take and what policies it would pursue after the demise of Kim Jong Il, chairman of the National
Defence Commission on December 17, 2011.
At this time Kim Jong Un, supreme leader of the DPRK, inspected a guards division of the
Korean People’s Army, delivering a delicate message to the international community.
The division, organized by President Kim Il Sung, founding father of socialist Korea, in
August 1948, is an elite tank division which performed distinguished feats during the Korean
war (1950-1953) unleashed by the United States. Chairman Kim Jong Il started his
Songun-based revolutionary leadership by visiting it on August 25, 1960.
It is noteworthy that Kim Jong Un visited this division as his first official visit after the
national loss and his assuming the supreme commandership of the KPA on December 30, 2011,
and that on New Year’s Day of 2012.
When he visited the division he said that as he offered New Year greetings to Kim Jong Il
lying in state in the Kumsusan Memorial Palace it seemed as if he were telling him to visit the
105 guards tank division and so he came there straight.
AP reported that Kim Jong Un acquainted himself in detail with the living of the soldiers with
parental affection and posed for photographs with them much like President Kim Il Sung
and Chairman Kim Jong Il did.
His inspection of the division that day is too similar to that of Chairman Kim Jong Il, who
visited an army unit on New Year’s Day of 1995, the year after President Kim Il Sung’s death.
His inspection of the unit, known as the Dwarf-Pine Company, signified the direction of his
future politics, declaring to the world that he would carry forward the cause of socialism holding
higher the banner of Songun.
Thanks to his Songun politics the DPRK has strengthened the national defence capabilities in
every way, and even built a nuclear deterrent strong enough to avert the constant nuclear threats
of the United States. It has braved the worst economic difficulties with the KPA as the pillar and
the main force of the cause of socialism. Two rounds of successful launch of the artificial earth
satellites and the mass-production of Juche iron, Juche fertilizer and Juche fiber have further
cemented the might of the self-supporting national economy. It has also entered the road of
building a powerful country with knowledge-based economy by relying on the successful
building of the CNC-based machine-building industry. By dint of Songun politics the June 15
North-South Joint Declaration and the October 4 Declaration, the action programme of the
former, were adopted, unfolding the bright vista for achieving the national reunification. As the
Korean-style socialism has been safeguarded and further strengthened, the world socialist
movement is inspired with a new vigour. Governments which aspire after socialism emerged one
after another in Latin America which had been called the “quiet backyard” of the United States.
Songun politics has been proved as the ever-victorious banner and all-powerful sword of
socialist cause and the cause of independence of mankind.
Proceeding from these facts Kim Jong Un’s visit to the guards division constitutes an
important occasion which demonstrated his iron-like will to add brilliance to the achievements of
Songun-based leadership of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and inherit their Songun politics
without the slightest vacillation.
This was testified by the events that coincided with this inspection tour; announcement of a
decision of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea,
publication of joint slogans of the Central Committee and Central Military Commission of the
WPK on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung, and the New Year’s
joint editorial of Rodong Sinmun and other leading newspapers, titled, Glorify this year 2012 as a
year of proud victory, a year when an era of prosperity is unfolding, true to the instructions of the
great General Kim Jong Il. Korea has demonstrated its faith and will to venerate Kim Jong Il as
the eternal leader of the WPK and the Korean people and build a thriving socialist country
without fail under the unfurled banner of Songun.
Just like in the days when Kim Jong Il was alive Songun politics is thoroughly being applied
in all fields of politics, military affairs, the economy and culture. The whole country has turned
out in the effort to surely open the gates of a thriving nation by 2012, the goal set by him.
Single-hearted unity of the whole society has reached the highest level and the self-reliant
national defence capabilities have been continuously strengthened.
As long as it is led by Kim Jong Un, who is unwaveringly inheriting the banner of Songun,
only victories will be in store for socialist Korea.