The second half of the 1990s was a severe period in the 70-odd-year-long history of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
As to the tragic event in some countries building socialism between the late 1980s and the early 1990s, the imperialists clamoured about the “end of socialism”. To crown it all, they directed the spearhead of attack against the DPRK, taking advantage of the demise of the great leader Kim Il Sung, its founder.
When the fate of socialism was at stake, the great leader Kim Jong Il enforced the original Songun (military-first) politics.
He visited the post in young pine woods on January 1, Juche 84 (1995) and afterwards, he continued to visit units of the People’s Army to make the military muscle invincible, defending socialism.
Changes were brought about in all fields of socialist construction as well, with the People’s Army strengthened and developed into the invincible revolutionary armed forces as the main force.
Two rounds of artificial earth satellites were launched with success by depending perfectly on our strength and technology, the new history of the machine building industry opened, the construction of large-scale hydropower stations promoted and modern model factories conducive to the improvement of the people’s living built in all parts of the country. And hundreds of thousand hectares of lands were rezoned, large-scale gravity-fed waterway tunnels stretched out and people’s pleasure grounds built.
All the successes made under the Songun-based leadership of Kim Jong Il became the solid foundation for the building of a powerful socialist country.