Letter to Comrade Kim Jong Il, General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea

July 26, 2003

Fifty years ago, on July 27, 1953, the Korean people won victory in their liberation war against U.S. imperialist aggression. This victory guaranteed the independence of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) which has served as the reliable bulwark in the struggle of the Korean people for the peaceful reunification of their country. The victory of the Korean people was also a victory for the people's of the whole world who were confronting the drive of U.S. imperialism to dominate the world. In particular, the Korean people's liberation struggle undermined U.S. plans to colonize the Korean peninsula and use it as a base for conquering Asia.

Today, the Korean people are facing the threat of another war launched by U.S. imperialism.

The Bush administration has put the DPRK on its "hit list," slandering it as part of a so-called "axis of evil." The U.S. government has officially adopted a plan for launching a nuclear attack against the DPRK and administration spokespersons continually repeat this threat. The U.S. aggressors are deploying more air, naval and ground troops in and around the Korean peninsula, carrying out continuous war exercises and aerial reconnaissance against the DPRK while occupying South Korea with 37,000 troops. The U.S. is exerting all-around diplomatic, political, economic, and ideological pressure aimed at forcing other countries to join it in isolating and attacking the DPRK. Most recently, the U.S. imperialists are trying to knock together a coalition of allies to implement an air and naval blockade against the DPRK.

Thus, in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the victory of the Korean liberation war, I also send to you the solemn pledge of our party, the Workers Party, U.S.A., to stand with the Korean people in the struggle against U.S. aggression and to step up our work in the

U. S. to stay the hand of the imperialist warmakers and defeat their plots against the Korean nation.

As the U.S. imperialists are rabidly militarizing the Korean peninsula, threatening the DPRK and already launching new wars against peoples all over the world, it is worthwhile to remind ourselves of the lessons of the Korean people's struggle against U.S. imperialism.

U. S. imperialism emerged from World War II as the biggest imperialist power. It demagogically tried to use the slogan of "defending and spreading democracy" to hide its aggressive aims of maintaining the colonial system and dominating the world. In Korea, the U.S. imperialists brazenly violated the agreements which ended World War II, refused to withdraw their troops from the south of Korea and began setting up a puppet government there. Then in June 1950, U.S. imperialism launched all out war against the north.

The aggressive character of this war was revealed in the bestial methods of the imperialists. A whole library could be filled with documents detailing the atrocities of the imperialists which included: the dropping of more than 400,000 bombs (or one bomb for every inhabitant) on Pyongyang alone, the complete destruction of towns and village throughout the north, the extensive use of chemical and germ warfare, and the wanton, premeditated murder of tens of thousands of civilians in the south. Four million Koreans, including 2 million civilians, were killed during the war.

But despite this savagery and facing the biggest military power in history, the Korean people, uniting as one around the Workers' Party of Korea and its founder and leader, Comrade Kim Il Sung, rose in struggle and emerged victorious.

The Korean people's liberation war not only further exposed the savageness of U.S. imperialism, it proved that the people are an unconquerable force when they dare to rise in struggle around their own revolutionary leadership.

Today the Korean people and progressive people the world over remember and learn from these lessons.

And just as in the past, the imperialists will be defeated. Today the Korean people are strengthening their unity and guided by the Workers' Party of Korea and Comrade Kim Jong Il, the DPRK is taking all the necessary measures to defend itself against imperialist attack. While the DPRK consistently works for the peaceful resolution of tensions on the Korean peninsula, calling amongst other things for the signing of a non-aggression treaty between the U.S. and the DPRK, it will never surrender its national sovereignty or give way to the pressures or demagogy of imperialism.

The fact is that the aggressiveness of U.S. imperialism reflects its desperation. The currents of history are all running against it. The movement of whole Korean people, north and south, for the peaceful reunification of the country continues to stride forward and this just cause keeps winning the sympathy and support of the peoples everywhere.

On a world scale the peoples are rising against the so-called "new world order" of U.S. imperialism, rising in defense of the freedom and sovereignty of the peoples. In the U.S., a new, deep-going anti-war movement is emerging.

The peoples are fighting not only to stop the warmakers but to create a world of peace and friendship in which the sovereignty of every country is guaranteed.

Thus today as in the past, the Korean people find themselves in the forefront of the struggles of the world's people against imperialism and in defense of the sacred aspirations of humanity -- in defense of peace, independence, progress and enlightenment.

Once again, in commemorating the great victory of the Korean people in their liberation war against U.S. imperialism, I send to you and through you to the whole Korean people, the pledge of our Party that we will fight with all our strength to stay the hand of the imperialist warmakers and that we will not rest until all U.S. troops are withdrawn from the Korean peninsula and Asia and the Korean people are indemnified for the monstrous crimes committed against them by U.S. imperialism.

Michael Thorburn, First Secretary, Workers Party U.S.A.