Pak Kyong-Il, Department Director at the Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries and Chairman of the Korea-New Zealand Friendship Society, reflects on important events of the past year and the outlook for 2013.
“The Korean people have greeted the New Year 2013 with fresh confidence and optimism. 2012 which witnessed a complicated world political situation was a year when the peoples of different countries extended fuller support for and solidarity with the Korean people.
“Amid great expectation and interest of the world’s progressives the world conference on the Juche idea, the international festival and the 28th April Spring Friendship Art Festival were held in celebration of the centenary of the birth of President Kim Il-Sung. On the same occasion different countries and international organizations held a variety of events including remembrance meetings, photo and film shows and artistic performances.
“The Korean Central News Agency and the Associated Press co-sponsored a photo exhibition in New York for the first time in the annals of DPRK-US relations to mark the Day of the Sun, causing a great sensation all over the world. On the occasion of the first anniversary of the death of Chairman Kim Jong-Il many countries sent messages to the DPRK supreme leader Kim Jong-Un. More than 10,000 events to cherish the memory of the late DPRK leader were held in over 190 countries and some 15,000 media organizations published special articles.
“To mark major DPRK anniversaries including the Day of the Sun and the Day of the Shining Star DPRK book and photo exhibitions and film shows were held in China, Russia, Mexico and many other countries and regions of the world and full support for and solidarity with the just cause of the Korean people were voiced in each venue of the events. A delegation from the Communist Party of China, a joint delegation of four political parties of the State Duma of Russia, a delegation from the Ministry of Justice of Mongolia and the government economic delegation of Syria visited the DPRK to deepen friendly feelings with the country.
“This year we will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the victory in the Fatherland Liberation War and the 65th anniversary of the DPRK. The world’s progressive peoples are making a wide range of preparations to mark the anniversaries with the Korean people. Their support and solidarity activities instil great strength and encouragement into the Korean people, who highly appreciate them. We will boost friendship and cooperation this year, too, with the countries, peoples and international organizations that are friendly towards us under the ideal of independence, peace and friendship.”
Hoping for Friendship and Cooperation was first published by The Pyongyang Times, and appeared on Naenara on 9 January, 2013.