KIM IL SUNG
PREVENTING WAR AND PRESERVING PEACE ARE THE BURNING TASKS OF MANKIND
Speech at a Banquet
Given in Honour of the Participants
and Peace on the
September 6, 1986
Esteemed delegates, Comrades and friends,
At this time when it is the burning task of mankind to prevent a new world war, a thermonuclear war, and preserve peace, an international conference for denuclearization and peace on the Korean peninsula is being held in Pyongyang, the capital of our country, as an expression of the common aspiration and desire of the Korean people and peace-loving people throughout the world.
I am very pleased to see this conference being held in our country in the International Year of Peace, and I should like to express my warm welcome to you, the delegates to the conference, who have come with a high sense of duty to the cause of world peace and with feelings of firm solidarity with our people.
Easing tensions and removing the danger of nuclear war on the Korean peninsula are burning questions that await solution in the international political arena.
The present situation on
the Korean peninsula is very tense, and the danger of nuclear war is growing
with every passing day. Armed soldiers in the north and the south of our country
are aiming their guns at each other from both sides of the Military Demarcation
Line. To the south of this line there are more than 40,000
US nuclear warheads are
constantly levelled at
The tension and the
danger of nuclear war on the Korean peninsula are the direct products of the
The aim of the United States with regard to Korea is to maintain its domination over south Korea as its colony by keeping Korea divided forever through the creation of “two Koreas” and, with south Korea as its stepping-stone, to invade the northern half of Korea, the socialist countries in Asia and, further, the whole of the Asian continent.
In order to achieve
their aggressive aims the
In view of the
aggressive policy of the
Holding fast to the basic policy of achieving national reunification in an independent and peaceful way true to our heavy responsibility to the Korean nation and with a noble sense of duty to the cause of world peace, we have put forward many reasonable and constructive proposals for peace and made most sincere efforts to put them into effect.
Our fair and reasonable peace proposals, including the proposal for tripartite talks to replace the Korean Armistice Agreement with a peace agreement and adopt a nonaggression declaration between the north and the south, have already been widely publicized to the people of the world. This year alone we made an important proposal for talks between military authorities to remove the tension and military confrontation on the Korean peninsula and, through a statement by the Government of our Republic, also made a positive peace proposal to convert the Korean peninsula to a nuclear-free peace zone.
But none of our peace
proposals has been put into effect so far, and the situation on the Korean
peninsula is becoming more and more acute. This is entirely because the United
States and the south Korean authorities do not want detente and peace, but are
continuing to pursue the policy of aggression and war, So long as the United
States’ Korean policy and Asian strategy remain unchanged and so long as US
troops are stationed in south Korea, resorting to manoeuvres for aggression, it is impossible to guarantee
lasting peace on the Korean peninsula and settle the question of the
reunification of our country. If we are to ease the tension and guarantee peace
on the Korean peninsula and settle
The issue of keeping peace and security on the Korean peninsula is directly related to the question of preserving peace and security in the world, and without peace and security on the Korean peninsula, world peace and security are unthinkable.
Today peace-loving governments and peoples of many countries are watching and showing deep concern for the critical situation on the Korean peninsula and giving active support and encouragement to our people in their struggle to prevent war, preserve peace and achieve the independent and peaceful reunification of the country.
If the US troops are compelled to withdraw from south Korea and a nuclear-free peace zone is established on the Korean peninsula by the joint struggle of our people and progressive people throughout the world, one of the most dangerous sources of nuclear war in the world will be removed and great progress will be made in preserving peace in Asia and the world.
On behalf of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the Government of our Republic, I take advantage of this opportunity to express my deep thanks to the fraternal socialist countries, non-aligned countries, and all the other progressive countries and peace-loving people in the world for their positive support and encouragement for our people’s struggle for peace on the Korean peninsula and the peaceful reunification of the country and for their active support for and solidarity with our proposal to convert the Korean peninsula into a nuclear-free peace zone.
Dominating the world by
force is an immutable world strategy of
With the evil aim of
gaining a nuclear advantage, the
Because of their war policy and stratagems to increase nuclear weapons, the black cloud of nuclear war is now hanging heavily over the world and mankind is being threatened with this war. Unless nuclear war is prevented, humankind will have to suffer irretrievable calamities and holocaust. Nuclear war, which threatens the existence and civilization of humanity, must be prevented in every possible way, and peace must be preserved.
In order to prevent another world war, a thermonuclear war, and preserve peace, we must develop a powerful worldwide struggle to check the imperialists’ nuclear arms race and their plans for a nuclear war.
The imperialists are subservient to the strong and violent toward the weak. If people who love peace and justice throughout the world are closely united, they can be invincible and, by their united efforts, frustrate the imperialists’ plans for a nuclear war and defend peace.
By forming a broad united front and spiritedly carrying on the anti-war, anti-nuclear peace movement, all the peace-loving people of the world can check the imperialists’ reckless manoeuvres to build up nuclear arms and militarize outer space, bring about complete nuclear disarmament and frustrate their plans for aggression and war, which are daily becoming more blatant.
As long as nuclear weapons exist on our planet, the danger of nuclear war will not disappear and mankind cannot be free from constant nuclear threat. Therefore, the testing, production and deployment of nuclear weapons must be banned, existing weapons of different kinds reduced and, further, all nuclear weapons abolished. This is the only way mankind can free itself once and for all from the danger of nuclear holocaust and maintain lasting world peace.
At present, the call for
denuclearization and peace is ringing out loudly from Asia,
The Communist Party and
Government of the
We firmly support the
peace proposals of the
Establishing nuclear-free peace zones and expanding them are important ways to bring about nuclear arms’ reduction, prevent nuclear war and defend peace.
We fully support the
socialist countries and peoples in Europe and the Balkans in their struggle to
create nuclear-free peace zones on the Balkan Peninsula and in many parts of
We also strongly support
the peace-loving people of the world in their struggle to establish nuclear-free
peace zones in different parts of the world, including Africa, the Middle East,
the Indian Ocean and the
Our people love peace, and working for peace is a consistent foreign policy of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the Government of the Republic. Our Party and Government will, in future as well, resolutely fight to prevent nuclear war and preserve peace in firm unity with the peoples of socialist countries, non-aligned countries and all peace-loving people throughout the world, under the unfurled banner of independence, friendship and peace.
In the hope that the
Pyongyang International Conference for Denuclearization and Peace on the
To militant friendship and solidarity between the Korean people and the peoples of socialist countries, non-aligned countries and other peace-loving people the world over,
To denuclearization and peace on the Korean peninsula,
To world peace and the prosperity of mankind,
To the health of all the delegates, representatives of international organizations and all the other foreign guests taking part in the conference, and
To the health of all the comrades and friends present here.