Sep 20, 2010
A little more than one year has passed since the Conference of the Workers’ Party of Korea was held in September 2010. What has taken place in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea over the period is in the limelight of the world community. It is because in the past a party conference would always be followed by events of great significance.
The WPK would call a conference, when necessary, between the intervals of Party congress in order to either discuss urgent issues concerning its lines and policies, strategy and tactics or decide organizational issues. It called its first conference in March 1958.
In those days, the Chollima Workteam Movement, was sweeping the whole country as a campaign to educate the working people in socialist ideology and bring about innovations in economic construction by giving free rein to mass heroism. The movement resulted in such miracles that the Korean working people rolled 120 000 tons of steel plate by using a blooming mill with a 60 000-ton capacity and produced 270 000 tons of pig iron at a blast furnace with a 190 000-ton capacity.
The Party conference held in this situation put forth specific tasks of the Five-Year Plan (1957-1961) for laying the foundations of industrialization and the ways to implementing them, and adopted relevant decisions. The conference opened up a bright vista for the Korean people and instilled greater confidence and courage into them.
After the conference the DPRK further promoted the drive to transform the relations of production in urban and rural areas along socialist lines, thus finishing the agricultural cooperativization in August that year to be followed by the completion of socialist transformation of private handicraft economy and individual trade and commerce. Consequently, a socialist system was established in Korea. The above-said movement was launched more vigorously throughout the country to carry out the Five-Year Plan ahead of schedule, with the result that eye-opening achievements were made in the overall economic construction, including the establishment of heavy industry centers based on machine-building industry.
The WPK called its second conference in October 1966.
The conference adopted as its decision the line of simultaneously carrying on the building up of the economy and defense under such grave situation that the US became ever more pronounced in its moves for aggression, giving rise to the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Incident of Gulf of Tonkin in Vietnam.
All the Korean people turned out in implementing the WPK’s line to the letter.
Rapid progress was made in industrial production during the period of the First Seven-Year Plan; by the end of the plan the DPRK was in a position to turn out in only 12 days the goods manufactured in one year of 1944 before Korea’s liberation. The Korean people carried out the historic tasks of industrialization in a matter of 14 years (1957-1970), thus striking the world with admiration.
The DPRK made marked achievements in the defense upbuilding as well, thus consolidating its defense capabilities in every way. The fact is well proved by the following incidents: In January 1968 the US armed spy ship Pueblo was captured while intruding into the territorial waters of the DPRK. EC-121, a large US espionage plane, was shot down in April 1969. Whenever such incidents happened, the US made much ado as if to start a war at once by deploying huge armed forces including nuclear aircraft carriers around the Korean Peninsula. Their attempts, however, ended in failure every time, overpowered by determined will and inexhaustible military power of the DPRK, which returns retaliation for “retaliation” and all-out war for all-out war.
These facts foretell a new event in the DPRK, in that the third conference of the WPK was held in September 2010.
The new event may be that the DPRK will open the gates of a prosperous and powerful country in 2012, marking the centenary of birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung, the founding father of socialist Korea.
As a matter of fact, Korea is registering miraculous economic achievements with each passing day after WPK conference.
In December 2010 the Kim Chaek Iron and Steel Complex perfected a new steel-making system of using no cokes and is now normalizing its production on a high track. Coal gasification projects have been brought to completion, thus mass-producing fertilizers by relying on coal abundant in the country. The Huichon Ryonha General Machine factory, a producer of high-performance CNC machine tools, has facelifted itself into a plant of green architecture type. The construction of the Huichon Power Station, a gigantic project which would take more than ten years, is nearing its completion, only three years after its groundbreaking. The Pyongyang Wheat Flour Processing Factory and other factories of light industry, including foodstuffs, textiles and garments, have been reconstructed on a modern basis, opening up an avenue to bring about a fresh turn in improving the people’s standard of living. Fish farms breeding sturgeon, rainbow trout and other are fished and large-size fruit farms have been set up in several parts of the country.
New achievements are being in the sectors of cutting-edge technologies, including IT, bioengineering and nano technology, on the basis of experience of having held supremacy of CNC technology.
The construction of modern dwelling houses including 100 000 flats in Pyongyang, road-building, landscaping and other land management work are in full swing in all parts of the country, with the result that the country is facelifting its appearance as befits a prosperous and powerful nation.
The international community will witness a new event that the Korean people open the gates of a thriving nation 2012 under the leadership of the WPK.