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On October 10, Juche 34 (1945), the WPK proclaimed its founding.

But the start of its founding can be traced back to the 1920s. In those days under Japanese imperialist colonial rule, the national liberation movement in Korea was in a state of virtual collapse owing to the harsh suppression by the Japanese imperialists and the scramble for power and factional strife among independence movement champions steeped in worship of big countries and dogmatism.

Putting an end to this state of stagnation and darkness and holding high the banner of independence, the Down-with-Imperialism Union (DIU), a new type of organization, was formed on October 17, Juche 15 (1926). Though formed in a simply-furnished room with under-floor heating, but with no platform, the DIU’s fighting programme became the basis of the programme of the WPK, the principle of independence the DIU advanced became the principle for building the WPK and its activities, and the revolutionaries of a new generation the DIU began to bring up became the backbone for the founding of the WPK.

As the guiding ideology and line of the Korean revolution and the policy of building a party were provided by Kim Il Sung in the days between the forming of the DIU and the convening of the Kalun meeting, the leading core of the revolution was trained, broad sections of the masses, including young people and students, were brought to their awareness for the anti-Japanese struggle, and several revolutionary organizations were formed.

On the basis of this, Kim Il Sung formed the Society for Rallying Comrades, the first party organization and the genesis of the WPK, in Kalun on July 3, Juche 19 (1930).

With this organization as the parent body, a similar organization was formed in the Onsong area in early October that year, and later many primary party organizations were formed in armed units and in the east Manchurian and northern border areas along the Tuman River. The work of forming party organizations gained momentum after the launch of the anti-Japanese armed struggle, culminating in the formation of the Party Committee of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army in May Juche 23 (1934).

In accordance with the policy advanced by Kim Il Sung at the Nanhutou meeting in February Juche 25 (1936), the struggle to lay the party’s organizational and ideological foundations was waged full steam, resulting in the formation of the Homeland Party Working Committee, Changbai County Party Committee and other party organizations in the vast area of Manchuria and the northern border and other areas in Korea. With the founding of the Association for the Restoration of the Fatherland, the first anti-Japanese national united front body in Korea, in May Juche 25 (1936), a mass foundation was provided for the founding of a party of a Juche type, and the cause of party building greeted a new era under Kim Il Sung’s unified leadership.

The organizational and ideological foundations and revolutionary traditions for party building created in the days of the arduous anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle made it possible to launch the work of founding a party immediately after the country’s liberation.

On returning to the country after achieving the cause of national liberation, Kim Il Sung felt that it was a matter of urgency to illuminate a true path for building a new Korea at the earliest possible date and found a party, the General Staff of revolution, in the acute situation that was created with the division of the country into the north and south. He ensured that party organizations were formed in various parts of the country and, after making full preparations, formed the Central Organizing Committee of the Communist Party of North Korea on October 10, Juche 34 (1945). In line with the demands of the developing reality, the Communist Party merged itself with the New Democratic Party, another party of the working masses, in August Juche 35 (1946), and proclaimed the founding of the Workers’ Party, thus becoming a unified, mass-based party capable of rallying not only the working class but other broad sections of the working masses into a political force and enlisting them. Later, the Workers’ parties existing in the north and south of Korea with identical guiding ideology and organizing principle were merged, developing into the Workers’ Party of Korea.

According to the unanimous wish of all the WPK members, Kim Il Sung was elected Chairman of the Central Committee of the WPK.

Having first founded the WPK after Korea’s liberation, Kim Il Sung, amid the prevailing complicated and difficult situation, put forward the WPK’s lines of building regular armed forces and people’s government, and wisely led the efforts to implement them, thus making it possible to conduct the building of a new Korea without twists and turns under the WPK’s leadership.

The agrarian and other democratic reforms were carried out successfully in a short period and such historic events as the building of the Korean People’s Army, a regular revolutionary armed force, and the founding of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea took place in succession in Juche 37 (1948). This enabled the WPK to secure its leadership position in all fields of the revolution and construction and enhance its functions and role to the maximum as befits a ruling party, thereby accumulating rich experience in party building.

The cause of founding a party of a Juche type, which had struck its roots in the DIU and advanced consistently in the protracted course of the bloody anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle, was thus accomplished with credit. It is an undying exploit in that it ushered in an era of national independence and a new history of prosperity for the Korean nation, and set a brilliant example of building a revolutionary party.

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