Kim Il Sung 1968 address to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Excerpt from “The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is the Banner of Freedom and Independence for Our People and the Powerful Weapon of Building Socialism and Communism – Report at the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Founding of the D.P.R.K.” September 7, 1968 by Kim Il Sung

Inevitable are the complete downfall of world imperialism led by U.S. imperialism and of all varieties of reactionaries and the ultimate triumph of the joint struggle of the people all over the world for peace and democracy, national independence and socialism. This is the basic trend of our times which no force can ever check.

The invariable policy pursued by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in international relations is to cement the unity and cohesion of the socialist camp, develop friendly and co-operative relations with newborn states in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and render active support and encouragement to the peoples of these areas in their liberation struggle against imperialism and the peoples of all countries in their revolutionary struggle. We regard it as an internationalist duty to do so and spare no efforts to that end.

The Government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Korean people decidedly oppose the criminal war of aggression by the U.S. imperialists in Viet Nam and resolutely support the just struggle of the heroic Vietnamese people. Our people consider the struggle of the Vietnamese people their own and are fully ready to fight together with the Vietnamese people whenever requested by the Government of the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam.

The Korean people sternly condemn the incessant aggressive maneuvers of the U.S. imperialists against the Republic of Cuba and resolutely support the heroic struggle of the fraternal people of Cuba who are safeguarding their fatherland and revolutionary gains and building socialism with success.

Our people extend warm fraternal greetings to the peoples of the socialist countries fighting against the policy of aggression and war pursued by the imperialists headed by the U.S. imperialists, for the victory of the common cause of socialism and communism.

The Korean people trenchantly denounce the U.S. imperialists for their armed intervention in Laos and actively support the Laotian people in their just struggle for national independence.

Our people give full support to the righteous struggle of the Cambodian people against the interference of the U.S. imperialists and their stooges for the defense of territorial integrity and national sovereignty.

Our people support and express militant solidarity with the Japanese people in their struggle against U.S. imperialism and domestic monopoly capital for winning the country’s complete independence, democracy and peace.

The Korean people give resolute support to the peoples of the United Arab Republic, Syria and other Arab countries in their struggle against the armed aggression of U.S. imperialism and its lackeys, Israeli expansionists, for defending national independence and building a new life.

The Korean people positively support the peoples of Algeria, Guinea, Mali, the Congo(B), Tanzania, Mauritania, South Yemen, the Yemen Arab Republic, Burundi, Somalia and Zambia in their struggle against imperialism and colonialism for the consolidation of national independence and the prosperity of their countries.

Our people support the peoples of the Congo (K), Angola, Mozambique, Portuguese Guinea and other African countries in their struggle for freedom and liberation, give support to the Palestinian people in their struggle against the imperialists led by the U.S. imperialists and the Israeli expansionists for the liberation and independence of their fatherland and extend support to the struggle of the Zimbabwe people against the “independence” of Southern Rhodesia unlawfully and arbitrarily concocted by the Smith clique and to the struggle of the South African people against racial discrimination.

We support the revolutionary struggles of the peoples of Venezuela, Colombia, Guatemala, Bolivia, Dominica, Peru and other Latin American countries who are waging valiant armed struggles against U.S. imperialism and pro-U.S. reactionary dictatorships.

The Korean people express firm solidarity with the working classes and toiling peoples in the capitalist countries fighting against the exploitation and oppression of capital for their democratic rights and socialism, and extend warm encouragement to their struggle.

Our people will always stand firm by the peoples fighting for peace, democracy, national independence and socialism, and strive to strengthen solidarity with them.


The struggle for our people to drive the U.S. imperialists aggressors out of the South Korea and unify the fatherland is developing in close connection with the anti-imperialist, anti-U.S. struggle which is unfolded dynamically on a world-wide scale.

South Korea is not only a complete colony of the U.S. imperialists but also their military base for invading the whole of Korea and Asia, and our country is one of the most fierce battle fronts in the anti-imperialist struggle where we stand face to face with the chieftain of world imperialism. We must force the U.S. imperialist aggressors out of South Korea and accomplish the unification of the fatherland, thereby fulfilling our national and international duties:

U.S. imperialism is the Korean people’s sworn enemy who has engaged in aggression against our country for over 100 years now ever since the intrusion of the U.S.S. “General Sherman.” The U.S. imperialists, despite the shameful defeat in their first attempted aggression, ceaselessly perpetrated aggression and barbarous plunders in our country, committing so many indelible crimes against the Korean people. Before liberation, the U.S. imperialists supported the occupation of Korea by Japanese imperialism and its colonial rule and, after liberation, they replaced the Japanese imperialists to occupy South Korea directly and lorded it over there as new colonial rulers.

The U.S. imperialists have enforced the most reactionary, colonial military fascist rule in South Korea for over 20 years. They have reduced South Korea to their complete colony and military base of aggression and plunged the South Korean people into a living hell where poverty and hunger, terrorism and massacre prevail. All sorts of brutalities committed by the U.S. imperialists in the southern half of our country ever since its liberation have left a most disgraceful page in the aggressive history of modern imperialism.

The U.S. imperialists clamor as if South Korea is an “independent state” and some sort of independent “government” exists there in an attempt to conceal their dirty colors as colonial rulers of South Korea. But it is no more than a clumsy farce which can deceive no one today.

The Korean people are a single nation and have one state and one government. The only state for the Korean nation is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Government of the D.P.R.K. alone represents the real national interests and will of the entire people of North and South Korea. The so-called “Republic of Korea Government” in South Korea is a puppet regime which can never represent the South Korean people nor exercise any sovereignty.

The Power of our Republic is a patriotic and anti-imperialist power, whereas the “power” of South Korea is a traitorous one. The power of the Republic is led by patriotic revolutionary fighters who have long since fought valiantly against foreign imperialist aggressors for the liberation and independence of the fatherland, whereas the successive rulers of the South Korean puppet regime are, without exception, stooges fostered by the U.S. and Japanese imperialists and the traitors to the nation who sold the country and the nation to their masters. As for the present rulers who form the South Korean puppet regime today, they are also traitors who betrayed the country and the people in the past like all their predecessors.

While communists were waging 15 years of sanguinary struggle against Japanese imperialism with arms in our hands for the freedom and independence of the fatherland, the present South Korean rulers swore their allegiance to the Japanese “Emperor” and perpetrated barbarities of brutally suppressing and slaughtering those revolutionaries and patriotic people who rose in the anti-Japanese struggle.

They are military gangsters who, after the surrender of Japanese imperialism, changed their master and became faithful lackeys of the U.S. imperialists, and usurped “power” in a burglarious way with the backing of the very U.S. imperialists.

Further, the power of the Republic is an independent and sovereign power, whereas the so-called “power” of South Korea is an out-and-out colonial and dependent “power”.



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