Wednesday, 9 August 2017
Sanctions will fail to crush Juche Korea (updated and expanded version of the earlier article "Why Sanctions Cannot Defeat People's Korea the land of Juche") special article by Dr Dermot Hudson
On Saturday 5th of August the UN Security Council, a stuffed shirt body and tool of US world imperialism , voted for a new sanctions resolution 2371 against People's Korea .Shamefully certain big powers that profess themselves to be anti-imperialist sided with US imperialism and voted for the sanctions in the UNSC. Earlier the US had passed a new sanctions act targetting the DPRK , Russia and Iran .
The UNSC sanctions are seen as particularly stringent , as the statement of the DPRK government said the UNSC santions amount to a " total ban even on normal trade activities and economic exchange, thereby disclosing before the whole world its evil intention to obliterate the ideology and system of the DPRK and exterminate its people.". Trump has been boasting that the UNSC sanctions will cause a loss of $1 billion for the DPRK .
Some people ask , how can People's Korea survive these sanctions ? What will happen ? Well first of all sanctions are not new for the DPRK . In fact the DPRK is one of the most sanctioned countries in the world.
The US first imposed sanctions on the DPRK in 1950 .The US fabricated about 40 acts against the DPRK since the 1950s such as Act of Export Control (June 28, 1950,) the Act of Trade with Enemy State (December 17, 1950,) the Act of External Aid (August 1,1962)the Wassenaar Arrangement (July 12, 1996) and the Act of International Financial Structure (1994.) By these acts,all economic sectors of the DPRK are under sanctions and she has been prohibited to make trade, financial transactions and the exchange of science and technology. In the past decade the UN Security Council under the baton of the US imperialists adopted sanctions against the DPRK under the pretext of the DPRK's nuclear test and the satellite launches imposed sanctions in 2006,2009 ,2012 and 2013. These sanctions were unable to check either the DPRK's nuclear and space programmes not the massive construction programme which saw multi-storied buildings rise one after in quick succession.
In fact in the late 1950s when the sanctions and blockade of the US imperialists and other Western countries was most intense and the DPRK faced pressure from the big power chauvinists and revisionists . This did not impede the growth of the DPRK ,instead the Korean people under the leadership of the great leader President KIM IL SUNG launched the Chollima movement(Chollima being the legendary winged horse of Korea that can cover thousands of miles in a day). Industrial output value soared by 36% per year !
Two Western academic experts Brun and Hersh in their book 'Socialist Korea' wrote"when it is considered that one of the most acute problems in industrial
development of nations with a low starting point is created by the competition
of 'advanced' nations one can grasp the short sightedness of the embargo policy...Thus strange as it may appear the effects of the Western embargo against the Asian socialist countries may have been far different than those intended".
During the early 1960s rather than being the great benefactor of the DPRK that some imagine the Soviet Union suspended economic co-operation with the DPRK basically imposing its own sanctions on the DPRK because the DPRK refused to follow its revisionist policies. President KIM IL SUNG said that "The revisionists fell on their knees before the threat and blackmail of the US imperialists and capitulated against the interests of the revolution". He further explained that some difficulties in the implementation of the Seven Year Pan had been caused by the revisionists but stressed that "We could not give up our revolutionary principles and toe the line of the revisionists capitulation just for a few more tons of steel".
Secondly, the sanctions will fail because of the Juche Idea , the policy of self-reliance and self-development and the power of the independent , Juche-based economy of the DPRK.
The great leader President KIM IL SUNG stressed that the Juche Idea itself is a weapon to combat imperialist sanctions and blockade saying that ; "The United States, Japan and other modern imperialist states are now blockading our country in the political, economic and military spheres. But the Korean communists have a sufficient amount of vitamins of the Juche type with which to frustrate that blockade. The attempt to conquer the Workers’ Party of Korea, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Korean people by military means or to stifle them politically and economically is a wild daydream, like an attempt to break a rock with an egg-After the evacuation of the guerrilla zones, small units and political workers actively infiltrated into the homeland. The seeds of the revolution were sown in the vast lands of Manchuria and Korea.
This wise teaching perceptively foresaw the desperate attempts of the US imperialists and UNSC to stifle Korean style socialism.
The DPRK's independent national economy can produce almost any product from a wrist watch to a nuclear missile. In the 1970s the DPRK was able to produce 98% of its own machinery and 75% of fuel and industrial materials. Foreign trade is a small percentage of gross national product in the DPRK unlike the south Korean puppet regime which has 88% of its gross national product
coming from foreign trade and is therefore highly dependent. Thus a large part of the DPRK's GDP would be unaffected by sanctions. $ 1 billion only amounts to about 3.5 per cent of the Western estimate of GDP for the DPRK but as the real GDP of the DPRK is in fact higher it is a much lower figure.
The DPRK's Juche-based independent national economy is strong .You cannot see foreign owned banks towering above the streets of Pyongyang. The DPRK economy is owned and run ,basically, by the Korean people.As to talk of restricting joint ventures , the DPRK survived and prospered without joint-ventures for many years , they can and will do again .
A typical example of the DPRK's Juche-based self-reliant independent national economy is Vinalon ,a synthetic fibre produced from limestone which means that the DPRK does not need to import cotton .The DPRK perfected a Juche-based method of iron and steel production without coking coal .In recent years the DPRK has succeeded in making a tube train with indigenous resources and technology as well as a light aeroplane and of course the satellite Kwangmyongsong 4 was launched using resources and materials of the DPRK.
Dear respected Marshal KIM JONG UN has strongly emphasised the self-development first principle saying "Worship of big countries and dependence on foreign forces is the road to national ruin; self-development alone is the road to sustaining the dignity of our country and our nation and to paving a broad avenue for the revolution and construction”.
Although the UNSC , US , Japanese , EU and south Korean sanctions may cause some short term and temporary problems , the DPRK will fight back with the spirit of self-reliance, upholding the Juche idea and upholding the self-development first principle. The DPRK does not need foreign banks etc, it needs Juche, it needs self-reliance , it needs self-development . There will be greater import substitution which will strengthen the national economy greatly and led to further spectacular development. The Korean people will end the disease of import dependency totally by upholding respected Marshal KIM JONG UN's great teachings on self-development. The Korean people will smash the imperialist sanctions with Juche ,self-reliance and self-development and will build a stronger , more prosperous socialist country !
Dr Dermot Hudson
President Association For the Study of Songun Politics UK
Chairman Juche Idea Study Group of England
Official Delegate UK Korean Friendship Association
Member International Committee For the Study of Songun Politics