Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Delivers New Year Address
Having seen out the year 2018, in which we adorned the history of the motherland, the revolution and the nation with meaningful events leaving another indelible imprint in the history, we are seeing in the new year 2019 full of hope.
As we see in the new year, I extend heartfelt greetings to all the people and service personnel and wish that homes across the country will brim with affection, hope and happiness.
My warm new year greetings go also to the compatriots in the south and abroad who shared our will in writing a new history of reconciliation, unity, peace and prosperity of the nation.
I wish success to the work of the Heads of State and other foreign friends who are making efforts for social progress and development and global peace and justice.
The year 2018 was a historic year in which remarkable changes took place in the internal and external situations and our socialist construction entered a new stage thanks to our Party's line of independence and strategic decision.
Thanks to our proactive and positive efforts a peace-orientated current was created on the Korean Peninsula and the international prestige of our Republic continued to be raised, and in the midst of this we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the glorious DPRK in splendour with great dignity and self-confidence.
Through the celebratory events held in September, the might of the DPRK which achieved the ideological oneness of the whole society and the single-hearted unity of the Party and the people and which possesses a reliable self-supporting economy and self-reliant defence capabilities, and the ardent will of the heroic Korean people to fight to the end for the victory of the socialist cause were fully demonstrated in front of the eyes of the whole world.
This year we are faced with the task of expanding the country's capability of independent development to open up bright prospects for taking a step forward towards socialist construction.
We have the strength and foundations to bring forward a brighter future of socialism by our own efforts, and we have also developed our own strategy and creative methods to this end. When we strive hard with an indefatigable spirit on the principle of self-reliance by adhering to the Party's new strategic line, our country's strength will redouble and our people's dreams and ideals will come true.
"Let us open a new road of advance for socialist construction under the uplifted banner of self-reliance!" - this is the slogan we should uphold. We should bring about a revolutionary upsurge on all fronts of socialist construction by regarding self-reliance as a treasured sword for prosperity, a spirit which has always been a banner of struggle and driving force for a leap forward in the whole course of the Korean revolution.
The might of the independent socialist economy should be further strengthened.
We should rely on our own technical forces and resources and the high creative spirit and revolutionary enthusiasm of all the people so as to succeed in attaining the strategic goals of national economic development and enter a new stage of growth.
We should properly plan and thoroughly implement the national operations aimed at maintaining, reinforcing and re-energising the national economy as a whole.
The state should promote talent training and sci-tech development purposefully and increase its investment in them.
Every sector in the national economy should give impetus to hitting the targets of the five-year strategy for national economic development.
The politico-ideological strength of our socialist state should be increased in every way possible.
It is necessary to unite the broad sections of the masses solidly around the Party by thoroughly applying the Juche-orientated view on the people, a people orientated philosophy, in the Party ans State activities.
We should accelerate the building of (a) socialist civilization.
The national defence capability should be solidified.
The munitions industry should, on the one hand steadily raise the national defence capacity to that of the world's advanced countries by stepping up the effort for making the defence industry Juche-based and modern, therefore guaranteeing the peace on the Korean Peninsula by force of arms, and, on the other (hand) should actively support economic construction.
In order to successfully carry out the militant tasks facing us this year, officials, leading members of the revolution should make redoubled efforts and struggle with determination and courage.
Today, young people should play a large part in promoting socialist construction.
It is needed to increase the role of Party organisations.
Last year was a stirring year which witnessed a dramatic change unprecedented in the history of national division spanning 70 years.
It is unprecedented that three rounds of inter-Korean summit meetings and talks were held in a year amid great expectations and interest of peoples at home and abroad and this clearly showed that north-south relations entered into a completely different stage.
All the nationals should hold high the slogan "Let us usher in a heyday of peace, prosperity and reunification of the Korean Peninsula by thoroughly implementing the historic North-South declarations!"
It is our steadfast will to eradicate military hostility between north and south and make the Korean Peninsula a durable and lasting peace zone.
Inter-Korean co-operation and exchanges should be expanded and developed in an all-round way so that national reconciliation and unity can be consolidated and all the fellow countrymen can practically benefit from improved north-south relations.
For the present, we are willing to resume the Kaesong Industrial Park and Mt. Kumgang tourism without any precondition and in return for nothing, in consideration of the hard conditions of business-persons of the south side who had advanced into the Kaesong Industrial Park and the desire of the southern compratiots who are eager to visit the nation's celebrated mountain.
When north and south join hands firmly and rely on the united strength of the fellow countrymen, no external sanctions and pressure, challenges and trials will be able to hinder us in our efforts to open a broad avenue to national prosperity.
We will never tolerate the interference and intervention of outside forces who stand in the way of national reconciliation, unity and reunification with the design to subordinate inter-Korean relations to their tastes and interests.
Last year our Party and the government of our Republic exerted responsible efforts to safeguard the peace and security of the world and expand and strengthen friendship with different countries.
The historic, first ever DPRK-US summit meeting and talks brought about a dramatic turn in the bilateral relationship which was the most hostile on the earth and made a great contribution to ensuring peace and security of the Korean Peninsula and the region.
(To be continued...)