The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has been striving to maintain its noble idea of independence against imperialism and peace against war and to realize genuine international justice. Forty-five-year-long DPRK’s brilliant traces associated with NAM are also recorded in the history of NAM.
An admission of the DPRK into NAM was approved by consensus at the Conference of Foreign Ministers of the Non-Aligned Countries held on August 25, 1975 in Lima, Peru, with the participation of the delegates from 84 NAM member states and international organizations, and the representatives from more than 20 countries and organizations of national liberation movement.
Many delegates to the Conference said unanimously at that time that the admission of the DPRK to NAM could be compared to a forming of the nucleus of the Movement, and expressed their strong feeling that only the great President Kim Il Sung, who had gained the country’s independence by relying on the national strength and firmly adhered to the independent spirit even under the complex international situation, could lead this Movement in conformity with the expectation of the developing countries.
From the early days of the establishment of NAM, President Kim Il Sung paid deep attention to the strengthening and development of the Movement. He clarified the anti-imperialistic character and independent principle of NAM in his several works including the historic treatise “The Non-Aligned Movement Is a Mighty Anti-imperialist Revolutionary Force of Our Times” published on December 16, Juche 64 (1975), thus having guided this Movement into a revolutionary movement on a worldwide scale.
As the imperialists maneuvered to sow mistrust and discord within the NAM aimed at creating division and alienation among its member states, President Kim Il Sung made sure that the NAM member states dealt a crushing blow to the imperialists by forming a broad united front. President Kim Il Sung rejected the improper arguments, which came following the end of the Cold War, questioning the validity of NAM and claiming the shift of direction, and he wisely directed NAM so that the Movement, which takes the sovereignty as its lifeline, could invariably maintain the fundamental idea and the independent principle, thus having saved the Movement from an acute stage.
Under the energetic guidance of the great President Kim Il Sung, who had worked to see the NAM member states freed forever not only politically but also economically from the subordination and inequality, oppression and exploitation, several meetings were significantly held in Pyongyang, to include the Symposium of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries on Increasing Food and Agricultural Production, and the First Conference of Ministers of Education and Culture of Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries. The DPRK rendered both material and moral support to the Non-Aligned and other developing countries, such as 30-plus construction projects in 22 Non-Aligned and other developing countries and the irrigation projects in 20-plus countries, all of which helped lay the foundations for those countries to attain self-sustenance.
Amid the grim reality of 1990s, which saw the mingled appearance of injustice and tyranny, Chairman Kim Jong Il consolidated our country into a powerful independent state by holding to his unique Songun politics, and thus instilled conviction and courage to the NAM countries, led them into becoming disillusioned with the Western “assistance” and global “integration” and adhering to the independent stand and put the Movement – which had temporarily been in low spirit – on a new track. This is the great exploits performed by Chairman Kim Jong Il.
Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, who steadfastly inherits the revolutionary idea and cause of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il with his outstanding strategy and seasoned leadership, has solemnly declared at the Seventh Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea that he will smash the high-handedness and arbitrariness of the imperialists and will not flinch from advancing the cause of global independence.
A struggle for realizing genuine international justice today is a struggle for realizing the sovereignty and equality of every country and nation, and it is also a sacred struggle for achieving global independence.
Just as it has made consistent efforts for strengthening and developing NAM, the government of the DPRK will continue to steadily maintain the purity and ideals of the Movement, develop the friendly and cooperative relations with the NAM member states and discharge its responsibility and role as a member state of NAM.
Jo Chol Su
Director-General of the Department of International Organizations
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea