last century it established diplomatic relations with the USSR and other socialist countries in the eastern Europe, whose guiding ideology and system were different from its own, but it refused to call the DPRK by its official name, much less establishing diplomatic relation with it. This has been unprecedented in international relations.
Its hostile policy towards the DPRK has really been tenacious. No countries in the world have been technically in a war with each other for 60 years after fighting an actual war like the US and the DPRK. After the Korean war(1950-1953) the US systematically ran against the articles of the Armistice agreement and prolonged the state of armistice intentionally.
In November 1953 the US National Security Council met and defined it as its ultimate goal in Korea to turn south Korea into its military ally and prevent "communization" of the whole of Korea while maintaining the Armistice until the realization of "pro-US unification" of the Korean peninsular.
Accordingly, it intentionally scuttled in June 1954 the Geneva Conference for peaceful settlement of the Korean question, and turned a cold shoulder to the many peace proposals and initiatives advanced by the DPRK, like those of concluding a peace treaty between the DPRK and US (1970s), of holding three-party talks that would include south Korea as well (1980s), of establishing a new peace mechanism (1990s) and of declaring the cessation of hostilities (2000s). This cannot be construed otherwise than an intention to approach the DPRK as a belligerent, as an enemy.
The US has already worked out various types of war scenarios for invading the DPRK at a time of emergency and enforcing military government, like operations plans 5029, 5030 and many other series. For their execution, it has staged various joint war games in south Korea for several decades, changing their names, like Focus Retina, Freedom Vault, Team Spirit, Key Resolve, Foal Eagle and Ulji Freedom Guardian.
These are not the only negativive actions produced by the US Regime's hostile policy towards the DPRK.
In the early 1950s, when a socialist system was yet to be established in the DPRK, the US began to impose harsh economic sanctions on it by invoking COCOM. By putting the country on the list of the enemy tariff areas, it has frozen the DPRK's funds in other countries, hindered its external transactions and schemed to prevent its access to external markets.
Worse still, it has enlisted even international organizations in imposing economic sanctions and blockades on the country. What is clear is that it has imposed harsh economic sanctions and blockades on the DPRK far before the outbreak of the nuclear problems on the Korean peninsula.
Besides, it has long invested a large sum of money to espionage, ideological and cultural infiltration and internal disintegration aimed at overthrowing the system of the DPRK.
Historical facts show that the US hostile policy towards the DPRK is not a product of the DPRK's possession of nukes, but the latter's possession of nuclear weapon is a product of the formers' hostile policy.
For the nuclear problem on the Korean peninsular to be solved, the US must first revoke its hostile policy towards the DPRK, which is the source of the problem.
The US revoking its hostile policy and converting the Armistice treaty into a peace mechanism and withdrawing the US troops from the south of Korea is a prerequisite for Korea's reunification, but also a precondition for the peace of the region and that of the world.
Today, the DPRK is writing its new history of building a prosperous state as it holds His Excellency KIM JONG UN in high esteem, who is continuing the leadership of President KIM IL SUNG and His Excellency KIM JONG IL to ensure the rising and shining of a powerful people-orientated nation with whom none should dare to toy with.
The future of the DPRK, as it has been in past, is rosy and bright as it is guided by the great leaders. Such leadership is a paramount stimulus for Koreans in the south and the north who yearn for the reunification of a great , independent country of Korea for Korea is One! [kk]
Co-chair Asia Pacific Regional Committee for Korea's Peaceful Reunification
Ambassador United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific