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Songun Politics Enforced by Great Brilliant Commander


In the 90s of the last century, socialism was collapsed in some east European countries including the former Soviet Union and great changes were made in the world political structure and the balance of forces.

  Availing themselves of this opportunity, the imperialist reactionaries focused their attack on socialist Korea invariably holding fast to the banner of independence, the banner of socialism.

As a result, the anti-imperialist military front became a main front of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, which was decisive of the fate of the country, the nation and socialism.

  At that time the great leader Kim Jong Il deeply saw through the international surroundings and the trend of the situation and enforced the original Songun or military-first politics in an all-round way.

Songun politics is a mode of revolutionary leadership and a political mode of socialism that regard the military affairs as the most important of state affairs and, relying on the revolutionary disposition and militancy of the People's Army, defend the country, the revolution and socialism and forcefully accelerate the socialist construction as a whole.

  In February Juche 88(1999) Kim Jong Il declared that the Songun politics is his main political mode and it is an almighty treasured sword to lead the Korean revolution to victory.

  He developed in depth the theory on the Songun politics with his outstanding ideological and theoretical activities.

  Doctor and Associate Professor O Hyok Chol, Section Chief of the Academy of Social Sciences, says:

  "On January 3, 2001 the great Kim Jong Il explained about the basis and origin of the Songun politics.

  He said the exploits performed under the Songun-based revolutionary leadership of the great leader Kim Il Sung and its experience are the basis of the Songun politics we are enforcing today.

  We carried forward the Songun idea of Kim Il Sung to develop it in depth into a political mode according to the present actual conditions. That is the Songun politics. Herein lies the reason why the Songun politics is a revolutionary political mode to accomplish the revolutionary cause of Juche pioneered by Kim Il Sung to the end."

Afterwards, Kim Jong Il made public a number of works including "Songun Politics of Our Party Is a Powerful Political Mode of Socialism" and "The Songun Revolutionary Line Is a Great Revolutionary Line of Our Era and the Banner of Victory of Our Revolution".

  In the works, he described the Songun politics as a main political mode of socialism and said it is a strategic political mode to be consistently kept as long as imperialism remains on the earth and the revolution continues.

  His Songun politics stirred up the world revolutionary people for its great influence and attraction.



Virtue and Affection and the DPRK


Many good deeds of regarding the pain of others as one’s own and helping one another are told in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Here goes a story of those who helped Ri Song Hak, a student of Hamhung University of Chemical Engineering, walk on his feet.

In early March 2018, Ri was diagnosed with acute myelitis at the Hamhung Railway Hospital.

He grew hopeless as the paralysis was getting worse and he had no sense of feeling in his legs even when someone pinched them to bleed. As a student in his 20s, only several days ago he had gone to the school with the hope for the future and with ambition.

His parents could not hold tears as they saw their son asking the doctors of the hospital to help him walk again.

At that time the medical workers of the hospital held a consultation.

As a matter of fact, the status of the patient was very urgent. The paralysis and complication of various diseases were critical. And there was no guarantee that he would be able to walk again even if he was cured of the disease. There was also an opinion that he should be sent to a bigger hospital.

At this moment, the head of the neurology department volunteered to treat the patient. All other medical workers responded to his burning passion.

From that day on many doctors including the department head and nurses launched intensive treatment; various methods like medication therapy, hand therapy, and psychological treatment were applied in succession; they did their best even sacrificing their holidays and days off.

There were other people who were concerned about the treatment of the patient. Officials, teaching staff and students of his university and his neighbours came to the hospital with various restoratives and nutritious foods; among them were some who did not even know the patient.

The university teachers suggested giving the patient on-the-spot lectures to relieve him from the worry of being absent from lectures and encourage him to be confident that he could stand on his own feet. This opinion was supported by the hospital staff.

In this country where free medical care and education is practised, all the expensive medicines, medical treatment and even the on-the-spot lectures were free. But the important thing was the deep affection and good-heartedness of many people who devoted themselves to the treatment and recovery of the patient.

At last after 200 days of treatment, the patient could return to his dear school.

Some time later Ri Song Hak got married to a girl, a graduate of Hamhung College of Technology.

Actually the girl had known him only by name before he was diagnosed with acute myelitis. But when Ri was suffering from a misfortune, she willingly volunteered to be his life companion. This determination was made not because there was guarantee that the patient could be cured, but by the good heart of Hyon Kwang Suk who thought there should be no one who suffers from misfortune in her socialist country where people help each other and live harmoniously.

Her mother supported her daughter’s determination, and joined her daughter to help him. In the course of this, she promised to live with him.

During the wedding ceremony, Ri Song Hak made up his mind to devote his everything to the good of all the grateful people, who did their best to help him, and of his motherland.


Able Scientists in the DPRK


Recently, amid the hot wind of attaching importance to science and technology and talents sweeping the whole country, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is producing world-startling able scientists.


Sensation in the Material Science Circles

Dr and Associate Professor Yu Chol Jun, head of the material science department of Kim Il Sung University, created a sensation in the world material science circles by dint of his clear head and abilities.

He gave scientific explanations to the structures and physical properties of new materials of the world interest. Based on his research achievements, the world material science circles made public a new extended average approach named after him. The achievements attracted the interest of the German professors in material science during the DPRK-Germany symposium on applied science held in Pyongyang, capital city of the DPRK, in 2006.

In his thirties, he became a Doctor of Physics and one of the national top scientists and technicians and received a doctorate in natural sciences from the German academic circles.

He presented tens of valuable papers to the international academic journals and attracted particular attention of the circles while participating in the international seminars on material design more than ten times. Now, as a member of the international association for advanced materials, he is conducting joint research with scientists of the most prestigious universities in the world.

The young man, born in a mountainous village, says: I have been able to achieve these successes as I have engaged in scientific research through continuous education, ranging from prodigy education to postgraduate course, and have been provided with all conditions thanks to the policies of the state.


Winning Recognition by the TWAS


Kim Kwang Hyon, a researcher at the Laser Institute of the State Academy of Sciences, was selected as TWAS Young Affiliate from the East & Southeast Asia and Pacific Region (ROESEAP) in his thirties, the first of its kind in the DPRK.

He was also appointed a regular member of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, the most prestigious institute in the field of theoretical physics.

Born in Kanggye, a mountain town in the northern part, he received systematic prodigy education at a middle school and at the faculty of physics of University of Sciences situated on the outskirts of Pyongyang. Now, as an able researcher at the Laser Institute of the State Academy of Sciences, he distinguished himself in the research of laser, a frontier science at the time.

In a DPRK-Germany presentation on applied mathematics and physics held in October 2005, he attracted the academic circles’ attention by making public his study of on-axis modulation of intensity distribution of laser beams by computer-generated phase holograms. He worked out basic theories for realizing the nonlinear optical effect by using metal nanomaterials. Typical examples are ultrashort pulse generation, an important thing in the research of material properties, and optical delay, a significant thing in optical telecommunications. For this, he received doctorate in this field from the German academic circles. Tens of his valuable academic papers were carried in international academic journals authoritative in the optical field and at international symposiums, and he became an authority in the fields of laser and optics.


Winners of the Prize of Grand Master in Memory


     Students from Kim Hyong Jik University of Education won the international memory master prizes in the 27th World Memory Championship (WMC) held in Hong Kong of China in December 2018.

The Korean students participated in the international memory championship for the first time, but proved successful.

Pang Un Sim broke the previous world record of 3 040 by 3 240 at the one-hour random words memory event and 520 by 540 at the five-min random numbers memory event held next day. On the third day, Ri Song Mi broke the previous world record of 300 by 302 at the fifteen-min words memory event.

The two girls took the title in junior and senior group events, respectively, winning the International Grand Master of Memory, the top prize of the championship, Ri’s record was registered on the Guinness Book of World Records.

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