Through the unremitting struggle against all forms of subordination, inequality, interference and aggression, Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has now developed into a powerful force aspiring after genuine international justice, thus rising to global prominence and demonstrating its power.
Over 46 years since its admission into NAM at the NAM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held on August 25, 1975 in Lima, Peru, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has traversed the road of glorious struggle, overcoming all sorts of trials of history under the uplifted banner of anti-imperialism and independence.
Our country has now developed into a powerful fortress for the common front of anti-imperialism, and NAM has consistently advanced along the road of independence and prosperity. These are entirely the brilliant fruition of immortal leadership of the external revolutionary activities undertaken by President Kim Il Sung, outstanding thinker and theoretician and great sage of the independent era.
President Kim Il Sung wisely led the NAM member states to adhere to the fundamental idea of anti-imperialism and independence, and to counter the aggression and interference of domination forces with the strategy of unity by forming a broad unified front.
He met with a number of heads of state and prominent political figures from the non-aligned countries and taught them that they should unite each other to prevent their countries from being reduced again into the colonies of imperialists, thus making sure that the NAM member states overcome the divergences, differences and disputes among themselves, and achieve unity and solidarity.
Spurred on by the great program for consolidating the unity and solidarity of NAM as has been set forth by President Kim Il Sung in his historic conclusion “For the Development of the Non-Aligned Movement” in June 1986 and in other related works, the non-aligned countries were able to smash the imperialists’ attempts for fomenting discord among the NAM member states, relying on the despicable double-dealing tactics, and have steadfastly advanced along the road of anti-imperialism and independence.
The immortal feats and outstanding leadership performed by President Kim Il Sung for the global independent cause and the advancement of NAM could indeed make it possible for the 20th century to mark its historic position as an era of independence.
In the grim period of mid-1990s when the destinies of peoples were at a crossroads of either falling into the imperialists’ slaves or becoming independent people, Chairman Kim Jong Il set forth scientific revolutionary theory that all countries and nations can only achieve independent development and prosperity when they adhere to Juche character and national character.
This is an immortal contribution made by Chairman Kim Jong Il, since the non-aligned countries and other anti-imperialist and independent countries have been able to form strong unity and fully discharge their international duties and missions assumed before the era in their struggle for global independence.
Comrade Kim Jong Un, President of the State Affairs of the DPRK, faithfully upholding the noble idea for global independence cherished by President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il with his brilliant wisdom, extraordinary leadership, and outstanding revolutionary practices, has solemnly declared his great intention at the Eighth Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea to resolutely carry on anti-imperialist joint struggle on a worldwide scale.
In today’s world beset by increasingly undisguised interference and aggression against the sovereign states, independence and equality cannot be presented by others but these precious gains can only be achieved by the efforts and strength of all the non-aligned countries. And when the NAM member states undertake united and active efforts, a desired fruit will be borne in safeguarding independence and resolving international issues in a fair way.
It is an invariable stand of the DPRK to actively promote the global independence by realizing genuine international justice and to strengthen friendship and solidarity with all countries respecting our sovereignty.
The DPRK government will, as ever, expand and develop the relations of friendship and cooperation with the non-aligned countries and exert all its efforts to strengthen and develop NAM under the uplifted banner of anti-imperialism and independence.
Jo Chol Su
Director-General, Department of International Organizations
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea