There are a number of anecdotes known to the public showing the great personality of the iron-willed, brilliant Commander Kim Il Sung, the eternal President of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, who led to victory the antiJapanese armed struggle in the early 20th century and the Fatherland Liberation War in the 1950s. However, the ambition of the US and other imperialists to invade Korea has never changed and, more than that, it has intensified generation after generation.

Chairman Kim Jong Il of the DPRK National Defence Commission led the acute anti-US confrontation to victory after victory while putting the US imperialists to the disadvantage. Between the late 1960s and the early 1970s he started to administer Songun politics. In January 1968 the US’s armed spy ship Pueblo intruded into the territorial waters of Korea only to be captured by the navy of the Korean People’s Army. At that time the US kicked up a racket as if it would go to war at once, while deploying huge armed forces including an aircraft carrier around the Korean peninsula. The American politicians demanded Korea make an apology and return the ship, and threatened that if Korea rejected their demand they would use nuclear weapons. Korea coped with the blackmail by declaring that it would answer the “retaliation” with retaliation and return an all-out war for the “all-out war,” making full combat preparations.

Frustrated by this stand, the US had no option but to send a letter of apology in which it apologized for the espionage and hostilities committed by the Pueblo against the DPRK and gave assurance that no US ships would intrude into its waters of the DPRK again in the future. The then US President Johnson lamented that it was the first letter of apology since the birth of the United States. Later, the US’s large spy plane EC-121 was shot down when it intruded the airspace of the DPRK in April 1969. In August 1976 some MPs of America committed an act of provocation against security guards of the DPRK in the joint security area at Panmunjom along the Military Demarcation Line which divides the Korean peninsula into the north and the south, only incurring due punishment. These incidents brought an ignominious defeat of the US. All those victories were attributable to Chairman Kim Jong Il’s art of commanding military operations.

With the beginning of the 1990s the US imperialists’ moves to stifle and isolate Korea reached extremes. The US doggedly made a fuss about the suspicion of nonexistent nuclear development of the DPRK. Arguing for nuclear inspection it attempted to take advantage of the matter as a means of isolating the country internationally. To the end the US instigated the International Atomic Energy Agency to adopt a “resolution” aiming at forcible inspection of military installations of Korea, while conducting the Team Spirit joint military exercises on the largest ever scale in an attempt to support the racket militarily.

Kim Jong Il crushed the US imperialists’ scheme of ad hoc inspection and led the confrontation to victory, thus safeguarding the country’s sovereignty and socialism. On March 8, 1993 he issued an order of the Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army declaring a semi-war state to the whole country, all the people and the entire army. Days later, he saw to it that a statement of the DPRK government was made public declaring its withdrawal from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in order to protect the national sovereignty and supreme interest. It foiled the US’s attempt to internationalize the nuclear issue of the Korean peninsula. Instead, the DPRK-USA Agreed Framework was adopted at the talks between the two governments, and the then US President Clinton sent Chairman Kim Jong Il a letter of assurance guaranteeing its implementation.

In the 2000s as well as the late 1990s the DPRK still became the main front of anti-US confrontation. Believing in the omnipotence of force, the US further intensified its moves to isolate and stifle the DPRK and, on the pretext of the absurd “nuclear problem” and “missile problem,” persistently pursued its scheme to disarm Korea and dismantle its socialist system by mobilizing the allied forces of imperialism.

In this context Kim Jong Il maintained a resolute stand of launching a counterattack. He saw to it that his country coped with the enemy’s “high pressure” with higher one and “hard-line measures” with harder-line ones. Under his wise leadership the DPRK government issued a statement on complete withdrawal from the NPT in January 2003, and the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement on the nation’s possession of nuclear weapons in February 2005. As Korea has been acknowledged as a nuclear state that manufactures and launches artificial earth satellites, the one-sided nuclear threat from the US against Korea—spanning scores of years— has been terminated completely. The victory without gun report in the anti-US showdown is just the great victory of the Chairman’s matchless courage and iron will, and resolute and determined measures.

This tradition of victory is now being carried on by the KPA Supreme Commander Kim Jong Un. On December 12, 2012, Korea successfully launched its earth satellite Kwangmyongsong 3-2. At that time the US, Japan and the south Korean puppets mobilized a lot of up-to-date equipment to survey the satellite. But the DPRK leader foiled their attempt with his protean tactics. The next year when the enemy kicked up a racket while finding fault with Korea’s satellite launch, he saw to it that a third underground nuclear test was carried out for a counterattack. Then he advanced the policy of simultaneously conducting economic construction and nuclear buildup. It resulted in successes in an underwater launch of ballistic missile from a strategic submarine, a simulation of ballistic rocket’s re-entry into the atmosphere and a test-fire of ground-to-ground intermediaterange strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong 10. All these were done under the on-the-spot guidance of the leader.

The epoch-making events encouraged the Korean people in their endeavour to build a thriving socialist nation and dealt a heavy blow to the imperialists who were desperately clinging to their moves to check Korea’s advance. In late 2014 a Russian newspaper carried an article which reads in part as follows:

“Today the DPRK’s nuclear possession is bringing respect for the courageous and wise Korean people from those people who are coolly assessing the balance of power in the international arena. Because the country’s nuclear possession can be a means to tame the US that is resorting to arbitrary policies in collusion with NATO after dismantlement of the Soviet Union. The emergence of a new nuclear power is reinforcing global peace, security and stability. The progressive world knows well that global peace will be ensured as long as there are the nuclear weapons in the hand of the indomitable and diligent Korean people. Those nuclear weapons will always protect the goodnatured people and entirely contribute to the effort to check the US and Western forces’ desperate attempt to realize their plan to invade other countries.”

An article by Chae Hui Won