On January 19th, Alejandro Cao de Benós, delegate Special Committee of cultural relations with the Foreign Minister of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and founder and President of the KFA, gave a lecture in Beniarrés (Alicante) on the socio-political reality of North Korea. Alejandro, the only foreigner who officially works for the North Korean Government, maintained a lively chat with over fifty attendees at the event. Later, he had the courtesy to give an interview to our newspaper, in which briefly explained us some of the ideas-clave of the socialism that exists today in the DPRK.
In addition to what was explained in the previous video, Cao de Benos spoke of many other aspects of the North Korean reality during your Conference. After some brief strokes on the creation of the DPRK, after the revolution led by President Kim Il Sung, Alejandro deepened on socio-political issues, with an emphasis on free education, health, housing and basic food, guaranteed by the North Korean Government. As stated,
“nobody lives on the street or are unemployed. All North Korean citizens have their vital needs covered, which include also the Leisure and entertainment, it is also free to practice sports or learn foreign languages.”
In this Socialist, vertebrate State around the Juche Idea, respect and solidarity are the guarantees of the successful national development. According to Cao de Benos explained:
“in North Korea “there is no violence, terrorism, vandalism or prostitution, which was abolished in 1948″.
The main social core is family, and all North Korean citizens are part of it. Every Korean is particular and has some characteristics, but subordinate their selfish interests to the common good of society in full:
“This is how twenty-four million inhabitants resist against the United States”, explained Alexander.
The country is self-management and based to the extent possible, despite the adverse political and geographical conditions. Not depend or rely on the least from the outside, avoids you having to make national interest subject to tax by the capitalist superpowers. In this respect, Cao de Benos cited advances in heavy industry, which recently publicly materialized with the launch of a weather satellite.
Another North Korean feature is the Songun policy. Following the words of President Kim Il Sung, it is “pursue the revolution and construction, taking as thick Revolutionary Army next to the masses, giving priority to the defense of the nation”. Cao de Benos stressed that, if a nation does not have sufficient military strength, it cannot be attacked or invaded at any time: “sometimes weapons defend peace, without them you are lost, said.
Alexander also commented on what happened during the period known as “Arduous March”. To disappear the bloc of socialist States, North Korea remained faithful to original socialism, without falling into revisionismos, which led the country into almost total isolation. All this, together with various natural disasters that occurred, and also to the American blockade, led the DPR of Korea to pass through the most difficult stage of its history.
Between the years 1995 and 2000, Korean citizens lived great difficulties. North Korea is rich in minerals, but only 15% of its land is arable, in a rocky landscape and extreme weather (up to 50 degrees below zero in the North of the country). The impossibility of growth of food took place famines and great suffering, and some North Koreans had to be asylum seekers by China. However, the constant work and organization under the Socialist parameters managed recovery of the nation, that now is expanding, since its current economic growth is 12%.
Despite the unexpected death of leader Kim Jong Il in 2011, the country continues via the Socialist led by Marshal Kim Jong Un. The future horizon reveals favorable for the North Koreans in terms of reunification, since efforts are being made to establish a dialogue between the two Koreas. However, the DPRK no bet by an absorption without conditions, and unification would happen by a Confederation of States in which each would keep its economic system but in which mutually beneficial commercial relationships would be established.
Currently, the delegation of the KFA in the Valencian Country is in talks with Alejandro Cao, and soon they will confirm the date of a new Act on the DPRK within the framework of the Universitat de València.
Original Article Courtesy of LaRepublica