Koreans rally against U.S. aggression
Published Jul 5, 2009 11:44 PM
Some 100,000 people poured into Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, capital city
of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, on June 25. This massive
crowd in a country of only 22 million people gathered at a rally and
commemoration entitled “June 25, The Day of Struggle Against U.S.
Imperialism.” The event marked the anniversary of the day in 1950 when
the U.S. started the war which killed millions of Korean people.
Photo: Korean Central News Agency
Revolutionary and anti-imperialist speeches were given by representatives of
urban and agricultural workers, youth and student organizations. Pak Pyong
Jong, vice-chair of the Pyongyang City People’s Committee, said that the
people of North Korea must “wage a staunch struggle to protect the
ideology, the system and cause of the DPRK and win a final victory in the
confrontation with the U.S.” (Korean Central News Agency, June 25)
The New York Times reported that speakers at the rally referred to the recent
testing of atomic weapons as a “nuclear deterrent,” meaning that
having such weapons at its disposal for self-defense would protect the DPRK
from attack by the U.S. (June 25)
Thousands of troops remain stationed on the border between north and south
decades after the Korean War unofficially ended. Successive U.S.
administrations have refused to sign a peace treaty.
Three days after the rally, BBC News reported that the DPRK’s economy is
growing substantially despite the continued political and economic attacks from
the U.S. and its allies. Agricultural production in the DPRK has increased 11
percent this year, giving the people greater nutritional sustainability in the
face of brutal sanctions. (June 28)
Despite the attacks from the United States and world capitalism, the DPRK under
the leadership of Kim Jong Il continues to resist the attempts to reinstate
colonialism and imperialist oppression and fights to maintain its system of
socialism and self-reliance.
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