Self-reliance immutable course of development

The Fifth Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea held in late December last year put forward the line of smashing straight through all the barriers standing in the way of advance for socialist construction on the strength of self-reliance.

Self-reliance is the invariable revolutionary mode and fighting principle of the DPRK which regards independence and self-respect as its life.

The 70-odd-year history of socialist construction in the DPRK constitutes its victorious advance by dint of self-reliance.

The banner of independence by their own efforts the first generation of Korean revolutionaries held up during the anti-Japanese war has been carried on faithfully as the banner of independence and self-reliance in the whole course of laying the groundwork of democracy from scratch after Korea’s liberation and of building socialism.

The DPRK laid the solid foundations of an independent economy by eliminating the centuries-old backwardness and poverty and carried out socialist industrialization on the debris of war, which was so extensive that the hostile forces argued the country could not rise up even after 100 years, in a matter of 14 years, all in the revolutionary spirit of self-reliance and fortitude.

Today it has held up higher the banner of self-reliance, a declaration of its indomitable will to carry through the cause of building a powerful socialist country by giving full play to the might of self-reliance.

It has no other way of building a socialist power or mode of development than to steadily enhance the capacity of the independent national economy and rely on it.

In the present world rife with the US’ high-handedness and arbitrariness no one wants to help the DPRK nor can do so.

Unless it steps up the efforts to build up its own self-development capacity while waiting for the lifting of sanctions, the enemy offensive would grow stronger and finally it would only delay the timetable for a powerful nation building.

Only when it creates more wealth for self-reliance and self-sufficiency, can it completely neutralize the sanctions pressure by the hostile forces and bring earlier the day of victory of socialism—this is the faith of the DPRK.

It has inexhaustible potentials for development which have been increased under the wise leadership of the WPK.

The brilliant victories and achievements it made last year when it was faced with the worst trials and difficulties fully prove how strong the DPRK is and how enormous its potentials for development are.

The DPRK will as ever hold fast to self-reliance and dynamically push ahead with the building of a powerful socialist nation.

The Pyongyang Times