[CanKor received the following message by email from Pyongyang. It was sent from a familiar official email address, but was not signed by any particular DPRK organization. We reproduce it here as we received it on 3 January 2012. –CanKor.]
As you have heard, the Korean people have undergone the great lose of nation by the sudden demise of the great leader Kim Jong Il on the 17th of December in 2010.
The great leader Kim Jong Il has made the great contribution for the independent and peaceful reunification of Korea and to provide the peace and security of the Korean peninsula in his life time.
Even though the great leader Kim Jong Il passed away so suddenly, the Korean people, holding high the wise leadership of respected and beloved comrade Kim Jong Un, the supreme leader of our party and people and the supreme commander of KPA, will continue their struggle for the construction of the prosperous and powerful country and the realization of the reunification of Korea which was the desire of the great leader Kim Jong Il in his life period.
This year is the significant year of when the president Kim Il Sung has announced the 3 great principle of national reunification in 40 years ago, the 15th establishment anniversary of the 3 great charter for the national reunification by leader Kim Jong Il, and the 5th anniversary year of the publication of the historic October 4 Joint Declaration between the north and south.
Hoping that the New Year joint editorial will help in your struggle for the solidarity with Korea people in their struggle for the reunification of Korea, we send you the reunification part in the joint editorial.
“We must thoroughly carry out the instruction of President Kim Il Sung, eternal sun of the nation, and the respected leader Kim Jong Il on national reunification.
The reunification of the country was the lifelong desire of the great persons of Mt. Paektu and the greatest national task assigned to our generation.
General Kim Jong Il opened up a broad avenue for accomplishing Kim Il Sung’s cause of national reunification by devoting his whole life.
Today, the dear respected Kim Jong Un, another peerless patriot, stands in the van of the effort to carry out the cause of national reunification under the banners of the immortal three charters for national reunification and the north-south joint declarations. As solid foundations have been laid for national reunification and the whole of 70 million Korean people are burning with patriotic zeal, the long-cherished desire of the nation will be materialized without fail before long.
Last year, proceeding from a patriotic intention to open a new phase for reunification and prosperity, we proposed wide-ranging talks and negotiations to the south Korean authorities, and made consistent efforts to realize them.
However, running against the trend of the times and the public sentiments, the conservative ruling forces in south Korea responded by further intensifying worship of other countries, including the United States, confrontation with the fellow countrymen in the north and war manoeuvres against the north. The acts contrary to morality and against the nation committed by the group of traitors in south Korea-neglecting the greatest national sorrow and hindering in every possible way the offering of condolence-triggered soaring indignation and denunciation on the part of all compatriots.
The ruling forces have become an object of people’s stern trial.
The development of last year reaffirmed the truth of history that our nation’s will for independent reunification, peace and prosperity can be broken by no force and the anti-reunification forces will surely be defeated.
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the publication of the October 4 Declaration, the action programme of the June 15 Joint Declaration.
In this meaningful year we must bring about a decisive turn in accomplishing the cause of national reunification as we hold high the slogan “Let all the compatriots open the gates of national reunification full of fresh confidence!”
The stand of national independence and putting the nation above anything else should be maintained in a thoroughgoing way.
Solving the problems of inter-Korean relations by rejecting aggressive foreign forces and pooling the efforts of our nation itself is the demand of the June 15 reunification era. All the fellow countrymen in the north, south and abroad should open a broad vista for national reunficaiton with the conviction that our nation should be of the first and foremost consideration and that they will have nothing they cannot do if they maintain the thoroughgoing stand of national independence.
Marking the fifth anniversary of the publication of the October 4 Declaration, the atmosphere of supporting the north-south declarations and the will to implement them should prevail across the whole of the national territory. The south Korean people should wage a fierce mass struggle aimed at resolutely frustrating the schemes to sell the interests of the nation in collaboration with the foreign forces.
National reconciliation and unity is the precondition and guarantee for national reunification.
The common interests of the nation should be given top priority, and everything should be subordinated to them. Confrontation between fellow countrymen that is driving the inter-Korean relations towards catastrophe should be strongly opposed and rejected.
Acts against reunficaiton, acts that disgrace the dignity of the nation and foster distrust and antagonism between the north and the south, cannot be tolerated in the slightest. All the fellow countrymen should wage a nationwide struggle to frustrate the anti-reunification policy hostile to compatriots pursued by the group of traitors, hindering national reconciliation and unity and escalating confrontation.
The prevailing situation urgently demands that the war moves of the bellicose forces at home and abroad be checked and frustrated.
The entire nation, under the unfurled banner of anti-war and peace should smash every move of reckless military provocation, arms buildup and war exercises against the north.
Constant vigilance against the danger of military collaboration of the bellicose forces within the country and without should be maintained, and the US aggressor forces, the main obstacle to peace in the Korean peninsula, should be pulled out from south Korea.
Today’s struggle to implement the instructions of Kim Jong Il on national reunficaiton is a patriotic one related with the destiny of the nation in the new century of the Juche era. All the Korean people in the north, south and abroad should unite closely under the banners of the June 15 Joint Declaration and the October 4 Declaration and give further spurs to the reunification movement. By doing so, this year they should make a breakthrough for independent reunification.”
We express our firm belief that you would render an invariable support and solidarity, as in the past so in the future, too, to the Korean people in their struggle for the realization of national reunification.
- Death of Kim Jong Il: Official DPRK Announcement (CanKor.ca)