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History of Glory
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The WPK’s development course was an untrodden path as its founding had been.

After attaining the cause of immortality of the leader, a term unheard of in the world, it defined Songun politics as the basic political mode of socialism in the 1990s when the country faced severe trials, and started the grand Songun long march that would write a brilliant chapter in the DPRK’s history.

Kim Jong Il’s inspection of the Dwarf-Pine Post of the KPA on January 1, Juche 84 (1995) demonstrated his will to administer Songun politics, which he had pursued since the late 1960s, on a higher plane and in a comprehensive way. From that time on, he inspected many other army units.

He was elected the General Secretary of the WPK on October 8, Juche 86 (1997) and the Chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK at the First Session of the Tenth Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK on September 5, Juche 87 (1998). This was a political event that made it possible to etch in bold relief the history of the Songun-based revolutionary leadership in the annals of Juche.

Regarding the companies as the main link in the whole chain of strengthening the entire army, the WPK convened a conference of company commanders of the KPA and a conference of youth league activists of companies. It set military affairs as the most important of state affairs and remarkably increased the fighting efficiency of the KPA. The national conference of activists in aiding the army and the conference of heroes in the Songun era contributed to achieving the harmonious whole of the WPK, the army and the people centred on the leader, as well as the great unity of the army and the people.

The WPK achieved remarkable successes by dint of Songun politics, defending socialism, developing the country into a politico-ideological and military power and ushering in a new era in the building of a thriving socialist nation.

Underground nuclear tests were launched successfully in October Juche 95 (2006) and May Juche 98 (2009) as part of a measure to build up the country’s self-defensive nuclear deterrent and attain the status of a world-class military power.

During the Arduous March and forced march the Korean people not only endured the manifold hardships but overcame them with unshakeable faith and indomitable willpower to carry out the WPK’s gigantic plan by giving full play to the revolutionary soldier spirit and the Kanggye spirit, thus providing a firm springboard for achieving national prosperity.

The torch of Songgang and the torch of Ranam, both kindled by Kim Jong Il, led to a great revolutionary upsurge in the building of a thriving socialist nation. Power stations sprang up and the land realignment project was completed on a countrywide scale, starting in Kangwon Province, with the result that all the fields were standardized as appropriate to the land of socialist Korea. The flames of the industrial revolution in the new century and the flames of Hamnam flared up, effecting innovations in the building of an economic giant.

Thanks to the Kim Jong Il’s patriotic devotion, CNC technology was introduced in manufacturing machine tools. This led to a widespread CNC drive in machine-building, metallurgical, electric-power and coal-mining industries, railway transport and other major sectors of the national economy, and even locally-run industries.

He made tireless efforts to put the national economy on a highly Juche-oriented, modern and scientific footing, lay solid foundations for radically improving the people’s living standards and bring about miraculous innovations across the country, thus ensuring that monumental edifices representative of the era and prototypes of Songun culture were created.

In his work Let Us Carry Out the Great Leader Comrade Kim Il Sung’s Instructions for National Reunification, published on August 4, Juche 86 (1997), he defined the three principles for national reunification, the ten-point programme of the great unity of the whole nation and the plan of founding the Democratic Federal Republic of Koryo, all advanced by the President, as the three charters of national reunification. In April Juche 87 (1998) he set forth the five-point policy for great national unity, opening up a broad avenue for national reunification. And he arranged for the inter-Korean summit meeting, ushering in the June 15 reunification era.

The WPK’s Songun politics for anti-imperialist independence and its might have helped towards enhancing the dignity, prestige, influence and attraction of the DPRK in the international arena, promoting its international solidarity and expanding its external relations.

The harder-line stand it adopted to cope with the US imperialists’ nuclear and missile threats and its offensive diplomatic warfare against them contributed to demonstrating the strength of Songun Korea and establishing diplomatic relations with many countries of the world, including the EU and those in Western Europe, Canada and Brazil.

Kim Jong Il underwent the super-intense forced march, crossing Chol Pass amid a freezing blizzard on his way to the front line and singing to himself that he would follow the way with hope although nobody understood his feelings. Braving the trials of history for the security and happiness of his beloved people, he built up the ever-victorious tradition of the WPK and enhanced the prestige of the country and the nation. Indeed, he achieved immortal exploits for national prosperity and global peace, which will go down in history.

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