Plans of Workers' Party of Korea to Strengthen Movement for Peace and Reunification

The 8th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), held in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) from January 5 to 12, addressed important issues for the independent reunification of the country and development of external relations. Referring to the Report delivered to the Congress by Kim Jong Un, the Supreme Leader of the DPRK, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) published the following account of the discussion:

"Our nation is now standing on the crucial crossroads of whether to advance along the road of peace and reunification," Kim Jong Un said. "It is no exaggeration to say that the current inter-Korean relations have been brought back to the time before the publication of the Panmunjom Declaration and the hope for national reunification has become more distant."[1]

The Report to the WPK's 8th Congress stressed that north-south relations cannot thaw by the efforts of one side alone nor improve by themselves with the passage of time. To thaw relations, the Report said, it is necessary to take a stand to resolve the basic problems first in the north-south relations; halt all acts hostile toward the other side, and seriously approach and faithfully implement the north-south declarations.

Kim Jong Un clarified the WPK's principled stand on inter-Korean relations as follows: 

The south Korean authorities are going against the implementation of the north-south agreement on guaranteeing peace and military stability on the Korean Peninsula. In disregard of our repeated warnings that they should stop introducing the latest military hardware and joint military exercises with the U.S., the south is securing and developing new cutting-edge offensive equipment including ballistic and cruise missiles.

At the present moment the DPRK does not need to show goodwill to the south Korean authorities unilaterally as in the past, and the DPRK will treat them according to how they respond to our just demands and how much effort they make to fulfill the north-south agreements.

The third part of the Report to the WPK's 8th Congress also noted that whoever took power in the U.S., the real intentions of its policy toward the DPRK would never change. The Report stressed the need for an "adroit" strategy towards the U.S. while at the same time steadily expanding solidarity with the anti-imperialist, independent forces.

The Report also referred to the need to frustrate the reactionary offensive of the enemy and raise the prestige of the DPRK by enhancing the role of the external information sector. It stressed the need for the field of external work to further develop relations with the socialist countries, and consolidate unity and co-operation with the revolutionary and progressive parties which aspire for independence, and launch a dynamic joint struggle against imperialism on a worldwide scale so as to make the external environment of the DPRK evermore favourable.

The Report expressed the steadfast determination of the WPK to reliably defend the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula as well as of the rest of the world. There is no country on this planet, it said, which is permanently exposed to the threat of war as is the DPRK, nor a country as strong in its people's desire for peace.

The Report to the 8th Congress points out that "we have stored the strongest war deterrent, and steadily develop it, aimed at defending ourselves and opening up an era of genuine peace free from war forever. Now that our national defence capability has risen to such a level that it can pre-emptively contain the threat of the hostile forces outside our territory, in the future any heightening of tensions on the Korean Peninsula would lead to the instability of security on the part of the forces posing a threat to us."

Stating that the key to establishing a new DPRK-U.S. relationship lies in the U.S. withdrawal of its hostile policy toward the DPRK, the Report clarified the WPK's stand that it would approach the U.S. on the principle of power for power and goodwill for goodwill in the future, too. It reaffirmed that the DPRK, as a responsible nuclear weapons state, will not use its nuclear weapons unless the aggressive hostile forces try to have recourse to their nuclear weapons against the DPRK.

By clarifying the foreign policy and stand of the WPK for strengthening friendship and solidarity with all the countries in the world respecting the sovereignty of the DPRK and for achieving genuine international justice, the Report on the work of the Central Committee of the WPK provided strategic and tactical guidelines for further increasing the DPRK's international authority and influence in the new period to be reviewed, KCNA says.


1. The Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula was signed by Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the DPRK and Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea on April 27, 2018, following north-south summit talks at the House of Peace, Panmunjom.

(January 9, 2021. Photos: TML, Fightback News)

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Volume 51 Number 5 - February 21, 2021    

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