Ninety-three years have passed since the Down-with-Imperialism Union (DIU) was formed on October 17, Juche 15 (1926).
Having embarked on the road of the revolution with a high ambition to win back his lost country by the Japanese imperialists during their military occupation (1905-1945), President Kim Il Sung entered Hwasong Uisuk School founded by nationalists with a goal to train cadres for the Independence Army in June 1926.
While studying at the school, he thought that it was necessary to form a new-type of vanguard organization above anything else in order to crush the Japanese imperialists and liberate Korea by mobilizing the masses of people. To this end, he called a meeting to form the DIU on October 17, Juche 15 (1926), together with such young men as Choe Chang Gol, Kim Ri Gap, Ri Je U, Kim Won U, and Pak Kun Won.
At the inaugural meeting, he delivered a speech, titled, “Let Us Overthrow Imperialism”. In his speech, he clarified tasks for defeating Japanese imperialism independently by the efforts of the Korean people themselves and achieve the independence of Korea and, further, destroying all imperialism and build a new world, free from exploitation and oppression. The DIU formed by Kim Il Sung was a genuine communist revolutionary organization of a new type, the first of its kind in Korea.
Thanks to the formation of the DIU, the revolutionary struggle of the Korean people greeted a new era of history that advances victoriously in reliance on the efforts of the Korean nation itself with the correct revolutionary lines, strategies, and tactics.
The ideal of the DIU on holding fast to independence in the revolution and construction has been consistently applied in the whole course of the Korean revolution.
Holding aloft the banner of independence that the Koreans are the masters of the Korean revolution and that they have the strength with which to promote the Korean revolution, the Korean people under the leadership of Kim Il Sung defeated the Japanese imperialists by waging the anti-Japanese armed struggle and achieved the historic cause of national liberation on August 15, 1945 and successfully accomplished the cause of building the party, the state, and the army after liberation.
They firmly defended the sovereignty and dignity of the nation in the Fatherland Liberation War (1950-1953) and built a socialist system on the ruins of the war. When the great-power chauvinists pressured them to join the COMECON, clamoring about economic unity, they resolutely rejected the pressure and successfully carried out socialist industrialization in a short span of just 14 years. Based on the foundations of the independent national economy, they made on their own various kinds of large-size machines and equipment and built such grand monumental structures as the West Sea Barrage in reliance on their own efforts, technologies, and resources. Under the slogan “Let us live our own way!” they brought about a great upsurge in socialist economic construction and ushered in a golden age of developing socialist culture.
Even when a tragic situation where socialism collapsed in several countries in the early 1990s, they defended socialism firmly and built up their overall national strength.
In the annals of the developing revolution the DPRK has consistently maintained the line of the three revolutions, ideological, technical, and cultural, the line of economic construction on developing the defence industry on a priority basis while boosting light industry and agriculture simultaneously, the principle of self-development first, the line of prioritizing science and technology and the line of making the national economy Juche-oriented, modern, IT-based, and scientific, all of which were the brilliant embodiment of the independent revolutionary idea.
The ideal of the DIU still shines as the everlasting banner of victory for the Korean people who are stepping up the cause of building a powerful socialist nation.