September 19, Juche107(2018)

Congratulatory Message

To the Officials of Chongryon and All Other Korean Compatriots in Japan

 

Today, with the dignity and pride in being great victors and full confidence in and optimism for the final victory of the cause of building a powerful socialist country, our people meaningfully greet the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the DPRK, our glorious motherland, I, in reflection of the wish of the great Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, the founders and builders of our Republic and eternal sun of socialist Korea, and on behalf of the government of the Republic and the people in the homeland, extend warm congratulations and compatriotic greetings to all the officials of Chongryon (General Association of Korean Residents in Japan) and other Korean compatriots in Japan.

The sacred course of development of our Republic–its founding, defending, miraculous events and prosperity–is associated with the invaluable blood and sweat shed by the officials of Chongryon and other Korean compatriots in Japan, who have exalted the honour of their organization as a pacesetter of patriotism, a model of loyalty and a prototype of overseas compatriots’ organizations, flying high the tricolour flag of the Republic in the faraway alien land.

In the past, Chongryon officials and other Korean compatriots in Japan, true to the great leaders’ outstanding ideas of the movement of overseas compatriots and their leadership, consolidated Chongryon, born of the Juche idea, steel-strong as a patriotic organization that shares destiny with their socialist homeland in whatever the adversity, and resolutely defended our Republic against all sorts of abuses and onslaughts by the hostile forces.

They shared weal and woe with the people in the homeland, who are beating the untrodden path of socialism and implementing the cause of building a great, powerful country under the uplifted banner of Juche, and devoted their ardent patriotism to achieving the independent reunification of the country and its prosperity.

I extend a noble tribute to the patriotic compatriots, known and unknown, including the first generation of Chongryon, who supported the great leaders regarding them as their spiritual mainstay, as the saviours of their destiny, and dedicated their precious lives on the road for their homeland and nation.

My warm thanks go to all the officials of Chongryon and other Korean compatriots who, sharing destiny with their socialist homeland and asking for no honour and reward, are supporting their homeland with unstained conscience and obligation and stoutly following the road of genuine patriotism as their predecessors did.

At present our Republic is dynamically stepping up the historic advance for achieving the ultimate victory of the cause of building a powerful socialist country in conformity with the requirements of the new, higher stage of the development of the revolution which has attained the highest position as recognized by the world.

Cherishing the unique pride and dignity of having built high a monument of patriotic loyalty to the motherland over the glorious 70 years of Kim Il Sung’s and Kim Jong Il’s Korea, Chongryon officials and other Korean compatriots in Japan should charge forward to carry out the decisions of the 24th Congress of Chongryon by keeping step with the people in their homeland, who are on a grand onward march.

Chongryon should establish the Juche-based ideological and leadership system as befits a dignified organization of overseas citizens of our Republic, and dynamically conduct the five-point education programme, so as to fully prepare all its officials and other Korean compatriots to be so strong in ideology and faith that they follow to the end the road of patriotism they chose, to be ardent patriots who fervently love their socialist homeland.

The Chongryon organizations and units at all levels should be consolidated rock-solid as fortresses of single-hearted unity, reliable buttresses infused with love for the homeland and nation. All the officials should make selfless, devoted efforts for securing the rights and interests of the Korean compatriots in Japan and providing them with a rich and happy life. In this way they can ensure that all the compatriots regard and love Chongryon as their mother’s embrace that represents their homeland and their dear home.

The prosperity of their socialist motherland guarantees the high dignity and well-being of the overseas compatriots, as well as the bright future of their posterity.

Chongryon officials and other Korean compatriots in Japan, though living in an alien land, should feel the worth and delight of genuine life in the efforts they make for their homeland and nation and fully display the great Kim Jong Il’s patriotism to leave a significant footprint of patriotism and loyalty on the soil of their homeland.

Chongryon, in line with the demands of reality in which a new era of peace, prosperity and reunification is being ushered on the Korean peninsula, should further improve its work to rally compatriots of all strata and the patriotic movement for reunification, and continue to arouse international support to and solidarity with our people’s struggle to relink the severed blood vessels of the nation and bring the dawn of independent reunification without fail.

The history of ardent love for the homeland and nation of Chongryon and Koreans resident in Japan that exalt their honour with the Juche-orientation and patriotism will go down in the history of the country along with the past, present and brilliant future of our Republic resplendent with victory and glory.

I firmly believe that Chongryon officials and other Korean compatriots in Japan will cherish the noble traditions and glorious baton and accelerate their patriotic advance to bring about a comprehensive prosperity for the movement of Koreans in Japan, thus making a positive contribution to translating into reality the patriotic desire of the great Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il to build a powerful nation.

 

Kim Jong Un

Chairman of the State Affairs Commission
of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

September 8, Juche 107 (2018)

Pyongyang

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