Peace is guaranteed by powerful self-defence capabilities

August 23, 2023

Last July the Korean people celebrated the 70th anniversary of victory in the great Fatherland Liberation War with pride and honour of being victors.

In the grim war which was as good as the confrontation between A-bomb and rifle, the Korean people defeated the US, the ringleader of aggression, for the first time in history, and won victory, but they drew a  lesson as valuable as the win.

The lesson is that if they had the strength powerful enough to frustrate the US wild ambition for aggression, the war would never have ended in ceasefire.

As they underwent such bitter experience and harboured deep-seated grudge and they could no longer be a target of aggression, the DPRK formulated a self-reliant defence policy and has made steady efforts to increase its military capabilities.

In retrospect, the US imperialists and hostile forces have staged war drills against the DPRK from one decade to the next and from one century to the next, thereby constantly creating a hair-trigger situation which could lead to an outbreak of war at any moment on the Korean peninsula.

But although they have lived in the world’s number one hotspot, the Korean people have experienced no calamity of war for the past 70 years.

This is because the DPRK has had the powerful self-defence capabilities to resolutely contain and thwart the aggressors' attempt at armed invasion. History clearly remembers how peace has been maintained and protected on this land, which is the theatre of fierce confrontation between the two poles that are opposed to each other ideologically and institutionally, for such a long period.

In the present world of head-on clash between forces, the dignity, right to existence and genuine peace of a country are guaranteed by the powerful self-defence capabilities to overpower any enemy.

The enemies are taking a dangerous war gamble that may lead to an unprecedented nuclear war on the Korean peninsula, but the DPRK has the power to exterminate them. 

It was clearly proved by the military parade and the military hardware exhibition-2023 held last July in celebration of the 70th anniversary of victory in the Fatherland Liberation War. 

It is the steadfast will of the DPRK to prevent its security from being at stake at any cost.

As long as the imperialists, who use aggression against and domination over other nations as their mode of survival, remain on the earth, there will be no satisfaction and end in the struggle of the DPRK for bolstering up its self-defence capabilities and it will safeguard its sovereignty and global peace solely with the tremendous self-defence capabilities.

Ri Jong Chol, PhD and section chief of the Philosophy Institute of the Academy of Social Sciences

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