The year 2016 adorned with exciting events and miraculous successes, fully demonstrating the dignity and prestige of socialist Korea, is running out.

Torchlight gala evening of young vanguard demonstrated the faith and will to fully display the ever-victorious spirit and militant might of Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League.

Torchlight gala evening of young vanguard demonstrated the faith and will to fully displaythe ever-victorious spirit and militant might of Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League.

This year the Korean service personnel and people celebrated the Seventh Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea as a glorious meeting of victors and left an outstanding mark on the political history of the world and the history of building a powerful socialist country.

They gave fullest play to the inexhaustible political and ideological might of the country that is stepping up the general advance towards the accomplishment of the revolutionary cause of Juche, closely rallied behind the respected Kim Jong Un.

There were a mass rally and public procession of Pyongyang citizens in celebration of the Seventh Congress of the Party, army-people rallies in Pyongyang and other provinces to congratulate Kim Jong Un on the election as Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, and a grand torchlight gala evening in celebration of the Ninth Congress of Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League. They displayed the jubilation of the entire Korean nation at having held the Marshal at the top posts of the Party and the State, and testifi ed that the DPRK is the politico-ideological, military and youth power in which the leader believes in the people and serves them selfl essly and devotedly, and its army, people and youth place absolute trust in their leader and advance along the same road, following the Party for ever. The whole country brimmed over with indomitable spirit of cherishing pure loyalty to the leader and devoting their all to translating into reality the ideas and plans of the Party, the spirit of bearing in mind the soul and spirit of Paektu and displaying the comradeship of sharing the same destiny on the road of revolution, and the spirit of braving difficulties and ordeals and performing mass heroism.

Kim Jong Un guided the manufacturing of nuclear weapons [March Juche 105 (2016)].

Kim Jong Un guided the manufacturing of nuclear weapons, March 2016

This grand march by dint of single-hearted unity made great leaps forward and effected innovations in this year’s struggle to build an economic giant.

The working people throughout the country launched the 70-day campaign of loyalty to celebrate the Seventh Party Congress with unprecedented labour achievements, and thanks to their patriotic zeal the planned tasks of the campaign were overfulfilled by 44% and the industrial output increased by 1.6 times to that of the same period of the previous year.

Kim Jong Un inspected the Sci-Tech Complex

Kim Jong Un inspected the Sci-Tech Complex, January 2016

All the Party members, working and young people turned out in the 200-day campaign of loyalty to glorify this year when the Seventh Congress of the Party was held. By waging an unyielding struggle to follow the road for building a powerful socialist country as illuminated at the Congress, they performed labour feats in all the workplaces.

The electric-power, coal-mining and metallurgical industries and rail transport sector gave a powerful boost to the economic development with the spirit of self-reliance and self-development and by dint of science and technology. Keeping abreast of it, other sectors of the national economy, including building-materials, chemistry, machinery and light industry, fanned the flames of increased production.

The first-stage construction of the Honggondo Tideland was completed.

The first-stage construction of the Honggondo Tideland was completed.

Between late August and early September six cities and counties in North Hamgyong Province situated along the Tuman River were hit by a typhoon and heaviest downpour that caused worst-ever flood damages. To cope with the emergency, the WPK took important measures to direct the main thrust of the 200-day campaign to the rehabilitation of the afflicted areas.

The service personnel and the working people who were dispatched to the flood-stricken areas resolved to carry out the Party’s intention and turn the areas into the paradise in the era of the Workers’ Party, and hastened the construction work.

The completed Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station No. 3.

The completed Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station No. 3.

The Sangwon Cement Complex, the Sunchon Cement Complex and other units in the building-materials industry sector carried out the production tasks set higher than usual, and the electric-power, coal-mining and metallurgical sectors increased their production within the shortest time to supply the areas with electricity, coal and steel in larger amounts. The rail transport sector reconstructed the railway tracks in the afflicted areas and ensured the prompt delivery of necessary materials.

The agriculture, light industry and other sectors of the national economy also waged vigorous campaigns to produce food, consumer goods and various materials needed in the rehabilitation projects.

Baby homes, orphanages and primary and middle schools for orphans were built and schoolchildren’s camps were refashioned across the country

Baby homes, orphanages and primary and middle schools for orphans were built and schoolchildren’s camps were refashioned across the country

The agriculture, light industry and other sectors of the national economy also waged vigorous campaigns to produce food, consumer goods and various materials needed in the rehabilitation projects. Thanks to the might of single-hearted unity of all the service personnel and people to support the Party’s politics of loving the people, a miracle of turning misfortune into a blessing was wrought in the afflicted northern areas, which resounded with the cheering for the Workers’ Party and for socialism.

The Korean service personnel and people made continuous efforts this year to usher in a new heyday of civilization and prosperity, thereby erecting numerous monumental structures testifying to ever-changing appearance of the country, which underwent changes every year, yesterday and today, morning and evening. Baby homes and orphanages, primary and middle schools for orphans, and other structures reflecting the Party’s ennobling view on the rising generation and the future were built in every province of the country, and modern bases and facilities for the people’s livelihood and their cultural and leisure activities sprang up in Pyongyang and other parts of the country. Cutting-edge scientific and technological achievements, such as the successful launch of the artificial satellite Kwangmyongsong 4, were made, while brilliant successes gained in the sports, educational, and the art and literature sectors.

The service personnel of the People’s Army mercilessly smashed the ever-increasing machinations to ignite a war by the imperialist aggressive forces, and the defence industry sector achieved a series of landmark successes in the tests of state-of-the-art weapons and equipment. They thus displayed the inexhaustible strength of Songun Korea and provided a sure guarantee for peace and security in the Korean peninsula and the region.

The world progressive people expressed their increasing support for and solidarity with the DPRK that invariably advanced straight ahead along the road of independence, Songun and socialism, undaunted by outside pressures and blackmails, and resolutely frustrated the sanctions and isolation campaigns on the strength of self-development.

Seeing out the year with great pride and dignity, the Korean service personnel and people are greeting the hopeful new year, full of confidence in victory that a brighter future is in store for them as they are led by the respected Kim Jong Un.

Choe Kwang Ho